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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • Here are my concerns with the s type. Revs higher than the regular on the freeway. Too choppy of a ride, too much noise from the tires. I agree that the 2 grand extra is worth it but I want a car I can commute and have fun at the same time. Please share your experiences! (my insurance company only wants $50 more per year)

  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Actually, the top gear is the same. You just get to shift at a finer rate. I prefer it, YMMV. As for the stiffer ride, it's true, and not for everyone. The better response is a trade off, again, I like it, other prefer a softer ride. It's always fun to drive, even when going for groceries.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    this car has plenty enough range with five gears in the base model. If you go for the S, do it for the flatter cornering or the extra power, but just remember this car needs to be revved to get those extra horses, and the downside of thicker sways and 17s is a more jarring ride over the road (especially the sucko roads of California). Keeping the engine spinning at 5000 rpm to extract the power is fun in its own right, but if you think that might get tiring after a while, just get the base model. It has enough power to cruise easily at 110 plus and pulls strongly (with a 5-4 downshift) even when you need to pass at 85 mph. Plus, I am still getting 31-32 mpg in regular commute driving (with my non-S) on 87 octane (a big plus to me).

    Speaking of maintenance issues, I have begun hearing a slight clunk out of the front suspension over abrupt bumps - may have to check that out. Just went out to Texas in it for a week - mileage now at 15.8K

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I see, so you'd like to stay at the stock 16". I want to move up to 17", so I'd need new rims. Besides, I'm getting tired of the stock wheel look on my car. LOL.

    Yes, the 2005 RSXs are using the same Michelin tires as the 2002-2004 ones, except the 2005 Type-S is 17" (which you mentioned). What a shame that a new tire brand wasn't offered for at least the Type-S. :(
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    I really like the look of the stock 17s on the '05...they look very similar to the ones on the TL, to me. But I assume you would be going aftermarket...


    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Yes, I would go aftermarket. The stock 17" wheels that come on the 2005 RSX-S do look better than the 16" version. But I'd probably go for something that has 7 spokes. I already have my eye out on a couple types of wheels that wouldn't necessarily break the bank. ;-)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    what's your budget for something like that? More than $1000 including the new tires? Or substantially less?

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    For a new set of tires, wheels, and including labor and balancing, I expect to pay $1200-1400. I don't think one can get all that for under a grand unless it was really cheap crap (i.e. worse than what comes stock w/ the car). What's your budget for new tires?


    The tires themselves are pretty cheap - about $100 each. That's cheaper than stock Michelins!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    I kinda figured it must be over $1000 for the whole works. I figure around $600 for the next set of tires: bought, installed, balanced, after tax. At least I hope. But I am going to b getting better tires than the stock, and if they cost more, then so be it.


    The only rims I ever bought were for my truck, and I bought them used, so I really have no idea what aftermarket rims cost.


    The more I see the new 17" Acura rim for the '05 type-S, the more I like it. (And the more I dislike the changes they made to the front and rear fascia - thank goodness I bought when I did). I wonder if it is a straight switch onto my car.

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    A lot of great tires are available for < $150 each, including all those misc. costs. Yes, you should be able to use a 2005 Type-S' tires/wheels into your car w/o having to do anything unusual. I honestly have not seen a 2005 RSX yet on the road - just pictures of them on Edmunds, a bunch of car mags/Web sites, and some other forums. It seems odd that I haven't. Sales must be slow. :(
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    '05s on the roads around here, but what is more telling in a negative sort of way is my local dealer still has rows of leftover '04s sitting right up at the curb with big "red tag sale" signs in them. I think 2004 was the year RSX sales slowed WAY down. If I had witnessed this in any other year with the Integra/RSX, I would have waited until now to buy and probably could have saved another $500-1000.


    Just for the heck of it (I expect to shudder at the answer I get) I am going to inquire as to what a set of the '05 RSX-S rims cost to buy. Tax refund time is coming up, after all! :-)

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I actually like the look of our 02-04 rims better. Good for me I guess, heh.


    Short review of the Turanza LS-Hs I got in September: so far, has lived up to high ratings from Tirerack. Great improvement over the MXM4s, very sticky (has dramatically improved my launch), got rid of the wheel hop in the rain, and very solid in the snow. Comfortable, and improved handling over the Michelins. The only downside so far is that due to rolling resistance I have lost 1-2 mpg (come to think of it, fuel economy is probably the major reason Acura has the crappy Michelins on the RSX).
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    crucial question (for me): was there any reduction in tire/road noise going to the Bridgestones? These tires sound perfect - improved traction AND handling - for that I will accept a 1-2 mpg loss. But I am really hoping to find something that will give me those improvements while ALSO reducing the excessive road noise from the tires. Maybe an impossible mission, I dunno.

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • Unfortunately, I have to say I haven't noticed any reduced road noise from the Bridgestones. :( But road noise wasn't a priority for me so I probably wasn't too aware of any difference.


    Also, just to be explicit, I chose this tire because of traction, handling, AND comfort. If you don't care about the comfort part, there are other tires out there that have better handling (the LS-H is considered a Grand Touring All-Season tire).


    Good luck in your tire search nippononly!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I went to the dealer because my SRS light was on. Now the dealer says the computer indicates the passenger airbag was deployed and the entire system must be replaced for $3,200. I was in a fender bender 13 months ago, but the light was not on then. Has anyone else experienced or heard of this? The cars as 50K miles, but I have the extended warranty. If anyone has had a similar experience, please share. Any information would be appreciated.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Cool, I still haven't seen any 2005s on the road. But I recently had to go to my dealer to get something fixed (I'll post more details in another post) and saw a row of 2005 RSXs on the dealer's lot. I'm not that hot on the new headlights and taillights.


    So your dealer still has 2004 RSXs left over?! That sucks. I predict that Acura will remove the RSX from their lineup in a couple or few years. :( They really need to up the specs and features to compete w/ some other cars in the $24k price range. (For e.g., AWD, 220-240 HP, power seats, control stereo from steering wheel, etc. and only raise the price for all that by a grand.)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Was your accident reported? When did the light come on (i.e. how long after the accident)? Maybe insurance will help pay for the new airbag system if the dealer says it was due to an accident.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    "They really need to up the specs and features to compete w/ some other cars in the $24k price range. (For e.g., AWD, 220-240 HP, power seats, control stereo from steering wheel, etc. and only raise the price for all that by a grand.)"


    Yup, Acuras in general are definitely not inexpensively priced for what you get. I do wonder if this one will hold up like a 250K-mile Integra I used to have. When I get a sec I will have to stop by and get this annoying dash buzz looked at, and get another alignment done some place besides the dealer in the hopes they can finally center my steering wheel. I stopped by the dealer yesterday on the off chance they were open and could look at the dash, but they were closed.


    "I predict that Acura will remove the RSX from their lineup in a couple or few years. :( "


    I am afraid you are right, but I am so hoping that doesn't happen! I don't think Acura will go AWD with the next RSX, just because they are weight-averse (as am I) and the TSX/TL are not AWD, but they really need to bring the power and feature content up. I call my car (base model) the "commuter version" of the RSX, with the type-S as the sporty one of the two. The commuter version was exactly what I was looking for (good balance of many attributes for a daily driver), but it would probably be best for the "new" Acura if there were no commuter version of the RSX the next time around.

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • ch'oshch'osh Posts: 1
    About the 'slight clunk' out of the front suspension over abrupt bumps, I've been getting that too. I noticied it at ~3500 mi. I took my '05 rsx-s to the dealer and they couldn't reproduce the sound. If it's cool, let me know what happens with your 'clunking' situation, if it gets diagnosed, fixed, etc. thanks.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,696
    Will do! :-)


    With my schedule the next couple of months, that dealer visit probably will not happen until March or April. I am hoping the front suspension does not fall off before then! :-P

    2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I just bought the '05 rsx type s and I really love the car. However, I'm hearing this rattling sound coming from the passenger side when I'm on the highway. Has anyone had this problem or know where it's coming from?
  • I'm having some problems that are similar to yours. I bought my '05 RSX type S in November and 3 days after i had the car i heard a popping noise. The noise sounded like metal hitting against metal or possibly metal against glass. I didn't know what to make of it, but it was very anoying and also loud enough for me to hear with the radio on. I took it to the Acura dealer where I bought it. They supposedly fixed the problem, but the noise came back a couple days later. They said it was a piece of metal clipping, though I didn't get to see any evidence. I just took it in on 1/10/05 to get the problem looked at and hopefully fixed for sure this time. Let me know if you got your problem fixed or if it is still there.
  • Oh btw I didn't even mention where the noise was coming from >.< but anyways the noise is coming from the upper corner of the driver side. Almost seems like it is coming from the engine compartment. Seems to be making the noise even at low speeds as well as high speeds with bumps of all sizes. At times it doesn't make the noise then all of a sudden it makes it. I don't know what it could be. Any ideas anyone?
  • Check rsx-specific boards (not sure if I am allowed to say the name), several types of rattles experienced. It sounds to me like you might have the dash rattle, which happens more in the winter, and is caused by the dash rattling against the windshield. I had this and Acura could not fix it (they even took out the dash) - eventually I ended up using someone else's homemade solution and stuck weather-stripping foam between the dash and windshield. Has fixed for the most part, good luck with rattles!
  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    I have an '04 base model that I purchased in the early spring. I had six months of warm temps. The dashboard rattles didn't start until the cold weather came. I noticed that the rattles go away when the inside temperature rises. I set the HVAC control at either of the two defrost settings. When the heat comes through the defroster vents, the rattles go away completely.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    It doesn't surprise me that the dealership was closed on New Year's Day. :-P


    Hopefully you'll get your annoying dash buzz rectified soon. About future year RSXs, time will tell, of course. I'm almost certain that the 2006 version will be very similar to the 2005 (maybe new/different colors), but all bets are off what happens for model year 2007, if the car even surives to live that year.
  • ag127ag127 Posts: 5
    hi all,


    i'm absolutely loving my new rsx type-s, though the dash (passenger-side) does rattle on occasion. however, i have a question about what people mean when they call the transmission "notchy," generally referring to the 2nd/3rd gear issues common in this model. sometimes my shifter snaps right into the gate on upshift, other times it meets a little resistance. Is this the "notchiness" that people feel? This generally happens in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd; one shift this will happen, the next will be clean, and so on. the resistance never feels serious, and so far the transmission hasn't popped out of gear. i only have 200 miles on the car, but i'm trying to keep an eye out for the transmission problem, which seems to be pretty common. thanks.
  • ajb04ajb04 Posts: 3
    Today I dropped off my RSX/S for a transmission repair to resolve the notchy (hard to engage in 2/3 gears)problem. The service folks referenced a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) III-5-04 issued on 2004 Sept 15.


    The TSB indicates that this problem MAY be due to the 5/6 gearsets as well as the shift cable. The repair indicates replacement of the 6th gear, the synchro cone sets, 5th gear and related synchro cone sets!


    We will see in a couple of days.


    Mileage is 55,000 km (Canadian car)
  • ajb04ajb04 Posts: 3
    I just took my RSX/S in for transmission repair to solve the notchy 2/3 gear problem.


    TSB III-5-04 issued 2004 Sept 15.


    Are there other TSB's that you know of that I should check before the complete the repair?
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