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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    I misspoke: The RSX-S engine won't work in the current Civic sedan or coupe, but it will bolt directly into a Civic Si.

    Then again, Honda isn't selling too many of those, so there's little need for concern on that point.

    However, look for the next Civic to share the K-series motor with all the other models on the Global Small Car Platform.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    rascallove, I have the 2002 Acura RSX Type-S. I've had it for over 5 months now and really love it. The Type-R spoiler I bought and installed gives it that extra sporty look. And the 200 HP is plenty sporty enough.

    preludexl, I think it's just you. If you think the Civic has a better ride than the RSX, then I think you might want to get a GM car, since its suspension is even softer. Nothing wrong w/ that, I guess. The RSX (either trim) is w/o a doubt a "sportier" (and hence stiffer) ride than any Civic.

    Also, since you (preludexl) don't like to rev the engine, you're better off w/ a 6-cyl engine. Again, I might recommend a Grand Am GT since that's the type of ride I think you'd like (very soft suspension and large engine).

    silverrsxs1, I agree about having a hard time to resist the temptation to wind up the engine to the 7,900 RPM red line. And w/ the Type-S, there's a noticeable boost one feels right around 6 krpm. :)
  • Was just reading thru all the posts ... saw this
    from Muffin_Man:

    If I were going to compare the Probe/MX-6 to any current car, it would have to be the

    The car wasn't mentioned ... I am assuming it was the RSX. I currently drive an MX-6 that I have enjoyed for the past 10 1/2 years. It is time for something new. Like what I have read about the RSX. Any comments???? any other suggestions?
  • Whats the best price for a base or type S RSX nowadays. Can you get one at invoice?
  • acbeacbe Posts: 16
    Hey, I couldn't have said it better myself. I love the stiffer suspension!! The Type S seems to "hug the road" MUCH better than the base RSX. I've had my Type S for exactly 7 months now and you're right, I do rev it up at least once a day...I just can't help it!! ;)
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    If you put your ear to the hood of your RSX, you can hear it calling very softly..."cold air intake...20 horsepower...I'm choking on all this hot me, beowulf..."

    If 200hp is plenty, 220 sounds good and plenty to me!
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    LOL. I'm tempted to get the CAI, but I want to stick to my budget that I allocated for mods. Unfortunately, CAI, cat-back exhaust/muffler, and header didn't make the list for this year. :(

    BTW, does the CAI really add 20 HP? I'm pretty sure others have said (especially on it only adds about 6, maybe 7 HP, according to various dynonometer tests.
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    Just wondering whether the 'manual'-mode of the Sportshift can be used all the time, or would it be bad for the tranny?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Depending on your driving habits, using the SportShift to engine brake all the time could potentially cause damaging heat build-up in the tranny.

    Besides, if you wanted to shift the auto transmission like a manual 24/7, a manual would have been the obvious choice from the get-go.
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    Thanks, but I thought that the Sportshift is quite idiot-proof, and just wondering if it could be used day-in/day-out like a manual tranny. If engine braking is done properly, would it, in fact, damage the engine? If that's the case (will damage), what is the difference of engine braking in a manual tranny car?

    The RSX only comes with Sportshift tranny in Hong Kong.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    "The RSX only comes with Sportshift tranny in Hong Kong. "

    - Hu? Are you talking about an auto like the one on the M3 or an auto with the feature to shift up and down gears like on the Acura CL and TL? The RSX most certainly does have the latter version of auto-shifting in the states.

    - Also, the Sportshift will automatically bump you up or down if you overstress the tranny (rev too high or too low.
  • I think what rk922 meant is that in HK, the RSX is only available with SS, they arent offered with manual...

    I find that the only times I use SS are when I'm showing someone the car for the first time...or when I'm first in line at a stoplight or sign, and theres some open space and a decent speed limit in front of me...accelerate, shift up to the speed i want, then flip over to auto. repeat at next stoplight/sign... : )
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    Yes, I confirm that in Hong Kong the RSX only has the Sportshift (which is the automatic with the clutchless 'manual' function). There is no Type S either.

    Also, the Sportshifter doesn't bump you up a gear if you over-rev, it just cuts the gas. It will downshift automatically to 2nd (I think, or was it 1st?) when you stop the car if you didn't downshift yourself from a higher gear. I don't think that it downshifts automatically if you are just slowing down.


    But do you think that you would damage your tranny if you used the Sportshift all the time?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Based upon reported (and acknowledged by Honda) SS problems in the Prelude and Acura TL/CL, I'd have to think that using the SS feature continually in high-load situations (downshifting into the upper end of the rev range) would increase wear.

    The RSX is lighter than the Prelude/TL/CL, and has less torque to be managed by the torque converter, but I don't get as good a feeling about Honda's manually-controlled automatics as I would about one from Mercedes or Audi.
  • Honestly, I don't know...I don't know anything about the SS problems himlier references...and I don't know enough about how the SS actually works to give you an answer. For how I use it, it feels fine...and I'd be inclined to think that if you didn't do things like downshift into very high revs constantly, you'll be alright. I was also under the impression that SS was idiot-proof...

    So can i ask why you'd want to use the SS at all times?

    Himlier...I'd prob trust the Honda SS over a Hyundai one, lol...
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    I'd like to use the SS all the time just for the feel of a manual and its benefits (engine braking/less brake use, better control, faster).

    PS The 5 spd manual isn't an option because it's not idiotproof enough for me HAHA!
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    I'm really thinking of buying very soon and I was wondering how much leeway I can bargain, in percentage terms. I mean, roughly, what were the starting asking price from your dealer and how much did you manage to knock down the price in percentage terms?

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Like (if available where you live),,,

    From there, you can usually pit dealers against each other. From, I was offered an RSX auto for $19,300 including destination. Usually, you can get the price close to invoice. Especially if it is not a hot model. If it is (like an RSX-S around in California), then there will not be much room for barganing, and you will probably have to pay close to MSRP.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    by you. Try to work up from there (or down from there if you can). If you have a good price to start with, it is easier to negotiate. Do not go into the dealer looking to buy right off the bat. Make them work for your business!
  • rk922rk922 Posts: 22
    Thanks for the sites. Unfortunately, there is usually only 1 dealer per car brand in Hong Kong, so playing one dealer off of another can't be done here. Acura is represented by only one dealer, so it's basically a monopoly. They do still have an open ear for a little 'bargaining', so just wondering how much I can reasonably expect. Guess you guys have it better in the States.
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