RX - 7 vs Acura RSX! Help please!

  • tbeaux

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    Apr 23, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    So I am just browsing around to see if there are any cars, that i will one day get my money back from this economy and be able to throw some money down.
    Now for you gear heads, I need some opinions on this....


    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/1132348217.html

    That is an Acura RSX, if you could take a look at that and tell me if that is the better deal or...

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/1126060149.html

    Up at this one it is a RX-7.


    Now, an RX-7 is my dream car, like what I could do to an RX-7 with a little bit of money, would be, unbelievable, BUT it would cost me, about another 40 gs to do that, money which my family doesn't have anymore. But the Acura could do more for me at this current moment.
    One more thing, the RX-7 is a lot better drifting car, which I like drifting, because it has the rear wheel drive, unlike the Acura that has the front wheel drive.



    And the Acura is a less sketchy deal since it is done through a dealer, unlike this RX-7 which i have to go off the guy's word, and it seems like a sketchy deal.

    So a little bit of help por favor.
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I think it all comes down to what you're really looking for in a car. Is it going to be your daily driver? Or, is it just a track car. That would make a huge difference to me. The mods on the RSX appear to be mostly cosmetic - I don't count an intake as a really elaborate mod. I'd also be willing to bed the RSX is going to be the most reliable - because it's a Honda and also because it hasn't been "altered" very much.

    I'm always leery about buying used cars that have been modded because I don't know the skill level of the person that's done the mods. That RX-7 has a ton of mods - and difficult ones to install at that. While they appear to be good quality products (I'm not AS familiar with the rotary market), you can't be sure how well they were installed. So, you also can't be sure how reliable that car is going to be. If it's just a track car and you love tinkering and repairing, etc..., the RX-7 might be your best option.

    If this is your daily driver and you want a car that's still a ton of fun to drive, go with the RSX. Personally, I like the RSX better. Besides the ghetto hood and wing, it looks really nice. And, I know the RSX-S is a blast to drive. I also adore Honda's (had a Civic Si and Integra Type R myself), so I'd pick the RSX.

    Can you test drive the cars? Take em to a mechanic/shop to have em checked out? That's what I'd recommend.

    Have fun though. I wish I still have my ITR. I miss it a ton.
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    Definitely pass on the RX-7. Personally, I would never buy a used car that's been heavily modded. You're making a big assumption that all the mods were done correctly. And you have to assume that the seller drove the car pretty hard. It may seem like a bargain now, but you might end up paying more when shit starts breaking.

    There's a running joke amongst me and my friends whenever we want to sell our old and busted modded cars.. just sell it to some college kid. There's always some eager kid with money willing to buy something Fast and Furious. icon_lol.gif

    The RSX is the better buy. It's good on gas, it's reliable, it has a higher resale value. Sure it's front wheel drive, but are you really going to be drifting every weekend? The RSX is still a fun car. Just do some suspension mods, and it will be fun to drive on curvy roads.

    I think the RSX in the CL ad is kinda corny. Body kits don't do much for me. But if you like it and the engine is stock, you should go for it.

    It's all up to you. You should get what you "want" because if you don't, you'll end up hating your car every time you drive it. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Acura is a poor mans luxury car.. get a Lexus IS F
  • tbeaux

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    Apr 23, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    Very true,

    Btw the RSX is an Acura lol not a Honda.



    I would love a drifting car, but i'd rather have professional installation on everything. I don't have a garage to where i can tinker with stuff, so probably the acura would be my best bet. i can always drag race with it. in columbia there is plenty of open road, just need to buy another radar detector. the only problem that i see with the RSX is that i will need to put in a new vtech engine....it has 89xxx miles on it so that will probably need to be rebuilt with the way i race and drive (i'm an excellent driver, but i love speeding, it can be a problem sometimes with the cops)
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    The RX-7 is really old. I think you're bound to have a lot more problems with it. The Acura also looks like it's in fabulous condition. I personally would go with an 03 over a 94 anyday. Also heavily modded cars tend to have more problems than ones mostly kept stock. Unless you know exactly what you're getting into I would stick to the light mods... Just my opinion. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
    I hadn't noticed the aftermarket bumper on the RSX. That's unfortunate. Even so, KBB on that car is $12,775 in excellent condition. Since it's a dealer, you could always play the angle of you don't like the hood and bumper mods and you want to pay less because you're going to have to replace them with stock. See if you can talk them down some. I'd try for $10,500.

    Edit: I know the RSX is technically an Acura. But, who owns and manufactures Acura? Honda. Whenever you get replacement parts for any Acura, they're all labeled Honda. LOL! Besides, the owner of that car rebadged it with bling bling red H logos - so you're getting a Honda. ha ha!!

    If you want to get technical, the engine is VTEC, not VTECH (which is a cordless phone). 89k is nothing for a Honda. Take care of it, change the fluids regularly and it will run for many many more miles.
  • tbeaux

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    Apr 23, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    wow I just learned something new. VTEC* lol sorry. haha
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    And the RSX-S actually has an i-VTEC engine because it's "intelligent". icon_smile.gif
  • tbeaux

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    Apr 23, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    so the rsx would be the best bet. i think im going to look into that more. Plus the RX-7 i want with everything on it is 55 g.
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    If you get the RSX, check out the following boards. Honda-Tech in particular is awesome and filled with tons of knowledgeable and cool guys that will help you with any questions you have with the car. There's a forum just for the RSX on there - it's not just Honda.

    http://honda-tech.com/

    http://forums.clubrsx.com/
  • ArmsandLegs

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    Apr 23, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidAcura is a poor mans luxury car.. get a Lexus IS F


    An IS-F is a wannabe sports sedan... get an ///M3 or C63 AMG


    Like the others said, the RSX has a greater chance of being WAY more reliable. I've beaten the shit out of my Civic and it keeps on asking for more.

    The RX-7 will almost undoubtedly be tons more fun, but they aren't known for their dependability, especially since it is heavily mod'd.


    It just depends on what your needs from the car are and how much more money and time you are willing to invest in it.

    Best of luck.

    EDIT: Like halltd said, 89K miles is nothing. I've owned my Civic new since 2002 and have driven it like I stole it... I was 19 when I purchased it, what do you expecticon_biggrin.gif. In the past 7 years and 125K miles nothing has gone wrong and all I've done to it is add gas and change the oil. Hondas do reqiure a new Timing belt at 105K and it is expensive (which is why I haven't done mine yet) and I do need a new clutch, which is typical of Hondas having weak clutches.
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    I always ask myself, "Why is this dude selling this car?"

    Avoid the RX-7.
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    NewbieNew said
    Sean_85 saidAcura is a poor mans luxury car.. get a Lexus IS F

    An IS-F is a wannabe sports sedan... get an ///M3 or C63 AMG

    IS deserves a little bit of love, but still... quoted for truth.
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    Apr 23, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    I love the current IS design. BUT they really need to offer a manual transmission on the IS350. And dual-clutch on the IS-F.

    Slushbox torque converter == sadness
  • rnch

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    Apr 23, 2009 11:56 AM GMT
    can you fit into a mazda miata?

    maytag reliability, excellet resale value, "fun to drive" numbers off the scale!

    if you can find one of the factory turbocharged models.....yummmm! icon_cool.gif
  • tbeaux

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    Apr 23, 2009 11:58 AM GMT
    so I officially decided on the RSX, i consulted with many people, and my asians! (shut up, i know it's a stereotype, but my asian friends own a garage) and they said your best deal is the acura.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 23, 2009 12:15 PM GMT
    Xf good thing you stepped away from the old car, I wish more people who owned the RSX commented. Just my opinion-my secretary had an 07. It ended up being a lemon, besides having her headlights stolen twice the car had a wierd electrical problem. She said sometimes the car started sometimes it didn't. She had it back to the dealer for the same problem 5 times. They actually took it back, she's a fighter. It is basically a Honda. Did you look at the new Accord, that is what she has now it's the 09 2 door coupe. I drove it it wasn't shabby feeling ride. Again you can't drift well in it.

    good luck with it- enjoy.
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    Apr 26, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    hobronto said
    NewbieNew said
    Sean_85 saidAcura is a poor mans luxury car.. get a Lexus IS F

    An IS-F is a wannabe sports sedan... get an ///M3 or C63 AMG

    IS deserves a little bit of love, but still... quoted for truth.


    BMW... the designs are YAWN

    BMW has looked the same for years with slight facelifts to the body here and there..
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    Apr 27, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidBMW has looked the same for years with slight facelifts to the body here and there..


    0_o
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    Apr 27, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    RX-7:
    - Blast to drive
    - Better looking IMO
    - Hog on gas. Like worse than an 8 passenger SUV bad
    - Less parts support & more likely to have issues

    RSX S:
    - Glorified Civic Si icon_rolleyes.gif
    - A bit less fun to drive (IMO)
    - Better on gas (not by a huge margin)
    - Less likely to still be in one piece if left parked

    I'd avoid the RX-7 from the add. You can never tell wether someone has beat on the car and the chance of that is much higher with a modded car like that. If your going to mod a ride, buy it stock and do the job yourself. Just my 2 cents.