Excellent workmanship - Affordable Quality!
General maintenance items:
Battery replaced due to sitting.
Second key required (not available at time of purchase). We were concerned about this due to the 'red key' issue. When these vehicles were being manufactured, Honda placed a 'red key' in the car to allow for future key replacements. According to our Acura dealership, without the 'red key' present, the ignition module would need to be changed prior to the key being cut. As we live in Canada, the total cost of this venture was nearly $500. Thankfully, we were able to get a second key cut for this vehicle in the United States at a cost of $53.00. Apparently, Acura dealerships there are able to remotely transfer the key fob information from the active key to the new key, without the 'red key' present. Problem solved!
Driver's window does not seal properly, when raised during highway speeds (result = excessive wind noise). The same issue was present in my 1997 Honda Accord.
Although it had a complete brake job prior to purchase, there is an incessant squealing noise coming from the front rotors. This will typically occur when we are reversing out of our driveway in the morning.
The squealing returns at low speed after the vehicle has been driven for several hours on the highway. I believe the calipers may need to be serviced (the vehicle sat prior to purchase). This will be done at next maintenance.
We absolutely love this car! Although it requires premium fuel, we knew this prior to purchase and dismissed it as the 'cost of doing business' with this type of vehicle.
Our previous vehicle was a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. Although it had relatively low mileage for its year (approximately 120,000 km at time of sale), the difference between these two vehicles is remarkable. From the well-appointed interior to the power-group options (heated seats, etc...), it has failed to disappoint! I realize that these two vehicles are in a class unto themselves; however, on the used car market our Acura was valued at slightly more than the Impala.
The Impala, unfortunately, had several flaws which I did not believe should be present in a vehicle with such low mileage (i.e.: warning lights, sensors replaced multiple times to correct problems diagnosed by the dealership, problems persisted, etc...). I have always been a stickler for maintenance. The Impala was serviced on time, every time... without exception (rad flush, transmission flush, oil changes, etc...). Although the Acura had 90,000 km more than the Impala at time of purchase, my faith in our new vehicle is immense. I would encourage any prospective buyer of this vehicle to 'Google' - 2002 Acura RL reviews and browse through them. The one website I visited (http://www.kbb.com/acura/rl/2002-acura-rl/) provided great insight into this vehicle. Of the 181 consumer reviews listed, the vehicle rated a 9.5 out of 10.
We recently returned from a trip to the Southern U.S. The Acura performed exceptionally well, no issues detected. I should mention that we owned the vehicle for less than 3 weeks prior to departure, and had full confidence in its performance.
The engine has remarkable power for its class. My wife is easily able to overtake slower vehicles on the highway, when the need arises (i.e.: dump trucks dropping gravel!). The car roars to life when needed.
We will be converting this vehicle to synthetic oil, at our next scheduled maintenance. We are confident this vehicle will last for many years to come (with proper maintenance of course)!
In short, we are very pleased with our purchase and would highly recommend this vehicle to our friends. As with any vehicle however, you should have an independent mechanic review it prior to purchase. Ours was a one-owner vehicle, which had been meticulously maintained. This played heavily in our decision-making process.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2013