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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • HI Amanda,
         Congratulations on your exciting purchase.
    No, I have not seen the pearl white in person. Maybe I should wait until I see it in person, maybe I might not like it either. The pearl blue is very cool looking. That is my second choice. I personally would like to get away from the black leather interior. What other colors did you see in person? What looked good? Thanks.
  • I love the black leather interior! That might be because my GS-R had the tan leather and I just got sick of it. Anyway, I saw a red one in the show room which was gorgeous and one of the darker silver ones which was okay (almost every RSX I see is in silver or gray). I forgot to add a PS on my last message that my father and brother liked the white so that might be a man thing :). I just think the white with titanium is very bland. But the new red this year looks really nice!
  • That is really interesting. I was wondering about the red. I have seen the '04 model in red and to me it reminds me too much of the Oldmobile Alero. We only have 2 Acura dealers here, and the colors so far are very limited: blue, silver black and the new rust or orange color. It is difficult to tell from pictures. Is this a good time of the year to buy an '05? Do you feel like you got a good deal on your car?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    has been a fairly slow seller this year. I would think if you are looking for a real bargain, it would be best to wait until year's end. Not only is that traditionally a slow time of year for dealers, they generally get extra incentives for selling more in the old calendar year. Right now, they are still riding the (small) wave that has come from the '05 model update.

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

  • I wouldn't worry too much about the break in period. The dealer even suggested driving the car fairly hard in that first 600 mile break in period to get the VTEC "tuned" properly. I only have 1700 miles on my '05 and have loved every mile of the driving. These engines are indestructible as far as I can tell, and I've owned previous VTEC's. These are racing type engines that demand to be driven in that fashion.

    Have fun,
  • luca1luca1 Posts: 29
    Congrats Amanda! I've had my Type-S for 2 months and it's such a blast. I have about 1200 miles on mine, but I didn't really wait for the "break in" to test it out. '=) I love the way it handles on curving roads. I've not seen the blue or white in person yet. Have fun!

  • Thanks for the good wishes! I took the advise from you and "techfun" and had a lot of fun on the drive to school and back this morning. Now, I'm excited for the drive to work! This is my first new car and I'm having a great time with it...I think I made a good decision :). I just don't want to new car smell to go away! I don't know if I got the best price but I payed about 1,500 under the sticker price, which is better than a lot of people I know with the same car living in the Phila area!
  • Amanda, Sounds like you paid about $22,600 which is a good price. I paid 22,900 but this was 7 weeks ago when the car was just coming out so I was happy with that price all things considered. I am still having more fun with each passing day driving the type s. It is just so fun to take it up above 8k. I haven't hit the rev limiter yet, and I've had it up to 8500 rpm's many times. I'm wondering where the limiter is. Has anyone else hit the limiter yet? Where do they have it set at?
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Sorry for the late response. You're welcome for the link. I'm sorry to hear no one was interested in your car for sale. It is not easy at all. That's why a lot of people bite the bullet and just trade it in. Did you try Auto Trader and EBay? I think Auto Trader ( lets you list the car on their site forever until the car is sold for a fixed price. But one of my friends tried that and it took him a *very* long time to sell his cars. (Yes, he had multiple cars he was trying to get rid of.)
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Congrats on your 2005 RSX Type-S, Amanda.

    Have fun breaking it in. You mentioned you're in the Philly area. As FYI, there are some of us in that region (esp. South Jersey) who have a meet every once in a while to check out each others RSXs and help each other out in modding. Would you be interested in that? We'll probably start doing more of that once the weather warms up, say next April.
  • I am presently advertising in the Auto Trader. I live in Missouri and I believe that this is not a good time of the year to be selling a car. It is winter time and holiday time. Most people are probably thinking about spending money on the holidays. I am definitely not willing to trade my car in and give it away, there's no reason to. I am trying to buy a 2001 Honda S2000 from a private party as a pleasure vehicle and just keeping my car for every day. To be honest, when I went back to the Acura dealer to look at the '05 RXS, I kinda lost interest. I will keep you posted. Have fun.
  • oops, sorry spelling... I mean RSX. Don't get me wrong, I still think the new RSX's are awesome, but I have an opportunity to get a S2000 with 9000 miles on it.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    You're right that right now is not a good time to sell a car. You'd do best around the springtime.

    An S2000 sounds nice. It would be your pleasure vehicle, like you said, so you don't have to worry about bad weather driving. The newer S2000 is even better (e.g. 240 HP vs. 220 HP), but it may be way out of your budget.

    Enjoy the S2000 if you get it, but do realize that it is a high maintenance car, from what I've read. For example, I've read that the tires need to be replaced every 10-15 kmi. EEK!
  • Thanks for the information on the S2000. You are right about the tires, but as far as the other maintenance goes, it is no worse than my Integra GS-R. Here is my theory, please let me know if you understand and agree with it. If I buy a '05 RSX, then I will lose about $4000 the minute that I drive it off of the lot. Then, the fact that I put on a ton of miles driving back anf forth to work, in about 4 years from now, it will be worth about $9000, like my car is now. I figure, if I bought the 2001 S2000 with 9000 miles on it, drive it as a pleasure vehicle, in about 4 years it will still be worth something because I still will have low mileage on it. Just a thought, maybe I am looking at this the wrong way?
  • akl88akl88 Posts: 26 the Magnesium Metallic color for the 05 the same color as the Desert Silver from the 02-04 yrs.? thnx
  • It definitely be cool to do that. Not that I have the money but it'd be nice to see what other people have done if I ever think about doing anything. I also have a friend with a type-s who has some mods on his car, he'd probably be into that. Where do you meet at?
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I see your logic. I think a car only loses 10% when driven off the lot, so in the RSX's case, it would be just over $2k.


    After 4 years, yes, the car would be worth a little less than half, esp. if you put a lot of miles on it. A used S2000 becoming "more used" wouldn't depreciate as fast, so you are correct on that.


    However, remember that a new RSX will be fully covered under warranty, whereas a used S2000 will not have any warranty, unless you buy special coverage. Granted, Hondas are pretty reliable, so it isn't likely that the engine will die on your, but YMMV.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Mag Met is a different color than DSM, so it doesn't make sense for those 2 colors to share the same color code.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Many folks from the car club meet in various locations. For example, during the spring - fall time frame, we met at Fuddrucker's in Turnersville on Fri. evenings.


    One guy in Central NJ held "mod meets" where we helped each other install mods and also, to check out each others' rides to get ideas.


    If you're interested, send me an e-mail and I can give you more details. My e-mail addr. is (my username) at email dot com.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,600
    I didn't read through all the RSX messages because it would take too long. Therefore, I probably missed the explanation, but would someone be kind enough to explain why the old double wishbone front suspension, as in the Integra and other Honda/Acura products, is so highly regarded, compared with the current Civic/RSX setup. Also, what are the real differences one experiences behind the wheel, in terms of, say, nimbleness, steering feel, or any other relevant attribute? And finally, if the double wishbone design is inherently superior, why has BMW not adopted it, given the priority that company places on driving dynamics?


    Thanks in advance.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    my local dealer made it into 2005 with a half dozen of those leftover '04s with the red tags hanging from the rearview mirror. :-(


    They now have the '04s and '05s sitting side by side, and I am so glad I got an '04. The front and rear ends both look better to me on the '04. I don't like the new base model rims either (too much like those complicated alloys on the late 90s Integra LS), although the 17"ers on the type-S look great.


    Funnily enough, they still have '04 TLs as well. I thought that model was selling like hotcakes.

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

  • ag127ag127 Posts: 5
    Okay, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a 2005 rsx type-S today. I love the car, but my lingering concern is security. I keep hearing that the car is so popular with thieves. And the guy at the dealership was really pushing lojack. I live in a city; at home my garage is locked, but at school I park in an open garage. I'd love some input from other owners: has security been a concern for you? If so, what have you done about it?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I haven't been too worried. I don't think this model will be as much a magnet for thieves as in past years. I park mine on the street in San Francisco several nights a week until after 11:00, and haven't really worried about it. It's been a year so far, no problems yet.

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

  • ag127ag127 Posts: 5
    thanks, that makes me feel better.


    and so far so good with the rsx (type-s, silver, black interior). i just love to drive it, but i'm easily impressed: my last car was a 20 year-old volvo, so you can imagine the difference in power and handling. still, after 190,000 miles with the volvo, this little acura has a tough act to follow in terms of longevity and reliability...
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    "this little acura has a tough act to follow in terms of longevity and reliability..."


    If older Acuras and Hondas I have owned are anything to judge by, it should be more than up to the challenge! :-)

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

  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    What helps the RSX as a theft deterrent, besides the stock immobilizer/alarm system, is that the RSX parts aren't as swappable w/ Civics as the Integras were.


    If you're concerned about theft, perhaps go w/ a reputable aftermarket alarm system, such as Viper or Clifford. Many of the higher end alarm systems have a pager that lets you know if something's happening to your car while you're not in it.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    with my sister yesterday - she is looking for an inexpensive compact, so we checked some different cars out, and I encouraged her to check out the RSX just because it has a cheap lease - well she tossed out all the others as soon as she drove the RSX! Now it is this car or nothing for her - the Mazda3 and Jetta were simply no competition, nor was the Honda Civic. I think I have made a convert! :-)

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

  • Last month I bought a silver '03 Acura RSX, just the standard model there were no Type-S models within 200 miles from where I live! So far I love it seems to have much more get up than my previous car which was an Accord, not only that but in the area I live it seems as if you see thousands of accords but only a RSX here and there, which is great. Anyway I was just wondering how much of a difference in terms of performance and power is the standard RSX vs the Type-S. I have noticed that the Type-S only has about 35 hp more. So is there really a huge difference between the two? And if so are there any suggestions on what kind of Mods I can make to spice up my RSX to the standards of a Type-S?? Thanks a lot.
  • joshsjoshs Posts: 22
    I have a type-S, and while there does seem to be an extra punch of power at the high RPMs, the real differences to me are the suspension setting and the 6-speed (vs. 5-speed). Given that some people in this forum think the type-S rides too roughly, you might prefer the suspension that you have. If you like the way your RSX handles, and if you like the shifter you have, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    We have a red 2003 base RSX which I absolutely and positively love.


    According to the chart in the sales manual, the base model has both more horsepower and more torque below 5500 rpm. Above that, the Type-S has more.
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