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Acura RL



  • bluerlbluerl Posts: 1
    Hi! I am a newbie here with a parts question. I have an acura rl 03. I recently hit the rear drivers side taillight and unfortunately broke the red plastic. The bulb and all else is okay...I have been checking online to replace and I am finding that there seems to be two different looking parts. One assembly has red and clear plastic (mine) and one has red, clear and yellow plastic. My taillight has a yellow bulb for the turning signal. I have the navigation package. (there is currently part for sale on ebay but does not look like mine). Some web sights selling this part do not show the photo in color. I am confused, and really was hoping to find this part second hand vs new. Anyone know if there are two different types for my rl? thanks!
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Here's a quote that caught my eye:

    Acura’s next supercar is said to be powered by a 550 horsepower 5.5L V10 derived from the V8 to be used in the company’s all-new RL sedan...

    It's an article about the next NSX located here. Hmm... I'm easily seduced by a V8. Now let's see if it cuts the mustard with the competition (and isn't FWD or front-biased AWD.) ;)
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,767
    Nice find. I kind of have the new car fever but with so much going on and changing every day I am just not ready to take the plunge.

    That new RL sounds interesting if it comes to pass but I think it might be prudent to have at least one high mpg car in the garage. Either some type of hybrid or the new diesel technology. Supposedly Honda is working on a new hybrid for under $20K that will blow the Prius away.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • ccgordo13ccgordo13 Posts: 3

    The '03 & '04 RLs are the same car, and have a clear plastic for back-up and turn signal, on the taillight. Available new at many on-line Acura parts places places (ex:Delray Acura, "" for about $215). I backed my '98 into the tire barrier, turn 6 at Watkins Glen. Used replacement (looked new) for $100, from Brims Import. Have a '04 now, actually built in April '03!

    "If this forum were any less busy, the server would fall asleep."


  • buckets1buckets1 Posts: 5
    anyone having trouble with afs on 2005 rl? dealer has replaced unit but light keeps coming up.
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131
    I'm about to choose replacement tires for my '05 RL. Has anyone purchased the Michelin Pilot Sports A/S? If so, how do you rate them,
    for both traction and noise, compared to the OEMs?

    Would appreciate any news .
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    I got a rear 3/4 glance of the new RL at the dealership last week. It's not nearly as ugly in person as it is in photos. It actually didn't look too bad at all. Will have to look more closely at the whole car...
  • my 05 rl came with michelin pilot hx mxm4. unless its the car itself i find a lot of road noise. on this forum there are a lot of complaints about road noise (where is this so called noise reduction system?) i would look into toyo versado. that is if they have the size. i dont have them, but understand they are supposed to be quiet. also you will find that when looking for tires for this car you are very limited to brands as not many make this size. good luck.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Can't remember where, but I remember reading recently that they're the best like-kind replacement tire available for this car. Expensive, but excellent.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,767
    I replaced my Michelins with Yokohama AVID V4S tires about a year ago. I am no tire expert but these have been great tires for me. Much smoother and quieter than the Michelins.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • I replaced my Michelins with Yokohama AVID V4S tires about a year ago. I am no tire expert but these have been great tires for me. Much smoother and quieter than the Michelins.

    Very mixed user reviews for this tire. Comments like very quiet at first, then much noisier as they wear, very poor tread life, etc. I think I'd hesitate before buying it.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,767
    I only saw good reviews. Where did you see the negative ones? I have about 10,000 miles on mine and they are still very smooth and quiet, same as new.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • I only saw good reviews. Where did you see the negative ones?

    Well, I can't tell you! When I saw your posting, I was immediately interested since I'll need to replace my tires soon and I'm hoping to get something quieter. I did a search for reviews and found a number of good reviews, but also some very negative reviews. I've just spent 1/2 hour looking and I can't find the negative ones now. I didn't dream them, but I don't know what else to say.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,767
    LOL, no problem, I can never find things that I once saw either.

    But seriously, I think you will get better info here that almost anywhere else. I don't know what tires you have now but I was actually shocked at how much better my 02 RL drove and rode with the Yokohamas. Another thing I like is that I have not had to add air in almost a year.

    I was seriously considering getting rid of the RL before the new tires but the new tires improved the ride so much that I kept it and will keep it until some time next year.

    If you do buy the yokos please post your impressions. Also,in case you were wondering, I am in no way affiliated with Yokohama or any other tire company. :)

    With your name I assume you are a Cornhusker fan? I have been wondering if you guys are looking forward to the KU game this year. :sick: :)

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    The Tire Rack is full of useful reviews and is probably the best overall site for tire selection and prices. As far as I can tell, the Yokohama AVIDs are not available in the size needed for the 2005+ RLs. I just replaced the OEM Pilot MXM's with Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Assymetricals. Getting them mounted tomorrow. Had these same tires on our 2002 Audi A4s and they were decent. I almost went with the Michelin Pilot Sport AS but since I'll be trading in this RL in about a year, chose to save about $150 with the Dunlops instead. The OEM MXMs were nothing to write home about, except we got decent wear....almost 47K miles on the set. Probably could have gotten to 50K but didn't want to wear them right down to the wear bars. But $240 each to replace the OEM Michelin tires is ridiculous. The Pilot Sport AS are cheaper at around $228.
  • I am considering a used 2005 RL. Does it have an AUX audio port to hook in my iPod directly? Thx.
  • I am considering a used 2005 RL. Does it have an AUX audio port to hook in my iPod directly?

    No, it doesn't.
  • Thanks Nebraska! Any idea what year they added the aux port feature?
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    I am getting semi serious about a used Acura RL in the 2005 - 2008 range. 2005s certified are now being priced mid to high 20s which is attractive. There seem to be a lot coming off lease now.

    I do not see as many 2006, 2007 or 2008s.

    Any sense which is the best year? Will the bulk of used 2006s be available in a year? And used 2007s are year after that?

    Should I concerned about getting a 2005? What should I look for?
  • Hello,

    I have an 05 RL. Has anyone had an issue where the NAV system reboots for no apparent reason while driving? Today it did it to me a few times, and it has gone from extremely rare to somewhat more common.

    Also, is it true that on the 05 RL there is no lights mode where you simply set it and the car turns the lights on and off, and when you exit the car there is no need to turn the lights off? When I am in auto mode the lights go on, but when I park they don't automatically go off and the car prompts me (beep beep beep) to turn the lights off.

    Thanks for any help.
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