To provide Acura patrons with same huge driving fun and performance as Acura Integra did but without putting on much cost: this was the simple but unadulterated truth behind the mission of Acura RSX that was introduced in 2002 as a replacement for the much-celebrated Acura Integra line. Though Acura RSX has taken some pretty fair share of amused regards from the auto enthusiasts, several also cast their doubt over the weight of justification that these newly released line of vehicles from Acura were indeed a sensible replacement for Acura Integra. Nevertheless, after the buying public has taken some time to absorb Acura RSX's substantial elements of excellent features, these vehicles eventually had took effect and won many hearts of enthusiasts.
The new Acura RSX sported more power, luxury, and new styling. Available in a body style of three-door hatchback, RSX was offered with more headroom fit for taller drivers and passengers. With the apparently heavier body than that of the Integra, it only served more room for improved sound deadening, stiffer structure, and more capability for crash protection.
Acura RSX has choices between three well-equipped types: Acura RSX base, Acura RSX premium, and Acura Integra Type-S. Engines (2.0 L four cylinder with intelligent-VTEC) used were the same but for the Type-S has stronger and aggressive internal components. Standard air conditioning system, cruise control, and CD stereo, driver/passenger/side airbags are all featured the three Acura RSX classes. The 2005 Acura RSX is now offered with two versions: the favorite high-performance RSX Type S and and the sporty RSX. Like the older edition, both sport advanced engines still with intelligent-VTEC system that distributes enhanced performance across a broad power band. Each Acura RSX vehicle, evident was the updated features that boasts of a refined to modernized interior and aesthetic appeal.
Each Acura RSX part speaks for its power over performance and aesthetic wise of these vehicles. Among Acura RSX parts that were offered as standards are: automatic climate control system, power moon roof, keyless entry system (with anti-theft engine immobilizer), power windows, audio system with in-dash CD player, with standard safety systems. For such remarkable vehicle in contemporary's era of the auto industry, Acura RSX are given multiple options to stand out more among its range of contenders. A whole host of Acura RSX auto parts can give new concept of styling and performance. Acura RSX aftermarket parts and Acura RSX performance parts will give different options to let Acura RSX autos grow into something more different that will suit the driver's preference. Found in the market ranges from Acura RSX Type S parts to Acura RSX accessories. These aftermarket parts for Acura RSX would welcome a new height of satisfaction to the driver's different tastes in an automobile.
I have a secondhand Acura RSX with 38,000 miles on it. I'm not sure if the previous owner has ever changed the transmission fluid, but I feel like I should have changed it already or, at least, change it soon. Right now the transmission feels fine, so I'm not sure if it might need a fluid change or not. Is there any way to tell if the transmission fluid has been changed or if it needs one?
There is no other way to tell whether the transmission fluid has been changed except asking the owner about it. Also, the only way to tell that you need it done as soon as possible is if the vehicle starts stalling. According to the Acura RSX owner's manual, if you have automatic transmission, you must replace the transmission fluid every 60,000 miles for the first time then every 30,000 miles after that. If your car has manual transmission, you need to change it every 60,000 miles. So if your car has an automatic transmission, you will have to change the transmission fluid as soon as possible before your car starts to stall.
My Acura RSX's radiator fans are not working. How can I find the cause of this issue?
This might be an electrical problem. First, check for any blown fuses and replace any that you find. If the fans are still not working, inspect the fan relays. You can find it in the under-hood fuse/relay box. You can usually hear them clicking once they are activated. If your air conditioner is working, try swapping the relays around to see if any of them makes the fans come on. Once you find the faulty relay, replace it with a new one.
I used a scan tool on my Acura RSX and got engine codes P1166 and P1167. What do these mean exactly?
These could be a warning about a blown heater core fuse, which you can find in the engine compartment of your Acura RSX. It is one of the larger fuses in the box that looks like a green box. All you have to do is replace it. These codes could also be warning about other blown fuses, so check all of the fuses under the hood and the dashboard. However, if all the fuses are fine, it is possible that your oxygen sensor is bad and you need to replace it. You might also have a wiring problem somewhere. If not either of these, the air-fuel sensor relay may be faulty. You can find this component to the left of the ECU under the glove box.
Is there a way for me to improve the torque of my Acura RSX?
If you have a base model, you can only swap the motor and the computer. Most car enthusiasts who want faster vehicles use a K24 motor and a Kpro computer. These components are expensive, though, so if you are not too eager to spend that much, you can just install a race header. It will actually make a noticeable difference.
Acura RSX: Defining Style and Performance
From a prototype to a full-blown FWD hatchback coupe, the Acura RSX had offered its users with accessible performance and a unique sporty style. As a “groundbreaking sports car” according to Dick Colliver, Acura’s Executive VP, the RSX promised to deliver “a true race-bred driving experience”. Throughout its lifespan, the RSX had appealed to consumers with its high level of refinement, unmatched reliability, and a well-deserved resale value.
2001 – 2002: Gaining ground
Launched by Honda at the 2001 New York Auto Show, the first Acura RSX was available as a front-wheel-drive hatchback coupe. A 160 hp four-cylinder engine came with the base model two-door coupe, while its performance-focused model, the Type-S edition, offered its users with 40 hp more. Aside from strong engine choices, the 2002 RSX was the first to use Acura’s “intelligent” valve-control system, which enhanced performance and efficiency.
A five-speed manual transmission came standard with the base model, while a five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic was offered as an option. However, Type-S models only had a standard, close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox. The first RSX base models possessed most of Acura’s convenience features such as an automatic climate control, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, and a moonroof. Standard safety features included side-impact airbags, and three-channel, all-disc antilock brakes.
2003 – 2004: Developing gradually
The second model of the RSX came with minor updates. The Type-S had crisper handling with its taut suspension, while the base model had an eager performance with its Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Power options were retained and the interior was slightly changed. Base models still ran on regular gas and Type-S versions were still powered by premium fuel.
Grade Logic Control feature was offered, giving users the ease of mind when it comes to shifting gears. This feature is capable of holding the proper gear and avoiding unnecessary shifting on steep grades.
2005 – 2006: Concluding years
The RSX remained available in two trim levels, the base model and the Type-S. The Acura RSX’s fourth and fifth versions received a number of performance and styling enhancements. This included a lower final drive ratio with the six-speed manual gearbox available in the Type-S, resulting in quicker acceleration.
In 2006, the base RSX, which initially produced 160 hp, was re-rated to 155 due to new SAE horsepower ratings. A stronger four-cylinder engine was offered in the Type-S, now producing 210 hp at 7,800 rpm and 143 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. In terms of design, the 2006 RSX came with compound-curved window glass to improve visibility. The steering wheel was also revamped with a new leather wrap, and the seats were given a more supportive bolstering.