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#6936 of 7386 Forgive me. The title of this subject should have been - New RL Owner
Dec 09, 2005 (8:29 pm)
Forgive me. The title of this subject should have been - New RL Owner.
I bought my 2005 RL in Sept. Prior to this car I drove E320 1997 till I got RL. I enjoyed my previous car immensely. Now I've fallen in love with my new RL 2005.
Before buying this car I had tested Lexus GS300 AWD, Infiniti M35, and Benz E350.
I liked the E350 but MB's reliability is not what it used to be thus I didn't feel like taking chance.
GS300 fell way below my expectation. I felt squeezed in drivers' seat. Nothing in car impressed me. When shifting manual gear no matter at what gear/speed your car was it always bought you to the 5th gear... Not acceptable from a luxury car company. This is just my opinion.
Infiniti has done a great job, many nice features but somehow I couldn't convince myself to buy this car.
When it came to RL, I loved it. Plenty of room for the driver. All the needed accessories were included without additional cost and salesman hassle. Instruments are laid nicely. Everything inside the car is first class with impressive taste. After driving the car for 3 months I still look forward to driving the car. Navigation system, Radio system, Climate Control, Audio Control etc... All are well designed. My 6 cylinders RL is giving me 22 - 24 MPG literally same as my wife’s 2005 4 cylinders Camry. XM Radio is very good but adding traffic reporting with Navigation system is very impressive. Looks like I'll renew my XM contract. I enjoy the surround sound system.
There are some short comings - trunk has to many curvatures - losing precious space in the trunk. There is no net. I had the net installed, costing around $75. Net is placed across in middle of the trunk. Not very practical. Net should be close to the end of the trunk.
Right after the car passed 2500 mile marker (last week) I notice an Engine vibration when the RPM is in the range of 1600 - 1900 and shifting from 2nd gear to 3rd gear. Same when shifting from 4th gear to 5th gear. I hope Acura will be able to explain and fix the vibration when I take my car for the first service in a week or so. This is bothering me a lot. If this is taken care of by Acura then I think I'll keep this car for 8 years as I did with my previous car because everything else is great.
#6937 of 7386 Re: Forgive me. The title of this subject should have been - New RL Owner [
Dec 10, 2005 (10:56 am)
Nothing to forgive...thanks for all the great information about your buying comparison decision. I really enjoyed your post and hope you get your vibration fixed by the dealer. Please let us know how it turns out.
#6939 of 7386 Re: Assessment Time: [mitcht]
Dec 21, 2005 (9:54 am)
I am looking at exactly the same cars and I have similar comments about them. However, the ride in the RL seems to me a bit choppy and not refined compared to the GS300. I have not tried yet the M35.
Can you please comment about the ride comfort on rough surfaces ? How about highway noise in the cabin ? How about the traffic info on the nav display (people complained about it in the forum) ?
Also, thank you for the mileage report, I was worried about 18-25 rating from Acura. GS300 is 21-26 and people in the forum report good mileage as expected.
#6940 of 7386 New 06 RL Owner's Story
Dec 23, 2005 (8:18 pm)
I thought I would share my ownership decision and subsequent experiences with this group and would welcome comments.
I have owned exclusively MB for the last 10 years but sold my S500 to buy a Porsche Cayenne in 2003. The MB's were wonderful cars but they were not as reliable as I had hoped and were very expensive to maintain. Because I drive a lot, they also depreciated very quickly. I have been used to seeing a true $1000 a month average depreciation on cars I keep between 2 and 3 years. The decision to buy the Porsche was impulsive, I like the looks. I married my first wife with the same decision process and that too got me into trouble.
The Porsche was fun to drive but it was one of the worst service experiences I ever had. Porsche dealers made you beg for an appt less than 4-6 weeks from when you need it. You never go once to the Porsche dealer, the first time you go they tell you what's wrong and then order parts, you must come back a few weeks later. It was infuriating. Once, they broke more items than they fixed. The car was quirky and the ride was harsh, to say the least. It is a powerful car but not as fast as a sedan. Finally, after about 2 years with it and having lost my usual $1K per month in depreciation, I was getting tired of 15 mpg and new tires every 15K miles. Not to mention the $400 battery and the $65 windshield wipers. Oh, by the way, no spare tire so I was stranded 2x by this vehicle.
My friend Steve had been driving Audi's for 2 decades. His last two cars were A8's. He too reached a point of being sick of the expense and the quirkiness. After driving the GS300 and the Audi A6 (he didn't like the increased size of the A8) he traded for a new RL 05. I thought he was crazy at the time but as time went on, he told me this car was better than his Audi's but in sheer power, he thought the A8 was faster (not that important of a measure but that's what he mentioned)
Finally, I decided (as the odometer was about to click into the no-warrantee zone) that it was time for me to shop again for a new car.
I test drove the MB350 4matic, the BMW 530ix and the GS300 AWD. For good measure I also tested the M35x. The hard part was that I liked individual things about each, wishing I could combine the heated steering wheel of the BMW, the shoulder level seat-mounted stereo speakers of the M35x and the quiet interior of the MB into a single package.
On Steve's prompting, I drove the RL. My heart started to pound and I realized this was the car I would buy. It was $20K less (I paid $45,300) and added the wood wheel and shifter and the backup camera as well as the auto bond (plastic bonded to the nose).
I was totally blown away by the electronics in the RL, I thought they were easier to use than the M35x and the system understands my speech every time first time. I love the ride but it's not as quiet as my big benz. I love the acceleration, faster than my Porsche Cayenne. I love the price: I walked away with a $36K check and a lease payment of $675 with 20,000 miles/yr 3 yr lease. I am really only paying about $375 since I will use 33% less gas than my Porsche and the interest on my cash back is added too. I can even deduct this from tax returns since I am a "consultant" so my acct tells me.
The RL is gorgeous, the other cars are nice too, the MB is the best looking of them all, the BMW is the ugliest. The interior is flawless, fit and finish is as good as the Lexus and better than the benz and the infiniti. I was a little miffed by the cost of the backup camera and surprised it was separate and very expensive.
While I am a new owner I must say this is about the best automobile I have ever owned. If it's reliable and if I really do get an average of 23 mpg like my friend Steve, and if I can figure out how to quickly mute the stereo, I will love all 3 of my years to come with this car. I already know friends who have wondered what happened to me going from expensive german iron to this smaller japanese car, but I can only say "follow me" since there's no harm in getting a lot more for your money.
For what it's worth, I have seen just two other RL's in the metro-west Boston area and both were black. Mine is meteor blue with the taupe interior.
I am a verizon subscriber and I have to decide on an blue tooth phone, I am considering a RazR phone (no analog service?) but would be open to suggestions. Do any of these phones have the data transfer capability mentioned on the web site?
When is the 1st service? Usually I get an oil change at 1500 miles, this car too? Has anyone gone to Mobil One?
Anyway, I love my car and I am look forward to getting to know all the systems better as I prepare for a very busy 2006.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukka to all!
#6941 of 7386 Oil Change question
Dec 26, 2005 (5:48 am)
If you go to a quick lube type place for an oil change on the 2005 RL do they need to do anything special to reset the computer????
#6942 of 7386 Re: Oil Change question [someguy1]
Dec 26, 2005 (10:40 am)
You can do it very easily--just use the steering wheel buttons on the lower right (the up arrow, down arrow and center select buttons)to call up the oil life percentage. Then, hold the center (select) button in for several seconds and it goes back to 100%. Let me know if you have any trouble and I'll try to add more detail. Enjoy! Steve
#6943 of 7386 Re: Oil Change question [steveinindy]
Dec 26, 2005 (3:16 pm)
Thanks, very helpful! My wife drives it and I keep makiong excuses to trade cars for the day. fantastic, and very safe rude!
Have a great new year.
#6944 of 7386 Re: mileage [jwilson1]
Dec 26, 2005 (4:12 pm)
I get about 20 in town, and I got 27.5 on a 600 mile round trip over the Thanksgiving holiday, doing 75-80 mph.
#6945 of 7386 Re: Road Noise (again).... [pearl]
Dec 27, 2005 (11:36 am)
I am considering the Acura RL and the GS300. You touched on two of the biggest factors for me, head room and road noise. I am 6'2", will I be comfortable in both cars? Is the GS quieter than the RL? Do you know of any quieter AWD sedans?