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2003 Acura RSX - Consumer Reviews

2003 Acura RSX

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Acura RSX - Transmission Issues
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By Scott
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2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I like everything about this car, except for the transmission. The 5 speed grinds often in 2nd and 3rd gear, and over 1900 people have signed a petition regarding this. Honda blames the driver...most of whom have been driving sticks for years. And no other manufacture seems to have a website dedicated to this problem. 3 Trips to the dealer and nothing has been done to fix or improve the problem. They have also not fixed my side airbag light that comes on and stays on more and more often. The Acura rep was rude and insulting of my shifting. The fun to drive factor is gone.


Best Features

Versitile - Engine


Worst Features

Redesign transmission, clutch, clutch linkage, or whatever is causing thousands of owners to have shifting problems.


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Growing Out of My RSX
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By luotodm
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2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I found a brand new 2003 still in the showroom in July 2004. Dealer took $4k off, and I couldn't pass it up. Absolute blast to drive on curvey roads and highways alike. Suspension is tight (but bumpy at times), and enough power to pass anyone. Hatchback with folding seats has been life-saver. The clutch requires extra leg-work and can give you a cramp after awhile. Also you have to get the clutch all the way to the floor, no room for mistakes, or you'll grind gears. Get the auto if doing a lot of stop-and-go. Had trouble with my starter, and was replaced after 4th visit. Perfect car for recent grad. But I need more cargo space, and 4 doors would be nice.


Best Features

Power, good looks, sunroof. Lots of cargo space with seats down. Real fun to drive, and has a little bit of functionality


Worst Features

Get a lighter clutch feel, Put an armrest/storage space between front seat. The footwell of the front passenger seat is awkward, it's hard to fit your feet in just right.


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Amazing, but could be rounded out more
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By John
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2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I have owned this vehicle for about 23 months now and I drive about 2000 miles per month. My driving is about 1/2 city and 1/2 freeway and I've taken it on some longer road trips also. It has great gas mileage, great acceleration and tight steering and suspension. The seats definitely get uncomfortable, but they also let you feel the road in a sporty way. After the first few hundred miles, I thought the 6-speed transmission was broken, but it turns out that Acura just makes 'em "different". Third gear is a little odd (you'll probably grind it from time to time, even if you're very experienced). The BOSE sound system is nothing special compared to other luxury sound systems.


Best Features

Gas mileage, tight and sporty steering and suspension. Quick acceleration. Extremely low and predictable operating costs - maintenance on this thing is CHEAP and nothing has ever broken (except for a headlight that was only working from time to time until it was replaced.)


Worst Features

Lots of road noise gets tiring quickly. Seats could be a little more comfortable, and for an Acura one would generally expect power and heated seats which would be a nice improvement. Would also like to see HID lighting and a GPS navigation option.


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Great car but a little bumpy
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By Automatic
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2003 Acura RSX 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I purchased this vehicle because of it's reputation. However, I felt a little disappointed with only two things; City Gas mileage and the bumpy ride. The suspension is great but the shocks are bouncing you all over the place. It's a little nerve racking. Other than that I have to say the car is excellent. Enough storage space and the controls are within reach. Keep in mind this is not really a racing car its a sporty look and feel but it's not going to take you from 0- 60 anytime quick, unless you step on it and suck all the gas out of your tank. Which bring me to the next point of gasoline. It doesn't have good gas mileage in the city but the highway it's great.


Best Features

The stylish look, storage capacity and comfort. Triptronic automatic transmission.


Worst Features

Better shock and armrest desired.


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Full Obsessed Customer Review
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By Paula
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2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

Gorgeous, classy, sports car! Definitely worth the money if you have it, can be pricey though (gas + payments). Can race and blow others out on the highway. Is discouraging to drive in cities where there are tons of stop lights. Small and compact, but still seems to fit all my stuff in it. Friends are little squished in backseat. Haven't had any under the hood problems with it yet (at 36k). The leather does have to be taken care of because it is stretched tight and wears out in spots. Not a big deal though. Best clutch-smooth shifting. Good in the snow (for Colorado). Side air bag for passenger automatically shuts off for small kids in front seat. Fold down back seats to trunk. Lumbar support on/off


Best Features

In-dash 6 CD changer + sub sits in spare tire-more trunk room and still sounds good. leather interior and the seats because they are good for holding you in on sharp turns and not as cold as other cars in winter. Cup holders fit almost every size. Hepa filter + ABS + auto temp are great too.


Worst Features

Get the heated seats like Canada's RSX, add a bit more torque just for the 0-25 MPH, and better gas mileage. Bigger sunroof and glove compartment. Some rock chipping in the front. '05 front headlights look like civics. Quieter automatic lock horn. V6 engine + turbo? compass+ temp? All nit-picking...


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