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#6253 of 7386 Re: Acura RL 2005--choppy ride [cstiles]
Apr 28, 2005 (8:27 pm)
Dennis721...Thank you for the information. As a retired engineer who better to really explain it. I respect your opinion.
Cstiles I believe here was the sequence..in Post 6211(rajabhat): "I've had my Acura 2005 RL AWD for 2000 miles now. It is a superb car overall, there is nothing quite like it, but...the ride is somewhat harsh and choppy, disappointing for a flagship RL car. Maybe when you combine AWD and tight precise handling, that's what happens? The car has a strange rattle in ruts that is disconcerting."
then in Post 6223 (terryakhan): "I found the same harsh and choppy ride on my 05 RL as you have described. I have replaced the OEM tires and not the rims. The tires I had my dealer installed to preserve the warranty is the Michellin Sports A/S as recommend by Tirerack.com to reduce noise and harshness.The differance is light years ahead. Hope this helps."
Like you cstiles, I too find that my RL runs quietly but there are some road conditions that bring out a harsher ride. Now it would be interesting if you really can remove this harsher ride by replacing the OEM's with tires that only cost $30 per tire more, if that would do the job. Apparently terryakhan says it will. ( Lightyears ahead obviously exaggerates his claim.)
#6254 of 7386 OEM Tires ,other A/S options, & winter tires
Apr 29, 2005 (5:17 am)
I started to investigate tire options because the OEM Pilot MXM4 tires are not very good tires in all performance aspects especially their rating in snow (ref: Tire Rack owner surveys). No the stock tires do not bother me as far as ride comfort, handling, road noise ect., just snow, so I bought an extra set of standard 2005 Acura RL 17" wheels and was looking into getting a winter tire set which I would change in October and back again to the MXM4's in April. I know that with the MXM4's you can get by fairly well in winter because of the SHAWD and the VSA systems, but I like to do a little more then get by in bad weater. With the capability of this car and good tires you should be able to go anywhere as long as you have ground clearance.I had a 2004 TL and I had the Dunlop Winter Sport M3's on it, and it was an excellent tire for deep snow and ice. Problem is it is not made in the 245/50/17. This got me started to look for alternatives. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S is an excellent all season tire with high marks in wet and dry handling, low road noise, very good ride comfort, and good snow handling, (7.3 snow rating on a scale of 10 possible). The Pilot MXM4 only rated 4.5 on the same scale for snow. Also the MXM 4 was had low numbers for all the other categories with a 6.3 average overall score it rated last in its category 16 out of 15 other tires in the same category. On the toher hand the Michein Pilot Sport A/S rated 8.3 overall and it placed 3rd out of 18 as compared to 17 other tires rated in its category. All my info is from the Tire Rack.
The two tires are in different categories, the MXM4 is a Grand Touring all season and the Pilot Sport A/S is a Ultra High Performance All Season tire.
Considring all the above discussion, I believe the Pilot Sport A/S tires are really light years ahead of the MXM4's even though I havent driven a car with them, but if Dunlop doesn't come out with the necessary size for me by fall, I will probably be buying a set of the Pilot Sport A/S for my first winter in the RL.
If it were not for the tire diameter issue I was going to buy the 235/55/17 Dunlop Winter Sport M3.
#6255 of 7386 Re: OEM Tires ,other A/S options, & winter tires [dennis721]
Apr 29, 2005 (11:12 am)
I ran well past 60,000 miles on my 2,000 TL before finally replacing the tires and they were OEM Michelins. The ride always felt superior to the previous cars we drove. We did not have rough winters here in Wi. during those years. That's not to say that we won't in the future. Nov. '04 was the first time I ever bought a new car entering into a winter but I was confident the SH AWD would execute well if we had a regular winter of snow. (In addition when I asked the RL sales rep about going UP in size to 18" wheels and tires he talked me out of that consideration immediately by suggesting the ride would be stiffer and the investment was some where over $2,000 more. As it turned out the most snow came when we were out of town so it really turned out to be a mild winter for us. Having said that, I better not say another word. (We've had storms in May that have flattened the flowers and crashed many a tree limb to the ground in this part of the country.) But I like the idea of the High performance All season Pilot Sports and will consider them this fall.
#6256 of 7386 Spotted an RL today...
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Apr 29, 2005 (11:20 am)
On the side of the interstate getting a ticket from a state trooper... Ouch!!
#6257 of 7386 Re: Just bought 2005 RL [pvs]
Apr 29, 2005 (12:51 pm)
I have Motorola V551 and use it with a bmw x3.Bluetooth works flawlessly, best feature of the car.The bluetooth on drains the battery 3 times faster than with bluetooth off.
#6258 of 7386 Ride quality over bumps
May 01, 2005 (7:22 pm)
I won't have the ability to test drive an RL for another week or so, but one thing that has me worried are the few reports (here and elsewhere) that the ride on the 05 RL is a little harsh compared to the 04 (and earlier) RL.
I've never driven any RL at all, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I have driven an 05.5 Audi A4, an 05 BMW 330xi, and an 05 Audi A6 - all of these gave smooth rides, even over rough pavement. If the RL was a good as these, I'd be happy.
A couple of weeks ago I drove the 06 Lexus GS300, and was not impressed with the ride at all. The AWD version has run flat tires, and I thought the ride was really harsh - probably because of the tires.
If anyone has driven the A4, 330xi, or A6, if you could compare the ride quality to the RL I'd appreciate the feedback. I'm leaning toward the RL, and I don't want to get my hopes up too high since I won't be able to drive it for a week.
#6259 of 7386 05 RL Problems and Retrofits
May 02, 2005 (3:19 am)
I recently saw the 05 RL and really like it and am considering making a purchase.
However I am a little concerned with some of the 05 RL problems (i.e. electrical, dead batteries, noise, navigation system, etc.) that are posted on this discussion site.
A sales associate told me that its best to purchase a newly designed car at least six months after its introduction. It allows the manufacturer time to make retrofits and modifications on the manufacturing line which is better than dealer fixes.
Can someone please tell me when the 05 RL was first made available, and if they think most of the early problems have been fixed?
#6260 of 7386 Re: 05 RL Problems and Retrofits [acurafan4]
May 02, 2005 (3:23 am)
>>Can someone please tell me when the 05 RL was first made available, and if they think most of the early problems have been fixed?
The 05 RL was first available October 14, 2004. I was the first one out of my dealership with one. I've read of a few problems on this board, but I've had zero problems. It's a fantastic car.
#6261 of 7386 Re: 05 RL Problems and Retrofits [nebraskaguy]
May 02, 2005 (3:45 am)
Thanks for the information. Really appreciate it.
I've test driven the RL, M35 and was also lucky enough to drive the new 06 3 Series 330 yesterday.
I didn't care for the exterior, interior, and drive of the M35.
I know the 330 is not in the same category as the RL, but it is a car I am considering. Its feels light and fast but its exterior and interior is nothing like the RL. In fact even though I was told the seats were leather, I'm still not sure if they really were.
I'm seriously leaning toward the RL. Thanks again.
#6262 of 7386 No Problems Ever
May 02, 2005 (11:12 am)
I've had my 2005 RL since October 15th of last year. I've had not one single problem with anything. Most reliable car I've ever had (especially after my problem-plagued Mercedes E Class).