Acura RSX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura RSX owners have reported a total of 167 problems for their cars built in the 8 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura RSX. The 2002 Acura RSX cars have the most problems reported (69 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura RSX

Model Year Number of Problems
  2008 RSX
1
  2007 RSX
1
  2006 RSX
23
  2005 RSX
30
  2004 RSX
16
  2003 RSX
25
  2002 RSX
69
  2001 RSX
2

  Common problems of Acura RSX

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for Acura RSX cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (37 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (30 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura RSX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
37
  Air Bag
30
  Suspension
20
  Engine And Engine Cooling
20
  Exterior Lighting
11
  Service Brakes
8
  Tire
6
  Visibility
6
  Equipment
6
  Structure
5
   
  Electrical System
3
  Unknown Or Other
3
  Vehicle Speed Control
2
  Steering
2
  Parking Brake
2
  Wheel
1
  Seat Belt
1
  Gasoline Fuel System
1
  Seats
1
  Latches/locks/linkage
1
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura RSX of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across RSX model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura RSX model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across RSX Model Years

RSX
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2006 2323,71112    
0.08
  2005 3019,12613    
0.12
  2004 1620,27414    
0.06
  2003 2526,01215    
0.06
  2002 6942,75816    
0.10


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