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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • ... that said, I just want to say "God Bless America" and pay my respects to the 9/11/01 victims and families on this 1 year anniversary. :(
  • acbeacbe Posts: 16
    Actually, I feel that was quite appropriate!!! "Diddo" that last comment!! :'( Thank YOU beowulf7 for taking the initiative! With that said, I still love my RSX type S and would recommend it to anyone!
  • I thought I'd add my two cents here in case anyone might be interested. I have owned 4 Celicas... all automatic GT's. I have also driven the RSX recently. I am currently deciding between the RSX and the GT. I think the Celica is starting to look dated and I am sick of them. I recently priced a basic no frill 2002 GT auto in North Jersey and found dealers will go well under invoice to make a sale. The deal was my 2000 Celica GT 38K (no frills) plus $6950 cash for the same 2002 GT (no frills).

    The 2002 RSX automatic was a nice car. The design is contemporary enough but was more conservative that I had hoped for. I think they held back.

    I hated the way you need to shift the automatic transmission from park to drive in maze pattern because of the "sportshift" feature. Makes quick "K" turns take longer. Maybe this is something I could get used to but it seems if you want a stick get a stick or design a better way to integrate this feature.

    Despite the fact that the RSX has the larger engine... the Celica is much quicker from a stop. It is very easy to get going quickly and if you do a lot of city driving and need to get around slow buses... the Celica does noticably better. I wish the RSX auto wasn't such a dog.

    I priced the RSX as well. This is a hot car and not as much opportunity to wheel and deal. Not a lot of inventory either it seems. Have seen plenty of Type S though.

    My fave color was also eternal blue... which many dealers didn't order enough of so they are rare. I saw the locate sheet for the PA NJ NY area... only about 12 of them.
  • Well I just bought mine tonight. 22,300 Auto w/ leather...added the fog lights, wing spoiler, titanium trim, and wheel locks. I think it's a decent deal...not the best, but i certainly didnt get ripped off. It is in Eternal Blue, currently the only one in the state of Illinois. From what I saw on the locate sheet, theres a whole 3 coming in last week of sep/first week of oct.

    Anyway, i definitely agree on the has a much more refined contemporary look than say the celica or eclipse (the other cars i was initially considering). It didn't take me long to decide that the looks of the celica and eclipse were too tacky and flashy overall. (that aggressive styling package on the Celica is completely absurd-looking) They were sorta-cool, but not something that would age gracefully. This is my first car, and I plan on having it a while, and definitely don't want to get sick of its looks.

    As for the maze trans pattern, I agree its strange at first...but I think its definitely something that wont take long to get used to. From what I've seen (in multiple Lexus'), all cars with sportshift-type transmission have that kind of maze pattern. I played around with the sportshift today, and it will definitely satisfy any cravings i have for occassionaly shifting control (I briefly considered getting a type s until i saw the additional insurance costs...damn being under 25), but it is primarily a show-off feature. ("see, my car can do this...")

    Anyway, it's late, so I'm going to go dream about the car...won't get it until probably Tuesday, as they have to install those options.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    It's your money, but why would you consider another Celica GT when you have so few miles on the one you own?

    FWIW, you can get good gains (~12hp) on even the auto RSX by simply installing a CAI.
  • Sure, no problem. I also love my RSX-S. Even more so w/ my most recent mods: Type-R rear wing spoiler and an amplified sub. I'd highly recommend these mods to any RSX owners who want to add a little pizzazz to the styling and oomph to the bass.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    I'd also advise maybe you go with a manual transmission this time around:) They're a lot of fun ya know.

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

  • I love my car, but for financial reasons I must sell it. It only has 5,500 miles on it and is in mint condition. Since used prices aren't available yet from Edmunds, I'd like some advice on pricing it. Thanks.
  • I'm sorry to hear that you have to involuntarily sell your RSX-S. I would recommend consulting Kelly Blue Book ( Or search for "RSX Type-S" on eBay ( and see what kind of offers sellers are entertaining. Good luck.
  • Hi All... I don't have an RSX (have a V6 2002 Altima, which I love), but we'll be buying an RSX for my girlfriend.

    Don't just offer $100 or $200 over invoice... The Dealer (for the RSX) gets a 3% discount off of the BASE MSRP... (i.e., they paid LESS than the Invoice price). Keep this in mind when negotiating. Of course anyone with little to put down or bad credit won't have much negotiation leverage, but with car sales down these days (i.e., bad economy) ya just might score!!!

    Good Luck!!!
  • vhngovhngo Posts: 1
    Is it a good deal, does anyone get a better deal? Thanks in advance for the input.
  • I'm considering trading in my RSX-S in and can't find any values in Edmunds or KBB. Does anyone know what the trade in values are. Mine is Satin-Silver TYPE S with 20K.

    I know don't want to get raped by the dealer.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Why are you trading in your RSX-S? Got bored of it? I think you'll probably lose about $4-5k if you sell it privately when compared to a brand new car of the same make and model. Or wait a couple months until and update their database.
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    I sold mine for 21000 as it had all the goodies even stone guard on hood and mirrors plus lower units.I had 4000 miles on it.
    Car was too uncomfortabble and hard riding.I bought Bmw 5 and love it. I lost 3k on TypeS .That doesn,t in clude $1200 in sales tax.
    You'll like the Beamer better alot smoother and better torque and visibility not to mention the sound system,that Rich bass woofer in my S, I never knew it was there. Acura nice car but ,they should of kept the Integra.Nothin' like a Type R .
    Driving the 5 car makes you an extension of the road.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    RSX-S vs. 5-series BMW?

    They're at totally different ends of the spectrums in price, too. :(
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    how could you say the ride of the RSX-S is uncomfortable and hard, but an integra type-R is right up your alley??? Something seems inconsistent here...

    There is what, about a $15K difference between these two vehicles (RSX and 5-series)? Or is it more?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    joe249 was looking for a "pure" driving experience, and he was able to find it in the ITR and M5. I recall him saying that he liked driving his GS-R (now his daughter's) more than his RSX-S.

    Imagine that!
  • ranaldranald Posts: 147
    Everyone has their own opinions, and different things make different people happy.

    However, a thinking individual carefully evaluates everything he hears or reads and doesn't take things at face value or on faith, particularly in a public forum. And someone who seems to be looking for a 'pure driving experience', who praises the ITR and then puts down the RSX-S and all he can say was it was "too uncomfortable and hard riding"... well lets just say I won't be putting much stock in that opinion.

    But you make up your own mind.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I'm with you on that one!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    I think it was joe249's position that the RSX-S has too much of certain things, and not enough of others.

    But, yeah -- going from a RSX-S to a M5 isn't exactly a move most people would make!
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    The difference in price between the RSX-S and a well-equipped 5-series is a *lot* more than $15k (assuming both cars are new).

    For example, a friend just bought a new BMW 540, pretty well loaded, but paid over $60k!! For that price, one can get three (3!!!) RSXs! Or at least 2 RSX-S that are fully loaded, including the "2003 Factory Performance Package"!!

    Maybe joe249 bought a used 5-series w/ the smaller engine (528) and got a great deal on it. Then the price difference might be $15k.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    and I was kind of thinking of the 530 anyway, not the 540. I am not at all surprised that the 540 costs that much, but I expect a 530 to go for around $40k (am I close?) and the RSX-S goes for about $22-24K.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    I believe Himiler was stating that Joe went to an M5 from an RSX-S. It is tough to argue about the improved driving feel he had in making that transition.

    BTW, an M5 retails for $69k, but you will have a hard time getting one for that price. Expect to pay a premium.

    Base price of a 530i is $42K, per Edmunds TMV.
  • ranaldranald Posts: 147
    I didn't read it what way originally. I thought he bought some used 5-series.

    About an M5 I have to say nice choice. "If you have the means, I highly recommend it." However someone buying an M5 had *better* like it better than an RSX-S, as it costs 3x as much, or more.

    But again, it comes down to each person having their own opinions, wants and needs.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    "I think it was joe249's position that the RSX-S has too much of certain things, and not enough of others.
    But, yeah -- going from a RSX-S to a M5 isn't exactly a move most people would make! "

    I have a great deal of respect for Himiler's knowledge from his previous posts, so I trust him on this.
  • ...I would trade it in a heartbeat for an M5 if the price were identical. Edmunds lists the M5 at well over $70,000, no doubt a great bargain for a German-built 400+ HP, RWD sedan.

    But an M5 is little more than a pipe dream for me and thousands of other hardworking people who feel pretty happy to be able to afford sub-$25,000 sport coupes.

    Among two-door, FWD sporty coupes in the >$25,000 price range, I think you'd be hard pressed to find one much better than the RSX-S, beyond that, comparisons are kinda pointless.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209

    I think joe249 was ultimately looking for something that neither his GS-R or RSX-S could reasonably be expected to deliver, hence his happy (and envy-inducing) decision to buy the M5.

    But, he did make the point that he preferred the driving experience of the GS-R over that of the RSX-S, despte the acute lack of noise supression.

    As for others making this same comparison, opinions will undoubtedly vary.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I would like to see a comparison between RSX-S and 350Z, considering the base model Z is about $26,500. I know it is kind of apples and oranges since Z is RWD, but the Acura is a lot lighter, and I bet it has better handling.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • acbeacbe Posts: 16
    Does anyone know if there are any "major" differences between the 2002 Type S and 2003 Type S? I had also heard that there was supposed to be a Type R coming out....anyone know anything about that???
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Nissan 350Z is about 500 lbs. heavier. It is obviously less nimble than a RSX Type-S. On the other hand, the 350Z handles better.

    - The Track version (top of the line for $34K) is 0.88gs on the skid pad, the RSX Type-S is 0.83gs (C&D)

    - 350Z is faster with 285HP vs. 200 HP. 0-60 - (6.3 to 6.7) for the RSX Type-S vs. 5.4 for the 350Z

    - Much more torque in the 350Z

    - For $26.5K, you get a stripped 350Z (not even cruise control!) vs. $22K-$23K for a loaded Type-S (comprable to the touring package that goes for +$30K in the 350Z)

    - You also get rear seats in the Type-S that can be used, even if it is just for short trips.

    - Trunk, no comparison - 17 cubic feet for the Type-S vs. 8 for the 350Z (and it is shallow!)

    - Gas mileage - 19 vs. 27.

    You get the idea. For all out performance, the 350Z is better, though less nimble. For value, the 350Z can not touch the RSX Type-S.

    Does that answer your question?
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