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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • 1) When I moved to California from Toronto, I imported my 3-month old '98 Accord v6. Honda dealers in the Bay Area welcomed my car for any warranty service needed. They said that they would do the paper work needed to get warranty coverage. From my experience, Honda does honor my car's warranty in the US. However, I have never had to test this situation because I have not had any problems with car for past 3 years that I have been in California. Even though I bought it in Canada, it was built in Marysville, OH, for the CAD market. Honda stands behind their quality workmanship. As for cash outlay involved in the importing process, I paid the DMV 2% to register my car and get CA license plates (the car met emissions standards so there were no penalties). I had already paid for the Canadian sales taxes because I did not plan on moving to the US at the time I purchased the car.

    2) Daytime running lights: The Scandinavians have done extensive research showing that running your lights during the day helps to prevent accidents. They were the first to implement DRL in the 80's. It has to do with eyes' ability to pick up a signal... I am sure we could ask some of the readers who are airplane pilots and ship captains for their expert opinions on this subject since they rely heavily on such instrumentation. I also ride a motorcycle... ever wonder why all motorcycles in the US and Canada turn on their lights as soon as you turn the engine on?

    3) Currency always fluctuate. I will offer you a challenge to chart the CAD vs USD exchange rates for the past 5 years. You could probably get such a graph online... I can guarantee you that the median and 95th percentile confidence interval will fall in the $1.50 range for the past 5 years. I can only assume that Honda did this research when they priced these cars for markets that are identical in demographics with the exception of Metric vs Imperial measurements systems. (which, I must say, I do not have any problems recognizing that when my speedomoter is running at 110KM per hour, it means I am at ~ 65Mph speed limit. But then again, I was taught to drive as fast as the traffic flow and pay less attention to the speedomoter unless I am in a school zone.)
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    DRL's worked in the U.S. is because all cars don't have their lights on. When all cars have their lights on the effect is lessened. But this argument is just as moot as the speed limit one. There' always going to be a "study" that can justify both ends. I'm dropping this one.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    It is a law in NJ that when it rains, if your wipers are on, your lights must also be one, and likewise. But of course, that's a given.

    And yup, if everyone turns his lights on when driving during the day, there is no effect- unless you're the one driving without the lights.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    Warranty - Go to:

    This is a quote from there:

    "The warranty information you'll find in this section covers all new Acura automobiles manufactured by Honda Motor Company Ltd., sold by authorized Acura automobile dealers within Canada, and normally operated and maintained within Canada."

    I've heard from someone who imported an Acura from Canada that there were issues with the warranty. On the other hand, a friend of mine imported a Nissan Pathfinder and had no problems whatsoever with the warranty repairs in the US.

    I personally, was interested in importing a BWM, and BWM Canada told me that the car will not be covered in the US, I won't be able to get the free scheduled maintenance in the US, and even though they can not prevent me from buying a car in Canada with the intention of importing it into US, they very much discourage such practices.

    I think legally there is a world wide limited warranty coverage on any new car, but you won't get the 3 or 4 year coverage in most cases.

    Currencies: Going back 5 years the rate was consistently 1.35 for a Canadian Dollar. It didn't break into 1.40 until Nov 97. Check out

    So going back five years the Canadian and US prices were more in line.

    What really matters when it comes to selling a car manufactured in Japan is the yen. If you check the yen/$ and yen/CAN $ rates you will see that 7-8 years ago the Japanese were making approximately the same money on a car sold in the US and one sold in Canada. From then on they started making slightly more on the US market (see yen/US$ time series), and a little less on the Canadian market (see yen CAN $ series).

    My point was that they will not change their pricing structure frequently here in the US or in Canada for that matter, simply because currencies fluctuate. Plus, they possibly buy futures contracts on the $ and CAN $, and end up even anyway.

  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    ...and did not have problems with warranty work. It depends on the dealer that does the service, although, both Acura dealers in my area honored the Canadian warranty.

    And I did not pay duty, but I did not drive across the border. A moving company (United Van Lines), transported the car along with my belongings. I did, however, need an EPA document from American Honda (not Honda Canada) that the car meets/exceeds US EPA standards.

    The only thing that I was not able to get back was the Canadian sales tax, because, technically, I was a Canadian resident living in the U.S. so sales tax applies to me.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    ...when I imported it with 3 km on the odometer. And I had to pay the 6% sales tax for FL
  • alex18talex18t Posts: 117
    I drive a 2000 Celica GT and i think it is very "cool" looking. but it certainly isnt balanced,classy or beautiful. the RSX is all these things.

    i saw that sketch you are talking about in MT or C&D a while back. i think the production RSX looks a lot like that sketch.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    It doesn't matter what anybody "thinks" should work, but what actually "does" work. And the evidence points to the benefits of DRLs, yes even when everybody else has their DRLs on too. This is not rocket science. Even in bright sunlight, there are shadows that could make a car less visible. And it puts to an end those drivers who just can't seem to turn on their headlights in low visibility. You think its up to the individual to decide when to turn on their headlights? Not when someone else's life may be at risk because they can't see the other car. DRLs cost pennies per car and save lives, who could argue with that?
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    What evidence?
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    One reason to drive with your bright lights on though is that they diminish the range of Lidar. I do all my daytime highway driving with my brights on.
  • kam66kam66 Posts: 31
    I would be very interested in learning about the procedure to import a Canadian version RSX into the US. I'd originally attempted to have a local US Acura dealer procure one as I was just trying to get the standard cold weather package (i.e. heated seats and mirrors) that isn't offered in the US. Unfortuneatly they were told by their regional Acura representative that it was "not possible" to divert one from Canada to the US.

    I then contacted a Calgary dealer who was initially interested in selling me one. During my initial conversation with him he mentioned that he was restricted from selling MDX to the US, but he didn't know of any restrictions on RSXs. Latter he seemed to think better of it and mentioned the possibility of losing his Acura franchise if the home office found out.

    No one I talked to seemed to be able to tell me if the 3-year Canadian warranty would be in effect in the US. Additionally, while the EPA requirements seem to be easily satisfied, does anyone know how the tax situation would be handled and what kind of duty payment would be required to bring an RSX into the States?

    I've read with interest the above posts regarding this topic but most seemed to deal with Canadian citizens that brought their private vehicles with them when they moved to the lower 48. Does anyone have experience bringing a new, never registered Canadian version vehicle into the US?

    Thanks in advance
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    I still don't see how DRL's are considered safety items, nor have I read any published reports/studies to verify this.

    You have to be daydreaming while driving to not see a car in broad daylight.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    The problem is, there are drivers that ARE daydreaming. The more visible you are to them the better. If DRLs added a significant cost to each vehicle (like ABS does), then the cost/benefit may not be in the favour of safety. But the cost is just about zero.
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Just turn on your headlights. An auto shutoff would accomplish the same thing as drl's and add the option to have them if you wish.
  • 2k2rsx2k2rsx Posts: 4
    The majority of accidents are caused by daydreamers. DRL's would help but it wouldn't stop the knuckleheads of the world from playing with the radio, reading, shaving, putting on make-up..... ANYTIME that you take your eyes off the road and are no longer being a defensive driver, you are in danger of an accident.
    I don't mean to sound paranoid....and I goof off alot also, but many people take driving for granted and "zone out" while driving. DRL's would allow "zoning" drivers to distinguish between "just a car" and "hey that's a real live two ton vehicle coming at me"
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    I really don't think that's going to help people in a "zone".
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    You can drive around in a yellow Pontiac Aztek with lights on during the day, and any daydreamer will still run straight into you.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    mdriver in #499 implied a cost-benefit analysis of DRLs. DRL's light is generally redundant with the sunlight. However, I know sections of roads where if the sun is right in front of you, even w/ sunglasses on and the reflector down, it's very hard to see cars in front of you. Normally, this doesn't matter (b/c one would just stay in your lane). But there's this one area where I live where I have to make a left turn. During certain times of the day when the sun is right in front of me, cars w/o headlights on are harder to see than those that have them on.

    So in this one particular situation, I think there is a benefit for having headlights on during the day. This is just one example, and I admit, it isn't encountered very often. In rainy/snowy days, I think it's a no-brainer to have the lights on. I agree w/ NJ's law "wipers on, headlights on". Too bad very few abide by it.

    One added cost of DRLs, in addition for the manufacturer, is that since headlights are on whenever the car is being driven, you'll be going through light bulbs more frequently. I don't know what the average life is of a headlight bulb, but for those who drive all day, it might make a difference. Anyway, this is my quick and dirty CBA.
  • 1). Too expensive given a 4 cylinders and non of more luxury items(power seats, safty controls).

    2). The style is too much like civic.

    3). Low torgue(vs high hp) means once you load it up with some junks or fat chicks, it won't speed off as fast as you think

    4). Yes it will last long but just like another old integra.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Buy a truck if you're dating fat chicks! :P
  • does anyone know the zero to sixty on the base rsx? thanks
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    alex18t (#493), I would beg to differ. Yes, there is obviously a resemblance between the sketch of the Acura RSX and the actual vehicle that roams the roads today. However, I don't think they look very similar at all. IMHO, the bigwigs at Acura took the designers' sketch and made the engineers tone it down (made it more conservative looking). Since seeing is believing, I'll let this discussion board decide.

    First, the tantalizing artist's rendition:


    Now, the unexciting photo:


    Maybe it's an optical illusion since the sketch has all that shiny glare. Regardless, I would have much preferred a production car looking like the drawing. Is anyone from Acura reading this board? Is it too late to change it for the 2003 model ;-)

  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Exception of the headlights, rims, and the meaner-looking grille, the production model actually looks quite close to the sketch.

    But that's just my opinion.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    The sketch looks like a cross between an Accord coupe (the rear), Celica (front), and a Dodge Stratus (profile in general). Dodge cars seem to have the sleekest angles these days. Those tires are huge, look like a real sports car, 18" (just estimating based on proportion to rest of the vehicle). You don't find those on a < $25 k coupe. The sketch is very low to the ground.

    Front hood and grille are indeed similar, except the sketch is a little more aggressive, like diploid noted. The windows and body have cuts (granted, more expensive, but looks sexier). On the other hand, the sketch type of vehicle might be less practical to drive since visibility would be more limited and it may not be able to accommodate the same safety standards and interior space.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Somewhere in styling, a balance between style and practicality must be incorporated. Artistic sketches are good only to get an idea. You wouldn't want to be in a car with that kind of a swooping roof (unless moonroof opening is what a tall person would use to look at the road), or notice the front window.

    Hondas already suffer with headroom problem, partly due to a more swooping roofline (than other cars). The adoption of the artistic sketch on a production car will make it terrible (unless the seats are 3" off the floor).

    New Hondas (Civic, RSX, 2002 CR-V) have a 'cab forward' design, pretty much the concept used by Dodge for a while, hence similar profile. The idea is to maximize the interior volume without expanding the exterior dimensions. But this is also one area Dodge hasn't been successful, IMO.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    I bet you couldn't slide a piece of paper between the tires and the wheel arches in that sketch. Those look like 20" rims. The actual photo of the RSX by comparison, looks like it is running on temporary spares. Why should the cheap(ish) Sentra Spec V get larger rims than the Acura?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    mdriver--That's a good question. Ask an Acura dealer.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Why should the cheap(ish) Sentra Spec V get larger rims than the Acura?
    What advantage do you think would a 17" rim have on a car? If a choice of larger rim is made (2002 Integra Type-R does have 17" rim), what other impact would the wheel have? Based on your reply, we will get further into this.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    "we will get further into this"

    Let's probe his psyche.
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