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Acura RSX Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Acura of Milford (CT) tried to pack my RSX with everything on the showroom floor. They pushed Lojack, silicone coatings, undercoating, glass etching, etc. I got a base RSX (5M) with leather for $21,800 including all taxes and dealer fees. Not the best price in the world, but acceptable.
  • Got what I think was a good deal on a RSX Type-S at a dealer outside of philadelphia. Did some internet pricing during the month of August and got a price for $21500 (about 200 under invoice). No pressure to add any additional features, and was out the door under 23 grand and took less than 2 hrs. Very pleased.
  • I got my base RSX, auto, cloth, no extras, back in January for $21167 out the door. Good experience, less than two hours.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Anyone know where I can find a base, automatic, SILVER w/black leather '03 RSX in the Chicago area? The dealer my friend is 'working with' has only one automatic w/leather (black). He claims he won't have any '04s for about four weeks, which won't work because my friends old car (an '89 Civic hatch!) is dead. I find it hard to believe that if the dealer sells his one remaining '03 that he's SOL for a month. What gives?
  • cguacgua Posts: 7
    This past Saturday, I went with my mother from NY to NJ pick up her new 2003 Acura RSX, auto, leather, in Redondo Red Pearl, from Bridgewater Acura (Route 22 in NJ).

    I negotiated a selling price of $20,100 (incl destination), approx $400 under invoice.

    No additional fees, except $50 for a 20-day transit tag, and $179 for the 2-year NYS registration fee, which included the dealer paperwork and messenger involved in getting the NYS plates. Of course, we had to pay NYS sales tax, but I am not including that in the above for ease of comparison.

    We were also able to take advantage of the current 2.9% AHFC financing on RSX models through 9-30-2003 (does not include S-type).

    The internet sales staff and the finance guy were great, no pressure at all and a pleasure to work with. Well worth the trip from NY.

    Prior to acquiring the RSX, my mother drove a 6-year-old silver Integra; now this 58-year-old woman can continue skewing the Intergra/RSX demographics with her new purchase.
  • pohsybpohsyb Posts: 11
    Just bought a 2004 RSX from Stevens Creek Acura in San Jose for $19650 (including dest), $100 over invoice.

    The salesman quoted me numbers in an email offering $500 over invoice, but I think he miscalculated a bit. When I compared the final numbers with the F&I manager, I noticed the difference and produced a copy of the email. He did honor the quoted price though (saving me $400).

    Insane California tax/title/fees, plus a theft insurance etching ($300). My last car was robbed so I figured it might be worth it. Put me at $22,000 OTD.

    The salesperson was friendly and easy to talk to, low pressure. The F&I guy tried briefly to sell me carpet protection/lojack/extended warranty/etc, but didn't press the issue when I declined. Overall time spent at the dealer was 3 hours.

    This is my first new car purchase ever, I really enjoyed it.
  • Just purchased a 2003 "Firepepper Red Pearl" RSX-S from an Acura dealership in VA Beach, VA. Was quoted $305 a month for 48 mos (plus trade-in) & was handed the keys. Then, in signing papers with the finance person, noticed that I would still owe $11K after the 48 mos! The sales guy NEVER said a word about any balloon or lease type arrangement. After some serious haggling with the sales manager, was able to make a negotiation, but still feel not having been advised of the balloon payment was not a mistake & felt very misled. The other disturbing thing is that the transaction in the finance manager's office was being webcammed! Has anyone ever heard or experienced this? Bottom line is that I am happy with my Sweeeeet new car, but it sure was a stressful, unpleasant buying experience. Would love to hear others' thoughts, opinions.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Don't mean to sound 'snarky', but exactly how did you think you were going to swing a ~$24k car for $305 a month without there being some sort of 'catch' (whether it's a lease, balloon, $10k down, 84 month term), short of magic?

    I think it's wise to figure out a 'target price' of the CAR (not the payment) and then figure out what you should realistically expect to pay per month (based on your down payment, credit terms) before you even walk in the dealership. ~$300 a month is a nice payment, but just isn't 'doable' on most cars any more.
  • I found a Acura RSX 2002 with 10K miles on it for only 12,995, now the catch, it was in a thieft, the thief took the wheels, rims, and the seats. The recovery company inspected the car and replaced the wheels, rims and seats to all factory ones from Acura. I am looking for a newer car, shold i go for this one???
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    the price is certainly 'right', but you'd better do a little checking around first, to wit:

    1. Call your insurance company and see if they will even insure a theft-recovered car (many will not insure those or reconditioned cars of any ilk);

    2. Run a CarFax on it, naturally, to see if anything else pops up;

    3. Have an Acura mechanic thoroughly check out the car mechanically, physically, and to make sure the work the insurance company performed is 'up to snuff', and also to find out what parts of the car will NOT fall under the factory warranty.

    Personally, I'd probably find a 'lesser' car with a nicer history if I wanted something newish for $13k.
  • Help! I've think I've done pretty well on negotiating the price of an auto, cloth RSX. The stumbling block is negotiating the price of the dealer installed spoilers: rear and underbody. Dealer doesn't want to budge from their price, roughly $799 for rear + $1699 for underbody. My questions are: what has someone else paid OR where I can I find info on a realistic price for Acura OEM spoilers.
  • Purchased a 2004 RSX-S in Silver for 23,000 OTD at Baranco Acura near atlanta. Great Service, and price. Sales tax was at 5% so the car was near or under invoice. Extras I got were wheel locks and a trunk tray, (were included, really had no choice)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    my new RSX today: desert silver base model with 5-speed stick and cloth - don't like leather. Purchase price is $19,250 which is about $200 over invoice, and is almost $1000 under Edmunds TMV. It includes a "Pro pack" they wanted $500 for, which explains the "$250" part of the 19,250. That has stuff like wheel locks and trunk tray.

    The only thing the finance manager tried to sell me was a 100K extended warranty for $995. He was very persistent, despite my repeated assurances that I was not interested. Needless to say, he did not make a sale!

    I feel good about the price, and I love this car. My old integra just passed 251K miles, and I am hoping the RSX will give me a comparable experience. It is almost time to put the 'teg to rest! :-)

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

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    A friend of mine bought one (silver/leather/automatic) recently, he really likes it. Though I'm generally not a fan of automatics, this one (5-speed) is nice and should prove to be economical on the highway.

    Do you still have your Matrix?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    is gone - it was a trade on the RSX - and after three weeks of blissful driving, it is clear it was the right thing to do! :-)

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    missed anything in a car more! How can people stand to drive autos? I will never understand.

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

  • What is wrong with driving an auto?

    What is your age and what type of driving do you do?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    zero engine control, forever in the wrong gear at all times, and loss of what seems like half the engine power when you need it most, because the torque converter isn't locked up.

    But I am sure this is not the right place to be discussing this...

    My driving is the usual sort of stuff...my commute to work is short, my commute to campus (graduate school) is not, and all the other typical stuff.

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

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    zero engine control, forever in the wrong gear at all times, and loss of what seems like half the engine power when you need it most, because the torque converter isn't locked up.

    That's not true with a manual shifting automatic. I also use mine for engine braking on snowy roads...works almost as good as a true manual and much better than just using the regular brakes.

    My driving is the usual sort of stuff...my commute to work is short, my commute to campus (graduate school) is not, and all the other typical stuff.

    Try commuting 700 miles per week in stop and go highway traffic...you'll change your tune. :-)
    I don't do it any more, but I did it for the first year after buying my RSX.
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