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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    if you really want the stereo package with the sub, there must be a way to get it in the base RSX. Many people have posted here saying they don't think that much of the stock subwoofer.

    I've heard the same thing also. Many people were opting for skipping the OEM subwoofer and picking up an aftermarket one.
  • zombozombo Posts: 89
    If I'm not mistaken both the base RSX and the type S both require premium fuel.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    My sales brochure for the 2003 RSX says the base RSX can use regular 86 octane fuel whereas the RSX-S requires premium 91 octane.

    It also shows that gears 4 and 5 in the base RSX have the same ratios as gears 5 and 6 in the RSX-S.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    If you buy a base RSX, do *not* pay an exorbitant premium for the crappy Bose Richbass Woofer. It doesn't help the bass at all. I wound up getting an Infinity BassLink, which is a 10" powered sub, to throw some muscle in the low freq. end. :)

    The manual recommends changing the oil every 5-10 kmi., depending on how the car is driven (e.g. "severely", etc.). I'm planning on doing it every 5,000 miles to be safe. Many people swear by sythentic oil, like Mobil 1, but realize that it costs a *lot* more than regular oil.

    K&N oil filter is supposed to be good if you don't want to use Honda's oil filter. I've only had 1 oil change, and that was at the dealership, so I'm assuming they used Honda oil and filter. I'll be due for a 2nd oil change very soon, so I'm considering on using Mobil 1 at a local Firestone.

    Anyone have thoughts regarding synthetic vs non-synthetic oil?
  • I’m 26, just graduated college, have good job, own a 2001 Civic, want to upgrade to a car that I really want. Is it worth the money? How are the maintenance costs? Help! I’m also looking at the GTI, Sentra Spec V, and the Mazdaspeed Protégé. I would appreciate any any input.
  • ...but those other rides are too. I love my RSX-S, and routine maintnence costs are about what you'd expect for any new car.

    If I were looking for maximum driving bang for my buck right now, I'd probably be testing one of those Neon SRTs. Faster than a Mustang and cheaper than all the cars you mentioned. Test drive a lot of cars and see which one suits you.
  • schilke, probably not the answer you want, but you seem to be concerned about the money, so my advice is to keep your (almost brand new) Civic. Pay off credit card debts, car loans, build a nest egg or a deposit on a house, etc.

    Sorry, don't mean to criticize at all, but from a financial standpoint, upgrading/changing your vehicle every 2 years is a horrible thing to do. You should try to stick with 1 vehicle for a long tmie to make it cost-effective.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    However, there are some things they don't teach in college. We have learned them from experience.
  • I am thinking that the black exterior and the black interior look nice on this particular car. I have never had or wanted a black car in the past. I always had red cars. But this black color combination really looks sporty and richer looking than the other color combinations (my other choice is the Dessert Silver Metallic with the lighter interior; and then the Silver Exterior with the Black Interior). Does anyone here have this combination or other cars with this combination of black on black colors? Does the car get extra hot in the summer time? Is the car more difficult to keep clean? Are you happy with your choice or do you regret it?

    Thank you so much! Susan (prelude00girl)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I have DSM w/ the titanium (tan/gray) interior. I'm also in NJ, and despite the wicked summer we had last year, I barely burned myself. (However, my aluminum shift knob put a hurting on my hand, but I digress.) The lighter color leather was great. I can imagine the ebony (black) being warmer, but I don't know how much hotter it would be.

    BTW, DSM is probably the easiest to keep the exterior clean. White and black are by far the hardest. I am definitely happy w/ my choice of trim (Type-S) and color (DSM), and even the mods. If you think your car will be under the sun a lot (no garage), then get a good tint job and use a sunshade from the windshield. Good luck!
  • To Beowulf7: Thank you for your input. I do have a garage but if I go food shopping and have to leave my car outside I was afraid a darker color would get hot easier.

    Now I am thinking about the Desert Silver Metalic Color but the cloth interior despite the leather looking so beautiful since the car does not come with heated seats. I have a leather sofa and recliner in my living room that get so cold in the winter time. But the Titanium leather is so beautiful... This exterior color is a very unique and pretty color and maybe it would be easier to keep it clean. My red cars always looked clean and did not have to be washed that often.
  • prelude00girl, I have had my desert silver 2002 base (with leather) for almost a year, and am still amazed at how good the color looks. Just a little feedback on the color.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    DSM is probably the easiest to keep the exterior clean. White and black are by far the hardest.

    I beg to differ...White is actually one of the easier colors to keep clean. I have the white and it always looks pristine. Of course, walking up next to it will show all of the dirt as it would on any paint, but from 15-20 feet on, it looks immaculate.

    I couldn't decide between white or DSM, I ended up going with white because it's a solid color, and it is easier to touch-up down the road if you get scratches.
    If you're deciding between Black and DSM, then I would go with the you said the black interior will be nasty in the heat and without the seat warmers, chilly in the winter.

    On a similar note:
    There are a couple of aftermarket companies that make seat warmers for the RSX if you are interested.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Here is a link to directions on how to install them.

    and a link to one of the companies that sells them.

    I'm actually thinking about doing it this summer before the winter comes.

    The heated mirrors are much more complicated...just in case you get any ideas.
  • rbkern1rbkern1 Posts: 1
    I have been looking at new cars for a while and have narrowed down to the RSX Type S and the Hyundai Tiburon GTV6 (Pkg 3) 6 Speed. I see the price difference and the warranty difference, but what about performance, deprec., etc.? Any ideas?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The Tib's value will drop like a rock the instant you drive it off the dealer's lot. Acuras are known for retaining above-average resale values. Hyundais are not. Belive it or not, the 10Y/100K Hyundai warranty does not help in this respect.

    What the RSX gives up to the Tib in torque, it wins back in terms of workmanship, reliability, performance and refinement. Drive 'em back-to-back and you should notice an immediate difference.

    And nobody builds a 4-cylinder engine like Honda does.
  • I would love to know how satisfied versus not satisfied are those on this list that have purchased leather seats without the heaters for their RSX. I would also like to know why you are satisfied versus not satisfied The same question for cloth seats ... please since I have to decide if I go with the Acura RSX about this decision. Is there much maintenance involved in keeping leather seats nice? Do those with leather seats cover them with seat covers? Did anyone's leather seats crack? I always wanted a leather sofa and recliner, so I purchased a taupe set for my family room. I love how comfortable it is when the weather is not too cold or hot outside. But I dislike how I usually keep the sofa covered since it is cold in the winter time and cold with the air conditioner on in the summer time. I love the classy look of the leather but now I wish I got a velour or some other comfortable fabric. I always bought my prelude with cloth comfortable seats despite having a choice to exchange them for leather. I love the way the Titanium leather looks in the RSX but I want to make sure I will not regret it like I do my sofa. I read about the seat warmers you can buy and install. I think they look like too much work is involved since I am not handy at things like that.
  • scipio1scipio1 Posts: 142
    I'm one of those idiots that keeps switching out of a car every 18 months, and I can tell you for a fact that I've lost a small fortune in wasted cash lost on perfectly good, very minorly used cars.

    Not only that, you'll miss it later. If my wife wouldn't send me to the asylum, I'd consider throwing a wake for the '98 GS-R I gave up with only 9,500 miles on the odometer and the 97 M3 I traded away for a pittance with less than 10,000 of my miles on it. Every time I think about it now, I just want to kick myself. If only I could go back in time...

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I would love to know how satisfied versus not satisfied are those on this list that have purchased leather seats without the heaters for their RSX. I would also like to know why you are satisfied versus not satisfied The same question for cloth seats

    I have the titanium colored cloth seats. I refused to get leather because of the lack of seat heaters (I live in the Northeast)
    I love the cloth seats...very nice quality. They are made of two types of cloth, one being a micro-fiber that looks and feels almost exactly like split suede. (This micro fiber cloth is also found on the door panels) Cloth seats also hold the butt better when cornering. I've had leather seats before that allowed me to slide around some when cornering.

    ...although I still want to get some seat heaters
  • Mark (Nitromax),

    Thank you for your input again! I am so glad you are happy with your Titanium cloth seats. That fury portion on the seat is throughout my Honda Prelude's plush seats which is the best part of my Prelude. I always loved my seats. The RSX's seats were nice but not as comfortable as my car but maybe they would be once sat in for a few months since the seat was not much different in styling than my Prelude.

    I want to a new dealership today to test the Acura RSX Automatic on a highway and on the back roads. The ride was very nice and I felt very comfortable in the car at all times. The dealer was very patient and let me sit in the car with cloth seats since the one we tested had black leather seats. I found the cloth more comfortable on my short legs. He gave me a very fair price with no pressure. The lighter seats are very nice. The Desert Silver Metallic was to me a similar color to my pretty Taupe sofa. The white was very nice. The black was stunning but I am now worried about it always looking dirty. I am starting to lean toward the DSM exterior with the lighter colored seats since my current Prelude and the previous 3 Prelude leases all had dark seats. The Silver is nice also but I am beginning to think that the RSX looks best in White, black or DSM in the base model.

    Now should I get the spoiler added on for more sportiness or will it block my view? All four of my Preludes had spoilers to make the look more sporty and to help me see where the end of the car ended. The RSX had a short back so I am not sure I need to see where the car ended. There were no cars in the show room that had spoilers on them for me to see what an Acura RSX would look like in person with a spoiler. Some cars look better with them and some without them.

    My dad still feels I should buy my car but I am leaning toward having a new car with a 4 year warranty and putting only a little bit down with the same payment I have now but in 5 years I will own the car. Yes, the Prelude is a better car but my car is 3.5 years old and it costs over $14,000.00 to buy with sales tax. I would have to paint the car if I kept it due to some deep scratches in order to avoid future rusting problems. If I buy my Prelude, I will have to lay out a lot of money all upfront now (I am self-employed and would prefer the money in my bank account right now until I see where I stand in October) or try to find a decent used car loan that will lend to me since a few places already told me they will lend to me to buy a new car or a used car from a dealer but not a lease buyout. I could always extend the lease until October and then buy the car which will have a much lower buy back or buy a 2004 model of the Acura RSX then. But each $375.00 payment I make only lowers the buyout by $250.00 so I lose $125.00 per month which is bothering me.

    I liked the shorter length of the Acura RSX's body than my Prelude's body and the fact I would be starting over with ownership right away in my mind. I do think my Prelude's seats are a bit shorter and softer so a bit more comfortable.

    Does anyone lean on the headrest when driving? That was one negative about the RSX. Due to my petite height the back of the head rest would be good for only protecting my head but not for resting on it since there is a hole at the top of the headrest where my head hits when resting there. I never thought about this until tonight. Tomorrow when I am driving I must see if I lean on my head rest.

    The hood of the car is so low that I do have a wonderful view of the road but I can barely see what color it is and I can't see the end of the hood at all. I wonder if this would be a problem parking the car? I know I did park beside my Prelude and I was straight but needed to be closer. I wonder if I can learn to judge since I do love the controls of the car and the fact my payment would be the same with only a small down payment.

    I am going to let the dealership look at my car on Thursday to see if they will buy it from Honda and give me money towards it to lessen my down payment since I have less than 17,000 miles on my 3.5 year old lease. I guess it bothers me to return my car with such low mileage so it can be sold at retail for a lot of money after they touch it up and wax it. I should have leased it for 4 years. I really had planned to buy it but it would be easier on me right now to start over again with a similar payment than to take time away from doing extensions for clients so I could finish my own tax return to apply for a bank loan that would accept my lease buyout as the collateral.

    I wonder if there is a rental place that would have the Acura RSX in automatic to rent to test out such a long-term 5 year commitment? I have never had a car beyond 4 years due to leasing and to a lemon car I bought years ago (was a purchase and not a lease) that I exchanged after 2.5 years since the warranty ran out in 9 months (I used to drive a lot) and the repairs were so much every month on such a cheap Chevrolet Spectrum. After that I had a Toyota Corolla (the two door sporty pop-up lights model) and 4 different leased Preludes after the Corolla. I guess I never wanted to break down all the time like I did in my Spectrum so I felt safer in a new car. I would love that I enjoy this car so much that after I pay it off, I have no payments for awhile or at least a trade-in.

    Sorry so long. It helped to write this all out since now I know where I stand with my thoughts. I guess a car that I like means a lot to me so I am trying to make a decision that will be best for me financially, as well as make me happy.

    Susan (prelude00girl)
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Wow! How many cups of coffee did you have?

    Another thing to consider on the RSX when deciding on paint if you're getting the base model (manual or auto), the strip of plastic along the bottom side edges of the car is black. With the Type S it's the color of the paint. This doesn't seem like a very big deal, but on the lighter color base models (DSM, silver, white), the black strip actually give the car an appearance of being "leaner" looking....that's the only way I can describe it. I like that looks less "bulky" than the Type S.
    If you get the base in black it will have that bulky look to it because the paint is the same color as the plastic. I bet now when you look at them, you'll look at them differently...:-)

    One thing to consider when choosing between the base manual or base auto. The final gear(5th) is lower in the auto than the manual version. This will give better highway cruising speeds...if you like that sort of thing. For instance, my auto's rpms are around 2500 when I'm traveling at 70 mph. Which is much lower than they would be if I was doing the same speed in a manual.

    I didn't get the spoiler on mine. I have heard that it does block the view somewhat. I opted for the foglights though seeing as how those would be a little harder to add down the road.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    is that in the manual the revs are high enough that for many highway situations, there is enough acceleration available that you will not have to shift down.

    To the earlier post re: Tib V-6 vs RSX-S, these cars feel so different in the way they drive, that should be the determining factor. The Acura will enjoy revving to the sky which can be a ton of fun. However, it will not develop a lot of power at low revs.

    If you are not into this, the Tib will have a lot more low-end power, and will need less revving in most situations.

    If you are into monitoring fuel economy, you will probably be able to get way better mileage in regular driving from the Acura.

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

  • To Nitromax:

    Thanks for your additional input especially about the spoiler. Everyone except for my one client/friend that called me tonight (when I say everyone I mean the 7 people I have been sharing my car purchase decision with ... if I don't count this list that I am grateful I found on the Internet) keeps telling me to add the spoiler to my car for extra sportiness. I had it on every Prelude I owned since it helped me see where the trunk ended on my car. But the Acura RSX is a hatchback/liftback so I may not need to see where it ends. If the spoiler would block my view, I do not want it since being not quite 5 feet, I really want the best view I can have. I can always add the spoiler on at a later date if I change my mind.

    Does anyone else that reads these postings have the SPOILER and have a different view since it is a low spoiler? The dealer had given me a really good price on the spoiler if I want it now and I know I would not get this same great price at a later date.

    I think I know why I loved the black car now due to the color coded parts throughtout the car. Thanks Mark for this insight! I was never into black cars before but that black shiny pearl color looks so rich on this particular car. I love the way the RXS-S has the body molding strip on the bottom of the car the same as the car's color. All my Prelude's had been color coded so all parts were the same color. I can only drive an automatic so the RSX base model in automatic is the only RSX model I can consider. :)

    I will go back tomorrow to see if this will bother me or not. A few of my friends that have black cars or had black cars tell me I would love the Desert Silver Metalic or the white due to the lighter outside and the lighter inside colors which will brighten up my car and be cooler in the summer. One friend thinks I would love the silver. I have now had red cars for so many years (even a car before my 4 Preludes was red) so this is something new for me to pick another color that I will have to live with for many years. A few of my friends tell me to get the black if I like it and not to care since I never had a black car before and I do have a garage. A few friends tell me to get the cloth seats since the leather seats have no heat warmers and leather must be conditioned and maintained or it will crack. One client/friend just called me to tell me the car will look so much richer in leather and to skip the spoiler. BUT he drives a Mercedes with heated leather seats and owns 4 cars between him and his wife. He loves cars and also owns a corvette, Porche, Mercedes SUV and a Lexus. I can only buy one car and I am comfortable with the price range of the Acura RSX for what I get for my money. I like the way it is classy and sporty looking at the same time and looks like it won't date easy. I am leaning towards the cloth seats still but will retest the car with the leather seats.

    I did notice that the breaks on my Prelude have a shorter stopping distance. What does everyone on this list think of the breaks on the RSX?

    I wonder if the dealer will let me take the car home for one day to test it to be sure before giving up my leased Prelude? If not, I wonder if I can rent this car somewhere? Or I can just retest it again to make absolutely sure. It is scary for me since I have driven the same model car (and same red color) in my last 4 Prelude leases. I do know I am sure now I want to be in a new car with a new color, a new warranty and start out with a "purchase" this time which will give me the same payment I had in the lease but over a 5 year buyout after a down payment. I guess I am scared since I used to travel a lot years ago and when I had to rent cars, I had so much problems judging with them due to my petite height.

    Thank you! Susan (preludeoogirl)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Hey, no problem. I started reading some of the posts, but not all so far, so what I'm about to say might be repeated of what others have said.

    Despite the very cold winter, the leather did not freeze my a$$ off at all. I was very happy w/ it. Then again, I never had my flesh exposed directly to the seats. In the summertime, when I'm wearing shorts, my legs can get scorched a little by the hot leather, but no where as bad as what black leather would do.

    For maintaining the leather seats, I use Meguiar's leather wipes. They're pretty easy to use. I simply use a cloth sheet (towelette) to wipe the front leather seats and another towelette to wipe the rear seats. They shine up the leather pretty good.

    However, they didn't remove a couple dark stains I have. One looks like a pen (black ink) dot. Another is a fine line about an inch long. I have no idea how they got there. I've heard that using a leather conditioner for sofas will do the trick, but I haven't got around to trying it out.

    I don't know where in NJ you live. But if you're in Central NJ, there's a "meet" occurring this weekend (Sat., 4/26/03). There'll be a bunch of RSXs there, not to mention some other imports. If you're interested, I can post the link here. Let me know by Fri.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    OK, I finally finished reading through the rest of the posts, including your two massive ones. I have only four words to say about the OEM spoiler: DO NOT GET IT!

    Let me explain. On the Integra, the spoiler looked really nice. There was that integrated brake light and the wing just looked like it really belongs there. However, the OEM spoiler on the RSX is an embarrassment, IMHO.

    But I didn't like my car w/o the wing b/c my previous car (the aforementioned Integra) had a spoiler, and it really did add to the "sportiness" aesthetics. So after a bit of research, I went for an aftermarket spoiler: Type-R rear wing.

    It looks *so* nice. Not only is it way better looking than the OEM spoiler or no spoiler, it's way cheaper than the OEM spoiler. You can buy it painted and shipped for $300. Installing it is very easy to do, too. A friend helped me do it using his drill. It took about 45 min. If you're squeamish about doing it yourself (or by a friend), you can go to a body shop and they can still the spoiler for ~$50-75.

    The Type-R wing does not obstruct my rear view. From what I've heard, it's less of a hindrance than the OEM spoiler. The reason is that the Type-R spoiler is very high (8"), so you can see all the traffic behind you under the wing. It's hard to describe it here, but I guess you'll just have to trust me on this. I've seen pictures people post from inside their cabin of the rear view mirror showing their view. It looks just fine. :)

    If you have no idea what the Type-R spoiler looks like, check out this site:
    You'll see the picture on the top left corner of the page (unless they changed the site).

    Good luck and let me know if you're interested in the RSX meet occurring in central NJ this Sat.
  • Beowulf:

    I really appreciate your input on the spoiler. I decided not to buy the spoiler today when I signed the contract. I love the one you had in the picture that looks very sporty!

    I went today to the dealership and tested the Acura RSX (if I knew how to drive a stick shift, I would get the RSX-S model) with the light leather and then with the cloth with the air conditioner on as the sun was beating on me. I could not notice much of a difference in my comfort and my back being warm in both about equally. I decided the leather was a bit more comfortable so I bought the Acura RSX in Desert Silver Metallic with the Titanium leather seats. I can always add accessories at a later date since I live so close to the dealership. Since I got there so late today, I have to wait until tomorrow to pick up my car. I am so excited! I have had 4 Preludes in 14 years all with the same red exterior and black plush cloth interior. I now know I am ready for a change with a different color exterior and a light interior! I hope the weather report of rain all day is incorrect.

    I am flattered that you invited me tomorrow to the Saturday RSX meet. If it wasn't for needing to pick up my car tomorrow and having to get some work done due to spending so much time not working as I focused on my car, I would love to go! I live in North Jersey but used to live in Central, NJ, so I am familiar with Central, NJ. Please invite me to the next RSX meeting since I would love to go! I am self-employed so I spent a lot of work days not working since getting a car I would really enjoy in the price range I was looking for was very important to me. I really enjoy cars and I love car shows and talking about cars. Tonight I am staying home to do chores since I want to have time to enjoy my car in between getting my work done this coming week.

    I would love the link to the Saturday Meet anyway and the time in case I find I can get away tomorrow after I pick up my new car. I am so happy with my decision and I feel I am lucky I had such a patient salesman who was a big help in not being pushy like other salesmen are, as well as giving me a very fair price.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    We look forward to hearing all your ownership experience.... Happy motoring!

    Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
  • Thank you both for the congratulations on my new DSM RSX Car! I will post more after I have a chance to drive it. It was too rainy today for me to want to drive it when I came home from the dealership later in the day. I want to first get used to my new car in good weather so I will have more control in bad weather and will react faster if another driver is driving carelessly. I enjoyed the drive home from the Acura Dealer with my comfortable leather seats, the new car smell, the fun sounding engine, the sporty ride, etc. But I have to learn how to use the windshield wipers (so different from my prior car's simple wipers with only low, intermittent at one speed, and high for only the front window). I then started to grieve for my precious red Prelude. I really loved the bright red color. Right now seeing my car in the garage it looks like a gray color. I am sure tomorrow in the sunlight I will see the pretty sporty color I saw at the Acura dealer that made me choose such an exotic color with such a unique cool name as Desert Silver Metallic. I thought I should get another color other than red since all my prior cars were red except for a bright LEMON Ford Escort I bought myself used out of college that I got rid of after 1.5 years. I also thought a lighter interior would be nice since all my other cars had dark interiors. So that left me with either white or desert metallic in the base trim I chose since I can only drive automatic. I loved the Neon Black Pearl color the best but the interior would be very hot in black leather and I felt I really liked the taupe color steering wheel on the cars that came with the titanium interior. I know Acura calls the color Titanium but I think it looks more like Taupe which is one of my favorite leather colors.
  • beowulf7, please let me know about future meets since this weekend is not a good weekend for me to drive one hour to Menlo Park. I did sign up tonight as a member of the RSX forum. Thank you!
  • I am beginning to really enjoy driving my fun RSX! I also am starting to really love the unique color that looks different in various light settings. I love my leather seats. I am so glad I went with the light interior since it feels so different from all my prior cars with the dark plush cloth interior. I like the climate control feature very much and the silver gadgets in the car. The drive is exciting for a little car! :) :) Thank you everyone for helping me to decide to buy the RSX and that I will like the DSM color!
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