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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • rsxerrsxer Posts: 1
    mistery33, I'm taking my base model to the dealer for the 3rd time because of the 'check engine' light. The 1st time, they sent the wrong code to Calif. and the technicians never responded. The problem was not fixed. The 2nd time, they replaced the oxygen sensor. I drove it 40 miles and the light came on again. This is getting a little irritating. I'll let you know what they replace this time.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    I stand corrected - I checked into the Japanese Honda Integra (US Acura RSX) and couldn't find a 4 door model. I guess they got rid of it there, too. I still have hope, though - the sister car Civic has a 4 door. On the other hand, I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for one. The market for the 4 door Integra was small, so I'm guessing we won't see a 4 door RSX.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Please do *not* sell the RSX as a sedan. It looked awkward on the Integra and will look equally as bad on the RSX. It is simply too short a car to comfortably and aesthetically fit 4 doors. I thought the 4-door Toyota Tercel was really horrible - remember those? On the same note, extra long coupes are another no-no. I still laugh when I see those 1970s/1980s "boats" that have a door so large it requires two parking spaces of room just to open.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    What do you think of the Civic 4-door? An RSX 4-door should have approximately the same proportions. I don't think the Civic 4-door looks too terribly out of proportion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, though.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Good question. You're right: the 4-door Civic doesn't look so awkward as the Integra sedan did (and still does). Maybe I need to rephrase and say if the car is "sporty", it should be a coupe/hatchback. A Civic, while a sound economical choice, looks anything but sporty. And while many folks in this forum think the RSX is an upscale Civic, I still think the RSX looks more sporty than a Civic; hence it should remain a coupe.
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    So many of the new sedans coming out look as sporty (or even sportier) than two door models. Many of the reviewers have been mentioning this. The Volvo sedans come to mind, Audi to a degree, there are others I'm sure. IMO
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    beowulf7 - how about a 5-door? Preserve the hatch looks, but add two more doors? That would be even more useful than a sedan.
  • How does the Type S compare to the older Type R.
    Has anyone driven both? If so what do you think?
    I gave up my Type R at its lease end (wish I hadn't) cuz I was going to get the new BMW M3... but I bought an engagement ring for my Fiance instead (priorities lolz). So now that most of my income is being saved for our wedding I must get something a lot less expensive for now. My options are either to look for a used Type R or get the Type S... Does anyone know if or when RSX R will be imported here? Any advice would be appreciated!
  • I've heard is coming in 2003 or 2004. All rumours. So take that with a grain of salt.

    Couldn't help you in comparing the S to the ITR. Sorry.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    dms6, I still think that would look awkward for a car that short in length. I've seen some 5-door (sedan hatchback) wagons around, but those autos are much longer. So it makes sense for those kinds of vehicles. In terms of styling, a 5-door hatchback would look ridiculous on the RSX, IMHO. Also, what good are the rear doors when there is barely enough any room for a person 5'6" or taller to sit back there? What about kids, you ask? They're probably agile and nimble enough to easily climb behind the passenger seat. For a bigger car where it is practical to make use of the backseat for reasons other than storing luggage, I would be all for having a backseat, especially for the really long cars.

    carguy62, yes, there are some sporty looking sedans (some Dodge/Chrysler cars come to mind), but those cars are so long it would look awkward if they did *not* have 4 doors. If dms6 doesn't mind, I'd like to reword one of his posts as the following: "'sedanizing-ability' is in the eye of the beholder."
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    I can agree with you to a degree. The RSX is probably too small to look acceptable with four doors. But it isn't just the big Dodges that look sporty with four doors. Plenty of sedans in the 180-190" range look very good with four doors.

    On a side note and I hope I don't ruffle too many feathers but even though the RSX is bigger than the Integra it replaced it looks smaller. Too small IMO. Yes there is good room inside but I just can't get over how small it looks from the outside (and I like small cars).
  • jwacurajwacura Posts: 16
    Hi All--

    I've just completed my sales training today to sell Acuras at a local dealer(I know; I went over to the dark side). But, coincidently enough, the topic of 4 doors RSX's was discussed. According to the instructor, the Honda Prelude was discontinued so it wouldn't take sales away from the RSX. The RSX won't come out in a 4 door, so it won't take sales away from the 4 door Accord.

    I haven't confirmed it with another source, so for now, I'll take him at his word.

    Let me know if anyone wants help on any dealer oriented questions.

    John W.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    Just curious if any of you have test driven the new RSX type S with the 200 hp engine. I guess I could've read through the 800 and some posts in this topic, but that would've taken a while. If any of you have, I'd like to hear your impressions. It's a sharp looking ride! Thanks.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    John, since you work for Acura, do you know what they plan to change (if anything) for the 2003 version of the RSX? I realize it's a relatively brand new car, so there won't be wholesale changes. However, will Acura fix the alleged engine bug (super-delicate break-in of the engine), add a console between the driver and passenger seats, introduce new colors, tweak any styling issues, etc.? Finally, when will the 2003 model come out, July (like in 2001) or in Sept. along with most of the other 2003 makes? Thanks for your willingness to help us out with dealer-oriented questions.
  • jwacurajwacura Posts: 16

    Sure, no problem. I'm glad to help. I return to work on Monday and I'll see what I can find out.

    John W.
  • only1harryonly1harry NYPosts: 1,140
    Why don't you go test drive the RSX-S?
    You 'll find that they 're pretty comparable in acceleration, although when fully broken in (6-10k mi.), an ITR can do 6.2 0-60 and 14.6-14.8 in the 1/4 (Motortrend TV tested a '00 ITR with a few thousand mi. on it). In the handling dept. you 'll find that the ITR is better. Simply because it's lighter, has no sunroof and one of its main purposes was to be an excellent handling car, primarily built for auto-x and road racing.
    '99 Integra GSR
    '06 Civic LX coupe
    '11 BMW 335i coupe xDrive
    '13 Honda Accord sedan (wife's car)
  • rjm12rjm12 Posts: 2
    Hi, I purchased a base model RSX. The check engine light kept coming on. The car had some wierd code and they couldn't make sense of it so they reprogrammed it. The programming did not hold so it had to be reprogrammed again. Now it has happened again for the 3rd time. I have let the service department where I purchased the car and the HQ of Acura know and I have heard nothing. This is annoying.What are you going to do about it.
  • dear rjm12, i have a similar situation with my base model. i have had the computer reprogramed two times for the same reason: check engine light came on. the first time it took for about three months then came on far it has held. what is the last six digits of your vin? mine is 4664 meaning it is the 4,664 rsx made and maybe there is some relationship to when the car was made. good luck and let me know if anything else is done or happens. thanks mistery 33
  • Hi all!

    My name is Beth and I'm debating between the S-type and the automatic (because of my bad knee).

    My first question is for those of you with beat up knees how does the stick shift feel. Right now I'm in a VW Cabrio and my knee is pretty unhappy with the standard trannie, but the RSX shifts so beautifully, I think it maybe it might be ok. I live in super hilly San Francisco and there is a lot of shifting.

    Second, If I do go with a standard RSX (which I don't want to do, but...)I still want the S-type head unit ( It's pretty!). I found some one to sell one to me along with sub woofer. I figure I will put in better speakers, so it sounds better.

    My question is, don't I need an amp? Does one some with the S-type. Is it seperate from the head unit or is it in the head unit? Do I need the Acura amp or can I buy a better one some where else?

    Thanks in adavance for your advice.


  • Acura seems to make reliable cars so rjim12, and mistery33 you guys must have a couple of lemons. Rjim12 so far if you have had 3 problems within that short span of time I think can get another car because it is protected by the lemon law make sure you look that up. I kept my Acura for 9 years and when I sold it it was rusted but still ran so they make good cars unless their quality went down the drain real quick but I doubt that. PLEASE NOTE: first years new models always have problems. The manufacturer always works out problems later and sends out information to correct faulty designs. Hope you guys get your cars fixed for good.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    check engine light issue
    Make sure you close the gas cap properly after refueling. And if you didn't, and this light comes up, but you closed the gas cap properly, it may take a few trips before the lights go off. This must be mentioned in the user manual as it is in that of my two Hondas.

    I don't think Accord coupe looks disproportionate or Civic coupe looks disproportionate, so a four/five door RSX wouldn't either. In fact, Accord coupe is shorter and lower than the sedan counterpart, and also sits on a shorter wheelbase (105.3" versus 106.9"). Integra sedan and coupe also had the difference (atleast in terms of wheelbase). The sedan had the same wheelbase as Civic sedan/coupe at 103.1" and the hatchback had it at 101". I don't think it looked awkward. In fact, the RSX may be about as long as Lexus IS300/BMW 3-series.
    But I would rather see European/Japanese Accord as base Acura sedan in America. Smaller in dimensions than the American Accord, and lighter too.

    If you liked ITR, you may find RSX-S too refined. These are two different cars even though the power output is similar. ITR was much lighter though. The RSX-S advantage may be in ownership costs, as ITR comes equipped with performance equipment (especially tires and brake pads), equipment level (if it matters) and ride refinement.
    If you want a car like the ITR, you may want to wait for RSX-R. Once again, stripped of all fat, the new ITR (as it is called outside America) is light (<2600 lb.) and track oriented, while Type-S is more of a GT coupe. Still, you might want to test drive the S to see if it fits your needs.
  • Thanks for the comparison. That helps a little. I was completely happy with my 98 ITR and lived without the creature comforts of A/C, moonroof, leather, etc... I so I could live without them again... but my fiance didn't like the fact the ITR didn't have A/C very much. I think I will test drive the RSX-S and see what it's like. Thanks again!
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I never said the Accord coupe looks/looked awkward. It might have been someone else. dsm6 asked what I thought about the Civic sedan and I concurred that it on it, it looks OK. But I still think the Integra sedan looks horrible. (As an aside, I think a non-spoilered Integra is a bad idea, too, but I digress.) Given that an RSX is supposed to be and look sporty when compared to a Civic, IMHO, an RSX sedan would not be aesthetic.

    In the end, I think it is a combination of car length and sporty appearance that would determine what looks good with 2 doors and what is better suited for 4 doors. Obviously, it is the automobile buying public that makes this determination. The Integra sedan did not fare very well, hence, Acura eschewed the sedan for the Integra's replacement, the RSX .
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    I doubt that the 4 door version would eat into the Accord sales. It might be for a very small percentage of buyers that would cross-shop. It would not be the same dilemma as the Prelude vs. Integra/RSX. As for styling, I think if Honda can make a good-looking 4-door sedan Accord version, then they could make a good-looking RSX sedan as well.

    Unless there is a sports version of the Accord, then I might stop wanting the RSX sedan.... stay tuned...
  • It seems that Acura has been driven towards the sport side of us all with the exception to the Honda Preludes and S2000s. Acuras have "type-s" versions I think Honda is gearing towards the "family car" like the Accords in competition with Camry. Honda might me directing the new sporty cars for Acura. Still, the fact that they are the same company says that one of them will always have a car that the market is in demand of. In the recent events, Honda will most likely produce more Accords and market them as a smart buy for fuel economy and reliability. Acura will continue to produce TL's and CL's as the everyday commute car with a little zip to them.
  • eludwigeludwig Posts: 82
    Based on some of the discussion here, I thought people would be interested in rumor-mill illustrations of the '03 Accord:, and

    Speculation in the motor department is a 2.4L 4-cylinder and possibly 2 V6's.

    Who know's the truth, but I'm hoping for a very sporty Accord when my lease expires in June '03!

  • thelthel Posts: 767
    of the spy pics. I wish they still made those for sale in the US.
  • Those concept designs of the new Hondas are sweet. Honda has the resources to make such sporty cars. I hope the interior and instruments of those new cars that hopefully will come to the US will use Acura materials and interior design. But so far they look pretty sweet.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I think it's a tragedy that Acura is not including a spoiler in the Type S trim. A sports coupe without a spoiler is just a coupe. Yes, the RSX is not as sporty as some other sports coupe, but I think it looks even more bland without the rear wing. As an added bonus, very few RSXs on the road have a spoiler, so adding one would make an RSX more unique.

    It's another tragedy that Acura did not integrate the brake lights on the optional spoiler. It looked so good on the Integra; why did Acura regress in spoiler technology? $600 does seem excessive for such a piece of plastic, but it is cheaper than the now-deceased Integra's $800 option.
  • Edmunds says that the Type-S uses premium fuel. What octane constitutes "premium"?
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