Last post on Nov 05, 2013 at 12:08 PM
You are in the Acura RL
What is this discussion about?
Acura RL, Sedan
#1400 of 7386 High Mileage 1999 Acura RL...What Should I Do?
Jun 14, 2004 (8:49 pm)
I need some advice...
I am looking at a 1999 Acura RL (no nav) with 107k miles on it and no service records. It is being offered at a small independent dealership for $12,800. I drove the car about 20 miles today and everything seemed okay. I called the local Acura dealership and asked if they had any service records for it, but did not.
With this being a high mileage vehicle and no records, what should I watch out for?
Do you think that it is a decent deal?
What are common problems for the RL's?
Is it okay to run Mid-Grade (89oct) or even Regular (87oct) gas or is PREMIUM the ONLY way to go?
It is in average to good condition. The color is gold, the tires are new off-brand, the leather is in good shape with the exception of a small place on the rear seat. I really like the car, but have no experience with Honda/Acura automobiles.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
Jun 15, 2004 (4:23 am)
I think the car should be fine up until at least the 180K point, as long as you take regular care of it. The major thing I would look for is the 100K service. A dealer service department just by looking under the hood should be able to tell you if that has been performed. Just about all cars have major ($$$) service at 100K, and you'll want to avoid having to foot the bill for that. As for fuel, see what they recommend. I probably wouldnt use 87, but I think 89 would probably get the job done. My wife has used 89 in her '01 RX without an issue
#1402 of 7386 Re: [lexusguy #1401]
Jun 15, 2004 (6:54 am)
Thanks! I would be trading in my 1997 Lexus LX 450 with 133k miles on it. I'm wondering which would provide the most reliable and cost efficient transportation over the next 2-3 years. I like the Lexus, but the Acura has so many more bells and whistles and would get around 10 mpg better gas mileage. The Lexus LX 450 (Land Cruiser) are supposed to be great reliable vehicles and hold their value well, but I'm having trouble selling mine for $13,000, which should be a decent price for one. I've had several Toyota's and a few Lexus' and feel fairly familiar with them, but have no experience with the Honda/Acura family. I will probably have the Acura RL checked out by an Acura dealership today or tomorrow (they want around $90 to check it out).
Jun 15, 2004 (7:42 am)
Have you considered an ES? $13,000 is enough for a '98 or '99 ES with maybe 70-80K miles. The '99 in particular was upgraded with VVTi and is capapble of 30mpg on the highway, with 89 gas. Another possibility would be like a '98 Infiniti Q45. While its no LS400, it would be in the $13,000 range, and pretty much meets or beats the RL on most things.
#1404 of 7386 Re: High mileage 99 RL
Jun 15, 2004 (8:25 am)
I have a 96RL with 122K miles that I bought used in 2000 w/ 64K miles. I've had zero problems with the car and have done no maintenance other than oil changes and timing belt at 100K. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Acura with high mileage if the price was right. I would check on timing belt replacement because this is a $400-500 bill and needs to be done asap if it hasn't already.
As far a fuel, I tested premium gas vs. regular(87) for the first year and I found no significant mileage difference between the two. I have used 87 octane for the past 3 years with no apparent effect.
Jun 15, 2004 (10:24 am)
For the most part 87 wont hurt, but you will probably lose 5-10hp over using premium if thats what the RL calls for.
#1406 of 7386 RE: high mileage
Jun 15, 2004 (12:25 pm)
I concur with most of what you've heard --
at 100k the car is just getting broken in. You should experience similar reliability with the Lexus -- obviously every brand has a lemon or two. there have been no serious problems in the history of the RL that I'm aware of.
run a Carfax. It won't tell you everything, but it will give y ou a good snapshot of the car's overall history and tell you if it's had any truly serious issues.
Arrange for a PPI at the local Acura dealer. Include a leakdown, transmission exam, timing belt, etc. For a couple hundred dollars they should be able to tell you if you're looking at any major bills in the next 20k.
Use premium gas. The weakness of the RL, imo, is that it is underpowered. You won't hurt the engine with regular but you need to get what is available out of it sometimes. Look at it this way, the cost of premium is about $.20 more than regular, whether regular is $1.00 or $2.00, right? If you drive 12000 miles/yr. the cost of going with premium is less than $100/yr. You're buying a luxury car. If you want an economy car, an RL or Lexus, etc., probably isn't what you want. JW
#1407 of 7386 Doing my research on 99 Acura RL...
Jun 15, 2004 (6:43 pm)
Thanks for all of the info! I did a CarFax and it shows to have had 1 owner in Texas and "No Problems Found". My next step will be having a dealership check it out. I'll keep you updated...
Jun 22, 2004 (6:08 am)
I too am considering a 99 RL. This one is listed for $15,995 from a private owner. It has heated seats and nav. White with grey leather in pretty good condition. The transmission fluid was clear but a little low. Otherwise it drove fine.
The owner lost his job and wants a quick sale.
It was a certified car when he bought it and has the remaining warranty on the Powertrain and engine till 100K miles. It currently has 75K miles. Is this a good deal?
I noticed some rust around the silver back windshield trim; under the hood, some of the bolts had a little rust or corrosion. Looked as if someone up north or near the ocean had it before he got it. Other than a good cleaning, I don't see many problems. We live in the South so winters or water is not a problem.
What do you guys advise other than the obvious -- getting it checked out etc. Is the price good. I know they will be falling with new body style coming out soon.
Jun 30, 2004 (11:26 am)
I was reading some of the tech info on the 04 RL and noticed that it supports up to 130 voice commands. The Lexus LS430 isn't far behind at 100 voice commands.
Also, the 03 RL had 3.7 million pts of interest where as the 04 has 7 million pts of interest. I'm guessing a DVD upgrade would solve this problem.
It seems each Acura model runs different version of the software.
04 TSX accepts 150 voice commands
04 MDX accepts 217 voice commands
04 TL accepts 293 voice commands
Last time I checked, I'm now getting 23.5 MPG with 80% highway/20% suburbs. I was suprised to see that I travelled 378 miles before refilling.
We just purchased an 04 MDX Touring w/NAV and RES, and the voice commands seem to respond to my commands as well as my wife's command on the first try.