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Buying 2007 Acura TSX - things to watch out for?


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This is my first TSX and used car I buy and I wanted to get some information on what to watch out for. I heard great things about it and I am super excited! I heard that timing chain tensioner needs to be placed. Other than that what are things to watch out for. I dont know much about cars and this is first used car i buy so I would appreciate if you can be very specific. Thank you very much!
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I bought mine 3 months ago at 60K miles and its a 2005 MT.

*Check struts, shocks, bushings, inner and outer tie rods.
-My struts and bushings were dry rotting as well as the nut you adjust for the toe on my driver side inner tie rod was rounded. My buddy had to get a vice grip to get it moving.

*Ask about the transmission. The previous owner or the one before him had rebuilt the transmission I'm currently still using, but it's been great so far. Then again, yours will be an automatic so it may or may not needed to be rebuilt.

*Check everything else as you would with a used car. I know this is your first time, but see if you can get it checked out by a good technician before handing over the money.
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I live in Texas and since we don't have to salt our roads, we don't have a problem with rust. But depending where you live, it's always good to check under the car and all around it for rust. Also, make sure the radio works, that seems to be a common problem with our cars. Best bet is to watch a youtube video on buying used cars. Those have helped me. I know Mighty Car Mods have made a couple.
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I've had my 06 TSX since new (now a little under 160,000 miles now). Issues I've had were:
- alternator
- power steering pump leaking and was replaced
- replaced steering rack
- A/C compressor replaced
- added rear camber kit
- replaced front passenger upper control arm
- replaced radiator hose to overflow tank

Still drives, accelerates, brakes, handles, and mpgs like new. Everything (including the navi) still works. Paint starting to fade on the roof near the back glass is the only problem. It is my son's college car and he is expecting to keep it another 2-4 more years.
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I have a manual 2007 TSX with NAVI.

- alternator replaced
- APPS sensor replaced
- power steering pump leaking which I rebuilt
- replaced steering rack replaced
- replaced both slave and clutch master cylinder
- A/C is currently out and it should be just the compressor.
- NAVI unit screen is out and I believe it should be the harddrive that needs replacement

P/S pump leak/rebuilt
slave/master cylinder
and A/C
are three things I'd look out for.

The TSX is now my secondary vehicle though.
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My '07 required quite a bit of love:

Hands free link module - replaced
Front dome light switches - replaced
Engine Mounts: front, right, and rear - replaced
Starter - replaced
Drive belt tensioner - replaced
Power steering pump - replaced (could have been rebuilt)
Power steering rack - replaced (could have been rebuilt)
Throttle body to airbox hose - replaced
Left radiator fan motor - replaced
VTEC solenoid oil seal - replaced
Crankshaft pulley oil seal - replaced
AC condenser - replaced
AC compressor - replaced
Valve cover and spark tube oil seals - replaced
Valve train tune performed
Left and right axles and CV joints - replaced
Rear bearing hub - replaced
Brake rotors and pads - replaced

I highly recommend replacing ALL of the fluids. (I didn't have to swap the power steering fluid because my steering rack was nice enough to puke it out all over my garage floor)
A 3x Auto transmission fluid change is worth it.

I got this car for cheap because it was vibrating like crazy when at a stop.
After doing all this work, it drives great and I wouldn't rather drive anything else.
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I forgot to add I replaced my A/C condenser also; but, it was because of an accident at around 100k causing +$6500 worth of front end damage. Probably would have needed to be replaced by now anyways.

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11 MDX Adv/Ent, Palladium Metallic w/ Ebony
19 MDX sh-sh-awd Adv Fathom Blue Pearl w/ Graystone
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Bought our 2008 in 2017 with 138K miles. Here's what I've done/had done:

Right after purchase:
- Replaced rack (was leaking at purchase)
- Replaced rear wheel bearings (noisy at purchase)
- Replaced front rotors and pads (heavily pulsing at purchase)
- Replaced fog light enclosure (cracked at purchase)
- Flushed transmission fluid (shifting rough at purchase)

More recently
- Replaced alternator (Jan '19)

I'm about to replace rear rotors and pads.

I suspect one or more motor mounts may need replacing. Getting a lot of vibration when stopped with trans in drive.

Now have 158K miles. All in all, has been a very reliable vehicle. Lucked up on a clean, really well-kept TSX. Hoping it'll get my daughter through her last year of high school and through college. Really don't see any reason why it won't make it.

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