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Acura RSX Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
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  • edberg_dcedberg_dc Posts: 23
    Ok, I was one of those people and I apolgize, I wasn't trying to sell the guy, just to help. I am not in the business of helping car salesmen believe me. :)

    Anyways, I believe for most great rates, a score of 740-750 is required. Above 700 you have a shot. My score was 720ish and I got a great rate for a used RSX.

    I bought a 2002 Acura RSX Type S, DSM, with fog lights already installed, and sunroof visor (which I hate and is coming off this week) for $20,100 at Heritage AutoPlaza in Alexandria, VA. I wanted to get them down to about $19,500, but they gave me $2500 for my 94 Accord EX manual, cloth, some body rust, so I was happy with that. I was expecting about $2K for the Accord, so it balanced out. They were nice, I mean you had to negotiate (they wanted $20988 to start) but it worked out fine.

    In terms of new Acura dealers, a friend just bought a silver RSX automatic from the dealership in Gaithersburg which gave him a really good deal, it was under $19K, something like $18700. They had to move the RSX's in order to get more TSX's... so they were willing to deal and were extremely nice. Do not go to Acura in Chantilly or Falls Church, they were rude and wouldn't even let me test drive a TSX unless I was willing to put down a deposit. Anyways, hope this helps someone. I am going to post my RSX impressions on the other board...
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Hi edberg_dc - Thanks for re-posting! Also, good notes; people have a better understanding of the real price when you also include the trade-in allowance/details....

    I look forward to hearing more about your RSX impressions in the other RSX discussion. In case you weren't aware, you'll find a direct link to that discussion in the Helpful Links on the left side of this page. See you around Town Hall! ;-)

  • kerrydkerryd Posts: 3
    I got my, auto, desert silver RSX w/ leather and a spoiler in March for 20,700 in N. NJ. I was able to bounce around from dealer to dealer and received a few internet quotes before settled on the closest dealer.

    If anyone has gotten any good deals lately let me know. My friend is in the market for one.

    BTW I know the financing is really good now, but if you need a little leverage say you got approved for one of those on-line loans w/ the low interest rate. The dealership said that they would give me 4.9%, but when I called back they said they could only get me a 5.5%. Baloney! So I applied got a 4.49% from Peoples First (4.99% if payment is not debited from your bank account). I had no intention of using it to get a lower rate but when I called to make sure that they would take the blank check, I was conveniently approved for a 4.18% w/o getting the payment directly debited from my checking.
  • goldidgoldid Posts: 1
    Paid 20,410 for a base 2003 RSX. Eternal Blue Pearl with Ebony leather interior. Mud flaps and pin striping were my two extras they had. I felt good about it since I couldn't shop around--only one Acura dealer in New Mexico. Enjoyed them.
  • I just bought an '03 DSM, base auto w/leather for 21k (invoice 20500) I didn't haggle too much since they gave me more than Toyota would for my Toyota trade and they gave my the 2.9% financing. They pulled my FICO as 626, by the way, so it appears that you don't always have to have 750 just to get the low apr. All in all, I am satisfied with my Acura experience. Worked with the internet manager at Bloomington Acura, in Minneapolis, MN, he is a good guy.
  • Hi, I currently own an Integra LS95 with 134K; absolutely love the car. I am shopping around for used RSXs but they seemed to be totally overpriced. It might be that the supply of used RSXs here in austin Texas is low but I know for sure that the new ones are not selling very fast...I've negotiated with a couple of dealers using TMV (great info thanks!) but could not reach a deal; FYI MCDavid Acura listed a couple of base 2002 RSXs (22K) for $18.9, which had been 35 and 108 days sitting in their lots. The sales rep lower his price to $16.7 without any drama but I did not like the auto tranny.
    Any insights on what used 2002 RSXs should really be? thnks
  • freddyc2,

    Ultimately it's up to the credit/finance manager of the shop for most places (some places have no control) to approve loans and rates. Sounds like you got a great deal with that score, I was panicking because I was just above 700. A friend got the 1.9% at VW for a recent Passat buy, and the finance manager informed him that credit scores around 750 or above were required for that... also if you look in eloan's website, they give credit ranges for the interest rates. I ended up getting 4.79% at peoplefirst (soon to be capitol one autofinance) for my used 02 RSX-S and am very happy with them.

    Also, they are trying to move RSX's big time this year to make way for more TSX's.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I have a friend who is ready to 'pull the trigger' on an RSX (base, probably automatic and cloth). He'll likely finance at least part (probably about half) of the purchase price, and his credit is excellent (don't know his FICO or anything, but I've known him over ten years). Wondering what a good price is for this car, and about any financing deals available. Thanks in advance for any advice/leads.
  • I spent > 4 hours at Montclair Acura on a Sat afternoon late last month. They were easy to deal with. The sales associate let me drive everything solo - which I presumed was due to the ninety-odd degree temp & even hotter interiors. Anyway, I drove an auto/leather for twenty-five minutes, stick/cloth for 20 min (swung bye home to show G/friend & drove her back to the dealer). Next was to be the Type-S, but after almost 1/2 hour of waiting for another "tester" to come back I had to get said girlfriend back to walk our dog. Sorry so long. So the sales mgr gives me his demo to rush her back, just a late model maroon (ruby?) Vette sans targa-top. I shoulda bought that. Next was the Type-S which I also ended picking up the girlfriend with. Summary on driving experiences: the base auto was nice, but slow off the line and it wouldn't get out of its own way when accelerating in 5th at highway speeds - you really have to floor it! But the manumatic helped and was pretty fun. The S was too rough for where I drive, I mean this thing was choppier than the wave pool at Action Park (Mountain Creek), seriously, my girlfriend wanted to puke (maybe I'll trade in if she ever gets chubby - kidding). Plus the S's power delivery was lousy until 6k and then the powerband explosion was less than expected and soon over at 7800 RPM. Maybe that car was a dud or needed breaking in (it had 75 miles on it). Now Mon morning for 1.5hr - these guys surely told their wives about me(my girl concurred). After deliberating over the auto/leather I decided on my favorite - the stick/cloth (blk/blk). This had excellent, linear power delivery with a tolerable ride. PRICES: I leased so... with $1295.00 down: auto/leather $259/month * 47 (down payment includes 1st month), Type-S was the same ( the mgr wanted to unload all RSX's), my stick/cloth is $237.00 per month with a $9k residual. I also have a rear spoiler and got free wheel locks because of a bird poop/tree sap issue, but thats another story... Oh yea, incidentally I drove all models normally to aggressively on side roads (given traffic and conditions) & aggressively on 280 (up to 90) and real hard through on and off ramps :) ... Yea, I did take the sales guy out on Monday & scared him a bit...
    Maybe I am being nice cause I did have to return to get the poop/sap stains out ( which took 3 attempts in two days while I drove a rental Suburban - nice, powerful Arctic-cold A/C) and they had me sign paperwork with the wrong VIN# on it and now my insurance just sent me a notice about that, MAN! - my sales guy told me that the car has xenon headlights (nope), and instead of giving me the clean, poop-free car fresh off the truck on Mon, he gave me a two-week old poop/sap model (he said it was 5 days old, but I checked the svc book - WHY LIE MAN?) plus, I don't care, but he said if my radio was stolen that a new one is $1500.00. Please, I had Premier, PPI, and JL's in my 01' Explorer... I can't wait to change the anemic radio. Anyway, they were nice to deal with. Sorry-so-long.
  • Acura of Milford (CT) tried to pack my RSX with everything on the showroom floor. They pushed Lojack, silicone coatings, undercoating, glass etching, etc. I got a base RSX (5M) with leather for $21,800 including all taxes and dealer fees. Not the best price in the world, but acceptable.
  • Got what I think was a good deal on a RSX Type-S at a dealer outside of philadelphia. Did some internet pricing during the month of August and got a price for $21500 (about 200 under invoice). No pressure to add any additional features, and was out the door under 23 grand and took less than 2 hrs. Very pleased.
  • I got my base RSX, auto, cloth, no extras, back in January for $21167 out the door. Good experience, less than two hours.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Anyone know where I can find a base, automatic, SILVER w/black leather '03 RSX in the Chicago area? The dealer my friend is 'working with' has only one automatic w/leather (black). He claims he won't have any '04s for about four weeks, which won't work because my friends old car (an '89 Civic hatch!) is dead. I find it hard to believe that if the dealer sells his one remaining '03 that he's SOL for a month. What gives?
  • cguacgua Posts: 7
    This past Saturday, I went with my mother from NY to NJ pick up her new 2003 Acura RSX, auto, leather, in Redondo Red Pearl, from Bridgewater Acura (Route 22 in NJ).

    I negotiated a selling price of $20,100 (incl destination), approx $400 under invoice.

    No additional fees, except $50 for a 20-day transit tag, and $179 for the 2-year NYS registration fee, which included the dealer paperwork and messenger involved in getting the NYS plates. Of course, we had to pay NYS sales tax, but I am not including that in the above for ease of comparison.

    We were also able to take advantage of the current 2.9% AHFC financing on RSX models through 9-30-2003 (does not include S-type).

    The internet sales staff and the finance guy were great, no pressure at all and a pleasure to work with. Well worth the trip from NY.

    Prior to acquiring the RSX, my mother drove a 6-year-old silver Integra; now this 58-year-old woman can continue skewing the Intergra/RSX demographics with her new purchase.
  • pohsybpohsyb Posts: 11
    Just bought a 2004 RSX from Stevens Creek Acura in San Jose for $19650 (including dest), $100 over invoice.

    The salesman quoted me numbers in an email offering $500 over invoice, but I think he miscalculated a bit. When I compared the final numbers with the F&I manager, I noticed the difference and produced a copy of the email. He did honor the quoted price though (saving me $400).

    Insane California tax/title/fees, plus a theft insurance etching ($300). My last car was robbed so I figured it might be worth it. Put me at $22,000 OTD.

    The salesperson was friendly and easy to talk to, low pressure. The F&I guy tried briefly to sell me carpet protection/lojack/extended warranty/etc, but didn't press the issue when I declined. Overall time spent at the dealer was 3 hours.

    This is my first new car purchase ever, I really enjoyed it.
  • Just purchased a 2003 "Firepepper Red Pearl" RSX-S from an Acura dealership in VA Beach, VA. Was quoted $305 a month for 48 mos (plus trade-in) & was handed the keys. Then, in signing papers with the finance person, noticed that I would still owe $11K after the 48 mos! The sales guy NEVER said a word about any balloon or lease type arrangement. After some serious haggling with the sales manager, was able to make a negotiation, but still feel not having been advised of the balloon payment was not a mistake & felt very misled. The other disturbing thing is that the transaction in the finance manager's office was being webcammed! Has anyone ever heard or experienced this? Bottom line is that I am happy with my Sweeeeet new car, but it sure was a stressful, unpleasant buying experience. Would love to hear others' thoughts, opinions.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Don't mean to sound 'snarky', but exactly how did you think you were going to swing a ~$24k car for $305 a month without there being some sort of 'catch' (whether it's a lease, balloon, $10k down, 84 month term), short of magic?

    I think it's wise to figure out a 'target price' of the CAR (not the payment) and then figure out what you should realistically expect to pay per month (based on your down payment, credit terms) before you even walk in the dealership. ~$300 a month is a nice payment, but just isn't 'doable' on most cars any more.
  • I found a Acura RSX 2002 with 10K miles on it for only 12,995, now the catch, it was in a thieft, the thief took the wheels, rims, and the seats. The recovery company inspected the car and replaced the wheels, rims and seats to all factory ones from Acura. I am looking for a newer car, shold i go for this one???
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    the price is certainly 'right', but you'd better do a little checking around first, to wit:

    1. Call your insurance company and see if they will even insure a theft-recovered car (many will not insure those or reconditioned cars of any ilk);

    2. Run a CarFax on it, naturally, to see if anything else pops up;

    3. Have an Acura mechanic thoroughly check out the car mechanically, physically, and to make sure the work the insurance company performed is 'up to snuff', and also to find out what parts of the car will NOT fall under the factory warranty.

    Personally, I'd probably find a 'lesser' car with a nicer history if I wanted something newish for $13k.
  • Help! I've think I've done pretty well on negotiating the price of an auto, cloth RSX. The stumbling block is negotiating the price of the dealer installed spoilers: rear and underbody. Dealer doesn't want to budge from their price, roughly $799 for rear + $1699 for underbody. My questions are: what has someone else paid OR where I can I find info on a realistic price for Acura OEM spoilers.
  • Purchased a 2004 RSX-S in Silver for 23,000 OTD at Baranco Acura near atlanta. Great Service, and price. Sales tax was at 5% so the car was near or under invoice. Extras I got were wheel locks and a trunk tray, (were included, really had no choice)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    my new RSX today: desert silver base model with 5-speed stick and cloth - don't like leather. Purchase price is $19,250 which is about $200 over invoice, and is almost $1000 under Edmunds TMV. It includes a "Pro pack" they wanted $500 for, which explains the "$250" part of the 19,250. That has stuff like wheel locks and trunk tray.

    The only thing the finance manager tried to sell me was a 100K extended warranty for $995. He was very persistent, despite my repeated assurances that I was not interested. Needless to say, he did not make a sale!

    I feel good about the price, and I love this car. My old integra just passed 251K miles, and I am hoping the RSX will give me a comparable experience. It is almost time to put the 'teg to rest! :-)

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

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    A friend of mine bought one (silver/leather/automatic) recently, he really likes it. Though I'm generally not a fan of automatics, this one (5-speed) is nice and should prove to be economical on the highway.

    Do you still have your Matrix?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    is gone - it was a trade on the RSX - and after three weeks of blissful driving, it is clear it was the right thing to do! :-)

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    missed anything in a car more! How can people stand to drive autos? I will never understand.

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

  • What is wrong with driving an auto?

    What is your age and what type of driving do you do?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    zero engine control, forever in the wrong gear at all times, and loss of what seems like half the engine power when you need it most, because the torque converter isn't locked up.

    But I am sure this is not the right place to be discussing this...

    My driving is the usual sort of commute to work is short, my commute to campus (graduate school) is not, and all the other typical stuff.

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

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    zero engine control, forever in the wrong gear at all times, and loss of what seems like half the engine power when you need it most, because the torque converter isn't locked up.

    That's not true with a manual shifting automatic. I also use mine for engine braking on snowy almost as good as a true manual and much better than just using the regular brakes.

    My driving is the usual sort of commute to work is short, my commute to campus (graduate school) is not, and all the other typical stuff.

    Try commuting 700 miles per week in stop and go highway'll change your tune. :-)
    I don't do it any more, but I did it for the first year after buying my RSX.
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