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#100 of 897 2005 RL Experience
Apr 29, 2005 (2:43 am)
Bought my RL December 2005. Now have 6000 miles. Only two problems to date.
The first 2000 miles, I had a nasty brake squeal in right front brake first thing in the day. This went away on its own and did not return. Also had a noise in front suspension over series of bumps at 20-30 mph. This was diagnosed as a problem in the right front caliper (may also relate to brake squeal). Caliper was tightened, rotor turned and no problem since. Service at Ed Martin Acura in Indianapolis was excellent. Also had the same annoying "door locking" problem following the software updates. As advised on this board, I disconnected and reconnected the negative battery cable and problem is gone. I very much appreciate the advice.
Like the car very much. Gas mileage is 27 on highway at 75-80 mph. Average overall is 22-23. My only complaint is lack of rear seat leg room, but I knew this when I bought it. Like the handling, engine response and sound, and high tech features.
#101 of 897 Re: Noisy Breaks [ephraimw]
Apr 29, 2005 (2:49 am)
Had same problem. Went away on its own. You might also try going to an empty parking lot with no obstacles or traffic. Try some good hard braking while in reverse at a comfortable speed. This appears to be a brake break-in issue.
#102 of 897 Re: air noise? [santi1]
Apr 29, 2005 (10:27 pm)
Regarding the wind noise from the sunroof on your '02, I put a wind deflector on mine and the difference was dramatic. They look goofy but they work very nicely. Plus it helps me to find my car in a crowded parking lot.
#103 of 897 Calibrating Nav system?
Apr 30, 2005 (3:08 pm)
I have a 2005 RL and notice that when I direct the nav system to take me to a particular street number, it tells my "i"ve arrived" about 200 feet from the true address.
Is this normal (and the fault of the mapping not the GPS?) or is there a way to calibrate the system. For example, I live at #17, but when I enter the "current location" button, it tells me I am at #62).
#104 of 897 Clanky suspension noise
May 01, 2005 (1:14 pm)
Hi all, regarding my Acura 2005 RL. First 2-3 weeks I was so enthused with the fabulous sound system I just did not drive without the XM radio on. But once I drove with no sound, it was then that I heard this clanky rattling sound from the suspension going over ruts and bumps. I have an appointment with Acura tomorrow. The first visit last week, the service manager said he heard nothing, so I took his assistant over some ruts and had him listen. I just can't imagine what this is. Best thing probably is to test drive another new RL and see if it has the same problem; perhaps its to do with the AWD. I have not reviewed *all* the messages here, I wonder if anyone else has had this problem....
#105 of 897 Pathetic Service Department
May 01, 2005 (1:37 pm)
I'm severely disappointed with our Acura dealer's service department. They don't return phone calls. I told them there was a clanking noise from the suspension going over ruts and they said they could not hear it, until I took the assistant for a drive over some ruts and showed him. (they're supposed to check it again tomorrow) I told them to check the Onstar phone which won't receive a phone call until I press the Onstar button, and after hanging up, it will receive calls. The service manager mumbled something, and nothing's been done. And lastly, the Satellite radio often forgets its presets which go blank. If I go to XM2 and then back to XM1, voila, the presets are back!! (I guess I'll put up with that one).
Overall it is a great car but the ride is pretty choppy, suspension is too tight for a luxury sedan although it is a sports sedan. And the clanky noise is terrible for a car that costs so much. Above all, though, is the awful service department. I wish I'd stayed with my 5 year old Lexus RX300!!! No more Acuras for me, thanks but no thanks. My next car will be a Lexus again. Advice: DON'T buy a 2005 Acura RL. Don't.
#106 of 897 Re: Pathetic Service Department [rajabhat]
May 01, 2005 (11:03 pm)
Perhaps you should try another dealer for servicing. I wouldn't write off the brand yet over bad service from one dealer.
#107 of 897 Re: Pathetic Service Department [rajabhat]
May 02, 2005 (4:57 am)
I hate to burst your bubble, I had good curtious service from Lexus, but; I had a problem with warped front brake rotors on a nearly new Lexus and they told me I had to pay for replacement during the first year as the warrenty did not cover them. They argued I must have abused the brakes (curtious service might be a stretch on second thought, since they inferred I was lying). I had to argue with them that I had not mistreated the brakes (which I hadent!!!). It was going to cost me over $750 on a less than one year old LX to replace them.
On the other hand I have had 4 Acura's including a new 2005 RL and "0" complaints and excellent service form 2 differnt dealerships . I love my 2005 RL and I dont have the noise you mention either. In fact I havent had any problems with my 2005 RL. I did have one problem each on my 3 previous Acura's and they were repaired quickly at no cost and professionalism at the dealer was superb. All 3 problems on my other Acura's were minor, one was cosmetic.
Best oif luck, remember though all cars and dealers have problems occasioinally, even the best of them.
#108 of 897 Re: Pathetic Service Department [dennis721]
May 02, 2005 (5:05 am)
Certainly. However, this particular dealership has voicemail and don't return messages you leave. Also, I told them the Onstar phone does not take incoming calls and gives an "activation failure" voice message every time I finish talking to Onstar, but when I went to get the car they hadn't even called Onstar and were mumbling something about Onstar being only for emergencies, and such...Lastly, the service people must have implied I was imagining things when I said there is a prominent rattle going over ruts at low speed. I had to take them to a rut-filled parking lot next door to show them....!
#109 of 897 Re: Pathetic Service Department [rajabhat]
May 02, 2005 (5:14 am)
I would go to another dealer and tell them your having problems and the dealer you bought from is ignoring you.