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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • trevian2trevian2 Posts: 22
    Can any RSX type S owners comment on driving in bad weather? Either rain, snow, ice, slushy crap. How about the typical midwestern winters? Does the car handle well in these conditions? Thank you in advance.
  • willg1961willg1961 Posts: 12
    I have a Type S and the manual calls for service every 5,000 miles. My dealer who has always been reliable schedules maintenance every 3,750 and includes free oil changes. Should I accept this system or should I be wary of doing additional services which may not be necessary over the life of the vehicle. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
  • Hello everyone, I haven't been in this discussion before about problems and solutions but I have been in a discussion with RSX vs WRX and almost got thrown out for bad mouthing the WRX. Anyway, I love my RSX. I'm sure I'm not alone, but here are a few things about the car that bug the hell out of me. I have had my car since August 18, 2001. It has a little over 25,000 on it now and I've gotten as good as 37 mpg overall. I change the oil/filter every 5,000 miles, and use Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic oil. I've been using that since I changed the oil after the first 5,000 miles. My dealer and other dealers said not to run the car over 5,000 miles with oil/filter using conventional oil or even synthetic oil. I like to run my car to the end of the powerband often, and I've noticed after about 3,000 miles I have to add about a half a quart of oil or so. I'm thinking this is bad, but has anyone else noticed this problem? Let me know.


  • Does anyone like their tires in any weather other than dry? I don't! They ride good and are fairly quiet, and are wearing well for 25,000 miles on the car. I rotate them every 10,000. When I get in the rain, I have to baby the car. The front end starts to scoot and the rear end gets loose if I approach a turn 5 to 10 mph over the recommended speed. That is scary sometimes. I know one thing that limits the car is the weight distribution being about 70/30, but the tires basically just suck if the roads aren't dry. I have a heck of a time too, trying to get traction sometimes at a stop light on any incline. I've actually started out in second before to reduce the torque.

    I've been looking at different tires on, plus ones that are 225 instead of 205 for more grip. If anyone has any suggestions about a name brand performance tire which would be good year round and has VR rating let me know.


  • I wish this BOSE stereo had more bass! It has great highs, and I like that you can turn it up all the way without distortion, but my gripe is that when a certain tone of music comes on, the covers on the rear speakers vibrate. It sounds horrible, and I thought when I first noticed it that the rear speakers had blown. I got in the back seat cranked up the music wide open and held in on the covers and it stopped the vibration. Has anyone else ran into this problem, and what has been done to correct it.


  • willg1961willg1961 Posts: 12
    Regarding the oil and the RSX I have only 3,000 on my Type S and had to add a quart of oil prior to the first oil change so I guess it is somewhat of an oil burner due to the i-Vtec engine I suppose. As far as the tires are concerned, I switched mine because my wife needed new tires on her Volvo and I wasn't crazy about them. I put on a pair of 205 Vredestein Quatrac 2 tires and they are a major improvement. Great handling and very sticky in the wet weather. I can't recommend them more highly. You can't buy them at, but you can probably find a dealer near you. Finally, regarding the Bose stereo which everyone seems to complain about I have to agree that it lacks a little in the volume department especially with the windows down. I do think, however, that the quality of the sound is very good. I'm involved in the hi-end hi-fi business and think the RSX unit is one of the more balanced sounding systems available.
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    assuming you started out with a full crank case before you drove your rsx-s off the lot, i don't think you should just brush off a quart low after 3000 miles. either you didn't break it in properly or there is a problem. get it checked and don't accept it as normal
  • uthinxuthinx Posts: 21
    You will need: foam tape (thin), wide blade screwdriver, cloth, ample caution
    Pry the covers off using the screwdriver cover with the cloth(to prevent scratching) starting AT THE TOP. BEWARE! The bottom of the covers have tabs that insert into the surrounding area, lift the cover up at this stage and do not pry out the bottom!
    Now attach small pieces of the foam tape around the speaker that will fit against areas of the cover and keep it from rattling. Replace the covers STARTING BY INSERTING THE BOTTOM and your rattle/vibrations will be solved. I did this on mine with no problems, but if you muck it up it is your responsibility.
    The moral of the repair is that design engineers shouldn't count on their tolerances being followed perfectly in the manufacturing process. : - )
  • willg1961 - I didn't really have to add any for the first 5,000 miles, but my dealer or the book one of the two I can't really remember said not to rev the car over 4,000 for the first 600 miles. After that it was a free for all. The care doesn't smoke, so I don't think it burns it, it just uses it. I know it doesn't leak for a fact. I guess when you rev out enough to 7900 it just starts to drink the oil somehow.

    719b - Your right, I'm going to take my car to Hagerstown Honda's quick lube this Friday on my way on vacation to get the oil changed and see what they think. I suppose I'll take it to Rosenthal Acura for the 30,000 mile checkup. Have any of you had any of that so called required maintenance done other than oil/filter and tire rotation? I'm interested in what they usually charge to get that BS done.

    uthinx - Thanks for the directions on how to take care of the speakers. I was always scared to mess with it in case I might break the tabs off, then I would have to pay to fix it instead of Acura. Did you mention the problem to the Acura dealer at all, or is this what they told you to do? Anyway, I think I will try that out and see if I can do it without screwing anything up. Thanks again to everyone.

    Have any of you talked in that RSX vs WRX chat? Man, they are nuts in there. I think the entire chat is biased towards WRX. I laid into them good, and man they really like to fire back. Bad comparison of the two in my opinion, but I guess to each his own.
  • I'm looking into buying cat back exhaust or maybe even an air intake too. I owned a 2000 Mercury Cougar before this car, and installed dual Borla Cat back. It sounded great, but it could have been louder. Do any of you have any suggestions? I looked through Sport Compact Magazines issue last month on the RSX and there were definitely some options in there too. I could get a air intake exhaust kit for $189. But, are you only going to get what you pay for? I'm kind of scared about the whole air intake thing. Does anyone ever asked an Acura dealer what it would do to the warranty? I wasn't sure how they would handle modifications under the hood.


  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    It's a conspiracy against the RSX and you!

    What you need to learn is to make your arguments sound rational, and not get so excited. You sound ridiculous in there (not to mention paranoid), calm down.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Sorry for the delayed response to your post (#31). I was away on a business trip the past 2 weeks or so.

    I meant to say that I will replace the Bose Richbass woofer, or at least drastically augment it, by putting an Infinity Basslink all-in-one subwoofer somewhere in the hatch area. It will obviously not fit in that spare tire area.

    I'm still trying to see if I can use both a Basslink sub *and* the OEM Bose woofer. On the other hand, the Basslink would way overpower the Bose, so maybe I'd be better off taking out the Bose to save weight and maybe sell it on Ebay.
  • amonteamonte Posts: 12
    I've got a RSX-base with auto stick and I've noticed a few unusual things about it over the last couple of weeks. I've had the car for almost 2 months now - one of the things that I noticed is that when I start in the morning and pull out of my spot, when I first put it into drive and hit the gas, there's a bit of a "lag". When I allow the car to warm up for 15-30 seconds, this doesn't seem to happen. Has anyone else experienced this?

    The other thing I noticed is that the overall acceleration of the car seems to change - some days it feels as if it has plenty of pickup, while at other times it feels labored and sluggish. Does anyone else experience this, or know what factors contribute to it? Could outside heat/humidity effect performance? If so, would it be this noticeable?
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    amonte, don't throttle your car until it's sufficiently warmed up.
    Hot, humid weather will hinder your RSX's peak performance.
  • I was considering replacing my Legend with the rsx s. Several things bothered me. The 200 hp engine only has 145 torque. One of the poorest hp/torque ratios i have seen. It seems honda simply beefed up the engine to get a higher red line to account for the extra hp. However the real power isn't there.
    From the acura web site:
    To achieve this 40 horsepower boost, 3-rocker arms were used for both the intake and exhaust valves. the new "intelligent" i-VTEC™ system accounts for much of the difference in performance in the Type-S. A higher redline, tougher engine components,

    recent posts about being down 1/2 q to a q of oil during the first few changes spells big problems to come. It seems that the engine might not be able to handle the high revs. For the money being spent they should put in a solid v6 like the tiburon or eclipse. Stay away from this.

    Second the handling was poor on the front end. Similar if not worse than the Legend. They still haven't fixed the poor weight distribution. A recent post about wet traction is troubling. when you spend 25k on a car you shouldn't have to change tires to make it safe.

    this car will be a problem
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    A V-6 may do more harm than good. This RSX-S will beat the Tiburon and Eclipse you mentioned in any race any day. If you know how to drive a high-revving engine, torque is not important *once* you get to the sweet spot. Granted, a high torque will move you faster at lower RPMs. That's why the RSX-S has 6 speeds - to keep you in the sweet spot, or close to it, even after shifting.

    BTW, the RSX-S has 142 ft-lb of torque, not 145.

    And handling is fine, as is the weight distribution. The car was criticized for using the McPherson struts, but so do BMWs! You do have a point about the tires. Just don't race when it rains/snows and you'll be fine. The RSX-S should have come with, or at least have had an option, to be equipped 17" Dunlop or Potenza tires.
  • gbt2gbt2 Posts: 7
    I have had a RSX Type-S since March of this year and have 4000 miles on it. I have had to add two quarts of oil. The first one went at 1500 miles and the second at 3700. Dealership looked at it and said no leaks and I should not be worried by the loss. Any one else experience this and is this really normal or should I be worried?
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    My $.02, I own cars with a low torque/good rev (Civic) and high torque (Protege5). Both have the same maximum hp (127 vs 130). I must say I much prefer the later one. I don't want to rev my engine all the time. On the high way, most of the engine will run between 3-4000 rpm, when one need to accelerate, the high torque engine is more responsive. In fact, the low torque engine require you to down shift because you need to rev more than 5500 rpm to get any benefit. So unless of you keep your engine constantly at the *sweet spot* of 5.5-6000 rpm, there is no advantage to have a low torque/good rev engine. In addition, when accelerate, down shift will cost already few tenth of the second (if you are good driver).

    Yes, RSX has poor weight distribution of 70/30 whereas most others FWD are 60/40. The BMW you mentioned has a perfect 50/50.

  • 1)When I turn right into a drive way(ex: front house driveway) usually the turning angle is very sharp, as opposed to turn in a corner. Sometimes my car makes a noise. It sounds like something rubbing against something else. I wonder it's not the tire touching something or the suspension.
    Not there for the left turn. My friend has the same problem.

    2)My right lock switch for the door is not working at all time. Is that normal?? Any switch to enable the looks switch?? I am not happy with it.

    Design problem. What the hell did they put a ugly plastic section in the back seat for? It's so small in the back that you wish to lie down across the seats but that plastic crap gets in the way:) Also Why they made the hand break so long.
  • luvmyrsxluvmyrsx Posts: 2
    I have had my S-type for just a little over three weeks and am getting just around 20 miles per gallon. The window sticker and say mileage should be 24 city/31 highway and I cannot even get the city mileage!! My driving is 75% highway and 25% city. Is anyone else experiencing this type of low gas mileage?
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Do you spend a lot of time in high RPM's? That can definitely do it, although you probably aren't if you are still breaking in the car.
  • luvmyrsxluvmyrsx Posts: 2
    Not really. I occasionally will hit 6000 but certainly not enough to reduce my mileage the way it is. Before I went to the dealership, I thought I would see what type of mileage other drivers are getting. I bet no one is getting 30 mpg.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    If you feel the stock stereo-
    A. Should be more powerful
    B. Does not have enough base

    There are a couple of fixes you can do that are not expensive at all.

    Generally, Honda uses Alpine components. This means, you should be able to get an Amp at your local car stereo store, Circuit City, Best Buy, or Goodguys. If the stereo is not Alpine, most likely they will have an adapter you can hook up to the stock stereo.
    This will increase volume and Base.

    Another option is to hook up an extra Base speaker and/or replace the rear speakers, assuming you have already installed an amp.

    Just go to any car stereo dealership. It may cost you $150 - $500 for the amp upgrade depending on the Amp, installation price, and where you get it.
  • I've had my RSX Type S for five months and am very happy with the car. I had previously owned an Integra GS for 13 years and 208k. The new car is a whole new ball game and makes me miss my old car less and less as the miles go by. Anyway, my one gripe is that the driver's seat is too damn firm to the point where it's very uncomfortable. I find I have to constantly shift positions. I thought it would break in, but it hasn't. Today, I compared it with the passenger seat which I found to be firm but really comfortable. The driver's seat in my car is like a board. Does anyone think the dealer will address this issue if I show it to them. It's really getting in the way of my enjoyment of the car and am in need of a solution. Thanks.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    While at the dealer, sit in other RSXs to see if it is just your seat. I have not had problems with the driver's seat myself.

    Also, there are many covers/paddings you can get for the front seats that will make it that much more comfortable.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I'm averaging in the upper 20s MPG. I have pretty much achieved the entire 24-31 stated MPG. I've heard of others getting in the mid to upper 30s even in the Type-S (which is what I also have).

    When cruising on the highway, try to put it in the highest gear so that your tachometer shows you under 3krpm. Also, try not to fluctuate your speed if possible. And use A/C instead of driving w/ windows open when on the freeway.
  • After reading GBT2's post, I thought I better check my oil level. I am at 4400 mi. on my Type-S, and it, too, is 1 Qt. low. I was going to wait until 5000 to change the oil for the first time, but I may just do it early to be safe. I think it may just be a break-in situation. (I hope!)

    As far as gas mileage, I have been keeping track of mine since I got the car in March, and I average about 30 MPG (90% hwy driving). I've been pretty happy with it so far!
  • These posts scared me silly. I ran down to check the oil level on my Silver RSX-S (about to turn 5,000 on the ODO) and found that the oil was clean and the level was right where it should have been: on the high side between the dots. I routinely run into high-revs (I just can't help it, despite the hit to my wallet at the pump) and I haven't seen any oil burn. I wonder if all of your gaskets are in order. My old Integra LS burned a quart or so every few thousand miles, but it was a 100,000 miler. BTW, just because a perfomance car cooks/leaks a little oil doesn't mean it's going to be a maintenence hassle down the road. In fact, the Legend historically had the worst reliablity record in the Acura stable, while the Integras (and I've got to assume their descendents) have been bulletproof.
  • If you're whining about torque in the RSX-S, you obviously don't own one. I'll murder your Protege or any other slightly torquey Japanese 4-banger on the market (barring the big WRX turbo). I love the dual personality of my car. When I'm tooling around town with nowhere to go in any hurry, it's a docile econobox, but when someone (Integra Type R, Mercedes Sedan, pick your poison) makes the mistake of challenging me at a stoplight, I spool her up and remove the fetters. Torquey cars are easier, but if you want easy, buy a Mustang GT automatic and be done with it...
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    You said it better than I ever could. I also own an RSX-S and laugh when some dude in his base trim Mustang (V6) revs his engine at me. Just b/c my engine doesn't make that growling sound doesn't mean I can't beat his [non-permissible content removed] (eventually). He might get the headstart, but once my tachometer cross 6 krpm, it's c'ya later, sucka! :)

    Also, one of my good friends just bought a 2003 TL (base). Even though he's got 225 HP and 200+ torque, he knows better than to test my RSX-S. ;-)
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