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#7106 of 7386 Re: 2006 vs 2007 - Differences? [avatar1]
Nov 17, 2006 (6:33 am)
I'm no expert, but will take a crack at it. For 2006 there are two trim levels (commonly known as non-tech and tech package). For 2007 there are three (base, navi, CMBS-PAX). The 2006 non-tech and the 2007 navi are nearly identical, except that Acura deleted OnStar and added a backup camera for 2007. The confusing thing is that Acura refers to the middle 2007 trim level as "tech package"--though it is not comparable to the 2006 tech package. Kind of sneaky. The 2007 base model is stripped of the navi (and thus real-time traffic) and has plastic "wood" interior trim, often referred to here as "plood." The top model for both years has PAX tires at $800 a pop plus the collision-mitigating braking system.
I'd appreciate any corrections to the above by the way.
I did like the 2006 non-tech RL quite a bit at the current pricing of around $40K, though it strikes me as bland both in appearance and driving characteristics. Personally I'd never consider a stripped RL, as its biggest value proposition is satellite traffic. Otherwise a TL is at least as much fun to drive and way less expensive. I'd also not consider PAX tires. That leaves the 2006 non-tech or the 2007 navi. Or just keeping my TL for a couple more years and waiting to see if Acura can come up with more inspiring styling on the RL!
Dec 02, 2006 (8:09 am)
I am up for my first oil change in my 2006 RL. I have my first oil change free at the dealership but I am curious if I will need to continue going to the dealership for the life of the car. Is the RL oil change complicated or can I simply take my car to a Jiffy Lube or a similar type of business?
Any feedback would be appreciated....
#7108 of 7386 Re: Oil change in RL [powerchief]
Dec 03, 2006 (6:08 am)
I don't know for sure, but my guess is there's not much that the acura dealership does for an oil change that's different from Jiffy Lube, except reset the car's computer to know that the oils been changed (i.e. so it starts tracking the mileage for the next oil change). I think, if you read in your manual, it will tell you how to reset the oil change indicator if you don't use an Acura dealership. However, my personal opinion on this is that, considering my dealership and Jiffy Lube are less than $5 apart in price, why not use the Acura folks? That way, anything goes wrong, and I have a chain of custody to rely upon for all repair records...
Just my thought on this...
#7109 of 7386 Re: Oil change in RL [powerchief]
Dec 08, 2006 (1:41 pm)
I'm with 'powerchief' on this one. My Acura dealer charges $24.95 and offers free car wash. Can't beat that. The only drawback (which happened to me) is that the dealer could ask for more so-called required maintenance, such as air filter change, brake fluid flush, etc., unnecessary work.
#7110 of 7386 Re: Oil change in RL [ff100]
Dec 10, 2006 (2:07 pm)
Hello, I drive a 2005 RL but have been with Acura for about 10 years and have always found my Acura dealer to be most reliable. He has caught things that a quick oil change operation probably would miss. During the early months of ownership with the 2005 the Acura service department reminded me of an important upgrade that surely would have been missed by a quick oil change operation. I just had service last week and they removed a nail from the right front tire and repaired the tire. They have always washed the car at every service and have always supplied us with a free loaner, anytime I asked. It makes good sense to me to go to them for ALL service. Besides the RL is an expensive car and although I like saving money as much as the next guy, that couple bucks you save with the quick oil change guy just doesn't seem to be worth it to me, and could cost you in the long run. Happy Holidays!
#7111 of 7386 Re: Oil change in RL [jjacura]
Dec 11, 2006 (3:05 am)
Hey jjacura, nice to see you again!
#7112 of 7386 Re: Oil change in RL [pat]
Dec 11, 2006 (2:04 pm)
Hi Pat...Hope all is well with you. It has been a while. I do miss the fun we had in this forum when the new RL was introduced. Happy Holidays to you. JJ
#7113 of 7386 2006 RL Lug Pattern???
Dec 12, 2006 (2:47 pm)
Does anyone know what the lug pattern is for the 2006 RL? Also, if I were to upgrade to a 19 inch rim, has there been any issues associated with the tire sensors? The 2007 MDX has a (19" Sparkle Silver Wheels) as an upgrade. I'm curious if these wheels with a lower profile tire will fit on my RL. I can seem to get an answer from the dealer on this question. Help!!!
Jan 02, 2007 (5:38 pm)
I am looking to hard wire a radar detector and I am looking at using a splitter for a fuse, so I don't have to split the wires...apparantely, there are 2 types of fuses...
Mini (ATM) Fuses
Maxi (ATO) Fuses
Any idea which one is on the 2005 RL?
#7115 of 7386 No Windshield Washer in Cold Weather!
Jan 28, 2007 (7:00 am)
With the recent below freezing temperatures my Windshield Washer does not work on my 06 RL. Obviously the resovoir and jets are not heated. I could not find a reference to this feature listed anywhere on the specs/manual. I will try changing out the factory issued fluid for one that has a "well below freezing" rating. I still love this car...but have finally found something I miss on my Mercedes. That car was driven left overnight in minus 12 degrees..and in the morning the windshield washer worked fine.