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Picked up the tC yesterday and drove home today (6 hours) and have the following comparisons. I prefer the tC power. While the Acura has 200 HP, most of it is located from 6-8k RPM. Make no mistake...it screams up there, but how often do you hit 6-8k RPM in normal driving? I was surprised at the passing power of the tC and once I accelerated from 20 MPH in 5th gear. The tC had no problem and pulled right on out. The RSX is gutless at low rpm and often dies when I pull out from a stop at a light.

The RSX corners better, but at a price. Toyota is great at giving you good cornering and a comfortable ride. On a long trip in the Acura, you feel like you have been beat to death. You feel every bump.

The radio in the tC is so much better, there's no comparison.

I think the drivers seat in the tC may be the best I've ever sat in. I left with a back ache and after 6 hours of driving it was gone.

I'm not sure about the brakes...the tC didn't impress, but maybe it needs more miles to break in.

I do like the steering wheel on the Acura better and the "RSX Type S" on the floor mats look nice. For what I paid for the tC mats, I expected a "signature".

I filled up at 256 miles (found some cheap gas $1.67) and got exactly 30 mpg. I was surprised to see this with the engine not broken in. So, I am really happy with my choice to replace the Type S with the tC. When you factor in the difference in price, there's no question. If all you want is "all out performance", then the Acura wins. If you plan on driving the car in the "real world", then the tC wins hands down.
 

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Originally posted by Andfx8@Aug 15 2004, 07:28 PM
I'm not too sure about the brakes either.
yeah, i'm not blown away by them either. do brakes usually need a break in?
 

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Originally posted by Plissken+Aug 15 2004, 11:34 PM-->QUOTE (Plissken @ Aug 15 2004, 11:34 PM)
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I'm not too sure about the brakes either.
yeah, i'm not blown away by them either. do brakes usually need a break in? [/b]
yes brakes need about 200-300 miles to "seat in".. or break in.. if you don't break in the pads mating with the brake disc surface you'll glaze the surface and stopping will be even longer.. then the dealer will have to resurface the rotors and you'll be back being easy on them for another 2-300 miles..

I did drive a car that was finally broken in at 250miles.. and yes the brakes were completely different from when I drove it at 100 miles.. so yes breaking in brakes does exist..


about the review? I have a 96 Honda Civic Coupe that I'm selling once I get the tC.. and I agree about every bump and crack in the road with the Honda.. sometimes a normal "bump" feels like you just ruined the underside of the car..!! Honda may have the "on the edge handling" down for the race track or a perfect world.. but we don't live in a perfect world.. hahaha... The tC was very smooth, without feeling isolated, handled well in the real world and it could be "tighter" but that's what the performance springs and shocks are for.. I think overall the tC (in terms of baseball) hit one out of the ballpark on this! Think about it.. What else even comes close for the price? here we are comparing it to a car that is about $10,000 MORE.. that's amazing.. can you imagine what you can do to the tC for $10,000??!??
very cool
 

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Great review.....it makes ME happy thats for sure. I was really having a hard time deciding between a used rsx-type S (2001-02) or a new tc. I have made up my mind on the tc, but still go searching autotrader and what not for a RSX.

Of course a new car is a smarter buy than a used, especially when they are the same price. But recently I have seen a kinds of problems brought up about the Tc. Granted, Im sure they are not found on every car----but nonetheless it is discouraging to read about.

I think your post has just ENcouraged me completely. Thanks.
 

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Glad to see such an honest and helpful review from someone who is obviously on the same page as I am as far as what's important and what's not.

The only thing I felt the need to specifically respond to was your comment about the driver's seat -- I totally agree that it is BY FAR the most comfortable driver's seat I have ever experienced. In fact, it is one of the most comfortable seats I have sat in, period. I noticed the same thing in regard to having had back pain beforehand and it going away after a few days of driving the tC. Wow.
 

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great review, thanks for your input, I found it well placed. :c)
 

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Nicely truthful. Ive noticed my brakes getting better as I go up into 200 miles.
 

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Originally posted by oldster@Aug 15 2004, 11:08 PM
If you plan on driving the car in the "real world", then the tC wins hands down.
I agree with your entire post....especially that last comment.


Just a quick note, my boyfriend has a 2002 RXS-S and we've both been in both cars for road trips now (28 hours on a road trip in the RSX-S and 8 hours on a road trip in the tC).

On the LONG road trip in the RSX-S, my boyfriend kept complaining b/c he said the seats weren't good for sleeping (particularly the cut-out in the headrests)....and the bumps in the road from all of the construction were absolutely terrible.

However, on the tC road trip he had no problems at all sleeping, and he didn't even recline the seat. He was out before I even noticed, and when I stopped for a drink and he woke up, I asked if he wanted to recline back and he said nope..he was all good. Hehe. SO that right there tells me the tC's seats and ride are much better.

And yes, I've noticed the tC feels a little more pushy while cornering (my boyfriend loves getting in front of me on curvy on-ramps and gunning it through the corners)...but I don't have any performance options on my car yet...so I'd expect that it wouldn't match or beat the RSX-S.

However, my boyfriend kept saying that the look and the feel of the tC(driving) made him think he was in his RSX-S. Hehehe...good thing I paid more than $6,000 less for my car than he paid for his.
 

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Thanks for reading my review. I was a bit tired when I wrote it last night and there are a few things I forgot to mention (nothing important). I had trouble seeing the red line on the tach until it got dark and I turned on the headlights. I wish the odometer reading was on all the time (place it to the left of the trip odo). That way I would always know about oil changes and such without pushing the odo button. Put the outside temp on with the clock...or have them alternate back and forth. I want to know both, not one or the other. And, why do you have to turn on the cruise after you restart the car? Why not have it come on if it was previously on...like the radio? Speaking of cruise, there needs to be a "speed set" indicator so you know if the cruise is set (not just the on light).

These are all little things...please don't take this as complaints...more like comments. Gotta go paint calipers and move the XM from the RSX to the tC.

ufgatorfan
I have an RSX for sale...of course, you could buy a new tC for the price of a 2 year old Aura...
 

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Originally posted by oldster@Aug 16 2004, 08:20 AM
Thanks for reading my review. I was a bit tired when I wrote it last night and there are a few things I forgot to mention (nothing important). I had trouble seeing the red line on the tach until it got dark and I turned on the headlights. I wish the odometer reading was on all the time (place it to the left of the trip odo). That way I would always know about oil changes and such without pushing the odo button. Put the outside temp on with the clock...or have them alternate back and forth. I want to know both, not one or the other. And, why do you have to turn on the cruise after you restart the car? Why not have it come on if it was previously on...like the radio? Speaking of cruise, there needs to be a "speed set" indicator so you know if the cruise is set (not just the on light).

These are all little things...please don't take this as complaints...more like comments. Gotta go paint calipers and move the XM from the RSX to the tC.

ufgatorfan
I have an RSX for sale...of course, you could buy a new tC for the price of a 2 year old Aura...
Any tips you can offer after painting your calipers would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Well, its taking me longer on the XM than I thought. I forgot how hard it was to install...and of course I put it in like it was never going to come out. Had to remove the console, radio face plate, radio (can't get there from here), glove box, and rear seat. Anyway, its looks like tomorrw for the calipers.
 

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Plan on ordering the Tc tomorrow. Thanks though.
 
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