So here we are, 450,000 miles. I can’t remember a time that it took longer to put 3,000 on this car since I’ve been doing damage appraisal inspections. While the TSX was in the shop, I put another 7,000 miles on the Princesses RDX. She’s been a real trooper about it, & I appreciated that. The RDX once again stepped up in my time of need and was the perfect fill in for a change of pace. Like the TSX, I’d buy it all over again. As much as I like the new 2016 RDX model, I’m sticking with what we got. It’s too good of a vehicle to cast it away for something else.
But the RDX is now back in the hands of the Princess, running errands and hauling the Little Man around. It’s real job.
Once I got the TSX back from the body shop, it spent a couple of “Spa Days” at Lyle Pearson Acura. They had to diagnose and clear some dash lights & other minor things to get the TSX back up to my standards. Which have become quite high over the years. While this was going on, I was driving a 2015 TLX loaner.
Love this car! I can see how some people don’t feel as connected to the new Acura’s as they do the older models such as the older Legends, Integras & even the TSX. These cars were drivers cars & communicated the feeling of the road quite nicely to the driver. You don’t have that same feeling with the newer Acura’s & the TLX. With it’s superb suspension & electric steering, the TLX loses that gritty road feel. But what you’re left with is effortless comfort. The road loses some feel, yes, but it also loses all the bad things about the road as well. The road now becomes a path for the TLX to glide you along in both comfort, power & refinement. I couldn’t get over all the bells and whistles this car had. It sure wasn’t my TSX. When it’s time to retire the TSX, this will be an extremely strong candidate for my new ride. As for the TSX, I don’t think I’ll ever truly retire her. I’ve had her to long and spent too much time behind her wheel to put her to pasture. Besides, who would buy a car with half a million miles on it and 2 well documented total loss collisions under it’s belt? Not many takers, I think.
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to Wayne Bronson of Auto Point. Auto Point is the company that Lyle Pearson contracts their multipoint inspection software from. Wayne was upbeat, charismatic, & showed a genuine interest in my TSX. Needless to say, I liked him immediately.
Once he learned how many miles I had on my TSX, he started throwing out rapid fire questions about the car & it’s history. But the question that stayed with me for the last couple months was this… “So what Don’t you like about the car?” My initial response was that I wish it had some of the features that the new Acura’s had. Like the back up camera, USB, Bluetooth, & the newly discovered in the RDX, ELS 5.1 Audio Sound system. (Well, I knew It had it but never had the chance to really appreciate it until I found the sampler audio DVD in the glove box….WOW)
But then I realized that the lack of these features was no fault of my TSX. My car had all the latest & greatest that Acura had to offer in it’s class at the time. Wayne had stumped me with that one. Which really got me thinking…. What is it that makes a car great?
I came up with 3 main aspects that I feel are important qualities to making a car great.
- Curb Appeal – Lets face it, the first thing we notice about a car is how it looks. Whether it be sitting on the dealer lot or seen driving around town. If the car looks good, we take notice. The 2005 TSX, although 10 years old, still looks good. It has great lines & what people in the dealer world call “Eyeball”. When my TSX was all cleaned up and on the Lyle Pearson Acura show room floor for over a week, one of the salesman told me that he had walked by it over half a dozen times before he realized it was an old model TSX and not a new one. Understandably so. My TSX has curb appeal.
- Interior Layout / Aesthetics – The next step is getting in the car. If we’re talking about a super car, likely, this is as far as most of us get, me included. But once we’re in the car, is it comfortable? Is the lay out easy to understand? Reach? Flow? How does it look? Feel? I’ve been in some really nice, & expensive sedans. I won’t say any names (*coughAudicough*) they have good curb appeal, at least the new body styles do, but inside is Blah at best. It doesn’t flow. It feels like I’m sitting ON the seat instead of IN it, some of the instrumentation isn’t clear or easy to operate & so on. The 2005 TSX is not only comfortable, but the interior flows and has a luxury feel for what was then Acura’s entry level sedan. The kind of place where I could, & have spent 18 hours behind the wheel in a single stretch. Stopping of course for gas and breaks. Another check for the TSX.
- Power & Handling – Here’s where some may argue with me. My TSX is a 4cyl automatic. Yet I feel it has plenty of power for day to day use. Is it the fastest sedan out there? Not by a long shot. Is it the fastest 4 cylinder sedan out there? Again, Nope. For me the 4 Cylinder motor, produces plenty of power for the day to day commuter. Where it really shines is in it’s handling. The TSX can gobble up windy roads with little effort. Some of the most enjoyable roads in Idaho are the Hwy 21 from Boise to Lowman & hwy 55 from Boise to McCall. Beautifully windy roads thru the mountains following flowing rivers with scenic canyons. I currently have 450,000 miles on the original shocks, & although the shocks are finally due for replacement, the TSX still handles both of these highways with heart accelerating glee. I’d say the TSX has this area covered as well.
Bottom line, I couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t like about my TSX. Because the TSX has strong presence in all three of these categories, it’s why it’s a great car & has a dedicated following. By me especially. To date, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t another TSX owner that has logged more miles in their car than I have. If you’re out there, I’d love to hear from you and get your story! If you’re reading this, please reach out. I’d love to compare notes!
Only 50,000 miles to go! Which, for those of you who’ve been following this little project for a while now, translates into roughly one year of driving. In the next 6 months or so I’ll be thinking of how to celebrate this milestone. I have something in mind, but also wouldn’t mind some input from others either. So feel free to sound off in the comments.
Thank you again to all of my followers for continuing to show support. I truly appreciate all the encouragement I’ve gotten. I also want to thank all the people who have stopped by this blog for the first time. I invite you to come back and check in again, often. I have a feeling this last year and 50,000 will go by quickly. Next week I will also be starting a new monthly feature that I’m looking forward too & am pretty confident you will enjoy too.
One last thing, Congrats to Tyson for finding one of my favorite photos spots on his way through Idaho recently!
Thanks again everybody! Be safe & put some miles on that thing!
Musical Credit to the Great, Aerosmith.