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#176 of 375 Re: Demo car worth it? [ca869]
Jun 09, 2005 (12:19 pm)
Wow! Very good listed price. If its listed for $19,000 that means you can get it for even less. I just bought a 2004 RSX base auto with spoiler for $17500 certified used; it was a service loaner with 13100 miles on the clock and am very happy with the deal. If its the right color for you I'd say go for it hard.
I was also looking to buy new but certified used warranty AND Acura financing at 3.9% for 60 months (available for Acura certified used vehicles) swung the decision for me.
I say shoot for $18500 and don't look back. Good luck.
PS: While at the dealer pick up several of the brochures for the 05. If you ever resell it really helps to show these to the prospective buyer. Also see if the dealer kept the window sticker; also known as the "Maroney" sticker. If not, have the dealer contact Acura of North America to get a copy and then forward to you. On mine I called Acura about getting one and was told only the person that it was originally titled to could request one and then there was a one year time limit to do that; I just got in under the gun (original title date was June 21, 04) on that. Luckily the dealer I bought from said no problem.
Jun 10, 2005 (3:55 pm)
I dunno, I think I have the opposite opinion from lancef. You are looking at MAYBE a $2000 price differential between the two. And you know every wannabe street racer has had that demo car up to redline while it was still stone cold, with the salesman egging them on and saying "YEAH! See how it just wants more?".
If you can swing the $2000, it is a better idea to go for the new one, I think. Now if you are pretty sure you will not keep the car past 100K anyway, then that is different. Save your money, cross your fingers, and lean on the certified warranty.
#178 of 375 Re: Acura RSX - How much did you pay? [revka]
Jun 22, 2005 (12:36 pm)
i paid 20,200 for my 2003 Rsx with 18,500 miles on it
Jun 25, 2005 (12:18 am)
Hi nippononly, my parents are about to get me a brand new 05 RSX and I've been reading some of the RSX forum here on edmunds.com. While reading through tons of messages, I see that you probably have a lot of experience with the RSX.
I really dont know if its the best time to get one this June because the 06 are arriving this August. But if I'm getting the 05, it would be great if you could give me some tips or advise when negotiating with them for a cheaper price. And is it worth it to spend an extra $2K over the type s over the base model? The color I wanted is black and they have 3 of them instock (1base and 2type s). When I checked out the sticker price, it was $24 something. Is it worth it?
Jun 26, 2005 (1:44 am)
I make no claim to being the RSX or car-buying expert, but given all the differences now between the base and type-S models, I would recommend the S.
Here's the downside:
- it needs premium gas instead of regular, and mileage is lower
- the handling is noticeably sharper and stiffer, and the base model is no slouch. This can lead to a hard ride - be sure you can live with it.
- you've got to love to rev - the only place on the tach the S develops more power than the base model is above 4500 rpm. "Drive it like you stole it" isn't just an expression with the RSX-S.
The upsides are HUGE however:
- 17" rims and sharp sharp handling, much sportier suspension than the base model
- better stereo with the subwoofer (you really need it in this car)
- 6 speeds instead of five - needed even in the base model
- better resale, if that matters
- MOST IMPORTANT: will NOT be upstaged by the 200 hp Civic SI coupe arriving at dealers in about 3 months. Even Civic EX's are going to have the base RSX's 160 hp for MY 2006.
Bargaining tips? I dunno, always go in prepared to walk. There are lots of dealers. Know your invoice price (Edmunds can help you there) when you go in and stick to it. The '05/'06 model turnover will not give you much leverage, as they just updated the model for '05 and I am sure they will be much the same car, so they probably will not discount the "old" one very much.
As great as RSX is, it is a slow seller, and dealers know it. Stick to invoice price and don't budge much. Some people try getting internet quotes ahead of time and play one dealer off another until they get the price they want. You might try that approach if you like it.
#181 of 375 Re: hey afstudly [nippononly]
Jun 26, 2005 (7:18 pm)
... **As great as RSX is, it is a slow seller, and dealers know it.** ...
I don't think the proper word is "slow" .....
I would consider the word "sloooooooooow" .....
Jun 26, 2005 (10:03 pm)
thank you so much terry!
Slooooooow, then. Volume is below 20K a year now - RSX is almost Acura's slowest selling model except NSX. Bank on that for a better bargaining position.
#183 of 375 Picked up a 2005 RSX on Saturday.
Jun 27, 2005 (2:01 pm)
Saturday I picked up a 2005 Acura RSX Type S for $21,582. Since you're on edmunds, you'll see that's 3$ over invoice. I absolutely love my RSX, and have already put 300+ miles on it. If you're anywhere in the midwest, I suggest going to Acura of Libertyville. It took me a little bit over an hour to walk out and get in my brand new Type S. No hassle car buying, and they say such a thing never existed!
My suggestion to anyone considering the RSX is, 1.) shop around, make dealers compete... they will if you play hardball with them, 2.) Get the Type S, if you do it right you can get a Type S for what some people are paying for base models and 3.) get a gooooooood radar detector, this car hauls!
Jun 29, 2005 (1:09 pm)
I paid $15,000 for a Red Type S with 20,000k, spoiler, mint condition. I absolutely love it. What do you think of the price? Did I over pay?
Jun 30, 2005 (8:05 am)
what year is it?
At $15K with those miles, no, I don't think you overpaid.