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#5717 of 7386 Re: styling [jjacura] - reliability
Jan 23, 2005 (5:20 am)
Unfortunately, no one person can "come forward with 'the goods' on these cars regarding reliability issues.
I can tell you that my current 2002 BMW M5 with just under 45,000 miles has had 0 unscheduled maintenance or repair trips to the dealer. It is as tight and quiet as the day I drove it home from the dealership. The E39 model 5-series still holds the record for the highest rated car ever by Consumer Reports, not exactly your enthusiast biased magazine. But all of this is anecdotal (except the Consumer Reports rating) and will never meet any tests of statistical significance.
There also seems to a component of urban legendness regarding Japanese relaibility and German finickyness. Lexus and Acura especially seem almost immune to criticism or ratings reconsiderations. We had a 2000 Lexus LX 470 that was reasonably reliable, but did require several (3-4) trips to the dealership in it's first 3 years and 45k miles for little quirks. I am also aware that the GX470 has had significant issues with respect to drive train vibration. One of our friends had theirs replaced (the vehicle, not the drive train) after 5,000 miles of failed attempts to correct the problem. Acura's automatic transmission problems are widely known among Acura owners, but apparantly have been overlooked by Consumer Reports and JD Powers. A business associate has the unfortunate distinction of having two transmission replacements on his TL and one on his wife's MDX. I haven't had a single transmission failure in 30 years of owning BMW's, Mercedes, Porsches, Nissans or Hondas.
I have no doubt that "statistically speaking", tken over 10,000 owners, a basic Honda Accord is going to provide a more trouble free experience than a Mercedes E-class. However, I am not sure that the new RL, which has elected to adress handling and vehicle dynamics with an extraordinary amount of electronic systems, will fare as well 7-10 years and 150,000+ miles down the road.
I may be old fashioned, but I still believe that simpler is better when it comes to long term reliability. There are areas in which Honda/Acura technology has produced significant advantages. As V-Tech technology enabling the Honda S2000's 2.0 liter engine to produce 240 horsepower. I am not prepared to give the RL's SH-AWD system the same credit. One thing is for sure, it will be a hell of an expensive system to diagnose and repair if anything goes wrong after the warranty period.
Jan 23, 2005 (5:54 am)
Some of you may be interested in our High End Luxury Marques discussion - several vehicles have been discussed there that may interest you. I think I already see a couple of you there, but I'm thinking there are others here who haven't discovered it but would enjoy it.
#5719 of 7386 Remote Linking to 2005 RL
Jan 22, 2005 (1:34 pm)
I have a 2005 Acura RL. The keyless remote is supposed to be able to be linked to the vehicle so it recognizes which driver it is and sets a number of accessories in the car based on that driver's preferences. I have been unable to link the remote with the car and the dealer has not had any success either. Neither the sales person nor one of the mechanics knew how to do it. There is apperently a sequence of steps you do with the buttons on the remote that links it. Does anyone know how to do this?
#5720 of 7386 Re: Remote Linking to 2005 RL [rlrl]
Jan 23, 2005 (5:20 am)
Does the remote start the car? Assuming thatit is functioning, in order for it to set your preferences the car must first be locked, and then opened with the remote you want to use. You need to set the pereferences first, using the seat memory buttons, but radio stations, last used by the driver of the remote, etc should work anyway.
#5721 of 7386 Re: styling [jjacura] - reliability [spiritinthesky]
Jan 23, 2005 (7:33 am)
Thanks for your excellent post.
#5722 of 7386 If you are considering the RL, the A6, A4 & an AWD Chrysler 300C
Jan 23, 2005 (8:23 am)
. . .you may be interested in my almost test drive of the 300C AWD over on that forum.
And, my luck, thus far, has not changed vis a vis the RL -- still none to test drive at THE dealer I would buy from if I would buy the Acura.
As you may see, story of my life attempting to test drive Acura or Chrysler models.
I will HAVE to order a new car no later than March -- unless I want to keep my leased car beyond the original lease term (something I have not done previously.)
#5723 of 7386 Re: If you are considering the RL, the A6, A4 & an AWD Chrysler 300C [markc
Jan 23, 2005 (8:55 am)
What part of the country do you live in? There are a couple at dealers in PA.
#5724 of 7386 Re: If you are considering the RL, the A6, A4 & an AWD Chrysler 300C [markc
Jan 23, 2005 (12:38 pm)
What part of the country do you live in? There are a couple at dealers in PA."
jmatthe....I'm chuckling over your question a little bit...sorry... but maybe you just have not seen Mark's posts before. He's from Cincinnapolis... er.. I mean Cincinnati. Go over and read his stuff...you'll enjoy it. (The continuing saga of an RL test driver wanabe...
#5725 of 7386 Re: Remote Linking to 2005 RL [rlrl]
Jan 23, 2005 (4:44 pm)
I had the same problem and there is a short sequence to relink the remote with the car, someone else mentioned setting up your preferences, but it has nothing to do with the actual linking of the car, I can't recall the sequence, but I'm certain if you call Park Avenue Acura in New Jersey, the service tech/manager there was extremely familiar and helped me complete it over the phone in less than 30 seconds...the manual did not explain this process very well. Good Luck!
#5726 of 7386 Re: If you are considering the RL, the A6, A4 & an AWD Chrysler 300C [markc [jmatthe]
Jan 23, 2005 (5:57 pm)
Hello, I am Mark from Cincinnati, my username is markcincinnati -- there are two 300Cs in the city, so they claim. There are some RL's but the story NOW is that while they are NOT all sold, they will not allow the ONE they have to be driven until AFTER the Cincinnati Auto Show which is in early Feb.
The 300C is, so they claim, available to drive, if it is prepped, on Tuesday.
I apologize for obfuscating my city's identity.