dolma said:Hey, everybody. I'm looking to get a quality FWD vehicle, and the TSX seems like a natural choice. 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 .
P.S. I was recently again told not to cross my fingers for discounts anytime soon . The near $2400 mark-up for a near luxury vehicle does seem a tad fat. [/QUOTE