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Acura RL, Sedan
#1192 of 7386 Thanks for comments
Feb 13, 2003 (5:37 am)
At post 1133 on 26 Jan I asked for comments from MB owners as I was considering trading my 2000 RL for a new MB E-320. mfaraino1 replied with a very thoughtful and helpful answer. On 28 Jan I traded for the MB. So far I really like the car and after 24 years of Honda/Acura ownership try something new. Nevertheless, I will continue to monitor the RL board. Thanks for the reply mfaraino1.
#1193 of 7386 Any updates on 04 RL?
Feb 13, 2003 (8:23 am)
Post #1190 mentioned that Acura is to make announcement today about plans and details for 04RL.
I also noticed that on Edmunds site for Future vehicles all refrences to 04RL as future vehcile have been removed and replaced with 05 RL without any more info. I wonder what's the story. Looks like Acura is not ready for major RL redesign by 2004 production cycle. But I can't beleve 04s will continue to be the same as 03s, which is the same as 02s, which is essentially the same going back to 96. Yes, Acura is conservative company, but it was never distinguished as technologically outdated either to have their flagship so lacking in modern technological innovations and trends.
So, I am intrigued what is the stopgap solution Acura has for RL?
#1194 of 7386 stiff competition
Feb 13, 2003 (8:56 am)
BMW, Lexus releasing new models of 5, GS this fall. If the RL is just upgrade, Acura might as well forget about this market segment.
Feb 13, 2003 (8:59 am)
It's just an upgrade. The redesign comes in Spring 2004 as a 2005 model.
#1196 of 7386 You are correct, Diploid....
Feb 13, 2003 (11:55 am)
I just finished watching Acura's Media Meeting via the live cams from the Chicago Auto Show. Looks like there were only interior upgrades for the '04 RL. I didn't notice any updates on the outside (maybe because the live cams don't provide good up close shots).
I guess we'll have to wait on an update from the media....
#1197 of 7386 That was what was promised
Feb 13, 2003 (12:41 pm)
for this time in a couple of recent articles, links posted on this site in fact. Just interior upgrades ... much needed.
The current RL certainly doesn't compete with the 5 or the GS. Its competition is with other $35k cars, no matter its MSRP as this is where it sells. Think ES300, Avalon, etc. It's a very niche market. People who buy this change their own oil and expect to change out their own brakes, or do it at the corner station, at 105k.
The '05 Acura, if a drastic revision, will win new buyers and send many of the old ones scurrying for the used car dept.
Feb 13, 2003 (12:46 pm)
Having the CD in the dash will be nice.
This sounds like a rewritten announcement for the '02. Then they featured an added 10-15 hp and OnStar. Now it's standard Nav and XM radio.
Dear Honda: Yawn.