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#1437 of 2244 Should I buy it?
Sep 12, 2012 (5:48 am)
I have an opportunity to buy my mother-in-law's 2007 RDX. She has passed on to a better place. It has 60,000 miles on it. I would get it for around $14,000. I currently drive a 2010 Nissan Armada also with 60,000. I no longer need such a big car and the gas mileage is killing me. It gets around 13 mpg. I think I can get around 20k for the Armada. The Acura is in great shape. Would this be a wise decision? I have heard the RDX requires premium fuel. Would the extra cost of that gas make it a wash?
Would love to hear feedback on this and would appreciate any insite you could give me. Oh and I am not a car person so be gentle.
#1438 of 2244 Re: Should I buy it? [ebar]
Sep 12, 2012 (6:13 am)
Go to kbb.com (Kelly Blue Book) and you can get the used car value for a private party sale of the 2007 RDX after you enter information like mileage, options, condition, zip code, etc. If it has been well cared for, it sounds like a very good deal and you will get much better gas mileage then the gigantic 8 cylinder Armada. The extra $.20-.30 cents more you will pay for a gallon of premium fuel will more than make up for itself with the additional miles per gallon the RDX will get. By the way, I thought it was recommended that the Armada use premium fuel? My recommendation, buy the RDX and join the club!! (2013 Base AWD Graphite)
#1439 of 2244 Re: Should I buy it? [ebar]
Sep 12, 2012 (8:09 am)
I agree with pat...sounds like a good deal IF you can get your money out of the Armada(?). If you have a CarMax nearby and the Armada doesn't have any major alterations(intentional or otherwise ), get an estimate of purchase price from them(might even be the easy way to sell the Armada outright). As mentioned, the premium 'premium' is less than 10% of regular petrol price, so a 10% bump in mileage cancels the difference in cost. Of course, you're looking for the best 'deal' that will make the swap worthwhile initially as well as 'down the road'. I'd perhaps lobby for a price consideration on the RDX unless a thorough dealer service had been performed recently(60K service?)...that could help allay any concerns about the condition of the vehicle and get you off to a good start.
Depending on the state of your residence, getting clear title might be a bugaboo. When our aunt's husband died a few years ago, his name was on the title to her car and no one ever thought to look at it until time to sell her vehicle. Texas doesn't make it easy to complete such a transaction, depending on probate, wills, etc. Just be prepared for a bit of hassle unless the person handling the estate is 'on top of things'.
Sorry to hear about your M-I-L...kind thoughts to the family.
#1440 of 2244 Re: Should I buy it? [ebar]
Sep 12, 2012 (8:02 am)
The 2007 RDX in absolutely excellent condition is worth about $17k so you would be getting a decent deal but not a fantastic one. You would probably be saving marginally on the MPG. The turbo RDX is known to suck gas for such a small vehicle so the small increase in MPG would be offset somewhat by the premium gas price. So net/net the savings won't be that much.
You mention that you don't need such a big vehicle. That makes sense but also consider the ride and comfort you've been used to. The RDX rides a little rough and you may not like the tight confines in comparison to what you're used to nor the more sporty ride.
Sorry it's not a "answer" to your question but just things to consider carefully.
#1441 of 2244 Re: Should I buy it? [patm70]
Sep 12, 2012 (8:12 am)
we have the identical car.
#1442 of 2244 When will incentives show up for 2013 RDX
Sep 13, 2012 (9:31 am)
Interested in trading my 2011 for a 2013 but will wait until incentives are available.
I'm thinking something should show up in October or November. Anyone have info?
#1443 of 2244 Re: When will incentives show up for 2013 RDX [hms1]
Sep 13, 2012 (10:40 am)
What are you thinking will come along? Volvo had Safe & Secure, essentially covering all scheduled maintenance and wear items(except tires) for 3,4,5 years, depending on the program. They also had 1.49% financing and picked up 4 payments on 2012 models for the past few weeks. What might Acura offer on the '13s ? Our '13 RDX is our first-ever Acura. Never shopped them before.
#1444 of 2244 Re: Should I buy it? [m6user]
Sep 13, 2012 (11:12 am)
Make sense to look at the deal that way.
Make a list and label entries pro & con, and then rank them. Then you know why you are or aren't buying it.
It's basically the guy knows who had the car before and what condition it's in. There's also the emotional factor which eventually will pass. Isn't 2007 RDX a 4 cyl and Armada a V8? 2007 vs 2010? Is the family ok with the car being sold shortly again because it's not as expected to be?
#1445 of 2244 Re: When will incentives show up for 2013 RDX [4mercoachrick]
Sep 13, 2012 (4:56 pm)
Well, I've had Acuras since the Legend in 1989. They have had loyalty programs, dealer money for discounts, cash incentives and financing deals.
They raised the price by $1400 for the 2013 base and taken away zeon headlights, chrome door handles and fog lights and substituted an inferior AWD system on the AWD model so far as I've noticed. I'm not condemning Acura but these are a few things I've noticed.
Just saying usually in the fall manufacturers' come out with some incentives.
#1446 of 2244 Re: When will incentives show up for 2013 RDX [hms1]
Sep 13, 2012 (6:21 pm)
Did you notice the smoother, higher powered V-6 that can run on regular and gets substantially better mpg than the rough, laggy turbo four they had before?used? Did you notice the vastly improved ride and much nicer and richer interior? How many people really used the sh-awd system to it's fullest anyway? They didn't just take away.