Last post on Apr 06, 2010 at 2:14 PM
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Acura RDX, Car Buying, Gasoline, Future Vehicle, SUV
#43 of 52 Re: I like the front end. [drr98]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 17, 2009 (10:27 am)
I provided a link quoting a certified master technician saying exactly that. If you don't agree, then you are welcome to ignore the statement or go search out an opposing link from another qualified source.
Here's his bio:
"Donny is an ASE Master /L1 advanced diagnostic technician and C1 Service Consultant. Since 1994 he has been a participant writing test questions and working on passing score studies He has designed and built many performance vehicles for himself and customers and actively manages Seyfer’s performance and restoration service offerings." link
#44 of 52 Lack Of Supporting Info
Nov 18, 2009 (12:17 pm)
Donny never used the term "kill the cat". You did. Donny said, "New oil has chemicals that eat away the catalytic converter." Whatever that means?
For the sake of argument lets say you and Donny are right and I'm a "cat killer.
1) Which is more important to the health of the engine, the cats or the bearings?
2) Will this chemical in the oil "kill" both cats or one or the other?
3) Can oil coking in the turbo bearings cause further problems in the engine?
4) Can a "killed cat/s" cause further problems in the engine?
5) Do you now or have you ever owned an RDX? (or any other turbocharged vehicle)
FYI - '09 turbo lists for ~ $2700, pre-converter ~$955, converter ~ $760...
So, if I have to pick which I have to "kill", let me "kill" the pre-converter, as the turbo costs ~ 3 x as much.
Further, I suspect that coked oil from the turbo will have a negative effect on the engine bearings as well, since they share the same oil.
#45 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [drr98]
Nov 18, 2009 (12:41 pm)
Don't we have 4 year warrantees? It's all covered.
BTW, since I have a lease I follow the oil indicator on the computer. That's why I like a lease. I'm just borrowing the car.
#46 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [geohov]
Nov 18, 2009 (1:11 pm)
Ha. Must be nice to not have to worry about maintenance or longevity. We have a '92 GMC truck, a '98 vert, and an '00 coupe, so I don't have that luxury.
I won't consider buying a used car, it is a gamble. But there is pride in ownership in some people. (well, A R people like myself)
I take great pride in maintaining every aspect of families vehicles. Most people really don't.
Do you ever drive your RDX hard? (to the redline?)
#47 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [drr98]
Nov 18, 2009 (2:57 pm)
Well actually I've returned at least 5 lease cars after their 3 years were up, without as much as a door dent on them. I'm a little OCD about that. There is only 500 miles on the RDX and I haven't had a chance to do any time trials with it yet. I will at some point though.
#48 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [drr98]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 18, 2009 (3:51 pm)
No, never had a turbo, and you certainly aren't encouraging me to get one.
My '99 is on a 7,500 interval (135k) and my '97 is on a 5,000 one (67k). Dead dino, and I'd just as soon the engine and cat (and tranny, etc.) all last forever, since that's how long I drive them.
You may appreciate the occasional oil analysis (about $20).
#49 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [geohov]
Nov 18, 2009 (8:52 pm)
Sweet, soon you'll be spooling that thing up.
What about you, ever had a turbo'd vehicle before?
Ah, the break-in period. (and the lovely new car smell)
My take on break-in is to try to not keep the engine at a steady speed, to vary the rpm as much as possible. Also keep it out of Vtec. No cruise control, and even vary rpm on the freeway by changing gears up and down. (and still maintain the same speed) Adopt this style for ~ 2500 mi and then just do whatever the manual says for break-in until 5 to 7 k/mi.
As for the brakes, find a deserted long streach of road and do a few gentle stops from 30 to rolling, and then cruise for a couple of miles to cool the brakes. Next do a few gentle 40 to a roll stops followed by a few miles to cool the brakes. Next do a few 50 to a roll stops, followed by a four mile cool down. Last step do 60 to a roll stop somewhat firmly, followed by a five mile cool down. This both tempers the rotors and beds the pads. The brakes will now be ready for anything.
Oh snap, I forgot its a lease...forget all that I just said above.
Ha. I hate door dents and the little circles that get embosed in my bumper covers from people who need to park by feel. Ugh.
#50 of 52 Re: Lack Of Supporting Info [steve_]
Nov 18, 2009 (9:05 pm)
Wow, low miles/yrs. We have 130k on our '92 truck, 90k on our '00 coupe and 102k on our '98 roadster.
Right now the coupe and the roadster are kept in the garage and the truck is parked on the street. My wife wants to let the coupe go before we buy our next vehicle, but I'm reluctent to part with it. The roadster is a handful in the rain, so I drive the truck a bit more in the winter. Having a fourth car will keep me out of the truck unless I really need to use it.
I'm like you in that I want my cars to last.
But I do drive them somewhat hard at times. We also auto-x the roadster in the summer. So yeah...tough test track miles. But I can and have fixed whatever I break. Ha.
#51 of 52 Re: What price would you buy an 09 instead of waiting on the 10? [ebcarbuyer]
Dec 14, 2009 (11:35 am)
i FOUGHT tooth and nail to get my 2010 RDX SH-AWD without tech$2k UNDER MSRP. . .dealer's aren't letting them go that easily now. . ..
albeit, it's more masculine looking now, so maybe possibly higher demand?
I would HOPE a 2009 RDX with Tech and normal miles ($15k) should be at around $29k. . .
#52 of 52 AC not working in 2010 RDX
Apr 06, 2010 (2:14 pm)
Will get on the dealer, just getting it out there.