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Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
Sep 27, 2004 (5:42 pm)
I know that the new 2005 Type-S has 5-blade 17" wheels. This may sound like a stupid question but I want to know. On the pictures of the base 2005 RSX im seeing it with 6 spoke wheels. But on the Acura sight, they say it has 5 spoke wheels and in the build and price thing, it shows 5 spokes. I don't know if this info has been released, but does anyone know where the base RSX has 5 spokes or 6 spokes? I know it's 16", but I'm curious.
#2242 of 2585 First impressions
Sep 28, 2004 (8:49 am)
So, I've had my RSX Type S for a week and all I can say is YEE HAW. I love driving this vehicle. I've been trying to stay within the guidelines (and speed limit) of the break-in period, but...... I've been ill for a few days so I've not been able to go out as much as I'd like, but here are just a few of my initial thoughts. The seats are very comfortable and I agree with nippononly that the lumbar support is a great feature. I find the car's handling outstanding. On my initial test drive, I was able to drive on a winding road at a fair clip and felt comfortable and safe. I'm really impressed with the cabin room. The back seats are pretty small, but it's just me so that's not a problem. the cargo area is roomy and with the ability to lower the back seats it is even better. My downsides are not many. It would have been nice to have an auto moonroof, but no biggie. I had the radio and cd controls on the steering wheel on the Jeep, but the controls are very easy to get to on the RSX. As for the noise issue, I find it much quieter than the Jeep. As soon as I'm feeling a bit better, I will be taking a small road trip up to the central coast of CA. (I live in south Orange county) For any of you looking at the "05's, check out the Jade Green Metallic color. The color chart on Acura.com doesn't give it justice.
As a side note, I had to take the car in this morning to have my fog lights, interior trim and lojak installed. My loaner is a TSX. This is a really nice vehicle too. Had I the need for a sedan, this would have been a good alternative.
More to come....
Sep 28, 2004 (12:27 pm)
if your Jeep was a Wrangler, then I should really hope the RSX is quieter on the road!!
As to steering wheel radio controls, you have to balance the cost and weight of stuff like that against its actual usefulness. In the RSX, I feel the balance is OK as is because the close cockpit style of the interior makes the radio really close to the steering wheel, so it would add cost kinda needlessly (IMHO only!) to put in steering wheel controls.
As for two things that would really improve the "RSX experience" for me at very little cost (if any) to Acura, they would be an auto open/close moonroof and retained power for the windows and moonroof after the key is off. OK, and it would be nice to have auto-up on the passenger-side window in addition to the driver's window.
Sep 28, 2004 (12:54 pm)
Well, I don't disagree with nippononly often, but this is an exception
I really miss the audio controls on the wheel (my previous ride had them, and also auto up/down passenger, not to mention heated mirrors and seats). All of that standard on TSX, I might add.
I agree that the audio controls are well placed, but to me, controls on the wheel are terrific, requiring instant accessibility with almost no distraction factor.
I would gladly have paid $1k or $1.5k for the bundle of those additions. Of course Acura wanted to differentiate the TSX, so that wasn't going to happen. Grrrrrrr.....
Nonetheless, lest anyone think otherwise, I love this car...it's like a part of me...
Shucks, there I go all sappy again...
#2245 of 2585 zombo and nippon
Sep 28, 2004 (8:47 pm)
zombo, yes, I do believ that the 2005 RSX base trim will benefit from the better sound deadening material and better leather seats for those who get that option. These will add weight on a car that did not receive a power boost (still 160 HP).
nippon, I didn't know the TSX's Michelin tires were identical to our RSXs'. They are definitely not that quiet, I agree w/ that. And performance isn't one of their strong points either.
BTW, I literally *just* broke 24 kmi. My odometer now reads 24001. : \ Hopefully many more tens of thousands of miles will greet my odometer in the next several years.
#2246 of 2585 congratulations luca
Sep 29, 2004 (4:00 am)
I'm sure you will be doing "yee haw's" for many miles to come!
I'm at 53,000 miles (car is 3 years old now) and still love driving mine every day.
BTW, I got back from a 5 day vacation last week and I told my wife on the plane ride home that I missed my car.
How's THAT for sappy li_sailor?
Sep 29, 2004 (6:32 am)
"These will add weight on a car that did not receive a power boost (still 160 HP)."
22 pounds, to be exact. New base curb weight for '05 = 2734. If I keep going on my present course, my own weight will probably fluctuate that much over the course of owning this car!
yup, the TSX uses Michelin V-rated HX MXM4s, just like the RSX. "Chosen for fuel economy and quietness" is what I read in that article. They have a high treadwear rating, which I believe is the REAL reason they were chosen for this car.
I am with li sailor in one sense, and that is wishing Acura had not made such arbitrary distinctions between its models. For instance, I believe auto-up windows all-around are standard on every model except the RSX, which only has half as many windows anyway! Why omit the passenger in this one model only? Why, to differentiate the TSX of course. I would say the TSX is actually more of a bargain at its price (considering performance, utility, and feature content) than the RSX is at its own price point, but I had no need for a four-door and like small cars, so there you go. And the RSX is a blast!
#2248 of 2585 '05 Type - S
Sep 30, 2004 (7:32 pm)
Just picked up my '05 Type S this week. Selected black with black leather. This car is amazing. I just can't believe how much car you get for $24k. I previously owned a 2000 Civic SI (until it got ripped off) with the similar VTEC engine, but now fully realize the RSX is "BIG BROTHER" to the 1.6 engine in many ways. Fit and finish is outstanding, and I love each of the changes implemented for the '05 model year. The lowered body was definitely needed, along with larger wheels and tires. The larger exhuast tip makes this car sound like a little F1 car. I highly recommend the type S for anyone who considers themselves a driving enthusiast.
Sep 30, 2004 (11:03 pm)
Congrats on the new S. I'm loving mine having picked it a week ago. I too was amazed at the price. I'm still getting used to the "lowness" of the car since I previously owned a Jeep Liberty. Please stay in touch and let us know how much fun you are having.
#2250 of 2585 nippon and techfun
Oct 04, 2004 (7:32 pm)
nippon, thanks for the explanation on the Michelin tires. When I get new tires for my car (probably at 30 kmi.), I might give Continental tires a serious look. They seem to have the best of all qualities (high performance, good tread wear, decent snow/ice/rain handling, relatively quiet, etc.) not to mention they cost about the same as our stock rubber.
techfun, congrats on your new RSX-S. I agree w/ you that driving enthusiasts should definitely opt for the Type-S (as long as they can afford it and the more expensive insurance and gas it requires).