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Pros: Nice styling, navigation, uniqueness on the road
Cons: Slightly smaller insides then the Passat i tried.
Advice: Cannot go wrong, Acura has excellent reliabilty history. Get the navigation if you can its great.The car feels tight and super smooth, everything in it is classy. The engine loves to rev up, from a dead stop I merged onto a fast moving road and the automatic took the engine right up to the redline (7100rpm) before shifting into 2nd gear..wow! Its super smooth, the shifts with the auto are imperceptable at normal to fast speeds. i got the navigation and it works pretty well, we looked up a nearby town without knowing how to get there, put in a sample street and let it takes us there, it really works. Steering is and suspension are firmer then the Accord. Try it you will like it, very similar ride to the BMW 3 series, with great road holding on the curves, its stays fairly flat.
Pros: iVTEC and the transmission is a dream.
Cons: The stock tires compeletely suck. Look to buy a new set soon after buying the car.
Advice: Understand your driving style before you choose between the base and the Type-S.Actually, I bought the 2003 RSX Type-S, not a 2004. But the 2004 is a carryover from 2003. I love my car. It's so much fun! Interior: The all leather interior is pretty nice. It's a year old now and still has the new car/leather smell to it. I like the bucket seats. Originally, I thought that side-walls of the seats were too small to hold you in on really sharp turns and you'd have to use your arms, but actually your back gets nestled right in the groove and it holds you in really well. Depending on how tall you are, the steering wheel might cover the upper part of the gauges. but that's only a problem if you drive faster than 80mph. You can still see the tach redline so you're okay there. The stereo completely meets my needs. You can turn it all the way up without going deaf, but there is still a good chunk of pain with the volume that high. I typically leave it at the 1/3 volume setting. It comes with a funny looking sub-woofer that sits on top of the spare tire. Personally, this gives me just enough bass. It doesn't have the bazooka-like sound, but it meets my needs. I can still open the windows and get angry looks. Driving: Acceleration is pretty nice. Not M3 nice, not turbo-charged nice, but just nice. Much better than any other 4 cylinder car I've ever driven. Problem is that the stock tires completely suck. (They don't sell cars based on what tires they put on the car, so I think Acura skimped here.) In first gear, it's so easy to peel out with the stock tires. I've had numerous occasions when the guy next to me on the line thought I was racing cause I chirped the tires when the light turned green. I think this car is probably the limit as far as front-wheel cars go. If I were to buy a car with any more torque than this, I'd go with a rear-wheel drive car. Shifting this car is a dream. The shifter is so completely smooth that you just need to flick your wrist around to get it into gear. No complaints about the clutch, it engages in an expected area a few cm off the floor. It is a bit softer than other cars though. That's not a complaint, just an observation. The brakes rock! Be careful and don't let guys drive too close behind you or they might rear end you when you step on the brakes. It almost happened to me several times. On the track, I've found very little brake fade, and I usually wind up hitting the tire's traction ability before I hit the braking limit. I'm sure there is some more braking ability left in the car. I'll find out when I eventually change the awful stock tires. The suspension is stiffer than most cars. Personally, I think it could be stiffer. Then again, nobody else might want to ride in the car with me. It handles very well. The car defintely feels bigger and heavier than a Miata or a CRX, but it feels much more nimble than a more comparable car like a Mazda3 or a Mazda6. Don't even bother comparing it Cavalier, you won't even think it's in the same class. Strange thing is that I've been able to both understeer and oversteer it. Which is odd for a front wheel drive car. I've had several instances when the back-end came loose in a turn. Okay, granted I was going like 60mph through the turn and I lifted off the throttle, but it's still odd. (For reference, that's only happened at the track, or in the rain, and never,ever, on the freeway.) There is absolutely zero play in the steering wheel. The iVTEC is cool. It gives you a flat torque curve from about 6k to redline. It doesn't fall off much at all even at redline. One thing to watch out for though is there isn't that much torque at low RPM. You need to get it above 4k to be any fun. And you'll feel a nice boost when you get it to ~6k. I'm very happy with my purchase. I was mainly choosing between the RSX-S and the WRX. I went with the RSX-S because it seemed to have a larger bang for the buck when comparing all the features. The WRX seemed like they put all the money into the engine and drive-train and not much into anything else. I also preferred to stay away from the turbo for reliability reasons. I also needed the big trunk. The WRX doesn't have fold-down rear seats, so you can't put furniture in the trunk, but you can put a lot of stuff in the RSX's trunk. I never even considered the base RSX. I figured if I got the base, I wouldn't be very happy with it, and I'd always be looking at what I could have gotten instead. One thing to be aware of, is that the base RSX engine has slightly more lower end torque, so for city driving, it might feel like the base RSX engine is better than the Type-S engine. Don't believe it. You need to get the Type-S engine up in to the 6k-redline range to see the difference between the two. But if you never drive up there, why bother getting the Type-S? So, I completely recommend this car to anyone looking to buy one. I personally think it's the best in it's price range. But if you're willing to go for a larger price range, the RSX looks less appealing. If you can move up to $30k-$35k, I'd look to something other than the RSX.
Pros: looks great
Advice: some road noisegot a new eclipse 1 1/2 year ago,(wanted an acura but the mitsubishi triple zero deal got me) and after some idiot w/ no licence or insurance came into my lane and totaled my car, broke my leg and got off w/ a ticket for no licence and driving in the wrong lane, i got $$$ from my insurance co. and got me my rsx 's' type! Worth the broken leg:) only thing is the stereo IS NOT as loud or bass-y as it is advertised to be and since its a bose, it would cost like 700$ to completly upgrade. but i love my car. (had an integra in 1999 but totaled that one too:( taught me to look both ways when i pull out of my driveway!!
Pros: quick acceleration onto the freeway, awesome sound system, audio controls on steering wheel
Cons: stiff ride, poor rear visibility
Advice: drive it on a winding road and take it onto the highwayI've driven my TSX for 8 months now, and it still puts a smile on my face whenever I step on the gas. Fabulous sound system, quick acceleration, and responsive handling are my favorite features. As others have noted, it's true that other drivers will pull up beside you and stare! I think I've seen only 8 or 10 other TSX's on the road... I'm so glad I'm not driving an Accord or Camry; it's nice to be a little different. Plus, I think the quality and features compare favorably with BMW 3-series, Infiniti, and Lexus, especially for under $30,000. I was a satisfied Toyota owner for 13 years, but when I went shopping for a new car, nothing in Toyota's lineup could match the performance, size, and styling of the TSX. The only negatives are that the ride is stiff/bumpy if you're on a less than perfect road; my old Corolla seemed smoother. You really feel the road in this car. The rear view is limited; backing up is tough, and sometimes it's easy to miss seeing low/small cars behind you on the road. And then, there's paying $2.30/gallon for premium gas in San Diego...
Cons: Exterior styling
Advice: Buy it Now!!!!Very fast Silky smooth engine Great handling Awesome set of features Looks cool inside and out Great value Fantastic stereo
Pros: Styling/Gas Milage/Drivability
Advice: Ask.......Like all other Acuras, this one comes pretty loaded with features, quality and toys you would expect in this category. My gripe is the lack of attention to some obvious detail, such as the Moonroof switch location, lack of a standard trip computer, lack of auto up/down windows, and an annoying lack of lighting in the steering wheel switches. However, you do get a pretty nice soundsystem, butt-warmers, great-looking blue ambient lighting and decent leather. I absolutely love the livability of the vehicle. The handling is light and sure-footed, and the suspension seems plush for cruising, while firm enough for some respectable spirited driving. I love the clean, yet beefy rear end with the dual tailpipes, and also the mirror mounted l.e.d. turnsignals. The fold-down rear seats are welcome, as are the top-notch interior pieces and panels on the upper dash. Some areas of the interior trim do suffer from poorer matierial choices. Bottom line? A great all around vehicle for the money, with a premium nameplate. It's also pleasing to cruise past 325i's knowing they paid like 10k more for thiers with comparable features and capabilities.
Pros: 6 speed manual..everything just feels and works well (read : quality)
Cons: needs more torque..drive it like you hate it to get the most out of it
Advice: Good warrantyGood all round commuter with the right legs for some spirited driving on weekends. Could use tighter shocks/struts, but my padding is getting a little old to put up with the noisier ride (is that a gray hair I see?)