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I picked up a 2014 ILX this past weekend brand new, black on black with the 6 speed. I really like the car so far, and I'm glad Honda/Acura is sticking to their NA roots with a short gearbox, and quality drivetrain/motor setup.

I really hope this isn't a forum where people just complain about how Acura should change this or that. I've had a lot of experience rebuilding and modifying cars in the past. Maybe its just me, but I really like the ILX the way it is. Not really looking to make too many if any changes on this car.

I wanted a clean car that makes sense, gets great gas mileage, is mechanically strong, and something new that I could treat well and get at least 200k miles out of. Also feels good to be the 3% still rocking the manual, love this 6 speed gearbox.

So far I'm very happy with my purchase, and doing my best to make sure this motor gets a proper break-in.

 

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congrats and welcome!

i bought the car for practically the same reasons and do not plan on doing much to it as well
just replaced plate and reverse with white leds and will add a kn drop in, yellow drl/fogs and rsb in the spring and i'm done...

enjoy it man! 6sp ftw!
 

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Congrats on your purchase, other than dealer add ons my Hybrid Tech, Black with tan interior is all original. It's been a fun driving great MPG car with all the options. Wouldn't trade it for any other Hybrid currently on the market. Here's to 300 K trouble free miles......
 

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Ditto...

Congrats! I just picked up an identical twin to your B on B 2014 6-speed last Thursday! Love the car so far too . No major plans - just replacing the shift knob (too small for my hands, just doesn't feel right), probably throwing in a K&N filter, and getting a set of Blizzaks (live in WI...) for these rims / Summers on a set of new, cool wheels when my original A/S tires wear out and I have some exta $$$.

Question# 1 for anybody - How many miles can I expect on the original all-seasons with an average to slightly aggresive driving style? I'm guessing 25-30k, but just pulling that number out of my a**.

Question #2 for you or anybody - How are you breaking in the car? Not quite sure of the procedure. Now I'm just basically driving like a grandpa - short shifting (+/- 4K rpm), Trying to keep the "MPG" monitor as high as possible, braking and downshifting conservatively. With occasional bursts of near normalcy just to vary things up a bit. Or can I drive normally, just stay away from the Rev limiter for a few weeks?

Enjoy yours - like you like you it was the engine/sweet-shifting 6-speed combo that sold me the car. Could have got a bunch more "toys" on the Buick Verano 6-speed, 250hp turbo for the same money, for instance, but the dash was a mass of ugly chrome buttons, and the shifter had long, imprecise throws. To be honest, the Verano was a nice car, and better put together better than any other Buick I've driven (never drove the Regal G/S, but I's guess it's similar to the Verano) But in the end the extra 49 hp definitely wasn't worth the other trade offs.

Now, if the upcoming TLX (?) will be a genuine 328/335 or A4/S4 competitor, I know what my next car will be a few years down the road...
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I picked up a 2014 ILX this past weekend brand new, black on black with the 6 speed. I really like the car so far, and I'm glad Honda/Acura is sticking to their NA roots with a short gearbox, and quality drivetrain/motor setup.

I really hope this isn't a forum where people just complain about how Acura should change this or that. I've had a lot of experience rebuilding and modifying cars in the past. Maybe its just me, but I really like the ILX the way it is. Not really looking to make too many if any changes on this car.

I wanted a clean car that makes sense, gets great gas mileage, is mechanically strong, and something new that I could treat well and get at least 200k miles out of. Also feels good to be the 3% still rocking the manual, love this 6 speed gearbox.

So far I'm very happy with my purchase, and doing my best to make sure this motor gets a proper break-in.

 

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Thanks everyone, for the break-in period, I'm usually shifting right around 3k as I get into 3,4, and 5th gears. Cruising at about 2,200 to 2,600 RPM in 4th and 5th (depending on the speed limit).

With a manual transmission and engine break-in, its more about feeling the motor out for the shift points than sticking to any science. Just keep it between 2,000-3,000 RPMs for the first couple hundred miles.

If anyone has some advice to add, it would be much appreciated.
 

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Thanks everyone, for the break-in period, I'm usually shifting right around 3k as I get into 3,4, and 5th gears. Cruising at about 2,200 to 2,600 RPM in 4th and 5th (depending on the speed limit).

With a manual transmission and engine break-in, its more about feeling the motor out for the shift points than sticking to any science. Just keep it between 2,000-3,000 RPMs for the first couple hundred miles.

If anyone has some advice to add, it would be much appreciated.
The owners manual says to take it easy for the first 600 miles and to leave the original oil in until the MID says to change it.
 

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The drawback to sticking with 2-3000 rpm is that you end up lugging the motor in higher gears, which is harder on it than high revs. Like you said, just drive it normal if your worried about it. The motor needs to see different rev ranges and running it up to 5K is not a big deal.

In 03, I bought a Civic SiR and red-lined right from day one on a regular basis. The motor ran perfect until the day I sold it 11 years later. Honda is the largest engine maker in the world and they make excellent motors that are meant to be revved. I believe they suffer when lugged around vs using the useful range of RPM.

Food for thought.
 

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Congrats great purchase buddy, I have a Black on Black 6sp myself, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this car as I have so far. I can get on this car every day and easily wind it to the 7k redline, this motor begs to be revved
 

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Congrats great purchase buddy, I have a Black on Black 6sp myself, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this car as I have so far. I can get on this car every day and easily wind it to the 7k redline, this motor begs to be revved
It sure does, it has more torque down low that any 4cyl FWD car I have ever driven.

Be safe, enjoy.
 

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The drawback to sticking with 2-3000 rpm is that you end up lugging the motor in higher gears, which is harder on it than high revs. Like you said, just drive it normal if your worried about it. The motor needs to see different rev ranges and running it up to 5K is not a big deal.

In 03, I bought a Civic SiR and red-lined right from day one on a regular basis. The motor ran perfect until the day I sold it 11 years later. Honda is the largest engine maker in the world and they make excellent motors that are meant to be revved. I believe they suffer when lugged around vs using the useful range of RPM.

Food for thought.
I agree, and see your point. Makes sense.
 
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