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#7184 of 7385 ROAD NOISE AND HARSHNESS
Sep 15, 2007 (4:39 pm)
I test drove an 2008 RL today and was shocked at how much road noise and harshness is let into the cabin of the RL. I currently own a 2005 TL and feel the ride is no better than a TL. I think the noise cancellation is a joke, you can't just cancel noise, you have to eliminate it. About an hour later I test drove a new 2008 Cadillac CTS and what a world of difference. The CTS was taut, but with no harshness, very luxurious. I hate to leave the Acura brand, but I want to trade up from the TL. Very disappointed in the ride quality of the RL.
#7185 of 7385 Re: ROAD NOISE AND HARSHNESS [golfnut5]
Sep 15, 2007 (5:24 pm)
Did you check the tire pressure of the RL you drove? Dealers are notorious for leaving too much psi in the tires for cars sitting on the lot. 2-3 psi above rating will cause tire noise and harshness in the RL (as it does in the lower profile tires on the TL).
I traded a 2005 TL for a 2006 RL and the RL is worlds better than the TL in ride, quietness and build quality. The OEM Michelins will produce tire noise on coarse, grooved roads however. And most agree the OEM Michelins are not the best option tires.
The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is designed to cancel low frequency boom (tyical of engine and exhaust boom) but does not address higher frequency sound as typical of tire roar and wind noise.
The RL does very well in low wind noise, thanks to the flush side glass. Tire noise would require more sound insulation adding weight. There are always compromises with every car maufacturer and model.
#7186 of 7385 Re: ROAD NOISE AND HARSHNESS [tamparl]
Sep 16, 2007 (4:40 pm)
I did not check the tire pressure. I feel if a car has good insulating qualities a few extra pounds in the tires will not make too much difference. I may test drive another RL before I make a final decision.
#7187 of 7385 Re: ROAD NOISE AND HARSHNESS [tamparl]
Sep 16, 2007 (7:15 pm)
If you want a quieter ride, go with Lexus or a Caddy. For good road feel and BMW-like road capability, the Super Handling AWD of the RL is about as good as it gets. For me, this is the only European-feeling vehicle from Japan and I am happy to own, drive and HEAR it perform.
#7189 of 7385 2000 Acura 3.5 RL tire size questions
Sep 21, 2007 (4:20 pm)
I just bought this car from a friend this week.
The manuafacturer oringial tire size on this card is 215/60/16 with a V speed rating.
I would like to replace all 4 tires (it is time to replace tires anyway) with 225/60/16 with an H speed rating.
Costco Tire center staff would do it even if they do not recommend,saying it will feel very different with the slightly bigger/wider tires.
Anyone of you have tried this before and have any comments?
I love to hear from you before I do anything.
Thank you all in advance!
a new member.
Sep 28, 2007 (8:09 pm)
I have my 2006 RL going on 2 yrs. I am ready to upgrade the stock tires. I want all weather tires (Boston weather) that are less noisy than the originals. I don't care a lot about tread use, I want a good performing tire that's quiet. Any suggestions?
#7191 of 7385 Re: Tire Noise [avatar1]
Sep 30, 2007 (9:27 am)
I just joined after reading a lot of the older threads. Others have recognized the tire noise and suggested the Michelin Sport A/S which they reported created less road noise, was all-season, and had better ratings than the OEM tires. see tirerack.com
My question: does anyone have high mileage on 2005 or newer RL, and any mechanical/electrical problems, esp. once out of warranty?
I am seriously considering an 05 or 06 MB E320 but felt disappointed after reading threads about expensive repairs at 70+k miles.
#7192 of 7385 Re: Tires [nebraskaguy]
Sep 30, 2007 (9:32 am)
I currently have an 05 legacy GT with low profile rims and sporty bridgestone tires. NOT worth it. I would change rims and tires for a taller tire profile to get a smoother/quieter ride (still researching). I am on this thread bec. I want a more luxurious ride with reliability so I'm looking at the RL (vs MB e3204matic or c3204matic vs bmw 530xi). I am putting about 20k miles per year in an area with bad winter weather. I regret the legacy is a bit cheapo so looking for a change.
Oct 02, 2007 (5:32 pm)
can anyone confirm that taller and wider tires would let you to get a smoother/quieter ride?