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#4492 of 7386 RL Styling and RL "cachet" 2005
Oct 28, 2004 (7:05 am)
I have been reading the RL "threads" here (2005). I have an 1999 BMW 740i with 38,000 miles. Its paid for:). The BMW has been more reliable than any Acura I have had (3.. 89 Legend coupe red!, a 1992 Acura Legend and a 1995 Acura Legend "GS".. GS was a blast and best "Acura" yet in my opinion). No doubt there is allot of cool technology in the new RL. However, the cars seems rather ordinary in appearance. Its not a head turner. I don't need a car that IS a head turner, but at least want some "prestige" when shelling out 50K for an Acura. The Acura seems to lack "cachet". Any opinions on this "subjective" subject?
#4493 of 7386 Re: Acura RL vs. Audi A6 - Same Price- hard to get [kristicar]
Oct 28, 2004 (7:12 am)
I tend to agree with kristicar. I have yet to drive the A6 3.2 but the 4.2 did feel a lot tighter than the RL. At the same time it felt more sluggish (weight?) and certainly noisier (engine sound on acceleration was very noticeable).
Can any RL driver tell me about 4 things that bother me with the RL:
- no ledge to put yr left arm by the drivers window. Did anybody notice?
- foot brake gets in the way of left foot when resting
- rear middle seat is so elevated no one can spend much time there, even little kids
- XM did not sound so fabulous on sound system. I have an Allroad and XM sounds truly CD quality, whereas it sounded more like FM on the RL.
Thx for the feedback
Oct 28, 2004 (7:34 am)
If you're looking for "cachet", you're not going to find it in an Acura.
However, some people could give a rat's *ss about cachet.
#4495 of 7386 Re: Acura RL vs. Audi A6 - Same Price- hard to get [undecided3]
Oct 28, 2004 (7:35 am)
Yes...I have noticed that there is no ledge to put my left arm by the driver's window....it is a struggle to keep it there.... However, the driver's left-side arm rest seems high enough that I could get used to placing my arm there...if all else fails...I have seen arm rests advertised that seem to fit between the window and the door that could provide that type of support.
As for the rear middle seat... after some of the posts on this list...I tried sitting in that middle seat...frankly, it was next to impossible for both my head and bottom end. However, we do not frequently need a car for 5 people...so for us...it was not a major disadvantage.
I did not notice whether the foot brake gets in the way of the left foot when resting.... what would concern me however, is whether it gets in the way of removing the left foot on its path to the break pedal. Has anyone noticed if that was a problem?
On our last drive -- I wanted to focus on the performance of the car -- so I did not turn on FM or XM.
#4496 of 7386 Re: Acura RL vs. Audi A6 - Same Price- hard to get [larry6]
Oct 28, 2004 (7:43 am)
as with larry's reply I don't ride around with 3 adults in the back seat haven't notice any foot problems with braking and I drive freeways all day with stop and go MY radio sounds great maybe you need to have your's checked. The one thing I'm not sure about is road noise how quite is the noise canceling system suppose to make the car???
#4497 of 7386 Re: Air suspension [markcincinnati]
Oct 28, 2004 (7:57 am)
Autozine has been a bit harsh on Cadillac’s magnaride:
“Theoretically, using electromagnetic field to alter viscosity of damping fluid, hence damping rate, is a clever idea. But the European and Japanese experts are not fools and they know what advantages and disadvantages the Magnetic Ride Control has. Drive a STS equipped with this optional feature and you will know - it limits body movement successfully, but it pays the price in ride quality. No matter in comfort or sport mode, the ride is stiffer than a luxurious saloon ought to have. Undoubtedly, air suspension is still a better solution.”
#4498 of 7386 Re: [jrock65]
Oct 28, 2004 (10:28 am)
"If you're looking for "cachet", you're not going to find it in an Acura.
However, some people could give a rat's *ss about cachet. "
"Some people" That would be me! But between you and me the car has a quiet kind of distinction that some of us really appreciate, and it grows on you and for the most part it's way too early to judge as it is barely on the street yet.
#4499 of 7386 Re: RL vs. A6 [dogface5]
Oct 28, 2004 (10:31 am)
Long term reliabilty is of course somewhat of a concern, but I never keep a car more than 3 years....so with free maintenance on the Audi plus the warranty, that is not as important an issue, as if I were to keep the car for past the 48k miles. I still may end up with the RL, but have not made the final decision!
#4500 of 7386 Re: RL vs. A6 [sacguy]
Oct 28, 2004 (1:18 pm)
In addition to having a horrid record of reliablity, Audi's have notoriously low resale values. If you plan to keep the vehicle for 3 years, I wouldn't expect very much back on the A6. i would be willing to bet that the RL will have better resale. I looked up a 01 A6 4.2 quattro on edmunds. Guess what trade in value is $22k. $22k for a car that was originally about $50k and is only 3 years old is what I call POOR resale.
#4501 of 7386 Re: RL vs. A6 [dogface5]
Oct 28, 2004 (3:18 pm)
OK that's 44% after 3 years.
In a USA Today article published on October 8th was an excellent study on cars with the best and worst resale value. (source Kelley Blue Book)
Mini Cooper 3 yr....62% 5 yr...52%
Volvo XC90 62 52
Nissan 350Z 62 51
Acura TL 62 48
Infiniti G35 Coupe 62 48
Mazda RX8 62 47
Honda Odyssey 62 45
Honda Civic 61 44
Pontiac Aztek 3 yr....27% 5 yr....18%
Chevy Blazer 27 19
Buick Century 29 19
Suzuki Vitara 30 19
Mitsubishi Diamante 31 20
Chrysler Sebring 32 20
Ford Ranger 33 20
Mercury Sable 33 20
Jaguar X Type 36 20