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2002 Acura RL

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2002 Acura RL Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The Airbag (SRS) warning light may illuminate due to one or more failed sensors. Our technicians recommend complete diagnoses of any stored fault codes because these sensors can be very expensive to replace.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The relay that supplies electrical power to the fuel pump may fail, causing the engine to stall or fail to start.

Drive Train -- Verified

Acura extended the warranty due to numerous issues with the automatic transmission. Problems with the automatic transmission may make the car undrivable and can result in costly repairs.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an EVAP system fault. Commonly this is caused by the failure of one of the EVAP control valves.

2002 Acura RL Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, May 16, 2002

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Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles due to possible brake light switch failure, which is caused by assembly oil contaminating the electrical contacts. The brake lights may not illuminate when the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will clean excess oil from the brake pedal assembly and replace the brake light switch.

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2002 Acura RL Questions and Answers

caleabash, 2002 Acura RL, 3.5L V6, Richmond, VA

wile using the cigar lighter in the car suddenly the interior lights, radio and the additional power plug lost there power. there are no blown fuses. what could be the problem?

Visitor, 2002 Acura RL, Far Rockaway, NY

i turn the key it act like it wants to start but, never turn over

acura02, 2002 Acura RL, 3.5L V6, Porterville, CA

my srs light is on how can i remove it? what can couse the srs light to turn on?

acura02, 2002 Acura RL, 3.5L V6, Porterville, CA

i have a 2002 acura rl i was wondering if the motor oil pan has a gasket? & does the transmission have a gasket i have a motor oil leak?

acura02, 2002 Acura RL, 3.5L V6, Porterville, CA

where can my oil leak come from i see that evrywhere i go it leaks on the floor , where can it be leaking?

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2002 Acura RL Reviews

I first have only one concern, the SRS light is on and I understand there was a recall to fix the sensor I believe. I will take it to the Acura dealership and need to make a point to take the time to do it.

Now, for the review... you're going to be jealous when I tell you this car was purchased brand new (13 miles) in December of 2002 and it has only 21,500 miles on it now! The car was purchased by Mom and with her living downtown, doesn't need to drive much. It has been totally flawless mechanically, visually, and comfort. I wish that it got a few more miles per gallon. There are no complaints so far and from what I hear about people putting 80,000 miles without major problems, this car should last another 15 years easily. So it has been easy on the pocketbook.

I have a 2004 BMW 325i Sport pkge that I purchased new in 04. I have only 34,000 miles on it (low as well) and have been very happy with it. I know that in the next couple of years, we're going to sell one of the two, but I don't know which one yet. Tough choice between BMW and Acura top of the line. I fear that the beemer may command a higher repair cost when repairs are needed, but I love that car too, sporty and my style. But the RL is luxurious and comfortable and great should I take a long trip some day....

Your opinion is greatly appreciated regarding which one I should keep, when the time comes..... would love your comments. (nicknpdx@gmail.com)

Yesterday I went to open my console and the lid came off whats the deal and how do you fix it?

I was fortunate enough to find an '02 RL with 58k, in May of '11.
The car was actually owned by a little old "man" form Pasadena, then a year prior to me purchasing the car, bought by a high end sports car dealer for his elderly mother. The car basically sat for one year, then the guy sold it, due to non-use.
My only complaint about the body (3 stars) is the cover coat is starting to fail. The car does sit out at night, but during the week, at work, it is in underground pkg. I keep a good coat of polish on it and I'm crossing my fingers.
I just had to replace the continental tires with new Michelins. Wow, what a difference! I really notice it during slow MPH steering. Much less resistance in the steering wheel. If anyone familiar with the Pasadena FWy in So Cal, this car handles very well in the curves, now. I went w/the V rated tire and am glad I paid the little extra.
I change my own oil and when I did at 7,500 miles, the Penzoil synthetic looked new. Did not use a drop of oil. Can't say the same for my Chev Sub, which uses 3 qts between changes. This is our 4th acura and they are great cars. My Legend just would not die and I hated to see it go.

Bulletproof reliability and performance - 96,000 miles, no issues- cruises all day at 80mph,
no oil consumed or leaked, best brakes in the world, excellent sound system, corners like my MGB.

Original owner of 2002 RL - and am totally pleased with this car during 8 years of ownership. It has been virtually trouble-free, requiring only minimal repairs along with regular maintenence. 2002 Aura RL has classic styling, beautiful and comfortable interior, fantasit Bose stereo, handles great for a large sedan, and engine / transmission are strong and very reliable. I would highly recommend this car to anyone considering purchase. I plan on keeping this car for another 8 years and have every reason to beleive the next 80K miles will be trouble-free also.

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