• How To Choose The Right Used Acura RSX

    Researching how to choose the right used Acura RSX is a fairly easy process. Manufactured from 2002 to 2006 as the replacement for the popular Acura Integra coupe, the Acura RSX was available in base and “Type-S” trim levels, with the only major upgrades taking place in the 2005 model year.

    The base RSX came with a 160 horsepower (commonly referred to as “hp”,) motor and the choice of either an automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The Type-S came with a 200 hp motor that was upped to 210 hp in 2005 and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission.

    Among some of the upgrades the 2005 RSX Type-S received were:

    • Engine intake and exhaust modifications that increased the power of the Type-S models by 10 hp to 210 hp at 7800 rpm
    • Use of a timing chain instead of a timing belt, which reduced maintenance needs
    • Better suspension tuning to strengthen handling precision making for a smoother ride
    • Improved steering system for enhanced feel and quicker response
    • Enhanced braking
    • Larger diameter, 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season high-performance tires
    • Increased body rigidity, with reduced vehicle noise and vibrations
    • New front and rear bumper designs, and redesigned headlight and taillight assemblies, as well as a restyled grille

    When considering an used Acura RSX, keep in mind that it was created and marketed for performance-minded young men. This means that many were owned by teenagers who are not known for their gentle treatment or timely maintenance.

    Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for any major accidents and ask to see repair and maintenance records of any used Acura RSX you may consider purchasing.