Acura RL - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura RL owners have reported a total of 420 problems for their cars built in the 18 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura RL. The 2005 Acura RL cars have the most problems reported (130 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura RL

Model Year Number of Problems
  2015 RL
3
  2012 RL
1
  2011 RL
2
  2010 RL
9
  2009 RL
9
  2008 RL
13
  2007 RL
17
  2006 RL
33
  2005 RL
130
  2004 RL
16
  2003 RL
6
  2002 RL
27
  2001 RL
14
  2000 RL
61
  1999 RL
27
  1998 RL
11
  1997 RL
21
  1996 RL
20

  Common problems of Acura RL

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for Acura RL cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (116 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's exterior lighting (55 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura RL

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
116
  Exterior Lighting
55
  Electrical System
53
  Power Train
29
  Service Brakes
21
  Engine And Engine Cooling
19
  Equipment
18
  Visibility
16
  Steering
14
  Vehicle Speed Control
12
   
  Tire
10
  Seat Belt
10
  Structure
9
  Suspension
9
  Electronic Stability Control
8
  Other Fuel System
7
  Unknown Or Other
5
  Gasoline Fuel System
4
  Latches/locks/linkage
3
  Interior Lighting
1
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura RL of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across RL model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura RL model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across RL Model Years

RL
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2012 14047    
0.35
  2011 21,0038    
0.25
  2010 92,8449    
0.35
  2009 92,65410    
0.34
  2008 135,12711    
0.23
  2007 174,89912    
0.29
  2006 3312,52913    
0.20
  2005 13021,44414    
0.43
  2004 168,30015    
0.13
  2003 62,90016    
0.13
  2002 2716,44017    
0.10
  2001 143,31118    
0.23
  2000 6116,44919    
0.20

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura RL is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2012 RL
1
  2010 RL
1
  2009 RL
1
  2008 RL
2
  2007 RL
2
  2006 RL
3
  2005 RL
10
  2004 RL
4
  2003 RL
2
  2002 RL
1
  2001 RL
2
  2000 RL
2
  1996 RL
1


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