2005 Acura RSX Consumer Reviews

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2005 Acura Rsx
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Type S, FTW

by from Cleveland, OH on November 4, 2010

I've dreamed about getting this car ever since it won the Car & Driver Cheap Speed Comparo in 2005. It's a blast to drive, especially if you like shifting. That 6-spd close ratio transmission (Type S ...
I've dreamed about getting this car ever since it won the Car & Driver Cheap Speed Comparo in 2005. It's a blast to drive, especially if you like shifting. That 6-spd close ratio transmission (Type S model only) is not 5 gears plus an overdrive; it's 6 gears that you'll be winding through continually. It's like a sportbike on 4 wheels: you can hang in a gear for a long time if you want to push it, but if you're cruising you'll want to be in 6th gear even as low as 35mph because the gearing is just that small, or big, I should say. People don't understand why Acura stopped making this car, but really it lives on in the Honda line where they wanted their racier image portrayed, in the Civic Si. The RSX-S lacks the LSD the Si has, but has all of the looks and appointments you love. If you want to keep the wheels down with all that power, I do recommend you swap out the differential with a Quaife LSD. Otherwise, you can't accelerate from a stoplight and make a turn full-go -- you have to back off. Some cons: -tell people to duck as they get in the backseat as there is a beam across the top that actually has more room behind it, where the back glass meets the roof -3rd gear is notchy sometimes -can't be much taller than 6'-2" and be in a sport seat position without hitting your head The seats BTW, are awesome. They have all the support you need plus are pleasantly covered with leather, as is the small-sized steering wheel, and shift-knob. So yeah if you're looking for cheap economical wallet-saving thrills, pick yourself up one of these, unless you get caught going 135 cuz then I dunno what your insurance company will think of it... or the state. Otherwise, take one for a spin! And make sure you take it through 5800rpms and on up in at least one of the gears to feel what the i-VTEC is all about. If you've only experienced VTEC before and not i-VTEC, I will tell you the advanced intake timing makes it even more supreme.
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Love this car -- and so does everyone else!

by from Philadelphia, PA on February 26, 2008

I purchased my '05 Acura RSX Type - S in October of 2004. I couldn't be happier with my first major purchase. This car has never had a single problem. I am still on my original tires, and the handling...
I purchased my '05 Acura RSX Type - S in October of 2004. I couldn't be happier with my first major purchase. This car has never had a single problem. I am still on my original tires, and the handling is beautiful. I am well into my third year, and this car has never broken down, no mechanical problems whatsoever, and the sound system works as perfect as the first day I got it. My favorite thing about the car is it's looks. People tell me everywhere I go what a beautiful car I have. And guys love looking under the hood! The Vtec engine is apparantly a big hit. I don't know much about cars, so it's reliabilty and easy upkeep have been very important. The 6-Disc CD player and 7 speakers are great. Parallel parking is easier than any car I have ever driven. I would recommend this car to everyone. The only issue I would have is if I had children. It is hard to put a carseat in the back, but it can be done. I have on occassion. Also it is not very roomy in the back. It would be extremely uncomfortable for a man over 6 foot to sit back there for extended periods of time. The trunk space is unbelieveable though. I am suprised in what I can fit in there. I am sad that acura no longer makes this model. I hope my review helps you. I know it's not very car informative, but this car has been great to me.
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Acura RSX

by from West covina on May 4, 2010

I recently just purchased a used RSX if you are able to find a nice one that hasnt been raced out or anything this car will be a great car for you you may wanna be careful with the 02-04 years becuase...
I recently just purchased a used RSX if you are able to find a nice one that hasnt been raced out or anything this car will be a great car for you you may wanna be careful with the 02-04 years becuase there was a problem with the 2nd gear but this car is still a beauty
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by from Hartford, CT on January 21, 2011

I reviewed this car in July '06 (B+/A- was the title). I still have it, and now it has 109K miles. I just had to have my first work done on it that wasn't simple routine maintenance. At 109K, I needed...
I reviewed this car in July '06 (B+/A- was the title). I still have it, and now it has 109K miles. I just had to have my first work done on it that wasn't simple routine maintenance. At 109K, I needed a new clutch and a new alternator. Now it's good as new again, and I plan to drive it to 200K; I'm hoping this will be my last gas-powered vehicle.
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by from Trumansburg, NY on November 17, 2013

Comfort is adequate. The type-S can get a little loud when you twist its tail but you'll love the 8100 rpm redline. The engine is among the finest ever built. Ten years gone and Acura has gone green, ...
Comfort is adequate. The type-S can get a little loud when you twist its tail but you'll love the 8100 rpm redline. The engine is among the finest ever built. Ten years gone and Acura has gone green, but the k20 remains a shining example of what once was possible. Reliability is Unearthly. If you don't ruin the engine with a turbo it will go forever. Handling is incredible. Whatever tires you use are the limiting factor.
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BIg Bang for the buck, and extremely reliable

by from kansas City on February 23, 2008

We bought this car new and not only does it look good, it handles great and still gets 31 mpg on the hiway. would buy all over again.
We bought this car new and not only does it look good, it handles great and still gets 31 mpg on the hiway. would buy all over again.
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What a car!

by from Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2015

I originally leased my Acura RSX Type-S in 2004. When the lease ended, I couldn't find any other cars that matched its performance anywhere near its price point and ended up extending the lease and su...
I originally leased my Acura RSX Type-S in 2004. When the lease ended, I couldn't find any other cars that matched its performance anywhere near its price point and ended up extending the lease and subsequently buying out the car. It has lasted be for 11 years and was still driving great. After 70K miles (mostly city stop-and-go Los Angeles driving), the only real work I had to do on the car was to change the brakes and eventually the clutch. The car still drove great when I sold it. The car isn't the smoothest drive, but more than makes up for it in its superior handling and pickup. The Type-S also comes with every feature you could want standard. The only feature I wish it has was an aux-in line but the Bose cassette player (tape adapter plugged into my iPhone for music) served as a decent work around. The Bose sound system provided wonderful sound that made the long drives around windy roads that much more enjoyable.
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good car

by from on September 5, 2010

good looking and good gas mileage for a car with this type of performance i would recommend it anyone
good looking and good gas mileage for a car with this type of performance i would recommend it anyone
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EXCELLENT VALUE, PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY

by from SAN ANTONIO, TX on February 28, 2011

THIS CAR IS AMAZING!!! THE THPE S PERFORMANCE IS OUTSTANDING, AND IT WILL TAKE U UP TO 140MPH (MAYBE MORE) WITH NO PROBLEM IF YOU HAVE THE ROOM TO WIND IT OUT. THE FUEL MILEAGE IS EXCELLENT ALTHOUGH I...
THIS CAR IS AMAZING!!! THE THPE S PERFORMANCE IS OUTSTANDING, AND IT WILL TAKE U UP TO 140MPH (MAYBE MORE) WITH NO PROBLEM IF YOU HAVE THE ROOM TO WIND IT OUT. THE FUEL MILEAGE IS EXCELLENT ALTHOUGH IT CALLS FOR PREMIUM FUEL FOR THE TYPE S. OVERALL FUN TO DRIVE, AND LOOKS GREAT!!!
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B+/A-

by from Hartford, CT on July 21, 2006

30K miles and no problems at all. No real complaints, either. I average 27mpg; I got 30 with my '94 Integra. When your biggest complaint after 30K miles is that you wish you were getting 3 more mpg, i...
30K miles and no problems at all. No real complaints, either. I average 27mpg; I got 30 with my '94 Integra. When your biggest complaint after 30K miles is that you wish you were getting 3 more mpg, it's a pretty good car. Oh, yeah- don't even think about putting anyone over 10 years old in the back seat. That's just cruel. It's comfy (in the front, anyway), quick, fun, and reliable as death and taxes. To get a better handling car, you have to spend $40K+. I just can't believe Acura is killing the model.
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