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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    Mine is Satin Silver (trendy)hides dust and dirt better.Although Desert Silver looks richer to me and was my first choice and my wife liked Desert Silver better too. Her car is Titinium Pearl and beside my car,her car is more attactive. I'd go with what you like.
    I had to buy what came in.All I know is stateside everyone has Satin Silver.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    Why did you pay tax on MSRP? That doesn't make sense and it's illegal. I 've bought 7 new cars in my life so far and have always paid sales tax on the final agreed price which is usually $1-3K below invoice. I got my '99 GSR for $19.8K and paid sales tax on that price, not MSRP which was 22,650. I just helped my sister get an '02 Civic EX auto for dealer invoice $16,260 and she paid sales tax on that exact amount.
    Can you explain to us why you paid tax on MSRP when you got the car cheaper? I bet that extra tax money goes in the dealer's pocket. They play games like that to rip off the people.. They 're only obligated to pay the sales tax to the state based on the final sale price, not MSRP. BTW, 5% is very LOW! Where I live it's 7.5% and in and around NYC it's 8-8.5%!
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    Harry, you pay an excise tax to register your car based on sticker and options. The tax is one of the highest in states It's $24.00 a thousand. So my Type S cost$23170.00 plus $487.00 for spoiler.Times that total by $24.00 and that's my excise tax to state of Maine. Also, I paid 5% sales tax on what I paid for the car excluding doc fee of $99.00
    So you can see why the people in Maine who go to Florida for the winter stay over 6 months,no excise tax and register their cars there. In Maine you pay this every year to register your car .Of course it goes down slowly as your car value goes down.
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    I paid 5% Maine state sales tax on purchase price.Just looked but, $24.00 a grand for excise tax for registration actual cash value and that's MSRP sorry.Joe
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    They are$15.00 plus $2.00 for your Vietnam ribbon .You'd love Maine.We used to have a lobster on our plates but,the people(natives Bit--) because no one can afford to buy it.So now we have a pinecone.
  • leo24leo24 Posts: 4
    Can anyone tell me where RSX is made? Is it in the US, JP, or somewhere else? Edmunds used to have that info right on the front page for every car, but I can't find it in the new layout. Many thanks.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    I was just at the dealer today, leo24. The RSX, like the Integra, is 95% Japanese parts... but it's from Sayama in Saitama, unlike the Integra, which came from Suzuka in Mie.
  • leo24leo24 Posts: 4
    Thanks, verozahl, for the info. I *just* saw it under the specs&safety that the RSX is built in East Liberty, OH/Japan. I am not sure what to made of that slash. Well, it doesn't really matter anyway.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    The RSX is taken to Honda's Ohio facilities so that the people there can drool at something after building Accords all day long. The RSX is 95% Japanese, whatever that means... 95% means everything but the tires, most likely. Honda shifted from the Suzuka to the Sayama plant for what reason, I do not know at the current time.

    The slash on Edmunds is basically thrown in there to increase sales of BMWs or whatever. No, the RSX is basically a Honda Integra built for American Honda's Acura division using left-hand drive and shipped over here. Rest assured, the quality is fine on Integras and RSXs.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    Wow that's some high registration fees you have in Maine! That's $550 just to register your RSX! Here in NY registration goes by the weight of your car which is why you will always see your car's weight on a NY registration card. An average 2500 to 3,000lb Honda (Civic & Accord) is only $35-45 to register a year.
    What you described is what most countries do in Europe but there it goes by engine displacement. Every year most Europeans have to pay an excise tax on their car which is very similar in price to what you described. My dad maintains a car there and it's about $300-400/yr to register it. It's only a 1.6L Nissan Pulsar which he brought over there from the US. That's the reason why they have 1.6, 1.8, & 2.0L BMWs there as well as 1.3 & 1.5L VWs, etc. My uncle owns a 518 Bimmer over there. Can you imagine a 5-series 3500+lb Bimmer with a 1.8L 4-cyl? That would be unacceptable here.. god forbid :-)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I bought a desert silver RSX-S. Desert silver is *so* good looking. joe249 is right; silver is the hot color of the 2000s so far. Every Eclipse, Altima, Rav4, etc. I see seems to be silver. Desert silver is a blend of sand color (hence the "desert" portion of the moniker) and silver. The color is very unique and I've received many compliments on it.

    The only bad thing is that desert silver comes w/ a tannish gray interior, which isn't bad, but isn't as attractive, IMHO, as the black ("ebony") interior. Good luck w/ your choice!
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    No way am I paying Acura dealer $460.00 for fog lights. I need a web site for aftermarket stuff.
    I saw a Type S at dealership with a clear plastic nose. It looked like some one took an Iron or torch and put polyurethene on the nose about 2 or 3 feet.You can definitely see the detail of it going across the hood. It cost $509.00 .Sales person said you don't have the hassle of putting a bra on it(sorry ladies) nose mask.
    Also, sub woofer on top of doughnut so I should'nt put tray over it$109.00 for an oversized boot tray are they nuts? Maybe, i can find something at Walmart.Also,I don't care about the woofer.
  • dmgstewartdmgstewart Posts: 20
    I need people's experience, even actual data, on the intial acceleration of the base model (known as the Premium here in Canada) vs. the Type S.

    I've read in a slew of places/reviews that the base model provides more acceleration at initial speeds (lower RPMs?), while the Type S reveals itself at higher RPMs. Have others experienced this???

    Some reviews went on to say that in pure start and stop city driving, the Base model actually feels faster, since the Type S doesn't get to show it's stuff.

    That sort of difference would be important to me - I expect to be doing a lot of city driving, and not sure I'd want to spend $4,000 CDN. on the Type S if I'm not going to get the benefit...

    Any info, comments, impressions much appreciated!

  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    I've type S and if I was you I'd get the base due to your driving habits.I'd save the 4k that's alot Canadian, I live across the boarder in Maine.
    My S in first gear doesn't impress me but,second gear you can take it up to 8000rpms and your flying.
    I drove the base RSX it was 160 hp and I liked it and my wife said for me, it was plenty of car. She was right but,life is short and the S is exhillarating.My wife is Canadian and ma femme bought a Subaru AWD.
    A good car for you would be a WRX sedan but,it cost way more in Canada,more than Type S. Anyways save your money .You will enjoy the base RSX for sure.
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    Let me know if your car comes with heated seats.
    Thanks,we don't get them here.
  • dmgstewartdmgstewart Posts: 20
    Les Habs? Oh no, I'm afraid I'm a Leaf's fan!

    While the Canadian base model doesn't have heated seats, both the Premium (equivalent to the US base model) and the Type S models all do. They're included as standard equipment. Good thing that they are standard - I can't imagine unheated leather seats in the depths of winter!

    Anyone else have thoughts on the initial acceleration of the US base/Cdn. premium vs. Type S?


  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    I have never driven one of the cars, but we have looked at them in the showroom and I have a copy of the sales brochure. It shows very clearly that, up to 5500 rpm, the base engine has more horsepower and more torque than the engine in the RSX Type S.
  • jfunkjfunk Posts: 25
    The base RSX engine is optimized for more power and torque at lower RPM's for town/city driving, for which it should be plenty peppy in that rev range.

    However should one in an RSX-s choose to go beyond 5500 RPM's, and perhaps wail on up to 8000 RPM's- then it's bye bye base.

    It's entirely a matter of preference, I personally don't mind (thoroughly enjoy actually) revving the engine to stratospheric levels. But even in the type-s mid range power and torque is much improved over the previous generation VTEC with the addition of VTC,(Variable Timing Control) or the "i" in i-VTEC which optimizes power and torque at all engine speeds.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The clear film you saw on that RSX is a 3M product called Stonguard. I have the full kit on my Prelude and the stuff is incredible.

    Check this site if you want details on the stuff:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,770
    The Desert Silver is a gorgeous color for the RSX. It is sharp and really sets itself apart from other cars on the road. The downfall is that you CANNOT get the Desert SIlver with the Black Interior (which is a must for me).

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • jfunkjfunk Posts: 25
    You already bought your new Prelude so it doesn't matter right carguy??
    Curious, have you seen the "titanium" interior color in the RSX? I actually kind of like it, perhaps it just appeals to me as a departure from the black on black interior of my Prelude. Don't get me wrong the black in the lude's interior is purely sporting, and cool, but over time it seems a little overwhelming and I feel it would be nice to have something a little lighter or two-toned.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,770
    You are correct, I did just buy a new Prelude. I just meant that overall, I wouldn't buy a car or color of a certain car if I couldn't get it with a black interior.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • waydewayde Posts: 198
    I agree w/ the comment on black interiors. The same thing is true with the pearl white type-s - only available w/ titanium interior. My 98 GS-R was white/black - very sharp. I'm hoping Acura changes the interior colors for 03 :-)
    Armrest comment: I kinda liked not having it there - the only negative is the lack of storage - but since my center console usually ends up as a junk pile, maybe this is for the best.
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    What color is your car and did you put it on your self? Looks like you have to know what you're doing.
    Salesman said, it's alot easier than putting a bra on.
    However,$ 509 .00 also, it looks a lot cheaper to buy on web and if I could find someone to do it.
    Couldn't see a kit for fog lights,just hood,mirrors and headlamps.Also, after my insurance deductible they would pay a grand. Thanks I've got to research this more.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    joe249--My car is silver (it's basically invisible on the car) and I had the upper and lower kits installed by a vinyl guy at a custom shop. I figured it would be safer to have a pro do it for $100 than to risk screwing up the stuff myself.

    Yes, the install of the large pieces is fairly tricky, but the headlight kit was simple enough for me to do. $500 installed is not that bad a price, considering that I spent ~$375 for the kits and then another $100 for labor.

    You could make your own foglight covers from the thicker-gauge film since you can buy it in uncut sheets from

    nyccarguy--I agree on the Desert Silver RSX. Killer color. Not quite silver, not quite grey. What a pity it's not offered with a black interior. I can't get into that funky brown "titanium" (yeah, right) color it comes with.

    wayde--The lack of a center armrest was one of the major reasons I passed on the RSX. There's no way I'd be able to drive my 1500 miles/week in comfort without one. Let's hope Acura figures out that it's hard to be taken seriously marketing a car as "luxury-sport" when you neglect something so fundamental to luxury as a center armrest. DUH!
  • jfunkjfunk Posts: 25
    "Titanium" is the actual designation for the alternate color to the "Ebony" via Acura- I didn't make it up! And brown it ain't, it's composed of lighter gray tones. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but I like it.

    I can't believe you actually considered the RSX? The majority of the posts I've read from you seem to categorically denounce the vehicle.

    I would have liked an armrest also, but right or wrong Acura omitted it for a reason, I believe to allow for the more aggressive lateral bolstering of the seats and free up some interior room (width), noting that the seats are closer together. Anyway I'm hoping there will be an aftermarket solution soon, if one doesn't already exist.

    I guess I'm just having a hard time believing that an armrest is a "major" reason for you not getting the car based on your other postings here. Am I missing something?
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    I'm going to try it out since my S is silver,no armrest plus putting the woofer on top of the doughnut is nuts also. I put a trunk tray in over the woofer for golf clubs and shoes.
    If I could of found an 01 Lude or GSR I would of grabbed the first one I could get my hands on.A dealer called me to say he had the last Prelude in New England. I rushed over there and it was almost Barney purple.
    Except for the 200HP.I can't see much difference same cheap knobs and no door moldings.
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    My wife bought an 02 GT Limited Subaru AWD as we live in Maine.It's Titanium Pearl a greenish gold with black leather and that phony wood trim. This cars looks rich.My S is Silver/BLK beside her car she wins hands down for style and looks interior and exterior.
    I like that Desert Siver the RSX has but, not that titanium leather as it doesn't do it IMO.
    I like my S better every day it's a fun ride.
  • dmgstewartdmgstewart Posts: 20
    Himilier - re: "Let's hope Acura figures out that it's hard to be taken seriously marketing a car as "luxury-sport" when you neglect something so fundamental to luxury as a center armrest. DUH!"

    Don't forget, a centre arm-rest wasn't standard in the BMW 3 series until quite recently, so Acura is in good company. The Lexus IS300 also didn't have an arm rest in it's first year. So, while I agree it should have one, other luxury sports cars haven't.

    Does anyone know of an after-market one?


  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Of course I considered the RSX-S! I was driving a '98 GS-R at the time and was really interested in the car. Why else do you think I was so disappointed by it? In fact, it was on my way home from an extensive Type-S test drive that I (on a whim) stopped at the Honda store to drive the Prelude.

    Talk about a world of difference.

    As far as the center armrest goes, it was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back. I guess I was willing to put up with a certain amount of decontenting to get to the RSX-S's drivetrain (which, despite all of its technology is fairly dull), but not having an armrest clinched it.

    dmgstewart---I would have gladly paid for an armrest in the RSX, were one even available. As far as the IS300 is concerned, the only thing "luxury" about that car is the Lexus logo it carries (it's considered an entry-level model in its home market).
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