October 3, 2004
I ended up getting a 2005 Acura RSX, silver with black interior. I wanted something that looked humble, but could haul ass on the freeway — not that I ever exceed posted limits.
I wish I could say I did a lot of research, but the truth is my dad suggested the Acura. Korean parents add value again! I did put some time into pondering the manual vs. automatic transmission question… and concluded that for me a stickshift would be a pointless affectation, like shaving with a straight razor. I spend 90% of my driving time on dead-straight, dead-flat, usually dead-slow thoroughfares — and I strictly obey all traffic laws — so 10% extra “performance” would make no discernable difference to me.
I can recommend Yahoo Autos for great one-stop info-shopping; and Los Gatos Acura — the third closest Acura dealer to me, but by far the best — for a smooth and sincere buying experience.