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2005 Acura RL repairs by problem area

Engine (15%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (60%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 48 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2005 Acura RL.

2005 Acura RL repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (33%)

Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Acura RL

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Acura RL in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2014 - Apr 2015
Feb 2015

105300 mi
Steering cable inside steering wheel assembly was loose since new, makes noise over small bumps. They've tried many times to fix it. 
Apr 2015

106000 mi
The biggest issues while owning the car were the transmission and motor mounts. In the 6.5 years I had the vehicle I had 11 or 12 replaced. The car was very torquey and the mounts did not take kindly to my driving. Another issue I faced was the oxygen sensor which was replaced three times. I was told not to let the car get to low on gas before filling it up to avoid this issue, the sensor is very sensitive. 
Acura RL in Maryland, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

147100 mi

US $600
Car would brake automatically. 

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2005 Acura RL 4dr Sedan

300-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Acura RL in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2013 - Jan 2015
Aug 2013

114000 mi

US $390
replace EGR valve 
Dec 2014

140000 mi
switch inside seat belt causing air bag light to come on sometimes 
Acura RL in Texas, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2017
Jan 2014

71300 mi

US $1756
nonfunctional microphone for navigation and HFL phone. 
Oct 2014

70300 mi

US $1790
Replaced compressor, condensor, evaporator and refrigerant 
Apr 2017

88000 mi

US $1100
replacement of both cooling fans. 
Jun 2017

89000 mi

US $650
Alternator replacement 
Acura RL in Virginia, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

160000 mi

US $450
Dead AC Stator 
Acura RL in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
May 2013

63840 mi

C $1000
clutch controlling air conditioning needed replaced 
Acura RL in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Mar 2015

140000 mi

US $300
Power steering pump leaked. 
Jul 2015

142300 mi

US $700
Main information and navigation screen failed, leaving a "please insert disc" message. The disc was fine and the unit had an internal failure and had to be sent out for repair, $700. Rear passenger side speaker failed. Part replaced. Felt added to dampen a rattle coming from the rear sunscreen when it was in the down position. Repaired information and navigation unit re-installed. 
Mar 2016

147000 mi

US $507
Bad O2 sensor had to be replaced. 
Acura RL in Virginia, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

53000 mi

US $1050
The alternator failed, the car stalled with battery draining 
Acura RL in Florida, United States
- Jun 2007
Jun 2007

27000 mi
Air conditioning compressor had to be replaced. It was done under warranty but South Florida in June without air is tough! 
Acura RL in Florida, United States
Aug 2016 - Apr 2017
Aug 2016

152000 mi

US $100
Crank pulley & Tensioner replacement Brake Light Relay - Caused other system false alarms to appear on dash screen 
Acura RL in Georgia, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

103000 mi

US $1200
motor and transmission mount 
Acura RL in Maryland, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2014
May 2014

147600 mi

US $500
Water entering the cabin by the door pillar 
Acura RL in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2011 - Sep 2017
Jun 2015

133920 mi

C $1000
replaced alternator 
Acura RL in California, United States
Jan 2010 - May 2013
Dec 2010

89000 mi

US $100
Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light on dash "Error". Faulty system sensor diagnosed, part on order. Will return to Dealer for completion of work. 
May 2013

112000 mi

US $150
Airbag light on 
Acura RL in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2009 - May 2015
Jan 2009

20000 mi
Door handle proximty device replaced Active front light system replaced 
Oct 2014

135000 mi

US $600
Tie rod replaced and alignment done 
Acura RL in Virginia, United States
Mar 2010 - Feb 2011
Apr 2010

81000 mi

US $350
Radio mulfunction Light bulb. 
Acura RL in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

66000 mi

US $400
electrical short in the passenger door handle 
Acura RL in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

55000 mi

US $100
Interior door panel came off in my hand! Never had a car with that problem before. Dealer said they've seen other RL's with the same problem.  
Jun 2010

67000 mi
Car makes scary noise during acceleration. For 30,000 miles, the dealer still cannot replicate the problem. They did this when we had our 2003 MDX for 44,000 miles. Finally I gave up and sold the MDX. After the RL no more damn Acuras for us. 
Sep 2010

68000 mi
Car still has tranny or engine problem described earlier. Dealer still says cannot replicate problem. Frustrating. It happens every day, but not to them? And it's very obvious. We have a terrible dealer. 
Acura RL in New York, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2011
Apr 2010

76300 mi
Passenger door handle not locking doors.  
Jul 2010

83000 mi
Driver side Rear window inoperable.  Replaced window motor and linkage. Told by dealer that linkage failed and replacing it required buying the motor and linkage in same kit. 
Apr 2011

101000 mi
AFS light warning. Dealer said the Advanced Front Light System that controls the HID lights ability to turn into a corner requires a replacement of a $375 sensor in the rear (I think) of the car. It tells the system when the car is level. 
Acura RL in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
Feb 2010

64000 mi

US $25
Fuse was blown because of faulty power window motor. This resulted in the remote entry fob to not work. 
Acura RL in Virginia, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

31000 mi
Navigation screen cannot read the dvd and goes blank 
Acura RL in Ohio, United States
May 2010 - Jan 2011
Sep 2010

63000 mi
intermittent issue where compressor wouldn't engage. Worked great when it did engage which was 85% of the time. Relay replaced, but same problem remains. Covered in 2007 TSB with coil the likely issue. Going back soon to replace coil. 
Acura RL in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Sep 2011

71000 mi

US $900
The A/C clutch is slipping and it will cost $900 at the dealer to fix this issue. At this time, I have not had it repaired. Passenger seat will no longer recline. Worst case scenario, this issue alone could cost as much as $700 to repair. 
Apr 2012

76300 mi

US $1400
brought car to independent Acura shop to fix a/c clutch, but Acura dealer misdiagnosed. It ended up as a problem with the control module. HID light would flicker and it was found that the ignitor was not working 
Acura RL in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2013 - Oct 2017
Oct 2014

115300 mi

US $150
Replaced broken interior front passenger door handle. 
Oct 2017

182000 mi
Seat belt buckle/sensor 

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2005 Acura RL Repair Histories

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