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#670 of 895 Re: 2005 Acura RL Unidentified Noise Issue [carcrazy13]
Jun 11, 2006 (12:13 pm)
Hope you're still around to receive this. The new transmission was installed. The noise is not as noticable at lower speeds now. It does not become annoying until about 72 through 80. The technician did not know what else to try. He took me out in an '06 and I heard the sound around 40mph. Maybe it is just something the tranny produces. I'm trying to live with it for now. Four years warranty may give it time to get worse or become easier to identify. I really love this car so it is disappointing.
#671 of 895 Re: Keyless Ignition [cstiles]
Jun 12, 2006 (3:51 am)
Klister and Nebraskaguy---now be serious, if you could choose between the keyless knob/stalk and a push button start, which would you prefer?
Frankly, I don't care which it is. All I care is that I don't have to pull my keys out every time to open and start my RL.
#672 of 895 Re: Keyless Ignition [nebraskaguy]
Jun 16, 2006 (2:33 pm)
FWIW, I think the acura system is easier and more intuitive to explain to parking attendants than a push button system.
I agree with others that with either system, (with most cars), one doesn't have to get the keys out to open/close/start the car.
To each his own: choice is an advantage in the american car marketplace!
#673 of 895 Not buying an RL anymore
Jun 17, 2006 (11:23 am)
I was planning on buying an RL but after reading about all the experiences that owners have with their dealers and cars, I think I will pass on it. I compared this to the 'Problems' board on Lexus and it seems like the dealerships are a lot more helpful. The key reason I buy Japanese cars is because my work doesn't allow for frequent trips to the dealer. If there was a problem, I would not be able to easily make multiple trips to an Acura dealer just to be told "thats how the car is supposed to work". This message is targeted more to Acura -- you are losing business even with people who want to buy your car.
#674 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [wallm]
Jun 17, 2006 (4:55 pm)
smart guy! the car isn't the wonder it is claimed to be.
Perhaps, that is why Acura is offering a $3000 dealer incentive to move the RL. It gets a junk rating in my book.
#675 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [wallm]
Jun 19, 2006 (12:42 pm)
Big mistake. If you take the time to scan backwards from today, you'll see that this forum has really quieted down the past 6+ months. There were a few, early software issues (all easily resolved by my dealer), but the basic car is solid as a rock. My very early '05 is rattle free, trouble free, and an exceptional road car. Highway mileage at 75-85 consistently is in the 26-27 mpg range.
The NAV system is the best in the business. As is the sound system. Dollar for dollar the RL is more car for less money than A6s, E-Class, or 5 Series.
You put too much weight into what you're reading here. I couldn't be happier and the RL owners I encounter on the road concur.
#676 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [cavtec]
Jun 19, 2006 (2:48 pm)
Cavtec and Wallm---first of all, you are sitting in the "RL - Problems & Solutions" board. So, you are going to read nothing but "problems" here. Secondly, the fact that 20-odd people on an Edmunds board happened to say that their car or dealer is junk, it's statistically so meaningless it's laughable.
Equally, when 20-odd people come to the "My Dream Car" board and wax poetic about how their (fill in the blank) is the best car on the planet, that also has zero statistical significance. Do use Edmunds as one source, but if you reach the conclusion that the RL is a lemon based on these comments alone, you may want to revisit your hypothesis.
The RL is far from perfect. (What car is?) But it is an overall reliable and well-designed car. Other external sources of information confirm that. If you haven't driven or tested one out, definitely do that. Then if you decide the car ain't for you, then all power to you.
Remember that most satisfied RL owners are not coming to Edmunds to toot their horns. They probably have a life.
#677 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [cstiles]
Jun 19, 2006 (3:09 pm)
I own an '05 RL purchased last November and now have over 20,000 kms. on it. I have driven it in all weather conditions (I live in Western Canada). Last winter I drove back and forth thru the mountains twice with only the all season tires and around the west coast in heavy rain. Previously I have owned 4 E Class(one was a 4matic) and an '05 subaru Outback Turbo. The RL has been fantastic and the SH-AWD is as good as it gets. While some of the interior pieces aren't as nice as the E Class, as far as I'm concerned I'm way happier. The car has only really had one warranty item, a door armrest with a small bump in it,(I'm picky!!) which was handled without problem. Sevice at the 2 dealers I use has been terrific and everytime it's in for service I receive a call from Acura Canada within 3 days to ask if I was happy with the service. I won't bore anyone with my problematic and unsatisfactory experience with MB but I am thrilled with every aspect of the RL, no it's not perfect but it's close enough for my uses. It's the workhouse in our family as we also have a Boxter S for fun. I won't be changing to another brand anytime soon.
#678 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [jts]
Jun 20, 2006 (5:16 am)
I'll weigh in on this discussion, too. As indicated in the last three posts, I also couldn't be happier with my RL. Purchased on January '05 and have 15,000 miles. (I rotate daily driving with a MINI Cooper S.) I have the 18" wheels and summer performance tires for this time of year. Awesome! The car has been trouble free, continues to be tight as a drum and an absolute joy to drive (or should I say "experience"?). I, too, have no intentions of getting rid of the car any time soon. I get a little brake caliper "rattle" between scheduled service, but that's really my only complaint. I think there are a few things that could be done to improve it, specifically rain sensing wipers and cooled front seats. Now that the prices have come down from when I purchased, I do think it is exceptional value, all things considered.
#679 of 895 Re: Not buying an RL anymore [cstiles]
Jun 21, 2006 (8:34 pm)
"Remember that most satisfied RL owners are not coming to Edmunds to toot their horns. They probably have a life."
Hello [cstiles]...you must be talking about the many posters that were in here almost 2 years ago now that went forward and bought this great car. Me included. I don't feel any strong need to go to this forum or the other RL Forum any more to regularly defend it because the satisfied owners have said it all over and over again.
It has been a dream car me.