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Acura RSX (All years/types)

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    "I've noticed that non-S types tend to sell for 18-20K around here, apparently based on KBB which is 20ish."

    A couple things to note:

    Edmunds' TMV 2002 RSX pricing is used vehicle pricing; also, it's based on the average (regional) cost of vehicles sold over a given period of time.

    Pricing will vary from city to city depending on availability and local market demand. Learn more about TMV here.

    As for KBB pricing, you may want to read this article on how they determine their pricing.

    Are you in the market for a used 2002 RSX? Perhaps try looking a little further out... for a better price. Also, you may want to let people here know what area you're in, so they can offer feedback on the pricing they've seen.... Good luck.

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  • cxw267cxw267 Posts: 2
    in the market for my first new car, and have been seriously considering the auto RSX. Got to test drive one this weekend, and loved it! About the only thing I keep in my current '93 camry that takes up space is a golf bag during the summer. Any chance in that fitting in the trunk without putting one of the seats down and having it half in the back seat? I'm having a hard time remembering the relative trunk size. Rarely carry any more than one person, so the small size is otherwise not an issue.
  • kestrel02kestrel02 Posts: 26
    Thanks for the reply Revka. I'm sort of looking around at the moment, and though I don't think the prices on the new 2003s are too bad, I figured I'd check on the 2002s. It just threw me because normally the used car TMVs are not so different from the prices people are charging. I found that both dealers and private sales (in the 8-10 listings I checked) were consistently charging 4-5K higher than TMV. This is here in the Raleigh, NC area. Obviously I have to deal with the prices I can reasonably get in my area, it could be that, for me, the used car TMVs will not be as useful as the new car ones are.
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hi everyone,
    I'm about to buy a base RSX, but a few questions still lingering:
    1. I live in NY upsate, plenty of snow, sleet, ice. How does RSX in the snow, being nose-heavy, with wide stock tires?
    2. Problems with 2nd gear are related to 5sp or 6sp exclusively?
    3. How well automanual tranny works?

    many thanks - Victor
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    About the only thing I keep in my current '93 camry that takes up space is a golf bag during the summer. Any chance in that fitting in the trunk without putting one of the seats down and having it half in the back seat? I'm having a hard time remembering the relative trunk size. Rarely carry any more than one person, so the small size is otherwise not an issue.

    I have yet to try transporting my golf bag in the back of my RSX, but I don't think it will fit without dropping one of the seats.

    However, just in case you're wondering, a mountain bike does fit in the hatch with both seats down.
    :-)
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I'm about to buy a base RSX, but a few questions still lingering:
    1. I live in NY upsate, plenty of snow, sleet, ice. How does RSX in the snow, being nose-heavy, with wide stock tires?
    2. Problems with 2nd gear are related to 5sp or 6sp exclusively?
    3. How well automanual tranny works?


    The stock tires are not that good for snow travel. If I were you, I would do what most people should do in the winter, and that is invest in a good set of snow tires...perhaps some Nokkian Hakka's. Then you won't have a problem.

    The problems with the second gear is only with the manuals. In fact, I have heard conflicting reports about the problem just being a matter of letting the car(tranny) warm up properly before attempting fast shifts.
    (Not sure what the true story is though)

    My auto tranny has worked flawlessly.(currently at 38,000 +) In cold weather....or when the car is not warmed up, it shifts slowly, but that is to be expected. I use the sport shift option quite frequently also...about 70% of the time. I also don't normally take it up to the redline either, and usually shift around 5,000 rpms depending on my mood.
    :-)
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    I'm about to buy a base RSX, but a few questions still lingering:
    1. I live in NY upsate, plenty of snow, sleet, ice. How does RSX in the snow, being nose-heavy, with wide stock tires?
    2. Problems with 2nd gear are related to 5sp or 6sp exclusively?
    3. How well automanual tranny works?


    1. The stock tires are not that great on snow. Otherwise there's nothing inherently wrong with the car.

    2. Yes.

    3. Don't know (I have the manual S type).
  • tnjrobi1tnjrobi1 Posts: 41
    I just bought my new 2003 RSX-S Saturday. It's black on black.

    It had 47 miles on it before my test drive. I ended up paying full sticker (23,770.00) for the vehicle, but they gave me 1,000 more for my trade than what it was worth (according to www.kbb.com.) (So I guess you could say I got the new RSX-S at 1,000 off sticker.)

    It's a great car. I have no complaints, but I wish the fog lights would have come standard. (I'll probably go back after a couple of months and have them installed.)

    I do have a few questions about the break-in period.

    1. Is 600 miles long enough for the break-in?

    2. What is the max RPM I should take it to during break-in?

    3. What are any other tips for the break-in period?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    First off, congratulations on your new car. Even though mine is only an auto, It is a blast to drive. I have 38,000 extremely happy miles logged.

    I do have a few questions about the break-in period.

    1. Is 600 miles long enough for the break-in?


    I've heard that 600 miles is a good number to use for your break in period.

    2. What is the max RPM I should take it to during break-in?

    You should try to keep your rpms down around 3000 for the first 600 miles to play it safe. After that, slowly work your way up the rpm band until your max. (perhaps a week of rpms reaching 4000, another week of 5000....and so on)I know it sounds hard to do, but the benefits will pay off in the long run.

    3. What are any other tips for the break-in period?

    Don't change your oil too early. Some people say 3500 miles, some say 5000 miles. Some even say earlier and later than those numbers.
    From what I've heard, there is a special additive in the oil to help the break-in process...the sooner you take that out, the worse your engine will be. Of course, leaving it in too long will hurt your engine also because it won't be getting it's proper lubrication. I went by what the manual said and by what my dealer said and had it changed around 4000 miles. I figured that if something did go wrong, it would be their fault.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    vickat:
    The RSX isn't really that nose-heavy; it's only got a 2.0 four-cylinder engine! But the stock tires do suck, rain, shine, or snow. Just drive it easy during inclement weather.

    nitromax:
    If you rarely have passenger in the rear seats, why are you hesitating folding one down to fit your golf bag?

    tnjrobi1:
    Congrats on your car! You've got the newest RSX-S in this forum! My dealer also told me about the 600 mile break-in. To be safe, I extended that to 1,000 miles.

    More important that not revving the engine too hard is to vary your speed: do not use cruise control. You can probably go to 4 krpm even now w/o causing any long term damage. Also, the manual says to change the oil every 5 to 10 thousand miles, so no need to change it any sooner!
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    If you rarely have passenger in the rear seats, why are you hesitating folding one down to fit your golf bag?

    I'm not. I have no problem dropping a seat for whatever I need to carry. I was just trying to answer cxw267's question on whether the seat needed to come down for carrying golf bags. My guess was that they would like to be able to keep the golf bags back there and out of view from people outside the car.
    One way around that though is to get the windows tinted.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    No decent human being would leave his golf clubs in the car when he is not driving. The heat would damage the precious graphite shafts.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    No decent human being would leave his golf clubs in the car when he is not driving. The heat would damage the precious graphite shafts.

    well there ya go!
    :-)

    I guess carrying golf clubs in an RSX is a no-brainer then.....as long as you're not carrying four people AND golf clubs, you won't have a problem.
    :-)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Yes, tinted windows would help. Mine are 20% in the rear, so only someone who's very close to the car and peek through the rear seats. However, my front windows are untinted (NJ law), so someone can still see the back from the front. I like the black mesh in the hatch to keep the items in the trunk out of view.
  • tjm1198tjm1198 Posts: 10
    If a standard size golf bag can fit into a Volkswagen New Beetle which I believe is smaller in size then the RSX then I should have no trouble believing that the RSX could easily hold a bag of clubs.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    If a standard size golf bag can fit into a Volkswagen New Beetle which I believe is smaller in size then the RSX then I should have no trouble believing that the RSX could easily hold a bag of clubs.

    Is that without having to fold down any seats?
  • tnjrobi1tnjrobi1 Posts: 41
    I just bought my new RSX-S last Saturday and I have a question about oil changes.

    I asked the saleman when I bought the car if I had to take it back to the dealership for oil & filter changes. He told me that anyone could do the oil & filter changes (he said I could even do them myself.) He only reccomended that I buy Honda oil filters to do it with.

    What is so special about Honda Oil filters? Who makes them anyway?

    And out of curiosity, who makes Honda motor oil? Is it full synthetic? Does Honda add special additives specifically for Honda engines?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Any high-quality filter and oil will work just fine in your car.
  • I asked my dealer what oil they use, and he said they use Castrol. Mobil1 if you request synthetic.
  • tnjrobi1tnjrobi1 Posts: 41
    I just received a follow up call from my local Acura dealer.

    They asked if I had any questions about my new RSX. I asked them the oil questions.

    They put the service manager on the phone and here is what he told me:

    1. I can change my own oil (just follow the schedule.)

    2. I can use any oil I want as long as it was certified. He said the dealership uses Honda oil (which he said is a form of Exxon/Mobil (non-synthetic.))

    3. He did recomend using a Honda oil filter, but any other high quality filter would work too. (But he did mention that the Honda filter was only 5 or 6 bucks and some of the aftermarket filters like Mobil 1 cost 12 or 13 bucks. And he felt the Honda filter was just as good.

    4. He said the most important thing to get from the dealership was the crush seal for the oil drain plug. He said they we around .60 cents.

    I told him that I had around 800 miles on the car now. And I asked if that was enough of a break-in period. He told me 800 miles was fine then he jokingly told me to go ahead "drive it like you stole it."
  • cxw267cxw267 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the answers to my golf bag/trunk question. And yes, I have been known to abuse my clubs my leaving them in the car for long periods of time, although looks like that may not be happening anymore. :)

    The RSX is still leading my list. I need to drive it again in the next week or so, and am sure my dealer will be agreeable with that. However I was wondering if anyone has ever been able to rent an RSX from a national rental chain. I'd love to be able to drive one around for the weekend without really having to worry about the miles I put on it. Anyone done this before? I'm in the northeast (upstate new york), if that helps.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    However I was wondering if anyone has ever been able to rent an RSX from a national rental chain. I'd love to be able to drive one around for the weekend without really having to worry about the miles I put on it. Anyone done this before? I'm in the northeast (upstate new york), if that helps.

    I haven't heard of any. Try calling around to different rental agencies.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Acura dealer keeps several of them as loaner cars for service customers. If yours does the same, perhaps you could convince them to let you have one for the night, maybe for a small fee or something...

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • njcar1njcar1 Posts: 16
    I received a quote (through an internet sales manager)of $22,215 for a 2003 RSX S-type. Is this a good deal or do you think there is still some room to go down? I would think that there should be some room to manuever (pricewise) if they already gave me this quote, even before I testdrove the vehicle. The quetion is how far should I insist on, do you think its possible to go under Invoice price on this vehicle? Any suggestions are welcome.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    We are considering buying an RSX, and I thought about offering invoice + transportation + $300 + sales tax + $50 for tag/title. No dealer processing fee or anything like that. We have no trade, and we will be paying cash.

    Edmunds shows their TMV as $400 over invoice.

    I have bought a few Accords for $200 over invoice, but I figured the RSX would be a little more.

    My suggestion: compute your price, offer it, and see if they will accept. When the time comes, that is what we will do.
  • trevian2trevian2 Posts: 22
    Currently on carsdirect.com, a RSX S is available for 22065 in the Chicagoland area. It was actually at invoice (21715) a week or so ago (or maybe before the end of the month), so it might go down again at the end of this month. I don't know if CarsDirect operates on any type of quota basis though. So check CarsDirect for your zip code and see if you can get the price to meet the online price at a dealer.

    Hope this helps,

    Jason
  • scipio1scipio1 Posts: 142
    I just took a pair of RSXs for a test drive today. I have to say I'm completely blown away. That shifter is just unbelievable. The power delivery surprised me as well, nothing at all like the 1998 Integra GS-R I had.

    Now I just have to convince my wife to let me buy one (an uphill battle with only 6000 miles on my 2002 BMW M3 convertible... gotta convince her I need a "commuter" car to replace our 330i).

    It was just a quick spin around the San Mateo hills, but I'm sold. Both cars gave me a big silly grin as I rowed the gears and took the twisties.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    why a "pair" of RSXs? Was one the base, and one the type S? If so, which did you like better for your needs (commuting etc to judge by your post)?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • scipio1scipio1 Posts: 142
    Yes, I took a base model with leather first and then a Type S for a shorter ride.

    I thought the Type S rode better, with a firmer ride that stuck in the corners better. The base model still rode very well, but seemed to have a little more "tip" and roll to the ride.

    Overall though, I kind of liked the base model for overall experience. The 5-speed offers a more useable transmission than the 6, since the top gear is identical. More shifting is great for fun factor, but the 5 minimizes pain for everyday use and improves torque availability, especially if I'm going to spend a bunch of time in the lower end of the rpm band (commuter use).

    Secondly, gas is horrendous in California. Between the M3, the 330i, the older M3 and the GS-R before that, I'm tired of paying up for high octane gas. My wife tools around in her Civic paying for 87 octane and the idea of being able to do the same for a commuter car versus staying at 91+ for the Type S has a lot of appeal.

    I always get pains thinking about leaving features on the table (hence the M3 versus a regular 3, the gs-r versus an LS, and even a 330 for commuting instead of a more practical 325). But my head tells me the right way to go is the base model instead of the Type S for what I want.

    I'd say the Base model would deliver to me 95% of the fun factor with a much more useable vehicle, and a small tradeoff on features like the CD changer and subwoofer etc.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    want the stereo package with the sub, there must be a way to get it in the base RSX. Many people have posted here saying they don't think that much of the stock subwoofer.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

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