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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • I just put $ down on an 06 RSX Base MT - but am very concerned about these front end noises. Do you think the manufacturer has fixed it by now? I take delivery on the 12th (Oct), but don't have a manufacture date on the actual car.

    Also, is the warranty service covered by any Acura dealership (not just where you bought it)? How about at Honda dealerships??

    I'm buying from a dealer that is nearly 100 miles away, but then again, it's Acura of Boston and they seem to have someone who understands this specific problem. But, if I happen to get a lemon, this is gonna be a disaster.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    " Also, is the warranty service covered by any Acura dealership (not just where you bought it)? How about at Honda dealerships?? "

    Any Acura dealership? Yes

    Honda dealership? No.
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    Hi all,

    I just picked up a used 2003 RSX-S this past weekend. Aside from some small scratches in the paint, it's in good shape. The only issue I've noticed so far is a rattle coming from the rear hatch. I owned an '86 Civic that had the same problem; sometimes just opening & closing the hatch to reseat it fixed the noise, so I'll try that first, then hit it with some silicone spray if not. Any other suggestions?

    Got a very slight grind this morning going into 2nd gear. This is my 3rd Honda product and they've all had slow synchros in cold weather, so this wasn't surprising. Aside from that the trans feels fine.
  • Thanks mikefm58.

    Although this front end problem is a trend in these vehicles, it sounds like there are a lot of owners who don't have it - I'm going to be one of them!
  • Bought my 2005 Type S end of July. So far have taken it to dealer for strut noises (fixed third time around with the rubber isolator); high beam light on dash inop (fixed) after two weeks waiting for new instrument cluster, only to find out after getting it back and on the road that the speedometer is improperly calibrated- it now reads 10-15 mph low, is sluggish to respond to speed changes, and sets below the zero mark when stopped. Waiting to find out the answer on the speedo. Love the car's handling and engine, but a bit tired of the niggling bits!
  • Hi I found this forum completely by accident. I bought a 2005 RSX Type S brand new. I did all the oil changes and everything I was supposed to do. The second it hit 5000 miles... I had problems. I want to know if I have a :lemon:
    PROBLEM 1: my transmission would not go into 3rd gear. No matter what I did, I couldn't shift to third. (The dealer drove it and said it had a problem)
    PROBLEM 2: Extremely loud whining noise (and warped bearings) after 5000 miles (New transmission after 6000 and it's still doing the same thing... only now it won't go into 4th gear)
    PROBLEM 3: The car keeps going out on me... Ex: won't start it's had more than 4 batteries. They said the alternator wasn't the problem... so what is? I live in the south- no harsh weather conditions.
    PROBLEM 4: BAD SERVICE! I'm a girl, and because of that... I apparently don't know anything about cars. (please note the sarcasm and help me...?) after the second time I took the car in (the 5th time it died on me) they refused to see it anymore. I can't get roadside assistance. Every time I call I'm not in a service area because I live on a mountain.

    I only have 8000 miles on it now and I'm having bad problems. I'm at school and I know the car won't start by the time classes let out. Any ideas? Please help me I don't know what I should do. I love the car... I traded my 95 Integra SE to get this one. Is a lawsuit the right way to go? I need an oil change and they won't see the car...
  • I had the same problem... well have the same problem on my 2005 RSX they said they can't fix it... then again they said they can't fix a lot of things on the car (inclusing my transmission) what did you end up doing? :lemon:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    It is not in the Acura dealer's power to refuse to service a car under warranty. it is a violation of their contract with Acura. That's number one. Take it back to them, leave it with them, tell them you will not accept it back until all the problems you are reporting are fixed.

    Number two: if you don't want to have to confront the same people again, there is always the possibility of going to another dealer if there is one near enough. Bring your service records with you. Make sure all the problems you are having are clear to the new dealership.

    Number three: Acura, like most manufacturers, has regional service reps who you can get to come out and look at your car. They are there to smooth the way with the dealership, and if necessary to buy back your car. You can contact Acura North America directly - look at their website.

    Number four: it is clear that the dealership has not solved the problems you have brought to them - perhaps if you went back and explained the car is undriveable (no fourth gear and no-starts is undriveable in a brand new car!) and that they hadn't fixed the problem with their first try, they would be amenable to another try?

    Number five: if you have raced the car or modified it for racing, and that is the reason you are having problems, they will of course refuse to honor the warranty if in fact they can trace the car's problems to the mods/racing. I figure you would have mentioned this, but that is not the situation, right?

    Number six: most states have a lemon law, which you can research on your state's website, usually under the state department of consumer affairs. You can certainly invoke this if numbers one through five don't bring any results. It has specific requirements, and I hope you kept all your service records. (you can get them reprinted at the dealership if you did not). Check it out.

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

  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Number seven: When you take it back, INSIST on a loaner car. You've been more than patient.
  • rialbrialb Posts: 2
    That is completely unacceptable. I would call the owner of the dealership and explain your problem(s) and very politely imply that it is in their interest that this be settled at the dealer level. Insist that he (she) arrange for a regional service representative from Acura to examine your car. Follow-up your conversation with a letter to document your conversation with a carbon copy to Acura of America.

    Be politely FORCEFUL. You are right - They are wrong. You paid a lot of money for your car and are a loyal Acura customer. Get 'em.
  • :mad: Hey all,
    I ve just had my rsx 05 for about 2 1/2 months now and have taken it in 4 times for this annoying popping sound - 1st time they didnt have another strut and I had to wait for it to come in, 2nd time it came in and they replaced it, 3 rd time the noise was happening on drivers side - they replaced that and and now I am taking it again as it is back on the passenger side! However, as I am reading I am realising it isnt the strut that needs to be replaced but an insulating tube that needs to be put on. I will tell the mechanic to do this.
    If anyone else has done this and still hear the popping sound let me know. Its driving me literally crazy. I LOVE the car to death but probs from a brand new one are disheartening and almost steering me away from buying Acura in the future.
    Feedback anyone?
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    So I've had my '03 Type-S for a few days, and driven it to work and back. I've encountered the 2nd & 3rd gear grind a couple of times. It seems to occur only on the first shift cycle; i.e., leaving my driveway in the morning. Once the transmission runs for a minute or two, I guess things warm up, and it's smooth as butter. I think I can live with it this way, although I confess my other Hondas never behaved this way except in very cold weather. Maybe the trans needs a lighter grade of oil?

    I played with the hatch a bit last night but the rattle continues today. Again, it's mainly when the vehicle is cold. I'll probably see what the dealer can do when I bring it in for the next service.
  • I haven't changed the car at all (because of the whole warranty thing) Sorry, I forgot to mention that part.Unfortunately there isn't another acura dealer for miles away.. but that is a good idea. Maybe it's roadtrip time... if it can get there. I forgot to mention that the car has been in the shop more than 6 times and for almost 30 days. (the same problem all the way through and then a few others on different occasions)

    Thank you so much for replying, I really had no idea what to do. They just towed the car because it didn't start this morning. We'll see what happens. Do you know what can warp bearings like that and throw off my syncros after only 1000 miles? (that's how many I have on the new transmission and it's already doing it) lol and nono it's not my driving style. I made them ride with me and tell me so ^_^ Thanks again :sick:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I have never met a hatchback that didn't eventually creak, usually within a year of new. Whenever the car torques (going up an uneven slope, turning into driveways, etc) that hatch takes the brunt of it, and will eventually begin to creak as things get just infinitesimally out of alignment. I have accepted it as the price tp pay for my favorite body style! I'm not saying you have to though - maybe the dealer will be able to lubricate something so that there is less noise back there.

    I have noticed that the synchros take a minute to warm up in the morning, but that is true in most manuals also. Perhaps the RSX's grind a bit more than just thumping as other cars did that I have had. I shift easy for the first mile, and it is smooth as pancake syrup after that. :-)

    rsxhelp: sounds like you got a bum car there. I have no idea what could cause that much damage to a transmission in that short a time. I think: nothing you could do. It is just a bad transmission. As for going to another dealer, just remember that the law does give you rights, so you should look them up at the department of consumer affairs. If I were you, I would make another attempt with the dealer you already went to, maybe starting with phone calls and e-mails to the service and general managers. With copies to Acura Client Services.

    I hope they get it running today and at least fix the separate problem you seem to be having with the electrical system. :-(

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

  • hi all,
    i was just wondering if there was any way to move the car (for example, down the slope) without starting shifting it in neutral and letting it roll...i haven't tried it yet...just wondering if its safe to do and if there is anything we should do before doing such thing...i'm afraid something might mess up... :confuse:
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I haven't changed the car at all (because of the whole warranty thing) Sorry, I forgot to mention that part.Unfortunately there isn't another acura dealer for miles away.. but that is a good idea. Maybe it's roadtrip time... if it can get there. I forgot to mention that the car has been in the shop more than 6 times and for almost 30 days. (the same problem all the way through and then a few others on different occasions)

    nippononly is right.
    If you can take it to another dealer, then that might help your situation. It sounds like the current dealer is a jerk (and incompetent to boot)
    Call up the other dealer and explain your situation calmly. Tell them all of the problems you're having with your car and mention the other dealers inability to fix your problems (though you may want to wait for them to ask if you've had it serviced before mentioning the other dealer)

    Also, the Acura dealer that you take it to should provide you with a loaner car when you bring it in for service. My dealer gives out TL's for people getting serviced. And when they don't have any available (happened once) they put you in a rental car (Enterprise?) and take care of the entire bill.

    You may also want to look into Lemon laws for your state. You may qualify.
  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    It should be completely harmless to put it in neutral and roll it. Just make sure the parking brake isn't set.
  • Ok, I'm totally out of topic here but need some help:

    Should I go to ACURA to get my car maintenanced??? i'm at 50 000 km's and they want me to get package a, b, c and d = something like 400$ CAN me this is CRAZY!!! do I really need all this???
    What is it That i need to really get done at this will be my first maintenace accept for my reg oil changes. Should I go somewhere else to get this done???

    Pls help :)
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    You have read your owner's manual, right? Have them give you a price on only the maintenance listed in your owner's manual for the miles you have on your car. Have read your owner's manual? All dealers have their own set of recommended maintenance that is usually doing things listed in your owner's manual much sooner than needed.
    Did I ask if you've read your owner's manual?
  • hi all,
    i was just wondering if anyone else was having this problem or if it is normal...whenever i shift gears from park to reverse, i feel something jerking in the engine...also, when i shift to drive, i feel it again, but this time its a jerking motion backwards...this only happens when i initially start the car in the mornings...also, has anyone encountered any problems when turning right extremely sharply?...whenever i do, i feel a grinding noise coming from the front tires...any help or suggestions would be welcome...thanks...
  • Hmm... sounds like a bad torque converter, but not sure. Better have a dealer mechanic look into it. But since you mentioned that it only happens when you initially start the car in the mornings, I'm worried that they might give you the "We can't duplicate the problem" line and it sucks when that happens.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    That is probably just the transmission shifting into gear and the feeling you are getting is the torque twist on the tranny mounts. Hence, shift to drive and it jerks one way, shift into park and it shifts the other direction.
  • yeah, thats the jerking motion i feel...but is it normal??? :confuse: also, i am scheduled for an oil change in a couple of should i explain the problem...that the torque converter is grinding?...thanks...
  • Well, just tell them what you have been experiencing. You're not going to be penalized anyway. They should be able to come up with a better answer for your car's shifting behavior.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    If it's just a jerking when you put it in gear then it's normal. Every car does it (correction, every automatic does it)

    Torque convereter grinding? Are you hearing a grinding noise?
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    For Pop, Knock noise on Bumps.
    For RSX '05
    I don't know how to attached a file but I have an electronic copy of it.
  • I got a RSX as a loaner couple times. I like them a lot. One drove fine. However, one of them had a engine noise that bothered me.

    It created a whirling noise when it reached above 60 mph.

    It's hard to describe but it's like saying "woe woe woe woe . . " semi slowly at a pitch of Curlee in 3 Stooges but in monotone).

    I drove above 60 mph then it got worse. Drove below 60 and it went away. Reached 60 and it did it again. I drove it for 3 days and it did the same thing everytime.

    It wasn't the wind or the tire.

    I was tempted to tell the dealer about it but I was afraid they would blame me or something.

    No Honda/Acura cars I've driven make that sound. Any ideas?

    I'm afraid if I buy an RSX and it will make that same sound. Thanks.

    P.S. Didn't had a clicking sound but for those who do, I thought it's the CV joint and not the transmission problem???
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  • rsx_varsx_va Posts: 33
    It's hard to diagnose without hearing the noise in person, but I don't think this is a common problem. Speed-related noises usually are tires/bearings/wind/transmission, not engine. If it was the engine you'd probably also hear it at lower speeds with the same RPMs.

    If you're interested in an RSX, then make sure you get a test drive in the one you plan to buy and have a chance to drive it at highway speeds.
  • mt6303mt6303 Posts: 1
    What is the popping sound like??? I have a brand new 2005 RSX, too. It sounds like you have the simular situation as mine. When I turn on the key to start the car, it will have the really short sparks noise came up. Sometimes, the noise comes up but the engine doesn't start. Sometimes, I have to restart my car twice for the engine to be turned on. I took my car to the dealer for the fifth time and they still don't know what cause the problem.
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