1996 Acura RL 3.5 Premium from North America
Fast, Sleek, Sweet and dependable
Not Much, Really.
Timing Belt, etc., were replaced around 90,000.
Brakes replaced twice, but hey, it's a 12 year old car.
Sun roof rusted and was replaced while still under warranty.
Only real problem ever was with the rear window regulators ~ Replaced twice under warranty and once since the warranty expired.
One dealer told me that since '96 was the introductory year for the RL that they had a few problems with the window regulators.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this vehicle.
My first sedan (other than a BMW325 in 1986) ~ Mostly I've driven all sports cars Mitsubishi 3000GT, Nissan 300Z etc.) so when my job dictated the need for travel and more space, I was very reluctant to purchase a sedan, hence the reason for a used one at that time.
Some people say this ride is sluggish and big ~ NO WAY. Granted, I can't do what I would do in a 300Z, but this car's handling has been phenomenal. I am (unfortunately) a born speeder, this is a fast, smooth and sweet ride with easy, easy handling and lots of room.
Finally, now that it's 12 years old, I'm starting to have a few maintenance issues, paint on the roof is fading and the seat foam is disintegrating so these once comfortable seats aren't as great.
I imagine if I had ever garaged it, the paint and the seat foam would be in much better shape.
I did have an accident and the car sustained a tremendous amount of front end damage. I was fine. It looked like the car had been driven off a cliff. The bodyshop owner said that these RL's hold up better than any vehicle he's ever seen ~ Designed to take the impact so the driver and passengers don't have to.
The only reason I've kept it so long is because I like this Acura "look" (like the old Vigor or Legend) better than the new "rounder" RL. Keep hoping they'll bring it back, but so far, no luck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th November, 2007