NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,474 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.

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2000 Acura RL electrical problems

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2000 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 082015


  • 162,090 miles


The SRS sensor jus pop on the ABS sensor pop on also the check engine light pops I don't know what to do and also I heard ticking and tapping and the engine started jumping whether I'm going slow or fast I really need some serious help why is because I can possibly be in great danger do to the sensors that are going out in my vehicle.

- Greenwood, MS, USA

problem #5

Sep 202014

RL 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
While stopped in traffic, upon acceleration. Engine stalled. Vehicle placed in park and car was restarted and driven away. Main fuel relay was replaced. Per Acura service bulletin 01-044, the incident that occurred could be due to a failed powertrain control module. Per Acura service bulletin 01-044, there was an updated powertrain control module, but this part has since been discontinued and is no longer being produced by Acura. I have called Acura customer service who stated that even though they are aware of the circumstances per technical service bulletin 01-044, there is nothing they are able to do to repair the car. I feel that this is a safety related issue due to the risk that the vehicle has the potential to continue to stall and cannot be repaired.

- Old Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 172012

RL 6-cyl

  • miles
The following is from Acura. They recognize the problem, but have not recalled the defect. Intermittent electrical problems (supersedes 98-028, security system sounds intermittently, dated September 28, 1998) symptoms the security system sounds intermittently while the vehicle is parked. The door locks cycle while driving. The instrument panel lights remain on. Probable cause water is leaking into the front pillars. The water is getting into the connectors for the under-dash fuse/ relay box, the drivers multiplex control unit, or the door lock actuator, causing intermittent electrical problems.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012011

RL 6-cyl

  • miles


I am having difficulties with my ignition switch not working at times. When I attempt to start my vehicle after turning the key in the ignition, it won't start. When I take the key out of the ignition and place it back in about the third or fourth time to try and start it, it eventually starts. I just recently replaced my starter and battery thinking this was the problem, but it is not. Please help!

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #2

May 152010


  • 52,254 miles
I am writing to report a potentially serious safety issue with my 2000 Acura Rl. This car seems to have a design flaw whereby the car's natural drain channels get clogged and water leaks in through alternate pathways into the vehicle's fuse box. This causes all of the car's electrical systems to go haywire, key safety systems like the airbags and traction control shut off, windshield wipers go on by themselves, and the speedometer needle moves randomly. Furthermore, the security system can be triggered and the horn sounds, possibly while driving. I personally haven't experienced more serious issues, but I won't be surprised if this leads to a fire eventually. I have had my car repaired for this problem twice. The first major failure was in April 2007 at around 52000 miles, and the second major failure was in May 2006 at 72000 miles. Both times, the fuse box and associated relays, etc. Were corroded from the inside, and the car needed thousands of dollars in repairs. In between these two failure times, the car has shown minor failures during rain (random security alarm, unexpected battery drain, etc), which have corrected themselves once the rain goes away and the electronics has had a chance to dry out. Acura knows about this issue, and even issued a tsb to fix it. I think the problem is serious and warrants a recall. When I experienced the exact same problem with my car for the second time, I learned that this problem has been widely reported online in the Acura owner community. It seems to be a design issue with that particular body style, which was used for Rl model years from 1999-2004.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 022009


  • miles
Constant repair and replacement of brake rotors. The rotors have to be resurfaced every 8 to 10,000 miles and then replaced. I have my car serviced regularly with the same garage and can't understand why these rotors continue to wear. I have a 1993 Nissan max that has never needed rotor repair. Also, the SRS and side airbag lights come on, I take it to the dealer and they clear the lights saying nothing is wrong. How are you to know if this is a serious issue when all they do is clear the lights"?"

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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