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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • Thanks. Made my decision then.The Acura RSX was already priced a little higher than I want to go, I don't want to spend more on gas on top of it. So I'm going with the Civic.

    Thanks. :)
  • Well my friend ended up going to the dealership to get them to fix the problem and it turned out the valves got stuck so thankfully the warrenty was not void.
  • shrashra Posts: 1
    I have an acura CL 3.0 for a few months now. It is my first car and I am almost clueless when it comes to maintenance and identifying car problems. Yesterday, I got into a problem. After geting lost for almost 2 hrs, I had parked my car outside a gas station and when I tried to drive it out of the parking spot, my car started to go forward when i put in in reverse, instead of going forward. When i restarted, it shook very badly with a noise and the battery and the transmission oil lights lit up. That happenned a few times, until after I gave it a rest for a while it started fine and I drove home safely. But I need to know what that was, so I can take care of it. Someone told me it was transmission issue. I had the oil changed just last week, and also, I had to jumpstart the car last weekend since had accidentally I left my lights on. It was an older car that I got jumpstarted from. Would that matter?
    What shud I do?
    Wud appreciate some help.
  • I have 2002 RSX Premium, I removed the original stereo CD and replaced it with an ACURA TYPE-S 6-disc CD changer. Now the volume is very low and I have it turned up all the way?? I know this unit was working fine from the person I got it from…it is missing any thing?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    what is an RSX Premium? Is that the base model? If so, the type-S has an extra amplifier that you will need to run elements of the type-S stereo. That sounds like the problem.

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

  • In Canada the Premium is the model just below the Type S - with leather/heated seats and heated mirrors. I think your right with the amp....but I checked the rear of the unit and it only has the 1 plug for the harness which is currently plugged into unit, where does the amp plug into?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    goes between them, and you need the type-S head unit.

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

  • cubescubes Posts: 29
    Has anyone installed one of those aftermarket center armrests in their RSX. ory_Code=ARSX

    I'd like to know about the quality and the ease or difficulty of installation process.
  • When the keyless remote is activated to lock the doors, the horn doesn't sound for my 2004 RSX. I bought the car used and it didn't come with a remote. I bought a remote online, programmed it, and got it working (I hear the locks and see the lights flash), except there is no horn notification. Is there supposed to be, or is the remote programmed wrong?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    doesn't honk unless I hit the button twice in a row - then it honks in indignation to let me know it was already locked, LOL! I suppose it can be programmed all sorts of ways - I have never checked because I like it just like this. I live in a complex where the buildings are built around the parking area, and I come in late at night quite a lot. I would be mortified if my car honked whenever it locked.

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

  • 1. i was just wondering how do u go about programming the remote in those different ways...
    2. i was also wondering that since i have to disconnect my battery since i'm going out of town for a month (thats what my dealership recommeded) should i store the wires?...should i wrap them in tape?...if i do, then it will be all sticky and difficult to remove when i try to take it off...or should i just leave it as it is and make sure it doesn't touch metal?...also, about that, how would i make sure that it doesn't touch metal? whats the proper way to do that...? any help in this regard would be much appreciated...thanks
  • Hi,
    Just bought an 05 RSX-S and am wondering if it is worth it to buy the extended warrenty. I don't drive more than 10,000 miles a year and given their repution I think I can get by with just the basics. Any thoughts would be appreciated

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    I certainly didn't do so, and I am not worried in the slightest. Am at 20K right now. Bear in mind that you can always buy an extended warranty from the dealer any time before you reach the end of the standard manufacturer warranty - 4 years or 50K miles whichever comes first. So you don't have to make the decision today.

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

  • consult77consult77 Posts: 26
    I've read in various posts that say you can also buy the extended warranty from any dealer, not just the one where you bought the car. I guess this allows you to shop nationwide. Your mileage may vary but you may want to check it out.
  • 10a10a Posts: 6
    I bought my Acura 2005 RSX end of last year. There is less than 8K on my odometer. I wanted to join this forum to see if anyone is experiencing the same problem(s) with their car. What seems to happen is when I am driving my car and I stop at a stop sign or signal light, I can hear a "click" sound from where my gear shift box is. It might just be me, but the sound is getting louder and louder and I hear it everytime I stop. Also, when I pull out of the parking lot and either put the car in reverse or drive, there is a "tock" sound below my car where the engine is. This sound is heard a couple seconds after shifting. Do these problems sound familiar to you? Can someone tell me what's wrong? Should I get my car checked out?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    first of all, as for it getting louder, that may just be your imagination now that you are listening for it every time. As for the noise, I don't have an auto, but auto transmissions usually make a tock/click sound when they engage a new gear - is that what you mean? The click when you stop has me mystified.

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

  • 10a10a Posts: 6
    I agree, the sound from my shift gear box is probably not getting louder. I'm just probably more and more annoyed with the sound the more I hear it. I understand that an auto trans would make a sound when a new gear is engaged. Anyone know what that sound from my gear shift box is making? Someone told me that maybe my transmission is loose?? Should I get my car fully checked when I go in for oil change? How many of you go to Acura dealers to get an oil change? How much does it usually cost?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Should I get my car fully checked when I go in for oil change? How many of you go to Acura dealers to get an oil change? How much does it usually cost?

    get it looked at

    oil change at my dealer costs $29.95
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    My RSX gets serviced at dealer's, and they want oil change every 3,000 miles. Accordingly, Maintenance Req'd light comes on 3,000 miles after service.
    Does anybody know how to turn it off?
    Thanks, Vickat
  • Press and hold the mileage reset button then turn the ignition key to the second position (the one right before actually starting the car). Hold the button for about 10 seconds and the maintenance light should go off. If the mileage gets reset and the maintenance light doesn't go off, try again with the mileage indicator showing the total mileage, not trip a or b.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    at my dealer is also $29.95, and they wash and vacuum the car and clean the windows on the inside, all of which I figure is worth $6-8 all by itself, so I am sold! :-)

    The manual says the maintenance light does not come on until 8000 miles after the last service, flashing intermittently until 10K miles have elapsed and then remaining on solidly after that. So they may be forgettting to reset it sometimes if it is coming on only 3K miles after the last service.

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

  • jesandersjesanders Posts: 1
    Just wondering if you've heard anything on the clunking situation; I've got what sounds like the same problem. Have noticed it the past 10k miles or so; I'm at 20k miles. (Mine's a 2004 rsx base model.) I owned an RL previously, and the noise ended up being a loose part in the hood lock mechanism; however, that isn't the problem this time, but they don't know what is.

    Also, I wonder if anyone has heard this one: when I turn right onto a street with an incline, and if I'm going over 5 mph or so, I get a very loud bang in the driver rear side (sounds like somebody is hitting the "top" of the car with a baseball bat as hard as they can - it doesn't sound like I'm bottoming out - it scares the daylights out of everyone in the car even if we brace ourselves for the possibility of the sound!). Anyway, I've emptied the trunk and also double-checked the spare tire equipment - everything is secure there. Anyone else hear this one?

    Taking it in to the dealer next week or so for another check up.
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hey, thanks! worked exactly as you said it would. Idiot light's gone!
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Well, I would guess the jack tipping and hitting the side but you say you checked that.

    I would find a berm or something that you could slowly drive up onto to tilt the car (in a parking lot or something) and have someone outside the car as you slowly tilt it to determine exactly where the noise is coming from. Have them touch the car if possible (and if safe).
  • Some DUI smashed my beloved 1995 Accord Coupe :sick: and I have decided to get an RSX (I should have gotten a Integra back in '95, but we learn from our mistakes - don't we).

    I have looked at several CPO 2002, but some of the dealers are crazy. Any thoughts between:

    (1) '02 RSX-S; CPO, 35K miles, $17.8 (Dealer needs to knock of at least $1K before I waste my gas to look)


    (2) '02 RSX-S; private; 43K miles, $15.1

    I am also skeptical about the first year of a new model. Did Acura get it right (as much as possible) on the first try?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    they mostly got it right on the first try with the RSX. The 'S's had a problem with grinding gears which Acura issued a TSB for, so it should be fixed for free, if it hasn't already been. Look for one with dealer maintenance. (Obviously the CPO car should have had this done, since it is being SOLD by a dealer).

    $15.1K on an '02 with 43K miles would be a little low in my area. Bet it needs tires and brakes right off.

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

  • gan_giaogan_giao Posts: 2
    I just called to schedule my 30,000 miles service at dealer near chicago. Their estimated price is $449.95. I cannot believe it. so freaking high. so I called another dealer in Columbus (the dealer where I bought my car) and their price quote is $380. so my questions are:

    1. are these even around the reasonable price? I checked the help link in the left column and got a quote for around $162.

    2. why they have such a huge price fluctuation for the same service?

    3. should I not go to a Acura dealer to do the service?

    need your helps, guys. cause I am living in the middle of nowhere in illinois and plan to drive 2 hrs to Chicago this weekend for maintenance. :confuse:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Dealers have "minor, regular, and major" services. When the car gets to 30K, they want to sell you on a "major" service, with a $400+ price tag. It is a big money maker for the dealership. The car does not need most of this stuff. In fact, the $162 is just about right. If I recall the manual correctly, it needs new air filters, both underhood and A/C. And it needs an oil change and tire rotation. The remaining portion of the $162 is for visual inspections of steering, brakes, and exhaust. Do those if you would like a readout on brake wear and the like. They are a peace of mind thing.

    I read my dealer's listing of services performed for a "major maintenance", which he has also told me I should do at 30K by the way, and half the things on it are things the manual NEVER calls for, ever, in the life of the car. Let alone at the young age of 30K miles.

    For reference, the dealer wanted me to do a "minor service" at 10K miles, price $135. However, all the manual calls for is tire rotation and an oil change, which they did (plus cleaning the car) for $65. $60 saved right there, and the car was only about 8 months old at the time.

    Oh, by the way, questions 2 and 3 above: (2) prices vary from dealer to dealer because they are not all doing the same needless crap, some of them are doing MORE needless crap, and some are doing less, and (3) you don't have to use the Acura dealer if you don't want to, but make sure to keep the receipts for all your servicing, just in case there is ever a warranty issue. As for going to an independent, just take the car's manual with you when you go, and show them the page listing what needs to be done.

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

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I just called to schedule my 30,000 miles service at dealer near chicago. Their estimated price is $449.95. I cannot believe it. so freaking high. so I called another dealer in Columbus (the dealer where I bought my car) and their price quote is $380. so my questions are:

    1. are these even around the reasonable price? I checked the help link in the left column and got a quote for around $162.

    I'll go back and check my records. I seem to recall paying around $200, but I'll try to confirm that number for you. Keep in mind, my cars 30,000 mile service came around the summer of 2002 so maybe prices have gone up?

    Also, they might have given me a price break because I was the highest mileage RSX at the time and they were using me as a "test rat". When ever I went in for scheduled maintenace (LOL...once a month just about) they were always extremely interested in how the car was I liked it...blah blah blah

    Anyways, I'll try to get the actual number for you.
  • gan_giaogan_giao Posts: 2
    Thanks a lot guys. I will take my manual and ask them to do only the necessary stuffs. (can't believe they are selling all those craps :mad: ) but I think I will still go to a dealer to save the hassils about warranty in the future.
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