Prelude SH or Integra Type R? If I recall, the track times for the RSX Type S outperforms both. Second, they are both only available as used vehicles anymore... in other words, yesterdays news.
I just bought an rsx type s two days ago and I think it's an unbelievable car. It seems to have everything you need; strong climate control, nice stereo, great body lines, a very powerful/fun engine, wonderful stick shift and nice leather seats with ample bolstering and lumbar support (driver). I don't have any complaints, I've only had it a short time, but I must say that I absolutely love the car. I'm 25, not married with no family. I have a girlfriend and commute to work using the subway.. but the last two days, I've been dying to get home to drive it. I can't compare it to a prelude, as my only cars so far have been a 96 civic ex and a 00 jeep wrangler sport, but this car handles beautifully. The fit and finish are Honda quality all the way and the color blue I got looks great. It's a great car, and yes, I believe its better than the Integra from what I can tell and based on numerous other write-ups.
1) an RSX is not a mini-NSX. the RSX is FWD and the NSX is RWD... BIG DIFFERENCE.
2) There is no such thing as a good FWD Sports Car. You cannot throttle steer them as well, they do not 4-wheel drift as reliably, the balance is completely off, they are notoriously unstable, and if the wheels break lose all you can do is hope they regain traction before you hit the wall. With all this said, handbrake turns can help, but they completely destroy brakes and tires.
I'll stick to RWD.
Well, obviously you can't compare rwd with fwd, there's a major difference in control and performance. Each has its own positives and negatives. However, living in a climate with a great deal of snow, makes owning a rwd sports car, a hobby at best. I can't tell you how many times I've passed Mustangs and S2000's sliding on the road, some with snow tires. Its just a fact, that for the money, the RSX type-S is a wonderfully designed car.. a sports car. It handles great, takes the turns very smoothly with minimal body roll and has great acceleration. Remember, most who buy this car are looking for something they can also take to work on a daily basis, and this car is very compliant in dealing with the strains of traffic. To compare it to a rwd sports car you'd have to be driving the vehicle at its limits, which most people rarely, if ever, get to do.
Dude...It may not be called a Integra in America... But in Japan and all over the world it IS called an Integra. Stop whining. If you like this car then buy it, and if you don't then don't hate on the people who did buy it. Everybody has different tastes so live with it! Oh yeah and if you think I'm some idiot then I'm the idiot with a 96 M3.
My friend has a Type-S and his sub-woofer wasn't putting out a lot of bass either. He found out that switching the 2 wires that connect to the sub made a big difference, maybe you can try that and see how well the sub works. Also the Type-S isn't a bad car. I own a Type-R and I think that my car is a much better sports car, however, Honda does have a Type-R model for the RSX and that will blow my Type-R right off the track.
A lot of people like to hate on people for what they think about a car. First of all, whoever compared an NSX to a RSX-S. I don't really know what that was about, but how could you compare a mid-engine, rwd car to a fwd car with the engine in the front. Besides the $70,000 price difference, the only thing that is the same with the two cars is that they both have 4 wheels and a steering wheel. With that said, I have an '02 type S. Personally I love the car, and with under $2000 have boosted the performance, and appearance dramatically... not to say that it's not a great car to begin with. If you don't like them, don't buy one, and especailly don't hate on people who do. Spend your money elsewhere. The type S is a great car with lots of potential, the choices are yours.
I bought a type S a few months ago after owning a 3 series BMW. I had the type S lowered with some minor engine work and spoiler package. The car is terrific and would blow the pants off the my old 328!
I just bought a RSX today and I love it. Fun, cheap, good looking and the girls like it. Besides I couldn't afford the NSX... oh well.
Own a 2002 RSX Type S, drives great for a FWD. I wish I had money to buy an M3 SMG, but obviously I'm way off my wants!
No upgrades at all, only change was front tires, they went quick, but I really like the inexpensive, but great handling Kumho Ecsta on the front now.
If you are looking for a sports car on this range, everything else goes wrong. All my friends and women out there are always checking out this car. Silver with dark tints is the way to go, but only to show off when it's shiny.
Absolutely proud of my car, won't buy anything else in years to come!
I own an RSX type-s and I m also having trouble with the 3rd gear every now and then.
The acceleration is quite good, but I wished
I wouldn't have to put up with that burnt rubber smell every time I rev it over 6000rpm.
My son burned up the clutch in his RSX S Type. It had only 3000 miles on it. He bought it new. I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem?
Not A Whiner... Just Curious,
Anti-RSX nerds please stop comparing it to an NSX. When there's a price difference that uberhuge, then don't bother. Compare it to another sports car that's in the similar price range, like an MR2.
And I'll have to say that the RSX is quite a well engineered high output machine. VERY high output. It's got something in the ball park of 200 horses in a 2.0 liter engine. That's a hundred horses per liter. How many cars can brag a hundred horses a liter? The 5.0 liter Mustangs can't say they've got 500 horsepower.
Perhaps some people don't like the RSX's body style, whatever, to each his own. But stop comparing it to something so much more expensive. I read another review comparing a Civic Si to a Lamborghini. A Lamborghini!!! Point is, any Joe Shmoe who makes 30k a year can afford an RSX, not a whole lot can afford an NSX.
I purchased my RSX Type-S three weeks ago, It is by far the best value I have run across. Excellent power to weight ratio. Fit and finish is excellent, the six speed really lets you whip the car into a frenzy quickly or if you shift conservatively and not go past 4K RPM, it will get decent gas mileage. If somebody wants a sports car real bad, but can't justify it for practicality reasons. This is the vehicle for you. The price is reasonable, interior is roomy. the back seat is a bit small, but how many times does somebody ride back there? right not too many times really. when you fold the seats down the trunk is cavernous. I made a Costco run in it and it did very well. Very practical and very fun. Go for it!