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User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Ok, so I have been out doing some car shopping and I think I have it narrowed down. Now, give me your opinions on which!

Scion tC

http://scion.jbcarpages.com/tC/Wallpapers/Paper14/2005%20Scion%20tC%20Blue%20rear%20right%20800.jpg

Acura RSX



Honda Accord COupe



Acura TSX




This is the Last Stop.
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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Thread starter):
Acura RSX

That's what I'd get at least  Smile



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

How about a VW Beetle? You can be the second guy driving one in America.

Signed, LHMark


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

The one that's not a cheesy Japanese 4 banger. Wait... nevermind.  Yeah sure

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7781 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Well you have cars ranging from $16k to $28k. Seems like a rather broad price range to be looking at. But to be honest there isn't much to complain about with any of those choices.

Just a few heads up the 2006 Accord is due out in a few months with sigificantly different styling, platform remains the same as this is a mid-cycle refresh. So you may want to see if you can find a pic of the 06 to see if you prefer the styling to the current car (I am actually in the minority in that I like the current car better, well the sedan at least).

If it were me, and money was no object, I would be in the TSX without any hesitation. Decent size, good mileage, plenty of power, and fun to drive. If money were an object I'd be in the tC. There isn't as much that draws me to a regular RSX, type S would be a diff story. Ditto for the Accord coupe, never warmed up to the new one as much as the previous car.



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

If price is your main consideration, the Scion would be the logical choice. The Honda and the RSX would be at least $5,000 more expensive, and the TSX close to $10,000 more.
Scions are sold at fixed prices like Saturns. That could be an important factor if you're not in the mood for haggling with dealers. I've heard that Honda dealers can be quite aggressive and high-pressure, and Acura dealers probably are the same way.

[Edited 2005-08-24 20:26:19]


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User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

tC or TSX, get the TSX A-Spec if you have the money.

User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 3):
The one that's not a cheesy Japanese 4 banger. Wait... nevermind.

Well I have a piece of shit American Jeep V6 right now...I could just continue on with this  Big grin



This is the Last Stop.
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

You also might want to check out the newly restyled Mitsubishi Eclipse. It's similar in price to the Honda and the RSX, somewhat less than the TSX. The Hundai Tiburon is another possibility, and is in the Scion's price range.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

what a selection... where did you know about these cars? I never knew the existence of any of them. They all look alike, and each is as forgettable as the other. In fact, as I type here I already forgot how they looked in the pictures of this very page.


Kay


User currently offlineJeepBoy From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Go for one of the hybrids out there..

Gas prices are only going one way.. and thats up.

Yeah, I have a Jeep V6 too and it's thirsty.

Cheers,

jb



*yay*
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32886 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Solid cars...but all four of them are just, well, boring. Check out the new Volkswagen Jetta or Passat. Volkswagen gives a lot of car for the money...they are especially known for their upscale interiors. Also check out to Volvo S40...edgy design and a very cool Scandanavian-design "pass through" center display. On the upper end of your price range, though.

There is nothing wrong with the four cars you chose, and if I had to take one I would get the Acura TSX (which, FYI, is the edgier, smaller European/Japan-market Honda Accord). You can't go wrong with reliability with a Honda or Toyota, though the cars have me-too styling and personality.

Quoting Kay (Reply 9):
what a selection... where did you know about these cars? I never knew the existence of any of them.

None are sold in mainland Europe except the Acura TSX, which is the same thing as the European Honda Accord.



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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Tough choice..... I'd go with the tC or the RSX. Both are on my short list of cars when it comes time to replace my Lancer.

I'm leaning towards the Scion... but if you've driven one, you know that practically that entire roof is glass, and its not pleasant to get into if its been sitting in the sun for more than 5 minutes....



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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1398 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

I bought a 2006 tC back in June and I absolutely love it. And it's an incredible value for the price: the number of standard features is astounding, the no-haggle pricing allows you to buy based on the merits of the dealer (instead of who can simply stomach the lowest margin), and the number of options available make the car something you feel is truly your own.

Speaking of my own, I posted a few pics I took [forgive the photo quality, but they're from my cell phone] here if you want to check it out.

It's a smartly designed car, giving you some no-nonsense features that makes you begin to wonder why you haven't seen them in other cars before: rear seats pushed back for ample legroom that themselves can recline or fold forward for an incredible amount of cargo space (facilitated only because they ditched a small trunk door and made it a hatchback), ASL [automatic sound level] control on the radio headunit that adjusts based on road noise (i.e. turns up the faster you go), etc. etc. etc. The differences between the 05 and 06 models are pretty minimal, but the addition of steering wheel controls in itself is worth the extra $200.  Wink As a more subtle yet still meaningful bonus, it's insurable as a compact car, not a sports car, which will save you a few hundred bucks a year.

Anyway, I could go on and on...so good luck with your purchase! Each model listed definitely has its pros and cons, but having compared those models myself against my basic criteria, it was truly an easy decision.  Smile

-Mike



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User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

what's wrong with getting a German car - yours all look the same!  Smile


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 14):
what's wrong with getting a German car - yours all look the same!

Exactly - well said BA380  Wink



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

How about an XR4TI?

Signed, The Crew


User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
Quoting BA380 (Reply 14):
what's wrong with getting a German car - yours all look the same!

Exactly - well said BA380

not that we are biased with our Audis / Audi's and BMWs / BMW's (see other thread ...  Wink



cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 16):
How about an XR4TI?

Signed, The Crew

We're all going to get freaking Merkur's!



This is the Last Stop.
User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

I own a 2006 Scion tC and must say it's a great buy! Best bang for your buck in its category (Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, etc). My friend has an RSX Type S and yes, performance wise it leaves the tC in the dust, but comfort wise I find the tC to be better and more solid.

And please... GET A STICK!

STefano  wave 


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 11):
Check out the new Volkswagen Jetta or Passat. Volkswagen gives a lot of car for the money..

Don't get a Jettolla! (Jetta+Corolla tail lights, get it?) There have been numerous reviews from car magazines saying that the new Jetta is a total mechanical nightmare. If I would go under VW, I would go the Audi way, although I would wait for the 2-door A3. That's my next car  wink 

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1848 times:
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Looks factor -> Honda Accord
Bang for your Buck -> Scion tC
Ease of modifications -> Acura RSX
Power and Fun Factor -> Acura TSX

Regardless of which car you get, get the high-performance version...Accord V6, Scion tC Turbo, RSX Type-S, or TSX-S.

And, like Stefano said, PLEASE get a stick shift. You are a real man, are you not?!

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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Last Tuesday, I leased a black brand new 2005 Honda Civic car - 3 year term. $255.00/month. $0.00 down payment. 38 MPG (highway). Nice deal!


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 47
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 21):
And, like Stefano said, PLEASE get a stick shift. You are a real man, are you not?!

That way you can cuss and swear as to why you got a stick when your stuck in nightmarish traffic for two hours a day. Cussing and swearing is very manly...

Get a stick, unless you have traffic to contend with.



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 22):
Last Tuesday, I leased a black brand new 2005 Honda Civic car - 3 year term. $255.00/month. $0.00 down payment. 38 MPG (highway). Nice deal!

That is a terrific deal. What is the annual mileage allowance?



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
25 N1120A : Hey, they were fast, just pieces of $hit
26 MrChips : It's not available in North America...we only get the 5-door. And even still, it's much more expensive than any of the OP's choices. I drive a rather
27 Post contains images Komododx : That's why I said I would wait for it. It should be here in the US in a year or, most probably, two. Stefano
28 Post contains images NIKV69 : Suprised nobody here mentioned the Maxima. I bought one last November and have to say it is AWESOME! The Maxima's engine is rated very highly in it's
29 ThereAndBack : I would go with the TSX its a very good car.
30 AWspicious : Get a Civic hybrid, if it's offered in your part of the world... Unless you can write-off your fuel.
31 JetsGo : Nobody has mentioned a Maxima because it does not compete with the cars he listed. Sure the Maxima blows the pants off the Accord/Camry/Passat, but i
32 NIKV69 : Your so called "punchy" V6 is actually the same 3.5 that is in the Maxima. Just has a better exhaust and the timing is probably a little advanced to
33 PROSA : Car buying is not an experience for the faint-hearted. It's bad enough that car salesmen often are intimidating, but once you've found a car to your
34 September11 : PROSA- there is mileage allowance on my leased car - I can not remember the exact number... I will for sure exceed my mileage allowance.
35 GuitrThree : ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS??? You don't know the mileage allowance??? Lets say you pay a penalty of 20 cents per mile, and your allowance is 12,000 mil
36 September11 : I think mine is 5 cents "penalty" per mile. My car dealership told me not to worry about it. So far, I like my car. I think I will keep it after my le
37 N200WN : I once leased a Honda...back in '91. The mileage penalty on my deal only came into play if I turned the car back in to the leasing company. If I trad
38 Mikey711MN : Wow. Was there anything else they told you not to worry about!??!? I mean, that is a pretty amazing deal...there weren't any knocking noises or funky
39 L410Turbolet : I may be completely wrong, but isn't your dealership's advice on this matter kinda irrelevant? They only sold the car to the leasing company, which n
40 JetsGo : And your point is? Im well aware that they have the same engine. There is a price difference though, and thats what I was referring to. Chris
41 AA777 : I say the Accord Coupe or the TSX. Both are more luxurious than the Scion and RSX, and hold more people in comfort. You CAN get a V6 with the accord,
42 Gearup : I notice no domestic makes in your shortlist, any particular reason? Why not a Pontiac G6 or Chevy Cobalt supercharged? All the cars on your list are
43 Post contains images Komododx : Some pics to compare the tC and the RSX-S: Stefano
44 Post contains images Komododx : FYI: The tC's platform is the same as the Toyota Avensis, which is Europe's mid-size sedan (ie. Europe's Camry), so even though you'd have a coupe, th
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