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Old 08-11-2018, 03:12 AM
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Do you like your ILX?

Hi, I am new here.

Looking to lease 2018 ILX or 2018 Accord this month.

I've read so many bad reviews bash ILX is an expensive civic.

I just test drove it but I really like the car for its value(much cheaper than civic and accord) except for the outdated interior and infotainment system

but I would like to hear what you guys think about your ILX? Do you like it or hate it? What part do you like it or hate it?

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Old 08-13-2018, 03:00 PM
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I picked up one of the first batches of 2016 refreshed ILX in April of 2015. I love the thing so much that at the end of my 39 month lease, I bought the car.
The 8 Speed DCT is super smooth in standard D mode, (only lags if you try to romp on it while in D, so if you need to pass someone, just slap it in S or S Manual first)

Never felt any of the weird DCT jerky-ness others had reported, though I did have the squeaky brakes issue that was eventually solved through a TSB.

I love that it is basically a TLX in Fancy Civic clothing, since it means you get a nicer interior than a civic, but with the power and drive train of the TLX, Its a great sporty combination.

Just give it a proper set of sticky tires, replace the Front/Rear sway bars with an Eibach set, not to mention the now growing list of aftermarket performance parts such as intakes, PCDs, and even ECU Tunes... and you've got yourself a serious 2015 Civic Si competitor with I'd wager superior performance and comfort.
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Originally Posted by Thmanx View Post
I picked up one of the first batches of 2016 refreshed ILX in April of 2015. I love the thing so much that at the end of my 39 month lease, I bought the car.
The 8 Speed DCT is super smooth in standard D mode, (only lags if you try to romp on it while in D, so if you need to pass someone, just slap it in S or S Manual first)

Never felt any of the weird DCT jerky-ness others had reported, though I did have the squeaky brakes issue that was eventually solved through a TSB.

I love that it is basically a TLX in Fancy Civic clothing, since it means you get a nicer interior than a civic, but with the power and drive train of the TLX, Its a great sporty combination.

Just give it a proper set of sticky tires, replace the Front/Rear sway bars with an Eibach set, not to mention the now growing list of aftermarket performance parts such as intakes, PCDs, and even ECU Tunes... and you've got yourself a serious 2015 Civic Si competitor with I'd wager superior performance and comfort.
I agree, I have a 2017 ilx base I got late last year when 18 was coming out and got it for much less than msrp. I am excited to add some little mods but know what it is obviously not a race car but you can have fun in it and a good looking little car you wont look like a 16 year old pulling up anywhere haha. I love the car I enjoy it I have fun in turns plan to do the aforementioned sway bar swap here soon and eventually try the tune that came out. if you like it what others think really shouldn't matter. I personally enjoy the car.

I do have a question, ive been on the fence a couple places that list "acura ilx" set-ups. did you use one of those or order the (correct me if im wrong) set up for the 15 SI?

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Old 08-14-2018, 01:58 PM
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Swaybars I used were eibachs 2012+ civic set. Kit No. 4087.320 with a 24mm front 19mm rear. Those fit on Si's and 13-15 ILX's officially (16+ use same sway mounting)

Only full coil overs are different (different mounting for 16+ ILX, which is similar to the 14-15 Si's), and spring rates (Unique to the 16+ ILX due to its larger engine and DCT compared to a standard Civic or Si)
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Originally Posted by Thmanx View Post
Swaybars I used were eibachs 2012+ civic set. Kit No. 4087.320 with a 24mm front 19mm rear. Those fit on Si's and 13-15 ILX's officially (16+ use same sway mounting)

Only full coil overs are different (different mounting for 16+ ILX, which is similar to the 14-15 Si's), and spring rates (Unique to the 16+ ILX due to its larger engine and DCT compared to a standard Civic or Si)
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:42 PM
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The ILX is *NOT* cheaper than a Civic. Look at the prices. However you can definitely score very good deals on an ILX. You can definitely get the top trim (tech+aspec) for under $30k. Civic Touring's MSRP is less than that.

Now, what I like about the ILX:
Nice drivetrain. It's not super fast, but it's not bad and I love the DCT8. Most people won't even know it's a DCT, that's how smooth it is. It's only when you start shifting with the paddles do you realize the shifts are so fast and smooth. The 2016+ MMC is the one to get. It got the DCT8, LED headlights, and revised front/rear bumpers.

What I don't like:
Interior kind of cheap. The infotainment stack is outdated but gets the job done. The center console and shifter area looks especially cheap.
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Originally Posted by schen72 View Post
The ILX is *NOT* cheaper than a Civic. Look at the prices. However you can definitely score very good deals on an ILX. You can definitely get the top trim (tech+aspec) for under $30k. Civic Touring's MSRP is less than that.

Thank you for your comments!

I mean, MSRP of Civic is definitely cheaper, but when it comes to leasing, You can get more than 10k off from the msrp.

Several dealerships offered me 230/mo (zero due at signing) and 2018 civics are about the same or higher.

Since new model(refreshed) is coming out, I think I can try to push more for discounts.

This is why I'm considering ILX over civic

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Old 08-16-2018, 07:13 PM
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You do understand that the ILX uses a much better material in the floor, right?
It uses the same mounting pattern as the "14+ Si for suspension, but it isn't the same floor.
t's stiffer and quieter, hence the tear-out when using really heavy sway bars (no flex).
I have a '16 Tech+ A spec and I love it. I'm OK with calling it the Top Shelf Civic.
I've turned off the noise canceling and changed out the harmonics canceling wheels, so it's
a bit louder inside, the way I like it.
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You do understand that the ILX uses a much better material in the floor, right?
It uses the same mounting pattern as the "14+ Si for suspension, but it isn't the same floor.
t's stiffer and quieter, hence the tear-out when using really heavy sway bars (no flex).
I have a '16 Tech+ A spec and I love it. I'm OK with calling it the Top Shelf Civic.
I've turned off the noise canceling and changed out the harmonics canceling wheels, so it's
a bit louder inside, the way I like it.
Yeah, the ILX is kind of like a top "trim" of Civic as it shares some things. But it's a little more mature looking and not as boy racer as the Civic.

As for leasing, I really have no idea about that as I don't like the economics of leasing. But from what I understand Hondas and Acuras don't often have good lease rates. Check out BMWs and they often have really good lease deals.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:54 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo9DiqFvAcU
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is a great video review of the 16+ ILX. Lot's of great information here and he compares/contrasts against other in the segment.

I bought my 17 ILX Premium A-Spec last August and I managed to get it for less than a base model due to the fact that my local Acura dealership doesn't sell many non-AWD vehicles. Aside from getting a great deal on my car, I love it. It's fun to drive, fast enough, amazing MPG especially on the highway and more. My only complaints are small like I wish I had a little more storage space, a tad louder exhaust note and maybe a little more headroom, but overall I love driving it everyday.
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Originally Posted by MegaManILX View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo9DiqFvAcU
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is a great video review of the 16+ ILX. Lot's of great information here and he compares/contrasts against other in the segment.

I bought my 17 ILX Premium A-Spec last August and I managed to get it for less than a base model due to the fact that my local Acura dealership doesn't sell many non-AWD vehicles. Aside from getting a great deal on my car, I love it. It's fun to drive, fast enough, amazing MPG especially on the highway and more. My only complaints are small like I wish I had a little more storage space, a tad louder exhaust note and maybe a little more headroom, but overall I love driving it everyday.
I agree with those points, I got a base 17 for 22 so I cant complain in any matter. I would enjoy more power but now that's possible! love the mpg highway drive mostly I average 40! so that's good haha one thing I would change is the exhaust. I just wish the exhaust would be showing instead of hidden which can be changed just a tricky thing to do to make look well when changed.. we shall see I love the car though!
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I agree with those points, I got a base 17 for 22 so I cant complain in any matter. I would enjoy more power but now that's possible! love the mpg highway drive mostly I average 40! so that's good haha one thing I would change is the exhaust. I just wish the exhaust would be showing instead of hidden which can be changed just a tricky thing to do to make look well when changed.. we shall see I love the car though!
The highway mileage is great. This was from my road trip from Reno to LA. I don't mind not seeing the exhaust, but I do wish it was a tad louder. And There is additional power to be had since the TLX with dual exhaust makes 206/182 vs our car at 201/180.

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Nice! there is a aftermarket growing for them so little by little!
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I agree with those points, I got a base 17 for 22 so I cant complain in any matter. I would enjoy more power but now that's possible! love the mpg highway drive mostly I average 40! so that's good haha one thing I would change is the exhaust. I just wish the exhaust would be showing instead of hidden which can be changed just a tricky thing to do to make look well when changed.. we shall see I love the car though!
You are averaging 40 mpg? That's awesome! I just bought a 2017 ILX with the premium package with only 19k on it and just drove it 2 hours home and only got at most 33 mpg. I wonder why mine is so much less? I was expecting 35-36 on the hwy. I haven't even owned it 24 hours yet but I love it!
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You are averaging 40 mpg? That's awesome! I just bought a 2017 ILX with the premium package with only 19k on it and just drove it 2 hours home and only got at most 33 mpg. I wonder why mine is so much less? I was expecting 35-36 on the hwy. I haven't even owned it 24 hours yet but I love it!
That 40 average MPG is very likely highway miles only. Once you actually drive a mix of highway and city, 28-32 is more typical MPG.
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That 40 average MPG is very likely highway miles only. Once you actually drive a mix of highway and city, 28-32 is more typical MPG.
Good to know as I am loving this car. Mine did come with a license plate on the front of it and I bought it from an Audi dealership so I need to either change the Audi plate out or take the plate and case off. I prefer to take it off completely but then there will be holes from where the plate was...does anybody know if I could fill those holes with something maybe?
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It should be using an axcessory bracket. Now, I don't know weather that creates holes itself, but ypu could always throw on sonething like this!
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I guess I could check, I just assumed it left holes from where the plate was screwed on. If so, I will look for an Acura plate. My car is white so maybe I will get a black Acura plate. I feel silly driving around with this Audi plate on lol. They put an Audi plate on front, and Audi sticker on the window and an Audi plate frame on back-car dealership advertisement at it's best
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I guess I could check, I just assumed it left holes from where the plate was screwed on. If so, I will look for an Acura plate. My car is white so maybe I will get a black Acura plate. I feel silly driving around with this Audi plate on lol. They put an Audi plate on front, and Audi sticker on the window and an Audi plate frame on back-car dealership advertisement at it's best

Gotcha! I'd hate that too.
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Yes, even with the front license plate bracket, there are two holes in the front bumper. Earlier generations of Acuras (such as my RL and RDX) actually used hidden screws mounted in the lower grill below the bumper. It wasn't necessary to drill holes in the bumper. But now with more recent Acuras they no longer have that. Thus, my ILX has the holes so I opted to keep the front plate on as seeing holes would annoy me even more than having a front plate. Maybe for my next car, I will insist that no holes be drilled in the bumper even if that means I have to wait for a new car to be driven off the boat.

Note: Here in CA a front plate is required by law but it's rarely enforced. The ILX is the first car I've had a front plate on in my 25 years of driving. Tinted windows on the front windows are also illegal in CA, but you are really only pulled over for these infractions if you look suspicious or you look like a criminal.
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Yes, even with the front license plate bracket, there are two holes in the front bumper. Earlier generations of Acuras (such as my RL and RDX) actually used hidden screws mounted in the lower grill below the bumper. It wasn't necessary to drill holes in the bumper. But now with more recent Acuras they no longer have that. Thus, my ILX has the holes so I opted to keep the front plate on as seeing holes would annoy me even more than having a front plate. Maybe for my next car, I will insist that no holes be drilled in the bumper even if that means I have to wait for a new car to be driven off the boat.

Note: Here in CA a front plate is required by law but it's rarely enforced. The ILX is the first car I've had a front plate on in my 25 years of driving. Tinted windows on the front windows are also illegal in CA, but you are really only pulled over for these infractions if you look suspicious or you look like a criminal.

That's what I was wondering...



What if you took a little putty and a touch up pen... I know this is kinda ghetto, but odds are it would hide it 90% of the way, but it would probably look stupid on a new car.
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Don't they have plugs to hide the holes?
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https://www.bumperplugs.com/index.ph...&product_id=70

Make sure the holes are no larger than 9/32"

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Does anyone know if the dealer installed license plate bracket holes on a 16+ ILX are less than 9/32"?
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Did you have to drill to make the holes bigger for the plugs or did they just fit? I definitely do not want to have to drill...
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I went directly from a 2014 Civic Touring to a 2018 ILX Premium Package, is nothing like a upgraded Civic at whatsoever,, the 8 speed dual clutch transmission by itself is enough, interior is nicer, 100% less road/wind noise than the civic, the suspension is 100% better than the civic. I love it
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I went directly from a 2014 Civic Touring to a 2018 ILX Premium Package, is nothing like a upgraded Civic at whatsoever,, the 8 speed dual clutch transmission by itself is enough, interior is nicer, 100% less road/wind noise than the civic, the suspension is 100% better than the civic. I love it
The people who harp about the ILX being no different from a Civic haven't actually driven an ILX. The only thing the Civic has over the ILX Is a newer generation infotainment system, and of course it's cheaper.
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