I am well into my third year, and this car has never broken down, no mechanical problems whatsoever, and the sound system works as perfect as the first day I got it. Cargo volume totals 16 cubic feet. Oh, yeah- don't even think about putting anyone over 10 years old in the back seat. I kept the search active a three days and got the car I wanted at the best price possible. However, the Type-S mileage is tempered by the cost for the recommended premium fuel. Featuring a sport-tuned suspension set on McPherson struts in front and a double-wishbone in the back, the car rides smoothly and maneuvers with a flick of the wrist.
Featuring a sport-tuned suspension set on McPherson struts in front and a double-wishbone in the back, the car rides smoothly and maneuvers with a flick of the wrist. I average 27mpg; I got 30 with my '94 Integra. Valeo is a global company that engineers thermal, powertrain and other automotive systems with emission reduction and intuitive driving in mind. In base form, the 2. Single cone carbon synchronizers replace double cone brass synchronizers on fifth and sixth gears to provide a more direct shift feel and reduce mechanical losses in the transmission. These changes, as well as the suspension modifications help to lower both the coefficient of drag and coefficient of lift for enhanced stability. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
The changes made for 2005 continue the theme of subtle but effective. Featuring a sport-tuned suspension set on McPherson struts in front and a double-wishbone in the back, the car rides smoothly and maneuvers with a flick of the wrist. The type-S can get a little loud when you twist its tail but you'll love the 8100 rpm redline. The rear anti-roll bar diameter was also increased from 19mm to 21mm. The only feature I wish it has was an aux-in line but the Bose cassette player tape adapter plugged into my iPhone for music served as a decent work around. It works well, giving the driver full manual control, refusing to shift up or down unless directed by the driver although it won't let you do something stupid, like start from a dead stop in fifth gear. It's tricky updating a car that's fine as is.
The only down is its not turboed. Tri-beam headlights, body-colored side sills and lower, rectangular air ducts are used on 2005 models. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard in the base model. Camber and caster were revised for better roadholding and more predictable steering. New Car Test Drive correspondent Keith Buglewicz is based in Southern California.
The C package on the Type R added various accessories like the rear window wiper, remote control, folding mirrors. Otherwise, take one for a spin! For those enthusiasts who believe that automatic transmission is for the old, five-speed manual and close-ratio six-speed manual transmissions are available along with the more common five-speed automatic. New to the package for 2005 are upgraded brakes, with slotted rotors and better pads. But the bill of fare also includes a number of updates in the realm of function. All the foregoing, plus some interior touch-ups, is classifiable as cosmetic. Examples: A rear wing has sprouted from the decklid of the Type-S model, the front fascia has been honed to a sharper edge, the headlights are new, the visible portions of the front and rear underbody are wider, there are new side sills, and the static ride height has been dropped 0. Modern looks, stronger powertrain, and better dressed interior reached out to a more mature, though decidedly youthful, audience.
For example, the platform guys went through the body shell and made some selective stiffening; the front spring rates are 10 percent higher; there's a little more negative camber front and rear; the rack-and-pinion steering ratio is a smidge quicker; and adjustments were made to improve steering feel. Overcook a corner and the car understeers, but a gentle easing of the throttle or a moderate tap of the brakes will tuck in the nose and help rotate the rear end. Primary Use: Commuting to work. I am sad that acura no longer makes this model. The '05 Type-S sprints to 60 mph in 6. To complement the revised suspension, the rigidity of the body has been increased front and rear with reinforcements in key areas including the suspension mounting points. No traction control or stability control is offered.
A slight five-inch cut in the rearward cargo wall lowers the lift height required to load the rear section. The steering feel has more feedback and resistance than platformmate , and again, it is spot on for its target. This isn't to say that gadgetry can't be added to it, but it doesn't come standard with features that take the emphasis in the car off of the driving. New Car Test Drive correspondent Keith Buglewicz is based in Southern California. So yeah if you're looking for cheap economical wallet-saving thrills, pick yourself up one of these, unless you get caught going 135 cuz then I dunno what your insurance company will think of it.
It's not really luxurious, but textures and surfaces are all very nice for a car in the low 20-thousand range, and switchgear is all exemplary, as befitting an Acura. Stabilizer bar diameter on both models was increased, as was the diameter of the front strut tower bar on the Type-S. In base form, the 2. The trunk space is unbelieveable though. Designed to be exceptionally compact and lightweight, this 6-speed has also been engineered to shift with extremely short and precise throws. It is designed for those who want a sports car whose power cannot get them into too much trouble but is still fun to drive.
And since new is the essence of the car biz, they fixed it anyway, a midterm update that can't be called a major makeover but is too comprehensive to be called a mere freshening. The soft, slippery leather is perforated to help breathing and the seats are finished with a titanium garnish. However, it works differently and for different goals in the two models. The Type-S gets bigger front and rear rotors for even better braking performance. The wide, deep load floor is easy to access and quite useful, with a 60-inch maximum cargo depth. The hatch itself operates with little effort.