I have put 170K+ miles on my 05 RL so I can confidently say I know this car. Still looks new and draws attention. Front tie rods replaced twice, once under warranty. Two sets of brakes and on third set of tires. Front head light adjusting warning light has been on for the last 100K, can't be turned off and I am not paying to replace the head lights. A few minor electrical problems but that has been it. I runs like new. I have driven 12 hours staight, great seats, quite, comfortable and reliable. Not good in snow even with AWD. Buy four Blizzak snows if you drive in the white stuff. Dealership service has been A+. The BEST GPS system made on earth. Waiting for the 2011. Best car ever.
Ok so Ive had this car since 2005 and have taken it to hell and back. I drive it hard and floor it at least a couple times a day. I spend a ton of time in it and I don't think the drivers seat could be better. Also the audio system is great as is the whole interior. Issues To date: Both side mirrors wiggling (48k) Rear sunshade rattle (55k) HID Bulbs Replaced (110k) Replaced Bank 1 & 2 o2 sensors (140k) Other then that I've only done the scheduled maintenance as recommended by the maintenance minder system. I can honestly say I will definitely buy the new RL when it comes out I assume in 2011... I might just take this one to the 300000 mile mark!
I searched for a luxury used car after my BMW 525 totaled by an accident. Acura rl was the answer. Its interior is beautiful and comfortable. I wasn't impressed by exterior first but it keeps growing on me. Navigation system is the best so far. My wife and baby daughter love back seat sunshades. It doesn't drive like a BMW but its awd really works. The cabin is Lexus- quiet and stereo sound is the best I ever heard. RL's unpopularity, price is more reasonable which was good for me. Unfortunately, fuel economy is pretty bad in city. For luxury used car for a price, rl just can't be beat. Last, I am happy with acura's reliability which I had suffered from BMW.
Leg room driver's side needs improvement. Large foot block left side prevents extending left leg unless you are less than 5 feet tall. Mileage not good in city driving. Highway mileage is good. Needs more insulation. Hard to carry conversation with back seat riders due to road noise.
Under full-throttle acceleration upshifts occur at 6,600 rpm, and the redline is marked on the tachometer at 6,800 rpm. The engine has decent bottom-end power, but it really comes alive around 5,200 rpm, when the variable valve timing comes in. It's not a sudden change like the old VTEC cars used to do, but there is a noticeable change in both exhaust note and thrust. Overall the engine is refined and powerful with an audible rumble that sounds good when the windows are rolled down. In order to get the best time out of the car in the quarter we had to power brake it to 2,500 rpm with the VSA turned off, manually shifting at redline.
The RL has moderate ABS noise and vibration under heavy braking, which is more than we expected from a high-end luxury car. It tracked very straight and had minimal front end dive, and overall was very confidence inspiring. We were forced to give it a "good" rating because of the noise and vibration, but if those were not a factor the numbers would have earned it an "excellent."
The RL features Acura's new "Super Handling" all wheel drive, and it is quite noticeable. The integrated stability control is very subtle and allows for some slippage and rotation in the slalom, without letting the car get too far out of control. For a big luxury car the RL is very predictable and easy to manage, and the steering feel is good but not great. It is a bit numb, as is the accelerator. The 300hp V6 provides plenty of power to maintain speed and acclerate out of the final cones, and we could actually feel the "super handling" acclerating the outside wheel to help the car cut around corners. Overall an impressive performer. — Karl Brauer