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#2713 of 2736 How to soften stiff suspension
Jan 04, 2009 (1:15 pm)
I have seen people are intensively discussing about the stiff suspension and rough ride of RDX, but not a lot of info about how to soften them. There is a rumor, saying Acura has softened suspension from 07 to 09, but it must be very minor as I can not feel it after test driving. I just got one 08 model but start feeling the stiff roughness, although I like all the other features.
It definitely a personal preference, as someone like stiffer but other don't, unfortunately I am not really in the stiff side. As I am now stuck with Acura RDX and stiff suspension, does anyone know how to soften the suspension a little, except reducing the tire pressure? I already reduced it from 32 to 30 PSI, but didn't feel any improvement. Does any one have experience with dealership to make any adjustment? Of course, the cheaper approach the better.
Thanks for any advice,
#2714 of 2736 Re: How to soften stiff suspension [tiger120]
Jan 04, 2009 (8:59 pm)
I feared the same issue but must say, I have found the ride to be okay. I went from a 2006 TSX to the 2008 RDX. It's obviously a different deal, but I was expecting a noisy, rough ride. Not the case. And, I set my tires at 34 lbs. I know this doesn't answer your question---but some of this is an expectations game. The same is true for MPG. I hit 35-36 mpg highway on the TSX. I knew the RDX would be far from it. But, it still meant I had to get used to something even though I knew it when I purchased. By the way, it's a new 2008 for me but I recently clocked 24.5 on the highway 65-70 mph. I expect this will improve when the RDX is 'broken in' but so far so good. I live in Washington state where we had a once in a 15 year snow event, and the RDX was phenomenal. Lots of other AWD's were spinning wheels and sliding, etc. but the RDX was terrific. I hope you can get the ride figured out. If others have suggestions I'd be interested.
#2715 of 2736 2008 RDX Service B1
Jan 05, 2009 (2:13 pm)
I lease a 2008 RDx base model. My car is due for a B1 service, and Acura quoted me $245 plus tax (Nassau county New York).
I am leasing the car from American Honda. Do I need to do this maintenance or can I skip it and be ok when I turn in my car?
#2716 of 2736 Re: How to soften stiff suspension [tiger120]
Feb 24, 2009 (4:06 pm)
Hi did you ever get an answer on the RDX suspension? I love everything about the car except it is just to rough for me during my 30 min drive to work and frequent road trips. I really am hoping there is something I can do about the stiff suspension/rough ride.
I went to the dealership and they said there was nothing they could do, I find that very hard to believe since there are so many people asking about it.
Mar 11, 2009 (8:39 am)
I need to replace/add to the radiator fluid for my RDX. the manual says to use HONDA fluids of course, but goes on to say that a high quality non-silicate fluid designed for aluminum engines should be used.
Can anyone tell me what OTC radiotir fluid that is?
Thanks in advance.
#2718 of 2736 how many miles do your tries last?
Apr 16, 2009 (3:46 pm)
30k, 40k, 50k? your driving style? Are OEM tires good or any other better replacement tires after the first set is worn out?
#2719 of 2736 Re: downshifts [wwest]
Apr 26, 2009 (10:23 am)
I'm got to play around the the SH-AWD some more this weekend and I was downshifting, instead of braking, while going into flat, downhill, and uphill turns. You have to press on the gas through the turns if you want the SH-AWD to kick in.
The road conditions were very good (smooth new asphalt) and it didn't seem dangerous in the RDX. The engine braking slowed the vehicle and when I turned and stepped on the accelerator, the revs jumped/turbo kicked-in, and the RDX carved around the turn. I only tired braking into the turns a few times. It seemed like downshifting was a better for getting the revs up fast when accelerating and kicking in the SH-AWD around the corner.
I only overcooked one turn because I wasn't expecting it to be an S and the rear has drifted slightly into the opposite lane. I'm not sure if the VSC kicked in at the point. Fortunately, the roads were relatively empty. I took it down a notch after that.
#2720 of 2736 Odd Smell from the Engine
Apr 27, 2009 (3:58 pm)
I just bought a 2007 RDX - and after driving it for the last two weeks I have started to notice that there is odd smell coming from the engine (outside the car) and its not exactly a burning smell but smells like over heated metal. The smell stays for only 10-20 seconds than disappears. I am getting no warning messages from the car that it is overheating but I am wondering if any of you have come across this? Perhaps I am over analyzing this??
#2721 of 2736 Re: downshifts [mark4490]
Apr 28, 2009 (8:13 am)
Handling of a FWD or F/awd vehicle will be perfectly beniegn, or even better, on a highly tractive surface.
#2722 of 2736 Extra copies of key???
Sep 25, 2009 (12:58 pm)
I own a 2008 RDX and want to make copies of the key, and possibly get an extra remote key chain. Any ideas where I can get this done?