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Acura RSX (All years/types)

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  • I am interested in the pearl white. When I go on Acura's website, they show a bright white color and I know the pearl white is more of a off white or cream color. I have a question for all of you brand new RSX owners. I love the smell of a new car, and is it my imagination, or on every new RSX I have test driven, the new car smell is overpowering, more so than I have noticed before. Also wanted to mention that there are only 2 Acura dealers anywhere in this state or surounding states. I am sure that will limit me as far as choices are concerned.
  • techfuntechfun Posts: 11
    You can do a "build and price a car" type thing on acura's site. If you put in for a type s, you can select the pearl white color for sure, and it does look good. You should have full choice in a matter of a few weeks on the '05 type s regardless of the number of dealers. Hopefully you do ok on attempting to sell yours, otherwise maybe next year.
  • Thanks for the information. It's funny, I love my car and I think it is really sharp, and all day long I am going back and forth whether to sell or not. Yes, I would love to have a new RSX type S, but I hate to have a car payment and an increase in my insurance. I guess if I am undecided, I night not be ready to sell yet. I will keep you posted.
  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    the "smell" was awful in mine. A friend of mine says it's because of the way it's covered while shipping. Don't know if this true or not, but it made me nauseous for a while. I found opening the windows and sunroof and going really fast helps. (jk about the really fast part ;))

    wendy
  • Reading all of the reviews about the RSX Type S, it sounds like the very few complaints are all the same. Poor Michelin stock tires, poor stereo for a Bose, bad blinds spots, no arm rest,and expensive to insure. I would love to hear everyone's comments on that. Thanks.
  • techfuntechfun Posts: 11
    Personally, I wouldn't say the stereo is that bad for a stock stereo. I would say the sub in the trunk doesn't really serve the true purpose of a sub, but it does add some bass depth to the overall sound. No arm rest is what it is. I really don't mind that myself, but I could see where others would be annoyed. I'm usually busy hammering the shifter through the curves to have to worry about no arm rest anyways. Those Michelin's do suck, but I'll be keeping them on until they're done rather than dropping 5 or 600$ off the bat to replace them. I'll probably get Kumho Escta 712's once they need replacing though. The blind spots are tough for backing up etc. I don't have much of an issue as far as driving with the blind spots, the mirros work fine, but backing up is a pain in the butt. The insurance is pretty crazy on the car. My friend insured his 350z cheaper than his previous rsx type s.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    I will echo that. Don't really care about the arm rest thing, and the stereo is OK for a stock stereo, although not great by any means. I have pretty much made my peace with it. I took a long drive in a friend's type-S the other day, and the "better" stereo in the S isn't all that much better once you get up to speed and that road noise starts to intrude. But at least it is a 6-disc as compared with the single in the base model.

    No, the biggest single problem in this car is the stock tires. They don't provide very good handling (the car is capable of way more) and they make a TON of noise. Blind spots are typical for a sport coupe of this type (skip the spoiler though if that is a concern for you), and the insurance was only a couple hundred more per year for me than my previous Matrix (BUT I have the base model - the type-S probably costs more).

    Apart from those "issues", the car is perfect for my needs. I highly recommend it.

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

  • Thanks. All that information is very helpful. The arm rest and the stereo are very minor, and the blind spots don't seem to be any worse than the GS-R, so for me the sky-high insurance costs is the only real concern for me. The Michelin tires that came on my GS-R were aweful, and I did a lot of research and replaced them with BF Goodrich Traction T/A's. These are a thousand times better.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    we just got our first rain here today after two or three months of dry spell, which reminded me of another way the stock tires suck - REALLY BAD traction in the wet - it was like driving on an oil slick. Even in the dry they are way too easy to break free from a dead stop - traction just is not their strong suit. Treadwear is, but then who cares if the tire lasts forever if it is no good performance-wise? I wish I could wear them out sooner to give myself an excuse to replace them (innate frugality showing through, I guess?), but at 11K they still look literally brand new. :-(

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

  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    thanks for the tire info. I was a bit concerned with the rain we are getting now. i haven't been out in this weather yet. What tires are best for overall driving?

    Wendy
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    well, no one tire is best at everything - otherwise all the other tires could just go home! :-P

    Seriously though, several tires have been touted here as being much better than the stock Michelins, among them the Kumho Ecstas and the Continental ContiExtremeContacts.

    If you go to tirerack.com, it will give you recommendations for tires for your specific vehicle - you just plug it in. The tires are rated for length of tread life, traction in the dry and the wet, and the snow too I believe. Also various other aspects of handling (I am going by memory here). Check 'em out. Last I checked, there was also a representative from Tire Rack that posted here at Edmunds and answered peoples' questions over in the "tires, tires, tires" thread in Maintenance & Repair.

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

  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    Thanks, I'll check it out. I have a feeling we are in for a wet time this winter and I don't want to take any chances.

    wendy
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Hey Wendy, check out my post #2256:
    beowulf7 Oct 9, 2004 12:19pm
  • Wendy, keep in mind that there are different classes of tires. The tires are in beowulf's post are Ultra High Performance All-Season tires, but that is by no means the only class of tire. Tirerack.com is an excellent place to start doing research, and as nippononly says, no one tire is best at everything! Good luck!
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    hehe, the complaints are identical to those of all the Integra owners a few years ago. Mediocre stereo, tires and visibility. Typical Honda/Acura shortcomings.. My GSR does have an armrest though which is the storage compartment in between the 2 front seats. It comes in handy on long trips. Just bought my wife a CRV and it has a huge gap between the driver & passenger seat. Just a big nothing. Don't know why. There seems to be room for storage or an armrest. Even my '01 Civic EX has an armrest!
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    C'mon, mm - Ultra High Performance All-Season tires are the only way to go. They solve all tire problems at once, LOL. :-P

    j/k but honestly, I think these tires should solve most people's needs and desires for a tire. I can't wait until I trash my stock Michelins and grab a set of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires. :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    I am assuming that most people, in talking about replacing the stock tires with better ones (the ultra-high performance all-seasons mentioned above, for instance) are moving up a speed rating or two in doing so?

    It seems like a lot of the good tires that people have recommended as replacements are W-rated rather than the V-rated stock tires.

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

  • Beowulf, there are always tradeoffs.

    Ultra High Performance = better handling = feel the road better = feel all the bumps more. Personally speaking, the suspension is stiff enough for me already (one reason I got the base instead of the Type-S), and the last thing I want is tires that make my car bumpier than it already is.

    Also, better performance usually means decreased treadwear. The ContiExtremeContacts mentioned above do not even have a treadwear warranty (!), while the Kumhos are only warrantied to 30K.

    Due in no small part to comfort and treadwear, I replaced the stock Michelin MXM4s with Bridgestone Turanza LS-Hs. Extremely happy with this Grand Touring All Season tire - awesome reviews on tirerack, grippy, good but not great handling, awesome in the wet (and supposedly great in the snow too, although I haven't had a chance to see), warrantied to 50K, comfortable ride.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the "grey area" between the different tire classes is huge (according to Ask Connor at Tirerack).

    To each his own. *shrug*
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    stock Michelins even warrantied for treadwear? And aren't tire treadwear warranties kind of bunk anyway? I mean, after the first few thousand miles, you get pennies on the dollar if they wear out early anyway, and there can't be ANYTHING in the way of irregular wear. If there is, they just blame poor alignment and you get zilch.

    The thing with having a fun sporty car is not to maximize the treadwear - any tire that would do that wouldn't provide the best handling or dry traction.

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

  • Does anyone have the titanium color interior? How is it holding up? Does it get dirty easily? If my car sells this week, I will be purchasing a 2005 RSX Type S. I prefer to get away from the black interior, but I would like to hear about the lighter color, if anyone has any opinions on that. Thank you.
  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    I have the Titanium interior. It's a bit lighter than I thought it would be, but I like it. I've only had the car for about 6 weeks so I really can't address the "dirt" issue as of yet. My Jeep Liberty had ivory leather seats and I had no problem keeping the seats clean. I'm the only driver and very rarely have passengers. What exterior color are you looking at?

    wendy
  • I would like the Pearl White. Right now, they are not readily available. There is only one out there on a dealers lot. My dealer here said they did a dealer trade and they will have it in a couple of days if I want it. What is your exterior color?
  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    I have the jade green metallic. It's a bit deceiving because it looks more grey. The paint chips on the Acura and edmund's sites don't really do the color justice. It's a lot better looking in person. I've not seen the Pearl White. My dealership didn't have one on the lot when I got mine.

    wendy
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    I have the titanium interior - does not pick up dirt easily. Admittedly the car is only 9 months old, but already has 12K miles and is used extensively to carry around my niece and nephew, who are good at making a mess normally! The interior still looks like new despite spills and scuffs.

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

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Does anyone have the titanium color interior? How is it holding up? Does it get dirty easily?

    I have the titanium cloth in my 2002 model (purchased in September 2001)
    and I have over 52,000 miles. I have not seen any wear or any dirt spots.

    I do have a worn spot on the drivers side rug where my right heel rests though. Oh, the horrors! :-)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    in my (stick shift) 4Runner, and they were worn through to the last threads in three months. For a $60 set of mats (I liked the embroidered '4Runner' logo so I bought them at the dealer).

    Point is, I have been quite impressed with how well the RSX mats have held up compared to some of the other cheap crap I have experienced in recent times.

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

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    That is true that there are tradeoffs. But just judging by the ratings and reviews, it seems like the Ultra High Performance All-Season tires I mentioned have a *lot* more "pros" than "cons".

    The treadwear is rated very highly. Granted, they don't have mileage warranties, but as nippon said, the tire treadwear warranties don't usually mean much. Heck, I can take the highest rated mileage tire (say 60 kmi.) and make them bald in one day. ;)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    My car is about 2.5 years old and 25+ kmi. I have DSM, which means I have the titanium color interior. It's holding up well and I do like it. Many think that black (ebony) is sexy, but IMO, titanium (tan/gray) is classy and clean. :)

    So how did you do in trying to sell your car?

    BTW, Edmunds recently did a follow-up review on the 2005 Acura RSX Type-S. It did pretty well.

    http://www.edmunds.com/new/2005/acura/rsx/100449649/roadtestartic- le.html?articleId=103504&tid=edmunds.h..wkedmunds.roadtests.1- .*
  • Thank you for the great follow-up article on the '05 RSX-S. I placed an ad in our local paper and I didn't get one single phone call. I would imagine maybe because of the time of year? I might try another paper this week. Any suggestions? To be honest, I haven't been trying really hard yet, I haven't even put signs on the car. Once again, the pearl white color RSX-S that I want isn't really available yet, so it's hard to plan.
  • I just bought a 2005 RSX Type-S on Friday and I absolutely LOVE it... just can't wait til the break in period is over! I have the pearl blue exterior with black interior and it looks really nice. There was a pearl white colored one at the dealership that I bought this from but I really wasn't too impressed with it.. have you seen it in person yet?

    Amanda
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