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#711 of 1046 Unexpected Engine Fire
Nov 10, 2005 (9:09 am)
In June of this year I had a very low speed accident where I rear-ended the person in from of me with my brand new 2005 RSX. I was probably going about 20 kms/hr. Immediately upon impact as the airbag went off, a fire erupted from under my hood and crept up over the car. Out of shock and the impact of the air bag I passed out and was fortunately rescued from my burning vehicle by the person behind me.
The car erupted into flames and was completely gutted and destroyed in under 5 minutes. The fire fighters said they had never seen anything like it. I contacted Honda Canada to let them know about this potential flaw and their attitude was basically like they couldn't care less.
Has anyone else heard of this happening from the front end of the vehicle on a low speed impact? I would never touch an Acura again at this pont.
#712 of 1046 Re: Acura has lost all my attention thanks to the defects! [blueeyez1616]
Nov 10, 2005 (2:25 pm)
I just got back from the dealer and we discussed the strut problem. They told me the fix that we all know...some moly grease that should solve the problem. I showed the service department the information on the MDX tubes but they said without a tsb from Acura they couldn't fix it that way.
In the end I decieded not to have them do anything to the car at this time. I don't need the whole front end apart for a tempory fix. One service manager said that the noise would get louder if it wasn't fixed now. Another didn't agree with that. I called Acura HQ and they said they weren't aware of this type of problem.
I wonder if enough people complained and mentioned that we want another type of fix, they would take action.
When I called the guy wanted my VIN # which I didn't have in front of me at the time. I have it now and will make another call.
#713 of 1046 Re: Unexpected Engine Fire [jbrunet]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 10, 2005 (5:25 pm)
Well you know a car accident is an incredibly complex set of circumstances and forces---given enough accidents, just about anything could happen once. I could see a fuel line breaking off and starting a fire, sure. It's weird but it's possible. You just don't know WHAT is going to happen. You can only plan for so much.
I'm rather shocked at Honda's response though. If this happened in Sweden or Germany they would probably have an investigative team out there from the factory.
#714 of 1046 Re: Acura has lost all my attention thanks to the defects! [dc10driver]
Nov 11, 2005 (7:10 am)
I called Acura to officially log the strut problem using my vin #. "when a fix comes out you'll be notified".
I think anyone with the slightest pop or noise from the struts has to call Acura in addition to the dealer in order to get some action. A brand new car and they want to temporarily fix the problem with some grease. Not what I expected from Acura!!
#715 of 1046 Re: Acura has lost all my attention thanks to the defects! [dc10driver]
Nov 11, 2005 (1:34 pm)
I had a strut assembly replaced at 1300 miles on my new 2006 rsx type-s, AND today when parking, my gearshift locked up and i couldnt get the car into neutral or reverse when i was parking it. i finally got it released by playing around with it, but now, with the car running but idle, i cant shift into 5th or 6th gear. anyone have THAT problem before?
what is the call number for Acura Corp in the US. i definitely want to call. i bought acura because it was supposedly problem free. i am NOT happy. never again!!!
#716 of 1046 Re: Acura has lost all my attention thanks to the defects! [girlie]
Nov 11, 2005 (3:46 pm)
The number I used off the Acura website is:
1 800 382 2238
They'll ask you for your VIN #
I asked another RSX driver today, if they had the strut problem and they didn't. It was an '04 though, and the problem didn't start until '05 with the increased HP.(at least that's what I was told)
Nov 11, 2005 (3:48 pm)
i was wondering if anyone has tried "spirited" driving as my dealership puts it...has anyone taken the rpm's to the redline and beyond? what happens at the point? does it harm the engine? if so, why would they allow it to go into the redline? how long can we stay there? any info on the mechanics of the redline would be appreciated...(i just found out that the rsx does NOT shift up automatically when it reaches the redline, so i was just curious as what the mechanics associated with it are)...
thanks in advance...
#718 of 1046 Re: redlining [boboandtoto]
Nov 11, 2005 (4:20 pm)
Hmm... As far as I know, it is dangerous to rev the engine beyond redline. The term "spirited driving" technically means driving the car to it's maximum potential, not blow the engine up. If you have an automatic transmission, it shifts up automatically, but I don't know if it does upshift automitally on manual mode. But for manual transmissions, the driver has the capability maximizing the car's power band. However, if the tachometer reaches the redline, the engine will cut in and out, signaling the driver to shift to the next higher gear. This is the rev limiter at work. It is a safety feature that prevents the car from staying at the redline. However, if you are downshifting, the rev limiter would not work. This means that if you mis-shift from 6th to 2nd instead of 6th to 4th at high speeds, the engine would break because the rev limiter doesn't work in this situation. I know someone who mis-shifted and all his gauge lights went on, the car stalled, and the car could no longer run. Hence, just keep it below reline and you'll enjoy your car longer.
#719 of 1046 Re: redlining [joeluc13]
Nov 11, 2005 (5:16 pm)
interesting...well, i just read on edmunds.com that the 2002 auto rsx doesn't upshift automatically...i mean they must have found that out by actually taking it beyond the redline, right?...also, since they didn't recommend against it, but rather praised the rsx for not upshifting automatically, i would assume that the car can actually handle being above the redline...its just that when i'm on the highway, taking the car above the redline even for a second or two can make a world of difference when u r trying to out run a potential rival...(or a cop...hehe... )...anyways, thanks for the reply...i guess i'll just have to live with the fact that i can't enjoy the rsx like the manual...
#720 of 1046 UPDATE: rsx strut mount
Nov 14, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Last Friday I spoke with a representative from Acura Corp. about the strut noise. According to them.... ur gonna laugh at this: "this is a normal characteristic of the car, and at this time there is no repair, but they will notify me within 30-90 days for a resolution". A friend of mine has a late model rsx 2005 who has had the same problem for over a year, and has complained since the second day of owning the car. Now, unless im stupid, thats over 365 days and no resolution!!!! I got into a major screaming match with the "case manager" and asked to speak to a higher manager for an answer.... no luck, i called back 5 times too! So, I called the original manager back, and i told him this was b.s. - i bought the car without any noises, so therefore the noise is not a "normal characteristic" of the car and I didnt buy it like that. I have been told they wont do anything right now for me, and that the worse thing u can do is to put grease on the strut mounts, it makes the noise LOUDER! so therefore, i have promptly filed a lemon law suit. I've had enough of this b.s. and the "customer satisfaction" claim that Acura has. They won't do anything, so therefore, we're doing the LEMON LAW! on a 2006 RSX, thats sad!!!