I just traded in my RSX-S (9700 miles)
and was glad to do it. Ever since I
bought the car I have had transmission
problems with grinding from 1st to 2nd
and with 2nd to 3rd gears. Sometimes I
was unable to get 3rd gear to engage
without forcing it into gear. I then
contacted the dealership for warranty
repair for the problem and they would
not fix it. They stated the problem
was not bad enough and had to
completely fail and strand me in the
middle of no where, before they would
fix it. Over all the rest of the
vehicle is well built, but I would
suggest dont buy one until Acura can
fix the transmission problems or buy a
I loved my 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 5-speed:
brilliant steering and magic, compliant
long-travel suspension. Wanted SVT
Focus, but none available. Acura
offered a GREAT lease deal: $1k down
included 1st mo, 48mo @$275 w/tax for
RSX-S w/15k miles/yr. Mazda 3S
hatchback nice but only $9/mo less than
better performing/feature-laden RSX-S.
Mini S nice but too small, too $$.
Best feature: tan leather, high-quality
interior vs. cloth in coal-bin black.
Type S = fabulous performance (esp.
engine/6 speed), but rather too stiff &
frenetic. Comfy seats, well
bolstered. Why don't they put better,
stickier tires on these??? Best-in-
Tan leather interior (not black!),
superb 6 speed, fit & finish, quality
materials, feature-laden for great
price. Hot rod engine (if you're
willing to use the revs), Acura dealer
experience, long warranty. I like the
looks. Hatchback practicality, decent
stereo. Great lease deal.
Stiff suspension lacks
travel/compliance, esp.@ rear. Way
under-tired for intended sporty usage
(needs wider, stickier tires), failure
of seats to return to previous
position, engine slightly buzzy.
Steering wheel could be thicker,
firmer. Needs more interior storage.
This is a great car for the money.
The interior is beautiful in its
simplicity, the stereo is perfect, and
it's fun to drive. I still can't get
used to the weird body design since I
had two Integras before it that were
frankly much easier on the eye.
However, the driver-oriented interior
more than makes up for it. The
perforated leather seats are very
sporty and elegant. The engine on
this little car is great & kicks in if
you know how to drive a stick
correctly. It is also SO reliable!
I've never had ONE problem w/ any of
the 4 Acuras I've owned.
Leather interior, stereo system, 6-
speed, fun engine, great customer
service, extremely reliable, tight
Body style is kinda ugly, suspension
needs help, even more oomph in
the engine would be great, better
headroom in back, more choice in
interior colors, get rid of
plastic on interior of doors
and replace w/ leather!
I owned a Toyota Corolla GTS for 19
years and 300,000 miles and was hoping
to buy another Toyota but the Celica
rode like a bucket. Researched for two
months and this is the best car for
what you get. Many wonderful amenities
and it's just plain fun to drive, plus
the styling is elegant for a sports car.
Great interior set-up, red dash,
climate control, Bose 6-CD in-dash,
plus cassette, moonroof, best location
for cup holders when you're shifting,
climate control, seat adjustablity, etc.