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Acura RL, Sedan
#743 of 7386 Why it's not selling..
May 26, 2002 (4:07 pm)
I think the noise factor in these cars is relative to what one is used to driving. I just traded my 2001 Lexus ES (8600 miles)in for a 2000 RL with 21,000 miles on an even swap. In my view, the RL is a much better overall driving experience than the 2001 ES, more responsive in handling, better ride quality, and most importantly more comfortable driver seat. The ES seat cushions I felt were to short. I will admit that the RL emits a little more road noise into the cabin but that is due I believe to the Michelins. I hear less engine noise at idle and at cruising speed on the RL than the ES but RL has more potent sound upon acceleration. The RL drives more like the larger luxury car that it is while the ES felt more like a Camry with luxury appointments. My only gripe with the RL is the lack of an 8 way power passenger seat which Acura does not put on any of their cars for some poor reason.
#744 of 7386 97 RL Brakes
May 29, 2002 (1:58 am)
I have a 97 RL with 98K on the clock. Just recently it has started to make a groaning noise when I back up. It doesn't do it all the time and I have a suspicion that the front brakes might be dragging a little bit. Anyone else ever have a similar problem? Thanks.
#745 of 7386 Heads up!
Jun 03, 2002 (12:01 pm)
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Have you seen the Letter from the Town Hall Manager on the Town Hall Welcome page? If not, you might want to follow that link to have a look.
And hang on to your seats. Change is never easy - for any of us - but resolving the Search problems we've had will be worth the pain.
#746 of 7386 RL seems quiet, and comfortable...
Jun 03, 2002 (6:18 pm)
I guess it does matter where you are coming from, but after work, I get off the train and look forward to sitting and driving my new RL I feed it is quiet (very) and the weight just seems to smooth out the road. My father in law joked I should be in an ad for Acura when I said I drive slowly home just to make the ride last longer! I really DON"T know why the car is not selling. They made number 2 in quality...Lexus was 1, Acura split with Infiniti.
#747 of 7386 RL compared to other vehicles
Jun 06, 2002 (2:58 pm)
I almost bought an RL two years ago and will consider buying a used one next time around. I think it is a great car with great quality. Rear wheel drive doesn't do much for me. I think the supposed additional performance is overrated. I live where there is snow as well.
Everyone I know who has bought an RL has had a high quality car and a great experience. However dealing with the acura dealer in my area...now that's another story.
#748 of 7386 Should I buy the RL ???
Jun 06, 2002 (6:36 pm)
I would appreciate any feedback both positive & negative on the RL. I plan to test drive an RL next week at an Acura dealer with 34 RLs in stock. What is a good price right now ( less than $ 39,500 ?? ) Thanks in advance.
#749 of 7386 bklynguy
Jun 12, 2002 (1:42 pm)
You should not have to pay any more than $39000 for a n RL w/o NAV.
#750 of 7386 Should I buy the RL ???
Jun 12, 2002 (4:48 pm)
I bought a used 2000 and it is a joy to drive. I just got rid of a 2001 Lexus ES300 for the RL and I find no comparison in the 2 vehicles, the RL far superior in every respect.
Jun 12, 2002 (8:14 pm)
Why do you think the RL is better than the ES300? What kind of gas mileage are you getting with the RL(75/25, highway/city)? What is the RPM at 70mph with the RL? How long have you had the RL? Any problems? Thanks
#752 of 7386 Long(er) time RL ownership perspective...
Jun 13, 2002 (7:41 am)
We've had our '96RL for 2.5 years... The car currently has 101K miles and has been relatively problem free. When we bought ours, it had 58K miles and since then, the following non-standard maintenance items had to be replaced/fixed:
1) Alternator - had to remanufacture the old one since NO dealer had one in stock - had to be special ordered (cost to fix - $220)
2) AC compressor - bought a used one for $120 and had my mechanic put it in for $100
3) Rear wheel speed sensor - cost +/- $140 and replaced it by myself
4) Driver side window regulator - forgot the cost - replaced by myself.
Other than that, the car has been problem free. My wife still enjoys driving it. I, on the other hand, like it only for longer highway drives. Otherwise, it's too soft for my tastes.
Would I buy another one? For myself? No... I'm a "stick" person... For my wife? Yes...