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Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
#2217 of 2585 Re: beowulf [nippononly]
Sep 13, 2004 (5:10 am)
Hey, congrats on joining the 5-figure odometer club.
If Acura could do all those things we want (AWD, 2.2 L engine doing 240 HP, HID headlights, better sound system, and maybe power driver seats) for $25k, I'd consider that a very good value.
My warranty runs out in 2006, but I don't think a major redesign will have been done by then. Acura will probably offer new/different colors and a couple other minor changes between 2005 and 2006. But I think in 2007 is when we'll see a major redesign (or I fear, Acura deciding to cancel the RSX).
Sep 13, 2004 (5:12 am)
I should disclose that I wasn't a fan of the TSX when it debuted. Paying $27k or so for a car that only came in 4 cylinders (the same price as what a discounted 3.2 TL was going for at that time) was a step backwards, IMO.
Therefore, I'm incredibly happy that the new (2005) RSX-S produces 10 more HP than a much more expensive TSX. For the 24-y/o kid deciding between RSX and TSX, I'd say it's a no-brainer to get the 2005 RSX-S. And spend the extra $2-3k you'd save on mods (modifications).
Sep 13, 2004 (7:00 am)
a really nice car, but between that and an end-of-run 3.2 TL that probably would have gone for a thousand $$ LESS this time last year, I probably would have gone with the TL too. The thing is, though, the TL was auto-only, unless you got the type-S, which would have been a lot more money.
I am also worried that Acura will discontinue the Integra line in the U.S. after '06. It just doesn't fit the line that well over here any more. The only option would be to take it way upscale from its present point, and maybe increase the price 20% or so. It would have to have the power seats and a much better stereo, and I would think there would have to be a NAV option and standard side air curtains as well. I would wish for optional leather rather than standard, but since it is the only car in the line-up with optional leather now, I kinda doubt that would happen. I just don't like leather.
As for AWD and a 240 hp (maybe even 250, 260?) 2.2L, that would be fantastic - I wouldn't mind seeing the redline rise closer to that of the S2000 to accomplish this...
#2220 of 2585 Re: At 24 [nyccarguy]
Sep 13, 2004 (10:12 am)
Yes they did stop...she actually spun out as well and ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. I was very impressed with Acura when the body of the car did not cave in at all...that is why I was opting for another Acura...My fear in getting the RSX again is that I already had it and it was a bit strange driving it again this weekend for the first time since the crash....
#2221 of 2585 Re: At 24 [indy6pack]
Sep 13, 2004 (10:15 am)
The other option to similar style is the mercedes c230...any thoughts on that one?
#2222 of 2585 Happy with 04
Sep 14, 2004 (5:53 pm)
I bought an '04 type-s 3 days ago. I thought about waiting for the '05, but did not think that it would be worth the extra money. As to the changes, the car was engineered for 16" wheels and I think it handles great as is. The addition of 17" rims will probably degrade the ride to some extent for the sake of more grip. The "boy racer" body additions like the side skirts and spoiler seem to mess up the nice clean lines of the car and make it less stealthy. Unless the torque was similarly increased, I think that the 10 horsepower increase is probably illusory. The extra "power" does decrease the EPA fuel efficiency estimate.
This is my first Acura/Honda and I am impressed. The car is well put together and feels "tight".
The dealer was awesome and was lower than the target price along with the 2.9% financing.
Sep 15, 2004 (6:20 am)
WAY TO GO! I think you will love this car - it is so much fun, with good fuel economy as a bonus.
I wonder if dealers are dealing extra hard with the imminent arrival of '05s. Probably, as they will look a little different and make it obvious that the '04s are the "old" model...
#2224 of 2585 Re: Happy with 04 [bread8]
Sep 16, 2004 (8:58 am)
Congrats on your new RSX-S. I guess your dealership did not yet have the 2005 model out in the showroom or available for test drive when you bought your 2004 RSX, right?
I agree on some of your points. (Disclosure: I haven't seen the 2005 RSX-S in person yet, but I've seen a ton of pictures and have read many discussions on other sites.) I don't like the new lights (head or tail). I don't mind the new bumpers or side skirts. But I don't like that spoiler lip thing; I much prefer the Type-R wing that I have.
I like the incrased HP and higher red line. But it comes at a cost of increased weight and thus slightly lower gas mileage (24/31 vs. 23/31). I'm sure the seats and sound deadening material is better than before. I like the 17" wheels and better suspension and sway bar. I also like a couple of the new colors (such as magnesium metallic), even if it came at the cost of my DSM.
Anyway, for anyone debating 2004 vs. 2005 for the RSX-S, check out this article on AutoWeek:
For anyone considering a base model, I'd recommend going w/ the 2004 and save a bundle. But for the Type-S, I'd recommend the 2005 if it's not too much more expensive. (Realize that the 2004 will sell for near invoice and the 2005 will be closer to MSRP.)
#2225 of 2585 Re: TSX is [nippononly]
Sep 16, 2004 (9:00 am)
Now you got me drooling if the RSX ever produced 250 or 260 HP stock.
Slight correction: The Acura 3.2 TL Type-S never had a M/T option. It was always A/T (sport shift). It's only the new (2004) TL that introduced a manny tranny in that sedan.
Sep 16, 2004 (3:52 pm)
OK, wait, then it was the CL-S that had an available 6-speed manual right? I know one of those models with the old 3.2 had a manual - I am sure of it, because I saw several gathering dust at the local dealer. I just can't remember now if they were sedans or coupes....
Honda will surely do something to bring the integra more into the Acura fold for the '07 model update, unless it cancels it entirely (please, please Honda, don't do that!). 250 hp would be a great start on the way to doing just that.