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#942 of 1046 Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S
Dec 04, 2006 (10:48 am)
I have a 2003 RSX Type-S. I live in San Francisco, CA.
I was shocked in March of 2006 to find that the engine control module (ECM) was stolen out of my RSX. The car was parked in my driveway. What was confusing was that the alarm of the car never alerted me to the theft and there were no visible signs of break in or damage to the exterior of the car. I did not understand how the thieves were able to bypass the alarm system of the RSX. I called Acura Customer Care to express my concern about this apparent vulnerability. There was nothing that they could offer me to assist me in preventing this type of theft from happening again.
I forgot about this incident until the morning of December 1, 2006 when I discovered that once again the ECM had been stolen from my car while it was parked in my driveway (I have no garage). Once again I turned to Acura Customer Care to try and help me prevent this from happening a third time. And once again I was left with no confidence that this type of theft can be prevented.
This type of theft has become so common in the San Francisco bay area that the parts department at Acura of Serramonte has now started to stock the ECM. So this problem is not mine alone to bear.
I have done some research on this problem and I have my hypothesis on how the thieves might be gaining access to the interior of my RSX.
I believe that the thieves could have a "jiggle" key which allows them to open the car door and bypass the alarm. Alternatively, they could have a master key or perhaps they are able to pick the door lock of the car.
Lastly, it is conceivable (but less likely to me) that they have intercepted and stolen the RF code from my keyless entry fob and then programmed this code into a fob of their own.
I am unable to come up with any plausible strategies to counter any of the above methods for bypassing the RSX alarm system.
So my question to the forum users are this:
1) Have any of you experienced a similar kind of break in to your RSX?
2) What are your thoughts on how these thieves may be bypassing the RSX alarm system?
3) What ideas do you have to prevent this from happening again?
While I love this car, if this should happen to me a third time I will have no choice but to sell it and get a car that would be less likely to suffer this kind of unwanted attention.
Thank you for any assistance or expertise you can provide on this most upsetting subject.
#943 of 1046 Need some advice on my acura
Dec 09, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I own a 03' acura with a stick shift. It was doing fine until recently. Now-a-days it does not perform well. When I try to accelerate, the RPM goes up but my car does not pick up speed at all and if i drive for more than an hour, I can smell burnt rubber or plastic smell from the engine. I am not sure what this is. If any one knows what this problem is about, plzz plzz plzz reply....thanx
#944 of 1046 Re: Need some advice on my acura [maverick358]
Dec 09, 2006 (3:08 pm)
I would guess that your clutch is slipping. Does the car have a lot of miles on it and/or do you race it?
#945 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [chipi]
Dec 13, 2006 (6:40 pm)
I also have a type-S 2003. The details of your post are exactly the same as what has happened to me. EVERYTHING, even the discussions with Acura are the exact same. The only difference in my story are the dates. Once about three months ago, and then again last Thursday the seventh.
#946 of 1046 bad gas milage
Dec 14, 2006 (11:16 am)
Hi all! I'm new to the car thing I just bought an rsx and overall I love it! It has almost 8000 miles on it. I drive very conservativly, yet I'm not getting the gas milage the sticker said I would. I check it everytime I fill up and am only getiing around 22 miles per gal. The dealer told us something about how the "engine control module (ecm) "learns" the driving style of the driver, which takes time, and will trim the fuel consumption over time. two drivers with different driving styles who are driving the car can "confuse" the ecm. Basically he's saying the gas milage will get better over time because of this...it sounds strange to me. Has anyone else heard of this or are having problems with gas milage?? I just wanted to make sure this guy isn't just taking advantage of someone who doesn't know a lot about cars. Thanks so much!!
#947 of 1046 Re: bad gas milage [linds543]
Dec 14, 2006 (3:37 pm)
Automatic or stick? If you are stuck in traffic a lot, 22 wouldn't be all that horrible with the automatic. If this is "highway" maileage, you have a serious problem.
I think the dealer is full of B.S. ... Yes, the computer "learns" how to adjust the fuel/air mixture, and ignition timing, based on feedback. But it is a FINE adjustment and I really cannot see it making too much of a difference in MPGs.
#948 of 1046 Re: bad gas milage [2006rsx]
Dec 15, 2006 (6:52 am)
Thanks for the response! I'm thinking he's full of BS too! My car is an automatic, I do more city driving, but I do some highway. Shouldn't I get at least the city driving milage?
#949 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [chipi]
Dec 30, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I have now had my ECM stolen out of my S type for the third time, twice on my street, and once at my aunt's house, all in very safe neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Acura has no solutions whatsoever. The only thing I can do is use people's garages when I visit. I also don't have a garage, but I pull my car down my driveway and crawl out the hatch. The doors can't be opened so they can't get at the computer. I intend to rid myself of my beloved car as well. Fortunately, I have a Ducati so it doesn't completely immobilize me. If you do hear of a solution, please email me at xsnosaol.com.
I can only commiserate with your plight. Trust me, someone will steal the computer again and again and again. The police say that there are kids scouring the streets with cell phones, locating cars and calling into the theft ring. They steal in the wee hours of the night and the car alarm DOES NOT GO OFF!!!!
I am filing a report with Consumer Reports so others may be alerted. I don't know what else to do! The mechanic said it is not possible to take the computer with me when I park the car as it requires reconfiguration every time the unit is removed from the car, something that ostensibly can only be done by an Acura mechanic.
The frustration is augmented by the loss of my Integra out of my driveway a few years ago, stripped, totalled and dumped in 12 hours by professionals in my neighborhood. I foolishly bought another Acura, a mistake I will never make again. VW is starting to sound very inviting. Who steals a Bug??
I hope the New Year will give you peace and prosperity, and a new car!!!
from a fellow Acura target
#950 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [libertybell]
Jan 02, 2007 (9:08 pm)
o yea sf is very known for stolen rsx and integra. i gess the only thing u can really do is upgrade ur alarm system or relocate ur hood switch to somewhere unknown(like the bottom of the seat or something)
#951 of 1046 this girl need help whit acura rsx 2006
Jan 20, 2007 (9:05 am)
I just bought acura rsx 2006, from salvage auction.
They didn't have an original key, so I went to the dealer.
Well, the key what they give to me have 5 digit code what i need to put in the system with break pedal and start the car.
My bad luck, the car still wanna start, full pump is not starting.
The security system work on disabling ignition and full pump, maybe that is problem.
Can somebody help to me!!