2003 Acura RSX User Reviews

2003 Acura RSX Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 32 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"ride" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Larry writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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5

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Best car I have ever owned, now has 139,000 miles, drives like a car with 40,000. Handling, power  (for a 4 cylinder) amazing.

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Clutch master cylinder failed after replacing car shifts perfectly no more grinding or third gear problems.

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Great Sporty Car — I have seen a lot of reviews on the RSX type S the major complaints seem to be the 6 speed transmission, shifting and grinding. My car had this similar problem when I purchased it. I changed trans fluid with Amsoil Product, which did seem to help a little, but after reading about the clutch master cylinder problems I purchased an after market Master cylinder, had it installed, and all transmission problems GONE! This car also still has the original clutch that does not slip and works fine. Only other thing replaced on the car have been oxygen sensors and catalytic converter. Also have installed Acura A Spec suspension, lowers the car about an inch and handles fantastic, it does ride a little firmer which I prefer anyway I am 61 years old and absolutely love this kids car LOL

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Joshua writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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Looks good, drives good, and its made by Honda, so you know it will last good.

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Needs just a little more power in my poinion.. I think 260 would be nice.

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Arura Rsx Type-s 2003 — Great overall car right out of the box. Great for anyone looking to get into better than average performance. The Type-S is able to reach 140 mph in its stock form. This car stock is better than pre K20 Civic SIs. The Good: -Close the sunroof and feel the car get slicker as it loses resistance climbing ever higher towards its top speed. -The Stock 6 disk CD changer and cassette by BOSE complete with 8" Sub that mounts in the hub of the spare tire. -Leather interior, 6 speed manual, steering that tightens as you go faster, and wipers that do the same. -No more timing belt - K series uses a chain that doesnt have to be replaced for the life of the engine. The Less than Good: -The cable shift is a little finicky - just by itself - Honda did better with the cable shift 5 speeds. -2nd gear in the tranny tends to grind if your not careful how you shift. (2nd gear kits are available aftermarket.) -Spark Plugs are expensive - the correct ones last forever but will run you over $15/each. -CV Drive Shafts are impossible to find Aftermarket - be ready to get OE parts from Acura/Honda dealers. (hopefully this changes before long)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Eric writes:
2003 Acura RSX Coupe w/ 5-spd Review
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Great cargo space, zippy enough without being overpowered.

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okay build quality, might even be a little underpowered.

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Decent All Around For A Coupe — The first 5-speed I've owned. I can wring some power out of it if I need to, but its not as quick as it should be off the line. And, after spending a few years in Boston has accumulated its fair share of dents, which show quite noticeably. I like the zeroed-out gauges and the red lighting, but the build quality leaves a little to be desired. The car has a deep-seated rattle somewhere in the dash, I can't pinpoint it either, and its been there for years. The drivers-side power window motor has always had issues too, and the fuel-gauge never seems to tell me how much gas I actually have in the tank. (During the course of a day it might go from reading 1/4 of a tank to E with the fuel light on, after about 10 miles of driving). Oh, and the seat-belt retractors have worn out due to the seat-belts hanging on the bucket seats when you unfasten them. It does feel like a luxury car though sometimes, the leather wrapped steering wheel is nice and so is the leather trim and seats. One thing this little car has is a lot of cargo room for a coupe. I've fit more crap in there than I thought on more than one occasion. On the performance side, the 2 liter, 160 HP inline 4 does a decent job. I can pull it past 100 without much effort. The car is a bit too heavy for the engine though. No mistaking this for anything but a slightly higher displacement 4 cyl. Even power delivery all the way up to red-line though. I feel any change in weight though, which means the engine is producing just enough power, and might actually be a little underpowered. It is fun, the small steering wheel gives precision to your driving, its quick and responsive with some serious road feel and feedback. Its never too easy to turn the wheel, so it doesn't feel lazy or slow. The transmission is good, easy to find the right gear and although the friction zone is a little strange, you get used to it. Gas mileage is decent, yet pretty poor for the city, or it could be my driving. Either way, I'd almost rather have a Honda Fit or just ride my motorcycle more places! :)

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Mark writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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Great performance at a great value

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Problems relating to the mods that I installed...like having no suspension left because its been lowered 2", etc.

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Acura Rsx Type-s...great Little Car! — As a stock car, its great. Its reliable, fun to drive, comfortable, everything you want in a car. With the mods I put on it, that isn't the really case anymore. Ces't La Vie But even with the Mods, the gas mileage is great, the performance is pretty good. 0-60 comes in about 6 seconds, stops on a dime, and the handling is superb. All in all, I would definitely own another own another Acura!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Luke writes:
2003 Acura RSX Coupe w/ 5-spd Review
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Alot of fun for a great price.

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Really only for 2 people comfortably

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Worth More Than You Pay. — Great turning radius, good accel, quality interior, decent gas milage for the style, alittle cramped minimal back seat room. plenty of cargo room. Very well priced. a lot of fun to drive. Sturdy suspension, good visibility. Very much worth it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kevin writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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Engine, Seats, Steering feel, Brakes, good gas mileage, huge cargo area

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No power under 5000 RPM, sometimes doesn't go into 3rd gear easily

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Great Little Sporty Car — Great engine, great steering feel, great seating position and ergonomics. Amazingly fun to drive. Sad they discontinued it.

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Matt writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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well above average in every department

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None really.

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Solid Little Coupe. — Front-wheel drive and plenty practical while very sporty. While it is not a mid-engine supercar, it is really fun to drive fast. The car is also really kind to every-day activities like parking, sitting in traffic, buying stuff, putting stuff into your car, and even taking friends places. It's not luxury sedan, but has room for a couple of average sized people in the back. The regular RSX is quick and the RSX Type-S is fast. However, the regular old RSX tends to feel faster around town since it's engine is geared for more torque- so you get more ooomph from the engine right away. That means no waiting for the power to build with the rpms. However, IF you get the Type-S, it rewards you with intensely high revs and great handling. The Type-S also has a really fun and friendly gearbox and clutch that just beg to play. Both are great, but I would opt for the Type-S.

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Allison writes:
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Fun And Peppy Car — I leased the RSX-S for three years and absolutely loved the car. Externally it's beautiful: very sleek with clean lines. The deep metallic blue color was especially striking, and always stood out in a crowd. Inside the car had great leather seats and a modern silver with red backlight instrument cluster. I wish the US models came with heated seats, but it appears that only the Canadian models had that feature. I also didn't like the bucket seats - it was impossible to reach into the back seat to grab something. But I think the bucket seats add to the sportiness of the car. The engine was really exciting, and I'm not one to normally get excited about engines. It revs up really high, especially when you have the stick-shift model that I had, and it was a lot of fun to drive. I think the RSX is a great quality car. It's a relatively affordable car that you can feel cool driving up to any club or restaurant's Valet service.

Owner for 3 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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YMendez writes:
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Everything

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YMendez
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Great — Not much to it. A very good quality car with good mpgs, very low mileage. Good handling, acceleration and braking. Fair maintenance and repair costs. Cruise control for long trips and fuel economy. Comfortable bucket seats for driver and passenger. Remote control for radio for easy radio manipulation.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Carlos writes:
2003 Acura RSX Type-S Review
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The looks

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Good Choice — It is a fast car handles very good, i have done minor repairs on brakes replaced the clutch and i spent a lot o money on upgrades to de engine and outside body to make it look different,it is a good looking car and fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2006 Acura RSX Reviews

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2005 Acura RSX Reviews

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2004 Acura RSX Reviews

I Love To Drive This Car! By Badger446124

This is great daily driver,great gas milage,and it has his and hers sport shifter,it has give me no trouble and is very dependable,its security system is a little sensitive but it was well worth the m... Read More

Excellent Craftmanship By Badger446124

The best car ive ever had.it has had zero problems,just regular stuff,it runs strong and handles like a dream,gas milage improved to 33 mpg with cold air kit.kenwood sound system with navigator make i... Read More

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2002 Acura RSX Reviews

Fun And Practical. By HBreck

I've had my eye on an RSX-S for quite some time now. When I finally purchased this one (to replace my departed Volvo), I had narrowed it down to this and a 2003 Acura CL type S 6 speed. Truthfully, I ... Read More

Neck Turner By graterolrandy25

I definitely like the fact that it is a Honda or acura I like the fact that is a popular car overall and it defenitely looks really nice when driving it wherever you go. Absoultely one of a kind thank... Read More

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