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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#9728 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [clarence10]
Feb 23, 2009 (11:23 pm)
Here is my question, i have been test driving 2006/5 RL's with around 35-38k miles and the $22-$24k price range. It seems like a nice car, but it is a bit tighter inside then the M. Does anyone have suggestions for other cars to look at? I really want AWD, and need to transport my family of 4.
I assume you're not interested in just buying out your M35X? It seems odd to go from a 2007 to a 2006. In any case, I wouldn't recommend the RL, it's cramped, sluggish, handles poorly, the interior materials are mediocre, and the electronics are annoying. It's as exciting to look at and drive as a golf cart.
A 2006 Audi Certified A6 3.2 would be a much better buy in the $22-24K range. It's much roomier and much more comfortable than the RL, and gets better mileage thanks to a modern 6-speed auto. Audi's MMI system is also vastly better than the Acura interface. The CPO warranty will cover the car until 2012, and up to 100K miles.
#9729 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [lexusguy]
Feb 24, 2009 (5:04 am)
I would agree that the RL seems cramped. The back particularly is much smaller then my M35X.
The reason I do not want to buy the lease is that it is $29k to buy out and honestly, I do not know if I trust the infiniti brand in regards to repairs. I have had a variety of issues.
What is the repair record like for these 2006 Audi A6 3.2? If you got one, would you only go with a CPO?
Any suggestions on where to look?
I had spoken to someone who was stearing me towards Acura or Lexus because of repair records,
#9730 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [clarence10]
Feb 24, 2009 (7:04 am)
It sounds like reliability and good customer service is very important to you. IMO both Lexus and Acura provide superior reliability and customer service. You might check out the ES or the GS. Heck, you could even get a 2006 CPO Lexus LS in the low 30's. I would certainly check it out.
Despite various opinions you might get here, Consumer Reports is very high on the RL. Good luck !
#9731 of 10339 Why No Mention Of The 2009 Acura TL On These Boards?
Feb 24, 2009 (8:00 am)
I mention this because I believe the TL competes directly (and favorably) with many of the more presigious cars in this category (i.e. A6, 5 series, E-class) at a price savings of $17-20k. The Acura pricing strategy eliminates all the annoying "packages" you have to buy to get leather, nav, xenon headlights, seat memories, etc. Only two choices. Do you want awd or fwd? After that, do you want the tech package or the base car? The fwd car comes with a 280hp engine and can be had with the tech package for $35,500. The sh-awd version w/ tech (305hp) can be had for $40k.
Here's what you get in the tech cars: leather, keyless entry/start, xenon headlights, real time weather and traffic, a SOTA nav system with a nav screen that rivals HDTV, backup camera, seat memory, full ipod integration, a built-in hard drive that you can burn up to 400 hours of CD music directly onto, a restaurant guide with full Zagat ratings and descriptions, heated seats, dual zone climate control and bluetooth.
All in a package that's earned 5 start crash ratings. The cabin is amazingly roomy as you might expect in a car that's 74" wide (compare this to the G35/37 which is only 69" wide -- the differences in interior room and comfort are immediately apparent). The rear seat is particulary noteworthy for it's size and is comfortable for 6 foot adults.
I drove both the sh-awd and the fwd versions and settled on the fwd car because I live in NYC and I found the sh-awd car to ride too firmly for my tastes. It was jarring on bumps. The fwd car rode just perfectly. Firm, controlled but forgiving over road irregularities. Reminded me of Mercedes' suspensions which I've always regarded as class leading in this size/class of car. But if you live in an area with predominantly smooth roads, the sh-awd may be your car.
I realize it may sound heretical, but I honestly believe the 2009 TL competes successfully and directly against to other cars mentioned above.
And Acura reliability and build quality are second to none.
#9732 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [houdini1]
Feb 24, 2009 (8:39 am)
Thanks for this info. I would love an LS, but trying to keep the price in the Low $20k range and also looking for All Wheel or Front Wheel Drive. Whenvever I look at a Lexus, they seem to be priced a good 20-25% higher then the Acura. I assume because of popularity.
Do they sell 2005 CPO Lexus?
#9733 of 10339 Re: Why No Mention Of The 2009 Acura TL On These Boards? [draz2]
Feb 24, 2009 (9:07 am)
You are certainly entitled to your opinion and should enjoy your car, but to answer some of your points ...
Do you want awd or fwd?
Well, therein lies the problem for a good number of folks shopping in this class. FWD is typically attributed to a "lower class" car. And it is cheaper to manufacture, which leads to some of the cost savings you've pointed out.
The cabin is amazingly roomy as you might expect in a car that's 74" wide (compare this to the G35/37 which is only 69" wide -- the differences in interior room and comfort are immediately apparent). The rear seat is particulary noteworthy for it's size and is comfortable for 6 foot adults.
That's great if a large car is what you are after. Personally, I found my Accord too large. I do like having the room for those occassions I need it, but I don't like it when I want my vehicle to act more like a sportscar.
and that relation to the Accord doesn't help, either. If you notice in the list at the top of the page, the Lexus GS is listed, while the ES is overlooked. Kind of the same reasoning, I believe.
#9734 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [clarence10]
Feb 24, 2009 (9:13 am)
Yes they do. I think they will cpo a car if it is not over 5 years old so you could go to the 2004 model year. Very few changes in the car from 04 to 06 so that is a good idea. I have seen a few older than 5 years that were certified. See what your local dealer has in stock. Some very good deals are out there.
Some say that a good set of snow tires (all 4 tires) for the winter months is a good alternative to front wheel/all wheel drive.
#9735 of 10339 Re: Why No Mention Of The 2009 Acura TL On These Boards? [qbrozen]
Feb 24, 2009 (9:23 am)
Interesting points. especially so in that I currently own a 2007 ES350. Great car, mind you, but a snooze to drive.
I know that most people associate fwd with "economy" which is why the TL offers the sh-awd (super handling - all wheel drive) option. As you may already know, this system is vastly superior to most awd systems out there in that it can vector the torque not only front/back, but between each individual wheel based on load and spin -- thus, the "sh" part of the equation. It blows the quatro system out of the water in both wet and dry handling.
As to the car's handling, I can assure you it's razor sharp. The steering, in particular deserves special mention as it's so precise you could put the car thru a space with 2" on each side without a problem. It has terrific weight and road feel, too. Mind you, it's no Porsche (but what is?) but it'll more than hold it's own against the other cars mentioned in straight ahead speed and slalom handling.
Sorry if I sound like an employee of Acura (I'm not, of course) but I really believe this vehicle doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Part of this may be due to previous generations of the TL which were bland, unrecognizable and, in many ways, mere conveyances rather that cars that stirred the soul. I think Acura has effectively rectified that with this current generation TL. I've owned Mercedes (1), BMW (1), Volvos (2), Audi (1) and Lexus' (3) over the years and I really do believe that in features, appointments, driving dynamics, room and sportiness this car competes on a more than even footing.
#9736 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [clarence10]
Feb 24, 2009 (9:23 am)
If you like infiniti M then you probably can get 2006 CPO M35x on low 20's.
I would NOT recommend Acura RL.
I have 2008 MDX and 00 Infiniti I30..
00 I30 has better build quality (Surprising but TRUE)
I30 has better software logic (for example headlight go out/turn on when keys are in ignition NOT when the door is opened - every time -you go back to car to get something head lights turn on and then off...There are other similar minor annoyances)
MDX has TOO much technology that takes pleasure of driving away...and is making me nervous about repair cost outside warranty.
The NAV (user interface) of MDX is not that great.
Backup camera in MDX is very deceptive.
Having said that SH-AWD is blast to drive.
OK lf I were you what would I consider?
Infiniti M, G
Lexus GS, LS
Acura TL (2008 and older - not technology intensive)
I would also consider following new cars
2008 TL (If you can find one)
Hyundai Azera/Genesis...doubt you can find genesis for <30K Also I would look at the cost of financing used 20K vs 0%APR and other incentives available for new car. (If you are paying cash for thecar then this is mute point)
#9737 of 10339 Re: Looking for used Luxury Sedan [clarence10]
Feb 24, 2009 (3:24 pm)
.What is the repair record like for these 2006 Audi A6 3.2? If you got one, would you only go with a CPO?
From what I've seen and heard, the latest A6 is supposed to be pretty good. There were a few minor issues with the initial '05s, mostly to do with MMI teething issues, but those were worked out by '06.
How long do you plan to keep the car? If it's more than two years, I would definitely either get a CPO, or talk to some Audi dealers and see if they can get you the factory extended warranty.
Both the RL and the Lexus GS300 AWD had poor reliability in their first year. Acura improved the RL quite a bit for year two, Lexus didn't. I would steer clear of the GS300 AWD. Normally a Lexus is a safe bet in terms of reliability, but for whatever reason Lexus totally blew it with the GS AWD.