Notices

Trading down from TLX

 
Old 02-16-2019, 10:19 AM
  #1  
Registered Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Age: 39
Posts: 40
Received 9 Likes on 5 Posts
Trading down from TLX

Hi all-

A former first generation tsx owner here debating to trade down from my '15 TLX to a 2nd Gen TSX for a couple of reasons:

1. Save money, I can afford the TLX but I'm a cheapskate and thinking to get a higher mileage TSX and run it for a while (put 225K miles on my first gen)
2. Seats/Comfort. I don't like the seats in the TLX, they seem too small for me. I've never felt "comfortable" in the car. Took a 2nd Gen TSX for a test drive and it just felt bigger and seemed to have better bolsters.
3. Gas pedal. TLX went to a hanging gas pedal which has barely any resistance and is driving crazy, much prefer a floor mounted pedal.

Not trying to turn this into TLX bashing, I love the 8 speed DCT / 2.4 combo.

So question is, any things to look for on higher mileage TSX? From my research, they seem to be quite reliable. I do all of my own wrenching so understand things break but any major things to look for? Did the '09 have any bugs which got sorted out in future years?

daschwa is offline  
Old 02-16-2019, 10:34 AM
  #2  
Moderator
iTrader: (1)
 
justnspace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 80,434
Received 13,980 Likes on 10,384 Posts
the 2nd gen TSX is literally a copy and paste of the 3rd gen TL.
and they literally copied and pasted the 1st gen power train into the 2nd gen.
Which BOTH ARE BULLETPROOF.

if you do your own wrenching, then you can inspect the car for trouble. inspect the suspension. inspect mounts, inspect things that normally break on any car.
You will know if something is majorly wrong, as you have driven a 1st gen TSX all the way to 225k miles.
justnspace is offline  
Old 02-16-2019, 01:37 PM
  #3  
fbt
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 230
Received 25 Likes on 20 Posts
Curiously I'm thinking of the opposite. Trade in my Sportwagon for a TLX with SH-AWD I'd miss the wagon but with all the snow and ice I'd like an AWD car.
fbt is offline  
Old 02-16-2019, 05:38 PM
  #4  
Registered Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Age: 39
Posts: 40
Received 9 Likes on 5 Posts
Originally Posted by fbt View Post
Curiously I'm thinking of the opposite. Trade in my Sportwagon for a TLX with SH-AWD I'd miss the wagon but with all the snow and ice I'd like an AWD car.
That's funny, I've been looking at TSX sport wagons, they seem to hold their value well and look nice. My advice is to look before you leap with the V6 AWD TLX.

Do you have a dedicate set of winter wheels / tires? I can navigate extremely well in my FWD with a winter setup.
daschwa is offline  
Old 02-16-2019, 05:59 PM
  #5  
Platinum Sponsor
iTrader: (1)
 
MrHeeltoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Pac Northwest
Posts: 6,944
Received 498 Likes on 317 Posts
Originally Posted by justnspace View Post
the 2nd gen TSX is literally a copy and paste of the 3rd gen TL.
and they literally copied and pasted the 1st gen power train into the 2nd gen.
Which BOTH ARE BULLETPROOF.

if you do your own wrenching, then you can inspect the car for trouble. inspect the suspension. inspect mounts, inspect things that normally break on any car.
You will know if something is majorly wrong, as you have driven a 1st gen TSX all the way to 225k miles.
That's a really interesting take on it. I think you've dramatically misused the term "literally." The 3g TL is an overgrown 1g TSX. The 2g TSX is a smaller 4th gen TL, as far as the chassis goes. The newer gen cars have a revised rear suspension that largely carried over to the TLX. So if the OP likes the TLX handling they should really like the CU2 as well, which benefits from Honda's great front wishbone suspension. The 3g TL is too bloated for it's chassis and you can see the suspension issues people have as evidence.

The engine in the 2g TSX is a K24Z3 as opposed to the K24A2 in the 1g TSX. It's the same architecture but the head is really different. They are rated for the same basic power level but honestly they have as much in common as the K24Z3 has with the K24 in the TLX.

So all that being said I think the CU2 should be a really comfortable transition for someone who had a 1g TSX and a I4 TLX. Double wishbone front an revised rear suspension, tons of mod potential as well.

I very much agree that reliability on the CU2 is sure to be strong.

And of course Heeltoe is in your corner on any of these cars! We've got experience with all the above and would be happy to field and questions at all!

www.heeltoeauto.com
MrHeeltoe is offline  
The following 2 users liked this post by MrHeeltoe:
daschwa (02-16-2019), justnspace (02-17-2019)
Old 02-16-2019, 06:18 PM
  #6  
fbt
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 230
Received 25 Likes on 20 Posts
I have snow tires but they are not studded. I also have cables. It's mostly the ice that gets me, so maybe studs is the way to go. I use the long roof to carry lumber and stuff and I know I would miss it. I've had TLX V6 loaners and liked them. It's just something I'm thinking of as we are not getting out much lately.
fbt is offline  
Old 02-17-2019, 10:02 AM
  #7  
Registered Member
 
FLYGUY31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Valley Forge, PA
Posts: 408
Received 78 Likes on 48 Posts
I have 2010 tech that still runs like a champ. With a 157k on it the only issue Iím having now is oil consumption. And itís getting worse as the miles click up. Iíll be be buying a new car this spring but will hold on to my current car as a beater/work car. Itís a solid car but watch for oil burning.
FLYGUY31 is offline  
Old 02-17-2019, 11:31 AM
  #8  
Registered Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Age: 39
Posts: 40
Received 9 Likes on 5 Posts
Thank you. Sounds like oil burning is a pretty consistent story. My 1st gen would go through roughly a quart every 3K miles, is this about what people are seeing?

In the case of buying use, I'd have to rely on seller honesty to get a gauge on oil eating habits.
daschwa is offline  
Old 02-17-2019, 01:40 PM
  #9  
Registered Member
 
FLYGUY31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Valley Forge, PA
Posts: 408
Received 78 Likes on 48 Posts
Originally Posted by daschwa View Post
Thank you. Sounds like oil burning is a pretty consistent story. My 1st gen would go through roughly a quart every 3K miles, is this about what people are seeing?

In the case of buying use, I'd have to rely on seller honesty to get a gauge on oil eating habits.
I just had to add a quart at 2500 mile. This down from around 3000 late last year.
FLYGUY31 is offline  
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
phee
Money & Investing
3
01-09-2010 11:45 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Trading down from TLX


Contact Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.