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Great fun car, but with unfortunate drawback
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By denverseven
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This car is really fun to drive, especially stick. I found it to be underpowered however and always had to work for torque since it peaks so low and at high rpms. However, once you learn to time everything correctly it becomes a joy to drive. I had problems with my transmission (which are common). The gear gear kept popping out and if you tried to keep it in there it would grind. The second gear was about to go in my car (but if you read the crsx forums, you'll find tonnes of owners have second gear grind. These things really begin to take a toll after some time and destroy the enjoyment of the drive. Otherwise, great built quality - clutch will last and last, and is also very light.


Favorite Features

Light clutch, sharp gear changes, otherwise reliability. Looks great, always gets great comments. But then its so nice that it gets stolen (lol, thats what happened to mine)


Suggested Improvements

MORE POWER. More toque. Also a traction control system or a dif or something. OH and an auxiliary jack! Like come on, a tape deck???? In a 2006? Other improvements: Brink the car back! lol


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Fun little car
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By statusone
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This was my first car ever and I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was vivid blue pearl and I had the type-s so the wheels looked amazing as well. The car was definitely a head turner and everyone seemed to like, people would let me thru in traffic (this doesn't happen in something like a bimmer). It is a Honda so it is reliable as the universe and I had it serviced at Honda (since no Acura dealership was built near me at the time) and I got Honda prices, but Acura prices aren't that bad actually for a luxury car. It isn't as fast as you'd expect a 210 hp car to be. The problem is you have to wind it up to 6500 rpm to get it going and there's very little torque. But a fun drive nevertheless


Favorite Features

Beautiful car. Wheels, paint, perforated leather interior, heated seats. Red glow in the dash is easy on the eyes. Holds value like a tank.


Suggested Improvements

2nd gear grind. 3rd gear pop out. This can actually end up being dangerous if not taken care of. Tape deck is useless. Interior can be prettier. Seat is a too high and I'm only 5'7. Also it can get uncomfortable on long trips. A few rattles here and there but mostly fixable. Soft paint = Chips easy and can start rusting if not maintained. Maybe it's too beautiful - mine was stolen.


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By robertbaseball
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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So i'm a new driver and i just bought a 2005 AcuraRSX as my first car. I've driven other cars and the engine noise isen't so loud. Is it just my car or is it just a noisy car? Other than that i love it! Leather seats but very sporty bucket seats. Interior is a little plain but has plenty of room to add an indash navigation system which will do soon. Plenty of horse power even in the non S type. Great car!!


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Bang for buck
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By chris
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This car is one of the best cars I have ever owned. Fast, fuel efficient, quiet, comfortable, and long lasting. 210 hp in a car that weighs under 3000 lbs. 6 speed tranny good for lower rpms at 80 mph, or higher top speed. Governor kicks in at 145. World's fastest front wheel drive NA car. And under 20k. Would love them to continue production. :-( they never should have stopped


Favorite Features

6 speed, sunroof, 6 disc CD, bucket seats, chain driven, I-VTEC, sport look, oh yeah. Over 200 hp from a 4 cyl 2.0 ltr. Cleaner 17" rims, lo pro tires.


Suggested Improvements

a little more aero design, a lower ride, and steering wheel controls


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Resilient Coupe
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By TypeS4real
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2005 Acura RSX Type-S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This is my 2nd Type S & still impressed. With the hp bumped up to 210, it performs very well. Turn-ratio & handling are great. For a high torque coupe, it still gets good mpg, but it does require premium unleaded. Like other owners say, the ride can be extremely stiff so watch bumps in the road very carefully, seriously. I like how Acura upgraded the wheels to 17s, but wish they kept the original headlights, since that's what initially caught my eye. Interior hasn't changed, still sleek. The fold-over rear seats are a huge plus, but rear seating is narrow. As long as required maintenance is done (which is HIGHLY recommended), it'll be faithful. Definitely reliable, fun, & a great value.


Favorite Features

Pros: awesome 6-speed horsepower for a 4 cyl, great looking interior, tight handling, the standard luxuries (moonroof, spoiler, 6-disc CD changer, Bose speakers, leather seats), can do long road trips, great value.


Suggested Improvements

Cons: Wish it wasn't discontinued. While it can be a pro for some, its torque & high rev definitely makes it noisy while driving. Suspension could be tweaked to absorb more road impact; interior could have added a sunglass compartment; premium unleaded gasoline puts it at a disadvantage with some.


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