2003 Acura RSX Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2003 Acura RSX Type S 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Practical Luxury Sports Coupe

Faults:

Nothing so far. Flawless reliability I expected from a Honda/Acura product.

General Comments:

Fantastic little sports coupe. Plenty of standard features that are options on more expensive cars.

Handling is superb, regardless of the FWD layout.

Simple clean good looks. No racy, spoilers, splitters, or exaggerated lines.

Effortless acceleration in any gear. VTEC is amazing... winding the car up in the lower gears is hard to resist.

Beautiful interior, excellent driving position, well bolstered sport seats.

Six speed transmission is a pleasure to use.

Hatchback design makes this/that more practical.

Aftermarket tuning options are endless.

A few negatives of course:

Stock tires need more grip.

Engine lacks needed torque.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2004

2003 Acura RSX Type S 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance1300 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Ever have an adolescent stare at your vehicle in awe. Buy this car and find out

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Very well appointed, it comes loaded with everything that is normally considered optional.

Bose stereo is extremely nice, you really have to crank it up though to hear it when windows and hatch are open.

Watch your rpm's though, it really charges up fast past 4000 rpms. I've hit the rev limiter twice without meaning to. Yikes! Very fun though.

Very satisfying to dust off cars costing twice as much and less well equipped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2004

2003 Acura RSX Type S 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance326 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

The best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Front auto-lock hubs going out for the third time.

Front axle seals seeping again. Changed at 60k with 113 on it presently and they look like they're going again.

General Comments:

Overall the S-10 was just a good vehicle, not great, but good. I put a lot of miles on it in a relatively short period of time and it performed well with a minimum of hassle. But in the end it used too much gas (17MPG Highway) and it was showing it's age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

6th May 2004, 07:59

What are you talking about??

The s-10 or the RSX-s your review is very confusing.

10th May 2004, 23:43

Sounds like he is talking about an S-10. I do know an RSX does not have "locking hubs"

2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2.0L I-VTec from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L I-VTec Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance8800 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Best performance to price ratio

Faults:

Nothing

3rd gear hard to shift into when cold.

General Comments:

-Fast car, but you cannot feel the torque. Handles great, but very noisy.

-The heated seats heat up too quickly. Must be turned off after a few minutes.

The tires (Michelin) really suck.

-Smells like burnt rubber (probably the brakes) after reving the engine.

Back to the 3rd Gear:does anyone have that problem too?

Bottom line: Sporty car, that still remain inconspicuous. (A lot of losers with v6 Camry's Pontiac Sun-fire test me.

This car is quicker than a BMW 330 (0 to 60).

How does it compare to the type R performance wise. (quicker or slower?)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

2003 Acura RSX type-s 2.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance7600 miles
Previous carJeep TJ

Summary:

Quality and great performance for a great price

Faults:

There have been no problems at all with this car.

General Comments:

I have read some reviews that comment on the difficulty of shifting into 3rd gear. I have found that on occasion I also have some difficulty shifting into that gear, however I have noticed that this happens on quick shifts after the car has been idle for a while. Once the car is warmed up or if I make sure the clutch is all the way to the floor, the problem doesn't seem to present itself. I had a 2000 Jeep Wrangler previously and it was plagued with problems. This car has been maintenance free aside from the normal oil change which only occurs every 5k miles. Gas mileage is great, I only have to fill the tank once every week and a half to two weeks. I drove from Boston to Montreal on a single tank which was pretty good. I love drawbacks that I've noticed have been the lack of grip on the tires in hard corners and the inability to attach a roof mounted bike carrier. Other than that, the car is a gem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2004

18th Jul 2004, 12:04

I work at an Acura dealership in the service department and there is a service bulletin for the RSX-S for the third gear shifting problem. Take it to your local Acura dealership and tell them about it right away.

10th Dec 2008, 05:23

That's normal gears; 1 and 2 are triple-cones synchromesh, 3 to 6 are double-cones.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 15 reviews