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#4276 of 7386 Re: Test Drove RL [carnutcpa]
Oct 19, 2004 (7:49 am)
Quote: "I agree with your wood/console statement. My 91 Legend has it. Wood around the shift area would greatly improve the luxury look. It seems the '05 RL's hype is technology--very clever of Acura to reap mark-up dollars from people for a lot of features that will go mostly unused like a new toy 1 month after Christmas! Beware the buyer that purchases solely on technology, as the competition will "one-up" it very soon.
After test driving a 2005 BMW 530i with Navigation, I was totally amazed at how terrible the interface (iDrive) and features of the navigation unit was compared to my 1999 TL's navigation unit. 6 years later and the "competition" hasn't "one-up(ped)" my navigation unit.
Acura has always been on the leading edge of technology, and quite surprisingly, has rarely released any new technology that was faulty or inadequate from a usability stand point. I would be hard pressed to find ANY car manufacturer, or even third party/aftermarket, navigation unit superior to the RL's navigation unit and other various cabin technology (blue tooth, etc.).
I only wish the competition (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) could "one up" Acura in the technology game - then we would have more than one player!
#4277 of 7386 Re: Test Drove RL [adam_kelley]
Oct 19, 2004 (9:12 am)
No doubt, Acura is top drawer on technology, navigation and ergonomics. Rest assured the "other guys" won't take it laying down, though. Lexus is beating everyone to the punch in the release of the first(?) Luxury Hybrid AWD--RX400h in Feb '05. If the '05 RL had been a Hybrid as well as SH-AWD--how do the "kids" today say it--it would have been "da bomb", "sick", etc...! I hope Acura has a good patent on SH-AWD...phenomenal technology and concept.
BMW finally recognizes their flop of iDrive and flimsy cupholders, for instance. Now, if they and their German counterparts could figure out the reliability thing. In this economy, even the wealthy begin to look at reliability alongside prestige. The internet is fantastic--it allows the everyday consumer to call a spade...a spade, and make sure everyone who cares to know...knows. I believe the Japanese are almost "there" in becoming the "official" undisputed king of the Luxury market. BMW and Mercedes have been basking in their glory of the 80's, getting caught "asleep at the switch". No smoke and mirrors for this educated consumer!
#4278 of 7386 Re: My first & immediate impression [olneymd]
Oct 19, 2004 (10:33 am)
>>big disappointment..... your V710 phonebook does not link into the car. In other words - you have to create a new voice-rec directory in the acura which has no ties to your actual cell phone.
I'd read that earlier, which was a big disappointment to me as well, but at least I wasn't surprised after I bought the RL and the phone.
An aside - while reading the guide, a very funny picture entered my mind of a couple with a great disparity in height who both drive the RL. Since the memorized seat positions are tied to the key fob and the RL assumes the first one to unlock a door is the driver, if the short passenger has his/her key fob and unlocks the passenger door (or if the driver has the wrong key fob) and then the tall driver gets in and starts the car, the seat will immediately move very far forward. This could be a great surprise to the unwary!!
#4280 of 7386 Re: Canadian versus US Pricing [gbabaluk]
Oct 19, 2004 (11:22 am)
We're just a victim of the rising Canadian buck. For years when the Cdn $ was low, the situation was reversed. I suppose Honda should adjust the Canadian MSRP to reflect the higher exchange, but they would likely argue that for years they suffered exchange losses.
#4281 of 7386 Quick Question
Oct 19, 2004 (11:24 am)
While stopping at a Acura Dealer yesterday, I bumped into an elderly couple just picking up their new RL. The first thing that the lady said to me was that she did not like the car. They have had 2 prior RL's and bought this one on their prior happy experience. What she did not like was: 1) Too complicated, (I did say Elderly) 2) There is a high floor hump in the back and a tall person cannot sit in the middle seat in the back. I'm 5'11" and I tried to sit there, and my head was pressed against the roof!
Have any of you noticed that? It appears that 4 people can fit very comfortable, but the 5th better be a child.
In Long Island, NY the dealers are scheduling test drives by appointment only. I'm doing mine on Thursday. Just sitting in the car, I thought that it looked fantastic in Ebony. I was afraid that the dark wood would not show well; but it gives a very rich look! White/Ebony or Silver/Ebony?????? Tough choice. (I'm still stuck on 50K for an Acura..., I know, I know it's still the best value around...)
Oct 19, 2004 (11:33 am)
I donít think any midsize sedan can take five adults comfortably. In fact, for five adults, a minivan makes more sense.
#4283 of 7386 Re: [robertsmx]
Oct 19, 2004 (11:36 am)
Good point! Anyway, the kids are out of the house now, so who cares?!
#4284 of 7386 Re: Quick Question [tls02]
Oct 19, 2004 (12:05 pm)
"White/Ebony or Silver/Ebony?????? Tough choice..."
I haven't seen White/Ebony in person, but I think the contrast is "too much" for my taste. Which "Silver" do you refer to: Lakeshore, Celestial or Meteor?
#4285 of 7386 Re: Canadian versus US Pricing [bodble2]
Oct 19, 2004 (12:22 pm)
Honda can argue as much as they want about the exchange rates but we have a North American Auto Pact that allow free flow of vehicles between the borders. I don't know about you but if I was interested in the 2005 RL, why would I pay $10,000CDN more that driving 2 hours to Buffalo or Seattle or Minneapolis,etc and buy one.
There will always be some difference(us paying more) but not $10,000CDN! The car isn't worth it.
The Lexus GS430 is still cheaper and it's not a Honda.
Have a great day;