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#1160 of 7385 Is Increasing Tire Size a Problem?
Feb 03, 2003 (9:08 am)
I have a 2000 RL which came with 215/60/16 tires. I know that in 2001 or 2002 Acura increased the tire size to 225/55/16. Has anyone with a 2000 or older RL increased to the 225/55/16 size when they replaced their tires? If so, have you noticed any problems (e.g. rubbing, spedo incorrect, etc.)? If no one has switched, does anyone know if there would be any problems switching?
#1161 of 7385 RE: Removing fine scratches
Feb 03, 2003 (9:59 am)
I used Scratch X on my SUV. It's not bad consider it's only $7. What color is your car? Mine is white. Scratch X covers up the scratches pretty nicely, but don't expect that the scratches will disappear totally.
#1162 of 7385 3.5 RL - ABS Accumulator/Modulator Problem
Feb 06, 2003 (1:45 pm)
The ABS motor on my 97 RL runs loudly for about 20-30 seconds upon start-up. Within 10 minutes the ABS light comes on, and then the ABS system no longer works. The local Acura dealer is happy to replace my accumulator/modulator for $1300 or so (no longer in warranty). It seems like several people have had similar problems. My questions are 1) Since this is a fairly common defect, does anyone know of special extended warranty coverage from Acura to cover this problem?; and 2) I wonder if the accumulator/modulator can be repaired instead of replaced? Any feedback will be appreciated. On a six year old car, I doubt that it makes sense to pay $1300+ on the ABS system.
#1164 of 7385 2003 RL $3500 below invoice
Feb 06, 2003 (7:16 pm)
2003 RLs have $3,500 marketing support. The first dealer (Tustin Acura) that contacted me offered to sell me, over the phone, a RL for $35,421. The invoice is $38,921 (including $500 shipping) and the marketing support (to the dealer?) is $3,500. I used the Edmunds dealer feature - it worked well.
It may be cheaper to buy a 2003 than lease.
The residuals on the 2003 is ~47-48% (~$21.9k), down from 54% ($23.3k)on the 2000. The 36mo/15k yr lease is ~$535 before taxes due to the low residual. My credit union found one for $570 before taxes.
My insurance company's bank (USAA) is offering 4.99% six year loans, so I'm going to buy out my lease for $23,350 on my 2000 RL, which gives me $376/mo payments for six years.
I hope to be able to sell the car in four years for about the balance due at that time on my loan (~$9,500). I estimate the car will have 110k miles on it.
If I turned my car in, I would have a $750 mileage penalty due, which would have to be "added" to the cost of any other vehicle that I purchased.
#1165 of 7385 Recent RL Buyer - misc ?'s
Feb 06, 2003 (10:55 pm)
I recently purchased my first REAL LEGIT LUXURY CAR. It is an 99 Acura 3.5 RL with 28350 miles. It is the CLASSIC RL color - Nighthawk Black. A lease return from Mass. I just wanted to ask a few misc things that hopefully other RL owners will have experiance with.
I was going to use Zaino from everyone's recomendation. But i was wondering what everyone uses? Want to get at least a leather conditioner and something that will maintain the AMAZING shine on the black. What should i get - Z-2, Z-3, Z-6 ?
Also I was wondering if anyone has info on tire sizes. The stock wheels are very nice and shine, but ultimatly i would like my next purchase to be some really nice alloys or chrome rims. I am asking because I remember someone saying that either a 17 or 19 SHOULD HAVE FIT, but didn't and requred shaving. Anyone put on different size tires?
Any knowlegde on things you have heard or experianced is greatly appreciated!!!!
I am glad to say that I am now a LEGIT member of this board. I feel SO SO at ease in my RL so far. I bought it Wed, Feb 5th 2003. THANKS
Feb 07, 2003 (5:37 am)
at the Chicago Auto Show. I think it opens next Friday, 14th. Any info will be appreciated by all! Supposed to have a V8, that's what I read anyway.
#1167 of 7385 new RL rumors
Feb 07, 2003 (9:38 am)
I have heard conflicting things. I read today that the 2004 RL is another minor refreshening of the current model with some interior and exterior upgrades and the complete new model won't come out until the 2005 model year. Prior to that I had read people thinking the new 2004 RL would be front wheel drive, based on a lengthened 2004 TL, with a high output V6 or possibly (some people hoped) a hybrid AWD system with a V6. It seems to be the consensus that the new RL will not be a V8 or RWD. I find the latest news (or rumors) very disappointing.
Feb 07, 2003 (10:53 am)
If you search back 2 or 3 months here, you'll find a number of posts based onw hat was being published re: the hybrid design at that time.
What is certain: Honda does not have a V8 program and sees no reason to try to beat the Big 3 (MB, BMW, Lexus) at their own game. Honda's strong suit has always been technology. So: ?????
Feb 07, 2003 (11:06 am)
One thing is almost certain (with Honda rumors, it's never 100% certain)- it's going to be a big V-6...3.8L or 4.0L.
It's expected to have either 300hp or close to it, and similar torque output. With that in mind, I strongly doubt it'll still be FWD, unless Honda can manage to prevent torque steer.