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Acura RL Tires and Wheels
Last post on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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Acura RL, Tires, Wheels, Sedan
#18 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [nebraskaguy]
Aug 27, 2009 (1:58 pm)
I just purchased a 06 RL with 50K miles on it, with some miles left on the Michelins. The highway road noise coming off of the tires is unbearable in all but newly paved highways. Now that you have had the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity tires for a couple of months, how is the noise? Thanks.
#19 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [cmhsec1]
Aug 27, 2009 (6:12 pm)
I actually didn't get new tires. I made some adjustments in the air pressure of my tires and that made a huge difference. Very bearable now. The manual says to run 30 psi in the fronts and 32 psi in the rear. I'm running about 32 all around and it's much quieter than before. I'm going to go as long as I can before I shell out $700.00 for tires. But when I do, it will most likely be either the Bridgestones or Toyos. I've heard good things about both on this car.
#20 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [cmhsec1]
Aug 28, 2009 (4:28 am)
I couldn't be happier with my Bridgestone Serenity tires. They are so much quieter than the Michelins.
#21 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [nebraskaguy]
Aug 28, 2009 (9:32 am)
Me too. I got rid of the Michelins and got the Bridgestone Serenity tires for my RL and I have much less noise and less harshness on the road. And many years ago, I only purchased Michelins on all of my cars but not today.
Good luck to all and stay safe.
#22 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [nebraskaguy]
Sep 01, 2009 (10:33 am)
Interesting to note how quiet the various Acura RL forums are these days. This was the only forum that has recent posts. Maybe it's time for a new distinctive RL design to come forward and create some excitement!!! As it is the redesigns have given me pause thus far. I don't want to leave Acura after all these years but I will continue to drive the 2005 until they give us something to get excited about!!! I have a long time Acura friend who hasn't left the "fold" as yet but he too is very disappointed. I do however continue to be very happy with the 2005. Still love the design and the performance so far has been unequaled by any auto I have owned over the last 50 years. Like all good things however it won't last forever and I am looking forward to some better Acura designs. The Bridgestones were a good move. (Good to see Nebraskaguy as well)
#23 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [jjacura]
Sep 02, 2009 (5:19 am)
Thanks, JJ, good to see you too. I too am still very happy with my 2005 RL and am awaiting the next generation, hopefully next year, before I make my next move. I must say, it'll have to be pretty good to keep me in the Acura family.
#24 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [jjacura]
Sep 02, 2009 (6:37 am)
Keep in mind that as soon as you post in any discussion, it then has "recent posts" - feel free to wake any of them up at any time!
#25 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [pat]
Sep 02, 2009 (8:00 am)
#26 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [cmhsec1]
Jun 15, 2010 (7:46 pm)
We bought an RL new back in '06. The road noise was really bad on anything other than new pavement or a special blacktop WADOT is testing on roads. Forget about riding in the back seat. No way. The noise cancelling audio system is a joke.
After the original stock tires that came on the new RL wore out, we replaced them with Bridgestone Turanza Serenity. I noticed just a little improvement, but mostly we both considered it almost as noisey as the 1996 Honda Accord we use a a backukp car.
The Bridgestone tires are a bit more sensitive to road vibration. We took it back to dealership a couple of times for balancing. We're pretty sure now that the tires are more sensitive to road vibration. Increasing the tire pressure a little seemed to help some. Good tires otherwise.
Bottom line, I don't think we'll buy another RL until the reports from other drivers indicate that Acura has really fixed the problem. It's such as easy thing to do; the technology is out there and at the price Acura asks for RL's, one would think noise would never be an issue.
Maybe in other countries in the world, their highways don't have these awful grooves created by people who drive on studded tires ~6 months out of the year. So drivers there won't notice the road noise as much. In Washington, however, studded tires are used by a lot of drivers (not us) and within a few years, those tires can ruin a highway.
We find ourselves driving on edge just outside of the grooves and just inside of the lane lines. It's a bit more precarious but quieter, so one has to be very alert.
Hope this helps.
#27 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [baker8]
Apr 10, 2012 (10:14 am)
Uggh...studded tires CAN ruin roads - they should be outlawed. NY allowed them years ago - don't think they do amy more. Odd to hear a car with them - mostly VT and NH cars visiting.
As for road noise - an Acura will never be a Lexus - they simply aren't designed that way - same with BMW - you will hear road noise - it is part of the "driving experience" - not being wrapped in a cocoon like Lexus - which I call the Japanese Buick.