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#7148 of 7386 Acura RL versus used Jaguar XJ
May 07, 2007 (11:56 am)
At these prices, I am considering an RL at to replace a perfectly wonderful, low mileage 2005 Accord hybrid sedan.
Where I live in central Ohio, the Acura TL seems about as common as Accord v6s and the RL still manages to be something special.
The funny thing is, I have turned my father (who is retired) on to the RL and got him to order a brochure and schedule a test drive.
He'd like to get a used Jaguar XJ8 sedan (this would be his second) and at these prices, I suggested a new RL instead.
Odd to me that the same car would be something to aspire to for a 40-something and a 60-something!
The RL seems like a car you could keep 10 years and not get bored with. My sense is that an Acura TL would be sort of a stop gap to something else.
I do have two infant children that fit very well in the Accord with their car seats so I am not sure I could subject an Acura to them!
Anyone else sporting child seats in an RL?
May 16, 2007 (1:00 pm)
Hate to sound green here but I just purchased an 07 RL. It doesn't have the little part on the top (kinda looks like a little hook) I was told was an antenna. The dealership said that they were only on the models before '07 but I've seen it on the models on the Acura website. They said that the antennas now are internal. Is this true? Is it an antenna? When I asked this question, there was hesitation so I'm not sure they knew either. Is it possible to get this put on? I think it looks rather sporty. Thanks.
#7150 of 7386 Re: Antenna? [veritas7]
May 16, 2007 (1:52 pm)
The sharkfin antenna was a component primarily to support ONSTAR. ONSTAR was discontinued on the 2007 models.
However, I have seen some 2007 models with the sharkfin even though there is no ONSTAR. The GPS and XM antennae are on the rear package shelf behind the rear seat. This is one of the reason metallic tint cannot be used on the windows. The AM/FM antenna is part of the rear window.
There seems to be some confusion about the sharkfin purpose on the 07 models as it supposedly is still utilized on the base (non Navi) model for 07.
#7151 of 7386 Re: Antenna? [tamparl]
May 17, 2007 (8:38 am)
Did some research on this and...you're right. Also, the 07s with antennas were apparently built before they pulled the ONSTAR feature. So, some have them and some don't.
#7152 of 7386 Re: Antenna? [veritas7]
May 19, 2007 (8:40 pm)
That's 100% accurate.
May 20, 2007 (5:41 am)
I just learned that the 08 RL is being introduced earlier than previous models. All orders now being taken are for 08's, and the first will arrive in late July early August. While this may be a simple marketing strategy to give people the "newer" car sooner, one wonders whether there might be some changes this year. We are several years into the cycle for this car.
I wonder if the MDX engine could wind up in the RL someday?
#7154 of 7386 Re: New discussion [jjacura]
May 21, 2007 (6:44 am)
It's good to see renewed activity on this site. I check it periodically, but haven't written for a long time. My 2005 now has 27,500 miles, and I couldn't be more pleased with the car and the dealer (Mathews in Marion, OH). Have had a few minor glitches, but nothing that has diminished my enjoyment and satisfaction. Still looks and smells brand new, and gets lots of comments now that I have the 18" wheels back on for the summer. Since I bought early, I overpaid, but I would definitely buy the same car at current prices. I'm not anticipating replacing it any time soon, though.
#7155 of 7386 Re: 08 RL [vavavavolvo]
May 21, 2007 (4:08 pm)
That may explain the low inventory of 07's at several Acura dealers in my area.
#7156 of 7386 Re: 08 RL [golfnut5]
May 22, 2007 (5:56 am)
My area as well. When I purchased mine about three weeks ago, it had just come in and the dealership said they were expecting two more but that was going to be it until the 08's came in.
#7157 of 7386 Re: 08 RL [veritas7]
May 22, 2007 (12:25 pm)
I just purchased an '07 RL and took delivery in Metro DC in early May... I wanted the Desert Mist paint version, and apparently there was none to be found on the entire east coast, so my dealer located one on a freighter heading for Seattle. So far, I've been pleased with every aspect of my purchase. I have to say though, that opinions of "professionals" who have reviewed/test driven the RL are anything but consistent, while owners are almost unanimous in the praise for the car.