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Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
Oct 04, 2005 (12:23 pm)
when a model has reached its "freshness date", which RSX will have after the 2006 MY. But what can Honda put into the Acura line that will fit it and not be totally upstaged by the top of the Civic line? Already, the base RSX is busy being totally wiped by the 2006 Civic SI arriving at dealers in December. Even the type-S can only just keep up with the new SI, and lacks balance shafts and a limited slip for a price that is $4K higher.
Maybe they will come up with a two-door version of the TSX and call THAT the next RSX, but spiritually it won't be. Integra has never been such a large car, and its reflexes would certainly suffer with such an enlargement. I fear that what will actually happen is Integra will retreat from the American market, where bigger is always better, to places where a car with Integra's reflexes are more appreciated.
And the new base model Acura will be the TSX.
#2457 of 2585 Re: they just report [nippononly]
Oct 05, 2005 (7:47 pm)
In japan, Honda has already adopted the Integra name. The Honda Integra was produced roughly around the same year as the first rsx, but it featured the same K20 engine with 220 horses and racier suspension.
As for the restyling/replacemnt of the rsx, I wouldn't worry about it too much, because Acura has always stayed true with its base car being relatively fun.
#2458 of 2585 Re: they just report [ezpilze]
Oct 07, 2005 (7:06 am)
In the Japanese market, the Integra has ALWAYS been the Honda Integra, and it was only for this gen that Acura North America decided to call the model "RSX". I have no doubt there will continue to be a Honda Integra in Japan after next year.
#2459 of 2585 Lots of info, about me, about the topic, and other
Oct 11, 2005 (12:10 pm)
The Honda Integra (Japans version of the RSX) came out in 2001, so no it's not something new to them, or even something on the same level. They had it a year earlier to do the market testing on. They went all out on the Honda Integra to see what works, what doesn't, what makes sense, what is too expensive for the market. They then refined what worked best, studied the American market, watered it down in certain areas, and sent it here.
About me: I previously owned a Mitsu (Eclipse) GST, and I've owned my RSX-S since July '01 with 08 miles on the odo. I use to be a well respected individual on the Edmunds forums when I owned the MitsuGST with all the knowledge I had of it. I loved my GST, except that it was constantly falling apart (but the engine was solid). I currently love my RSX-S, and it is entirely the opposite of my old car, the engine and Transmission is constantly falling apart (but the car is absolutely solid). Nothing has gone wrong yet with the body of the car, except for the normal faint squeeks and rattles here and there (not like the annoying loud ones in the MitsuGST). As for the drivetrain, I've never had the transmission problems, but everyone else I know does, I've only had multiple engine problems. Just recently it developed a leak on a bad power steering line, where the factory weld was just to thin, and power steering fluid is spraying out of it. RSX-S now has 40K miles, over 4 years old, and the warranty is out (at 4 years, 50k miles). Oh well, I still love the car. I am very pleased.
As for much happier and more exciting news, there is a huge support and following for the RSX-S. There are constantly people that come up and tell me how good my car is and how it looks. I was at a Walmart recently, and a couple guys by a Nissan Armada where drooling over it, and asked if it was a BMW. I told them it was an Acura, and one guy asked what that was. I told him it's the luxury division of Honda, but still made by Honda, so it's a good car (except for the faulty drivetrain). I was surprised they had no idea, but they where impressed when I said Honda, so maybe it should be a Honda Integra.
Lastly, there are huge gatherings across the US for people that are excited about the car; kind of like they do for Saturn. Here's the latest one, here in Texas:
#2460 of 2585 Bike Racks for RSX
Oct 12, 2005 (4:37 am)
Sorry about the late reply, I just joined this forum yesterday. Yakima makes a roof rack that should fit the RSX, at least according to the "configurator" on their website. It uses the standard Q-towers with a particular set of clips to fit the RSX roof edges, and 48" bars. http://www.yakima.com
This was good news to me because I already have Yakima rack parts out the wazoo from previous cars, so all I'll need is a new set of clips ($38) and I'm good to go. But unless I'm carrying a bunch of other stuff or more than two people, I'll usually just toss my bike in the back. I haven't checked yet with the RSX, but based on experience with Civics and Accords, it should fit fine with just the front wheel removed.
#2461 of 2585 Back roads to work today
Oct 14, 2005 (6:26 am)
Just for a change of pace, I took the back way into work today instead of the highway for the first time with my (new to me) '03 RSX S. Much more fun driving the Type S that way, rowing the gears, working the engine, instead of just droning across all the interstate expansion joints. Unfortunately I got stuck behind a smelly pickup truck. Just as well, though, 'cause I'd probably have set myself up for a speeding ticket otherwise. I'm going to have to watch it in this car.
I'm really amazed at this engine. I've been driving a '95 Honda Accord EX with 5-speed manual for the past 10 years, and got used to its engine which was smooth up until 4000 rpm, then got increasingly strident up to its redline at 6250. The RSX Type S engine is completely different...gentle and throaty below 3000, kind of rough and noisy right around 3000, then actually gets quieter and smoother the higher you go. The highest I've dared to take it so far is 6,500 rpm, and jeebus, it was flying. This thing loves to rev, but it's so docile around town.
Oct 14, 2005 (11:46 am)
that's the magic of RSX - docile around town, and a real revver when you want it to be. With good enough handling ability that you hardly ever have to even slow down.
Oct 23, 2005 (11:24 am)
Well, at 40k, it's time to retire my stock Michelin Pilot MXM4's. Read the recent thread here about tires and did some research on tirerack. It's obvious that the customer reviews and the test results give starkly different views. I've always wondered at the disparaging comments about the stock Michelins but I figured that the outstanding performance I got was all car and not tire and that it would be so much better (hard to imagine!) with better tires. Lo and behold, the "expert" opinion at tirerack is that the MXM4's are top quality. Only thing is, they are expensive!
So....I'm thinking of getting the Pirelli P Zero Nero (I used to have Pirellis on my Integra) since it seems they are the best combo (for my taste) of dry, wet and snow conditions of the performance tires. I choose to use all seasons year round, so I do not consider winter snows an option.
So...my question is: has anyone here tried the P Zero Neros and what was their experience?
#2464 of 2585 MXM test results
Oct 24, 2005 (6:30 am)
I just wanted to echo your comment about the MXM's. I thought it was odd that the MXM was such a highly rated tire when it's been bashed so mercilessly. But you know, if you dive into Tire Rack's customer reviews, you find 180-degree opposite views on almost every tire. One review will say "quietest tire ever", and the very next will say "unbelievable loud tire." I can only conclude that tire opinions are extremely subjective, based in large part on what people are used to, the type of car they drive, and the type of driving they do and roads they use. Most people don't drive on more than a few sets of tires in their lifetime, maybe a dozen at most.
FWIW, I think the MXM has an above-average noise level (at least, for a Michelin), and I'm looking at the Bridgestone Turanza as a possible replacement for mine.
#2465 of 2585 Re: MXM test results [rsx_va]
Oct 24, 2005 (9:14 am)
just had my '03 RSX base' stock Michelins replaced, after 63K miles, with Continental ExteremeContacts. Having made 400 miles on those, I'd say noise's a bit up, steering feedback is a tad duller, but wet grip, in pouring rain, is good, much better than that of Michelins. Here in upstate NY, it does count for something!