I have been driving this car every day for about months and haven't had to take it to get worked on once. While having a good amount of power you get good fuel mileage, can't beat that.The baking power is amazing the car will stop on a dime The RSX holds its value witch is good. This is my first car and I feel i made the right choice.
If you live in an area that has rough roads, make sure you test drive before buying - this car does not respond well to rough road surfaces. A lot of noise transfers to the cabin and the ride is harsh. This is due to the sport suspension. I had an '03 Type S before the '06 and do not remember the ride being as tight/harsh. Asside from ride quality on less than perfect roads, this car is perfect - great gas mileage, a lot of fun to drive and it holds its value very well. One other known issue among 05-06 RSX owners is the dash rattles when the temps go below 50. Once the car's interior warms up, the rattle goes away. These issues aside, I would purchase this car again.
Gas mileage, reliabilty, fun to drive.
Better ride quality on less-than-perfect roads. Better sub woofer for stereo - 8" Bose sub is not very good.
I chose this car over a few other performance cars that offered more features and/or were a better value - I liked the styling, and the fuel economy is excellent if you drive sedately. If you do push the engine up to 7k+ (no point buying a Type-S if you don't), you're in for a lot of fun. The ride is very stiff - if you need a comfortable ride, look elsewhere. Handling can be skittish when accelerating hard. Some quality issues: the shifter often didn't want to go into 3rd (mainly when the car was cold - solved by replacing the stock transmission fluid with a better quality one), lots of rattles (moonroof, dash, hatch), and the paint chips easily. The Bose audio system is awful (see below).
Nice styling - interior and exterior. Simple and functional instruments and controls. Good fuel economy. Strong engine/drive train. Fun to drive at high RPM.
Limited-slip differential. Better quality interior materials and construction - too many rattles. The Bose system lacks depth and clarity and sounds very uninspiring. No aux. input and no digital audio capability (mp3, etc) is also a huge drawback. It's also difficult/costly to replace.
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