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Acura RL, Sedan
#52 of 1110 Too rich for my blood
Nov 12, 2004 (2:13 am)
Drove the new RL at Marin Acura (Corte Madera, CA) last Tuesday. Black on black. Sexy. But liked the red & tan better. Loved the electronics and all those fun buttons & voice commands. But alas, I fear I'd grow tired of them rather quickly. I love such toys but frankly this car has too many.
Car rides nice and handles better. The power is more than enough for those of us not in a mid-life crisis. Drivers seat is not as comfy as my 2002 RL (probably due to the fact there's more of me than there is of the seat in the new RL). But overall I had a better seating position in the 2005 than the 2002.
While the car is great, I just don't see myself spending that much money on a car. My 2002 RL cost me just over $36K new. $49K is a big jump for me. I drive less than 8,000 miles a year and most of it is short commute to office or 2 hour freeway drive on the weekends. A boring, but comfortable car is just fine for me. That's why I think I'll be trading down to an Accord the next time I purchase. Heck, the new Accord is now more than equal to the 1999 TL I had.
By the way, this dealer thinks they are just going to be overflowing with BMW & Mercedes owners wanting an RL. Keep in mind this dealer is in the most affluent county in California. At their RL premier party the average age of the 3 dozen or so people who were there was well over 60. At 48 I was the youngest. These are BMW & Mercedes owners coming over to buy a fancy-smancy Honda? When is the last time you heard a German car lover say they would be delighted to own a Japanese car? Regardless, good luck on that Acura. I think you're kidding yourselves.
Oh yeah, I discussed a purchase with them but there was no attempt at any discount ($2,499 dealer markup). In the nicest way, they explained they were not offering deals because "we don't have to".
Sorry for the long message but I feel better now.
#53 of 1110 Re: RL pricing [rjlaero]
Nov 12, 2004 (8:02 am)
Of course dealer made a profit. My point is that there are dealers willing to discount RL's from MSRP- at least in NJ.
We ended up purchasing a vehicle that we loved for $1500 less than what most are paying for the exact same car. A car is worth what the market will bear, and we feel like we got an excellent deal at this time. Quite frankly, I don't really care what the dealer is making as a profit here. If he can sell the car at this or a higher price (and wouldn't sell it for a dime cheaper), what sense is it for us to worry about his side? If people are concerned with dealer profit on "hot" cars that have been released within the past few weeks, they will end up with another vehicle.
#54 of 1110 Re: Too rich for my blood [satire]
Nov 12, 2004 (3:05 pm)
I traded in my 2001 BMW 530i for a 2005 RL. I drove the '05 Audi A6 4.2 and found it was a step down from the 530i. It had less road feel and you felt every bump in the road. The RL handles great, has more than adequate power and is much less costly than a comparable A6 or 530i.
#55 of 1110 bought one
Nov 12, 2004 (3:27 pm)
Bought one last week after test driving everything under the sun. The looks aren't a 10/10, but I spend most of my time in the car. And the interior is stellar. One minor complaint so far is a little rattle noise under the driver seat, going in to have it fixed.
Paid $1000 under MSRP at Serramonte in the Bay Area. Shopped around a lot, they were the best deal and very polite. They seem to have a good flow of cars coming in as well.
Very happy with it so far coming out of my MB C class!
#56 of 1110 Mid-Atlantic Deals?
Nov 12, 2004 (5:01 pm)
Does anybody know of a dealer in the mid-Atlantic (MD, VA, PA, DE, NJ) that's willling to make a below MSRP deal on an '05 RL? Any information would be appreciated.
#57 of 1110 Re: Too rich for my blood [satire]
Nov 12, 2004 (6:04 pm)
Glad to find you. Am very interested in your opinion on the Redondo Red - how is the color? Rich, Deep, Just Red, Brilliant, Snazzy or what. I just ordered one with Parchment interior. I got a couple of years on ya - 58 - and just decided that I was getting old and wanted them to see me coming so ordered red... your opinion appreciated - you may reply directly to bobbmchc.com Thanks in advance....
#58 of 1110 Re: Too rich for my blood [bobb1]
Nov 12, 2004 (6:52 pm)
I have and MDX 2003 in this color. I love it. I also, someday and soon will see a white 2005 RL? Lost in transit?
#59 of 1110 Re: Too rich for my blood [bobb1]
Nov 12, 2004 (6:56 pm)
See next posts.
This red is great, I have and MDX in it. W/Parchment and you will love it!
#60 of 1110 Re: Too rich for my blood [had]
Nov 12, 2004 (7:08 pm)
I test drove this car and it is awesome, go to the dealers and they have one to demo.
Test drive it!
The DECdec./2004 Car and Driver Mag and they are very up on this car.
#61 of 1110 Re: bought one [carguy5]
Nov 15, 2004 (5:53 am)
Thanks for sharing your dealer and area. It helps other people on the board make informed decisions!