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Acura RL



  • Scott:

    There were two or three posts indicating dissatisfaction with the factory low-beam adjustment. I, myself, complained of inadequate lighting - that I was outdriving my coverage. This was a recurring perception. jjacura, as well, indicated his intention of raising the low beams. Someone posted instructions to make the adjustment. My Service Manager said he would raise the beams but that Acura would not be happy about it. I am certain that he didn't do as he promised for I still have difficulty seeing the road ahead.I'm not being contentious when I state: your explanation doesn't help my problem - it just describes what you believe to be the characteristics of the low beams.I presume that you're content with the factory adjustment.

  • LMBRL:

    The only point I was trying to make is that it isn't the brightness of the lights that's the issue, that's all. The original post asked if the lights were "less intense" and they're not. If anything, they're so intense that Acura has been over-conservative in aiming them causing all the issues all of us are experiencing. I've had a couple of white-knuckle moments while driving through U-shaped terrain, too, and agree they could easily be adjusted up without causing too much hardship to oncoming drivers.

  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    It was time I got back to you about my situation with the headlights. For the readers, I will paste in post # 6621 which were the instructions from SGL1:

    JJAcura--"The low beam headlights. A few of us have mentioned that there should be some kind of adjustment made because it seems that they are not focusing enough light and wondering what can be done about it."

    SGL1---I actually adjusted mine myself. It was very easy. Under the hood there's a screwdriver hole in the plastic housing just above the headlight unit. It shows which way to turn the screwdriver for up or down. There is a rubber gasket in the hole, so a large shank screwdriver will fit snug enough into the hole to turn the dial. It took about 10 twists and now my low-beam xenons are terrific (without blinding on-coming traffic)! A must for all new RL owners. .

    I checked the area in my car and found the screwdriver hole and shined a flashlight down to the fitting. It is deep within the plastic housing and not a typical screwdriver fitting. It is a slotted full moon fitting and may require a special tool. I decided to ask my favorite service man at acura more about it when I see him. Meanwhile it would be good to hear from SGL1 again because maybe he can describe the size and type of screwdriver he said he used on this "simple" adjustment.

    The whole low beam incident is peculiar to me, I told Acuraphile that even though the alumination distance appears about the same distance as my wifes Civic, it is brighter, but cut off across the top and I use my brights a lot in my neighborhood which is hilly and sans streetlights. Could it be that because of the intensity and directness of the low beam it actually requires a block off at a given height and we are just not used to it. For my comfort level something isn't right and I will stay on it till it gets resolved. JJAcura (Incidently Scott, LMBRL is not Acuraphile's name but rather something very special to us.)
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  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    OK...since my last post and since I have some idle time on my hands today, I went into the garage and examined the area once again for the headlamp low beam adjustment on the RL. After adjusting the plastic housing out of the way I carefully inserted my long neck screwdriver (Standard Flat Head) into the fitting SGL1 was talking about (To my surprise the fitting accepted the screwdriver pretty well) and made a number of turns (clockwise) which is the direction they tell you elevates the beam. I used the garage wall to guage any movement and it was slight. Tonight will tell me the story and I will tweek accordingly. :shades:
  • I hope I'm not the only one waiting with baited breath for the results of jjacura's attempt at headlight adjustment. I've only had my RL for a week, but I've noticed the headlight "situation" (I'd rather not call it a problem). This is my third car with HID headlights (an '02 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon and an '03 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon) both of which had bi-xenons and the cut off point on both was much higher, as I recall, and illumination was better without blinding on-coming drivers. Hopefully, Acura or perhaps the rest of us home mechanics, can do the adjustment job ourselves.
  • My RL is just one week old. After years of being a real stickler for regular tire pressure checks, I'm happy to have the TPMS. Of course, old habits die hard, and I got out my digital tire pressure gauge and checked the tire pressure this morning after a chilly overnight. I found a 2 psi difference between my digital gauge and the TPMS on the car. (My gauge showed 32 fronts, 30 rears, while the TPMS indicated 30 fronts, 28 rears. Has anyone else experienced this? Can this system be adjusted? Has anyone else experienced this? Can this system be adjusted? Which should I technology or my trusty gauge? Any input is appreciated.
  • My TPMS is right on the money. As a result, I haven't pursued the adjustmnt issue.

    So, as I posted this past week: My Service Manager promised to adjust the low beams, raising them slighly. He didn't do as promised. The drive west from Montauk Point has many deer crossings. At 60mph, I wouldn't have a prayer of seeing a deer in time to stop. I will go back to Acura and insist that the lights be raised. I'm reluctant to adjust them myself. If Acura increased the intensity of the lights, their first responsibility is to RL owners, not oncoming drivers. I only mean to say that the lights should be raised, per a factory bulletin, to insure the safety of both Rl and oncoming drivers An appropriate adjustment must be possible.

  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    George and Buck.....My adjustment did not change anything (contrary to what I thought the screw was not turning.) I'm not going to mess with it and instead will be following up with Acura service within the next 2 weeks. JJ
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Last night we dined in an area downtown called the 3rd ward. It is basically an old warehouse district including a mixture of well preserved turn of the century office buildings and during the last 15 years it has been undergoing a renovation including condo projects and new restaurants. Driving through the area in my RL I was most careful of the many j-walking Dears and visability was a major concern! ;)

    George: Did you ever meet or hear one the greatest jazz trumpet players who ever lived, Bunny Berigan a local guy from Wisconsin?
  • JJ:

    Did I ever hear of Bunny Berigan? Man, he was the coolest horn player and his recording of "I Can't Get Started With you" is still played regularly!!! One of the best known trumpet riffs ever. I never met him - I was only in my teens when he organized his own band. I believe he began with Benny Goodman in the late 1930's.The last note of that tune is woinderful - a staccato blast!!! He did Wisconsin proud!!

  • Hi all,

    Took my carbon grey/taupe RL tuesday of this week. After a week with it and coming from an 03 330i I could not be happier. My BMW was a 4-door sports car but my new RL is just about as beautiful a car as I could have ever wanted. I parked next to an infiniti M35 the other night and just looked at the 2 cars. I personally feel the RL is so much better looking. There is no comparing the BMW to the RL b/c they are too different. But for where I am in my life, this is perfect.

    2- questions.

    1. $3000 total down, 15K a year, $588 a month (taxes included). Does this sound good?

    2. This is the big question, I love my car but, a day after getting it an illuminated red line appeared running down the nav screen, in all modes. I brought it into the dealer and they definitely wanted to get the car in for a look. The one service guy said they might have to replace the unit. Then on Saturday night, the line was gone and has not reappeared. Since it is a lease, i might wait until the problem comes back. Has anyone experienced the same problem and what do you think I should do?

    thanks for the help
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Sounds like your RL purchase is becoming a pleasant experience and the temporary glitch on the Nav system is hopefully history for good. I have never leased so I can't comment on your first question. (I have never experienced a Nav problem but have had a couple glitches with XM radio once cutting out completely and more recently, today the sound disappeared and I have not checked back yet to see if it has been resolved yet. It's an easy call the XM 800 number to have them REBOOT you or you go to their web site and reboot yourself.. Tomorrow I am dropping off the car to an excellant body shop to have my rear bumper abrasions repaired. Hopefully I can come back here Thursday with a good report on their work.
  • From Honda News:

    "Acura today unveiled the Acura Music Link iPod(R) adaptor, which allows seamless integration between iPod and Acura audio systems. The new accessory developed by Acura enables drivers to listen to their iPod in digital sound directly through the audio system in the 2006 Acura RL, TL and TSX sedans and MDX SUV. Acura Music Link allows drivers to select their music by artist, album, genre and play list through the standard controls on the audio system head unit. Additionally, the Acura Music Link adaptor will be the first to include text-to-speech capabilities or VoiceID, when searching through the iPod music library with the audio system controls."

    This is a first for the iPod. No other car line (thus far) has allowed voice controlled iPod selections of any kind. The cost is listed as $250 plus dealer installation. Since I have multiple iPods and a 2005 RL, you can bet I will be contacting my dealer to see if this upgrade can also be attached to the 2005 RL's audio system. And I'll also wager that I won't be the only 2005 owner calling.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Technology for technology's sake. :sick: Why not just make the CD player compatible with MP3 disks? :confuse:
  • Additionally, a generic MP3 input. We've got iPods and Dell DJ in our house. On our MDX we use a converter through the casette player. There's got to be a better way...
  • I just had the (mis)fortune of picking up my new RL yesterday and came home to find out on the web that Acura announced their iPod Music link accessory. I contacted my dealer today to see if 2005 RLs could be "upgraded" They did not have any info about this and I then called Acura Customer service at 1-800-382-2238. I was told that they only know that it will be available for 2006 models and do not have any info as to whether it could be installed on 2005 models or not. They are taking names and numbers and will pass the info on to their engineers. But they were unable to answer if the situation is already being looked into from an engineering perspective or not.
    My suggestion is for all those interested to contact customer service to let them know there is a demand out there for it.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    There is a better way....a direct digital (no casette player or FM transmitter) hookup to your existing car stereo system...and you will be able to use any handfree buttons that is in your car.
  • sgl1sgl1 Posts: 34
    "Meanwhile it would be good to hear from SGL1 again because maybe he can describe the size and type of screwdriver he said he used on this "simple" adjustment."

    Sorry for the delay, guys. Here's the scoop: You'll need a fairly large screwdriver, about 3/8" diameter, to fit snugly into the hole. You'll need to push it thru the rubber gasket to get a snug enough fit to accept the twist. Remember the head of the screwdriver will not be used, it only needs to fit snug thru the washer. Expect minor pressure/torque when turning the screwdriver.

    Be careful that you don't turn too many times as I did initially, but adjust both sides equally. If you're using your garage wall as a guideline, pls remember that the slightest movement will be enhanced down the road. You'll need ten turns of the screwdriver.

    Park your car in a parking lot at night, take 50 steps back and make sure the headlights don't shine in your face. If they do, adjust accordingly. You'll know you went too far if passing cars flash their light at you often.

    Driving my RL was great, but is now even better now that I can see everything at night! :shades:
  • Has anyone purchased this phone and, if so, what has your experience been?
    It is being recommended by Acura - they claim it to be trouble free.

  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    LOW BEAM ADJUSTMENT---I'll try once more b4 letting Acura service do it. The key is, once you get it to rise... is... how far...and you seem to know what you are doing . Thanks.
    REAR BUMPER ----Picked up the RL from the body shop about 2 hours ago and I am amazed at the great job these guys did with that rear bumper. It is absolutely right on and I am a very satisfied customer of this little shop not far from where I live. The car is like new again. The paint match is perfect. :)
  • The RL system IS compatible with mp3 CDs. Not mp3 DVDs, however.
  • So far, so good. I picked up the phone this morning and it paired easily. Voice quality is excellent and it's fun having the speakerphone handy when not in the RL.
    I was happy to have my phone book downloaded into my new phone.

    Happy weekend, all.

  • The link provided, i.e., is quite funny. When you input the type of car you have, an RL 2005 in this case, the result is a cassette tape adapter. Not only is such an adapter not digital, it doesn't even work for the RL since from 2005 models onward, there is NO tape deck.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    The comma on the end of that URL is just enough to throw off the connection. remove the comma and it works.... :)
  • I have had this phone for about a month with Verizon. It was easily paired with the car and it has been trouble-free.
  • Thanks, Tony. Can you tell me how to review the voice command names I put in my phone book? I didn't write them down when I entered them at the phone store - consequently don't know who's missing that I may need..


  • The link worked the first time. The site it points to does NOT offer anything for the new RL other than a cassette adaptor. That DOESN'T work either (not that it is "digital direct" even) because the RL has no cassette deck.
  • You can go to the Motorola website and download a user manual for the phone.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    DCGuy, I was just trying to correct the URL, because when I clicked on the one you posted in message #6747 it took me to "The page cannot be found". your URL had a comma at the end. Anyway not to belabor the point, you are right, it is quite funny.
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