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#4193 of 7386 Thanks, tls02
Oct 16, 2004 (11:16 am)
Ceric, great post! I have read, and re-read your post a few times. I have a 2002 TL-S that I love, but I want to get a new car. I saw the RL, at the NY Auto Show and have been waiting for its release. I went to see it twice last week and was not "Blown Away", and I REALLY, REALLY wanted to like it!.
The feeling is the same here. I put in my order in April (right after MY Auto Show). I was slightly disappointed at the performance in straight line pickup. I have had two speeding tickets in my 540iA. Less performance may actually do my traffic record some good. That said, in term of luxury, my 540iA is pale in comparison. I paid $51.5K back in '98 for my 540iA. For almost the same price at $50K (adding some accessory), you basically get a less engine, superb AWD, and tons of new gadgetry in the new RL.
Too bad, Acura did not make the decision easier for us. Too me, either a better straight line performance, or lower price point (say $46K) would help tremendously in the decision of purchase.
#4194 of 7386 Re: Thanks Shotgun & Nebraskaguy [ceric]
Oct 16, 2004 (12:07 pm)
The wood steering wheel is built into the price of the car. So that would be a standard feature. Asking them to throw that in would be like asking a dealer to give you the tires for free.
I don't sell RLs nor do I own one but know the car very well. They do sell at sticker. Walk away if you like. Someone else will buy it.
#4195 of 7386 Prices in Houston
Oct 16, 2004 (12:56 pm)
What is a good price for an RL in Houston?
#4196 of 7386 Re: Prices in Houston [wfj1998]
Oct 16, 2004 (1:34 pm)
A good price in Houston or any other city for that matter is $49,470.- At this moment, the RL is not being discounted!
#4197 of 7386 Re: Prices in Houston [shotgun]
Oct 16, 2004 (1:39 pm)
In other words, an out the door price of $52,880.21 the going rate....
#4198 of 7386 My 45-Minute Test Drive Impressions
Oct 16, 2004 (2:19 pm)
I test drove the Celestial Silver RL this afternoon and I was underwhelmed. First off, the saleswoman was bashing the Mercedes Benz and Audi line-ups as not equal to the new RL. (Thou shall not speak evil of the competition---Strike 1)
I drove on a twisty 2-mile country road and on Route 95. The car handled superbly on the twisty road but was quite ordinary on the highway.
My 32-year old son-in-law then pushed the car as hard as was possible on the expressway averaging 90 to 100 mph. The car responded well but the engine was unusually loud for a luxury car. Wind noise, however, was absent.
The sound system is awesome rivaling many homemade systems. Since this was my first experience with XM radio, I was pleasantly surprised. The sound quality was close to CD or DVD quality.
The voice activated system was nice when it worked. For some reason it could not differentiate between rear and front defroster. The leather smelled good and was very soft and supple to the touch. And those seats fit like a glove.
So what don't I like about the new RL? Frankly folks the exterior design is bland and too much of an Accord derivative. The colors look dull as if they had passed through the car wash too many times. Frankly, the RL does NOT look like a $50K sedan. It lokks more like a dressed up Accord.
But, in the end I liked it enough to put a deposit on the Redondo Red Pearl with Ebony leather interior. Delivery date not until mid February 2005 however. Apparently the car is in great demand in the Boston area.
#4199 of 7386 Re: My 45-Minute Test Drive Impressions [bwia]
Oct 16, 2004 (2:56 pm)
Hahahaha...Well BWIA, it appears as if you paid it the ultimate compliment! Yours is one of the coolest posts I've ever read...
#4200 of 7386 Re: Dealer Mark up! [1violinist]
Oct 16, 2004 (4:58 pm)
Just located the dealer's invoice price as follows on Consumer's Guide's website:
#4201 of 7386 Re: Test drive report / wood wheel [ceric]
Oct 16, 2004 (5:26 pm)
>One surprise I found is the wood (or wooden) steering wheel. He is sure that that is standard.<
It is an accessory. I saw the same thing at a Southern California dealership and the salesman told me that the wood was a dealer-add on, along with some chrome wheels they had added.
IMO, a wooden steering wheel is a backwards idea. The leather wrapped steering wheel was a step forward, allowing a good and comfortable grip. The hard slippery wood offers neither.
There was only one car at this dealership, and they were using it as a demo. There was a line for test drives and after a half hour of waiting I left.
I think MSRP will be the going rate for the first few months at least. Maybe as we approach Christmas things might slow down, but only time will tell.
I did get to sit in the car briefly, and found the seat bolsters to be too hard. Granted I weigh 220 pounds and may be bigger than the average man but for me personally this is a big negative.
#4202 of 7386 Re: My 45-Minute Test Drive Impressions [bwia]
Oct 16, 2004 (5:31 pm)
>Frankly, the RL does NOT look like a $50K sedan. It looks more like a dressed up Accord.<
I am inclined to agree somewhat, but I have to say that in its defense, the new RL looks no less prestigous than a new E class Mercedes. In fact, of the two, I would have to say that I think that the new RL looks a little classier and a bit larger.
(My observations are based on seeing the RL in Lakeshore Silver).