Parent company Honda is issuing a recall for Acura TSX vehicles from model years 2004 to 2008, for a rather interesting fault with the electrical systems (well, kind of). It seems that TSX made between during that range have carpeting that degrades when it becomes saturated with "corrosive materials for deicing." The carpeting is in contact with each Acura's electronic control unit, which may in turn rust or become corroded as a result. All of that business could cause the engine to stall.

Acura is singling out cars registered in states that use these corrosive deicing materials (presumably road salt): Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by Honda and instructed to bring their cars into the nearest Acura dealership. Dealers will inspect the ECU for damage, replace if needed, and cover with a waterproof piece; all free of charge. Check out the official recall notice below.
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Report Receipt Date: MAR 15, 2013

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V093000

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76,253
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:

Honda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Acura TSX vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In states that use corrosive materials for deicing, driver's footwear may bring in materials that saturate the vehicle's carpeting, which is in contact with the vehicle's engine Electronic Control Unit (ECU). As a result, the ECU case may experience rust or corrosion. This damage may potentially cause the engine to stall.

CONSEQUENCE:

A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any damaged ECU, free of charge. All vehicles will have a waterproof cover installed onto the ECU, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 11, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

NOTES:

Honda's recall campaign numbers are S86. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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        Matt
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        I've driven a 2004 TSX w/manual transmission for the past decade. Timeless styling, super reliable, and handles like the European car it is. Just wish the steering wheel was smaller diameter/thicker. There isn't a single Honda/Acura product I'd even consider now though. Honda has lost their way.
          carguy1701
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          @Matt
          Spies1: none, but he made it clear that Acura and Honda are off his shopping list for the time being.
          Spies1
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          @Matt
          KockOmeter , What Fords and Mazdas use all Double wishbone suspension and hydraulic steering?
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          @Matt
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          kesando
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I agree. These would make for a comfortable, fun, reliable daily driver
          Albino Digits
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I have a 2008 manual transmission, and it's a great car. Sort of a jack of all trades master of none though. The overall reliability, driving dynamics, styling, compact size (relative to most sedans sold in the US), and roominess make it a great car. The lack of toque doesn't bother me. Just the rev the **** out of it. Alternatives I would look at are the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Focus (I'd get the ST), Subaru WRX, Mazda 3, or Infiniti G series. Obviously, I have a thing for hatchbacks, which isn't something everybody likes. The GTI I've driven, and I really liked it, but I still question VW reliability compared to the Japanese brands. I'm also not sure about Ford reliability. I'd be extra cautious with a used WRX. Out of all the cars I mentioned those seem the most likely to be abused.
          Drezz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          I was thinking ~200 HP would be good for my next car (moderate power with decent MPGs). Want a nice interior, general refinement, some sportiness. Besides the TSX (which loses points for less-than-compelling exterior design), I've been thinking European--GTI or Golf TDI, A3, S40 or maybe C30.
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      Tom
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      Ha I guess Japanese imports arent perfect. But I already new that. Unlike some other people on here
        Tom
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        @Tom
        And to clarity by here. I'm not talking about the people who are on here just alking about Acura/Honda. I'm Talking about all the Domestic haters who bash American cars any chance they get and who think Japanese imports are the best ever. And just so ya know. No I'm not a Domestic lover and import hater. I like some domestics and like some imports. While disliking other imports and domestics. And yes I know the domesticiers bash the imports. Its just seems like there are 3 times as many commenters who think Japanese cars are best and hate everything else. And no its not because the Jap cars are better so they have more fans. It just means there are more immature people who feel the need to bash American cars then there are people who need to bash imports. Because it seems like the domestic fans tend to keep there comments to themselves.
          Tom
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          @Tom
          Why a thumbs down. You people are affraid of the truth.
      xspeedy
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      Seyth, please read your post and triple check for grammatical errors. The first paragraph in particular.
      chromal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm pretty grateful that I now live in one of the states not listed (Colorado) as using large amounts of highly corrosive winter road treatments. Back when I used to live in Pennsylvania, what generally killed off many cars after 10 or 15 years was body and underbody rust. Out in Colorado, it's like the car fountain of youth, relatively, with lots of inexpensive relatively well-preserved examples of modern cult classics from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
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