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Acura RL, Tires, Wheels, Sedan
Jan 02, 2008 (9:05 am)
Love my 2005 RL, hate the road noise - ( I have 120,000 miles on it!) Looking for new tires, but hoping to find something to reduce the horrible road noise. Any suggestions out there?
#10 of 27 Re: road noise [georgeoneil]
Jan 03, 2008 (9:17 pm)
I purchased Toyo Versados for my '05 TL. Smoother, quieter than the Bridgestone Turnaza OEM. But, appear to be worse in the snow, so for the first time in my 30 years of driving FWD cars, I bought snow tires.
Of course, here in Boston, prior to buying the snows: Almost 2.5 feet of snow. Since buying the snow tires: less than an inch of snow. Now that I've made the large, unexpected purchase it may never snow in Boston again...
#11 of 27 Michelin Sport A/S
Aug 08, 2008 (8:50 am)
Living in the upper Midwest, have over 20K with these tires on my RL. Quieter, good handling on wet pavement and on snow covered roads. Last winter had a tremendous amount of snow and they did well.
#12 of 27 Re: Acura RL-Pax tires [frank52]
Jun 01, 2009 (3:25 pm)
We bought a "new" RL--an 06 bought in 07 from the dealer, a "demo" with all the bells and whistles (It had 5,000 miles on it, but we got it for a "steal" compared to the sticker price. OOOOO--PAX tires, whatever that is--the f'ing car has no spare tire...ehem, there is a lawsuit pending over the whole PAX tire system (only on RLs and Honda Odysseys)
No spare tire kits are available at the dealers here in the San Joaquin Valley--they don't even have a part number to order it...America's Tire Company has four tires available mounted, balanced, etc., for $1875. Hell, the Car is barely worth more than that.
"Run flat" tires are supposed to be able to carry the vehicle up to 100 miles on a flat tire. Gee, some shortsighted emngineer somewhere seems to think that there is a PAX tire busting station within 100 miles of anywhere.
Anyhow, some wiseguy lawyer firm has gotten Honda Acura to agree to the following tentative settlement (after you have put out the money, it's a maybe): $110.00 if you show proof that you paid $108.00 for a spare tire kit for the PAX. $300 to $400 if you purchased another Honda Acura vehicle.
Such a deal! I wanna buy another RL....
#13 of 27 Re: Acura 2005 RL Tire Replacement [bc2005rl]
Jun 01, 2009 (4:51 pm)
My suggestion--get regular tires--you'll save quite a bit...however, the problem--same as before--NO SPARE...(:--((
I will NEVER again buy a run flat tire system in my life--more because of lack of a spare than the higher price--I always picture myself out in the middle of nowhere--with--a flat tire and no spare. BOO on Acura and Honda for this boondoggle.
#15 of 27 Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s)
Jun 21, 2009 (7:06 pm)
OK, I'm new to the forum because I picked up an '06 RL last week. Love the car! The technology is great, it has only 25,000 miles and is in fantastic condition. Before I bought it, I had test driven this car around some local roads and did take it on the highway, which, at that time, didn't cause me any concern. However, after driving from the Philly suburbs to Long Island and back this weekend, my ears are killing me! The road noise on various surfaces was, frankly, unbearable. My '05 MDX is as quiet as a cathedral compared to the RL! What gives? All the review spoke about how quiet this car was and that it has the active Bose noise dampening. Not mine: I think the noise was actually echoing around the inside of the car. I could barely hear the radio. So, I'm guessing that it's not the car's sound-proofing but the Michelin tires that are the culprit. From all that I've read here, these tires basically suck for road noise once they get some miles on them. Sadly, my tires are in great shape.
But, I'm so disgusted with the road noise, I'm ready to shell out >$500 for some quite driving. Here are my questions:
1. Are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus the tires of choice on this car as a replacement (I will be driving in a little winter snow)?
2. What else will give me a quite and fairly responsive ride without breaking the bank?
3. Lastly, has anyone tried to add more sound dampening materials to either the outer wheel wells or inner wheel wells (trunk space and/or behind rear seat carpeting)? I did a search for sound dampening and it looks like there are a number of people who are into audio sound that have experimented with increasing the sound dampening in the wheel wells and trunk with some success. Should this be necessary on a $50,000 (new) car?
#16 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [cbrose]
Jun 21, 2009 (7:48 pm)
At JJAcura's recommendation, I replaced the tires on my 2005 RL with Bridgestone Turanza Serenity. Immediately afterwards I took a 500-mile drive. They are far quieter than the Michelins that came on my RL. Since most of the trip was freeway driving in good weather, I can't attest to his comments regarding handling, but on most of the surfaces during the trip, the tires were nearly totally silent. A big improvement! They are not cheap, though, unless you order them over the internet.
#17 of 27 Re: Bought '06 RL. Now I'm Deaf... (Michelin MXM4s) [nebraskaguy]
Jun 22, 2009 (4:28 am)
Thanks for the reply. As you can tell, I'm looking for peace and quiet in a performance tire. The reviews at tirerack.com (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Turanza+- Serenity&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&partnum=45VR7TS) give it very good ratings on ride and noise comfort, with decent snow capabilities. Tread design doesn't look as aggressive as the Pilots but that might be a good thing regarding road noise.