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Acura RL, Sedan
#4584 of 7386 My take on 05 RL exterior styling:
Nov 04, 2004 (8:46 am)
I'm 24 years old(turning 25 years old soon) I have an 2002 Acura CL with 22,800 miles on it and problem free so I am a little bit younger than the average RL buyer so here is my take.
Exterior Styling: I defintely dig the 05 RL. It has more of a distintinct appearence than the previous RL. The 05 RL may not look better than A8 but to me looks better than the 5 Series. I did like the previous RL styling(99-04) but it was looking a little dated of late.
Interior: From what I have seen pretty good except for the fake wood. Whats up with that?
50K price tag is definately less than the German Competition but when Acura annonced the 50K price tag I was shocked. I was thinking they would price it at 45K.
In Conclusion: I think Acura wins out here based on reliability and value. The new 5 Series the I-Drive is a diasaster and to me the exterior of the 5 is overstyled. The A8: this maybe the one to beat with classic exterior styling, and state of the art interior but Audi's reliability record is not that good. What competes from Lexus with the RL anyway? Is it the GS or the LS?
Nov 04, 2004 (9:04 am)
"Interior: From what I have seen pretty good except for the fake wood. Whats up with that?"
The RL uses real wood just like in the previous generation RL. Its the only Acura model that uses real wood.
Nov 04, 2004 (10:09 am)
The upcoming GS300 AWD will compete with the RL. The A8 is way above the RL's class. The direct competition is A6 3.2 Quattro.
#4587 of 7386 Re: problems with the 05RL [larry6]
Nov 04, 2004 (10:33 am)
"Unfortunately, I can't list the other forum on this Edmunds site. I got a warning message from the host the last time I did this."..1943973
This problem with the locking of the SH-AWD is hopefully very isolated! It's also understandable why Edmunds would not want the other forum mentioned but there must be some way to at least get the whole story out to us. (like cut and paste maybe)
#4588 of 7386 Re: My take on 05 RL exterior styling: [carguy58]
Nov 04, 2004 (11:03 am)
Don't forget besides the GS300 AWD coming the Infiniti M35/45 (AWD on 35) and Chrysler 300C AWD are arriving in Feb-Mar timeframe. In 4-5 months the market for AWD Sedans in the $40-$50K range will have no shortage of selections. I also read that BMW is coming out next year with a 5 series AWD (ex: 530ix), but I'm not certain about that.
If you can wait for 4 months its might help. The Audi A6, Cadi STS and Acura will have time to settle down and the next cars (Infiniti and Lexus) will hit the market. Deals will be had.
#4589 of 7386 CD/DVD-A player Display
Nov 04, 2004 (12:16 pm)
I just took delivery on my '05 RL last night, and am quite pleased... light years ahead of my '02 RL. Anyway, I am plodding my way through the various set-ups and have a question about the CD/DVD player display screen. The manual shows picture diagrams of the CD player showing each CD title as well as the titles of each track on the screen. Isn't the CD player supposed to extract title information from CD's and DVD-A's and display it whilst playing? The sales guy (still trying to learn the RL systems... I seem to know more about the car than he does) said they think it will only display "when the cd is recorded in MP3 format," which doesn't sound right to me. Any new RL owners (or technically brilliant minds) have an answer to this? TIA.
#4590 of 7386 Re: problems with the 05RL [nebraskaguy]
Nov 04, 2004 (12:42 pm)
The official response I got from Verizon regarding their Bluetooth phone and Acura was:
"At present, the Motorola T710 phone Bluetooth technology and the Acura RL are being tested for functionality and reliability with our network. Verizon Wireless will not offer a product or service unless it meets the high standards our customers have come to expect. Currently, we are unable to provide information regarding which equipment is being considered or approximate release dates, as this may raise expectations that may not be met."
#4591 of 7386 Re: problems with the 05RL [nebraskaguy]
Nov 04, 2004 (2:15 pm)
RE: Verison and Bluetooth - with combining of Cingular and AT&T networks (probably 6 months) Verison may have a real challenge to their top spot. I just got a Sony/Ericsson T616 because others in my office are using Bluetooth in the LS430 without problem. Maybe a couple of months from now you can switch and get advantage of AT&T/Cingular network and a phone that works a little better....
#4592 of 7386 Re: CD/DVD-A player Display [bghorm]
Nov 04, 2004 (2:56 pm)
I've tried all of the formats and the CD i burned (of MP3's) shows the titles and artist.
But amazingly, the expensive DVD-Audio disk shows nothing. Go figure.
Good luck with your car.
PS - to the other posting regarding Bluetooth and Verizon. I had the Verizon Motorola V710, which did work handsfree with the RL. Automatically linked when you got into the car. Unfortunately, the V710's camera sucks, and the phone was recalled.
So, as of today, you can not buy a Bluetooth enabled Verizon phone to work with the RL.
#4593 of 7386 Re: Car and Driver ..Dec Issue [ceric]
Nov 04, 2004 (3:37 pm)
It's out now. Picked up a copy at Barnes & Noble.
This test drive report is excellant.