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Acura RL, Sedan
#5228 of 7386 Re: luxury-sport sedan [tayl0rd]
Dec 14, 2004 (3:14 pm)
You'll right, I guess I got carry away. No the RL is not a "perfect" car, I don't think you could find one, well maybe you could but not at a price we could afford.
I guess after having 3 Acura's in my driveway, one a great 94 Legend with 173,000 miles and a new TL (my son), mine a TL-S, I kind of like the cars. I know that their are better cars out, but for me I don't worry about looks, backseat space or other stuff folks bring up, just that I could say after have these and other Acura's I never had a problem with one of them on the road or getting service done.
OK, so peace and have a nice Holiday and New Year.
Just info, my son had a 2001 A4 that was nothing but a pain in the a$$. Had to go Lemon Law and got Audi to take the car back, plus some extra money.
#5229 of 7386 2nd Impression:
Dec 14, 2004 (4:09 pm)
I received my RL on 14 Oct 04 and have approximately 4,600 miles on – Having posted my first impression I’d like to follow-up with a few, additional, secondary impressions and observations:
Appearance – Although not an immediate head-turner, the car looks good! To me it exudes a sporty, elegant demeanor highlighted by the superb paint job, which enhances its deeply luxurious appearance. Someone pointed out, that the darker colors on the RL look best and I must agree. Mine being of the Opulent Blue Pearl variety tends to accent the chrome trim and makes the grille much more prominent than on the lighter RLs. Although there might be a family resemblance, I personally fail to see the comparison to the Honda Accord as alluded to in some of the auto forums – similarities are no more so than among the other luxury marquees such as Audi, BMW and MB.
Non-Owner Comments – I’ve received the most complimentary comments from young people, especially young Asians. However, although not raving about its looks, virtually everyone in my circle of friends and acquaintances gave the car a thumbs-up and commented on how attractive and “good-looking” the car is. The interior, especially the lighting, receives the most accolades – “spectacular” is the most commonly used adjective describing the interior.
Ride – Is firm, taunt, and reminds me somewhat of my 89 Legend Coupe. It’s agile and very responsive - if not attentive, I find myself drifting towards the curb – there is no play in the steering wheel. Yes, I do feel an occasional bump in the road and I get definitive feedback on the quality of the road surface, something I actually want. The RL’s aggressive rake or slope of its hood make the driving appearance somewhat unique – it gives me a feeling of being in a bubble barreling down the highway, almost eerie. I think the weight of the car has much to do with its refinement and overall smooth ride quality.
Performance – It performs strongly! Its passing performance is superb. Punch it while cruising and the acceleration feels turbine like – very exhilarating! Because the car is so refined and quiet, I often find myself “running-up” on cars in front of me without realizing it - necessitating hitting the brakes - stopping power, feels very substantial! When it comes to high-speed cruising, the car is very well mannered, composed, consistent and sure-footed – it instills confidence without being fussy about it. Gas mileage, although not earth shattering is acceptable given the cars weight and AWD configuration – I’m averaging about 19 mpg right now.
Technology – Needless to say, it’s ultra impressive and has, IMHO, no peer! Since there are so many superlatives in this arena – I’ll leave it to others to list them
Comfort – Seats are excellent and interior room is sufficient for my needs. Recently made a 2,000 mile trip and it did not tire me out – very comfortable. I like the storage spaces (especially the hidden one in the glove compartment). Interior fit and finish looks and feels luxurious. Overall ergonomics are fantastic.
Dislikes – Are few indeed. I dislike the shift gate; it does not accommodate smooth lever movement. The rear blind spot is very annoying - maybe its me, but it seems that on a number of occasions, when changing lanes, I almost swerved into cars approaching from my rear. I dislike the reminder “binging” when exiting the car and the headlights are in “auto” mode – why is that? Defeats the purpose of the “Auto” mode. Lack of a power outlet for rear-seat passengers is inexcusable! Although not a major problem for me, I’m somewhat concerned that I can’t out accelerate a TL and barely nip the Honda Accord. For US $50k, I sort of expect to be top dog in the Honda Family and not have my top speed, governor limited to 134 MPH.
Summary – I’m very pleased with my purchase, the RL is an outstanding vehicle and I highly recommend it to anyon
#5230 of 7386 Re: Regarding some recent messages ... [pat]
Dec 14, 2004 (4:16 pm)
I can appreciate your comments Pat, it's the way it has to be in these forums. I can tell you though that sometimes it is not easy to turn the other cheek in here. There definately are individuals that come in here with the sole intention of agravating others and are very good at it. That being said I will just say from personal experience that the 2005 RL is a great automobile and could really care less about what anybody else drives. Just don't drop in here with your inane BS about how great your ride is compared to the RL and waste our time.
#5231 of 7386 Re: Powerful information [markcincinnati]
Dec 14, 2004 (4:45 pm)
Mark, Hard to believe you don't have a few RL demos to test drive by now. It just doesn't seem possible that Acura would not have more of a presence in your fine city and market. Wish I knew the answer to how long it takes to actually order one from the factory because it may still depend on the number of allocations your particular dealer has coming.
#5232 of 7386 Re: Regarding some recent messages ... [jjacura]
Dec 14, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Again, if anyone has a problem with a posted message, just drop me an email. Retaliating is not appropriate. There isn't any such thing as "the other person started it so I can do what I want" - just keep that in mind and everything will be copacetic.
#5233 of 7386 Re: 2nd Impression: [shotgun]
Dec 14, 2004 (7:21 pm)
Shotgun, your description is quite nicely worded and I agree with almost everything! I purchased mine on Oct. 13 (2 days before the official launch date) and have 2500 miles on it.
I do disagree with you a tad on two things: 1) the blind spot--I haven't noticed a terribly big blind spot, but that may because my previous car (Camry) had a similar blind spot so I'm extra careful to check over my shoulder; and 2) the acceleration issue, to wit: that the TL is as fast as the RL. I don't know if that is true (probably the two are very close), but, as you noted, the passing acceleration is excellent. That, combined with the superb handling, makes for a very sporting experience.
#5234 of 7386 Picked mine up today
Dec 14, 2004 (7:43 pm)
What can I say that hasn't already? Nothing I guess.
The car is amazing. About the only real complaint I have so far (afetr about 100KMs of driving) is that the ride over bumps is a little harsh but then again, I am used to driving an IS300 so the harshness isn't that big a deal. I just figured it'd be smoother over bumps.
Love the interior (the gauges are so awesome and Acura beat Lexus at Lexus' electroluminescent game) love the handling, love the stereo, love the navigation and the amazing voice command system and I think it is so neat you can tell it to dial in a specific temperature and it will. Keyless access is great. I will say that as good as the stereo is it so far doesnt surpass the Mark Levinson system in the LS430. I have only listened to CDs/radio on it and look forward to getting some DVD-A disks.
The acceleration seemed fine to me so no problem there. Same with the trunk and back seat. Both are fine for me.
All in all, as much as I loved the IS300 and as hard as it was to give up, I think this car will be a solid replacement. I really like the exterior in the opulent blue pearl I got (with black interior) and the very dark tint really makes it look that much better.
I'd take this car any day over an Audi A6. I am wondering if I should go to that forum and constantly beat the dead horse by expressing my opinion of how I prefer the RL to the A6....nah, I have better things to do with my time than try and get others to magically change their opinion of the car they own/like simply because I prefer something else.
To my fellow RL owners....it is great to be in your club.
#5235 of 7386 Re: Picked mine up today [r2917]
Dec 14, 2004 (7:59 pm)
Congratulations r2917! You made an excellent choice - especially opting for that Opulent Blue Pearl...(smile)
#5236 of 7386 one more thing...
Dec 14, 2004 (8:12 pm)
one other thing I don't like is that the tire pressure monitoring system is in kPa here in Canada rather than psi. That bugs me and they really should have given the user an option to use psi because everyone here goes by psi.
I guess I will just have to remember that 1 psi equals about 6.9 kPa and monitor the pressure that way:)
Oh and I agree about the warning tone for the auto light thing...what is the point when the lights are in auto mode? This warning tone for auto mode is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen on a car.
thanks!!! Yeah, the blue is a really impressive looking colour as you already know.
#5237 of 7386 Re: Picked mine up today [shotgun]
Dec 14, 2004 (8:33 pm)
r2917, Shotgun. and HoustonGuy1....I'm on your bandwagon...Enjoy the ride!