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Acura RL



  • poonsspoonss Posts: 7

    This is actually an Acura dealer in PA, their on-line parts service is pretty good.
  • bpddaddybpddaddy Posts: 4
    Hello Everyone,

    I have a 96 RL that has 101K and still rides beautifully. Bought it 3 months ago with 99K for a sweet deal ($9K). Anyway, I want to put new struts on her and need to know what you guys have done in the past? Should I replace the entire unit (spring and all), or can I get away with just the strut? I've found some on online for about $440 for struts. Can I put in aftermarket? If so, what kind?

  • mike734mike734 Posts: 128
    Does anyone know of a good source for ordering Acura parts and accessories on-line? I am particularly interested in the burl wood shifter and wind deflector. My local dealer wants an arm and a leg. I know of a great Honda site but I have been unable to find an Acura site.

  • mike734mike734 Posts: 128
    The first one is new to me and has the parts I want. Thanks. The second two I have seen before and do not have the parts for my year (1998) or do not stock them at all. It is still pretty expensive for a Burl wood shifter. I guess I'll have to make a decision based or my heart and not my head.

    Thanks again
  • I have a an extra set of parchment colored floor mats I got from a friend who sold his RL. they are in perfect shape as they were an extra set for him when he had his car. I can't really use them so i would sell them cheap.
  • low_ball_88low_ball_88 Posts: 171
    I have a 96 RL with 50K miles and the maintenace light comes on when I start the car and it stays on for about 5 minutes before it goes off. I know that it suppose to come on at the major maintenance intervals (30K, 60K, 90K miles). Is this normal to have it stay on for such a long time?
  • l943973l943973 Posts: 197
    The maintenance light will go on every 7500 miles (after being reset). The longer the car doesn't get taken into service the longer the light stays on after it initially blinks. Its suppose to stay on indefinitely after a certain time.

    If you get tired of it, just old down the two buttons to the right of the fuel gauage while you start your car. I would hold it down for about 15 seconds. The light will start blinking as usual and should go away. The next time you start your car, the light shouldn't come on anymore. (One of the buttons resets the odometer, the other is lets you toggle from TripA to TripB to Temperature). I don't remember the names of the buttons (one is reset I think).
  • bongotoobongotoo Posts: 10
    I've scrolled throught all the messages on the RL. I've seen this issue listed twice. It sounds like this is a common problem. I haven't seen an alternative to the costly $1500 repair mentioned. Is there a solution to this apparent flaw in the ABS that won't cost me so much of my hard earned money? What recourse does the consumer have in this case? It dosen't seem fair that Acura can get off the hook for a problem like this. Has anybody found a cheaper way to repair this problem?
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    But what year is your car -- if it's close to warranty, maybe you can get them to share? Is there a TBS listed on this?

  • I had to replace it one of my Legends. It really goes back to regular maintenance. Flushing and refilling the brake fluid seems to be something that people are willing to skip and end up paying in the end.

    I learned my lesson and it one of the things that I am diligent about on a Legend/RL.
  • I am getting a system installed in my car and I know the electrical system should be able to handle a single amp running 300w RMS. But I am laying down 4 gauge wire so I can potentially upgrade later... add another amp or something.

    So... the thing I was wondering was; does anyone know the stats on the alternator in the RL, 99 without nav. I looked in the manual but could not find anything. So does anyone know were I can find this information, or actually have more detailed stats sheets on the RL? Specifically I would like to know the amperage it can handle, but more detailed stats are always appreciated.


    ... and on a totally different and unrelated subject; has anyone lifted up their ashtray, the one in the center console, in front of the shifter. Well after you lift up the ashtray, then there is a rubber flap, lift that up and you will see some sort of interface or port. I am wondering what that is... and again, if you don't know what it is, where do you think I could find out... mostly I am just curious.

    And also, don't worry you won't hurt your car trying to get a peak at what I am talking about, it is easily accessable. I'm surprised no one has discovered it before.

    feel free to e-mail me at, also USER:travisgregg, please e-mail me, I need to ask you something.
  • low_ball_88low_ball_88 Posts: 171
    I have a 96 RL (original owner). I've just replaced my battery and noticed that a stereo code needs to be entered before the stereo works. I checked by the package I received from the dealer at the time of purchase and did not recall having received a (white) card with a stereo serial number with a code. Called the dealer that I purchased the car from and they said that they have purged my information since I haven't brought my car in there for service in the last couple of years (what idiots!). The only way now is to take the stereo out and get the serial number. Anyone have any ideas other than doing this? How about calling Acura directly and provide them with a VIN number? You comments are appreciated.
  • bpddaddybpddaddy Posts: 4
    low ball, I'm in the same boat. I went by the dealer here in NC and they told me it would cost $72.00.

    I don't know if you can call the HQ, but that was going to be my next step. I can take the radio out myself and get the serial number vs paying $72

    Someone help us please
  • low_ball_88low_ball_88 Posts: 171
    BP - $72 is way overpriced. I called Acura Customer Service and they could not do anything for me without the serial number. So I brought it into the dealer and paid $45 for a half hour job (I think is still too much). Before the service advisor performed the job, he looked at several places under the hood, ash tray, glove compartment, and center console to see if they had put a sticker with the 5-digit code on it. He said sometimes the technicians do that so it is convenient if other type of services that they are performing requires them to disengage the battery. If you had prior services with a particular dealer that requires removing the battery, you should call the dealer first.

    Good Luck
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    The new issue of 'Automobile' has a drawing and short article on the new (really) RL. The drawing isn't too good and it's hard to tell how it will play out. A V6 is predicted, 300hp, AWD, "performance" oriented. Sounds interesting.

  • bongotoobongotoo Posts: 10
    My RL is well beyond the warranty. I was hoping that ACURA would be willing to do something. It's like my 89 Legend Coup. They all rust at the bottom of the gas filler cap. ALL of them!! It seems to me that Acura would face up to the fact that there was a flaw in that seam. The ABS issue with the 96 RL is the same thing. Is there any hope that they would assist me? Lastly, is there a repair option that any one has found the isn't so expensive as replacing entire components of the ABS?
  • kidbebopkidbebop Posts: 10
    I posted previously about my modulator problem on a 1996 RL. I luckily purchased AcuraCare when I bought my RL In September of 2002.

    I had the modulator and the accumulator replaced under warranty. The service manager told me that he was replacing the accumulator in addition to the modulator because he didn't want me to have another problem in the future.

    Was this a problem just on the '96? I haven't seen anyone post a problem with other years.

  • estevef1estevef1 Posts: 22
    More details about the AUTOMOBILE article:

    New generation 3.5 V6 with 300Hp/260lb Torque
    A version of the Honda Accord's front-wheel-drive platform with all-wheel drive derived from the system in the MDX.
    Concept at Tokyo this fall and production car a the 04 Detroit auto show
    Honda...sees limited market potential in big V8 powered sedans, and is targeting high fuel economy and sensational high-speed handling.
  • goldkeygoldkey Posts: 36
    Just to take away some more luster away from already obscure RL a crash test results for luxury cars just came. And surprise surprise RL scored just acceptable. Meaning you are safer in RL then in a Hundai, that's all, but nothing befitting its flagship status.

    In light of this RL, even discounted, seems hardly a bargain at $36K. Considering that you can have a rock solid Avalon giving the same level of ambience and more room and safety than RL for 5-6 grand less.
  • goldkeygoldkey Posts: 36
    The cost of that current "incentive" lease on RL does not make any sense. The cost of 39 month lease comes up to almost 22K, leaving residiual value of fair market price of 36K to only 14K or only 38%. That does not make any sense for a 3-year lease. For 22K you can have new V6 Accord with more horses than RL and you get to keep it for life.
  • kiiwiikiiwii Posts: 318
    i'm in the market of looking for a new car. did some research on the internet. well, not to upset anyone, except the minivan (including mdx), Honda cars aren't doing that well in crash tests. i wasn't surprise to see RL only got an "acceptable" rating on TV last night.
  • sburke7sburke7 Posts: 37
    we are either all pleased with our rl's,,,no problems to speak of,,,or the new model is not selling that well, so there is nothing to get excited about here,,,I suppose,,no news is good news!,,,

    My 2002 is running smooth as silk,,,already have 45k on it and all I do is change oil and rotate the tires,,,and ride in solid comfort,,,
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    What kind of mpg are you getting on the highway?
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    but boy am I bored.

  • scott31scott31 Posts: 292
    You have 45k miles, and all you've done is oil changes and tire rotations?

    You haven't replaced ANY of the filters?
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    The all-new 2003 Accord has a 5-star safety rating and is best in class.
  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    I was thoroughly un-impressed with the "new" 2004 RL's dashboard. Basically the section below the navigation system. It is a shiny piece of metal with shiny tuning knobs...looks like something that should have been on a Neon or something. Yuck!

    Also, all 2004 RLs come with Navigation as Standard equipment.

  • bongotoobongotoo Posts: 10
    Has anybody found a solution to this issue besides the costly dealer solution. My Traction Control light is on now. I'm I going to experience compounding problems as a result of ignoring the ABS Issue? The owners manual indicates that when the ABS is out, you still have conventional brakes. Can I ride on the conventional brakes for ever. Or will I experience decreasing braking effenciency?
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