1996 Acura RL Overview

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229k And Counting by SeamusNH
 — I bought my '96 RL used in 2000 with 48k on it. I now have 229k and it is still going strong. Best car I have ever had. I've done mostly the usual repairs (tires, brakes, coil packs, etc.). It is ... Read More
1996 Acura Rl by Trevor
 — Very under-rated car. Also under priced. High quality luxury car for affordable price used. Good acceleration, good enough handling (change stock tires), interior build quality is top notch, low noise... Read More
It Looks Good And Drives Good by Ramon
 — Daily Driver drive to and from work. Ive had this car since 2006 and havent had any major problems at all. The newer model is ok but one right after this one is better. Im happy with the cars I have. Read More

1996 Acura RL Overview

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1996 Acura RL

The 1996 RL is the first edition of the car built to replace the aging Legend.  Although RL was supposed to stand for "Road Luxury," many joked that it actually stood for "Replaces Legend."  

The standard (and only) engine was a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 210 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque.  No manual transmission was offered, and gas mileage was estimated at 19 city and 25 highway.

The interior has leather seats, but not a leather steering wheel.  This kind of contradiction would become fairly typical for the RL: it was a car from a luxury maker, meant to compete with a Lexus, but would skimp on minor details such as a nicer steering wheel.

Drivers note that this is a very reliable car, but do not like the way it guzzles premium gas.  They do not like the weaker engine, with many wishing for 8 cylinders rather than 6.

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What Does It Mean When The Light For Maintenance Required Is On?

Whenever I turn on my car a light on that dashboard lights up and says that maintenance required. What I am wondering is what kind of maintenance is it talking about?

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1996 Rl Stuck Valve Problem

Engine runs very rough like a plug miss-firing. Dealer said it was a stuck cylinder valve. Ran compression test, hear pop, ran ok for a week. Now same problem. Has low power, running like only ...

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