Takata Airbag Inflator Recall
A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).Continue reading article "Takata Airbag Inflator Recall"
Excessive Oil Consumption
Changed your oil recently? I'm guessing you think you’re good to go for another 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the oil you’re using. Acura owners with V6 J-Series engines better think again.Continue reading article "Excessive Oil Consumption"
What RL Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- front headlamp flickering and then going out in the 2005 RL
- engine won't turn over, won't start in the 2004 RL
- a/c catastrophic failure in the 2003 RL
- multiple cooling compressor failures in the 1998 RL
- wood trim has faded/defective in the 2011 RL
What Breaks the Most
RL Key Numbers
Any hope of a proposed class-action lawsuit for faulty window regulators in certain Acure vehicles has fizzled after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the proposal in a 2-to-1 ruling.
The plaintiff argued that Honda, parent company of Acura, installed window regulators that are insufficiently strong and insufficiently durable to withstand the forces required to perform [their] intended function. Functions like making sure the dang window doesn't fall into the door, for example.
The lawsuit originally included the 2000-2011 Acura MDX, Acura TSX, Acura RL and Acura CL but those vehicles were dropped in a last-ditch effort to save the suit.
It didn't work.keep reading article "Window Regulator Class-Action Lawsuit Stopped in Appeals Court"
Acura's parent company, Honda, has reluctantly agreed to settle an oil consumption lawsuit for vehicles with 3.7-liter J37 engines.
I emphasize reluctant because the automaker says they're closing the book on this case to "avoid the time and expense of ongoing litigation" and says only a small number of customers have filed complaints.
Despite that rousing show of support for its customers, the settlement will provide relief for out-of-pocket expenses related to consumption issues if the owner can show documentation like oil change receipts. Honda has also agreed to extend its powertrain warranty. CarComplaints.com has a great breakdown of the settlement details in further detail.keep reading article "Acura Agrees to Oil Consumption Settlement for J37 Engines"
The 4th phase of Acura's Takata airbag recall is set to get underway next month, which means the automaker is actually ahead of schedule.keep reading article "The Next Phase of Honda’s Massive Takata Recall is Ahead of Schedule"
When a storm cloud starts dropping rain, you can only dodge the drops for so long.
Such is the case for another 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles that are now involved in one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history.keep reading article "Acura Among 2.2 Million Recalls for Takata"