Fun car to drive, but have had a lot of little problems. Had to have power door lock motor replaced (very expensive - out of warranty) and now the hatch will not open - no way to manually override the lock, even from the inside. Side mirrors need to be heated on a car with such poor rear visibility. Ride is rough and noisy. On the other hand, driving is fun, with perky acceleration and good handling.
Engine - very willing to rev. Aerodynamics - the car just sits down harder at high speed. 5-speed transmission - smooth and easy.
Heated side mirrors, better cupholder location, manual override for hatch lock, better seats (not good for long trips).
I just bought my 5 speed Acura last week in desert silver metallic for $10,300 w/42,000 miles on it. For being six years old this car is very stylish. I am a 20 year old just out of college. I needed a car for under $11,000 that looked good and got good gas mileage. The moment I drove the Acura I knew it was it. I was previously looking at wrxs' and eclipses' but this beats them both as far as the money to quality ratio is concerned. One word EXCELLENT!
So far I am averaging 34 mpg. I drive all highway at 60 mph w/ a little town mixed in. Can you beat that? Oh yeah and the looks are great. I also love the loud whine of the reverse gear (manual tranny only).
I love the back end but am not so crazy about the front. Lots of little rattles. Bigger wheels would be nice... but I'm nitpicking, THIS IS AN AWESOME CAR!
I bought this car in 2002. This car has been my first sports car right from the dealership. I loved it on the first day and still have admiration for it. Car has cute reddish dash board that's eye pleasing. Secondly car has been extremely reliable. The car currently has 93000k miles and only changes I have done is brake jobs, tires, emission issue. At 93000 car still feels like new with same amount of acceleration as it was new.
Beautiful dashboard, reliable, good horsepower, stylish
Emission issue (check engine light) cost me 2 grand. Acura could have done better job with catalytic converter on this car. Little more power at lower rpm
I have more than 130,000 miles on this car. I lowered my car with aftermarket coilover. All the problems I got are associated with the suspension. Other than that I had zero problem. I'm getting 29-30 mpg on 80% hwy and 20%city. I love the fact that this car looks like a coupe but it's a hatchback. The hatchback provides so much utilities, you'll be surprised. One time I picked up a 52" LCD TV and the store employee said no way I can load it to my car but I did. There is no other car that provides so much fun, utilities and 30 mpg.
Hatchback, regular fuel & steering wheel.
Lowered ride in stock. They did just that for 2004 models.
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