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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • joekewljoekewl Posts: 5
    Three days after purchasing my 2006 RSX base manual I noticed two for two days my keyless entry didn't work, and some various noises began to appear. They were subtle noises but still irritating for a car that just broke 1k miles!
  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    Well they fixed the strut problem. So far so good, no more noise there. I am concerned about the noise in sub 20degree weather that sounds like a windshield being loose. Unfortunatly I'll have to wait until next winter and I believe noises are only coverd under your first 12months, like adjustments and stuff. It was hard to keep those noises seperate from the strut noise untill the struts were 24/7. So far so good.......

    Nobody picked up on my other question yet... on the standard RSX 2006 stereo.... are everyones back speakers so non existant or is it just mine? The front end sound is immaculate but the back speakers and like $4 computer speakrs from wal-mart.
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    You have three options:
    1.See the dealer who sold the car to the first owner.
    2.Check the owners manual.
    3.Walk away from the deal.
    I would choose option number 3 unless you are buying from a good friend.
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    I've just reviewed about 40 messages here and I am surprised at the number of problems associated with the RSX. We were going to buy one but spending our retirement in the service department is not an option. I think we will keep the Integra.
  • carob1carob1 Posts: 3
    fazio... You say they fixed the strut problem but didn't say how. What exactly did they do? Did they replace something? If so, what? Did they change something? If so, what? Did the tighten something? If so, what? They should have given you paperwork that says what was done, right?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I've just reviewed about 40 messages here and I am surprised at the number of problems associated with the RSX. We were going to buy one but spending our retirement in the service department is not an option. I think we will keep the Integra.

    Keep in mind that the RSX has been around for 5 years and there are only 800 posts in this forum. (which is not many) And some are not even complaints.
    Also, don't forget that this is a PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS forum and you should expect to see nothing but problems here.
    Would you prefer a "I love my RSX" forum to ease your mind?
    Problem with that is there won't be many posts because all of those people are out driving.

    People post here with some of the craziest noises in cold weather! Come on, everyone knows that plastic contracts (all materials contract) in cold weather...and when that happens then gaps occur.

    I bought mine in 9/01 and have over 78,000 miles on it. I have had two issues with it. 1) the vtec solenoid died around 45,000 miles and the car wouldn't allow rpms higher than 4,000 2) the spring on my coin tray broke.
    Big whoop dee doo!!

    It's a great car and is STILL fun to drive after all of these years!
  • jprocjproc Posts: 135
    Ours is 3 years old and has had zero problems.Like Nitromax said people with no problems don't normally post.
  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    Well, the noise in cold weather, 4 people on here alone have had to have windsheilds replaced cause of it. I personally think thats what mine is too.... it sounds like its ready to fall out or cave in when your driving and hit the tiniest bump, like its not a good fit so when stuff does contract it becomes loose. the first time i heard it i practically ducked cause i thought my windsheild fell out
  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    The replaced all the struts in the car. However did the replace them with a fixed upgrade, or the same ones ..only time well tell. However mine was like this on my drive home from the dealer right after i signed and drived away! I put about 500miles on them so far and not a peep out them, ive read on other forums as well, its a flaw in the springs the way apparently are placed when they upgraded the steering a few years back. Some of them just seem to rub something, not exactly sure what it was.

    However, I am very satisfied with the car in general, just little things. If you want to talk about a piece of [non-permissible content removed] however, my previous car was a Ford Escort Zx2 2002, wow what a lemon. In 4yrs I owned it, Ford spend over 20,000 in repairs for a car that was only 15k sticker price. And thas not even a joke, 4 transmissions alone were about 12k, alternators, computers, motor, theromstat, fuel pump, master cylinder and they fixed these more than once. only had 72k miles on it too and half this stuff broke under 40k
  • joekewljoekewl Posts: 5
    I wanted to have some fun one day and I accelerated quickly out of this one turn. I then heard and felt this loud pop sound. It is a 2006 RSX 5 speed. Would this be part of the strut problem, I have heard this noise before when making turns. Or is that a totally different issue? Might anyone know the answer?
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    We bought the Integra new in 1993 and have done routine maintenance ever since. Last december the front brakes were replaced and the rotors turned. That is the extent of our issues. Acura is often referred to as Honda's rich cousin. I expect more from acura than I am reading.
    As for plastic, my ram 1500 is full of it and the truck is quiet.
    Vtec solenoid at 45,00 miles is exactly the point I,m trying to convey. Parts that used to last for 100,000 miles are breaking down now at 50,000 or less.
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    Check message # 762. It sounds like spring motion.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    As for plastic, my ram 1500 is full of it and the truck is quiet.

    Well, to be fair, don't expect the tolerances on your Dodge truck to be as tight as an Acura. Loose fitting plastic will not squeak when it gets cold out. It needs something to rub against.

    Vtec solenoid at 45,00 miles is exactly the point I,m trying to convey. Parts that used to last for 100,000 miles are breaking down now at 50,000 or less.

    Have you EVER heard anybody else have an issue with their vtec solenoid? it was an anomoly and anomolies happen.
    Just like the spring in my coin tray.
  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    Yeah it sounds like it..... mine even did it if I turned the wheel when i was idel as well. But it didn't at first, it got progessivly worse. If you can duplicate the noise at will, bring it in. Thats what I waited for, so i didnt have to keep bringing it back in untill it did it 24/7
  • I read an article yesterday about how they are discontinuing the RSX after 2006. This worries me because repairs on Acura’s are not cheap, and if the parts for the car become harder to get a hold of the price for repairs will go up even more. My question is with the Honda Si being a very close to the same build, will RSX users be able to use parts from that car for repairs? I heard that the Si and the RSX have the same engine, as well as the same frame, will this help in keeping the cost of repairs low?

    P.S. I think it is a horrible idea for Acura to get rid of such a great car like the RSX. The Si lacks in style, sex appeal, and a nice rear end... unlike the RSX. And what is up with the Si’s hood being half the size of the windshield? Now that's just ugly.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I think $4 computer speakers would actually be BETTER than the rear speakers in the base model RSX. I always hated them, but then, that whole stereo needs MAJOR upgrades. Better speakers, an extra amp, a subwoofer to cancel out harmonic distortion from the car itself at higher speeds and provide some bass. The head unit is cheapish but would be OK if you were to add all the things I just mentioned.

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

  • I have a 2004 RSX with only 20k and I just found out that my compressor is cracked due to rocks too. The warranty won't cover it and they expected me to pay $624!!!!!!! I refused and am now trying to get something together to send to the company so if anyone else has had this problem please post to let me know. :mad:
  • Hi, I have a '06 base model 5 speed and i have had the car since nov. i had the same boing/boing spring sound when i first got the car my dealership but a BOOT over the spring n it stopped. ;)
  • ok well I absolutely love my car and agree with another post i read that i hate leaving her outside all by herself at night LOL its an '06 base model 5 speed and i have had the spring popping noise already fixed but now not when its cold just raining and im on the interstate if i have my drivers side window cracked (smoker) above my head (sun roof) and to my right on the passenger side (there is the LOUD BANGING NOISE but only when it rains and there is noone n the passenger seat, so this makes everyone think i am a little nutso but im wondering if anyone else has had this???? Also, my when my heater is on *sometimes* it sounds like it is making expresso under there any thought? thanks :shades:
  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    For what it's worth, I don't think you are nuts. I've heard that same banging from time to time on the passenger side when I'm on the highway and it's raining out. Maybe it's a sign we shouldn't smoke, or maybe it's just hard rain pouncing against the car. One time it was actually so loud I pulled off the interstate because I was convinced something hit me. Who the hell knows--I love this car, but unfortunately I think I have just gotten used to all the rattles, thumps, and clicks. My brakes now always make a loud muffling type noise in the morning for the first couple of brakes---it started off as clicks in the summer which I've been told was normal due to rust on the rotors. In the winter, it turned into more of a muffling sound. Hot or cold, dry or rainy, they make some annoying sound. I have about 20k miles on it now and have it serviced regularly at which time they tell me everything is normal. Maybe it is all normal but I never experienced any of this with my Integra
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hi there,
    my '03 RSX's nearing 80K miles. Recently, when going downhill and tapping brakes, auto tranny started to kick down to 3rd, which at >75 mph isn't terribly pleasant.
    Did anyone here experience the same?
    Is that "grade logic" or something more serious?
    From now on, I'm using tranny manual option when downhill.
    Thanks for advise, V
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I have that from time to time also. I think it's the grade logic as you suggested. I think also that your tranny fluid could be getting dirty. I recently had mine in for check-up and they noticed the tranny fluid was dirty....which might explain the "early downshifting" when going downhills.
    I have not flushed the tranny yet so I can't tell you if that cured the problem.
  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    :mad: Well, after putting 750miles on my car since they repair the noise by teh busted struts, guess what? It's back..... and louder than before. IT sounds like my suspension is going to snap off even while driving on a smooth road.
  • rsxrrsxr Posts: 7
    The dealership wants approximately $380 to come in and have them change the air filter, cabin filter..and do some check up..

    How can I save money and do things myself? and how necessary at 30k miles is it to have them (the dealership) check the car out?

    Also, any local area (Los Angeles) RSX Owners use someone certified, more care giving and less expensive then the Acura Dealership?

    thanks so much
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    thanks. I'm afraid it's just AT fluid. Will take it soon to the dealer and have error codes read. I may have to flush AT sooner than expected, at 80K miles, but it's not that bad.
    BTW, I've reported 61K miles on stock Michelins before. Replaced'em with ContiExtremeContacts (some snow here in upstate NY). So far, so good. Gas mileage is practically same, traction is better for sure.
    Keep motoring!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    if you want to do the 30K service by the book, BUT:
    1. you can change both filters yourself, for about $30 in parts.
    2. for $380, the dealer is without a doubt doing some type of laundry list of "services they recommend" - you could just ask them to do what is listed in the book for 30K (pretty much just those filters, tire rotation, and oil change) and see what they say for price
    3. you could have a private shop just do those things, for even less money
    4. you could get an oil change and turn the maintenance light off yourself - just hold down the odometer button and turn the key to 'on', hold it for a count of five or so, and the light goes out.

    Some inspections are part of the maintenance schedule Honda provides. It might not be a bad idea to do them if you plan to keep the car a long time.

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

  • rsxrrsxr Posts: 7
    thanks so much.

    I've asked acura and they say as long as I keep receipts my extended warranty is intaked.

    I already did the oil and had the tires rotated months I'm gonna change the air filter and cabin filter..

    I'm sure the belts are fine at 30K...

    have a great memorial day driving.

  • faziofazio Posts: 9
    After my previous postings, I have takin my rsx back in for the 3rd time.... they said they can find and hear the noise but they dont know why, who what where when and whats cuasing it to happend and told me I just have to deal with it and wait until honda finds a fix. Hmm, too me that sounds like Lemon law, the car rattles even on smooth pavement like a 86 chevy celebrity... i realy think something is going to crack off by how loud and powerfull the popping noise is. They have 30days to fix this or im invoking the lemon law!
  • drawdefdrawdef Posts: 14
    I just found this forums after searching google for my front end noise.

    i'm in the same boat ... car in 3 times - each they thought it was struts. 3rd time they realize its the springs. im told they are waiting on new springs to be manufactured and approved. this was over a month ago. im starting to look into the lemon laws of my state - this is silly, my car has less than 3k miles on it!

    (jentalksalot - are you still reading/posting here? im interested in speaking with you via email.)
  • drawdefdrawdef Posts: 14
    jentalksalot - are you still reading/posting here? im interested in speaking with you via email about your problem, asap.
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