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Acura RL, Sedan
#49 of 7386 Here is copy and paste from my post # 23
Oct 06, 2000 (6:59 pm)
23 of 47: NO NEW RL until 2003/2004 (alexalee1) Wed 27 Sep '00 (11:45 AM)
According to the Automotive News, issue from 2 - 3
weeks ago, Acura IS STILL DECIDING this year
whether or not to offer the next RL with a front or
rear wheel drive, and the next RL won't come up
until 2003/2004 model year.
The reason is, dealers in the snow country don't
want the next RL to be RWD.
To me, this is a long wait. Why don't they offer
4WD like Audi. This will solve the dilemma, and
won't make me defect to Lexus.
However, who knows, I am still hoping that maybe
they will show the next RL at the Paris show the
end of September. Honda is always full of
Well..., Paris show is over, and no new RL from Honda. Note: In the U.S., it will continually be called RL, not Legend. I based this info from some magazines I read, plus the new Integra that will be shown next January will change name to alphanumeric.
#50 of 7386 If you are considering an A6
Oct 14, 2000 (12:41 am)
can you get the 4.2 with 2 wheel drive, or must it come with AWD? Seems that AWD results in a dramatic decrease in mpg, doesn't it? The 2.7T has enough HP (250) but the turbo is just one more thing to break, then the HP drops down. Can't Audi make a 250-275 hp V6 w/o a turbo?
#51 of 7386 very happy w/ my 00'RL
Oct 15, 2000 (9:12 am)
Just for the record, the RL model is called the Honda Legend in every country except for the U.S. and Canada where they are called Acura RL's instead. I heard that they decided to drop the name because so many uninformed people did not realize that a Legend was an Acura as opposed to perhaps Lexus or another brand. I have had no dissappointments with my '00 RL purchase. I bought it back in March of this year and could not be more pleased. By the way, I traded in a '93 Lexus LS400 for the 3.5RL and so far have received much more value for the dollars spent. I have also received many comments saying that the styling of the front grille and rear tail lights are more impressive looking than Lexus models! I especially like my Navigation system which I think might be made by Alpine. As far as a '02 RL major change I have heard that Acura was going to concentrate on the Integra replacement first before coming out with a new RL so my guess is '03 despite what the vtec.com website may say. My wife and I are already planning to sell our Mercedes M Class in 2 years and purchase the new MDX that we have been reading about. Has anyone seen one on the road yet? I heard they were just released.
#52 of 7386 More power in the RL
Oct 23, 2000 (4:14 am)
Acura could easily improve the power of the RL's V-6. They could add the Variable Resonance Intake System that is used in the 3.2 V-6 that powers the CL Type S. By doing so I would guess that the RL would then have about 245 horsepower and about 240 lb. ft. of torque. Then again it would probably be easier just to put in the MDX's engine which already produces 240 HP. I don't plan on owning an RL but as an Acura fan I believe they need to spice it up a little so that they don't lose all of their sales before the new model comes.
Oct 23, 2000 (3:08 pm)
I am considering buying a 1996 3.5RL from a friend. It is the standard (not premium) with 57,000 miles and it has never been wrecked or damaged. It is in beautiful condition and he will part with it for $18,800. Any opinions on the price?
I have always owned Hondas and am ready for a better ride but cautious about buying the first year of a new model. Also, the owners manual says to replace the timing belt at 60,000 miles. Is this necessary so early?
Oct 23, 2000 (11:48 pm)
I'm looking at several new cars, including the RL and the TL from Acura. While I've been reading this topic for awhile, I've never seen anyone discuss the two ...
I realize the TL is more "fun" to drive, and the RL is more of a cruiser, but I'm wondering what you folk think -- the $10,000+ difference is quite a bit of money. And that's okay, if there's a significant difference in value ... but I don't see it ... I'm assuming you folks think the RL is the better buy, or you wouldn't have purchased one ... what factors do you think make it superior to the TL?
Thanks for your opinions!
Oct 24, 2000 (2:00 am)
I also went through the same decision process recently. My previous vehicle was a 98 Toyota Avalon XLS which I really enjoyed, but I had continuous warranty repairs which never seemed to end.
The advantages that I saw in favor of the TL were:
1. More powerful engine
2. Larger trunk
3. Generally same interior dimensions as RL
4. about 10K cheaper, although it was almost imposible to negotiate any worth while discount off sticker.
Advantages for RL:
1. Standard CD Changer
2. Better Stereo
3. Standard Fog Lamps
4. Auto dimming rearview miror
5. Power tilt/telescopic steering wheel
6. Larger screen for navigation system
Are the advantages of the RL worth an extra 10k, probbly not, but in the end I choose the RL because I liked the overall exterior styling as compared to the TL. Some may say that 10k is a big price difference and I agree, but I plan to keep the car for about 7 years and if I enjoy the car seven years from now as much as I enjoy it today, I feel that I have got my moneys worth. Good luck, either way you will be getting a great vehicle at a very reasonable price hen compared to the competition.
Oct 24, 2000 (2:07 pm)
Said it better than I could!!!
Oct 24, 2000 (7:33 pm)
We decided to take the TL last year, but in retrospect, I should have bought the RL instead.
Our decision at the time was because:
1. Wife thinks RL is too big (only < 4 inches longer, actually). 2. I like the TL more sporty ride. 3. I thought that RL will be replaced in January '2000. I always like the RL styling better than the TL. Plus, the TL has been having small annoying problems here and there (mostly rattle, poor fit and finish, cheap material quality, etc.). But, $ 10 K savings is a $ 10 K, so, I am okay with the decision. I treat the TL as just a car to go from A to B, and a bit step up from a Honda Accord. Now, regarding the advantages of the RL. 1. You can buy after market CD Changer for around $ 200. 2. Most likely true, but, I haven't tried the RL stereo, the TL has wimpy bass. 3. Very true, if only for aesthetic purpose only. TL needs fog lamps to complete the front look. 4. TL has an inside auto dimming rear view mirror too. 6. Really? I didn't know that. Now some more advantages to the RL: 1. Tilt adjustable front headrest. 2. Real wood interior. 3. Pull type outside door handles (I considered this type as safer, in an emergency, as paramedics get more leverage to open the stuck door). 4. VSA. 5. You see less RL on the street than TL. 6. Better fit and finish, still made in Japan. 7. Etc.