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#6956 of 7386 Re: '96 RL vs. 06 Rl vs. ME! [solclie]
Jan 09, 2006 (6:28 am)
I remember reading that a V-8 RL will intro aprox. early 2009, and not a moment sooner. Of course, as a surreptitious septuagenarian; I don't remember too good any more; "but trust me." Possibly, hybrid availability, in the cards. All that is wrong with the 06 RL, and life in general, may be tendered in 5 years. But at a price! Yesterday, did walk-around of RL's on dealer lot; seems like the car shrinks with each look-see, faster than me and my "forgotten war" buddies are, unlimited! Smaller windows than previous edition coupled with route 66 speed limit postings in less than large, senior- citizen-size numbers; is an accident with my name on it. And who took down all the Burma Shave signs, I can't help but wonder as I wander. (With a new RL, I'LL NEVER KNOW!) Let alone, that lower-in-the-seat view from the 06, which makes my driving by the seat of my pants even more challenging! (A threat, even!) When the trooper issues me still another ticket of many, how's he gonna see me sitting way down there? To make matters worse, the bug-eye headlights swatted out of hand by my lovely wife of 54 years. Seems the RL thinks small in every aspect. Even the Acura logo is indistinguishable from badge of smaller-still Honda Civic. Maybe a "small" $40K end-of-year clearance price on the Acura RL in January 06; would rectify all the short comings in one swell swoop--? Don't know about the rest of the world but I'm waiting...I'm waiting.
Jan 09, 2006 (7:01 am)
You might be over using a cliché or two. I’m not sure because your posting is practically incomprehensible! This isn’t a personal... I enjoy reading all postings.
#6958 of 7386 Upgrading to the 2005+ RL
Jan 13, 2006 (11:43 am)
I have seen a number of posts here related to owners of pre 2005 RL not seeing enough improvement to change. This is all subjective, so I will start by saying that no one is wrong, everyone will make there own decision. My decision was based on the following.
I like performance cars and realize that this is still a $50k sedan and not a $100k Mercedes AMG or M5. Compared to my 2000 RL there is absolutely no comparison between the two. There is no way a front wheel drive car will handle like a 4 wheel drive car no matter what the HP or road conditions. The first thing I noticed was when accelerating you definitely knew you where not driving a front wheel drive car. This is especially noticable if you are pulling from a side street into traffic and even more so if it is raining. In the rain places where my 2000 would wonder a bit "hydroplaning" there is none of that in the 2005. This alone makes it a much safer car even if you don't live in a snow belt. Also, this was one of only 5 cars to receive 5 stars from both of the agencies that do the frontal crash ratings. Cornering with the car is night and day difference. With respect to the interior noise, I thought the 2000 was quieter than the 2005. I upgraded to the 18" Michelin Pilot sports and now think it is about the same as the 2000 with respect to road noise. The 18" wheels made a noticable difference cornering. The 0-60 time I believe is over 1 second lower and it noticable, but you are not going to feel like you are driving a Porsche. The headlights that turn with the steering are also a great upgrade. The braking is also much improved over the pre-2005 models. As great as all of this is, that is not why I traded up.
The interior and electronics of the 2005+ are IMO the best available. The real wood on the dash and doors was a huge upgrade (if you like wood). I was never really impressed with the audio system of the 2000. It sounded OK but I definitely wanted more. The 2005+ sounds great at pretty much any volume. The indash changer is great, the DVD audio is really good, the ability to play MP3's is huge and the now available iPod adaptor seals the deal. The blue tooth HFL works flawlessly and I would never own a car without it now. The navigation is also vastly improved. I now only use voice commands and they work incredibly well. This is huge safety consideration if you use the navigation while driving. The Nav traffic will be great in another year or so. I do still use it alot though and it is accurate about 75 to 80 percent of the time (I live in the SF Bay Area). I find the seats much more comfortable than the 2000. The ability to upgrade to the wood steering wheel also adds to the over appearance of the interior. I also really like the keyless remote, doesn't seem like much of an upgrade until you get used to it. The sun screens in the rear also make a huge difference when it is hot out.
There are a couple things I miss from the 2000. The larger trunk was nicer. It doesn't feel like the interior is any smaller. If you often travel with 5 people in the car the center seat in the pre-2005 was better, but the other two in the back are more comfortable. The rear cupholder is also alot better (although I liked the front cup holder better in the 2000).
All that said the 2000 was a great car, I had about 85,000 miles on it with very few problems. I also had a Legend prior to that with about 100,000 miles on it when I got rid of it, also with very few problems. Both drove pretty much like new when I parted ways with them.
Hope this helps anyone with a pre-2005 RL that is considering a change. I have owned my RL for about 4-5 months and have a little over 5,000 miles on the car. The scheduled maintenance coming up will be the first trip back to the dealer since I bought it. I considered the Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 series, Audi A6, Lexus GS and the Infinty M35 & 45 when before purchasing the RL and have not once regretted my decision.
Also the pricing did effect my decision. I got a 2005 with 18" chrome wheels, rear spoiler lip, splash guards, wheel locks, back up sensors, wood steering wheel and shift knob, trunk mat and net, and next week the iPod interface all for several thousand less then the MSRP of the base model. In addition, this was able to get a lease with a 2% money factor. I plan to buy the car at the end of the lease, so I ended up with a good tax write-off on the lease and with really cheap financing. My only regret was I did pay too much for an extended warranty, but do like the dealer so I am not too excited about that.
I enjoy this car more everyday that I drive it!
#6959 of 7386 Re: Handsfree calling and CD playing [naviboy]
Jan 13, 2006 (12:04 pm)
I just hit the power button to stop the CD before making a call. You can also hit the disk button and it will pause the disk. I don't know if this will work when you receive a call though.
#6960 of 7386 Re: Upgrading to the 2005+ RL [kgd_007]
Jan 13, 2006 (10:09 pm)
I live in the SF Bay Area as well, and am thinking of purchasing a 2006 RL. Would you mind sharing the name of the dealer you purchsed it from and perhaps the price paid?
#6961 of 7386 RL iPod Upgrade - Not Worth It.... Unless....
Jan 15, 2006 (5:53 am)
I anxiously awaited the RL iPod accessory and was one of the first to sign up for the $600 upgrade. I asked, the morning I dropped off the car, if the contents of the iPod show up on the Nav screen, I was told, at first, it does. Before I left that morning I was informed it does not. I agreed to go forward anyway thinking the voice nav from Acura was good so it would probably be good on this too.
Here's what you get. There's a wire in the glove box which connects to your 4th or 5th Gen iPod and the sound is absolutely wonderful, as good as CD's. The problem is there's no way to navigate. There's software you load onto your computer which tags your play lists and albums with voice tags (sounds horrible when it occasionally works) which is supposed to help you navigate the contents.
It doesn't work, it is impossible to navigate and it's a big disappointment that other cars show the ipod contents and Acura does not. There's not much available as alternatives, there's no other way to get ipod audio into the car without an FM modulator-adaptor, which sounds terrible.
I am debating asking for my money back because then I would have no ipod connectivity instead of good sound and no way to select what I am listening. There are some basic navigation controls using the Disc buttons, such as the ability to move to the next song, select shuffle songs or albums and you are supposed to be able to browse playlists, but that does not seem to work.
Chrysler just announced full ipod integration. Harmon-Kardon has a $200 setup that mounts a display on your dash and a joystick on your console with full integration.
If there were a female cable adaptor that would let you go direct in with audio, you could move the ipod to the cup holder and see what you are playing but no luck, the connector disables the screen on the ipod.
Anyway, if someone has any suggestions I would welcome them. If you are considering the ipod upgrade, make sure you know what you are getting for your money.
#6963 of 7386 Re: Re Technology [msu79gt82]
Jan 15, 2006 (11:09 am)
You're missing the other unique components of the AcuraLink system. One is that not only is traffic data sent by XM, text messages from Acura are also sent by XM. Second, is the two-way transmission of diagnostic messages between the vehicle and Acura. This last feature requires pairing of a Bluetooth phone AND the phone must be capable of data communication and set up within the vehicle (the Phone-Data Connection menu) -- that is, the phone behaves as a modem for the vehicle. I'm guessing not one in 1000 owners have done this, however.
#6964 of 7386 Brake vibration already (18k miles)...new rotors?
Jan 25, 2006 (6:18 pm)
I just noticed, while applying moderately heavy braking at around 85mph, quite a bit of vibration in the steering. I repeated this a few times to be sure. Nothing really below 60mph, which is why I probably never noticed. I assume my rotors have warped. I wouldn't mind replacing them (and putting on new aftermarket pads such as EBC's Green Stuff pads), but I can't find any aftermarket rotors. Only from the dealer, and even they have to special-order them (best price $117 each).
Does anyone know if these can be turned down? Or, better yet, does anyone know who is making aftermarket rotors?
Thanks for the info!
#6965 of 7386 R side wheels for 98 RL
Feb 01, 2006 (1:06 pm)
i need two R wheels for my 98. 13 spoke. What other wheels will fit if I can't find any?