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  • ticker2ticker2 Posts: 2
    My 02 RL has 80k miles and has been a great car(my third Acura)but has one annoying noise problem. For the past two years,the combination of summer weather(+ 80 degrees) and about 40 minutes of driving results in a loud creaking or popping sound coming from the front. I can actually feel it traveling up the steering column. It seems to be weight bearing related as it makes the noise when the weight of the car shifts forward when stopping and when I shift my weight exiting the front door( even with the engine off). The dealer has checked it out several times without a solution. They acknowledge the noise but have no idea what is causing it.
    Any similar problems or recommended solutions?
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Interesting that you bought the 18" tires & rims. I remember our discussions in this forum re. this and asked my salesman about it. He said it would cost another $2,300 and that I may as well keep the O.E.rims and tires because they didn't swap them out. How does the ride compare between O.E and 18"? I will keep the car also and don't anticipate replacing the tires for another 2 years but will seriously consider going with the Michelin Pilot Sport Ultra High Performance. They are supposed to give a quieter ride and perform better in snow. I'm probably getting the same amount of snow here in SE Wi. as you in Ohio. Paying almost sticker for the 2005 early delivery RL was common. No regrets here! It's a great car. :) JJ
  • llwysellwyse Posts: 56
    Thanks for the response, JJ. I paid $2000 as I recall. They were on a car in the showroom. You are correct that the dealer will not swap out. The ride is a little stiffer than OEM due to the lower profile, but the offset is better handling and grip. I wouldn't rate them quieter than OEM, but they are comparable, IMO. Since they are directional, rotation is only front to rear, and I think they might be getting slightly noisier with wear. I am considering replacing them with an A/S high peformance tire when these wear out. Right now, I switch back to OEM wheels/tires for the 4 months of snowy weather. But I wonder how the 18" wheels will hold up with the winter chemicals. I don't have experience with this type of powder coated chrome finish in the winter. Does anyone else? I just love the looks of the 18s on the RL and would rather look at them year-round. My primary summer driver is a Porsche Boxster.

    And I agree with the benefit of buying this car early (and high) -- we've had the privilege of enjoying our cars longer! :D
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Any word when the 2008 Acura RL will be out and if it will be a mid model refresh?
  • am_odessaam_odessa Posts: 7
    yep,

    I use my 2006 RL to haul my kids, 10 & 3, around the town (car seat included). My older one just loves riding in RL, as he can enjoy all bells & whistles of the NAV technology - maps, traffic reports, current location with latitude & longitude etc.
  • carnutpacarnutpa Posts: 42
    I am taking a hard look at the 2007 RL. I test drove one today. It's a great car but I did note that I can hear the cars and trucks swishing by on the road. I had the radio off and all windows closed. I have a 2002 (5 year old) Cadillac DeVille and I can barely hear any outside noise.
    This is my main concern in contemplating the purchase. I am used to a quieter car and struggling with this issue. Any thoughts?
  • klisterklister Posts: 8
    I would take another test drive and make sure that the sun roof and visor are fully closed as well as all windows. My 2006 RL is one of the quieter cars that I have owned except for some tire noise. The ANC seems to do a good job. There is some tire noise from the stock tires and you may hear that otherwise I think something was open or not adjusted correctly on your demonstrator. What do others think?
  • veritas7veritas7 Posts: 18
    I would take another test drive. I chose the RL over the M35 and have had my '07 RL since the end of April. It's extremely quiet. As a matter of fact, it's one of the reasons I chose it over the M.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Just checked acura's website. They loaded information for the 2008 TSX 1st. Still, nothing on the RL. If i may, i would like to put in a few changes I'd like to see on the RL for its mid model change.

    1st of all, acura needs to be more like audi and bmw in a sense. You can look up and day, "HEY, thats a BMW" because they share what i call a brand image. Acura lacks that about now. Bmw has the "corona lights", and Audi has the grille. While corny, it lets people be aware that it is an AUDI and BMW.

    Also, if that failed, audi and BMW have something to fall back on as a plan B. Audi's luxurious interior and BMWs legendary handling. IMO Acuras plan B: "..." there isn't one. Acura has proved they know where the line that straddles sport and luxury lies and needs to continue along it.

    A v8, RWD platform that can be shared between models, and a 6+AT. Heck, all the RL needs now is the 3.7l v6 a 6+AT, and cooled/heated seats (for those warm summer nights or cold winter morning). I also like the idea of just making 2 RL models. A base, a Tech, and a sport package for ALL acura models sounds good too! :)

    -Cj
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Summing up and detailing what i said:

    *Push button start (from s2000?)

    *Heads up display

    *7AT

    *Stretch the current platform and add a v8. 320hp and 300lbs ft through SH-AWD. Come on, volvo has a 311hp v8... optional 250hp and 400lbs ft diesel

    *Heated seats all around option with heated/cooled up front

    *Quad zone temperature with the center arm rest having the controls

    Basically what i'm saying is to make the RL more of an E-class competitor and the RDX MORE of an x3 competetor.

    -Cj :)
  • golfnut5golfnut5 Posts: 202
    The 2008 RL is up on the acura web site. Looks to me there are no changes, but I don't currently own an RL. Can any current RL owner tell if there are changes?
  • tamparltamparl Posts: 42
    Some color combos dropped. No new content. Slight price increase.
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    The 2008 RL is up on the acura web site. Looks to me there are no changes, but I don't currently own an RL. Can any current RL owner tell if there are changes?

    I don't see any real changes, but I am confused. Some of the pictures very clearly show the "shark fin" antenna, and some very clearly show that it's not there. Are the ones with the shark fin, merely old pictures that they've included here? I've always liked it and hope it's on the new model, as well.

    I wish they would add some new colors. I'm bored with all the usual RL colors.
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    Several discussions have taken place in this forum about the OE tires and a number of owners have changed to the Michelin Ultra Performance A/S Pilots and swear by enhanced road handling and smoother ride. Has anyone combined this tire with the 18" wheel? Any comments regarding road noise, handling, ride?
  • veritas7veritas7 Posts: 18
    The sharkfin antenna is a vestige of ONSTAR. A few of the 07's came equipped with it before they decided to pull the feature. I have an 07 without the antenna. I'm assuming they won't be on the 08 model but I don't know for certain. Those just may be old photos.
  • I'm surprised people are saying they get better handling after replacing the OEM tires. The handling is already so good it's hard to picture any improvement. What I would like is less road noise. Any thoughts on quieter tires?
  • vince69vince69 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2006 RL and I am in the process of interfacing a cell phone with it. My first choice is the LG VX8300 using Verizon as my service provider. Anybody have any experiences with this model cell phone?
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Neb. Guy, It's been a while since we commented on the same subject...and also hard to believe well over 3 years have passed since many of us lit up the pages of this once "hottest forum" on Edwards. Good to see you around. I believe the 18" rims will put you into another tire type period, the low profile tire, and this will give you a firmer ride. Not sure about road noise with it. Just spotted a later model RL 2 days ago with 18" shiney chrome rims and have to be honest...it really distracted from the overall appearance of this handsome car. The OE rims were truly well designed and compliment the RL immensely IMO. I drove out to Denver and back in June which was about a 2,500 mile jaunt and finally observed the comfort level of these seats over a sustained period and the drivers side was great but I have to be honest, (When my wife drove) the passenger seat became uncomfortable and the lumbar support that I need wasn't there and caused mild sciatica pain which I haven't felt in several years. Spent the night across the River from your home state of Nebraska in Council Bluffs. Found our favorite coffee shop "Caribou" as we drove through Omaha. The RL Navigation system is the best! Cheers!
    JJ
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    Neb. Guy, It's been a while since we commented on the same subject...and also hard to believe well over 3 years have passed since many of us lit up the pages of this once "hottest forum" on Edwards. Good to see you around. I believe the 18" rims will put you into another tire type period, the low profile tire, and this will give you a firmer ride. Not sure about road noise with it. Just spotted a later model RL 2 days ago with 18" shiney chrome rims and have to be honest...it really distracted from the overall appearance of this handsome car. The OE rims were truly well designed and compliment the RL immensely IMO. I drove out to Denver and back in June which was about a 2,500 mile jaunt and finally observed the comfort level of these seats over a sustained period and the drivers side was great but I have to be honest, (When my wife drove) the passenger seat became uncomfortable and the lumbar support that I need wasn't there and caused mild sciatica pain which I haven't felt in several years. Spent the night across the River from your home state of Nebraska in Council Bluffs. Found our favorite coffee shop "Caribou" as we drove through Omaha. The RL Navigation system is the best! Cheers!
    JJ


    JJ, Thanks for your comments. I wondered whether the 18" tires might result in a firmer ride, which I definitely do not want. Glad to hear it was comfortable for a long drive. Whether it's in my 05 RL or a new 08 RL, I plan to take a very long driving trip throughout the Midwest right after I retire next spring. BTW, if you drove down I-80, through North Platte, you were within 35 miles of my childhood stomping grounds. I hope you enjoyed the drive across my home state.

    EW
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131
    Re my 2005 RL:

    My tires were inflated with nitro-fill. I now find that i cannot remove the valve caps - even a lockjaw won't budge them - they appear fused to the valves. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?

    Thanks.

    Acuraphile
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    WOW... the good old days on this forum are BACK!
    :)
    Always great to see YOU my man. Wish I had a solution for you.
    May I suggest you also add your message to the
    RL Maintenance and Repair forum. Just click on:
    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.ef4f332/802
    Take care and LMBRL George,
    JJAcura
  • Hi yall

    I was wondering if any one knew, where to install the CD player in 1998 Acura RL or if u guys know where i can find the answer on the internet.

    Thank you
  • tamparltamparl Posts: 42
    There is a TSB on this. By 2006 the valve caps were simply blue plastic. The dealer will replace the valves and caps under the TSB.
  • golfnut5golfnut5 Posts: 202
    The 08's are out, saw one at my local Acura dealer today.
  • My opinion is that this is that if you come from a really quiet, smooth car (Lexus, Mercedes, Audi and many American models) you will notice road noise and harshness in the ride. The road noise is so bad that when on the highway I cannot use the speakerphone because no one can hear me. Maybe I am just spoiled but I would not buy another unless the road noise is addressed. When I mentioned it to my dealer, he said they have had a lot of comments from RL owners on this issue. I have an 06 RL, which in every other respect has worked well for me.
  • I test drove an 2008 RL today and was shocked at how much road noise and harshness is let into the cabin of the RL. I currently own a 2005 TL and feel the ride is no better than a TL. I think the noise cancellation is a joke, you can't just cancel noise, you have to eliminate it. About an hour later I test drove a new 2008 Cadillac CTS and what a world of difference. The CTS was taut, but with no harshness, very luxurious. I hate to leave the Acura brand, but I want to trade up from the TL. Very disappointed in the ride quality of the RL. :cry:
  • Did you check the tire pressure of the RL you drove? Dealers are notorious for leaving too much psi in the tires for cars sitting on the lot. 2-3 psi above rating will cause tire noise and harshness in the RL (as it does in the lower profile tires on the TL).

    I traded a 2005 TL for a 2006 RL and the RL is worlds better than the TL in ride, quietness and build quality. The OEM Michelins will produce tire noise on coarse, grooved roads however. And most agree the OEM Michelins are not the best option tires.

    The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is designed to cancel low frequency boom (tyical of engine and exhaust boom) but does not address higher frequency sound as typical of tire roar and wind noise.

    The RL does very well in low wind noise, thanks to the flush side glass. Tire noise would require more sound insulation adding weight. There are always compromises with every car maufacturer and model.
  • tamparl,

    I did not check the tire pressure. I feel if a car has good insulating qualities a few extra pounds in the tires will not make too much difference. I may test drive another RL before I make a final decision.
  • If you want a quieter ride, go with Lexus or a Caddy. For good road feel and BMW-like road capability, the Super Handling AWD of the RL is about as good as it gets. For me, this is the only European-feeling vehicle from Japan and I am happy to own, drive and HEAR it perform.
  • Dear all.

    I just bought this car from a friend this week.

    The manuafacturer oringial tire size on this card is 215/60/16 with a V speed rating.

    I would like to replace all 4 tires (it is time to replace tires anyway) with 225/60/16 with an H speed rating.

    Costco Tire center staff would do it even if they do not recommend,saying it will feel very different with the slightly bigger/wider tires.

    Anyone of you have tried this before and have any comments?
    I love to hear from you before I do anything.

    Thank you all in advance!

    a new member.
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