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Acura RL, Sedan
#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).
#7341 of 7386 Re:liability of '05 vs. '06 RL [tonycd]
Dec 05, 2009 (9:24 am)
I just purchased an Acura Care Warranty on my MDX which was comming off a 4 year lease which had 36000 miles, hence the reason I bought it. Shop it around, I had Acura dealer prices form a high of $2,195 to the purcahse number of $1,300. 3 year 36 month with a $100.00 deductible.
#7342 of 7386 Re: HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? [ [hewittp]
Dec 05, 2009 (9:37 am)
Appreciate your reply. Since I have an MDX with 36,000 and a 3yr 36000 mile warranty, we most likely will use that vehicle more as my wife does not drive it much. The RL is worth $10,000 -12,000 ( auction) now, however a private sale would most likely have to include the new timing belt, tires, trans and radiator fluid flush, as it is 7 years old. It's a numbers game now with the unknown cost of any serious mechanical problems. Will have to decide soon...
#7343 of 7386 Re: HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? [10sfan]
Dec 06, 2009 (5:25 am)
Keep us posted!
#7344 of 7386 Re: HIgh mileage Acura RL: what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? [hewittp]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:28 am)
So quiet in here!
Feb 20, 2010 (9:51 am)
Hs anyone ventured an opinion re the 2011 Rls that will debut this year? Will the smile be wiped off its face? The design studio may come to its senses and provide a more 'serious' grille.
#7346 of 7386 Re: 2011 RLs [hondaphile]
Mar 04, 2010 (6:50 pm)
You can get the Japanese-market Honda Legend grille right now, provided you don't mind having the Honda H in the middle instead of the rather similar Acura A. (The RL is sold in Japan as the Honda Legend.) It looks much, much better than the U.S. snaggletooth.