godeacs.. My parents baught the 2001 Acura 3.2TL end of Feb. when the 2002 were comming in. (or about to come in), for $26,400. Not type S.. sorry.. Still.. Acura RSX S-Type with the body kit, and some misc. stuff like moon roof visor, comes out to $26,000, and i still think '01 Acura 3.2TL is a better value..
ranald... Their forum's weren't working when i was looking through.. they are now.. thanks..
According to my local Honda dealer, the Prelude is history, it will be replaced with something called the SI. There was only one Prelude (a Type SH) on the lot when I went for a test drive priced at $26,000. (take it or leave it).
I attempted to drive a 6 speed Celica GTS but could never find one in the dealerships I visited. According to one salesman I spoke to, the factory had taken back their allotment of 6 speed GTS
because people were blowing the transmissions (ie: going directly from 6th to 3rd)
The RSX does look like a Cavalier from certain angles, but that is only thing they have in common. The car feels very rigid and tight on the road, no squeaks or rattles, very little engine or wind noise gets into the cabin. The car feels as fast or faster then a Type SH
A Type-S RSX with a rear deck spoiler, and mudguards (the only options I wanted) is going for $25,100 . The dealer is making approx 2000 dollars profit on this car, and there is waiting list of 2-3 months.
It took me three days to get the best deal possible. I faxed 13 dealers the price I wanted to pay and waited for their calls. I ended up being a battle between two dealers. I will be ordering the RSX Type S with fog lamps, wing spoiler, gold emblem kit, Gold type-s emblem, gold exhaust finisher, and destination for $23,645. Many dealers did laugh at me, but I did get the last laugh.
If you don't count the dealer add-on options, it seems like you paid full price. Those add-on options do have some value, but not the inflated prices that the dealers would have you believe. The dealer's cost for those parts is probably not more than the difference between invoice and retail price of the car. But I've only seen 3 or 4 RSX Type S cars at a local dealer, so maybe they are still in short supply.