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Pros: Nav and convenience features
Cons: Where do I start?
Advice: Look elsewhere!Worst new car buying experience I've ever had. If I only had to go by the mechanical aspects of this car, I would give it a 4-5. However, this car has had so many fit and finish problems it is nowhere near the quality of a $35,000+ automobile. From repainting, to rattles, scratched moldings from the factory, to additional body damage caused by dealerships while performing requested warranty repairs, this car and its company just doesn't cut it! If I had to do it all over again, I definitely would not purchase this vehicle. Good luck if you have any problems that need to be handled at the corporate office level. Customer service is not in their vocabulary.
Pros: Overall quality and reliability
Cons: No armrest in the middle
Advice: You'll fall in love like I did, but ya gotta get the manual transmission to truly appreciate this car.I love my new 2006 Acura Type-S. I previously owned a '94 Integra, kept her for NINE years. Acura equals quality and reliability. With my 2006, I feel like I've come home once again, to an old, dear friend with a reincarnated body. I enjoy the manual transmission, the smooth shifting, the revving of the engine, and the leather seats. Yes, this car and I are very happy together. We plan to be together for many years to come!
Pros: All of the seat-comfort adjusters.
Cons: The lack of adult head room in the rear passenger seats.
Advice: Don't let falling in love with the vehicle cloud your judgement of its true worth when you go to buy it from a crafty dealer.I loved the sport-tuned suspension and handling. It's extremely fun to drive, economical, won't break the piggy bank when it comes to insuring it with collision, and it looks sporty and yet is subtle enough to be driven by the most sophisticated lady with a taste for sport and adventure on her way up the corporate ladder. I loved the cargo room of the trunk and the interior of the car was comfortable and stylish.
Pros: Near perfect balance of performance and comfort.
Cons: Wish it had automatic headlights. (a minor complaint)
Advice: Shop around. I got the best deal in the next state.I got my 06 6 speed with Navi 2 month ago. My first Acura. Previous car was a Lexus IS300. This car doesn't handle quite as sharply as the IS but it's still pretty good. Not nearly as harsh as the IS was. The larger turning circle takes some getting used to. Stereo and Navi are terrific but voice recognition is not perfect. Clutch is light but has this knee in the middle of the engagement that took some getting used to. My biggest beef is that this car is so good that they are everywhere.
Cons: Lack of REAL power
Advice: If you are over 6 feet tallI purchased the a 2005 RSX Premium (no leather) as a demo w/ approx 11km on it. A big factor in buying this car was reputation. I learned that reputation and reality are few and far between. I enjoy the fact that I drive a higher end vehicle, however I cannot help but feel that this is just a fancy civic. The power is not what I was looking for. There is not nearly enough torque in this car to make it feel as fast as it should. I owned a Cav Z24 that felt twice as fast. There is the most annoying grind that occurs between the 1st and 2nd gear tha apparently is normal for this car. I am 6'3 and if I use correct posture, my head is touching the sunroof. I love the climate control and the cold air conditioning. This car and the Type-S hold nothing against the Mustang GT. I am not too sure why I bought this car. Very expensive lesson. The car performs well for the kind of car it is. If you like to rev really high, then you may like it. The interior quality in the car is amazing and very classy. If it was not for all the ice and snow in Canada, i would have bought a Mustang GT in a second. The Mustang has substance compared to the weak RSX.
Pros: Interior leather.
Cons: You feel every bump in the road
Advice: None. Need to do your own research and test drive. Prices seem to vary a lot, so check on that.Great test drive. Handles well. Great interior look and feel to the car.
Pros: overall appearance
Cons: constant rattles
Advice: If you can stand the noise, buy it.I just bought a new TL and I have already had it in the shop three times for rattles in the dash, rattles in the door, and rattles in the back. The service technicians have admitted this is a documented problem with the TL's. I wish I had known that before I dropped $33,000 on a new car.