Car is not overly comfortable on long road trips. Rear visibility is poor. Blind spots are bad for lane changing. Backup camera is a must (I added this myself). Rear seats are small and cramped and uncomfortable. Hard to exit the car gracefully. Parts are noticeably expensive (had to replace starter recently).
I purchased a 2004 Acura RSX base model with 28,XXX miles on it a couple of months ago (I'd still be driving it if I hadn't rear ended somebody). In the time i had this amazing car, the only thing that went wrong was an o2 sensor and it only cost me $40 to replace. This car is absolutely impeccable! Everything about it is extremely amazing.
The only complaints i had were the comfort of the seats at long car rides and the quirky shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Other than that, I wish i still had this car.
I owned this car for 8 years and loved it. Such a great value for a car with all of the main luxury items you would want. I never had any major mechanical problems and always had fun driving this even though it was a stick and I lived in LA. Had to trade it in for a more family friendly car last year, but still miss driving it!
Hatchback is great -- lots of space for transporting stuff.
4 seats are pretty decent size for a small car.
6 speed transmission is so fun to drive.
Stereo with Bose subwoofer in the trunk is awesome!!