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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • There is nothing subtle about the noise. When you turn the wheel at slow speeds it is a very obvious knock, clunk or pop. It is a known problem at the dealer and anyone that has the problem knows that there is something not right. The explanation from the dealer is that the strut is turning in the housing. Greasing the housing to fix this problem is unacceptable.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    There is nothing subtle about the noise. When you turn the wheel at slow speeds it is a very obvious knock, clunk or pop.

    In terms of noise level, how loud is it? equivalent to you rapping a finger knuckle on a desk? hammer?
    c'mon, give me a decibel equivalent
  • jaredmsdjaredmsd Posts: 127
    "Headliner"? I am not sure where that is but if it deadens the excess noise, that wouldn't be so bad.

    By headliner, I just mean the ceiling. You take the material back from the ceiling and put dynamat under it. It makes the world of difference.
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    " i wanted to go jdm..."

    You should know that our RSX-S is equivalent to the Japanese Integra type-S. It's less hardcore, with more features, like the sunroof. I think you'd have to remove it to make a perfect type-R. It might have more sound deadening too, and tuning adjustments.

    The only really important thing is that you get a limited-slip dif; then you'll be close enough to call it a type-R.

    As for your ideas... upper and lower struts aren't all that effective unless you're really turning hard. Stabilizer bars (they ones that go under the car, from wheel to wheel) are much more effective if you're ready for more oversteer.

    All the breathing stuff (short rams, exhaust) are ok, but they don't add much for what you pay. You'd get much more value out of suspension mods than engine mods.
  • I have fallen for Acura RSX. I am considering buying an 02 or an 03 base model.

    However, we are expecting a baby.

    Does anyone here, use a RSX to transport the infant? How hard/difficult is it to put a child, especially a rear-facing child in there? How hard is it to install and take out a baby seat?

    I came across competing reports on the web and would highly appreciate some comments here.

  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    I'd say it's surviveable, but I think it'd be more difficult than even some other coupes out there. The front seats are pretty thick, as are the pillars... putting the child seat in there would be tough on your arms.

    I predict frustration, I'm afraid.
  • Thanks Carlisimo.
    I was afraid that's what the answer would be.

    I appreciate your input and my search for the perfect car goes on....
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    Grow up, vega.

    You are going to be a father, so you need a nice 4-door car like a Camry or an Accord to carry your child around.

    When you are an old guy like me with your kids through college and out of the house, you can get a sports car again.
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33

    I have two kids, an 18-month-old who's in a forward-facing carseat, and a 6-year-old who sits on a booster. The booster is easy, it just rests on the backseat, and the kid uses the regular seatbelt.

    I've put our forward-facing carseat into my RSX a couple of times now, and it's no harder than any other 2-door car. Put it in from the passenger side -- tilt and slide the front passenger seat all the way forward, and you can pretty much stand on the floor in front of the rear seat while you position the baby seat. This is good because you can get a knee down on the baby seat to apply body weight so the belt is tensioned correctly.

    A rear-facing seat shouldn't be any more difficult, except that your front passenger will need to slide forward more to make room for the baby seat.

    Recommend you NOT consider the Type S -- the ride is a little jarring for small kids.
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    So we got a couple inches of snow here in Richmond today, and I got to take the RSX out for a test drive with the new Bridgestone Turanzas. This was my first snowy drive in the RSX on any tire, so it's hard to compare, but overall the tires didn't do badly. The RSX being a lightweight car with wide tires made for some, um, entertaining lane changes, but the grip was acceptable. The conditions varied from just wet to 3" of slushy snow. I guess I'd probably rate the tire around a 6 for snow handling, and the car around a 4. Putting a skinnier or studded type of snow tire on might help, but this just ain't a snow car. But I think it'll get me through the winter.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Putting a skinnier or studded type of snow tire on might help, but this just ain't a snow car. But I think it'll get me through the winter.

    Correction: It WILL help get you through the winter.

    Last winter I came home from work in my RSX during a snow storm and had to go back out so I used my wifes Subaru Impreza. The Subaru was wandering all over the place where as the RSX tracked beautifully. Mileage on the Impreza was around 10,000 so the tires were new.
    One morning during a snow/ice storm 4 days before Christmas of last year I went to work around 5:30 am and drove down an icy twisty road. My wife drove down the same road a couple hours later and ended up sliding off of the road and into a telephone pole (she wasn't hurt).
    Sure, the roads "might" have been worse, but most likely with her leaving later and the sanding trucks out working, the roads were probably better than when I drove through (no ones on the roads at 5:30am)

    Tires on the Impreza? All-season
    Tires on the RSX? Michelin Arctic Alpin
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    Ease up on the corrections/commandments. I'll get through the winter on these tires. I survived 13 Chicago winters and 5 Virginia winters on Michelin MX5 Energy's. Studded/snow tires are not a necessity in central Virginia.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Sorry about that. It's just that you said it MIGHT help and I am positive that it will definately help...and I posted a couple of real world experiences.

    I used the OEMs for my first winter too and they worked great. Made it through an ice storm that first winter that had 4wd vehicles spun out all over the place (no kidding...I passed three in the span of one mile) my friends wife even rolled their Explorer.

    The second winter, however, the tires were not so good and I opted for snows.
  • Acura has a special interactive web site for the RSX that they have not officially launched but here it is for those interested

    It's very…..weird
  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    It sure is! That track diagram looks like something Aurora used to sell back in the '70s.
  • nursxnursx Posts: 3
    Question....I have a 2002 RSX Type-S, base tires (Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 89V). I need to replace one of the tires immediately but no stores around here have the standard tire in stock. Will it affect the performance of my car if I just replace the old tire with a similar Michelin Energy MXV4 tire? also has a V rating.
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    How long have you had the other tires? If long, then no. If not long, then... I dunno. Check their treadwear ratings, if they're close then you might consider it.

    I'd use the opportunity to get 4 new high-performance tires, but that's just me.
  • nursxnursx Posts: 3
    Thanks, Carlisimo. Tread depth is at about 5/32. I've been thinking about getting 4 new tires for some time, but unfortunately I need to get the new tire asap.

    Do you have any suggestions for the 4 new tires?
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    I don't really know, but I can point you in the right direction. Basically, I'd find an online forum with more RSX members and ask them =p. But you'll have to tell them whether you want grip, or economy. If you drag race, autocross, or drive like a granny. If you're willing to give up dry weather performance in order to have better grip in the rain.

    Falken is one of the tire brands I see named the most.. they seem to have a great tire for every application. Pirelli and Nitto are well regarded too. is a usual resource and they have a good wizard.

    Car and Driver has a test of 11 good (if pricy) tires online

    Good luck. If you need tires like, tomorrow, you're at the mercy at the selection at the local tire shop, but there should be knowledgeable people there too.
  • nursxnursx Posts: 3
    Cool...thanks again for all the info!
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