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Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
Jan 10, 2002 (8:46 pm)
Thanks for the links. The 2002 ITR looks like the RSX; I'm assuming Acura is retaining the Integra name in Japan. The pointed snout of the RSX (2002 ITR) looks nice. Tires look better. But again, from the side, the 2001 Integra had a line; no such line exists in the 2002 picture. I agree on not wanting to see the flamboyant or obviously fake scoops and superfluous curves (latter statement applies to the original Tiburon).
Jan 11, 2002 (12:28 am)
Just want to say how much I enjoy my new RSX, (leather, automatic)...I read many of the comments on this web site before I made my decision. It was helpful to hear what other people thought about the car...It is absolutely the nicest car I've ever had the pleasure of driving. I got a terrific deal on it too...
#820 of 2585 japanese rsx/integra
Jan 11, 2002 (7:22 am)
Yes, I do believe that in Japan the vehicle kept the Integra name instead of switching to RSX as it did here in the US.
As a side note, the new Japanese Integra (RSX) comes in a four door version - meaning it would be relatively simple to bring a 4 door RSX to the states. As pointed out before, the 4 door integra sold poorly here, though. The RSX, as many have pointed out, is a different car though - more refined. Maybe a 4 door RSX would work better than a 4 door integra?
Jan 11, 2002 (2:58 pm)
The new Japanese Integra comes in 4-door versions? Do you have links to photos?
#823 of 2585 Just bought one-RSX Type S!!
Jan 11, 2002 (5:56 pm)
At first, it was a tough decision. As I wrote in an earlier post, my '96 GSR was stolen and I had to replace it. When the RSX first came out, I also thought the styling was a little bland, but I found worse faults with other cars in it's class. I like the Preludes exterior, but the interior is really bland. Besides, that car is being discontinued, and the resale value (not to mention it will look very outdated shortly) would be horrible. I never drove the Celica or WRX because of their appearance. The Celica has too much "boy racer" flare. Too much bark-not enough bite. It needs to be streamlined a little bit. It looks fat, and I hate those triangle wedge tailights ever since they came out originally on earlier Preludes. I hear the WRX has a lot of punch, but when I viewed those cars on the dealer's lot, they looked too boxy and void of any luxury items. That car is made for a no thrills-only bang for your buck-driving. The interior is cheap and plain. This car is not a good commuter car. I also considered settling for a 1.8T Jetta with leather. These cars look refinded, but were only priced about $2k less than the RSX. The turbo gave it some boost, but the car starts off real slow due to the turbo lag and heavy weight. This car rode ok, but wasn't really fun to drive. You sit up high in the car-the shifter is long-and it doesn't feel that nimble. I also had concerns about VW's reliabilty and the turbo giving out. My only other choice was to save some money and buy a Civic EX until something better came along--Until I test drove the RSX. Being used to my 175hp GSR, I could not go back to a 127hp Civic. The 200hp RSX was just too sweet. The power comes more linear instead of that big VTEC jump which is awesome. It also seems quieter than the screaming GSR. That 2L makes a big difference. The shifter, just like my old GSR is short and sweet. This is why the car is fast. And with 6 speeds?? What more can you ask for? It definitely is a lot funner to drive than the other cars I tried including my old GSR. It is very quick and nimble. The brakes seem very responsive also, even though I read it's scores for braking lag it's competitors. The big difference is the interior. The interior looks and feels sportier than the old GSR. It has a small leather steering wheel. You feel connnected to the road when you drive. The dials are white with red illumination at night. It has cool a/c vents and nice accents. It looks sporty and luxurious at the same time. The seats are awesome. There's nothing like new leather bucket seats. Also, it's looks are starting to grow on me. It's looks are refined. I think it will age very gracefully. You can keep this car forever. That's another thing. Who can go wrong with Acura Quality? I had my old GSR for 5 years and never not once had to go to the dealer-just oil changes and 2 minor tune ups. And then, when my insurance company settled my stolen claim, I got back almost 60% of what I paid for it over 5 years ago. That gave me a nice chunk of cash to throw down on my new car. I'm sure this car will hold it's value just the same. Simply put, this car is the best value out there if you like a fast sharp sophisticated yet sporty reliable car. It comes loaded-200hp 6 sp.-leather seats-sunroof-6disk bose stereo-power locks/mirrors-keyless entry-alarm with kill switch all for $23K. Forget about the over priced BMW, Audi and S2000. With my old GSR, I had to add a CD player and alarm. This has it all-no need to change a thing. If your in the market, this is the car to buy. It's fun to drive-very reliable-and it will keep it's value. If you decide to get rid of it in a year or so, you'll get more money back from an Acura than anything else except perhaps a $60k Mercedes in which case you don't really have to worry about getting money back if you can afford that anyway. Also, it's great to have the latest newest style. This car is unique. There just isn't that many of them on the road. Don't worry about the styling, it will grow on you. Nobody thinks it is ugly, just not as sporty as some might want, but it is better to look like a kitty cat and bite like a tiger than vice-versa. For some cars, simple styling goes a long way-just like the Audi's. That car looks plain, but classy and refined (Just like the RSX, it won't look outdated and ugly soon-can you say Eclipse?)
Jan 11, 2002 (7:53 pm)
grt8dave, I couldn't agree with you more on each and every point you made! It is a great car...I test drove and looked at many in the same price "class" and found that none of the others even came close in terms of overall quality, with respect to the interior features and power...I also really like the understated sporty exterior...and security related features.
#825 of 2585 What about the Mercedes C-Coupe
Jan 11, 2002 (8:16 pm)
I hear it's a very hard decision between the RSX and the C-Coupe.
#826 of 2585 The C-coupe is VERY nice
Jan 12, 2002 (9:37 am)
But there are a few details sway toward the Acura. Check the gauge cluster, the "feel" of the interior and the price after options are added.
It is RWD though and has safety features galore. But the supercharger has long term reliability questions also.
Jan 12, 2002 (10:14 am)
I NEVER DROVE THE C COUPE. I ACTUALLY DIDN'T KNOW IT EVEN EXISTED UNTIL I SAW ONE ON THE ROAD THE OTHER DAY. IT LOOKS LIKE I NICE CAR. IT HAS NICE STYLING, EXCEPT IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE THEY CHOPPED OFF THE REAR OF A NICE MERCEDES TO MAKE THIS ONE. ALSO, AS SOMEONE SAID, THE CAR JUMPS UP IN PRICE AFTER YOU ADD COMPARABLE OPTIONS. WITH THIS HIGHER PRICE, IT STARTS TO PUT IN YOU CLOSE TO A DIFFERENT CLASS OF SPORT CARS THAT YOU'D PROBABLY CONSIDER BEFORE THE MERCEDES. I ALSO WASN'T CRAZY ABOUT DRIVING A POOR MAN'S MERCEDES JUST LIKE THOSE LITTLE BEEMERS.