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#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.
#7074 of 7386 Verizon LG chocolate phone
Aug 02, 2006 (8:59 am)
I'm interested if anybody has paired the Verizon LG chocolate phone with the 2006 RL ? I've read some forums from Australia (!!!) and people were complaining about the Bluetooth connection. Of course, different software, most likely different cars. Thanks.
#7075 of 7386 RL stands for "Rattles Lots"
Aug 02, 2006 (10:08 am)
I'm a year into my 2005 RL and feel like I drove a Honda Accord with a fancy price tag.
If I were a "yellow cab" driver, the car would be PERFECT ... what's with all the squeeks and rattles and noises .. I can't even hear the radio over all the racket...sounds like a NYC taxi cab more than a luxury car.
Also - please tell me if its me... but my dealer really stinks... they cant fix anything. Im surprised they dont accidently put engine oil in the windshield wiper fluid thing. You bring it in for one thing, they do something else and forget the thing you brought it in for. I'll bring it in with an appointment and wait all freaking day. Or I'll drop it off and hear nothing from them, call at near 5 o clock and then find out they havent done anything and have to keep the car over to order a part, and then 2 days later they still havent done anything and the car comes back to me with same problem. Headquarters seems to think this is honkey dorey and do NOTHING to help in customer care. From what I hear I am not alone with all of this.
#7076 of 7386 Re: Just bought the 06 RL [tayl0rd]
Aug 02, 2006 (2:21 pm)
I was driving a Passat. I have no squeeks or creaks but maybe they will surface in the next year or so.....
#7077 of 7386 Re: Just bought the 06 RL [powerchief]
Aug 02, 2006 (5:41 pm)
Please don't get the impression that anyone is "bashing" the RL or Honda products in general. It is just that compared to their major competition, they are LOUD inside re "road noise". As previously mentioned, this could be a combination of tire noise, suspension bushings, overall sound-deadening padding, etc - BUT - Hondas are notoriously more prone to this problem that other marques, and this is backed up by many observations (see CR in particular). Frankly, I think that Honda would increase its sales by a notable amount if they fixed this relatively simple problem, which their competitors have long conquered.
#7078 of 7386 Phone Pairing Problem
Aug 05, 2006 (9:56 am)
I posted this in another form, but does anyone have a solution for this problem? -- In our 2006 RL, I can't pair my bluetooth phone (RAZR) with the handsfreelink system. For the second step, when you must press the talk button and say "phone set up", it always does something different, like turn the radio on. I can't get it to follow that one command for some reason. Is there any other way to pair my phone, without using the voice control system?