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Old 15 Jun 2009, 01:16 pm
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Default how many miles will a acura rsx go before dying or needing major repairs?

I am buying my first car and I really am looking for a nice looking (perferably foreign) car. I want my car to be reliable last awhile at least until I get out of college and I am going to be a junior in highschool. I am looking at a 2004 acura rsx with131,874 miles on it. is this a lot of miles for a acura or could it last me awhile. I dont want to worry about it breaking down and running the miles up everytime I drive it.please help me I'm stressin about this car.
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 01:46 pm
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That is a lot of miles for that year. The typical American driver puts only about 12k to 15k miles a year on their car while that rsx has been getting roughly 26k a year which is a lot. You will probably run into the 180k miles service before you get out of college which will cost you some good money. Typically honda engines(which is what acura's have) can last a while as long as they are maintained so its up to you if you are willing to keep up with the maintenance or not. If you really want to get I would also check into what maintenance has been done so far like if calipers have been replaced, brake pads, tranny fluid, radiator fluid, air filter and fuel filter, when the timing belt and water pump and thermostat were replaced last, when tires were replaced and wheel alignment was done last. Those are the most cruishial maintenance.
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 02:01 pm
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If the car were older, I would say that it's ok, but when it's driven a lot in a short amount of time, even the most reliable cars get torn up. My friend had theis problem when he got an '03 Lexus w/ 133k miles for cheap, but has already spent 4k on repairs and will need another 3k to complete the repairs (he paid 8500 for the car)... In other words, don't buy that car. Acuras will last that long, but not if they were driven that hard. Also, if you are looking at a high mileage car like that, check if they got the timing belt replaced. That can cost 900 to replace, and for the RSX, it need to be replaced around 120k miles.
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 02:16 pm
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a few months ago i would have agreed with everyone else... But a friend of mine has an 02 rsx type-s with over 170k miles on it and it's still running great! With Honda's and other foriegn cars, it really just depends on how well they were taken care of.
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