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Acura CL, Coupe
#742 of 1965 garypen
Sep 05, 2001 (7:13 pm)
I checked Edmunds too before I bought. TMV is about what I "paid" if you include the splashguards and pin stripe. The problem I have with the dealer is that he waited a week to tell me something I think he could have found out in 1 day if he would have worked on it, when I told him I was ready to take my money elsewhere he had all the info in less than an hour--that was that of the 3 cars he told me were available last week when we were making the deal, one turned out to be a demo (don't want it), one had a spoiler (I don't want it) and one was sold (that one could have been mine if he would have followed up sooner). According to the acura website there are no black/parchment CL/S avail within 300 miles of St Louis. He called me this evening and said he found one but (and I'll give him credit for being honest)it's been on the dealers lot for 5 months and already was a dealer trade (my dealer would be the 3rd to have the car).--doesn't sound overly appealing to me. The acura website listed the 2002 MSRP as being only $60 over 2001 (per Edmunds pricing) I think I'll offer him 29,200 for the 2002 and if he doesn't take it I'll look for a different car.
Sep 05, 2001 (7:25 pm)
There ya go! You might even feel better that you got a 2002.
BTW, my dealer threw in the mud guards, wheel locks and logo mats for free. We didn't ask for them, and he didn't mention them. I only found out later that they were dealer options. We also got a very low no-haggle price.
It was at the end of the month, and they seemed rather anxious to sell us a car. I also bought a different car at the beginning of the month. That dealer, while nice, wasn't as willing to drop price or increase the trade-in offer.
I'll bet if you wait until the end of the month, let's say after the 29th, you'll get a better deal. Just a hunch.
#744 of 1965 New owner and new list subscriber
Sep 06, 2001 (12:02 pm)
I just picked up a 2001 CL yesterday. It was the last CL base (there were 4 Type S's)on the lot and the dealer was eager to move it. I paid exactly $500 over invoice. It also has on it the Acura accessory chrome alloy wheels, and they sold them to me for half price. The salesman said the 2002 CLs would be in at the end of September but there were few changes from the 2001s.
After just one day of driving it, I am very impressed. The handling, performance, and comfort are amazing for a car of this price range. I look forward to many years of good driving.
Sep 06, 2001 (12:20 pm)
You know that the demise of the hatchback configuration a few years back was due to the fact that manufacturers thought that the hatch, with its utilitarian image, was projecting an econo image for their cars. I guess luxury car owners like to think that mundane tasks such as hauling bulky cargo should be done by the "lower class" )
(I know this is an apparent contradiction to the SUV boom, but I suspect most SUV buyers are not buying them for the "utility" factor. If they did, most of them would buy vans or station wagons).
#746 of 1965 742 fold-down rear seats
Sep 06, 2001 (12:24 pm)
canadiancl, it never occured to me to look for the fold down seats. Your post prompted me to look. I LOVE my CL even if it doesn't have the fold-down rear seats.
Note that it at least has a pass-through to the trunk which might help with one pair of skis.
#747 of 1965 Help needed!
Sep 06, 2001 (12:52 pm)
For those knowledgeable about the TL and CL, I'm presently trying to decide which to buy. In New Orleans, these cars sell out quickly (1 acura dealer), and I haven't been able to test drive the CL. I like the TL (2002) also. I think the base, premium, is fine regarding acceleration. Is the tl base or cl base faster? Any options that the tl has that the cl doesn't have or vice versa? Is the navigation worth it? how's the bose system in the cl? What good is xenon lights? When do the body styles change on the tl and cl cars, respectively. I heard the cl was all-new for 2001, but the tl has been out for a few years, and acura replaces models every 5 years. Any truth to the statement? Sorry for all the questions, but I plan to buy one of them within the next week and the salesman I saw knows less about the car than I do! Thanks for any help.
Sep 06, 2001 (12:53 pm)
Being from Brooklyn, originally, I always like to calculate how many bodies can fit in the trunk. I suppose if the guy was skinny he could fit through the ski-hole.
Sep 06, 2001 (1:52 pm)
The 2002 CLs officially went on sale yesterday. The price was increased by $50 for both models. The only changes were revised outside mirrors and thicker sunroof glass, both to reduce wind noise.
Sep 06, 2001 (2:17 pm)
The funny thing is I don't notice much wind noise. (Not from the car, anyway.)
Sep 06, 2001 (2:26 pm)
It would be nice if they made the mirrors smaller.