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#3693 of 7386 Re: Did Acura Need to Wait Until Now to Produce the All-New RL? [legendman]
Sep 14, 2004 (2:21 pm)
Honda did redesign the RL back around 2001 or 2002. They didn't like what the engineers/designers offered at that time. So they decided not to produce it. The car probably never made it to the sheetmetal stages. I'll wager it was a bunch of drawings and computer simulations. I read once that they canned the guy responsible for the project.
I'm sure they could have produced a car in 2001 that was better than the 2004 we have now. It probably would have been something like an MDX with extra goodies and a much lower stance.
The question kinda reminds me of Star Wars (what?). No, bear with me for a second. =) Lucas could have made the second trilogy a few years after filming Return of the Jedi back in the 80's. Instead, he waited until the technology was up to the job of doing it right.
I think that is what Acura tried to do with the 2005 RL. Rather than present a luke-warm product on schedule they waited until they had the tools to do it right.
#3694 of 7386 Re: Did Acura Need to Wait Until Now to Produce the All-New RL? [varmint]
Sep 14, 2004 (3:15 pm)
nice comparison to the star wars thingie, except, that wait cost Lucas literally no loss of mind share. In case of RL, they lost huge mindshare!
waiting for a first drive....
#3695 of 7386 2005 RL vs. Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel)
Sep 14, 2004 (5:01 pm)
I am trying to choose between the new 2005 Acura RL and the new 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel). Any and all of your comments / opinions would be appreciated. I acknowledge that we are at somewhat of a disadvantage, or downright difficulty, due to the fact that neither one of these vehicles is readily available at present. Which point brings me to my second concern: I need to purchase by end of 2004 calendar year for tax purposes. Is your preferred model available / able to be delivered by that time (calling upon your observations as opposed to manufacturer hype)? Thanks for your insight and time.
#3696 of 7386 Re: Japanese language site - Photos! Molding? [legendman]
Sep 14, 2004 (5:54 pm)
Legendman, Checking over all the pictures in magazines, web sites, and even on the prototype glossy brochure from my dealer it is definately a raised molding but on the slver colored perpendicular side shot it could very easily look like the groove (Carve out) on the new TL. But if you follow the molding along the imaginary line to each bumper the extension of the molding becomes even more apparent in the wrap around design. I like the words on the brochure..."The Acura RL has been developed to soar above the current superlatives for dynamic performance, driving fullfillment, leading-edge electronics and safety design. By any measure a resounding success, this technological tour de force redefines the sporty luxury automobile.
#3697 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel) [tlamb]
Sep 14, 2004 (7:15 pm)
2005 RL, period.
There are quite a few articles talking about the new E320 CDI.
With base price of $49,795, and the questionable quality, and diesel availability, I think it is a big no no.
Anyway, it is your money:-)
#3698 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel) [tlamb]
Sep 14, 2004 (8:19 pm)
Possibility...if you do a European delivery I believe you pay for the new car before you bring it back; so the transaction could be registered on Dec 30th 2004, but you may not pick it up till spring 3-4 months later.
This way if you have your heart set on the E320 CDI you could still get it and receive your tax break (unless the tax break is be based on when the car tag is registered).
#3699 of 7386 Mercedes Tax Break?
Sep 14, 2004 (9:08 pm)
I think that in order to claim the expense this year you would have to be able to demonstrate that you took delivery of the car AND that it was in service prior to Dec 31. "In service" being the key. Unless you can demonstrate that you had legit business in Europe and that you needed that car there, I think that that idea doesn't wash; moreover it's a glaring red flag to the IRS. Your accountant obviously can advise you.
#3700 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel) [proe]
Sep 15, 2004 (6:50 am)
tlamb, mixed reviews out there...this is the first Mercedes Deisel to be marketed in the USA since "99. Finding better quality deisel fuel can be a problem depending where you live....but the highway MPH for this car is close to 40...) Inclined to think that most in this forum will steer you away from Mercedes period.
#3701 of 7386 Re: 2005 RL vs. Mercedes E320 CDI (Diesel) [tlamb]
Sep 15, 2004 (7:13 am)
I think the first question would be, what exactly are you looking for? And why E320 CDI, instead of regular E320?
#3702 of 7386 Re: Did Acura Need to Wait Until Now to Produce the All-New RL? [founder]
Sep 15, 2004 (7:44 am)
I agree that the current RL which I drive has gotten long in the tooth. However, I am happy that they HMC waited to make sure that they got it right.
Yes they lost RL sales but they more than made up for it with the TL and MDX.
I have no disappointments about the 05. I will be getting my copy very soon.