2007 Acura RL Gas from North America

Summary:

Nice, but not great

Faults:

Everyone told me what a wonderful car the Acura is, well guess what...

Driver's door doesn't stay open when exiting or getting into the vehicle. For some unknown reason it slams shut at the slightest touch.

Windshield wipers are the pits, the top half of the glass, right in the line of vision, for some reason doesn't clean itself when functioning. I have complained to the dealer twice, they did put a new pair of blades on, but it did not help at all. For some reason there does not seem to be enough pressure on the top half of the blade. Very poor quality control and design.

General Comments:

Nice car, but some of the electronics are not very good. Can't shut off information center once it is brought up on the screen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2006

22nd Aug 2006, 15:24

Funnily enough, Car and Driver reported quite a few problems with their long term fleet '06 RL. C'mon, Honda...

22nd Aug 2006, 19:27

These seem like very nitpicky points for what you get in return. I went from Mercedes to my 2nd new Acura and haven't lost anything other than the cachet.

20th Sep 2006, 17:24

Mine has been wonderful except for excessive spark knock while going up hills and when I come to a complete stop and gun the car to take off. The dealers say that this is normal and no lights are on, but I think that the car is ill.

My only other issue is that the drivers electric seat pops when the seat is moved and the seat has a bit of free play in it when one brakes, or accelerates hard.

3rd Mar 2015, 18:27

Honda/Acura tried to make this luxury RL a great car. But missed the mark with the public. Just didn't sell a lot of them. It got so bad that sales in the US and Canada were down to 379 total sales in the US and 29 total sales in Canada in the year 2012. Even the all new RLX hasn't been a big seller. Having to go one on one with Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, BMW and other luxury brands just didn't work for Acura. But when the parent company like Honda corporation is selling millions and millions of cars worldwide, I'm not sure if Acura really cares. They are in it for pride now. Not great sales.

But if you like the feel of Honda products and like they way they drive, then an Acura RL might be a great fit for you. Because it's basically a Honda on steroids. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you want a safe, reliable choice, get the fully loaded one owner 2004 RL. If you are daring... get the newer designed 2005/2006 RL model. 2007 through 2012 sales dropped down to nothing, so finding those years would be hard at best. Spend the whole day researching each year RL. Read comments, reviews and complaints until you know the car like the back of your hand. What you get with the RL is a great basic luxury car, at a cheap price, and it has that Honda reliability. Just don't expect too much.

4th Mar 2015, 18:28

I skipped this model over the 50k price tag. Bought a TL for 15k less. Trans issues were very bad.