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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Acura RL electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 012011


  • 100,000 miles


I have had some issues with my 2006 Rl. I have gone out to start the engine and numerous times especially during cold weather it will not start and I have had to jump it. I have taken this to 2 different Acura dealerships and have had the battery replaced 3 times. It has done it about 12 times during the time of November 2012- march2013. I feel that this is an ongoing issue and it needs to be addressed. I some out to either go to work or leave work and will have to jump start the car. Also my other complaint is with the air conditioning unit. I have the 06 Rl and my father in law has a 05 Rl and during the middle of the summer of 2012 both air conditioning units went bad at the same time and I am wondering what the issue is with that.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #5

Oct 082012

RL 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Acura Rl. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to three separate dealers for inspection however, not one dealer was able to diagnose a failure. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 45,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 182012

RL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Driving down steep "S" turn in mountains when battery cable disconnected and all of car's systems shut down. No brakes, no steering, no power. Worst part was that doors locked and we could not unlock them nor the windows. Extremely frightening. There was no cell phone service where we were. If not for forest Ranger who came along, because of car being partly into one of the lanes of this two-lane road, we would have roasted to death. Nobody else stopped in spite of "help" signs. There was no inside manual exit from car. Ranger had to jiggle and hold battery connection until we could unlock car. We were just lucky we weren't either going faster or in area with no mountain to the side of us where we might have gone off cliff. We were on a dangerous curve and were scared to death someone would hit us from behind. Ranger and one of us directed traffic until tow truck arrived 1-1/2 hrs later. The battery was only a couple months old. Tow truck said wrong battery had been installed at time of change and that it "popped" the clamps that ensure connection and a charge on the battery. But losing a battery connection shouldn't mean someone is going to lose their life! we had four people in the car, and we all feel we barely escaped.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 012007


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Acura Rl. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle it would not start. He has a keyless start and when he pushes the start button and nothing would happen. The vehicle was able to start after a mechanic came out and jump started the battery. This failure has occurred on a intermittent basis for 5 years. The dealer informed the contact that he needed to replace the battery, and that it keeps failing due to the battery being too small for the electrical load that it has to handle. The battery was replaced, but the failure still continued to occurred. The manufacturer was also contacted and they advised him to drive his vehicle more often than he does so that he can recharge it self. The failure mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092010


  • 55,000 miles
In 2008 I bought a 2006 Acura Rl that after 8 months caught fire while is parked overnight, the fire inspector deemed electrical due to faulty electric in door channel overhead. I subsequently bought another of the same Acura Rl 2006 as of 6 weeks ago the air conditioning system was faulty and by the Acura dealer deemed electrical. Now the same car when I started last week had all the electrical warning lights come on, Acura told me ut was a low battery so once I replaced the battery immediately now I receive a cooling system warning and the temp gauge goes up and down.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132009


  • 39,000 miles
On 4 occasions since buying car in 2006 reported that intermittently car lurched forward when lifting foot off brake. Dealership found no defects on 4 separate checks. Aug 13had this sudden acceleration' occur in heavy traffic. Totalled car, damaged 4 others.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

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