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#5802 of 7386 Re: RL - minor modifications/tweaking we would like to see next year [cove148]
Feb 07, 2005 (6:10 pm)
The car would be dead if AWD was made an option since the car would remain FWD.
The RL is a bargain, relatively speaking -- make that a 300HP V8 and rock on.
Or, make the car RWD, base, and AWD an option.
AWD -- at most -- accounts for $2,000 at the retail level. Still seems like a bargain.
The M's from Infiniti may have the formula you would like. They seem to merit all our attention if we are indeed looking at such cars as the Acura, Audi, Chrysler 300C AWD and perhaps even the new GS from Lexus.
A few years ago I bought an Audi A8 -- the next year, 1998, tiptronic was added, more features were made standard and the price took a few K dive. The following year, more standard features and a lower price yet.
I have noticed that each year the cars seem to cost less when you factor in features and price/performance just seems to get better all the time.
Feb 07, 2005 (6:48 pm)
If you do the math, even with Mr. Greenspan helping out the Acura Canada thieves with the last rate hike (and lower $CAD), I think Santa Claus needs to cut the MSRP about 13% to put more than a handful of these on urban Canadian roads. By the way - that Infinti M is AMAZING - and all for 20K less - you even get heat/ventilated seats standard. Ironically, Acura aimed for 'BMW cachet' thinking a jacked price would do it. The M reviews are coming out and saying M beats the Bimmer - on .....head to head lux comparo/value. Maybe just jacking a price isn't such a hot 'Automotive Genius in Charge' strategy.
#5804 of 7386 Re: RL - minor modifications/tweaking we would like to see next year [kfhma
Feb 07, 2005 (9:34 pm)
Make heated seats like Audi. Heat the whole seat(no cold spots), heat passenger back area and back seats, and more than two settings and not just luke warm and very hot. get rid of the continous chime for seat belt. power plug in the trunk. ski sack. folded back seats. thighter suspension. more cupholders. less idiotic messages on nav screen. put outside temp with heating system display. a tire size that is available from other manufacturers. these are just some suggestions for the next model.
Feb 08, 2005 (7:42 am)
It is my belief and observation that Acura targeted the Audi A6, not the BMW 5 series. Conversely, it would appear that Infiniti targeted the BMW 5 and more or less ignored the A6.
I have read the Car and Driver article on the A6, watched the TV version of C&D review and read several reviews of the Acura RL, one in each of the big three (or is it four) US mags: Car & Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend and Automobile. Recently and historically the editors opine or state as fact that Acura targeted the A6.
In some respects this makes sense since Acura's RL was always FWD (as was the Audi even though quattro was always a low cost option).
According to these editors, Audi has -- with the new A6 -- become the "most luxurious" of the German brands (of course leading one to the conclusion that BMW remains the most sporting, although somewhat austere).
Then you read the comparo of 6 of the premium class current members and number one and number two (so says Motor Trend) are the Infiniti M35, closely followed by the Acura RL. Poor ol' Audi goes to number 4 of 6 -- but still its interiors are said to be "jewel like" and "puts the others on the truck" (C&D).
Where was I, Oh yea -- Acura's own marketing people not too many years ago said that the RL was meant to be budget luxury (with some performance ability) from Japan, like Audi was budget luxury (with performance abilities [aplenty]) from Germany.
Each company probably targets a competitor, a segment, etc. Infiniti w/RWD seems to be a natural to go after or be compared with BMW; and, Acura with SH-AWD (I wish the Japanese would stop with all the letters of the alphabet when they name something, but that is another subject) based on a FWD platform (just like Audi, currently and historically) seems to be targeting the Audi buyer, perhaps not the Audi loyalist, but someone who has, shall we say, an open mind.
Of course, I could be wrong.
#5806 of 7386 Re: RL - minor modifications/tweaking we would like to see next year [kfhmail]
Feb 08, 2005 (8:07 am)
I am waiting to buy this car - all I want is ventilated seats (like Canada has) and that will close the deal for me (if not, the M35X looks promising)
But if I was starting a wish list I would also add
1. a backup camera
2. laser cruise control
#5808 of 7386 Re: new comparison topic [clpurnell]
Feb 08, 2005 (7:11 pm)
Excuse Me...I am not doing her job....she's great. (Pat the Host) But I just want to say that anyone interested in joining CLPURNELL'S comparison discussion save yourself some time and go to:
(LUXURY PERFORMANCE SEDANS)
#5809 of 7386 Re: CD/DVD-A player Display [nextlife1]
Feb 09, 2005 (11:45 am)
Like you, I would expect it to work since the player is obviously DVD capable, but after several tries, I am convinced DVD+RW discs don't work. (They just spit out without trying to play.) I'm borrowing a DVD-R drive to test that format out this weekend.
FWIW: my local dealer didn't have a clue (he thought I meant video DVDs...) and the Acura help line couldn't answer the question either. Their suggestion? "Try it!"
#5810 of 7386 Re: CD/DVD-A player Display [ferrelli]
Feb 09, 2005 (9:09 pm)
I think that the manual clearly states that the only DVD format that is supported is DVD-Audio, so if you are trying to load up a DVD-+R(W) with either MP3 or regular audio files, it probably won't work. If you can figure out how to write a DVD in DVD-Audio format, you probably have a chance.
#5811 of 7386 list for 2006 RL improvements
Feb 10, 2005 (3:36 am)
Not that there is any shortage of media options, but how about a USB port that can accept data sticks and able to read MP3 files or port to accept an I pod?