2003 Acura RSX Ratings

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Acura RSX 2003
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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: interior

    Cons: no armrest

    Advice: Different car have different problem, research it before making your final decision.

    I have a RSX-S 03. The RSX is a very fun to drive car. Very precise handling, very nice interior with excellent performance but buyer should be aware of this issue!!!!!! There is a grinding problem with the transmission (2nd gear and 3rd gear). I know a lot of people experience with this issue. And if you are a serious buyer; check out the message board from clubrsx.com before making the purchase. Even the problem should be under warranty; I have heard a lot of dealers are not fixing it (very bad service). Personally, I'm going through it the dealer in Montclair, NJ. So far, they never returned my phone call and I have been push around from service rep to service manager. This problem still exists on the 05 model. Buyer should be aware!!!! The problem can start anytime and Acura have not taken any action to correct the problem yet. There is a TBS out but is up to the dealer to honor it. And guess what, most dealer don’t give a damn about it. Buy at your own risk and if you are luck, you may not see the problem. =) search google regarding rsx grinding These are some useful site regarding this issue. http://rsx.clubrsx.com/bulletins/tr...zerbulletin.pdf

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Honestly, the ENTIRE car itself

    Cons: It could use an arm rest...

    Advice: Both modles are great, but why not splurge the extra grand for the Type S?

    I took several months to test drive and consider this car. In the end the choice was more than clear. With the RSX Type S's sound system, 6-speed trans. and simple but perfect leather interior, there were no close seconds within the same price range. 200 HP today seems small, what with the 280hp's and the 569hp's, but with a small dose of reality check, 200hp is simply perfect for everyday driving, not to mention those curvascious back roads. So far, in my 1st month of driving this beau, I haven't had anybody pass me whom I did not wish to pass. When inside this car, the interior wraps around you but (and here's something new) you don't 'feel' wrapped/trapped in IT! From the view of a minamalist (me) all the features that can and do make this world go 'round are right there at just the right angle, 'one touch away' added bliss. So far I have had a max of 3 persons in my car and not one complaint on lack of room. To be honet I did test drive a Porsche Boxster & Honda S2000, both great cars, and if I didn't mind blasting through life leaving others to choke on my dust & cliches I would have bought one. But I'd rather speed through my days in style and Acura has the desire and smarts to build a true eye catcher to help me do this. (people DO stare and turn there heads, and for this 30 year old who chefs 70 hours a week, that's nice) Which brings me to my last description of addiction towards the RSX, I have little time outside of work, why not make my drives through the week as energized as possible? It may be wrong to love a car as much as I do mine, but to heck with it. When you spend the $$ you want perfection, perfomance and reliability and the Aura RSX Type S is the clostest thing you'll find within its price range.

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Handling, braking, performance.

    Cons: Hard, bumpy ride

    Advice: Test drive it over some bad roads before you decide.

    The steering feel, the shifter, the brakes, and the amazing automatic climate control are the first things I fell in love with. The high-revving engine was also impressive once I got onto some open road. Can't do much with it in town. On the down side, the seats are hard and the ride is quite rough. That combination becomes annoying on a long drive, or even a short one on bad city streets. While no one buys a sports coupe for its back seat room, you should at least be able to toss a briefcase back there and recover it without spraining an elbow. Ah, but the RSX front seats tend to block easy access to the back from the front. Also, there is no center arm rest to lean on and stash stuff, and no grab handles over the doors. The trunk space is more than adequate, though, and the fuel economy is excellent for such performance.

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Reliability of a Acura/Honda car and attactive appearance.

    Cons: Not much to not like.

    Advice: Drive it several times before you buy and compare it to several different cars. If you still like it, get it.

    It is a very comfortable ride especially with the standard leather seats. Not much different than the Integra models though as far as feel. If you liked the old Integras you will like this car. I only test drove it once so make sure you take it out for a spin before believing what I say.

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: I have covered it.

    Cons: I have covered it.

    Advice: If you do not mind not having sufficient torque and back seat room, this compact sports coupe is for you.

    I thoroughly checked this compact sports coupe. True, it has a lot of nice standard and optional features. It has power. It is fuel-economical. It has OnStar. The front seats are comfortable. But I saw 2 problems with this car. One is lack of sufficient torque. It needs a turbocharger. The other is lack of sufficient back seat leg, hip and head room. So, I had to be honest. I had to call it as I see it.

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Nimble handling

    Cons: Engine noise while accelerating

    Advice: Get the Type S

    Simply put, this is a fantastic value for the money. Once I took it for a spin I was hooked. The Type S is powerful, sleek and solidly built. It exudes quality without being pretentious. Many of the upgrade features are standard, making shopping simple and efficient (power moonroof, leather seats, etc.). Compared to several other cars I test drove (Mustang GT, Jetta 1.8T), the 6-speed is sharp and precise, with responsive acceleration. The car does not have the bulky, heavy, gas-guzzling feel of the aging American sports cars. The more I drive it, the more I am convinced I bought the right car.

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    2003 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)

    Pros: interior, exterior, engine, shifter, everything else

    Cons: undertired....if you can, or when the origingals wear out, spring for bigger, better tires

    Advice: test drive the S...AFTER youve test driven everything else on your'to buy' list

    if you've heard any bad things about the Acura RSX-Type S, its only because its been compared to so many other vehicles, not only to cars in the 'under 25k sports coupe' class, but to ones that are in higher classes, like the beemer 3s, audi a4s, various VWs and even some (aging) american muscle cars. if youve heard any of those things, you also know that the RSX holds its own with the pretty boys. Well, after a LOT of research and test driving, i got myself a black RSX-S with the ground effects package, and a red billet shift knob for just over 23k (Rallye Acura on Long Island). if youre one of those window shoppers who's partial to the looks, all i gotta say is it looks a LOT better in person and with the underbody spoiler. if youre at all interested in a pocket rocket, this is the most agressive/elegant looking car on the market for the $. when i test drove the base with the semi-automatic transmission, i was ready to shell out even though the desert silver base didnt appeal to me because the driving experience was incredible. with the nice engine noise, the responsive handling, and the small steering wheel, i felt like i was driving a go-kart that was able to hit 60 on a whim. the type s is even better... exterior: black w/ ground effects is a 10...looks better than most german cars. the dimensions are perfect. interior: if you can do without wood panels, the interior is exceptional. very sporty. i would have given this a 9 because of the lack of heated seats, but the back seats are a lot bigger than youd expect. 10 driving experience: though im not the best manual driver, the S makes shifting more than just a breeze, its addictive. very good power throughout the band despite what figures show. beautiful, powerful, and economical. this is the mustang of my generation. who cares if its an import.