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Acura RL, Sedan
Nov 20, 2003 (2:37 pm)
I am heavily considering a Certified 2002 Acura RL as a business car. I will be putting a lot of miles on it and need something that is classy but ulta reliable. I know Honda / Acura's are reliable but I want to know if, from your ownership experience, you would say that the car has been great and trouble free?
I am a Realtor and like the car's size, the ride, wish it had more power, wish it was sportier but considering its use I think it will work well. I would definately never buy a new one because I can depreciate a car faster than anyone.
I'd like to know what's the most amount of mileage you have on your RL? A few years back, I had a Honda Civic with a half million trouble free miles and hope for similar success with the new car.
Nov 21, 2003 (9:07 am)
well, supercooper, I too have an 02 and if I remember an early Edmund's review of the RL (forget which year) they profiled it as the ideal car for the Real Estate crowd.
My own '02 has only 32000 miles on it but this engine is noted for 150000+. I sure wouldn't worry about its durability, unless you tend to neglect your cars .... if you tend to drive them for high mileage I can't believe you wouldn't be careful about the maintenance!
Yeah, I agree with you about its being boring, but after I've driven it for 6-8 hours (I bought it because my job then required me to do a lot on the highway) I'm not tired. And on I84 through Hartford or I95 around DC, I'm not looking for entertainment ,,,, just a decent stereo, a comfortable seat, and not too much noise from the road.
I don't know what you've had before, but to me this sounds like a pretty good car for your needs. What's the '02 selling for now? JW
#1345 of 7386 reliability .......
Nov 26, 2003 (12:09 pm)
My experience with an immaculate "pre-owned" '96 RL over the past three years has been superb.
Purchased in October 2000 with 36.8K miles. At present, 88K miles.
Other than the normal service schedule every 7.5K miles, these are the other repairs:
1) front brake pads 45K;
2) original battery 53K;
3) rear brake pads and oxygen sensor 67K;
4) timing belt and water pump 75K (6 yr.);
5) radiator/hoses 82K (top tank leaking).
Car already had new tires (Bridgestone Turanzas) when purchased. Still has a lot of tread left, but I expect to replace all four tires sometime in 2004.
In my opinion, I haven't been "nicked" with excessive costs. It has been a throughly enjoyable driving experience and I paid less than 1/2 the original MSRP - the first owner took the depreciation hit.
You should do well with a certified '02. You could fare less well with almost anything else.
Dec 01, 2003 (7:09 pm)
I own a 1998 RL . Recently the TCS light has been coming on after any hard cornering. I can drive straight lines and the light will not come on.The dealer thinks it may be the TCS module but I am reluctant to authorize this repair at a cost of approx.$1500. Has anyone had this problem?
#1347 of 7386 Have you checked your tires?
Dec 02, 2003 (8:37 am)
Low tread could be accounting for some slippage. JW
#1348 of 7386 RL 2002 Vibration in Steering Wheel
Dec 08, 2003 (11:26 pm)
Have vibration in Steering wheel, even at a stand-still, and while driving at low speeds up to 40 mph. Have 26,000 miles on my RL 2002. The problem occurred about 2,000 miles ago.
When I took it in for oil change, the person who wrote up the work order said the mechanic did not find anything wrong. I got the feeling that the dealer did not look into the steering wheel problem. I did not talk directly with the mechanic.
Has anyone had this problem of steering wheel vibrations? And does anyone have any suggestions in dealing with the car dealer?
Dec 09, 2003 (7:56 am)
I think I got a good deal. 67,000 miles and second owner after a lease. Kept up with repairs, clean CARFAX and an green light from a mechanic who looked it over. I paid $12,000.
After I wrecked my RSX-S, I decided that god was trying to tell me something about my driving habits (car was totalled -- I was unharmed) so I decided to chill out and grow up a little. I'm very happy with the car. It changes my whole outlook on driving. Rather than zipping in and out of lanes like a jerk, I just sit back in my comfortable seat, turn up the radio and let the road unfold.
A used RL is a stellar deal for someone looking for luxury on a budget.
I might have to change my handle tho...
Dec 09, 2003 (8:16 am)
gaskins, did you ask them to check the alignment? The steering wheel movement is a symptom, not a cause, and some alignment quirk would be the first thing to think about. If it's been this way for a long time, you may notice that one edge or the other of a front tire is wearing unevenly with 'pockets.' If it is an alignment issue, you eventually will ruin one or more tires.
Suggestion: back to the dealer, have the service advisor drive the car with you in it to replicate the vibration, then they'll know what to do. JW
#1351 of 7386 To buy or not to buy the 2004 RL????
Dec 11, 2003 (2:50 pm)
Am I crazy to consider buying this car? I am looking for an easy riding, reliable car that I will be putting many miles on it each year ( 60/40 town:highway). I would like to wait for the 2005 model, but I'm not sure if I will be able to afford it if there is a price increase and/or I will like the new design. I have considered buying a used RL, but I am leaning towards a new car. I would also consider the Audi A6 3.0 sedan, but reliability seems to be a problem. Someone play devils advocate and tell me why I should not buy the 2004 RL.
Dec 11, 2003 (4:09 pm)
Have you looked at the new TL or is it too small for you?