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follow-up to 8/2002 review
By prophet2 on 03/27/09 23:10 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

It's 6-1/2 years later and my '96 RL is going strong at 153K miles. Some issues: tach malfunctioning, dealer estimates $1400 repair. Also, $1420 to replace steering rack assembly; $1427 for leaking rear main seal/O-ring; $240 for re-sealing power steering pump; $500 to replace rear tail light assembly. That's $5000, exceeding the car's value. An independent mechanic found nothing wrong with the steering mechanism. Fluid has leaked from a hose to the rack assembly and rear main seal area, making it appear that those items are leaking. His estimate is $675, saving me $2400. The dealer's service department has a reputation of up-selling service jobs.
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Just close your eyes and hop into one
By Ed on 03/15/09 08:48 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

No need to repeat others and state that the RL is a great car. Bought mine 6 and half years ago with 89K miles (now the car has 192K). Best ride, very luxurious, other than maintenance (oil change break pads, etc..) close to no issues for the 6years: O2 sensor, intermittent ABS light and rear windows regulators. Best car value, costs nothing to own and enjoy. Will get another one in a heart beat.
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Great Car
By goemct on 04/15/07 11:51 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my first RL. My last Acura was a 97 CL which I was very pleased with. It was going up on 212,000 mile so it was getting close to the time to get another Acura . The RL with 118k is not even broken in yet, it's a great car like new in and out.
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Acura RL 1996
By cf on 02/06/06 00:09 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought new 1996. Minor problems ie: one headlamp out-not working. Both fixed under warranty 1966. Aside from regular unavoidable replacements ie: tires, timing belt, battery, etc. i have had NO problems. Best car i have ever owned.
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Best quality auto I have owned
By J. ANDERSON on 08/24/05 12:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

This vehicle is my first Honda product and I have been very pleased. The car is almost 10 years old and the paint looks awesome. The leather interior is the most durable I have ever had and currently looks to be must younger. These cars do not have the cheap plastic parts that seem to break on most other brands.
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Love the car
By dianejersey on 07/16/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

The Acura RL was my husbands corporate car. After driving a new BMW for 3 years (not the smoothest ride) I was thrilled to purchase the RL from his company. It is the most comfortable interior of any car with the smoothest ride.
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Japanese, but still best overall
By BostonMatt on 03/13/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

Well Folks. Have driven prety much every vehicle under the sun. Owned Jaguar, Saab, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, and Mitsu...While the Rl may not excel in any one area, not a 740il in overall elegance and performance, nor have a ridiculously solid build, like the XJ6, for most car buyers, by far one of thebest vehicles on the road today. Just bought a 1996 with VERY low miles, and couldn't be happier. Plush, quiet, just right...try one for a couple weeks, you'll see, trust me.
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Poor Reliability
By MikeFulmer on 12/04/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

Dropped a transmission at 70K. Needed a new AC compressor at 80K. Window off the tracks at 95K. ABS sendsor needed to be replaced. I must have got a lemon.
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Best deal ever made
By prophet2 on 08/29/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased with 36.8K miles on clock and have put on 33K smooth, trouble-free miles over past 22 months. Drives like a dream. Other than normal wear-and- tear items, only problem has been an oxygen sensor at 67K miles, replaced under extended warranty purchased by prior owner. Paid $20K + TTL for this immaculate unit, saving $3K+ from a new 2000 Accord EX V-6 I was considering and getting a superior vehicle.
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Acura 3.5RL,
By Acura RL lover on 06/20/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

Review

Got the vehicle with 50,000 miles on it. still drives like new with 89,000 miles on the odometer. very nice car. why buy new when you can get a used one for much less, but with almost the same performance as a new? no one is going to notice if your car was bought new after a few years. save yourself money and buy used.
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