Had this car in family since 2004. Purchased it used in September 2004, for around 24k, with 20k miles on it. I started driving it myself in 2006 when I first got my license and have put over 50K miles on it myself. Just a well-built awesome Acura. It's sad how the TSX has become such lower quality in the 2nd generation models. I just love this car in ever way and have no complaints at all. I have 104k miles right now and plan to keep it going to 200K if I can!
Just in case you are shopping for an early model year TSX, I wanted to confirm that these cars, even after 10+ years, are still fantastic. There's a reason you still see so many on the road, they are bulletproof reliable and drive great, even after all these years. Mine is an April 2004 build, and I'll admit it's been babied with just now 79K on it, but I still feel good getting in it and heading off to work. If you find one with a good maintenance history, you ought to have several more years of use with it. I've done nothing but the normal stuff, like fluid flushes, brakes, battery, etc... It really is amazing how well built of a car this was from Honda. All in all, for the price they are now used, I can't think of a better choice.
At 30,000 miles, perfect reliability (not one issue - even minor). It's the best FWD car platform ever in my opinion. Great blend of luxury and sport. Worst part of new TSX are the Michelin Pilots. A switch to Falken 512s tires made a great car greater. Right on the EPA mileage ratings. Can't be beat for the price and the ability to hold a high resale value borders on ridiculous.
I wrote my first review on my TSX back in 2008. Since then I've out another 60k miles on it. I bought it brand new in 2004. Don't hesitate to buy one of these, they are reliable. I never did anything but my normal maintenance (oil changes, fluid changes, timing chain at 100k miles, brake jobs, etc...) the car never gave me one problem ever. I finally parted with my TSX yesterday and sold her. It was just time for a new car. She was at 130k miles when I told her good bye! Lol great car, Acura did awesome with this thing.
Driving a 9 year old Infiniti I30t, I have been searching for one year for a replacement. Considerations were subaru legacy limited, volvo 240, saab 9-3. After thorough research of other user reviews of each car for fun factor, and reliability, in addition to test drives, I chose a preowned TSX. Absolutely love this car. Acura (as expected) has agonized over every single detail for this car from the short throw and click of the turn signal arm, seamless shift of the transmission, perforated leather seating surfaces, moldings of the dash, chrome exhaust tips, xenon lights, to the embroidered TSX logos on the car mats! Far, far superior to the competition. Not even close.
The TSX is pretty much standard-issue Acura in terms of acceleration. The engine doesn't have abundant low-end torque, bu the mid-range is strong and the tach needle swings past its 7,000-rpm redline without breaking a sweat. In fact, we stretched each gear out to around 7,300 beore shifting (and after discovering the rev limiter at 7,400). However, despite having such a broad range of useable power, the TSX was well into fourth gear before crossing the quarter-mile mark, proving the car's short gearing. And those expecting a characteristic VTEC rush at high rpms will be disappointed. The developmetn of i-VTEC has softened the engine's high-end punch, giving the drivetrain improved refinement (but reduced excitement) when wound up. Still, (and despite our mediocre acceleration numbers) the level of mid-range torque from this 2.4-liter inline four keeps the TSX entertaining when you hit the "go" pedal.
We've noticed a pattern of less-than-stellar maximum braking performance from Acura products over the last few years. They aren't horrible and they certianly aren't dangerous, but in terms of impressing us with short distances and a complete lack of fade (like most Toyota/Lexus models) the braking performance of Acura (and Honda) products continues to be, well...adequate. The TSX's brake pedal is easily modulated up to a point, but when invoking maximum braking performance the pedal feels stiff and resonds with a healthy amount of vibration (and a more-than-healthy amount of noise). The front-end experienced some dive, and there was a slight pull to the left on each run. We also saw slightly longer distances on each of our three panic stops, but the total stopping distances only went up by three feet over three runs, so heat-induced fade was a minor issue. The numbers themselves were fine, but we expected slightly shroter distances. We should reiterate that when driven on twisty roads the TSX's brakes perform quite well in terms of modulation, feedback and fade resistance, so the above weaknesses really only relate to emergency/panic braking (thus the "Good" rating). IF Acura could improve/refine its ABS system the company's vehicles would do much better in our instrumented testing.
The TSX displayed modest body roll in the slalom, but it was very easy to predict and control when driven at the limit. The car's stability control system is properly calibrated to allow a big of rotation before cutting power (however, our best times still came with the system defeated). Unfortunately, the car's short gearing meant we had to use third gear in the slalom or risk hitting the redline, but in third gear the car was at the lower end of the tachometer--meaning no toruqe to accelerate out of the final cones. There was likely a better time to be had but the lack of torque meant entering the slalom with as much speed as possible, and that made navigating the first few cones tricky. Items like steering feel and suspension dampening were exceptional. A bit more low-end torque (or longer gear ratios) would ahve increased the car's average speed through the slalom substantially. Karl Brauer