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Acura RL, Sedan
#7331 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. 2010Honda Accord V6 [hewittp]
Nov 02, 2009 (10:55 am)
Totally different type of cars, ride, handling, mileage, etc. RL is a luxury car and the Accord is sportier. The RL will definitely cost more in repairs as I have had experience with both. My 2002 RL was purchased off lease and I secured the Acura Care Warranty prior to the expiration of the factory warranty. Now the warranty has expired my repairs costs are starting to add up. Has the vehicle been maintained? Replacing tires, brakes, fluids will have to be added to the equation. If the AWD system goes, expensive to repair. you will have to have the money available to do the necessary repairs if needed.
#7332 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. 2010Honda Accord V6 [hewittp]
Nov 03, 2009 (9:04 am)
If you're willing to spend $27500 on a new Accord but are considering a used RL, why not spend the $27500 on a newer RL w/ fewer miles? That is, of course, assuming you aren't averse to spending that much money on a used car. In the grand scheme, there's a LOT of really nice, new cars you can buy for that much coin. Maybe even have a look at the new Buick Lacrosse among many others.
#7333 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. 2010Honda Accord V6 [tayl0rd]
Nov 03, 2009 (9:42 am)
2010 Buick LaCrosse is a very nice first class vehicle, longer warranty with the same accessories as on the Accord EX-L V/Nav, your pushing $35,500. It is more in line with the Lexus ES350. Not even sure if they are discounting off the MSRP.
Nov 24, 2009 (10:26 am)
i bought a new battery for my rl 3.5 and now the only thing working is the hore or the alarm,i have put the key into the door to disarm the alarm but there is no power to the car the key will only unlock the door, what should i do.
#7335 of 7386 Re: new battery [dallaschick]
Nov 26, 2009 (12:31 pm)
Take the battery back and get it checked and if it works with them, suggest trying the dealer. Sometime brand new batteries are flat or need acid to get them up to snuff.
#7336 of 7386 HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far?
Dec 02, 2009 (6:48 am)
I'm still contemplating of getting a used Acura RL (2005/2006). For those of you with high mileage (60K and above), what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? I'm a bit worried of the long term reliability of the 2005/2006 Acura RL.
Please respond. We need to make this forum active Thanks.
#7337 of 7386 Re: HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? [hewittp]
Dec 02, 2009 (8:21 am)
I have a 2002 RL with 96,000 miles. My Acura care extended warranty expired 2 years ago. It did help me with replacing the following; 2nd set of rear wheel bearings ($487.00) 58,000 miles. First replaced at 22,000 miles. Also the EVAP system at 65,000 miles for a cost of $650.00 and wheel speed sensors, cost unknown. Now two sensors have to be replaced again and the part alone is over $100.00 plus labor. Replaced rt rear sway bar link $195.00. The other one may need replacement. Fuel pump relay $185.00. Now I have an estimate of $1,400.00 for the timing belt/water pump package to be replaced.
This does not include replacement of Brakes, Rotors, fluid changes, tires and batteries. All parts are expensive and Acura service targets luxury owners. As much as I enjoy the car (poor city gas mileage) based on the market value of the vehicle and possible future repair/ maintenance costs, it may be better to dump and cut my future costs.
However, I agree we do need to make this forum active again.
#7338 of 7386 Re: new battery [jensad]
Dec 02, 2009 (8:23 am)
a acura repairman came and checked it out,i was told that the computer system is not working and will need to be reprogamed.
#7339 of 7386 Re: HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? [
Dec 02, 2009 (9:04 am)
10sfan, I've added all your expenses since the warranty expiration data and after 60K miles. Excluding the timing belt and tire/brake replacement, your expenses so far between 60K and 96K is around $1200. It's not that really bad!
Should you decide to keep the car, you'll be spending $1.4K (timing belt) + $2K (brake/tires/battery, for a minimum expense total of $3.4K. If it will last for another 30K miles (up to 130K) then I think the additional cost of keeping is worth it. What do you think?
#7340 of 7386 Re:liability of '05 vs. '06 RL [hewittp]
Dec 04, 2009 (8:30 pm)
Hewitt, just talked this evening to the service advisor at my Acura dealer. She confirmed what I've read elsewhere: the '05s had a LOT of teething pains. They included various electronic gremlins, A/C compressors that went bad prematurely, and more. By '06, most were fixed.
You can get an '05 much cheaper, but I just paid extra for an '06 basically for this reason. Just got it, but knock on wood, nothing so far. I did, however, choose it over another '06 whose Carfax showed three telltale dealer visits for "check electrical system." I wasn't buying this car without the CPO warranty. (Worth mentioning: it's been reported that if the car is under 50,000 miles, you can buy the AcuraCare warranty separately from any Acura dealer; it needn't be the selling dealership).