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OK so I just got my 05' TSX and it's a great car. Only problem is I've been sick to my stomach since I've had it, thinking (not that I purchased a bad vehicle/sedan) that I should have bought a new/used medium sized SUV instead.

This change stems from two reasons. The biggest reason is that I saw how happy my dog was playing with my parent's dog over the holidays and how much happier he was and how less guilty I felt leaving him alone with another pooch to keep him company (if you own or love dogs you understand). Thus I'd like to get rescue sibling for my current boxer to have constant company to play with, at the kennel, while I'm at work, etc. With this new sedan all pristine, I'm already worrying too much about scratches inside (from the dog) and outside (from other cars). If I were to get another dog you can begin to see the absurdity of having a nice sports sedan instead of a rear area in an SUV to put two dogs into for traveling and not worry about messes.

The other reason is that I want to go kayaking more and again an SUV (Xterra or Forerunner) is more convenient to carrying kayaks and gear and dogs vs a beautiful Acura.

That said I know that if I go through with this transfer I be basically pissing away a few thousand but I’ll probably be happier in the long run not having to worry about damage to the vehicle I mean SUVs are supposed to get beat up right!

Here’s were I need your advice. If I did try and replace this with a SUV (new or used) what would be my best options at getting the greatest amount for the car, avoid taxes, and not waste more time.

We’re talking Silver 05’ TSX, 1,500 miles. 6 speed, w/ navi... awesome car (currently in CT)

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I'm in CT too. What dealership did you buy from?

Hopefully you paid close to invoice; I saw one trade in deal for a mint '04/Navi/6MT for $21k (with 18k miles-yours should be worth another $1500 maybe) ; assuming you bought and didn't lease you'd also get the tax benefit which would be another $1200 or so.

There's some great deals on 4Runners-with the discounts they're offering, you'd end up paying retail on the 4Runner after your trade in depriciation.........
 

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Oh My Goodness

I am having pretty much the exact same problem! Before I bought my TSX, I was lookin @ SUVs bc I am always hauling a lot of stuff around especially when I take trips to Lowes/HomeDepot.

I been contemplating trading it in after only a month but as U said, I would lose a bit of $ so I am currently thinkin of getting a very basic Toyota Tacoma for around $15k or a used truck in the same price range. I figure, I do not need to haul stuff that often & I am not going to use it to drive around town (thats what the TSX is for) so I am not going to spend a lot on what really is a utility vehicle. I also am not comfortable getting anyhting like a CRV/Rav4 or Pilot/Highlander bc that apparently is for an entirely different demographic based upon who I see driving them ... altho those do get better mileage/reviews/insurance etc etc.

If U R lookin for a real SUV, I say either a 4Runner or Pathfinder ... altho I have a very strong bias towards Japanese vehicles.
 

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Acura of Milford. No I paid closer to MSRP because this whole world's gone mad that all vehicles are Automatic. You actually find yourself paying more for a manual because they don't make many anymore. I still love to drive and automatic (even tiptronic) is pretty boring.

Total paid $30,950 + $999 Lojack = $31,949

Don't you think I'd be better off trying to sell the vehicle myself rather than trade-in. What are my pros and cons here (I know mostly cons :( )

Kelleys listed the retail of a USED 04' (they don't have 05" listed yet) like mine with 2k miles at $26,610. For an 05' I'd be asking more than that.

As for the two SUVs I like the Forerunner better, but the Xterra still offers manual.
 

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I went from a CR-V to the TSX 6 months ago. I think the TSX handles so much better, even in the snow, that I would never go back to an SUV.

For the amount of money you would lose, I would think that you could rent an SUV during the times that you want to go kayaking. I rented an SUV last month to go to PA where my brother lives to pick up some furniture. Cost in gas alone was $42 for the SUV vs. $24 for the same trip in my Acura.

As for the dogs, why not give them the luxury of leather seats (with a towel of course)? The dogs may be cramped in the back seats, but it can't be worse than being in a kennel? Also, my guess is that you will still feel sick to get the back of a $25-30k SUV crathed up.

Anyway, if you're set on getting rid of the Acura, I think the sooner the better. When I bought mine, the dealer had the same model and color on the used lot with 11,000 miles and they would only discount it $1,000. There are virtually no TSX's yet on the used lots, so dealers can offer more. I would try to sell yourself first though, but keep the tax benefit in mind. It can be significant on a trade-in of this value.
 

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I've been looking to go from an '04 4Runner to a TSX. If you want to trade, I'm willing.

I have an '04 4Runner SR5/4WD in Titanium Silver, 17" wheels, roof rack, 3rd row, V6. It's a real nice truck but I don't use the vehicle for what it was built for. Of course, I would throw some cash in the deal.

I would stay away from an Xterra or any Nissan product.
 

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Acura of Milford. No I paid closer to MSRP because this whole world's gone mad that all vehicles are Automatic. You actually find yourself paying more for a manual because they don't make many anymore. I still love to drive and automatic (even tiptronic) is pretty boring.

Total paid $30,950 + $999 Lojack = $31,949

Don't you think I'd be better off trying to sell the vehicle myself rather than trade-in. What are my pros and cons here (I know mostly cons :( )

Kelleys listed the retail of a USED 04' (they don't have 05" listed yet) like mine with 2k miles at $26,610. For an 05' I'd be asking more than that.

As for the two SUVs I like the Forerunner better, but the Xterra still offers manual.
I would suggest waiting for the Acura RDX. It will drive like the TSX, but have that SUV space you are talking about....either that, or a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon.
 

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pocketkiller said:
I would suggest waiting for the Acura RDX. It will drive like the TSX, but have that SUV space you are talking about....
<--Is not really feeling the RDX :donno:

 

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So Do I. It would solve by box carrying capacity problem, and give me nav. Only drawback is no manual. That is the main reason I got rid of my gtp
 

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johnej said:
and give me nav.
It's funny that you mentioned this, as I couldn't agree with you more JJ!
I have been car shopping as of late, and the one thing that keep me coming back to Acura is the navi!
Acura's navi blows just about all the others out of the water.. :nod:
 

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I took a survey not to long ago from some survey online company... The survey was about acura (from acura) and what would i like to see in the future (of course their choices)
 

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johnej said:
I took a survey not to long ago from some survey online company... The survey was about acura (from acura) and what would i like to see in the future (of course their choices)
RDX is not going to look like that concept. that concept looks ridiculous. It's just going to be a smaller MDX.
 

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I'd have bought an MDX instead of a CRV if they offered a MT version as well. Nothing I could complain about the MDX. Just don't like the transmission.
 

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The RDX will be much less dramatic - here is a motor trend sketch. Road & Track had an actual picture several months ago and it looked very similar to the MDX, only smaller.
Thanks for the link Dr Gong :thumbsup:
That is a bit better, but I am still liking the MDX over the RDX :nod:
 

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Same with me, however the automatic transmission would be the only downside
 

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pocketkiller said:
either that, or a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon.


LOL, I think I would sooner kick my own ass, then be seen dead in this "non-ass getting" monstrosity.
 
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