2006 Acura Tsx Review

ACURA TSX 2006
Entry-level luxury, with an emphasis on “entry-level.”

What’s new for the 2006 Acura TSX: Minor intake and exhaust mods boost horsepower to 205. Elsewhere, new wheels, styling alterations front and rear, driver’s seat memory, an MP3 input jack, a Maintenance Minder System, and a faster-thinking navigation system round out the long list of minor enhancements.

For most upscale automakers, small sedans are big business. They get sales numbers, draw in young yuppies, and sometimes serve as the brand’s cool, fast, fun model. Acura likely had these goals in mind when conceiving of the TSX, though they ended up taking a different approach than did most others.

Rather than designing the TSX from the ground up, Acura essentially used a shrunken version of the Honda Accord platform, then tuned the engine, suspension, and tires for an extra dose of performance. The result is a fine-driving, decently entertaining sports sedan, but in a class where excellence is common, “decent” kind of sticks out. For one thing, the TSX’s front-wheel-drive nature has it handling less than a BMW and more like, well, an Accord. Its Accord-sourced engine is two cylinders shy of a full load (meaning six), and compared to others, the TSX is a bit lacking in refinement and low-speed punch. Together, these factors take a toll on the TSX’s legitimacy as a sports sedan.

Performance aside, the little Acura measures up in most ways. There’s a full complement of luxury and safety features (including leather, power seats, sunroof, and stability control); navigation is the only real option. The front seats are great, and the stereo rocks hard (even if it can’t play DVDs like most Acuras). The only drawbacks are the TSX’s somewhat unsupportive back seat, and how the presence of the navigation system complicates the other controls.

Acura is also the most modest with pricing, as the TSX is nearly the only remaining entry-level luxury car that ducks in under $30,000. That might seem like a bargain compared to Lexus, Infiniti, BMW and the rest, but it’s fair to ask if those cars are its real competition. Leather seats and designer labels notwithstanding, the TSX’s hardware and performance are much more in line with cars like the Mazda 3 and Honda Civic Si, which start closer to $20,000.

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Air Horns On Cars & Trucks – The Next Big Trend

Forget jacking your truck up, neons, and chrome rims, today?s auto junkies have air horns! Not just any kind of air horn though, real train horns. That?s right, it?s the new sensation, and people can?t get enough of the ear-splitting sound.

The madness started with sites like popping up, posting videos on Youtube of them riding around scaring the living daylights out of people with their horns. Not long after, other truck websites followed. Then, before you know it, everyone on the block has a 150 plus decibel train horn.

Since the horns require high intensity air flow, you have to have an air source. This includes an air tank and a compressor. Along with other hardware & valves, you have a complete air horn setup.

sells kits that are easily installed on just about any automobile. The prices range from about $200 to over $600. Each range kit has different specs and decibels of sound. The great thing about buying them as a kit, is you have everything you need to install it. The kits also come with full color directions, making it easier for the first time installer.

The question your probably thinking now is, how am I going to fit a 5 gallon air tank, compressor, hosing, and the horns in to my Honda Accord? Luckily some sites like offer smaller systems. For instance you can buy the ?car kit? which includes a smaller size air tank, and compact horns.

Most people with cars put the tank in the trunk, along with the compressor and run a high intensity hose to the air horns. The horns don?t have to mount facing forward, this is a common misconception. They?re just as effective facing down, towards the ground.

So, your thinking of getting an air horn, but just out of curiosity, you want to know?What?s the loudest horn out there? That?s a good question. The loudest horn made is the Nathan K5. Not many people sell it because it?s only available to locomotive related companies. Only a small, select group of sites sell them, and there not cheap! The average price for just the horns is well over $1500. Not to mention you need an air system to push it.
Air horns can be a lot of fun. If and when you decide to purchase one, check out the sites I mentioned in the article. Also be very careful with your new horns, there not toys, and can be dangerous, so use them responsibly.

The Same Golf But Different Cars

Volkswagen?Europe?s largest automaker and producer of the popular VW CV joint— has offered in Canada its new subcompact entry, the 2007 Rabbit 2.5 which has grown and matured from its Golf predecessor. VW is marketing its Rabbit 2.5 hatchback as a full-featured compact loaded with standard six air bags, traction control, air conditioning, cruise control, abs and a 10 speaker stereo with MP3-compatible CD player.

The Rabbit 2.5 is also equipped with a five-cylinder engine and VW?s four-year/80,000 kilometer warranty that covers four years of roadside assistance which is one year more than those offered by Civic or Corolla– primary competitors of Rabbit 2.5 in Canada. And compared to its other compact competition, the $20,990 five-door Rabbit is no doubt a good buy. But compared to the other VW?s compact how does the ?new? 2007 City Golf rate?

The word new in the 2007 Golf are warranted in the sense that the City Golf is supposedly the last generation of Golf five-door hatchback that will be sold in Canada. It should be noted that the Volkswagen has started offering its Golf in Canada way back in the year 1999 and the new City Golf is the latest addition. The new City Golf has a starting price of $14,900 and comes equipped with 15-inch rubber, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, power steering, AM/FM/CD with eight speakers, two-tone cloth seats, 60/40 folding rear seats, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, tachometer, rear wiper/washer and Volkswagen?s four-year warranty.

Compared to the previous City Golf, the new Rabbit 2.5 is more spacious on the inside. And just like Dodge?s Caliber, the new rabbit 2.5 is big for a compact, especially the back. However unlike the Dodge, the Rabbit 2.5?s interior has a more luxurious feel to it attributed to the fact that it has shared many parts with the Audi A3. But despite this fact it simply cannot be denied that Volkswagen has cut cost in the production of the Rabbit 2.5. There are obvious features found on the Rabbit 2.5 that indicates the cost-cutting that VW has employed for this Golf such as the center console and doors are made of harder plastic while the audio and HVAC controls just didn?t have that solid feel of Teutonic that pervades the City Golf.

And once on the road the difference between the new and the old City Golf became even more pronounce. The new Rabbit 2.5 is powered by a new 150 horsepower, 170 pound feet of torque, 2.5 liter inline five cylinder engine which is larger by almost half-liter and more powerful by 35 horsepower and 48 pound feet of torque than the City Golf?s four.

Another distinction is in terms of the weight since the rabbit 2.5 weighs 100 kilograms more than the City Golf. The most obvious difference is the 2.5?s more immediate torque which results to unplanned mid-range passing maneuvers. The rabbit 2.5 produces about 1000 rpm less than the previous City Golf when driving on the highway.

The City Golf is equipped with an independent torsion beam axle rear suspension while the 2.5 receives a new fully independent rear that makes use of a multi-link rear suspension. And if the City Golf?s is the bouncy type and revs up immediately, the 2.5 on the other hand is more of the subtle type. The Rabbit 2.5 is also more in control and more stable at high speeds as compared to the City Golf.

In terms of steering wheel, the City?s Golf conventional mechanical steering setup and lighter weight is much better. Unfortunately the Rabbit 2.5?s electro-mechanical steering suffers from on-centre numbness. And although it may be less direct but it sure is effective in providing the Rabbit 2.5?s luxury compact mission statement.

Catching The Jaguar Xjr

When Jaguar is mentioned, the very first thing that could possibly enter your mind would be prestige, power, elegance, and design. Aside from that, it also brings about grace and style. And one of the Jaguar vehicles that incorporate all these characteristics would be the Jaguar XJR.

The latest updates done on the Jaguar XJR make it larger. It had added some 2.6 inches in length, 2.4 inches of width, and a significant 4.3 inches of height. It has shorter overhangs as well as a lesser steepness for its windscreen. To add to the joy of Jaguar XJR owners and users, the new one also holds more passenger space as well as cargo and luggage space which has gained a 30 per cent increase. It boasts of an aluminum body that is very much delightfully stiff. With the aluminum body, this makes the Jaguar XJR a lot less lighter. In fact, it has lost 440 pounds.

That only was the skin part of the Jaguar XJR. If a person looks closer and delves deeper, one would be able to find out that beneath the skin is a very capable machine that is responsible for the unstoppable power of the Jaguar XJR. This vehicle from Jaguar holds a 400 horsepower 4.2 liter V8 engine that is supercharged. It is hooked up to a six speed automatic transmission that is ZF-sourced. This transmission was actually first introduced and used in the Jaguar S Type. Made standard for this vehicle is a self-leveling air suspension, as well as the Jaguar?s Computer Active Technology Suspension (or CATS) system, the Dynamic Stability Control system, the Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert system, and the Adaptive Restraint Technology System (or commonly known as ARTS). The engine of the Jaguar XJR is perfectly smooth as well as quiet, alive, and robust. It also provides a very quick and speedy performance. It is also very supple, agile and flexible so much so that the driver of the Jaguar XJR feels the control he has.

As per the cabin and interior of the Jaguar XJR, it is very richly designed and dressed up with leather, wood, and bright work. Ergonomically configured so as to give drivers and occupants an easy time inside are the controls. The navigation system has a clear interface and a very classy presentation. So as to give occupants much more comfort are eight cup and drink holders.

Meanwhile, owners and enthusiasts of the Jaguar XJR and Jaguar vehicles could purchase Jaguar parts and accessories in the very comfort of their own homes. There are dozens of sites that offer excellent deals on Jaguar auto parts that are definitely hard to miss. One of the best sites from where customers can purchase quality and durable Jaguar parts is Jaguar Parts and Jaguar Auto Parts. It holds one of the largest collections of parts and accessories for Jaguar vehicles. Their collection includes accessories, body parts, brakes, service tools, drive belts, and cooling system parts among many others.