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Acura RL, Sedan
#691 of 895 Another happy owner
Jun 23, 2006 (1:34 pm)
I too was worried about all the 'issues' is the 2005 RL. Like others, I noticed the complaints on the board decreased with time. I'm a VERY happy owner of a 2006 RL with tech package and backup camera. NO problems so far. when I've brought the car in for routine service, the service department (pleasanton, CA)has been exceptionally nice: nicer than even the excellent BMW dealer across the street that I used before I bought the acura.
I also enjoy the adaptive cruise control and use it much more than I originally expected: it really reduces stress on drives with medium traffic.
re: temperature gauge: mine never gets up to the midpoint either, even in 90+ degree weather with the A/C on in heavy traffic.
#692 of 895 Re: All Smiles Here... [jjacura]
Jun 24, 2006 (8:35 am)
If the Michelins that you are thinking of purchasing are the Pilot Sport AS, I have them on my wife's MB C Coupe and they have been excellent so far. I have a number of friends that are on their second set, many with AWD cars. I will probably put them on my RL when the time comes. They are likely to be similar to the original tires in snow but better on dry and certainly better in the rain.
#693 of 895 in cabin air filter 2005 rl
Jun 25, 2006 (10:51 am)
does anyone know where in cabin air filter is located? i had a vw passat which air filter was in engine compartment at cowl. i know some vehicles have it near glove box. thanks
#694 of 895 Re: All Smiles Here... [jts]
Jun 26, 2006 (10:08 pm)
JTS Yes thanks....good to hear about those tires...One more thing ... I understand they are even quieter and give you a slightly more comfortable ride as well.
#695 of 895 Re: in cabin air filter 2005 rl [buckets]
Jun 26, 2006 (11:19 pm)
I became interested in this because the Manual contains NOTHING about the location and I knew that it should be a simple replacement to make...
- open the glove compartment
- pull down the fabric at the back (it is held up by velcro)
- open and then unsnap the upper tray. The tray is held on by three easy to remove clips.
Once removed, the filter is easily visible and clearly marked. Pull out by pushing in the 2 side clips and the entire housing easily slides out.
That's it - no tools needed. There is only one OEM filter which you can buy on-line approx. $37, or less expensive aftermarket filters at auto parts stores for $23
(Dealer charge for this replacement is worth checking out, you might be surprised at how much you can save.)
#696 of 895 Re: All Smiles Here... [jjacura]
Jun 27, 2006 (6:21 am)
On my wife's car they have a nice ride and quite frankly I don't hear them so they must be reasonably quiet. They get great owners comments on Tire Rack's website as well. I will put them on my RL next.
#697 of 895 Re: AFS Warning Light [shs111]
Jun 28, 2006 (6:55 am)
Pleased to report back that the problem was finally diagnosed and (hopefully) fixed. For future reference, the issue relates to the Headlight Adjuster Leveling Sensor, which can get "stuck" and creates the warning error. When it gets "unstuck" the warning error light goes away and they can't find the problem. The service guy had the sensor replaced, and hopefully it'll do better this time. Apparently a known problem in the design of the RL adaptive headlights.
And of course they also washed the car, which always helps me feel that I didn't completely waste my time. Great car, just those few bugs that get annoying.
#698 of 895 No problems with my 2005 RL over the past 12 months
Jul 03, 2006 (10:46 am)
I bought my RL one year ago. There were initial problems with the front right door lock not working from the inside. And a slight rattle in the dash coming from the small round air vents located on the far ends of the dash. The dealer fixed these items that week and I haven't had the first complaint since. The car is extremely quiet with no rattles, tire problems or ignition switch problems, etc.; that some others have complained about. I'm very happy with it and look forward to my commutes to/from work.
#699 of 895 repair bills for high tech cars
Jul 05, 2006 (7:55 pm)
I read an article published on MSN stating that, after the warranty period passes and you have to pay out of pocket, repair costs for high tech cars such as the RL are sky high because these cars can only be fixed by dealers, and your independent garage mechanic at the corner (who charges you less) would not have the know how or equipment to troubleshoot these cars. I think there is some truth to the statement. However, I do not mean to say that we should be buying and driving grannie cars that can jeopardize our life and safety. WHat do you think? Is buying an RL worth the risk of high repair bills?
#700 of 895 Re: repair bills for high tech cars [kennyg8]
Jul 06, 2006 (4:01 am)
Is buying an RL worth the risk of high repair bills?
I don't think the risk is any higher than any of the other luxury cars, with the possible exception of Lexus. Most people I know who drive BMWs and Mercedes, won't keep them beyond the warranty period because of potentially high repair costs. As more and more cars add more and more high tech gizmos, most will have high repair costs as they age.