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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair

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  • carguy46carguy46 Posts: 13
    How often does Acura recommend that you change the oil in an RSX?
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    bobbid: don't know what you found out, but my seat back rocking left to right was not just a figment of my imagination: they ordered a "left front seat slider assembly", which they will replace when it comes in. I am assuming that is the tracks the chair slides in, and I fail to see how they could be defective and allow the seat to rock? But whatever, they seem to have fixed the other minor complaints pretty well, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt, and await the final repair next week.

    thanks nippononly for the update. i went to the dealer last week and they told me that they will call acura technical support regarding the problem. when i call them back friday to find out what the acura tech have told them, they told me that they will have to tighthen some screws or something and see if that will solve the problem. i will bring my car saturday and i will update you about it. about the rattling problem, i have one in the front dashborad and at the hatch. thanks again :D
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    5,000 miles
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    nippononly, what do you think is the best bolt on to improve handling? i want my rsx at least a little bit closer to the handling of my integra gsr.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    actually the book in 2004 still listed 2 intervals - not sure about the '05. For '04, it was 7500 miles in normal use, and 5000 miles if you use the car as a taxi or for delivery service. I do 5000 anyway - lingering superstitions from the past!

    bobbid: the fix they did on my dash sure seems to have eliminated the rattle completely - they also installed tape between the dash and the front cover (where the HVAC controls are). Time will tell if that was lasting fix or if it comes right back, but I drove around on some really crappy roads yesterday, and nothing seemed to shake loose. :-)

    I forget what model you have - if it is the '05 type-S, you already have the front strut brace and the larger sways - from what I have read it already has exceptional handling, although I have not driven the '05 S myself. The strut brace makes a difference, as do the upgraded sways for '05. And you could always do a +1 rim and tire - would improve looks and handling at the same time, two birds with one stone.

    Hold it - your profile says you have the TSX?

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    I corrected my profile, i probably scroll down the mouse accidentally and end up in tsx, anyway, i have a 05 base model. is there any other thing that i can replace to improve handling other than rim and tire?
  • carguy46carguy46 Posts: 13
    Is it common practice and/or accepteable to get oil changes done at a honda dealership? I know that Lexus allows their vehicles to get such service done at Toyota dealerships, and it would save me a two hour drive to be able to take the car to a Honda dealersihp for oil changes.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    yeah, I think they will do it. Give 'em a call and ask them before heading over there...

    bobbid: if you have the base model, then you do NOT have a front strut brace or the larger sway bars of the type-S. If you want to talk easy to buy and install mods, that has to top the list. The type-S has razor sharp handling for '05, supposedly. If you are interested, Acura also does "A-Spec" stuff for the RSX that sharpens up the handling even more. You can buy individual stuff as you like, rather than buying the whole package like some cars that dealers have dressed up and sitting on the showroom floor. Go to the dealer and ask to see a catalog, or it may be available on the Web.

    A lot of people would suggest lowering the car as well - that will certainly sharpen up your handling, but has downsides too, and watch out for your warranty if you take that path. Try some of those other things first, and you may just decide you are happy enough without doing more aftermarket stuff.

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

  • My new RSX is equipped with leather seats and they are very, very hard. I did not notice this when I test drove the car at the dealership. After riding in the car for two hours, my tail get very numb, like sitting on a church phew for two hours. I am miserable. I now dread taking a long trip in the car because of the hard seats. The dealer and Acura Client No Service will not do anything about it. The other good attributes and quality perception is destroyed by the hard seats. What can be done?
  • I recently noticed that my leather seats are beginning to show signs of cracking. My 2002 RSX-S is still under warranty, and I wanted to see if anybody knows whether seat repair/replacement is covered under warranty? If not, any suggestions on repairing them myself?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Have you tried any leather conditioners?

    This stuff is supposed to be good....from what I hear.

    http://www.lexol.com/newauto.html
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    any chance you could use a cushion on top of the seat? There must be something you could get at the parts store for a few bucks that would solve this problem. A padded seat cover perhaps?

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

  • fat_cityfat_city Posts: 1
    Hi,

    My car will be 30K in next week. Can you let me know what the differ between engine air filter and cabin air filter ? :)

    Thanks
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    engine air filter is under the hood and filters the air that goes into the engine and gets burned with the gas.

    The cabin air filter is inside the car and filters the particulates out of the air that your air conditioning system pumps into the car.

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    the auto up and down feature on the driver's window has quit working, the window itself still goes up and down if you hold the switch. With the number of little things that have been flukey or replaced now, I am beginning to get the itch to trade this car a lot earlier than I originally meant to....

    In the meantime, back to the dealer AGAIN tomorrow.

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    sorry to hear that you have another problem with your car. what year is yur car and is it base or type s?
    my car is in the dealer today for front and back rattling, loose driver side backrest, that's what they call it when i complain about the driver seat rocking back and forth. i will pick it up this afternoon and will update you what they did to my driver seat and the rattling problem.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    mine is an '04 base model.

    I just got an internet quote for 10% under sticker on an Audi A3, and I may be doing something about it. This is the third intermittent problem I have had with this RSX, and of course it is impossible to get intermittent problems fixed because they just tell you "could not duplicate" if you take it in. So you are just at the mercy of the problem, never knowing which parts of the car are actually going to work as advertised....

    Can you tell I am a little annoyed about it?! :-P

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    i'm the same way, i could not stand it if something is not working properly with my car. that's why i traded my other car for this because of some problem that i need to deal with it on a regular basis (need to clean throttle body on regular basis), srs light is on, don't know why, did not get a chance to bring it to the shop. oh well its gone now.... hope you solve your problem with your rsx. do you mind if i ask you what's the other intermittent problem that you have with your rsx?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    A couple of times in the past, the HVAC button that shifts the air flow from the windshield to the face vents to the floor has quit working. Each time, turning the car off and on seemed to reset it. And the cruise control was a little erratic a couple of times - wouldn't set once, another time dropped the set speed while I was rolling along, without any input from me.

    Just little things, but on a car I am still making payments on (is only 18 months old) and which is still under warranty, annoying to me. Now I will have to see how often the auto-windows decide to stop working.

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    Yes, Its very annoying to drive back and forth to the dealer. hope they fixed your window right.

    I was disappointed when I pick up my car yesterday, the rocking driver seat was not fix, the front rattle is still there, but at least the back rattle was gone. they said that they tigthen the bolt and everything in my driver seat, but still did not fix the problem, i asked the guy to get another base model and i want to see if the driver seat will rock back and forth like mine. its not rocking at all, so they need to fix it or get me a new driver side seat. did they fix your seat, i remember that they will put a new slider assembly right to fix the rocking? please let me know if that solve the problem. thanks
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    yes, the new sliders did fix the problem perfectly. No more seatback rocking. They had to order the whole slider assembly, and remove the seat to replace it. They claimed the old ones were defective, and like I said before I have no idea how a slider can be defective, but whatever, glad the problem is fixed, hope it does not recur.

    Ask you dealer about replacing the seat sliders, I bet it will cure the problem.

    They didn't fix the wondow because the window fixed itself, for now. Who knows what it will do later. I am looking at a couple of possible replacement cars....we will see.....

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    at least your seatback rocking is gone. who's your dealer? i'm not sure if my dealer will accept that the seat or seat component/slider is defective, they trying to tell me that its normal to do that, rock back and forth with the manual adjustment. i not sure what to tell them if they insist to me that its normal for my seat to do that.

    what cars are you considering getting in replacement of you RSX? before i bought my RSX i'm thinking about getting the mini cooper but we don't have a dealer here that carry them. so i did not get a chance to test drive one. i've been reading some reviews about the mini and not too excited about it, more complain than satisfaction. :( i need a dependable and reliable car.
  • keysmiakeysmia Posts: 1
    I am in the same boat. I have a 2003 acura rsz type s and the seats are very uncomfortable, (in fact the 2005 seats are softer) but i absolutley love the car. I went into the dealer to look at a tsx but I eould lose a great deal of money in the trade. Is there any options here. I am trying to get new seats or find seat covers with cushions. If anyone knows any info please rply.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    my dealer is Marin Acura in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fix they performed on the seat did the trick 100%.

    If I give in to myself and up-price, the strongest contenders are the Audi A3 and the TSX. There are drawbacks to both, and Acura has not knocked my socks off with its quality in the car I have now, although I certainly have had no major problems. A distant possibility is the upcoming base model IS250, due out in about three months.

    If I stick to this price range, I am almost able to talk myself into a Mini Cooper, although there are some definite drawbacks including the endless list of owner complaints on this model. I also wouldn't mind taking a closer look at the Corolla XRS, the one with the 170 hp VVTL-i engine. That would actually be cheaper than the car I have now, as would an Impreza 2.5 with the sport package, another possibility. As you can see, I haven't narrowed it down a whole lot yet.

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

  • galactogalacto Posts: 1
    I've just purchased a 2003 Acura RSX Type S with 86,000 KMs. When I start it in the morning and after work it idles at around 1600 to 1800 RPMs, after a few minutes of driving it then idles at 900 RPMs. Also, it turns out the car had an after market cold air induction kit put in.

    Is this normal? Could the induction kit be causing higher idle RPMs?

    Thanks,
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    You can sell your '03 seats and buy you an '05 seats thru rsx forum. Or you can trade in your leather seats for a cloth seats (ask for extra cash), that's if you want cloth seats. Or you can buy the Tempur-Pedic® Seat Cushion it might help. I have '05 cloth and its pretty comfy to me.
  • I dont know what to say, I got my RSX last Tuesday and the brake was working very smoothly but after I let my friend drove the car, he tried on manual very hard and then on the next day, when i drove the car, the brake felt really weird, like it was as smooth as it was. Like it has some rattling noise when I step on the brake. Is this normal for the RSX or is it just me? Please help. thanks.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    perfectly normal - idle when totally cold is around 1600 rpm. It should drop pretty quickly with some driving though - no more than a couple of minutes at that idle.

    afstudly: so your friend did some full-force braking in your 3-day-old car? Congratulations, you may now be the proud owner of warped rotors. If you glance at the book, in this car or just about any other, it will tell you to NOT brake hard for the first few hundred miles, to allow the pads to seat properly to the rotors. I would suggest you take it to the dealer and have them turn the rotors, which they will hopefully do for free - I would think that would be covered by warranty.

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

  • Whoa, I didnt know that. What else do I need to know about the new RSX? I'm a safe driver and try to keep my RSX as clean as possible but I really dont know much about it when it comes to keep it in good shape. If theres something wrong with the rotor, will they be kind enough to replace a new one? cause its still under warranty and I really dont wanna walk in and come out a few hundred bucks poorer.

    Thanks nippononly,
    Andrew
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    Well, if it has actually been raced, or appears to have been, they may get a little sticky with you, although I think Acura dealers overall aren't the sticklers that Mitsubishi and Subaru are, for instance.

    Otherwise, they will turn the rotors, not replace them, which will smooth them back out. You should try to avoid hard braking for the first few hundred miles, avoid really high revving for the first 1000 miles (to give the rings time to seat), and in general try not to rev it hard when it is stone cold. I try to stay under 3000 rpm in the morning until the temp gauge moves up off the bottom peg.

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

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