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Acura RSX, Electrical, Engine, Hatchback
#352 of 1045 Re: Has Acura got lot of problems? [joshs]
Feb 13, 2005 (2:19 pm)
I agree. I have a 2002 RSX-S and didn't have any problems dd123 mentioned. The shifter is smooth and my car doesn't smell like rotten eggs.
dd123, yes the tires suck as does the sound system, but they can easily be upgraded aftermarket at a reasonable expense. If you get a base, I'd recommend the 2002-2004 over 2005 since it's faster (fact) and looks better (opinion) not to mention cheaper (fact).
#353 of 1045 disabling the ignition
Feb 15, 2005 (10:44 pm)
i was wondering if there was a way to disable the ignition from starting with the key? its just that i gave my girlfriend (who i used to share my car with) my spare key and she just broke up with me and wont return my phone calls...we both go to the same university and she knows where i park...so i am afraid that she would take my car out without letting me know...she doesnt know most of the technical stuff about it, but if there is something i could do to cut the engine off while i'm at college, then i wont have to worry about it constantly. any help in this regard would be appreciated. thanks.
#354 of 1045 Re: disabling the ignition [boboandtoto]
Feb 16, 2005 (8:55 am)
You never said if it is manual or automatic. If manual...you have to step on the clutch to start the car yes? Then look behind the clutch pedal and remove the two wires going to the clutch switch. Now the car will not start unless those two wires are connected together. I would run those two wires to a hidden switch.
Similar thing can be done with an automatic but the center console must be removed to get to the switch.
The Club and any other anti-theft device you can buy over the counter. I use the one that goes from the brake pedal to the floor and prevents the pedal from being depressed (Autolock-X).
Telling someone to grow-up and be mature is like telling my boss he can spend money now...it aint gonna happen.
Feb 16, 2005 (9:09 am)
remote kill switches?
Send your girlfriend a self addressed envelope asking her to drop the key in and send it back to you....since she won't pick up the phone.
or else you contact the authorities (of course that would be an extreme last resort...I just thought it sounded good)
Another idea, perhaps your Acura dealer can re-program your ignition and give you a new set of keys.
...or have them contact the authorities..(doh!...there I go again)
Tell your ex to grow up a little bit and send the keys back to you like a mature individual.
#356 of 1045 checking in with 45K miles on odometer
Feb 16, 2005 (10:19 am)
back in 2003, you guys helped me to make an educated choice. I've bought RSX'03 base/auto in July'03.
By now, odometer reads 45K miles, mostly happy ones.
Problem persisting is driver's side window, which rolls up in jerky fashion, slams into frame, and tends to get stuck in cold weather. Dealer keeps putting more grease into it. Don't think it's helping much, though. I've registered 3 complains with dealership. Maybe I'll be able to wring an extended warranty from Acura on this particular window, whadda ya think?
Other than that, not much to kvetch about. Car's good, comparatively inexpensive, pleasure to drive but in snow. Besides, stock Michelins still look OK, after all these miles. Plan's to replace'em before winter'05-06.
I'll appreciate commnents on "bad window" problem.
BTW, Acura CL turned out to be having quite serious problems with tranny. Acura issued extended warranty on them. Hopefully it won't be the case with RSX.
#358 of 1045 Re: disabling the ignition [5port]
Feb 16, 2005 (4:13 pm)
my car is automatic, but i dont want to buy any over the counter types of security devices because then it looks suspicious and might even induce someone to steal my car...all im wondering is how would u go about disabling the engine in a discreet manner...u mentioned that the center console needs to be removed...i would appreciate further details on that cuz i am not a mechanic and dont trust myself to try anything new without a possibility of a reversal option...if u cant, then is there somewhere where i could get the info with some pics too, just to make it easier...i appreciate the help...believe me, i do...
Feb 16, 2005 (4:20 pm)
remove the center console, there is a switch attached at the base of the shifter (in most cases; I haven't actually done this to an RSX since mine is a manual). This is the switch that tells the computer your car is in 'P' or 'N' and allows it to fire the starter. If you disconnect it, the car won't start. You could run the wires through a separate hidden switch if you want. This is a lot of work for something like this though.
Just go round there and get your spare key back!
vickat: "BTW, Acura CL turned out to be having quite serious problems with tranny. Acura issued extended warranty on them. Hopefully it won;t be the case with RSX."
I am 99% sure that recall was only for V-6/auto combos. The RSX being a 4-cyl uses a different transmission. I would not worry too much. But for this one tranny goof, Honda is very good about building things to last.
#360 of 1045 RE: Smell [5port]
Feb 21, 2005 (9:28 am)
I have a 2002 RSX, and I have noticed a burned rubber smell over the past couple of months when I get out as well. SO, you're not alone.
Also, I turned on my car last night to find that my headlights weren't working. My parking lights and my high beams work, it's just my low beams. I assume it's something wrong with my switcher. Has anyone else had this problem?
#361 of 1045 Tech Help anyone?
Feb 21, 2005 (10:33 pm)
Considering purchase of RSX for my daughter. Does
anyone here have a clue as to why the 210 hp engine
would require premium gas? Do you believe the
compression ratio of this engine has any bearing on this?