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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • Acura needs to come out with a foor door RSX jus like they had for the integra. Also should think of adding Lim. Slip Diff. and Navi.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Acura is bringing over the next sporty Euro-spec/JDM Accord as the "Acura TSX" which will fulfill its place as an entry-level luxosport sedan to take its place next to the RSX entry-level luxosport coupe. I think we will be pleased with the results.
  • Hi, I just have a question about the back seat. Everyone is making it sound like the back seat in the RSX is basically useless. Is it really that bad? You can fit two people back there, can't you? I am thinking about getting this for my first car but I know I will be using the back seat sometimes. Also, this sportshift thing on here, I still don't quite get it. Is it basically automatic and manuel transmission together? If this is the case, that would be great! Because I want to just get an automatic just because it will make everything a lot easier. But I still would like manuel just to have some fun with sometimes.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    The back seat is actually useable. It is just that you have to bend your head sideways if you are over 5'8". I am 6' and have had no trouble back there except for my neck cramping up on long trips. The leg room is not great, but manageable, especially compared with a Camaro or a Celica.

    The sportshift allows you to shift up or down gears, one at a time, without a clutch. It will always reset to 1 when you stop, and will upshift when you get close to redlining it.

    The Manual is quicker than the Auto, especially when not in sportshift mode.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    If this is going to be your first car (and if you're a new driver), you should have no trouble sticking your teenage friends in the back seat. Yeah, people will moan and groan, but they'll get in. I also suggest that you get a car with a manual transmission. The Automatic is nice for sure, but the manual is much more fun! Even if you don't know how to drive stick, you'll get this car and learn within a few days. Hondas/Acuras are very easy sticks to drive (and cluthces to modulate).

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Elliott, my Integra is automatic and I'm quite happy with it. If you're comfortable with manuals, though, Honda and Mazda have good manual transmissions.

    Re back seat: RSX is a bit different from the third-gen Integra, but I have used the back seat for friends. I'm about 6' and they range from 5'-8" or so to 6'-5" or so. Just don't ask them to sit back there for a road trip-!
  • Hi, thanks for letting me know about all that. I was just talking to someone else on another message board and they said something about the RSX being extremely hard to insure, especially for a teenager. Is this true? Also they said that if the RSX is going to follow in the Integra's foot steps, it will for sure be on the "hot list"
    for stolen cars. What about that? If all this is true, I don't think I am going to get one, the last thing I need is to have my new car stolen or broken into by some jerk. Also, I don't want really high insurance, I need something nice with some low insurance, any ideas?

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Buy a Mazda P5. Lots of room for you and your pals, enough horsepower to have fun with (but not enough to get you into trouble), incredible handling, and low insuance rates (it's a wagon)!

    The insurance rates on the RSX will blow you out of the water if you're under the age of 26.
  • Thanks for the idea but I have researched the Pro5 and I really don't like it. It just looks ugly to me. I like the Matrix, is insurance to high on that? I might just get a used Honda Accord sedan, insurance should be low on that I guess. I don't know, I will go take another look at the Pro5.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    himiler, I don't seem to have problems with insurance rates on my Integra.

    My parents like the Protege5. Ugh... miniwagons...

    From Lexus ES now to used Honda Accord, Elliott, you're a character-!
  • Yeah, I know that I quite a character. What can I say, I reason things out and change my mind a lot!
    I want I Lexus but can't afford one. That sucks!
    I guess I am not the only one like that. I can still get a used Lexus ES or GS, but I want a new one.
    Oh, you said you don't have insurance problems with your Integra? Now I am just confused about this, I just sure hope the insurance on the RSX isn't sky high still in 2005! That will probably around the time I would be getting one. Also, you have an Integra, are they pretty nice cars? I here a lot of good things about them. But remember, luxury is more inportant to me than a sports car. Also, what about the Integra/RSX commonly being stolen? Is this true? I sure hope not!
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Elliott, I park my car (with an expensive permit) in a public garage. No problems. Of course, it is a base model with an automatic, but I don't think GS-R and Type-R models are the only Integras that get stolen.

    Of course, the insurance company doesn't know that the car is in Ann Arbor instead of Rochester Hills-!

    Integra interiors? Well, extremely functional and well-built. Nothing fancy or overdone about them. My car is 15 months old now, but I never eat or drink in it and I have rubber floor mats that I take out and clean. Durability? Excellent interior pieces. I have a 'moquette' cloth interior, which has been great. Leather models are comfortable.

    Seats in Integras aren't exactly the most comfortable for long long trips. If you plan to do road trips often, you will want something else if you have a fussy tushy.

    RSX seats? They seem a little better than 3rd-gen Integras.
  • Yeah, thanks for telling me that. My car wouldn't even be staying in a public garage, it would be staying at in my parents garage or driveway! I was just kind of worryed when I heard that. I am not sure why. I just was worryed about leaving it in a parking lot at school or if I run up to the store or to the mall or something where there will be other people around and tempted by that Acura beauty!:) If I get one, I will probably still get the RSX over the Integra just because it will cost less when I am ready to buy and I just want to get the current updated generation.
    I am listening to some guy over in a Corolla message board about how I need to get a heavy safer car instead of a little coupe or compact.
    Blah blah blah. I don't know, I guess a big heavy ugly Volvo is safer. Whatever!
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    That has a great deal to do with insurance rates and theft. If you are in Southern California, both factors are going to be high (even though two of my friends bought one!). Call the insurance company and compare a few cars. That is what I did before I bought mine (it was not an RSX though). The RSX is more than a V6 Altima, if this gives you an idea, the Type-S is even more than that! Believe it or not, a WRX is less than a base RSX for insurance (I do not get it either!)

    If you live in Michigan, get the RSX.
    Also, have you considered the Accord coupe? I know they are comming out with a new one in September, but the ones out now look pretty nice, and will have a nicer ride than the RSX (and quieter), while still being sporty.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The WRX is less expensive to insure because it's a four-door (or five), performs at the top of its class in crash-testing, and Imprezas have very low theft rates.
  • waydewayde Posts: 198
    new subject... well, another suject - the always debated titanium v. ebony interior question. Problem is, you can't get ebony with the white exterior... comments about the titanium color sought here. IE: the good/bad, why you like/dislike, etc.
  • May main reason for ruling out a red RSX-S was that I didn't want the titanium interior. It's not that it looks bad, it just doesn't look nearly as slick as the black treatment in the silver, blue and black models.

    Also, light-colored leather gets grimy real fast.
  • toyotaboyesl1, I was the one asking about RSX theft rates. I posted links to Integra theft frequency rates on the internet. The fact that the Integra is an extremely stolen car (in fact, the most stolen car) is easy to verify - just look it up on any search engine. The question I had (which was never answered) was whether this applied to the RSX to the same degree, and whether RSX parts fit into the Civic the same way the Integra parts do.

    On the plus side, I just bought a new RSX and was pleasantly surprised to see the insurance rates be reasonable. In fact, the Collision premiums were 3 times higher than the Comprehensive premiums (Comp covers theft). I am over 26 by the way. Obviously, your insurance rates will depend on where you live, as well as your age, etc.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    If you want a white over black RSX, buy a silver car and have it painted.
  • waydewayde Posts: 198
    I read that the RSX is predicted to have much lower theft rates than the Integra did for 2 reasons:
    1) the engine sits in a different position in the RSX - as to render it "useless" if anyone tried to put it in an Integra.
    2) the immobilizer system from the TL/RL is now standard on the RSX.
    Alot of Integras were stolen or "raped" for their parts to be used on other Integras or Civics, these 2 things should greatly decrease the incidences of this happening.
  • Thanks wayde, that's exactly the type of information I was looking for, especially your first point.
  • New topic: in my RSX manual, it states that the base RSX should get 5W20 oil (either conventional or synthetic), while the RSX-S should get 5W30. It goes on to say that you are allowed to add 5W30 to the base RSX, but that it should be replaced with 5W20 as soon as possible.

    Doesn't 5W30 give better protection than 5W20? Why would the manufacturer recommend 5W20 over 5W30 in the base RSX?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    while I'm sure himiler will chime in any minute, RSX parts are not swappable with Integra parts, but they are swappable with current Civic parts since both cars are built on the same platform. Give the new Civic & RSX a couple of years to hit the used car market and there will be an increase in thefts.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • waydewayde Posts: 198
    engine would fit in the Civic bay (I know the Si has a version of the base RSX engine)... or that Honda engineered this somehow to not be doable... dunno for sure - just remember reading something from an Acura release about the theft/engine problem and this is just what I recall.
  • I live in the North Florida/South Georgia area kind of near the coast (not too close) if that has anything to do with insurance. I have really considered the Honda Accord coupe and sedan and I still love it. That will probably be the car that I get if I don't get the RSX or Corolla. I might get a Matrix too. I guess I should face the fact that I am not getting a Lexus for my first car! Thanks for letting letting me know all about the RSX/ Integra getting stolen and all. I really like the new 2003 Accord but the '98-'02 ones are still nice too.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    You should be cross-shopping the RSX and the Celica, not the RSX and the 2003 Corolla, Elliott.

    Acura warranty is one year longer and it's a bit more upscale of a name than Toyota or Honda. If I should do so, my 2001 Integra should last until the end of this decade. You want something that will last and not cause any headaches in the long run. That's the point of having a car... driving it, not trying to fix it (now, if you have a computer, getting Windoze to work thesedays, that's different)!
  • Ok, well by the end of this decade I probably won't even want a little sports coupe. That is why now I am thinking about getting the new Accord if it is not too expensive. It will be much more useful to me because it is bigger. It still is sporty too. I also will look into the Altima. There is no more comparison between RSX and Celica because I have decided that if I get a coupe the RSX is the one for me. I like the 350Z the best but it is out of my price range unfortulatly. I think a sedan will best suit me if I will be keeping it a while. I do have a sister that is 2 years younger than me and I might be able to talk her into taking an RSX or something when she can drive so then I can get a sedan but I don't want a little car for a long time. I think the Matrix might be a good choice for me and I am going to start looking into it. Actually, I might just wait even longer than three years so I can get a Lexus that I would be happy to keep for as long as possible. I know that I have bored you to death by now so I will stop. Just give me your feedback on those ideas.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Looks to have a really nice interior (ES), will be fairly quick, even with the 4-cylinder, will be extremely quite, and will have a nice ride. Maybe that car, or the sedan (2003) is the car to wait for. Expect the ES 4-cylinder to be around $20K, but should have most of the luxury you wanted in a Lexus with better seats.
  • That is why the 2002 Lexus ES300 as of right now is my favorite car ever made. I hope I can get one. If not, I will just get the '03 Accord.
  • That message above here, I thought you were talking about the Lexus ES300, not the Honda Accord EX!
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