Finally had a chance to sit in an ILX yesterday, not too bad and I do like that it fixes that annoying dash on the Civic.
The same dealer had a 6spd TSX on the lot hmm...
Screw the nav, but at least give the 2.4 car the Civic Si's LSD so it can be a proper Si-in-a-business-suit. I've seen others mention it, but nothing is more frustrating than an open diff in a manual, performance oriented fwd car. It's the main reason I never warned to the driving experience of the manual, first gen TSX.
Only the Chrysler has been confirmed up to this point to receive the ZF unit. Honda should also get it (albeit at a year after Chrysler) but no publc confirmation as far as I know.
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ILX, TLX, RLX, RDX, MDX is a horrible mistake.
Acura should check with Lincoln and see how that's working out for them. At least with Acura it's mostly the first letter/syllable that is different, which is slightly better, but you're still talking extremely similar sounding names, all with the same last syllable.
How many years should it take for them to realize the alphabet soup isn't working for them the way "x-series" or "x-class" do for certain target competitors?
Reason: Honda engines sit on the "wrong" side of the car and spin the "wrong" direction compared to the orientation used by EVERY other manufacturer, and there is no sign of this changing. The ZF transmission in the form being manufactured by ZF, is designed for the conventional orientation.
*Could* it be flipped over ... Sure. At a minimum, it would require new cases. Anything sensitive to direction of rotation (example: oil pump) would have to be changed. But all of the changes made to this transmission to make it fit in a Honda, would have to be parts specific to Honda alone (read: expensive).
Honda has always used their own transmissions mated to their own engines, and unless something "gives" with the orientation and rotation direction, it's going to stay that way.