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  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Cool nebraska guy! Hope you made it OK to your retirement and are enjoying it. I now have 51,000 miles on the 2005. Best investment I ever made in an automobile. One happy note... my A/C compressor died 2 months ago. The warranty expired last November but I was still under 50,000 miles. My dealer went to bat for me with the Acura rep and they covered the replacement (No Charge). A big ticket item. Really glad for the A/C in this unusual 90 degree June weather in Wisconsin. Also makes owning this Acura very enjoyable. You take care. JJ
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    Thanks, JJ. Yes, I'm enjoying retirement and my RL. After putting 21k on my RL in the first 3 1/2 years, I put 24k on it last year in my first nine months of retirement! I'm still thoroughly enjoying it, especially now that I've put the new tires on it that you recommended.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    Living in WI with two Acuras, I have a choice of WI or IL dealers. Would like to know which dealer service department went to bat for you with the Acura rep?
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    That would be Acura Brookfield in Wisconsin
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi JJ, nice to see you! :)

    You might consider adding a review of that dealership in our Dealer Ratings & Review feature.

    Hope you are well!
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    Thanks for the information. Will consider them in the future for service.
  • On RL you need extended warranty, the parts are EXPENSIVE. I bought additional "pre-certified warranty" from the dealer when my 05 RL was 35000, the warranty runs to 98k / 2011; my AC ring developed a leak and the repair bill (covered) was $900.

    Overall, Acura has been good to me, if the problem they "fixed" showed up again, they would pick up the bill.

    Hourly charge at the dealership is $95 in NJ
  • I have an 05 RL and recently bought a Blackberry Storm. So far, I've been unable to get it paired with my RL. Has anyone been successful with this phone?
  • Hello Everyone,
    My wife and I bought a 2006 RL Certified Pre-Owned on 09/05/2009. 3 hours later while I was waiting to pick up my pizza, the fire and smoke started to come out. We called the fire department and the fire was put out. I don't want this car anymore and had it towed back to the delership where i bought it. What do you guys suggest I do as my next step. Thanks everyone in adavance
  • After much trial and error, I was finally able to pair the phone. No thanks at all to the detailed instructions I downloaded from Acura's site.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Talk about leaving out details! :surprise:

    Were you across the street from the fire department? How did they get there fast enough for you to even have a car worth towing back to the dealership, let alone "not wanting anymore?" I would imagine it would've been burned to a cinder in that amount of time. Something's fishy w/ your story.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    My 08 RL has been very good to us too. At first, I had to have warranty stuff done on the radio, and presets. They finally replaced the whole unit. Other than that I have had no repair issues and it drives very well. My wife was the one that got me to get the extended warranty, but now being retired, and money is not 'flowing' like it was, lttle things like that warrant will let my wife and myself have some assurance of repair and not break the proverbal back of the camel.

    Got 30k on the RL and it is very smooth driving and for us, very comfortable.

    Good luck to all and stay safey.

  • I read an earlier post about the shark fin..i just bought a used 2008 (only 4000 miles), and i don't have the fin..2009 models seem to have it missing?
  • wmjwmj Posts: 6
    Do you have Navi? If so, you wouldn't have one.
  • I'm in a dilemma and need your opinion, particularly from RL owners. I'm comtemplating of buying either a 2005 RL with 65K on it for $18K or a new 2010 Accord V6 for around $27.5K (hence a price difference of 9.5K). The reason I'm buying the RL is for its AWD and of course, the savings. However, what worries me is that it might cost a lot to maintain the RL as it's already passed the warranty.

    Which one do you recommend? 2005 RL or 2010 Accord?
  • The powertrain warranty is for 6 years and 70,000 miles so it still is in effect. I say buy the used Acura and save the $9,000 bucks for the repairs that likely will never come.
  • The 6 year / 70K mile powertrain warranty is on 2006 and newer RLs. The warranty on 2005 was only 4 year / 50K miles.

    There were a few bugs in 05RLs (all of which were addressed with warranty TSBs). It may be better to shop an 06 Rl to avoid these buds, get a vehicle under that longer warranty and still have the option to get an extended warranty by AcuraCare. this is typically offered with a CPO purchase.

    My 06RL has been the best vehicle I have owned. However, with all the expensive electronics and new technology, an extended warranty is still on my agenda.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    Totally different type of cars, ride, handling, mileage, etc. The RL will definitely cost more in repairs as I have had experience with both. My 2002 RL was purchased off lease and I secured the Acura Care Warranty prior to the expiration of the factory warranty. Now the warranty is expired and my repairs costs are starting to add up. Has the vehicle been maintained? Replacing tires, brakes, fluids will have to be added to the equation. If the AWD system goes, expensive to repair.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    Totally different type of cars, ride, handling, mileage, etc. RL is a luxury car and the Accord is sportier. The RL will definitely cost more in repairs as I have had experience with both. My 2002 RL was purchased off lease and I secured the Acura Care Warranty prior to the expiration of the factory warranty. Now the warranty has expired my repairs costs are starting to add up. Has the vehicle been maintained? Replacing tires, brakes, fluids will have to be added to the equation. If the AWD system goes, expensive to repair. you will have to have the money available to do the necessary repairs if needed.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    If you're willing to spend $27500 on a new Accord but are considering a used RL, why not spend the $27500 on a newer RL w/ fewer miles? That is, of course, assuming you aren't averse to spending that much money on a used car. In the grand scheme, there's a LOT of really nice, new cars you can buy for that much coin. Maybe even have a look at the new Buick Lacrosse among many others.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    2010 Buick LaCrosse is a very nice first class vehicle, longer warranty with the same accessories as on the Accord EX-L V/Nav, your pushing $35,500. It is more in line with the Lexus ES350. Not even sure if they are discounting off the MSRP.
  • i bought a new battery for my rl 3.5 and now the only thing working is the hore or the alarm,i have put the key into the door to disarm the alarm but there is no power to the car the key will only unlock the door, what should i do.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Take the battery back and get it checked and if it works with them, suggest trying the dealer. Sometime brand new batteries are flat or need acid to get them up to snuff.

  • I'm still contemplating of getting a used Acura RL (2005/2006). For those of you with high mileage (60K and above), what repairs/maintenance have you done so far? I'm a bit worried of the long term reliability of the 2005/2006 Acura RL.
    Please respond. We need to make this forum active :) Thanks.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    I have a 2002 RL with 96,000 miles. My Acura care extended warranty expired 2 years ago. It did help me with replacing the following; 2nd set of rear wheel bearings ($487.00) @58,000 miles. First replaced at 22,000 miles. Also the EVAP system at 65,000 miles for a cost of $650.00 and wheel speed sensors, cost unknown. Now two sensors have to be replaced again and the part alone is over $100.00 plus labor. Replaced rt rear sway bar link @$195.00. The other one may need replacement. Fuel pump relay @$185.00. Now I have an estimate of $1,400.00 for the timing belt/water pump package to be replaced.
    This does not include replacement of Brakes, Rotors, fluid changes, tires and batteries. All parts are expensive and Acura service targets luxury owners. As much as I enjoy the car (poor city gas mileage) based on the market value of the vehicle and possible future repair/ maintenance costs, it may be better to dump and cut my future costs.

    However, I agree we do need to make this forum active again.
  • a acura repairman came and checked it out,i was told that the computer system is not working and will need to be reprogamed.
  • 10sfan, I've added all your expenses since the warranty expiration data and after 60K miles. Excluding the timing belt and tire/brake replacement, your expenses so far between 60K and 96K is around $1200. It's not that really bad!
    Should you decide to keep the car, you'll be spending $1.4K (timing belt) + $2K (brake/tires/battery, for a minimum expense total of $3.4K. If it will last for another 30K miles (up to 130K) then I think the additional cost of keeping is worth it. What do you think?
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Hewitt, just talked this evening to the service advisor at my Acura dealer. She confirmed what I've read elsewhere: the '05s had a LOT of teething pains. They included various electronic gremlins, A/C compressors that went bad prematurely, and more. By '06, most were fixed.

    You can get an '05 much cheaper, but I just paid extra for an '06 basically for this reason. Just got it, but knock on wood, nothing so far. I did, however, choose it over another '06 whose Carfax showed three telltale dealer visits for "check electrical system." I wasn't buying this car without the CPO warranty. (Worth mentioning: it's been reported that if the car is under 50,000 miles, you can buy the AcuraCare warranty separately from any Acura dealer; it needn't be the selling dealership).
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    I just purchased an Acura Care Warranty on my MDX which was comming off a 4 year lease which had 36000 miles, hence the reason I bought it. Shop it around, I had Acura dealer prices form a high of $2,195 to the purcahse number of $1,300. 3 year 36 month with a $100.00 deductible.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    Appreciate your reply. Since I have an MDX with 36,000 and a 3yr 36000 mile warranty, we most likely will use that vehicle more as my wife does not drive it much. The RL is worth $10,000 -12,000 (@ auction) now, however a private sale would most likely have to include the new timing belt, tires, trans and radiator fluid flush, as it is 7 years old. It's a numbers game now with the unknown cost of any serious mechanical problems. Will have to decide soon...
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