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#1018 of 1046 2005 RSX type S blown engine at 29000 miles
Sep 07, 2008 (8:03 pm)
2005 RSX type S with 29000 miles, driving in a 55mph zone engine starts rattling and then comes apart. Acura refuses to warranty ANYTHING! will not give me ANY specific reason. Pictures of the engine show; Piston completely melted, rod bent, hole in head and ceased main bearing. Engine had fresh oil and filter when this happed. Warranty isn't worth the paper it is written on. Acura says this would not happen under NORMAL driving conditions. No kidding! The engine is suppose to have safeguards to prevent this from happening even under stressful conditions. No wonder this car is no longer in production. The least Acura could do is meet a customer half way. This is a $10k engine replacement. They won't back a remanufactured engine. the new engine is warrantied for only 12k. What does that say for the confidence they have in their engines. My warranty is about to expire so I get a call asking me to purchase an extended warranty.
check the WEB I am not he only RSX owner that has had this happen.
Anyone else have an engine failure at low miles and ZERO Warranty Support? Yet another class action suit?
Is it true? Acura =A CAR U Repair Allot!
#1019 of 1046 Power Windows Can Be a REAL PAIN!!!
Sep 13, 2008 (7:12 pm)
My RSX ('04 Base) has 85K miles on it. I took the car to the dealership to get the driver's side window regulator checked out (window wasn't seated...real funky happenings inside that door). They replaced the regulator ($$$), but all was well......I THOUGHT! Ten days later, the problem rears it's ugly head again. Same window. The repair is warranted for 12 months/12,000 miles. I'm taking it back right away.
For grunts 'n grins, I looked at various entry-level 2008-2009 cars to see how many (if any) cars were still offered with manual windows. Those old crank-em-ups are nearly extinct. I never had any problems with those, but convenience obviously dictated that power windows are the way to go on nearly everything. Replacement parts/repairs can be a real pain.
#1020 of 1046 Hatchback lock problems
Oct 06, 2008 (6:46 am)
My 2002 RSX has a hatchback that won't unlock. At first it would still work when it was cool, but now will not unlatch at all. I have looked at the lock from the inside, but can't figure any way to get it to unlatch. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any ideas how to get it to unlatch? It won't work with the door unlock or the remote.
Thanks in advance.
#1021 of 1046 2003 RSX-S Shuts off sporadically
Oct 06, 2008 (7:26 am)
Hi I have a 2003 RSX-S and I have a problem that started a long time ago but seems to have gotten much worse recently. Before, I would be idling or driving around a parking lot and after some time of doing that my check engine light would come on and I could hear something that sounded like it was clicking on and off pretty rapidly and my air would not blow as cold. The light would stay on for a few days at a time and during this time my car would feel like it had alot more torque but I could still here the on/off noise that sounded like maybe the A/c fan clicking on and off. After a day or so, the light would turn off and all would be back to normal but the car felt like it had much less torque. Now, the light stays on constantly. I still hear the clicking noise, my air does not blow as cold, AND my car shuts off randomly. Usually when I have the clutch in and am turning corners which can pose a major problem when the steering locks up. When this happens I just turn the key so the car goes back on but it usually happens again soon after. It does not make any noise when shutting off and the car does not jolt or anything that would signal a shut off. If it does it once in a trip it usually does it a few more times that trip. But it will also go days without shutting off even while the check engine light remains on. I had a diagnostics test run on it and a few codes came up for the O2 sensor and a couple other electrical things. I just want to know if this has happened to anyone else and if it went away with a replacement of the O2 sensor before I go and spend the $300. Thanks!
#1022 of 1046 Re: 2005 RSX type S blown engine at 29000 miles [bldgtchr]
Jan 05, 2009 (9:21 pm)
hi i had the same problem (02 RSX-S)... driving under normal conditions and BAM! the engine blew up.... dealer told me i downshifted from 5th to 2nd... i was in 5th gear when i heard some rattling and shifted to 6th... then it happened when i tried to shift to 5th again... anyways the engine is gone....
i've read some similar problems being reported.... have you or anyone else have any luck getting Acura to step up and honor the warranty?
#1023 of 1046 Re: 2005 RSX type S blown engine at 29000 miles [opiazza]
Jan 07, 2009 (5:41 pm)
Acura will deny all claims and blame it on the car owner. I ended up putting in a new engine. They would only warranty a new engine for 1 year or 12k miles pretty much a joke. I needed a car so what do you do? I believe a national search for simular engine failures is in order along with a class action law suit. good luck.
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#1022 Re: 2005 RSX type S blown engine at 29000 miles [bldgtchr] by opiazza Jan 5, 2009 (9:21 pm)
hi i had the same problem (02 RSX-S)... driving under normal conditions and BAM! the engine blew up.... dealer told me i downshifted from 5th to 2nd... i was in 5th gear when i heard some rattling and shifted to 6th... then it happened when i tried to shift to 5th again... anyways the engine is gone.... i've read some similar problems being reported.... have you or anyone else have any luck get...
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#1024 of 1046 Re: No Low Beams on my 2004 Accura [redbelt]
May 29, 2009 (11:21 am)
I have had the same problem a couple times and its always the drivers side low that goes out. Then i put in aftermarker halo headlights in and 2 months later the drivers side low went out again so i have been without it for bout 7 months now but finally gonna get it fixed.
#1025 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [chipi]
Jun 11, 2009 (2:51 am)
hey my rsx just got broken into a couple hours ago! I lve in san diego and this is what happened i too have astock alarm and for some reason it didn't go off. usually if i insert my key in the key hole and unlock my car and open the door the facotry alarm doesn't go off. ! okay here is my theroy they have an acura key and they shaved it down so they could put it through the car key hole and jiggle and wiggle it till it unlocks! and since its an acura key it will have a chip set in it to deactivate the factory alarm! well that is what im thinking! oh yah by the way my subs got stolen and its so weird cause i thought rsx were cars that were hard to break into cause when i bought the car thats what the dealer said.! well reply back if you can i would like to hear your input if you can please email me at formula_one_prototypeyahoo.com thanks chris
#1026 of 1046 Re: 2003 RSX-S Shuts off sporadically [kelc511]
Aug 05, 2009 (9:13 am)
the o2 sensor will definently make the car run/idle wierd... since it controls the basic emissions of the engine. it can make a car run lean... rich.... and even stall it out. anytime you get a check engine light i recommend bringing the car to auto zone seeing that they can run an obd2 diagnostics test.. you would be surprized the little stuff that can create big problems..
#1027 of 1046 Excessive wear on exhaust camshaft
Sep 08, 2009 (6:42 pm)
I bought my RSX (base) new five years ago. It has been meticulously serviced, and it has 103K miles on the clock. At 100k, I took it to the dealership to get the valves adjusted. It had a valve tap, so they threw some parts at it and sent me on my way. Running fine. Within the next 3,000 miles, the tapping returned. It was sounding pretty sloppy when idling between two parked cars. I decided to take it back to see what the problem was. Later in the day, the service rep told me that there was rapid wear on the exhaust camshaft. He told me that he could rub his finger along the camshaft and push away metal filings. The intake camshaft is in excellent shape, however. Listening to the service rep, it sounds like this thing was headed for self-destruction. I kinda figured that both camshafts were ground in the same shop, from the same metal....(ya think?)
The service guys were dumbfounded.
It was determined that I need a new exhaust camshaft, exhaust rockers, timing chain, chain guides and whatever other seals and gaskets that are necessary to do this repair correctly.
The parts are on order, and the dealership is waiting for some information as to the cause (maybe a TSB that never got a lot of use) from the Acura tech line.
This engine has been trouble free and REALLY good on gas (32-35mpg highway) for 100,000 miles. It ran like a champ.
Has anyone heard of anything like this before? Where's a metalurgist when you need one??
The service rep told me that the only other time they saw something like this was when a racer discovered this problem on his engine. The racer was (obviously) used to building up and tearing down, but he decided to let the Acura folks look into this one. I don't know how long ago this happened