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Acura RL, Sedan
May 02, 2005 (12:25 pm)
I currently have a 2003 Audi A4 and while it's really fun to drive I am concidering trading it on a 2005 / 2006 Acura RL. My Audi is the greatest car I've ever had, but it really doesn't compare to the RL (they aren't in the same class anyway so I wouldn't expect it to compete).
The RL has a wonderful interior, great features and drives like a dream. It's worth taking a test drive.
#6264 of 7386 RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons?
May 02, 2005 (1:44 pm)
The 2005 RL gas tank is listed in the owner's manual as holding 19.4 U.S. gallons of fuel. Yet after filling the tank more times than I care to think about with current gas prices, the most I've ever been able to get in the tank is 16.2 gallons. That fill-up was with the gas gauge reading below the E and the emergency "you have X miles left to drive!!" light showing me with 2 miles left before the engine dies.
So what gives? I cannot imagine the fuel system stores 3.2 gallons of gas between the injectors and the tank. Is this fuel left in reserve? A typo in all of Acura's official docs?
I'm curious on one hand, but also planning a long cross-country drive and those missing 3.2 gallons of fuel add up to nearly 75 miles of highway driving between stops for me.
#6265 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [ferrelli]
May 02, 2005 (2:56 pm)
(Interesting) I stick all my receibts in the center console and the largest fill to date was 16.47 gallons back when I had 1,500 miles on the car. I can remember being close to the 5 mile mark on the computer at one time and that was probably this fill-up. Checked the specs in the book and you are so right (19.4 gallons). This one is worth checking out. I plan a couple of long trips this year and it would be good to know maximum cruising range on a tank.
#6266 of 7386 Re: 05 RL Problems and Retrofits [acurafan4]
May 02, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I've owned my RL since december. I've had zero problems with this beautiful machine-- a pleasure to drive, own and receive compliments about. So, go for it, you won't be disappointed.
#6267 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [ferrelli]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 02, 2005 (4:15 pm)
I have a Honda CR-V with a 15.3 gallon tank, that I have never been able to get more than 12.6 gallons in...
What I'm curious about.. Does it still have 2.5 gallons in it, when I think it is on dead empty? Or, does the tank not allow you to completely fill it up?
Something tells me I'll never know, unless I run out of fuel.
#6268 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [kyfdx]
May 02, 2005 (4:41 pm)
I am not sure mind you, but I would bet that empty on the trip computer and gas gauge does not include the reserve. I have no idea why they do it this way, but I cant believe the RL would actually have a smaller tank the the 2004-5 TL which is supposed to have a 17.0 gal capacity and a higher MPG rating.
I have not noticed in my 05 RL yet because I dont let it get lower than 1/2 tank usually, but I have noticed that the miles to empty on the trip computer always seems a little low.
Also in passing, I love my car, not one problem. I have only had it one month, but I must say I like it so much better than my 2004 TL, soomther ride, quiter and more luxurious.
#6269 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [dennis721]
May 02, 2005 (7:47 pm)
Dennis, You may be right. I was referring to the RANGE which calculates the estimated distance you can travel on the remaining fuel in the tank. (On your Multi- Info Display) Maybe it PADS that somewhat to provide a safeguard. (But 3 gallons?) By the way just as a warning...you never want to run out of gas because it can cause misfiring at the end, that could damage the catalytic converter.
Just a comment in passing as well, it has been a terrific car for us since November and I have not had any problems at all. I know one guy that misses his very much because he's been banged up after a fall and I want to contiue to say "HELLO, BEST WISHES ON YOUR SPEEDY RECOVERY" to our buddy AcuraPhile. I know you are reading this. Get well soon. JJ
#6270 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [dennis721]
May 03, 2005 (5:46 am)
Chalk this one up to a combination of "Driver Stupidity" and "Lawyers Rule."
(Or how about, "Yikes, there's a severed finger in my chili!!!")
Most carmakers will now intentionally design a 2 to 3 gallon reserve beyond the yellow light or gas gauge on "E", to idiot-proof their cars and virtually eliminate the odds of someone getting stranded on the side of the road for lack of fuel.
In our litigious and "blame someone else" society, when drivers run out of fuel, a small percentage will undoubtedly shift the blame on the carmaker, alleging that the gas gauge was defective. Some will try to twist their own stupidity into an opportunity to gouge the carmaker to compensate them for the mishap.
Acura (and other brands) include 24-hour "free" roadside assistance, OnStar, etc., so one way to minimize your potential costs under such programs is to eliminate the most common reason for a car getting stranded---running out of fuel. This allows Acura to actuarially lower the cost of such consierge services to a measurable minimum.
#6271 of 7386 Re: hahahahaha! [jjacura]
May 03, 2005 (9:04 am)
You are correct- those were my first posts. I have been browsing Edmunds for a while but never had a need to post so I had no account.
Don't like to write hypothetically not owning a car, however, I have noticed that many do.
Still enjoy my new RL. The best part is driving down hill on curve wet roads which I have plenty of in my town
#6272 of 7386 Re: RL gas tank capacity: 16.2 or 19.4 gallons? [cstiles]
May 03, 2005 (1:38 pm)
>>Most carmakers will now intentionally design a 2 to 3 gallon reserve beyond the yellow light or gas gauge on "E", to idiot-proof their cars and virtually eliminate the odds of someone getting stranded on the side of the road for lack of fuel.
I'm not sure where, but I'm pretty sure I read in the manual that you can drive approximately 50 miles after the computer says you're empty and have 0 miles to drive. I wasn't paying much attention one day and made it down to a range of 5 miles and it only held 16 gallons. So, I pretty much assume I can take it down to 0 miles (though I rarely do) and still have a safe reserve - unless I'm driving where there's a long distance between gas stations.