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Old 18 Nov 2007, 02:01 am
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Default Would it be a problem for Acura RDX 2.3l turbo dohc i-vtec engine?

I had a friend tell me that the Acura 2.3L turbo engine might cause problem in a long run. Because it's such a "small" (sorry that I don't know the exact team) engine, but they boost it up using turbo. So it might over use the engine and cause problems in long run. I was just woundering is that true? Because I like the car and was thinking to purchase one. Also I want to keep for a long time (at least 7-8 years). Thanks.
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 02:16 am
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the main problems with turbos are people dont take care of them...if u change engine oil on time/keep it full...and change turbo oil [some have their own oil]..and dont let car run out of coolant...no problem..
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 02:31 am
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nope you will be fine. just keep everything stock and dont do any modifications. Also stay up to date with all ur services.and dont drive like a maniac! LOL
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 02:46 am
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First off its an acura, its going to be reliable. The turbo will not cause more ware on the engine since it was design to work with the turbo. The car will live more than what you are expecting. The only thing you have to worry about it the cars maintenance. see if you do your maintenance like you should it will work like new ever time. You also want to make sure you use the proper fuel or gas. i believe it might be 91 octane or better. and if that's the case make sure your putting 91 octane and not 87 or 85. it will not damage the engine but will give less live to your engine since the car was not designed to work on octane lower than that. so just make sure that you do the maintenance and give it the right fuel and take care of it. Then you should be fine.. If i could afford it i would get one myself.. so get the car and make sure you get warranty for it.
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 03:01 am
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the answer u friend gave u is true, but it's based on those newbie street races who installed turbo just because of faster acceleration n not realize that the engine may need some extra work done to handle turbo n they end up getting a new engine.
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 03:16 am
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That is a very old way of thinking. I studied that back in auto shop class. People thought that by buying an 8 cylinder, it'll last longer than a 4 cylinder car because it wouldn't work as hard. That's basically the traditional American manufacturer's philosophy all these years.Turbo technology has changed a lot since the failures from the late 70s and 80s. The turbo doesn't kick in like it used to and is a more gradual gain.
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Old 18 Nov 2007, 03:32 am
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well you're friend is basically ignorant. Because guess what the engineers who desingned this engine are a hell of a lot smarter then your friend. The k23 is a varient of the k24 found in the acura tsx. The K23 has a slightly smaller bore due to increased sleeve thickness for added strength. The block has also been reinforced as well as lower compression pistons. New, stronger tranny. The engine has been built for a turbo. It's not an aftermarket turbo bolted on. It is factory design and is built to last. It is an acura. If acura thought there would be reliability issues they would of never released a turbo engine. Engines that are not built for a turbo, and a turbo is bolted on with little modifications then it will limit the life of a engine, but the k23 has been designed for forced induction. The only important thing to do is routinely change your oil, because your engine can handle forced induction, it's the turbo that needs to be taken care of to promote long life.
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