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Hey, everybody. I'm looking to get a quality FWD vehicle, and the TSX seems like a natural choice. Especially if one factors in all the garbage that's out there priced under $27K. This obviously doesn't apply to the WRX which is a riot. Unfortunately, it's also a shoebox with Hertz interior. Anyhow, I took two separate test-drives in the TSX with 5AT. One thru twisty roads around the Charles river, and another on the highway. Both times I came away with mixed feelings. During the 1st drive whenever I was trying to go over 50MPH, the front end would become visibly nervous and I could clearly sense that the tires were about to give up. Strangely, I was able to easily negotiate same exact twists earlier when driving FWD and RWD both at higher speeds. I know those MXM Michelins despite V rating are nothing much and switching to, perhaps, the Potenza RE950s may improve the grip. But what if it doesn't that much ? Another problem was encountered during my highway trip. Despite the lack of crosswinds, the front end was constanlty bobbing; even at legal speeds. The rear end , however, continued to remain firmly planted. When at 60MPH I tried to overtake a minivan ahead, it turned into a rather lenghty affair. This brings me to my biggest gripe. Why is it that when I try to launch a quick take-off or pass a slow moving vehicle, the motor doesn't seem to produce much of a thrust ? Then next thing I know, I'm already going at 70MPH. And the well-isolated cabin coupled with the smooth engine only contribute to this confusion. At one point or another I've driven VW with 200HP VR6, Maxima with 190HP VQ and 5-series with 189HP I6. Trust me, when you were going fast in any of those cars, your butt-o-meter immediately told you that. Not so with the TSX. Otherwise I really like it. It's built like a Swiss watch and has the exterior light years ahead of Accord's. Perhaps some of the owners who already put 1000-plus miles on the vehicle can help me out with this confusion ;).
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P.S. I was recently again told not to cross my fingers for discounts anytime soon :rolleyes: . The near $2400 mark-up for a near luxury vehicle does seem a tad fat.
 

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Hey, everybody. I'm looking to get a quality FWD vehicle, and the TSX seems like a natural choice. Especially if one factors in all the garbage that's out there priced under $27K. This obviously doesn't apply to the WRX which is a riot. Unfortunately, it's also a shoebox with Hertz interior. Anyhow, I took two separate test-drives in the TSX with 5AT. One thru twisty roads around the Charles river, and another on the highway. Both times I came away with mixed feelings. During the 1st drive whenever I was trying to go over 50MPH, the front end would become visibly nervous and I could clearly sense that the tires were about to give up. Strangely, I was able to easily negotiate same exact twists earlier when driving FWD and RWD both at higher speeds. I know those MXM Michelins despite V rating are nothing much and switching to, perhaps, the Potenza RE950s may improve the grip. But what if it doesn't that much ? Another problem was encountered during my highway trip. Despite the lack of crosswinds, the front end was constanlty bobbing; even at legal speeds. The rear end , however, continued to remain firmly planted. When at 60MPH I tried to overtake a minivan ahead, it turned into a rather lenghty affair. This brings me to my biggest gripe. Why is it that when I try to launch a quick take-off or pass a slow moving vehicle, the motor doesn't seem to produce much of a thrust ? Then next thing I know, I'm already going at 70MPH. And the well-isolated cabin coupled with the smooth engine only contribute to this confusion. At one point or another I've driven VW with 200HP VR6, Maxima with 190HP VQ and 5-series with 189HP I6. Trust me, when you were going fast in any of those cars, your butt-o-meter immediately told you that. Not so with the TSX. Otherwise I really like it. It's built like a Swiss watch and has the exterior light years ahead of Accord's. Perhaps some of the owners who already put 1000-plus miles on the vehicle can help me out with this confusion ;).
Thanks
P.S. I was recently again told not to cross my fingers for discounts anytime soon :rolleyes: . The near $2400 mark-up for a near luxury vehicle does seem a tad fat.
The TSX is SERIOUSLY LACKING in TORQUE. The AREA under the total HP curve is therefore pretty small.

The car will only be "fast"/make decent power if the engine is revving like hell, since:

HORSEPOWER = TORQUE * RPM/5252

The automatic compounds the problem because the torque converter saps HP. (You could buy the 6 speed and get better performance as long as it's driven PROPERLY.)

Try a V6 EX Accord/auto on for size. I prefer the coupe, with the EX/V6/6 speed being my favorite.)

Shocks and anti-roll bars are easy enough and cheap enough to replace if you prefer improved handling characteristics. (I'd be happy to spec the parts for you if you're interested.)

I drove a 4 door/EX/V6 and was VERY impressed. It MOVES - RIGHT NOW - the moment you put your foot into it. NICE engine. NICE car. And they're available at DISCOUNTS.

Or how about the TL/CL TYPE S? The real, OUT THE DOOR price on those isn't much higher than that of the TSX, and the TL/CL TYPE S is a MUCH faster car!

BTW: The WRX has ALL WHEEL DRIVE (a lot more costly to build)and is MUCH faster than the TSX. And I've seen brand new WRXs selling for $21,900 (including the 6 disc cd changer) in Somerset, MA (which isn't too far from you if you took a test drive near the Charles River).

The TSX may be a "nicer" car in many ways, but for the money (bottom line, out-the-door figure), the WRX is more car than the TSX - PARTICULARLY so for those who value PERFORMANCE.
 
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