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You are in the Acura RSX
What is this discussion about?
Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
May 14, 2002 (7:45 pm)
Right, how many Celica guys liked the old Integra? Get real, you only want Honda-Acura to fail... but the joke would be on you, sales for a 2002/3 3rd-generation Integra would have not been all that bad with one last refreshening. But honestly, the new RSX is mostly better except for a little cheap, irritating details and the overrefined engine/ride.
Plenty of Camaros here, and my GM neighbors bought a 2002 Firebird because they are so sad it's going away... so I have to look at it for the next few years. 2001? I buy the last Integra. 2002? They buy the last Firechicken.
Hint: There's a real different in tastes there, and also sanity levels.
#1159 of 2585 hey I am not just a celica guy
May 15, 2002 (6:19 am)
I liked the old integras a lot. Mainly I am a fan of anything that does not follow the 90's trend of sameness with everything else, and I feel personally that the RSX has visually done that, and I think it is no accident: Acura wanted a corporate identity for all its cars, so that when one goes down the road, no matter which model, people could look at it and immediately say "Yes, that is an Acura". So they made the front of the RSX look like all the other Acuras.
And I would have had said unhesitatingly that the 94 - 01 integra was a better sports car than the 94-99 celicas. Plus I liked the "four squinty eyes" look of the integra. The similar look of the celica was not as good. And the body looked fat along the flanks on the celica.
May 15, 2002 (6:20 am)
you don't have to be insane to buy a camaro/firebird, you just have to know how to fix cars, and be prepared to do it a lot!! Lots more horsepower, no sophistication, little handling ability, TALK ABOUT a difference in taste!
May 15, 2002 (10:47 am)
always say that camaros and firebirds have horrible handling. this is not true at all and i am sick of hearing it. now i am in no way a fan of domestics, but i remember that edmunds had a test of sports coupes a while back (eclipse, celica, gti etc.) and they tested them on a race track. then they tested a z28 and mustang gt and both cars absolutely spanked the lap times of the imports, and the z28 killed the stang. the ss pulls about .88g on the skidpad(which is about on par with a stock c5, better than a any stock acura, besides the type r and nsx, and on par with the celica.) i think people believe that the z28 handles poorly because of its high ride hight. but before you knock a camaros handeling, give one a spin. just my .02 cents.
#1162 of 2585 I've driven them.
May 15, 2002 (2:26 pm)
F-bodies (Firebird/Camaro) are great in a straight line, but real pigs in the twisties. Numb steering, dull responses in transitions, and monster understeer if you're not willing to kick out the rears with the throttle. The only reason they can get around tracks quickly is because of their torque and wide rubber.
FYI--lateral acceleration (G) numbers are a good indication of a car's handling only if you drive in small circles. When you've got lots of tire and torque, steady-state cornering is a breeze. Looking at slalom speeds will get you closer to the truth.
Nippononly: If the Prelude replacement you mentioned is that rumoured Accord V6 6spd., I don't think you'll be seeing any weight reduction over the G5 Prelude.
May 15, 2002 (5:55 pm)
I thought they were going to start over with the prelude, just make it a little lighter, and maybe a little more competitive in price, not just rebadge an accord V6 coupe as a prelude. To me that seems to be a major cop-out. I am going to keep crossing my fingers, and see what comes out next year! besides, what is all this talk of the new prelude being built on the S2000 platform? I have read more than one post saying that, by more than one person. That couldn't be an accord coupe could it? (he asked hopefully!)
BTW, I have driven a couple of camaros extensively, and I could not agree more with himiler on his assessment - he is absolutely right on everything. The steering is numb, dead, and every time you want to change directions, the car transitions like the Titanic turning on the ocean. The Acuras and celicas etc of this world have NIMBLE handling, something the camaro designers never even knew the meaning of.
#1164 of 2585 Beowulf7
May 15, 2002 (6:51 pm)
Okay, I've got some con's for you: A center armrest would be nice. A standard spoiler would also look great with the type-S. The Bose and subwoofer could be more enhanced. Larger tires would help performance. Even though all those would be awesome additions, I am still enjoying the car even more each time I drive it!!
May 15, 2002 (7:24 pm)
Besides the center armrest, people have also noticed the lack of body-side molding on the RSX.
May 15, 2002 (8:29 pm)
isn't that a good thing?
May 15, 2002 (8:46 pm)
My car lives in a public parking garage. I can't stay awake at nights protecting it from Impala and Grand Prix owners' door-opening recklessnesses. It needs the body-colored side molding.
On the other hand, because my car is the 'most stolen' model, I should camp out in it or something more often. Good thing Acuras have the electronic-chip key... don't think it's gonna deter a major thief, though.