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Acura TSX or BMW 325i?

Okay guys so I'm debating on a pre-owned Acura TSX (2004-2008 bodystyle) or a pre-owned E46 (2000-2004 body style) BMW 325i. Any useful input is appreciated, which would you prefer if you had to choose and why?

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-driver oriented cockpit
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Everyone and their mom has a 3 series... get a TSX...

true^^^^.. there is a reason for it though.... if its a toss between the 3 series and the TSX, the beamer is hands down better... in every way really.. faster, more fun to drive, more luxurious.... the only way i would give the vote for the TSX is if you plan on owning it for a very long time. the TSX will no doubt last longer and have less mechanical/electrical issues.... but if you know that you will be trading it in for something else in a few years, get the beamer... my $0.02

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That is a toughie.
I love the Acura. Don't know about the TSX. I'm always comparing my Dad's 330CI to my buddies Acura CL. There both great but a BMW has that special appeal. More chick magnet I think.
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^ you shouldn't need a car to get chicks though or even to impress them. Your bike will do that! TSX all the way, less to maintain, last longer yet still a very sexy car. Save some cash and the TSX.
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Thanks for all the good feedback. I'm looking for it as a daily driver. Not sure if I'll end up trading it in a few years or keep it for over a decade. I'm not really looking to pick up chicks with it, and don't mind if alot of people have the same car, I drive a Civic right now which is pretty popular and it doesn't bother me.
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get a TL...
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Thanks for all the good feedback. I'm looking for it as a daily driver. Not sure if I'll end up trading it in a few years or keep it for over a decade. I'm not really looking to pick up chicks with it, and don't mind if alot of people have the same car, I drive a Civic right now which is pretty popular and it doesn't bother me.
if you have a civic, keep it... the way the gas prices are just being crazy... i have a civic and love it... i get 35mpg... when i was in the market for a car - i was really looking into buying other cars TL or a pilot but decided to buy the civic because of the gas mileage... and i cant be happier with my decision...
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TL for the win! Im looking at ordering a TL s-type 6sp with all the carbon fiber and stuff. mmmm i get horny just thinking about it
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Oh man, stick with the civic. Thats what I got, 04 4dr chick car. haha cheap insurance, gas, maintenance. Can't go wrong with it.
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TSX for sure. You will definitely be better off on the maintenance and fixable problem front with the Acura. They are a lot better than people give them credit for. Given the choice, i would personally would get the TSX if it were my money.
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if you have a civic, keep it... the way the gas prices are just being crazy... i have a civic and love it... i get 35mpg... when i was in the market for a car - i was really looking into buying other cars TL or a pilot but decided to buy the civic because of the gas mileage... and i cant be happier with my decision...
haha well my Civic's a 1997 and it isn't without things that could be fixed, vibrates violently when launching from a stop the first few launches unless I ride the clutch launching from first.. This only happens after it's been sitting overnight I think... (anyone know what this is? thought it was the clutch but the mechanic at a shop I did co-op at said might be oil leaking on the pressure plate I think), also a few other things here and there so rather than dumping a load of cash into repairs I figured I'd get something newer... Also, I don't need such a big car as the TL.
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did u think about other cars? i recently bought an 06 legacy gt. its awd and turbo and 5spd. and in the same price bracket as the tsx and 3 series. the interior is probally not as nice as the beemer but its a heck of alot better than my jeep. but thats not hard to beat.

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I'm a Honda-Acura whorist. I love those products and helped two friends buy TSXs and they love 'em. Best bang for the buck is the TSX, fully loaded and the reliability is spot on. Cost of maintenance is low, since a lot of the same parts can be sourced from Honda. It's a fun little car to drive around and it still looks very good.

The BMW is a whole different kind of car. Really, comparing the two isn't even close. I'm of the camp, if you're going to get a three series, don't pick up the 325 or the 328. Just screams, "I couldn't afford the bigger engine, but I wanted to pose and pick up the smaller one." That's just my opinion. Honestly, the only reason you'd pick up the smaller displacement is for the AWD.

That being said, the 325/8 is a garbage car if not equipped with the sport package. Honestly, the Sport package is BMW's claim to fame. Everything you've heard about connectedness and driver's machine is because the Sport package is so good. My sister has the newer E90 coupe and I swear, it was horrid.

The DBW throttle was horrible. Steering was a bit numb. But the driving position was very good. Get ready for high maintenance costs. But! You get exclusivity. You're a Bimmer owner now. All the middle fingers you see, yup, pointed at you!

I love the BMW motor. Great motor. But again, only with the sport package. Hard to vote on either of these cars because they're both decent. But I'd have to give the edge to the TSX.

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I'm also considering a Lexus GS300 (2002-2005 Body Style) with the 2JZ motor, but the fuel economy isn't as decent as the other two.. Also, it just seems a bit dated in some respects, classy design, but doesn't have projector beam headlights, nor exterior grab-n-pull door handles (minor things, but just makes it show it's age as was originally intoroduced as a 1998 model here in North America).
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Angry don't get a tsx

I have a 2004 TSX with the six speed and my transmission went out at only 97k. I pulled it out and the thing is garbage. I asked for some help from Acura corporate since it's kind of early for a tranny to go out and they told be to go pound salt. What about a IS300?
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I really don't see why you would expect a company, to any extent, to cover a transmission on a car that has almost 100k miles.
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Dude, Honda manual transmissions are top notch. For yours to fail at 97k miles has less to do with the car and probably more to do with how you drive the car. Not one Honda that my family or myself have own has seen its manual tranny fail. My last Honda went to 187K with one clutch replacement and that's only because I was using an aftermarket clutch.

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By the way, IS300 gets HORRIBLE gas mileage, also because of the old, old 2JZ motor. And the new IS is cheap, cheap, cheap on the interior. They could have at least used different radio buttons rather than pulling them straight from the Camry.

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I've owned a 06 TSX, great car, great handling, reliability is top notch, gas mileage is good and the 6sp/4cyl is potent. ...just an all around great car. I haven't owned a 3series...so the only knowledge i have is based on magazine reviews. initially i hear they are great cars but long term cost will bite you in the a$$.

Currently i have a 07 TL type s -6sp...favorite car to date i've owned.!! only knock is FWD. I looked at buying a 335I....for the money the TL-s was the better deal by +10k. Add navi, bluetooth..etc and the 335i was in the 50k range. MY TL-S...38k!

The same applied when i bought my TSX. I priced a new 330CI...same results. My TSX was 27k and the 330ci was 38k. An 04 tsx, loaded can be had dirt cheap. If you can drive a 6sp, I would suggest that over an auto.

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I have a 2004 TSX with the six speed and my transmission went out at only 97k. I pulled it out and the thing is garbage. I asked for some help from Acura corporate since it's kind of early for a tranny to go out and they told be to go pound salt. What about a IS300?
I actually heard Honda Tranny's are one of the finest you'll find in any production car.. Were you powershifting and/or downshifting alot? I know some Honda automatics have problematic issues but not the manuals as far as I'm aware. As for the IS300 same iron block engine used in the GS makes it's fuel milage suffer. I really like the new IS250 but still a bit pricey.
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As a owner of a 325ci I say get the BM. You will enjoy it! Just feels right when driving at high speeds. Pure enjoyment IMO.
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yeah i have just been lent a 520i it is old and shitty but , it is stilll a joy to drive........ cant say the acura is anything i have drive as we dont get em here

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i would grab the bimmer

they are just great and the 325 is sweet little car

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I actually heard Honda Tranny's are one of the finest you'll find in any production car.. Were you powershifting and/or downshifting alot? I know some Honda automatics have problematic issues but not the manuals as far as I'm aware. As for the IS300 same iron block engine used in the GS makes it's fuel milage suffer. I really like the new IS250 but still a bit pricey.
It's only Honda's automatic trannys that have problems. Some of the TSX trannys like to shift from down from 4th gear to 2nd gear around 60mph but I believe they fixed that problem with the new models.

The TSX is definitely the better car of the two.
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Personally I'd have to say get the BMW, but I'm very biased. I'm a owner and a BMW technician. You really have to weigh your options. The Acura will probably be much more reliable in the long run, and if the BMW doesn't have any type of warranty (still under factory 4yr/50k or 100k cpo) you're wallet is going to take a big hit in the long run. Let me know mileage on the BM and I can let you know just about everything you can expect to go wrong with it. I love BMW's and they are a great "drivers" car but you should expect to spend some money on maint/repairs.
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I really don't see why you would expect a company, to any extent, to cover a transmission on a car that has almost 100k miles.
Acura has extended their warrantys on their transmissions to 100k before on the 3.2 TL and CL because they had so many problems with them. Most manufactures have what they call goodwill coverage, it's set up for items that go out after the warranty but premature for expected life expectancy. I just think it's sad that Acura thinks it's okay for their transmissions to last only 97k, just my .02 I will be moving on to Lexus now, IS-F
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Personally I'd have to say get the BMW, but I'm very biased. I'm a owner and a BMW technician. You really have to weigh your options. The Acura will probably be much more reliable in the long run, and if the BMW doesn't have any type of warranty (still under factory 4yr/50k or 100k cpo) you're wallet is going to take a big hit in the long run. Let me know mileage on the BM and I can let you know just about everything you can expect to go wrong with it. I love BMW's and they are a great "drivers" car but you should expect to spend some money on maint/repairs.
Seems the BMW fans came out to play and are evening out the score in this match..
The cars I've been looking at typically have between 40-70k.
What kind of things can I expect to go wrong with the BMW and what kinda expenses are they if you know? I haven't even checked out insurance rates comparing the 2 actually yet..
My situation is I'm living in Canada now and later this year planning to move to Florida and buy my first home, so I think I'll end up keeping the car for a long time as I'll have mortgage/bills expenses.
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