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Acura RL Maintenance and Repair



  • jtsjts Posts: 15
    I too am very pleased with my '05 RL. Picked it up at a great price in November '05 and already have 12,000kms. on it. A couple of minor glitches not worth mentioning were taken care of by the dealer. One was the level of the Xenons. I had them raised a bit (probably above spec.) but low eneough so as not to cause a problem for other traffic. I am now very pleased with the illumination on low beam, although Xenons do have a sharper cutoff than other headlights which I'm sure is normal. I just drove the car 900 kms. through the rockies from Vancouver, BC to Calgary, Alberta on extremely poor snowing conditions and the car was extremely stable and reassuring to drive even on the MXM4 all seasons which we all know are not great in snow/ice. This is my 3rd AWD sedan (I've had SUV's as well) and it was equal or better than my E320 4matic. Before buying I looked at new 4matics but was tired of spending my life in the shop, Lexus G300 AWD, but it was too small and soft riding, and the M35X which I liked but not the dash etc. I am very happy with the choice and probably would make the same choice again. So far I agree, this car is a keeper and fun to drive.
  • I've been going back and forth with my Acura dealership regarding the "noise". At this point they have replaced the drive shaft assembly (took care of the problem at 30mph but now its at 40+). They appear baffled and keep talking to the "tech line". Needless to say I'm frustrated. Did you finally get your issue resolved? If so how?
  • I have the same problem with my 05 RL. The noise kicked in at 30mph and the dealer also replace the propeller shaft but the problem still continues at higher speeds. Its in the shop as I speak and they are trying to figure it out. They are being helpful but it would appear that they have never encountered the problem before...guess they are not paying attention. Did you ever get your issue resolved with the new transmission?
  • cavteccavtec Posts: 7
    A check of the National Highway Traffic Safety Website

    proved to be "illuminating".

    The RL has 4 NHTSA complaints for the headlights. Seems to be a problem on unlit roads and poor headlight visibility.

    Do other owners experience this on unlit roadways? My headlights are terrible! I can't see over 50 feet and the dealer says they are properly adjusted.
  • tomg225tomg225 Posts: 1
    Can someone please tell me how to turn off the voice inside the car. When I go from my radio to my fan speed and back again the voice always tells me what channel or fan speed I've selected. My dealer told me there is no way to deactivate it. Is this true? It is very annoying.

  • You can turn of the voice feedback feature in the set up screen. Just push the setup button. Turn voice feedback to off and you're done. This is not the same as the voice that talks to you during navigation. That will still come on to give you directions when you program a specific destination. Hope this helps! Steve C.
  • billyperks1billyperks1 Posts: 151
    Do you really feel the RL is bigger than the GS?

    I test drove the RL and only sat in the GS, the GS felt much more spacious to me.

    In any event, I am going to test drive the GS in the coming weeks and get a through sense of its interior volume.
  • jtsjts Posts: 15
    It felt narrower to me and slightly enclosed in the back, perhaps as a result of the roofline in the rear. At the end of the day it's personal taste but I prefer what feels to me as a sportier feel in the Acura. I have all the respect in the world for the quality of Lexus but after driving the GS twice I personally continue to find the drive too insulated for want of a better description. The Acura feels more like your are driving the car. Again, it's personal taste. I also prefer the looks of the RL by a slight margin. Both of my kids are in their mid twenties and love driving the RL but did not care for the GS.
  • kssod1kssod1 Posts: 50
    Considering the RL, but concerned about accidental dead battery from not turning the ignition off all the way, (either self or others who may need to drive the car from time to time). Does anyone know if Acura has some sort of battery saver feature similar to if interior lights were left on? It would make sense thtat if the faux ignition key was left in accessory power position after 20 minutes the car would automatically turn everything off to conserve battery. The Lexus, Infiniti, BMW comfort Access, and other push button systems seem so much better.
    Does anybody have any other concerns with new 06 prior to delivery/
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131

    I posted a message about ten minutes ago and it never appeared. It concerned the RL's headlights. What happened?

  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    cavtec...just a quick question...this web site looks like you have to put in some info to check out those you have ODI numbers or any other info that would help me read more...thanks
    web site:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I don't know. Didn't this happen once before? I'm really not sure what happens that makes you think a message is posted but then it isn't there.

    Why don't you just repost your thoughts?
  • cavteccavtec Posts: 7
    The web page is a little confusing....

    To the right of the ODI text box is the vehicle search option. Leave the "vehicle" choice selected,


    Click on the "Search Selected Type" button and you can conduct a rearch of any vehicle, including the RL, by make, model, year, and component complaint.

    A very informative web site. When you choose the component eg "Exterior Lighting: Headlights" be sure to check the check box for a full summary to read the actual complaint.
  • satiresatire Posts: 71
    Not to mention a pretty stupid design. As noted here (and elsewhere) the headlights (low & high beam) are pretty useless if you plan to go faster than 30 MPH. My high beams were focused together at a point about 50-60 feet in the front of the car. Also useless and dangerous.

    Based on prior posts here, I adjusted them myself (don't let the dealer BS you) and have substantially improved the situation but they are far, far from perfect or confidence inspiring. However, and this is a big however, these headlights are without question the worse ever put to a Honda vehicle. I'm convinced the designers were ten year olds who had nothing but flashlights to work with.

    Bottom line, if you do a lot of night driving particularly on dark, narrow, winding roads, DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!! The headlights are the weakest link in an otherwise outstanding automobile. And it is this link that will cause Honda/Acura a lot of problems. Accidents will happen, people will be injured (or worse). Shame on you Honda/Acura. You damn near built a perfect car. What the hell were you thinking when you came up with those useless headlights?

    Seriously, what were you thinking??????
  • atd1atd1 Posts: 3
    My ignition switch in my 2005 RL refuses to turn on intermittently. The dashboard lights comes on but the switch refuses to move further. After multiple attempts, it finally turns over.

    I have had it in to Acura service but since it is intermittent, they have not been able to find anything.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • klisterklister Posts: 8
    This happens my RL when the steering column gets bound against the lock mechanism. If I move the steering wheel a little back and forth, then the car will start. Several RL owners have noted this issue.
  • klisterklister Posts: 8
    At least for me, this has not proved to be a real world issue despite the Consumer Reports problem with it. Once you see how to turn it on and off properly you never, at least I never, left in the wrong position accidentally. I've owned the RL for for 15 months without a dead battery .
  • ilasilas Posts: 18
    I live in a mountainous area with very winding and narrow roads, and I have never had a problem with my headlights at night. In fact, the swiveling headlights make driving on these roads quite easy. My high beams could land an airplane, and they light up the road almost as far as I need to see. I wonder if you can have your dealer adjust the headlight directions?

    I am not doubting you and the other posters, but I have just not noticed any problem with the lights. I will say that the demarcation line with these types of lights is very sharp, so maybe that creates an illusion of not being able to see; in contrast, my MDX has a fuzzy demarcation line out ahead of the car. I remember that Consumer Reports also trashed the M low intensity headlights for not having enough power.
  • I have a 2004 RL. There’s not much difference between the 1996-2004 model years. Taching 2,500 rpm at 70 mph is about right. They're known to be fairly thirsty beasts. I get 24 mpg (U.S. gallon) on the highway. At 3,900 lbs. it's a surprisingly heavy car.
  • satiresatire Posts: 71
    I suspect that there are those who drive differently, sit in a different position, etc that will find no problem with these headlights. Frankly, I don't know the reason why some find no problem and others (like me) fear for our lives with these headlights.

    But you do bring up something else that is most annoying. That demarcation line. Riding over a road that is less than perfectly smooth, the low beams are constantly bouncing up and down. Any little body movement is greatly exagerated at 30 to 50 feet in front. Sort of the effect one would expect in a car built 80 years ago.

    I do love most other aspects of this car. But since I'm finding myself doing a lot of night driving, I'd love for Acura/Honda to take this car back right now and we just call it even. I do experience some stress and a certain amount of fear each time I'm out on a dark, deserted road. I just know that I'm not going to see Bambi in time and there goes my windshield.
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