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Acura RL, Sedan
Aug 01, 2008 (5:56 pm)
Sorry if this is not quite on topic but I am choosing between two cars and could use some advice. I am looking at certified used acuras. I have narrowed the selection down to two cars, quite different:
1) 2005 RL, loaded with NAV 39K miles. Outstanding condition (silver w. black interior) for $24880.
2) 2006 TSX also loaded w. NAV 30K miles. Again outstanding condition (black and black). price on this one $21 - 22K
Both have clean carfax reports.
The dealer is urging me to go w. the RL saying it is a much better value and that it is much more car. I feel like either deal is pretty good. Does anyone have any input as to whether it truly is a no brainer? The other thing is that the dealer is presenting me with these cars at these prices because of a major error they committed and he claims that these deals (particularly the RL) is a great deal. Finally, the TL is not in the running because he does not have any certified ones with NAV and I really want NAV.
#1042 of 1111 Re: Dilemma [jmfdone]
Aug 07, 2008 (8:41 pm)
The dealership's "major error" may have been to not auction off the RL. To put it mildly, they're not selling well.
Seriously, I've owned neither car, but inspected both and driven the RL. "Better value" depends on your situation, because the two cars are in entirely different classes. The RL is a somewhat cramped but full-on luxury sedan, very substantial, a bit anesthetized but enormously capable. The TSX is a mainstream European (read: small) family sedan. It's a lighter, noisier and more tossable car, a European Accord but for a full load of options and an Acura logo.
If you value luxury and effortless cruising, it's the RL all the way. If "value" is measured by materials quality and feature content, the RL likewise wins in a walk.
If you're driving a lot of city miles, however, the TSX's gas mileage is a huge advantage over the RL, whose MPG nosedives down well into the teens around town. Also on the downside, the '05 was the first year for this generation of the RL and went through a lot of highly annoying quality problems, mostly with its finicky electronics. I personally would seek out an '06 or '07 instead, which seem to have been mostly debugged.
Best of luck, whatever your choice.
#1043 of 1111 Re: Dilemna [jmfdone]
Aug 08, 2008 (9:52 am)
If I were in your situation (and not knowing what your driving style is), I'd go for the RL. Much more luxurious inside than the TSX. For once, the salesman is telling the truth. At those prices, the RL is a better value. You might be able to get even more off the RL since they're probably desparate to offload it, but I wouldn't feel ripped off at that price. But like tonycd said, if you do a lot of around-town driving (and the price of gas is a factor to you), the TSX is the way to go. Also, if you're into a weekend drive on a tight, twisty road, the TSX is the better choice. If you just want something to cruise in and feel like you're in the lap of luxury, the RL would be the way to go; not that it's all that great of a cruiser.
#1044 of 1111 Buying a new 2009 RL
Aug 15, 2008 (5:29 pm)
Has anyone actually bought an 09 yet? Can you let us know what you paid for it? Hearing all kinds of stories regarding the popularity or lack of it.
The market's tough for premium fuel cars right now. Any real life experience with an RL buy (or lease) would be appreciated.
#1045 of 1111 Re: Buying a new 2009 RL [pds1]
Aug 22, 2008 (4:08 am)
I went to an Acura dealership in Bridgewater, NJ (interested in leasing an RL) and the only RL that they had in stock was the one in the showroom. They said that they expected to get more of them in around September.
Sat in the one in the showroom for a bit, and I have to admit that it is quite nice. I have a well equipped 06 M35x and I don't think I'd lose out on many features by switching to the RL (just some back seat room).
#1046 of 1111 Re: Buying a new 2009 RL [reji007]
Aug 25, 2008 (7:17 am)
Just curious if you own an 06 M35x why you're now considering the RL? I was torn between RL and M35x when I bought in 07 but am happy with my choice although I am experiencing engine knock at high ambient summer temperatures even using premium fuel like many other owners and am very unhappy about it . This makes me wonder whether the M35 would have been a better choice... How have you found it?
#1047 of 1111 Re: Buying a new 2009 RL [gearheaded]
Aug 25, 2008 (7:54 am)
Yup, have a 2006 M35x which I leased back in 2005. Car has been great to drive and the technology inside is outstanding.
I'm considering the 2009 RL for a few reasons. First off, I can't seem to get a great lease deal on the M35x. Second, I test drove the new M35 and was very unhappy that they took away funtionality that you can use while driving, when it comes to using voice commands (they really limit what you can now do with voice commands and even my 2007 Altima offers more in this department). Also the fact that the passenger can't use the Nav while I'm driving is something I'm getting kinda annoyed with. Finally, after driving an Infiniti for 3+ years, I'd like a bit of change (the interior of the car is VERY similar between a 2006 model and a 2008 model).
I still have a couple of months before my lease is up, but the RL is something I'm now considering. I still need to test drive it and play with some of the gizmos inside but overall I did like the car I saw in the dealship (minus the limited backseat legroom).
#1049 of 1111 RL comparison
Sep 16, 2008 (9:41 am)
been looking for a low miles (under 20) 06-07 nice sedan for myself.May be go with a new one if price was right (seems from reading the board 10k off list is possible?).
Wife has Lexus so I want something different.
BMW 5 and 7 's all have that damn "I drive" so I ruled them out.
M/B E350's have vinyl interior (they call it MB tex) and only get a leather insert with option not many have even that.Ruled them out.
Toying with myabe Audi and Acura. want leather and wood (both real-NO vinyl) not big on tech (no nav is fine) just nice ride and dependabilty.
Thoughts on the RL as a possibilty? I am in NH and pickings are slim,need to shop Mass as well to get any choices (like the ebony interior.wood/leather wheel and grey or black exterior.
thanks of help
#1050 of 1111 new Incentive's $ ?
Sep 18, 2008 (8:54 am)
Looking to see what the new incentives and holdbacks are?
Dealer has a 08 RL with tech demo that might have potential if he really get agressive.