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Old 12-12-2018, 04:40 PM
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Buying used TSX - better to get Navi or non-Navi?

Looking to buy a used 1g TSX and wondering if TSX owners have any strong opinions on Navi vs non-Navi packages?

I use my phone for Google Maps, and wouldn't be using the Navi screen for navigation. And from doing a little browsing, seems the Navigation units are now old enough that problems are fairly common, and even without problems, they can be slow by today's computing standards. So I'm leaning toward the basic radio package. Seems the only drawback to going that route is I give up a screen that I could use to connect to a backup cam and would have to place a monitor/screen up on the windshield which isn't as aesthetically pleasing.

Anything else to consider with respect to the Navi vs basic factory radio options?
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Navi or non-Navi was the only option other than 5AT or 6MT. They stopped making update disks for the 04/05 TSX with Navi a few years ago. The +06 TSX still have once a year update disks available with prices between $199 in fall and down to $99 by summer. My 06 TSX I've had since new was handed down to my college age son and he doesn't even turn on the navi screen when driving and uses his smartphone for navigation (very clunky process to enter addresses on Navi compared to smartphone). The Navi system still works after +12 years; but, others had issues with the CD-ROM reader in the trunk failing. Screen failures are not as common; but, do happen.

It was an $2000 option at the time; but, there shouldn't much be a price difference between a TSX with or without Navi compared to mileage. Make sure the navi boots up and works because it can cost $200-$500+labor just to fix with used OEM parts. Can be a pain to do all A/C, heat, and radio if the Navi screen isn't working. All TSX models have a 1-din opening under in the center console to put a new head unit with a pop out/up screen. You can then add a unit with apple/android carplay, backup cam, Bluetooth streaming, etc.... My son has just been happy with connecting his smartphone to the AUX plug for music/pod casts (I don't think the 04 TSX had an AUX plug).

I think the it should come down to 04/05 TSX or 06-08 TSX because there are enough changes between the pre-MMC and MMC model years to make a choice on what to purchase compared to with or without Navi.

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Old 12-13-2018, 08:37 AM
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Thanks. Yeah, I'm looking for 2006-2008 6MT. I suppose being picky about Navi vs non-Navi may limit options given the availability of 6MT models in good condition.

Sounds like it would be easy enough to replace the Navi unit with an Android head unit, so I guess Navi or non-Navi shouldn't sway my decision if I can find a good condition MMC 6MT.
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You have to be willing to expand your search to almost coast-to-coast and be able to pay above bluebook for stock +06 6MT in good-excellent condition close to stock as possible. I'm still kicking myself in the butt when I purchased my 06 TSX new and decided to go with the 5AT compared to identical 6MT w/ Navi on the lot for the same price. The TSX is a very reliable if the M.I.D. scheduled maint was done with the exception for alternator, P/S pump/rack, and A/C compressor/clutch. The other Acuras from that era I would love to have would be the 07-08 TL Type-S in 6MT or even 5AT form. My 08 1st Gen RDX would be next on my list and it has a lot of power upgrades with the turbo engine and the RDX will be bumper-to-bumper with a 1st Gen TSX even when the road gets twisty because of sh-awd. The +06 TL with 6MT would be a distance 4th on my short list.

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I think the Navi set up may have been nice then...... but now it doesn't matter. I would find the nicest 2007-2008 6 speed you can and don't worry about the Navi part. I switched my Navi to non-navi today actually. It's much simpler. Easier to control AC functions, etc... Switching from Navi to non-navi is easy.
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