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You are in the Acura TL
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Acura RL, Acura TL, Sedan
#147 of 166 Re: RL v. TL [carfan28]
Mar 15, 2007 (4:35 pm)
I think the difference has remained pretty much the same as last year, since incentives were also given then. If you compare the TL-S against the RL (07 models), then the range becomes narrower.
#148 of 166 Just bought RL with Tech Package
Apr 01, 2007 (9:30 pm)
It's a great car. Best car I've ever owned.
I had the TL for 3 1/2 years. I liked it a lot. It has a more sporty ride and is vey quick.
RL is more luxurious. Nicer leather, real wood all over the interior, smoother ride, quieter cabin, better paint job. No torque steer due to Sh-AWD system.
#149 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [carfan28]
Apr 02, 2007 (6:43 am)
I just bought an RL Tech Package 3 days ago. I had a 2004 TL which had 55,000 miles. I'm very disappointed with the RL sounds system and interior noise level compared to the TL. I'm hoping it's something wrong with this particular car which can be fixed.
#150 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [iceneedle]
Apr 02, 2007 (7:39 am)
Did you test drive the RL beore you bought it?
I don't mean to marginalize your complaint, but I just don't get how the hell someone "discovers" an inferior sound system and road noise after a purchase. Whenever I've taken my 2004 TL in for service, there is always a salesman willing to give me a test drive of the RL. Even had one as a loaner once or twice.
Perhaps this should be a lesson to all, test drive BEFORE you buy. My wife won't even let me buy a pair of khakis without trying them on.
#151 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [habitat1]
Apr 02, 2007 (7:57 am)
Yes, I did test drive one (a 2007 RL Tech package) and it sounded great and was quiet (albeit, not this particular car). That's all the more reason why I'm so surprised by this. I'm interested in knowing if anyone else has seen this.
#152 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [iceneedle]
Apr 02, 2007 (9:38 am)
Check the tire pressure first. If overinflated, it causes more road noise. Adjust the sound system tonal controls; I am quite sure that the RL's system is even better than the TL's, even though the latter already has a fantastic one.
#153 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [kennyg8]
Apr 02, 2007 (11:48 am)
I have played around with setting the tone controls. I've tried flat equalization (the default) and boosting treble and bass a bit. I don't see any improvement.
It sounds distorted. I'll check the tire pressure, but they're really loud.
This car is much noisier inside than my 2004 TL.
I've already complained to the dealer and I'm waiting to hear back from them.
#154 of 166 Re: Just bought RL with Tech Package [iceneedle]
Apr 03, 2007 (3:47 am)
The advice about checking tire pressure is good advice - tires significantly affect road noise, handling and comfort. In fact, it might be worthwhile to review your window-sticker to see if you got a tire package (knowingly or unknowingly) - that might explain the different feel with the different RLs.
I never test-drove the RL, so I cannot comment on that car, but if you can't resolve this issue easily, you could try replacing the tires. Tire Rack is the only online tire info source I know, and you can get tires that fit your vehicle that are geared towards noise reduction, I think.
If you have a 3-yr lease, you'll probably go through a set of tires, so buying your preferred tires now and putting the originals back on when you unload the car shouldn't cost you more in the long run, but you would need the space to store the unused tires.
#155 of 166 Buy 2006 TL or 2005 RL?
Feb 19, 2008 (1:40 am)
Everyone's opinions would be appreciated! I have two options right now.
2006 TL with Navi, Bluetooth, etc. (25K miles)
2005 RL with Technology Option? (55K miles)
Both are priced at $27,000 +TTL.
Thanks for your thoughts in advance.
#156 of 166 Re: Buy 2006 TL or 2005 RL? [fatogre]
Feb 19, 2008 (11:34 am)
Have you driven them? You need to do that to find out which one feels right to you. Your gut will probably tell you which one you want the most.
But based on the limited information you've provided and assuming all things otherwise are equal, I'd go with the newer car with fewer miles.
You may want to get an assessment of the relative value of each in our Real-World Trade-In Values discussion. Be sure to provide all the information requested in the list just above the post box.
Good luck and keep us posted!