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Hi all,

I'm a Sports car enthusiast from Europe and right now I'm driving a 02' Celica Tsport (GTS 192hp equivalent) and due to family situations we're thinking to get rid of the E-class and the celica to buy an Accord Type-S (TSX in the United States) in order to fill the gap in between the SC430 and the Fiat punto.

I'm not sure how many people do any circuit driving or experienced in "hard driving" but I was wondering to what extent you think the TSX understeers when pushed in corners. My celica has minimal modification at the chassis (strutbars) and suspension level (tein adjustables), and in my opinion is probably one of the best handling FWD drive cars after that integra type-R. I'm not expecting the type-s to handle as well as the celica but i've read good things about it and so I wanted to ask your opinions. also, are there any LSD kits available for it?

Secondly, in terms of engine. I know that Honda inline fours are probably the best in the world, so I was wondering if any of you had any comparative idea of how it would hold up against a GTS in a straight line? is the 5spd auto much slower than the 6spd manual? In terms of fuel economy how many miles can you do on a full tank?

I'm also curious about the comfort of the car - I am aware that there are differences in terms of the interior, but could you enlighten me about the spaciousness of the front as well as the back, and the comfort when travelling long distances?

I'm sorry for all the questions, but i've always loved the way the car looks and I am seriously considering this car as the best value for money. In Europe, the Type S goes for about $33-35k fully loaded with GPS navigation. I'm already thinking of which rims to get jeez! Thank you for your time.
 
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I have a few comments.

1. you'll never need more power than this car has.
2. if you're interested in straight line acceleration, get a BMW M3
3. the interior is not only incredibly spacious for 4 large adults, but it's also much better quality than Lexus, BMW, and Infiniti.
4. Buy it. I defy you to find a better car for 8999 euros more...

darcy

from Canada.

ps. I never venture here, so I won't see a reply. But you'll love this car.
 

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- I find the TSX to be very neutral, except in wet, where there can be a bit of understeer. The VSA catches it nicely though. Here's the best handling test video of the TSX I've seen: http://www.vtec.net/articles/view-article?article_id=147731&page_number=1

- I'm not aware of any LSD available, but it is still early in this model's life cycle, so we'll probably see one eventually.

- The 6MT is low 7's 0-60, which is about 0.5s slower than the GTS. The 5AT is about 1s slower. In everyday driving, I think the TSX will feel faster because of the additional 30 ft-lbs of torque.

- I find the car to be very comfortable, although everyone's body is different. Most reviews have positive comments regarding comfort. The back seat can be tight - smaller than the E-class, but larger than a BMW 3-series. The quality of materials and fit and finish are considered to superior to many cars of its class. However, you may want to keep in mind that the Euro Accord has the interior of the USDM Accord, and not the TSX, when reading reviews. Comfort and quality are subjective, so only you can make the judgement in person.
 

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orthoboy said:
I have a few comments.

1. you'll never need more power than this car has.
2. if you're interested in straight line acceleration, get a BMW M3
3. the interior is not only incredibly spacious for 4 large adults, but it's also much better quality than Lexus, BMW, and Infiniti.
4. Buy it. I defy you to find a better car for 8999 euros more...

darcy

from Canada.

ps. I never venture here, so I won't see a reply. But you'll love this car.
Hey, why not??? :donno:

Well, maybe orthoboy will find us again by accident. :D

Maybe he's busy doing back surgery.....

Anyway, we can see he's a great TSX fan -- and he knows what he's talking about.
 
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