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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • eludwigeludwig Posts: 82
    Personally, I would be shocked if dealers don't mark the Z up a few grand. I'm basing this on the amount of buzz around the Z and the pent-up demand. I'd say it's similar to the S2000's situation.
  • rk888rk888 Posts: 3
    Thanks you and others for the advice.


    That formula you gave me will be very useful. Just wondering how far from the original overall diameter can one get? I mean, how many inches or fraction of inches can you deviate from the original number? Thanks.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Well I'll be...if I had 26 for a car right now...
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    Great Gohgly Mohgly! I was expecting 29-33K for the Z. Either it's grand theft auto at 26K, or it isn't going to be everything that it's cracked up to be. I'd definately wait and see.
  • $26.6 k for the 350Z !?!? This is going to be a hot ticket unless they start exploding or catching on fire or something. If the car is as good on a track as it looks good on paper, id might have to reconsider saving for that S2000. 8^o
  • Just wanted to thank you guys for all the help....I am the proud owner of a 02 RSX Coupe.
    I paid $19K out the door.
    It's only add is the rear spoiler and to beat it all they gave me 11.3K for my 5 yr old mitsu spyder!
    If anyone wants an Acura in Metro Atlanta I strongly recommend Acura Carland in Duluth, they are very professional and no nonsense.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience. Happy Motoring! ;-)

    Hatchbacks / Station Wagons / Women's Auto Center Boards
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    congrats! Is it a auto or manual? I hope that you'll gently break in your car.... good luck!
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Drove a type-s the other day. I'm in the market for a new commuter - the RSX is relatively fuel efficient and green while still being quick (aren't those guys at Honda great!), and should be quite crash-worthy (look at NHTSA and IIHS test results for its close cousin, the Civic Coupe), so the RSX might fit the bill.

    I hear some complaints about the lamented switch in front suspension lay-out, and I agree with those complaints - to a degree. The car handles well, and I don't particularly want to modify the suspension, so no major problem there. It does crash better now, too, as promised with the new front suspension. Of course, other changes might be at play here as well as the suspension change.

    I don't like that the type-s has to be had with leather, unlike the base, but could probably live with that - or find a base with cloth and swap?

    As for the looks, I want a commuter, not a racer, so I'll take the rather bland (but still stylish IMO) looks and less attention from law enforcement and those who just want to race that I hope comes with it.

    BTW, congrats to drewdrew94 on the purchase.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    it would be better if they make a four-door version for the RSX as well. It would be easy since it is based on the Civic platform. I know that my brother would buy it in a heartbeat to upgrade his wife's Civic :)
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Ooh, yes, absolutely. Better if they build one, at least for me (and your brother). Acura of America, are you listening?
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Yeah.. I hope that Acura will as well. They might listen since they will have the 6 speed for the CL type S :)
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    The 4-door Integra never did well on the market.

    I'd be happy if they upgraded the suspension on the Canadian-only Acura EL to make it handle like an RSX-S, switch the Civic EX engine with the Type-S, and bring it to the U.S.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I wanted to get 4-door Integra GSR, it was just too rare to wipe the smile off salespeople, so I dropped the idea.

    Thanks. The greater the difference, the greater the speedo error would be, I would say less than 1%. Still, some others here might be of more help on the issue of different tires.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I agree that a car needs more than just character lines, but my point was not that I want RSX *just* to be a looker. I wish Acura styled it to match its impressive performance (at least the Type S seems to have impressive performance when compared to similar vehicles). I'm *not* saying the car should be all bark and no bite; i.e., to look fast but drive like a golf cart.

    "evolutionary simplicity"? LOL, sounds like euphemism to me :) I admit that the RSX looks nice from the rear and front, but from the side, it just doesn't do it for me. I recently parked my Integra adjacent to an RSX (Type S). I am still partial to the round Integra headlights; from the rear, I preferred the RSX-S (although my spoiler made my car look sportier than the un-spoilered RSX). However, from the side, the RSX disappointed; the Integra looked sleeker.

    Note that I'm not knocking the RSX-S' performance; its 200 HP would have embarrassed my Inty's 140, but I openly admit that.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Acura/Honda character lines are usually very subtle, unlike fake scoops, lots of curves etc. you'd normally see in some other cars. It would ultimately come down to personal tastes. Here are couple of pictures that I found to compare (both are Type-Rs to be fair),

    2001 Integra Type-R

    2002 Integra Type-R

    Honda is following a styling trend by removing side molding which gives a feel of a higher car (started with Prelude, followed by Accord coupe, then Civic Coupe and Civic hatch). That is about the difference I notice.

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Thanks for the links. The 2002 ITR looks like the RSX; I'm assuming Acura is retaining the Integra name in Japan. The pointed snout of the RSX (2002 ITR) looks nice. Tires look better. But again, from the side, the 2001 Integra had a line; no such line exists in the 2002 picture. I agree on not wanting to see the flamboyant or obviously fake scoops and superfluous curves (latter statement applies to the original Tiburon).
  • splishsplish Posts: 5
    Just want to say how much I enjoy my new RSX, (leather, automatic)...I read many of the comments on this web site before I made my decision. It was helpful to hear what other people thought about the car...It is absolutely the nicest car I've ever had the pleasure of driving. I got a terrific deal on it too...
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Yes, I do believe that in Japan the vehicle kept the Integra name instead of switching to RSX as it did here in the US.

    As a side note, the new Japanese Integra (RSX) comes in a four door version - meaning it would be relatively simple to bring a 4 door RSX to the states. As pointed out before, the 4 door integra sold poorly here, though. The RSX, as many have pointed out, is a different car though - more refined. Maybe a 4 door RSX would work better than a 4 door integra?
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    The new Japanese Integra comes in 4-door versions? Do you have links to photos?
  • At first, it was a tough decision. As I wrote in an earlier post, my '96 GSR was stolen and I had to replace it. When the RSX first came out, I also thought the styling was a little bland, but I found worse faults with other cars in it's class. I like the Preludes exterior, but the interior is really bland. Besides, that car is being discontinued, and the resale value (not to mention it will look very outdated shortly) would be horrible. I never drove the Celica or WRX because of their appearance. The Celica has too much "boy racer" flare. Too much bark-not enough bite. It needs to be streamlined a little bit. It looks fat, and I hate those triangle wedge tailights ever since they came out originally on earlier Preludes. I hear the WRX has a lot of punch, but when I viewed those cars on the dealer's lot, they looked too boxy and void of any luxury items. That car is made for a no thrills-only bang for your buck-driving. The interior is cheap and plain. This car is not a good commuter car. I also considered settling for a 1.8T Jetta with leather. These cars look refinded, but were only priced about $2k less than the RSX. The turbo gave it some boost, but the car starts off real slow due to the turbo lag and heavy weight. This car rode ok, but wasn't really fun to drive. You sit up high in the car-the shifter is long-and it doesn't feel that nimble. I also had concerns about VW's reliabilty and the turbo giving out. My only other choice was to save some money and buy a Civic EX until something better came along--Until I test drove the RSX. Being used to my 175hp GSR, I could not go back to a 127hp Civic. The 200hp RSX was just too sweet. The power comes more linear instead of that big VTEC jump which is awesome. It also seems quieter than the screaming GSR. That 2L makes a big difference. The shifter, just like my old GSR is short and sweet. This is why the car is fast. And with 6 speeds?? What more can you ask for? It definitely is a lot funner to drive than the other cars I tried including my old GSR. It is very quick and nimble. The brakes seem very responsive also, even though I read it's scores for braking lag it's competitors. The big difference is the interior. The interior looks and feels sportier than the old GSR. It has a small leather steering wheel. You feel connnected to the road when you drive. The dials are white with red illumination at night. It has cool a/c vents and nice accents. It looks sporty and luxurious at the same time. The seats are awesome. There's nothing like new leather bucket seats. Also, it's looks are starting to grow on me. It's looks are refined. I think it will age very gracefully. You can keep this car forever. That's another thing. Who can go wrong with Acura Quality? I had my old GSR for 5 years and never not once had to go to the dealer-just oil changes and 2 minor tune ups. And then, when my insurance company settled my stolen claim, I got back almost 60% of what I paid for it over 5 years ago. That gave me a nice chunk of cash to throw down on my new car. I'm sure this car will hold it's value just the same. Simply put, this car is the best value out there if you like a fast sharp sophisticated yet sporty reliable car. It comes loaded-200hp 6 sp.-leather seats-sunroof-6disk bose stereo-power locks/mirrors-keyless entry-alarm with kill switch all for $23K. Forget about the over priced BMW, Audi and S2000. With my old GSR, I had to add a CD player and alarm. This has it all-no need to change a thing. If your in the market, this is the car to buy. It's fun to drive-very reliable-and it will keep it's value. If you decide to get rid of it in a year or so, you'll get more money back from an Acura than anything else except perhaps a $60k Mercedes in which case you don't really have to worry about getting money back if you can afford that anyway. Also, it's great to have the latest newest style. This car is unique. There just isn't that many of them on the road. Don't worry about the styling, it will grow on you. Nobody thinks it is ugly, just not as sporty as some might want, but it is better to look like a kitty cat and bite like a tiger than vice-versa. For some cars, simple styling goes a long way-just like the Audi's. That car looks plain, but classy and refined (Just like the RSX, it won't look outdated and ugly soon-can you say Eclipse?)
  • splishsplish Posts: 5
    grt8dave, I couldn't agree with you more on each and every point you made! It is a great car...I test drove and looked at many in the same price "class" and found that none of the others even came close in terms of overall quality, with respect to the interior features and power...I also really like the understated sporty exterior...and security related features.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    I hear it's a very hard decision between the RSX and the C-Coupe.
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    But there are a few details sway toward the Acura. Check the gauge cluster, the "feel" of the interior and the price after options are added.
    It is RWD though and has safety features galore. But the supercharger has long term reliability questions also.
  • i've been to the dealer twice over the last three month because the check engine light came on and they had to reprogram the computer to the more updated program. the fix held for seven weeks, and then the check engine light came on again two days ago and they reprogrammed the computer program again. any one else have this problem ? was it rectified for good? thanks... i think this is a great car but this problem is vexing.
  • splishsplish Posts: 5
    mistery33, are you talking about the RSX? I have only had mine a few days but no problem here...I haven't seen anyone mention that problem before on this forum either
  • splishsplish Posts: 5
    BTW Does anyone find there is a bit of extra "play" in the steering of the RSX? Mine seems to have too much wiggle, most noticable at 60+ MPH. Plan to have it checked at the dealer.
  • dear splish,my car is a base rsx. I picked it up on 9/9 and as i stated, the computer has had to be programed at the dealer two times. the first time was soon after delivery as the check engine light came on and the dealer told me the computer program needed to be upgraded by honda. the fix held for two and one half months and then four days ago, the check engine light came on again. i took it to the dealer again and they downloaded the same program from honda again. any one else have a similar story? did they replace your car's computer? did the download hold? thanks,mistery 33
  • Hey Guys and Gals,

    Sorry I haven't checked in for a few days, I have been out driving my RSX, everywhere!
    To those that wanted to know it is a manual, there is no way this car in my opinion could have that feel that the driver is connected to the road in an auto, sorry!
    The dealer also said that he is having trouble moving the autos,even here in metro Atlanta!
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