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Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
Apr 24, 2004 (3:44 pm)
Hey, all, just checking in again. I'm getting close to 20 kmi. on my 2002 DSM RSX-S.
I also heard that the RSX is going to be updated a little for the 2005 model. Which RSX did Acura present at the NYC Auto Show?
felt, since you live in NH, do you plan on taking your RSX to Mt. Washington?
There are tires that can give you many features that are not necessarily mutually exclusive. I was hunting around Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com) and it looks like the Continental ContiExtremeContact tires are the best bet in terms of dry, wet, snow performance, rating, durability, and noise. I'd like to get these when I'm ready to upgrade my rubber - and move up an inch to 17".
#2101 of 2585 Mileage
Apr 24, 2004 (4:22 pm)
As mentioned above, I am well satisfied with the fuel efficiency of the RSX. You need to understand, however, that here in New Hampshire, we have conditions that many of you do not have .... light traffic. I achieved my mileage driving over to Portland, Maine. The road is mostly flat, 2 lane, virtually no traffic, and it would be difficult to drive much faster than 55. I do not think I will do that well often, but I believe that 35-38 mpg is an achievable goal.
I have always gotten good mileage. I owned a Mazda RX-7 and averaged about 24 mpg. Pretty good for the rotary engine. I drive steady, and avoid fast acceleration. I do enjoy the feel of acceleration, but do not push it on every start.
RSX up Mt. Washington? I doubt it. I drove up last year in my 1992 Acura Legend, and it is hard on the transmission going up, and on the brakes coming down. You keep it in first gear (or low on an automatic) going up and coming down. But on a clear day, the view is fantastic.
Here in the northeast, the refiners switch to a winter blend gasoline. It routinely gets 2 or so less mpg than summer gasoline. Clean air!
How many of you use synthetic oil? I have it in my other vehicle, and feel I will put it in the RSX crankcase when I change oil.
Happy RSX'n to all.
#2102 of 2585 WHAT A RIDE!!
Apr 25, 2004 (10:32 pm)
I took delivery of a satin-silver RSX (5-sp manual) at the end of March. I have around 1500 miles on it already. This car carves up highway on-ramps like a knife! 65-80 MPH acceleration is accomplished with authority. It's definitely what I expected, and then some! In stop-and-go traffic, it steers go-cart quick! Driven in a manner to not attract the attention of the local constabulary, it's calm, cool & collected.
(These comments are coming from a guy who just got plain BORED with the family CAMRY. My wife is perfectly satisfied with that car.)
In looking for something sporty, I needed a fair amount of utility. With the seats folded and the privacy cover removed, it can swallow a folded 3hp lawnmower - EASY! I don't plan to make a habit out of that, but it's nice to know that the utility is definitely there.
The fuel economy in mixed driving was observed at 32-33 MPG! LOVE IT!!! With no bodyside moldings on the accessory list, I am forced to be really careful where I park this puppy.
I've read a few negative comments about the OEM tires (Michelin MXM4). So far, they're pretty quiet on smooth asphalt surfaces, but a little on the rough side on grooved and pitted concrete. To me, that's to be expected running a low-profile 50 series tire on a 16" wheel. How this tire wears over the long run....well....I'll just wait and see. I don't do burn-outs, so that should help me keep 'em a bit longer. One word can sum up my impression of this car. SLICK!
Apr 26, 2004 (12:17 am)
your experience echoes mine, and I can't say enough good things about this car. I am still getting 32 mpg at every fill-up despite driving the thing at 90 mph half the time I am on the highway - I just can't help myself! It seems to want it. Just reached 2700 miles. No oil consumption at all.
The really nice thing about the RSX is its dual personality: drive it into town and putter along in traffic, and it has good low-end pull and is so docile, you would never know it loves to eat pavement at higher speed.
I also wonder about the Michelin MXMs. I am not planning on putting money into replacing them until they have some significant wear, but they are really loud, and the grip doesn't seem that good to me. Not only have they squealed at times when I didn't think I was cornering that hard, but they are easy to chirp from a stop, even sometimes going into second gear. And the grip in the wet is terrible.
I thought this was Michelin's best V-rated all-season sport tire, but maybe I am wrong. If it is, I am not that impressed, and might consider going with those Continentals instead when the time comes. Maybe I will do a little research at TireRack.
#2104 of 2585 Re: vibsr [nippononly #2103]
Apr 26, 2004 (9:58 am)
We have a Tire Rack specialist here in Town Hall to answer all your tire questions. His name is Connor and he posts under the name 'tirerack'. The discussion is Tires, tires, tires
Apr 27, 2004 (11:55 am)
I have been hearing alot about the car being noisy. How loud does it get? I was thinking about buying a RSX at the end of the month but now the noise is scaring me.
How bad does it get? Is it as loud as lets say a Mazda Miata's rotary engine?
As far as the type of driving I do it is mostly highway going 65 and higher.
#2106 of 2585 2001 Prelude SH vs 2002 Base RSX
Apr 27, 2004 (12:35 pm)
I'm trying to buy one of these vechile but can't figure it out which one is better. Please help!
Apr 27, 2004 (3:40 pm)
in the RSX is almost exclusively tire roar, and it can get noisy. When you test drive it, take it out on the highway, steer it over some old pavement, and make sure to get the speed up where you would normally have it.
There is also a little bit of wind noise around the window and the A-pillar, but the engine noise is almost non-existent - those tires are what drown out the stereo.
Oh yeah, and the flip side of that equation is the stock stereo, which is average at best, and is no match for the tire roar at freeway speeds. Check the radio out too.
And I should probably mention again that I was mindful of these two issues when I test drove mine, because I had read about them here on Edmunds, and there is still no better value out there at the $20K mark than RSX.
(at least not for me)
pathfinder: Prelude is a classy ride with an amazing engine. RSX has a great engine too, but I would rate the Prelude higher. And I am surprised you can get an '01 Prelude SH for the same price as an '02 RSX base.
#2108 of 2585 Re: NOISE [shorthairptr #2105]
Apr 27, 2004 (3:48 pm)
Is it as loud as lets say a Mazda Miata's rotary engine?
A Mazda Miata doesn't have a rotary engine.
Apr 27, 2004 (3:51 pm)
good catch! I missed that!