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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • Are there going to be any new colors for rhe RSX-S next year?

    The RSX-S is on my short list to buy this year, but I'm a little unsure about what color I would get.

    I like the black with black interior, but I've had a black car before and their to hard to keep clean.

    I kinda like the silver with black interior, but it looks a little plain.

    I would consider the desert silver if it came with black interior

    If they would offer the RSX-S in a Silverstone with black interior I would go for it.

    Does anyone know if this color will be available in the future?
  • nippononly and sgrd0q, very good comments about the closer gearing ratios on the type S - I neglected to mention that.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    I made you look at the facts instead of basing your opinions on your prejudices. How about that!

    We still love our 1997 Accord, but we will probably buy an RSX sometime in the next year. We don't drive fast and we definitely like cloth seats more than leather, so we will most likely get the base model.

    The only thing that concerns me is engine noise. We drove one on a cold day in January, and it sounded kind of loud when we started it up. However, once it warmed up, it was much better.

    I was at another dealer a few weeks later looking at colors, and I wanted to sit in a car with a beige interior. It was a Type S, and the salesman started it up for some reason. It didn't sound loud at all. Do you think the Type S is quieter, or was it just because the weather was a little warmer that day?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    a lot of the new 4-cylinder engines in the last couple of years, especially the Japanese ones, and including the RSX, are very noisy little suckers! They don't sound as smooth any more - they sound more like sewing machines now with one loose screw. I wonder very much why that is.

    A lady at work has the type S, and it is just as loud as the base RSX, IMO. When it is cold and she starts it up, you can hear it across a parking lot with other cars in between being started up.

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

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Some of that extra noise is from the timing chain.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I originally posted #1683, which you'll notice is blank). I had a link to it which had a URL for a competing auto forum, so I am reposting my message here with a link that complies with Edmunds' rules and regulations. Revka, could you please put this as Post #1683? Thanks.

    Below is my original message about the HP/torque plots for RSX and RSX-S with the only modification being the URL has been renamed.


    You really did it now! You've made me refer to the 2002 Acura RSX brochure and scan the RSX vs. RSX-S Power and Torque plots as a function of RPM. I am posting a link to a picture for all to see, but basically, here's the summary.

    The base has higher numbers than the Type-S for torque from ~1500-5300 RPM, w/ a maximum advantage of ~10 ft-lbs at around 3700 RPM. For HP, the base is better than the Type-S from ~3000-5000 RPM, with a maximum advantage of ~10 HP.

    So while the power/torque advantages of the base vs. Type-S could be considered nontrivial, it does not affect most races for the reasons nippononly, michiganman, and sgrd0q mentioned. (BTW, kudos to that triumvirate for explaining the advantages of the Type-S' high-revving engine so well.)
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Also, sorry, but messages cannot be moved around in a given discussion, and we can't change post numbers. We can only move them from one discussion to another.

    I think at this point, people will get the idea: Your message was meant to be post #1683 (now missing), and post #1684 is bobst's response to your message.... Thanks again!

    And let's continue now with the subject of the Acura RSX!

    Host/Hatchbacks & Wagons
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    No problem, thanks for trying though! However, perhaps being able to renumber posts is something that Edmunds should let you moderators do.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Also, good suggestion about the numbers; I'll forward the idea on. Also, so we don't take this discussion off topic, let's continue any further thoughts on this subject via email. Okay? ;-)

    Also, if anyone else has any questions/comments about our Town Hall policies and procedures, feel free to send me an email. You can also fill out this feedback form from our About Section. Thanks!

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    It would be interesting to see some vehicle updates in here. Haven't seen any in a while. Anyone interested in listing their total miles to date, current mpg (city/highway), new accessories/mods, road trips, maintenance to date, and overall impressions (pro/cons) of your RSX... compared to when you first purchased? Who's game? ;-)

    I'm sure others passing through here would find the information quite helpful. Also, you report back every 3k-5K to update again.

    If you want share your RSX purchase cost, or see what others paid, check out our "Acura RSX - What did you pay?" discussion. Look for a direct link to this discussion, in the Helpful Links, on the left side of this page.

    Thanks for your participation!

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  • Actually, gas mileage has me worried a little. I do about 75% city and 25% highway on my 2002 Base, and I have been getting 25-27 mpg. I would have hoped to be around 27-30 mpg. I live in the Midwest. Anyone else have poor gas mileage?

    Other stuff:

    miles - 6000 (through 6 months)
    accessories/mods - none
    maintenance - just the 5K oil change. Switching to Mobil1 5W20 at 10K.
    impressions - all very positive except for annoying dash rattle
  • joe249joe249 Posts: 95
    How come they only come on Canadian models?
    Also, here's a clue for some of you I learned . If the maintentenace required light comes on at 8k or sooner than you need maintenance turn key to on and press on trip meter and after ten seconds it will reset cars computer.
        HI, Himler, love my 5 Beamer don't regret giving daughter Type S and thank God she has the Xpel on it.Also, noticed engine doesn't stay as clean as my GSR must be the new style.
    ;She's getting lousy milage.It must be the cold winter
  • joe249, why does gas mileage go down in the winter? This is a serious question, I really don't know. Is it driving in the snow (haven't had that much this winter so far in Chicago)?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    It's great to hear from you! I'm glad the 5 is keeping you happy.

    My Prelude's (sorry revka) fuel economy has been slipping lately, too. I've been averaging only 25-27mpg all winter in 90% highway driving (albeit at 75mph+).

    I think the winter gas formulations can have an effect on fuel economy. Also, the engine takes longer to warm up (and lean out the fuel-air mix) and is working harder to power the heater and defroster, not to mention some lost motion due to slippery roads.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I have a DSM RSX-S. It is quickly approaching 9,000 miles. I bought it last May. I purchased some options from the dealer (rubber floor mats, Al shift knob, Ti interior trim, and cargo net). I also have some aftermarket modifications (subwoofer since the Bose woofer is junk, Type-R spoiler, and tint).

    himiler's explanation about fuel efficiency decreasing in the winter sounds reasonable. I've noticed a ~10% on gas mileage w/ every car I've driven. I'm now geting about 24-28 mpg depending on if I did more highway or city driving. In the summer and fall, even w/ moderate A/C usage, I was getting a 26/30 split.
  • sf24sf24 Posts: 18
    aside from winter gas formulation and slippery roads, aren't combustion engines supposed to be more efficient in a colder environment?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Not if they take a long time to reach their operating temperatures.

    Cold, dense air is good for making power, but operating an engine in low temps means that it might not be getting all the lubrication it requires, and has to run "rich" for a longer time as it slowly warms up.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    The other thing to consider is that many drivers warm up their car for an exceedingly long time in the winter compared to the summer. Sometimes, I'm guilty of this when I spend 5 min. brushing off the snow and scraping off the ice.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    I'm really enjoying this car. Bought it on Christmas Eve. I've put about 2700 miles on it so far. IMO, an excellent daily driver with its combination of comfort, solidity, quality, safety, clean emissions, fuel efficiency and the ability to really rip. The later is probably what the car is most about, but it does all of the former as well. It almost has a dual personality - keep it cool and I can get 31 mpg city and putter around in it just fine as a commuter, or rev it up, head for the hills, and throw it into corners at extra-legal speeds. It has served me well for both - don't tell my wife about that extra-legal speed thing. ;-)

    Just about 100% "city" (as in no highway) driving and I'm averaging 26-31 mpg. No rattles. No problems with the 6-speed tranny. In fact, its the best manual gearbox I've ever had the pleasure of using.
  • dsm, glad to hear your car is working out so great. Just curious, do you live in a cold or warm climate?

    On a different topic, does anyone have a squeak in the steering column? A slight one appeared last weekend in my Base. :(
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    I live in Colorado - Boulder-Denver area. I'll let you decide if that is a cold or warm climate; we expect a high of around 65 today. ;-)
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The '98 GS-R I owned made a squeak from the steering column when turning the wheel. Turned out to be a bad bushing in the column and was replaced under warranty.

    My '01 Prelude made a squeak when turning the wheel, too, but that noise turned out to be a bum ball joint (also replaced under warranty).

    Hope this helps.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Took the RSX-S up into the foothills just west of Boulder. I feel much better now.

    If you haven't driven your RSX on some twisty mountain roads yet, I highly recommend you find an excuse to do so.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    This gearbox, more so than any other I've driven, seems very particular about clutch disengagement. I find that if the clutch pedal isn't all the way to the floor before I shift into a gear - particularly 2nd gear (which can happen if you get sloppy when shifting quickly), more often then not I'm punished with a rough shift. I wouldn't characterize this as a problem with the gear box.

    Oh, and as has been the case for me with all manual trannies, it's not as smooth when cold. Again, I wouldn't say this is a problem either - quite typical. In fact, it's less pronounced than with my previous vehicle (Mazda Protege).
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    I drive fairly slow and I shift gears slow, so I don't put much stress on a manual transmission. Maybe that is why we have always been very satisfied with the trannys in our cars - from our 1972 Datson 510, our 1976 Volvo, up to our two current Hondas.

    I bet you guys like to shift fast at high RPMs, so that probably puts more stress on the syncro rings.

    Yeah, like I really know what a 'syncro ring' is. I have heard that phrase in Road & Track, so I thought I would throw it in here, figuring you guys wouldn't know what it is either. The only time I actually saw the inside of a transmission was in 1969 when we tried to repair my friend's TR3, and I was amazed. Much more complicated than I ever imagined.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    synchro cones? :-)

    I do know that every manufacturer seems to be advertising "dual synchro cones" on all the gears right now, like that is a big deal. Were they all single-synchro up until now?

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

  • Thanks for the info himlier. I am on the fence as to whether it's worth taking it in or not (the squeak is very slight, and only when I turn the wheel all the way to the right).
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    I'd at least let a tech check it out when you drop in for an oil change.
  • waydewayde Posts: 198
    Hi Beowulf - Wondering if you have any pics of the interior with the Ti accents? I love the white Type S, but am a little put off by the Ti interior color (would've preferred black). Wondering if the accents "help". if you could send.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Yes, I do have pictures of my titanium (tannish gray/grayish tan) interior after getting the titanium trim. I'll e-mail them to you as you requested. Even though my interior is not ebony (black), the Ti highlights still make it more appealing, IMO.
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