1996 Acura RL Consumer Review: follow-up to 8/2002 review
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1996 Acura RL - Consumer Review

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3.5 Sedan (3.5L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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follow-up to 8/2002 review
By prophet2 on

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1996 Acura RL 3.5 4dr Sedan

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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.

Favorite Features

Nice balance of ride, comfort items, build quality, roominess.

Suggested Improvements

A little more power.
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