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I have a new TLX with 4 cyl 8 spd DCT on order and it is in. I have paid for it but I haven't picked it up yet and I am having second thoughts. All the troubles reported on the 8 spd DCT have me very concerned. Our other car is a 2014 MDX with SH-AWD and we are very happy with it. Our previous SUV was a 2013 Pathfinder that was returned under the Lemon Law for a defective CVT transmission. I am not ready to suffer through that again. I test drove both the 4 cyl and V6 TLX and much preferred the 4 cyl version. The transmission performed flawlessly on my 20 mile or so test drive and I wonder how many people are having this problem? 4 cyl owners out there reading this - would you buy it again? Have you had the problems mentioned in the recent Autoweek road test? Got to make up my mind soon. Thanks
 

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I have a V6 so cannot but suggest you talk over your concerns with the salesman and tell him that you would like to do an early morning cold test of the car before finalizing the deal.

The car should be left outside the night before so that everything is cold. Do some starts and stops, forward and reverse, and reverse to forward observing the behavior of the transmission and feeling for any jerks or delays. If it passes your test (very good chance that it will) then complete the sale in confidence.
 

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I have a very early build (August) and took delivery the first week of September. My car exhibits the rough shifts cold and the occasional bump from behind feeling at stops, but the transmission seems to be getting smoother and better as the miles rack up. Would I buy the car again, yes, but would have waited a few months to a year for some of the issues to be worked out. Where I knew I was buying a first year car with a lot of technology I invested in the Acura extended warranty for 6 years / 100k miles. Acura offers a variety of extended plans geared toward the amount of years / miles you think you need. Maybe threaten to back out of the deal unless you can get a good discount on the warranty. I paid approx $2,200 for mine.

Acura must have faith in this transmission because they are using it in the upcoming 2016 ILX also. Just my two cents, good luck and please let us know how you make out.
 

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I have a new TLX with 4 cyl 8 spd DCT on order and it is in. I have paid for it but I haven't picked it up yet and I am having second thoughts. All the troubles reported on the 8 spd DCT have me very concerned. Our other car is a 2014 MDX with SH-AWD and we are very happy with it. Our previous SUV was a 2013 Pathfinder that was returned under the Lemon Law for a defective CVT transmission. I am not ready to suffer through that again. I test drove both the 4 cyl and V6 TLX and much preferred the 4 cyl version. The transmission performed flawlessly on my 20 mile or so test drive and I wonder how many people are having this problem? 4 cyl owners out there reading this - would you buy it again? Have you had the problems mentioned in the recent Autoweek road test? Got to make up my mind soon. Thanks
Welcome to the Forum! Glad to see you made your first post.

I like TLX2014's recommendation of doing a cold test drive.

Personally I drive the I4 that I got on September 12, 2014. I only had one issue with a defective fuel filler assembly. Otherwise the car works great. I haven't had any problems since week 2. Transmission works fine for me. I hope you get the same luck or better than I have had. I enjoy the TLX everyday, even on the drive into work.
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If it were me I'd wait. I bought one in December, 2014 and the 4 cylinder Tech model car has issues. Especially with the transmission.
Mine has a heater issue that I surprised I haven't seen more comments about it.
I've driven three TLX's including mine and also a 6 cylinder and they all had problems heating the driver side. (My car and two loan cars) The air is about 5 degrees or more colder on the driver side of all three cars I drove.
 

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Decided not to get one yet - Don't want the hassle while Honda gets this right - I am sure they will soon. I'll probably wait until the 16's come out and then make a decision. My current ride is paid for and not causing me any grief! I would still like 4 cyl owners to chime in whether or not they are having any troubles with their 8 spd DCT trannsmissions.
What say you????
 

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Decided not to get one yet - Don't want the hassle while Honda gets this right - I am sure they will soon. I'll probably wait until the 16's come out and then make a decision. My current ride is paid for and not causing me any grief! I would still like 4 cyl owners to chime in whether or not they are having any troubles with their 8 spd DCT trannsmissions.
What say you????
Sorry I missed this post. Thanks for returning and making a second follow-up post. It's nice to see members come back after their initial post.

I guess I was in the same boat, or car situation, as you. My 2014 TSX worked great, but I had the fever. Luckily, I have had no 8 Speed DCT issues. I have learned of a couple others with no issues, but I believe fewer people post when they don't have a problem. But I don't have the proof. :(

Anyhow, as for my TLX. The 8 Speed DCT is fine and never faltered. I did have one issue with the fuel filler assembly but that has been it. Car drives quiet and smooth. :)

Good luck on a 2016. :)
 

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Summest you hit the nail on the head. People go online to find solutions to the issues they're having and often discover car forums. That's why I believe the issue may seem more prominent than it is. They are all serious issues that need to be addressed but it might not be as common as it seems in this community.
 

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4 or 6

I test drove both at length. I was very impressed with the 4. It is much lighter and made for a more rewarding and fun driving experience. There is more than enough power with the 4 and it is extremely rev happy and eager, especially in sport or sport plus. I have had zero problems with it. Every now and then, it will lurch a bit in sport mode at low speeds, but very rarely and is easily avoidable with proper pedal positioning and is not a concern of mine. I love a light car with lots of power. The 6 was a bit heavier and I noticed that it didn't feel anywhere near as light on its feet. It felt very secure and solid, even a bit more luxurious somehow, but as far as the main reason for my purchase "the fun factor" it wasn't as good as the 4. Those are just my two cents though.
 

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Mattinbc"s reasons for not selecting the V6 are the same reasons that I selected it. :)

I enjoyed my two previous TSX models but wanted something heavier on the road that smoothed out the bumps. My V6 TLX fits the bill. :laugh:
 
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