I don't know about all that! I have an Eagle Talon TSi AWD (a GSX) and I have had no problems. Now of course the more you add performance parts the more the reliability of the car decreaces. The stock 4G63 motor is very reliable. In addition the most recent DSM was built in '99. That is 5 years ago; and as time goes by reliability decreaces too. Most RSX owners are the original owners of their car while most DSM owners are the second or third owner and who knows how they were maintained before an enthusiast gets his/her hands on one. Now to the original question. Which is Better? It all depends. Personaly I would say the RSX S is a much "better" car than a GS-T newer, more reliable (because of reasons stated), and a little baby bit quicker. If it were a GSX to a RSX S I would say GSX because AWD in my opinion is WAY better than FWD!!! That is why when I was looking for cars I didn't go with a SRT-4 or RSX...watermelonman said:Those two cars aren't even in the same class. One is a fast piece of junk and the other is a reasonably nice car.
The Eclipse would be better compared to an SRT-4.
I agree with everything you said except for the fact that I feel the gsx also has that horrible 4X4 stance when it is stock. In fact, when my rsx was on stock suspension it had a tiny bit less wheel gap then my friends gsx. Too bad that gsx had a built motor and would smoke the hell out of me with ease when it was running right.Unplugged said:how can you say a modded eclipse is less reliable then an rsx? maybe less reliable then a stock rsx.. but once you mod that thing to run in the same 1/4 mile times as any other car, you will have reliability issues.
An awd eclipse can handle just as well as an RSX. All you need to do is shift some weight in the eclipse to the rear for a more 50/50 split. (ex. move battery to rear, remove cruise control up front, etc) those little things will help balance the weight. Most choose to stick with drag, but there are some crazy AWD auto-x people!
No doubt the rsx looks nicer inside then the eclipse, but you have to look at it this way, how does a 1997 integra look.. not all that nice.. remember the years are different, so therefore the interiors may look older/newer. I agree Mitsu doesn't take much into consideration with interiors, looking at the EVO.. But Mitsu isn't luxury branded like Acura.
As far as exterior, the rsx looks like a 4x4 stock.. the eclipse, well it was nice during its years.. and it still does look nice.
Coming from an owner of both, although former Rsx owner.. i would say the acura tranny shifts smoother then the eclipse, but thats newer technology for you. I do miss the 6spd tranny and wish I could do a swap from the new evo mr's. Also, I don't know too many cars that can drop 1.2 seconds just from installing an exhaust and downpipe 15.2 to 14.08 - especially not from an rsx.
All in all, if your looking for crazy power w/o breaking the bank - eclipse
If your looking for a newer looking/designed vehicle, with a sport/luxury in mind, the RSX.
maybe less wheel gap, but the eclipse looks nicer stock vs stock rsx. Or maybe its just me.tb's type-s said:I agree with everything you said except for the fact that I feel the gsx also has that horrible 4X4 stance when it is stock. In fact, when my rsx was on stock suspension it had a tiny bit less wheel gap then my friends gsx. Too bad that gsx had a built motor and would smoke the hell out of me with ease when it was running right.
Fair enough...Unplugged said:maybe less wheel gap, but the eclipse looks nicer stock vs stock rsx. Or maybe its just me.
I know the eclipses may have some reliability issues, but there's more involved in an eclipse since its turbo charged - more oil lines, coolant lines, vacumn lines, etc. More stuff to go wrong, if it does.
I'd like to see a turbo'd rsx after 80,000 miles who had a turbo put on very, very early - before 3k miles and see how well it does with some beating
I'm taking away a lot of stuff in my car for many reasons (less weight, don't need most of the features, less things to go wrong). I still want to keep the A/C only b/c it doesn't hold me back that much, and an extra pound of boost will probably make up for the loss in power - plus I hate being hot when driving around.