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#7064 of 7386 2000 Acura RL
Jul 27, 2006 (11:36 am)
Would like any 2000 RL owner to comment on their experience with tire wear and offer replacement recommendations. Original equipment Michelins' went to 38,000 with tire rotations at 6000 mile intervals. Replaced with Continental Extreme Contact 94V. At 15,000 miles of wear and after two rotations, Acura dealer at the time of a service appiontment indicated the tires were down to 4/32. Now at 60,000, they recommended immediate replacement. Vehjcle is driven in the upper midwest.
#7065 of 7386 Re: WAY too much road noise... [dsm05rl]
Jul 28, 2006 (5:47 pm)
Gosh, I'm so glad to know it isn't just me. Drove an RL today for the first time and I was SOOOO disappointed in the road noise and audible engine noise, along with a really UNcomfortable ride! I actually asked the salesman if the car had a sports suspension package. (He said no.)
It's such a great car when you sit in the parking lot and look at all the amenities and layout of the controls. (Though it's pretty cramped in the back seat . . . howcum it's the SAME interior size -- look at the Edmunds stats -- as the TL but bigger on the outside and $10K more expensive?)
Sadly, two miles of driving (50 mph on a highway, then 40-45 mph on a twisty road) convinced me this car is NOT worth the money.
I'm still on my search for the perfect AWD sedan.
#7066 of 7386 Re: WAY too much road noise... [wythany]
Jul 31, 2006 (6:40 am)
You sound pretty whiney...The audible engine noise is a classic v-tech sound ...most Acura owners enjoy it. My son drives a BMW M3 and comments that the one thing he misses in the Bimmer is the engine sound he once had in the Acura he owned. As to comparing it to the TL... apples to oranges. 20,000 miles on the 2005 gives us total satisfaction...and minimal road noise doesn't bother us much...good luck in your search for the perfect AWD sedan. We've found it in the RL.
#7067 of 7386 Re: WAY too much road noise... [jjacura]
Jul 31, 2006 (6:54 am)
Don't even try it. I've driven an '04 Accord EXV6 w/ VTEC (no H, v-tech is a toy company) and it was much quieter than the RL. That noise has nothing to do with VTEC and is not "classic". VTEC ruckus doesn't come into play until the engine actually hits the VTEC RPM band.
The RL does have excessive road noise compared to its competitors. It's almost as noisy as a new 330i w/ Sport Package.
#7068 of 7386 Re: WAY too much road noise... [jjacura]
Jul 31, 2006 (4:06 pm)
We have had our 06 RL now for 3 months and 5,000 miles, and could not agree more with you. We looked at usual suspects (BMW/ES/M/A6)and found the RL to be the top choice in its class...and at prices well under $45,000 a fantastic bargain. Road noise is not a problem -- others must have some REALLY bad roads in their part of the world. Also, decibel tests by neutral assessment centers have found the RL quiet...although with the RL's terrific sound system I will admit I seldom have it stone silent. This car simply drives so darn well and is so solidů and highway gas mileage at 29ůmuch less around town (18). I guess we also think we have found the perfect AWD sedan.
#7069 of 7386 2000 Acura RL - Tire
Jul 31, 2006 (6:58 pm)
The original Michelins lasted about 27k miles. Wear was still good on all four tires, but I hit two potholes during a winter storm and both front tires developed bulges in the sidewall. If not for the potholes, I am sure they would have lasted atleast 40k miles.
I replaced all four tires with Dunlop Sport 4000 A/S. They are fantastic. Much, much quiter than the original Micehlins and also lower priced. Traction in all conditions, dry, wet and snow/ice have been fine.
Have had Continentals on other vehicles and always got poor mileage before needing replacement.
I also rotate the tires every 6k. Have never had to perform an alignment and have owned the car since new.
#7070 of 7386 Re: WAY too much road noise... [jjacura]
Aug 01, 2006 (9:53 am)
jj, I don't think anyone is complaining about RL engine noise/sound. It is the noise transmitted from the tires/suspension into the cabin that is the problem. Overall, this seems to be an issue with Honda products in general. In almost any CR road test of a Honda product, they will praise the car's attributes EXCEPT for road noise. I spent a day going from dealer to dealer to drive LPS and the RL had (to my ears) by far the most "road noise". I thought the car was very good overall - except for that aspect. When I mentioned this to the salesman, he conceded that I was not the first person to bring it up. Given the overall excellence of Honda cars, I am surprised that their engineers haven't fixed this problem. It certainly is not rocket science, and can't be too costly (probably a combination of suspension bushings, tires and sound deadening material), but it is noticeable, and is enough to keep some people from buying otherwise very good cars.
#7071 of 7386 Re: 2000 Acura RL - Tire [sranger941]
Aug 01, 2006 (10:53 am)
Thanks for the information. I will definitely check into the Dunlop 400 A/S. Believe I had Dunlops as a replacement tire on a newer Camry year a few years back that I gave to my daughter. They did wear well. Unfortunately, Dunlop was not one of the several manufacturers recommended by any of the Acura dealers or even the Tire rack. One dealer even wanted to put me in Cooper tires at $135.61 ea. w/o balance and installation. I will agree it's all part of business to them and they have to dispose of their inventory whether it is the correct tire for the specific vehicle.. However, too bad one cannot rely on the dealers integrity.
#7072 of 7386 Just bought the 06 RL
Aug 01, 2006 (7:54 pm)
and.....I'm not hearing this excessive road noise that everyone keeps talking about. In fact I think the car is rather quiet! This car is the perfect combination of power, features, comfort and price.
I've only put about 1,000 miles on it and look forward to driving it every day!
#7073 of 7386 Re: Just bought the 06 RL [powerchief]
Aug 02, 2006 (4:08 am)
What were you driving before you bought the RL? Noise level is relative to what the driver has experienced before.