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#827 of 7386 98 RL Transmission
Aug 10, 2002 (7:29 pm)
I have a 98 RL with 43k miles on it. Dealer just installed the THIRD transmission about a month ago. 4-year warranty expires Labor Day of 2002. This car has never been driven hard. Anyone else had trouble with a RL transmission, especially on a 1998?
Any suggestions? Should I invest in an extended warranty (if so, how much will it cost), or will Acura North America take care of this given the history?
Thanks for any advice.
#828 of 7386 Slhtx: Back in 1993, the Ford Tauras line was going
Aug 11, 2002 (6:12 am)
through automatic transmissions at an alarming rate. My service advisor gave me the advice to never run in overdrive (fourth gear) unless I was on a road where I could travel above 45 miles per hour. He wanted the car in drive (third gear) to prevent the transmission from "hunting" between third and fourth gears. I realize the Acura RL is supposed to have grade logic to keep this from happening, but it might not hurt to try this. The only other thing I do is switch my cars over to synthetic ATF (automatic transmission fluid) as soon as possible. Good luck.
Aug 11, 2002 (9:19 am)
Whatever the issue is that causes the trans to self-destruct, apparently changing them out isn't going to fix it. And until they figure out where the problem is coming from, it sounds like you need to plan on a new trans every 15-20k.
It sounds like I would certainly invest in an exteneded warranty. You don't mention, but I'd imagine that a new trans runs $1500 -- $2000 and more ... if you keep the car for 100k it could go through three more transmissions!
Personally, I'd buy the warranty then eventually sell it, perhaps buying a new RL with the great deals being offered. Without the x-warranty, I don't think you'd get anything like a good value from buyer or dealer because of the transmission "issues."
Again, I'd check all of this out on "REal World" here at Edmund's before doing anything.
Aug 11, 2002 (10:04 am)
I noticed 2.9% financing on the RL and CL advertised in the paper. Does anyone know the length of the loan for this rate (I assume 36 mos)?
Also, I have heard others mention $6,000 in dealer cash in previous years. Has this been pretty common the past couple of years at the end of the model year? I didn't know if I should expect to see the current $4,000 cash go to $6,000 shortly.
Aug 11, 2002 (12:19 pm)
Joe W ... is this a tranny problem only with the 98RL, or is this a problem with all the RL's, including the 02's? Hope its not as prevalent as with the 02 TLS's.
#832 of 7386 trans problem
Aug 12, 2002 (5:57 am)
I haven't heard about a common transmission problem in the RLs. I have a 99 with roughly 90k miles on it now and its running very smoothly and I've occasionally driven it pretty hard.
There was a recall on the 99 models for a transmission case bolt. This recall applies to 96-99 RLs and 96-98 3.2TLs. It will tell you if your car has had this fixed based on your VIN number and whats in the Acura database.
If you haven't already, I would sign up on Acura's owners link on the acura web site. When you enter your car's VIN, it will show all recalls for your car and display maintenance schedules, car care, troubleshooting, etc. The site was recently updated and definitely worth signing up for. The old site was pretty worthless.
Aug 12, 2002 (10:09 am)
coosamtn. Never heard of it.
Thanks, William. I forgot about that.
#834 of 7386 Current RL & CL Financing
Aug 12, 2002 (12:42 pm)
24 months 2.9%
36 months 3.9%
48 months 4.9%
#835 of 7386 Tranny - thanks
Aug 12, 2002 (2:05 pm)
Thanks for the suggestions on my 98 RL transmission. Talking with the dealer about an extended warranty. I'll also sign up on the website, although I thought I did that a couple years ago.
Any ideas regarding what an extended warranty will cost on the 98 RL? It currently has 43k miles, and will hit 4 years in a month.
Aug 12, 2002 (6:20 pm)
I think I'm having the same problem with my SRS light coming on. Came on when the passenger sat down and stayed on. Going to have it checked out tomorrow morning. Did you have yours checked out yet?