By dUbdollars on Tuesday, April 08, 2008
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I bought my 03 RSX Type-S five years ago next month. It has 94k miles, and only had expected maintainence... tires at 60k, brakes (but not rotors) at 70k, and new battery at 90k. The leather on the driver and passenger seats started cracking after only a year and a half, but I managed to get the dealer to replace them for free. Dashboard rattles a little, and there is a decent amount of road noise, especially at high speeds. Those are my only complaints. But for the money, you cannot buy a quicker, more enjoyable car. I also like the fact that it was discontinued, as now my 03 will never be surpassed by a newer, flashier RSX model. Low end torque could be better, as the car really doesn't reach its potential until 5900rpm when the VTEC hits. Shifting is smooth, handling is responsive, and you get a reliable, reputable car from a luxury brand at the cost of a lower quality domestic product. I love the interior and exterior of this car, and have been extremely satisfied since day one. Gas mileage tends to fall between 27-33, depending on where and how I am driving. Great investment for someone looking to get the most out of their ride. On Car and Driver's Top Ten List (alongside Audis and BMWs) it's first two years on the market (02 & 03). Can't beat that for a $23,700 sticker. Go buy one!"
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Sassy on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "FUN to drive, great handling and high end power"
Cons: "front wheel drive, back seat only for short people"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I absolutely love this car! It's so much fun to drive! So much fun! I can't emphasize how great this is to have in my life. A car that does not suck your life force from your soul and leaves you with a smile? Awesome! Great handling, great high end power, great brakes! PLUS, it's reliability has been amazing, even as the miles have racked up, no (knock on wood) issues! OK, the headlights burn out really fast, but I think that is a part issue, not a vehicle issue ;). The only thing I wish was different was that it would have rear-wheel drive for a little more added fun, but front wheel drive has it's advantages, so it's a minor complaint. I had an 88 RX-7 GTU for several years that was a freaking blast too. This car is on the same level of fun, but just tighter overall. I am short, so it fits me great, tall people should avoid the back seat for sure (no head room), and getting out of the back seat is like being birthed. I will generally let my husband drive and sit in the back of we have someone riding with us."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By pandemonium on Friday, November 18, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Vehicles like this are difficult to find. From a purely enthusiast viewpoint, the Type-S's OEM platform offers one of the best engines you can find (K20Z1 is highly resilient to abuse and modification; Honda engines are amazing in general), a solid suspension package, subtle yet aesthetically pleasing design formality, and a huge aftermarket support community allowing the sky to be the limit for a FWD sports car. From a functional viewpoint, the RSX is an excellent around-town vehicle, perfect for comfortably transporting individuals in style while running errands. The rear seats fold down allowing for a surprisingly vast cargo area. Mileage is impressive considering the performance (VTEC), averaging combined 28MPG (my observed average); up to 32MPG if driven conservatively. My overall experiences with this car has me a very happy driver for the last 2 years. The only gripes, which are easily remedied or I was aware of (and not bothered by): side/rear blind-spot is difficult - easily fixed by a pair of fish-eye mirrors; rear seating will not comfortably accomodate anyone taller than 5'6" (I'm 6'0" and most people that ride with me are that or taller); and insurance coverage is pretty high, regardless of your driving record. One of the most appealing aspects of the vehicle is with only a few upgrades, it's ready to jump into track racing. While FWD isn't very ideal for 1/4 mile racing, some aspiration and tuning can allow for otherwise impressive timeslips. In a land of Mustangs, Corvettes, BMWs, and Chargers, the DC5 Integra stands out from the crowd and breaks the monotony."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful