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Acura RL

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  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Incidently Lynn, FYI these remotes cost $500 each to replace. These are one set of remotes a person would never want to lose!
  • Are you serious? $500 to replace the remotes? Is that $250 each? And is this a quote from a dealer?
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Putting things into the right perspective again, as usual, the Quintessential Honda Man, Mr Steve. Kudos my man!
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    It was my dealer rep and it is $500 Each! Labor cost alone is $80 to set one up.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,586
    Essentially their "sale" is sticker price.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Each Remote is $326....add the Key for $61...add the labor charge to set it up...$88...total $475 plus tax. (Safeguard your remote!)
  • And NEVER give it to a valet (use the "valet" key).
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199
    I see it as roughly a $900 - $1000 off sticker.

    If you include the extras...to include the worthless paint sealant($300 plus) then you are getting roughly $1500 off sticker. Plus they have the protection package included ($300 plus).

    If you take off the sealant and the protection package you get a price approximately 900 - 1000 under sticker(including destination).

    I agree that is not much, but my point is that they are advertising them for $1000 under sticker...so...you could probably get a little more off.
  • >>And NEVER give it to a valet (use the "valet" key).

    Of course, if you give the valet the "valet key" he will then have access to the trunk which you may not want. Also, if you give him the valet key, you'll have to remove the cover from the key hole which is just one more thing to deal with.
  • Agreed. I'm just not going to let the valet's drive my car! Basically, anyone once inside the car can just pop the trunk with the trunk release button. There's no avoiding that.
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 590
    its all bogus. in a unofficial random test i run on many of my v8 driving friends, none of them can count 6 seconds in their mind or tell the difference between 5&6 or 6&7 seconds...

    99.9732% of people who complain about a 0.3 or 0.5 second difference are lying. bring on the flames.

    i test drove the RL yesterday, finally. Lets get the bad news out of the way, I don't think despite my love for Acura cars, this is something I'll buy unless it sells closer to invoice in a couple of years.

    Positives, this is the best handling sedan i've driven. I took it out on a loopy road up here that I use to toss around my bmw 3. The car almost went through it all with very good composure. I think, in my perception, it handled better than the 5 I drove on the same road. I think a s2000 or boxter or my 3 edges it out on that curvy road, but hey, they are not even in the same size class! I did some turns at 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 that i'd not dare to do in a midsize at half those speeds, i'd even hesitate to do in a 540 that i recently test drove.

    The overall appeal was spectacular in almost all respects. so many many little nice details are put into the car that you will only notice after days or months of ownership..... I was however not impressed with the noise level in the car. It was noisier than what i expected. It felt as noisy as my 3 convertible with sport suspension ... that's not a good thing. I test drove an XJ8L, then drove to the acura dealership, and the difference in noise level was very noticeable...

    The car looks far better in person, but somehow, it just didn't make my heart beat faster or slower or irregular. It is a shape that'll likely grow on me, but, it just didn't tickle me. Even the old RL tickled me on the good side... and i'm a guy who actually likes the looks of the controversial bmw 7 and 5.

    I wont comment on the sound system, it sounded better than the TL and the TL pretty much beats 99% of car sound systems out there...

    The display/dash are fabulous and as usual the NAV is better than 98% of what's on the market... another "as usual" for acura i think. The switches felt good. The dash pictures make the dash look cheap and silvery, in real life it looks appropriately sized and actually very cool.

    I loved the comfort of the front seats, excellent bolstering for the twists i did, but the back bench was very uncomfortable and I always dislike the hump in the center. This is not a 760i or a XJ8 Vandan Plas to be a chauffer driven 2 rear passenger kinda car... just give us a nice comfortable flat bench in the back!

    Anyway, i'm not convinced enough to go into the RL, atleast not at msrp. Past the launch of the M35/45, it'll all rechange, i'm sure!

    ksso
  • >>Agreed. I'm just not going to let the valets drive my car! Basically, anyone once inside the car can just pop the trunk with the trunk release button. There's no avoiding that.

    I don't believe that is correct. If you have things set right and don't give the valet the valet key, he can't just pop the trunk. Of course, I still avoid letting a valet have my car, if at all possible. Almost no one drives my car except me!!
  • r2917r2917 Posts: 67
    excellent feedback.

    I agree about the dash and how in the pics it looks "cheaper" and more silvery but in real life it is very elegant. The interior just flat out impressed me. I kept reading people say it was Lexus like in material and fit/finish but I questioned if they were being tuthful. Turns out they were.

    I am trading in an IS300 so I have a sedan to compare the handling to but based on the test drive I felt the RL handles quite nicely especially for its size. I made a comment on the way back to the dealership about how it doesn't feel like a car that is as big as it is. My parents own an LS430 (I'd still say this is my favourtie car I have driven/been in) that I have driven quite a lot in the past and it feels its size while the RL is pretty much equal in size but doesn't feel that big.

    When you mention noise do you mean just overall noise or mostly road/tire noise? I didn't pay much attention to the noise level but I will obviously pay attention to it once I take delivery. When I do, I'll be able to compare it to the LS430's noise level...or should I say lack of noise level.:) I do know the car is quieter than the IS300 but that is to be expected.

    Anyway, great feedback and I enjoyed reading it.
  • If you decide to allow a valet to park your car, and you want to restrict access to the trunk, you first need to turn off remote access to the trunk via the switch that is located in the glove box. This will prevent any remote access to the trunk. Second, you must lock your glove box with the key inside the FOB (remote). Then you give the FOB, not the key, to the valet.

    Nobody can start or drive the car without the FOB in their possession.

    That's the basic process. If you don't like or trust it, then park the car yourself. I much prefer to do that.

    Hope this helps explain the process.
  • munromunro Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 Acura RL. Can I erase a particular destination from the "PREVIOUS DESTINATION" screen. I don't want girlfriend #2 to see that I've got girlfriend #1's address on the screen.
  • >>I have a 2004 Acura RL. Can I erase a particular destination from the "PREVIOUS DESTINATION" screen. I don't want girlfriend #2 to see that I've got girlfriend #1's address on the screen.

    Yes, you can. I believe you go under Personal Settings and delete previous addresses. If that doesn't work, try the Setup button and click on previous destinations.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    I believe there is a switch in the glove compartment that secures the trunk release. and the valet can't open your glove compartment with the valet key.

    but like nebraskaguy I rarely let anyone drive my car except my wife and I'm riding shotgun when that happens. ;-)
  • sacguysacguy Posts: 27
    Hi TayLOrd,
    Did you get a discount on the A6? What made you decide to get the A6 vs. the RL? How was the ride in the A6, the noise level? Any other thoughts from your testing and shopping? The A6 was not on my radar either nor was the BMW 5 series, but now they are both on my list after reading other forums!!

    sacguy
  • r2917r2917 Posts: 67
    can you play regular movie DVDs in the navigation system? I have seen it done on Lexus nav systems (I know you could on the LX470 nav) so I'm curious if you can on the RL. I would guess if it can, it'd be like the LX nav and the car would have to be in park with the parking break on before it displayed the video. It would be pretty cool to have that ability.
  • Fortunately for me, it's 75 and blue skies 80% of the time in SoCal. No snow tires needed out here.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    "I believe there is a switch in the glove compartment that secures the trunk release. and the valet can't open your glove compartment with the valet key."

    Checking furthur on this there is a switch in the glove compartment that locks the trunk releases but the removable key that locks the glove compartment goes with you and the valet gets the remote! (Also don't forget to lock the pass thru door to the trunk in the back seat.)
  • That doesn't make sense. The valet gets the $500 remote?! Not on my car. That's smart designing! ;) It should be that the valet key only unlocks the driver's door and starts the ignition. What's the purpose of a valet key otherwise?
  • Thanks for that info. Hard to believe they cost that much, but it is a remarkable little remote:)

    Lynnminny
  • I looked at most of the cars listed on this board - the Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, etc. I went with the RL for a number of reasons and, after two weeks with it so far, I love it! Yes, the styling can be a bit 'dull', but it really has some nice lines. The lighting is great with the new led's, the doorhandles are beautiful, the interior is top notch and so ergonomic - the great cupholders alone are worth the cost. The nav and traffic is amazing, though I've learned already (living in LA with the most comprehensive reported system) that it can be a good 10-20 minutes behind what's actual and that can be enough to let you run into a jam, but even with that, the nav is excellent at getting you there with tremendous accuracy (it recalculates so fast if/when you go off the intended route). The bluetooth is awesome ( I have a V710)! The handling is near what my 528 was (ok, I say this with a grain of salt, but for a Japanese car it comes pretty damn close!) with great steering feel, no dead center and great responsiveness. The auto shifts like butter and if you put it in manual mode the paddle shifters work flawlessly. The SH-AWD does a great job if you throw the car into a turn - It's great to watch the dash (when the wheel isn't in the way) and see the graphic of where the car is distrubuting power as it throws the extra power to the outer rear wheel to get you through. The stereo is amazing, especially if you throw in a DVD-audio and enjoy the true 5.1 surround. The active noice-cancelling tech works to really quiet the car to a vault-like silence and makes talking on the phone through the bluetooth a pleasure. I'm not crazy about the button on the handle to lock the doors, an actual button (as my recent Touareg had) worked much better, but it's still a nice feature. The remote has nice range and the lights (which turn with the steering) also work really well to light a turn. I am a bit disappointed in the mileage so far - averaging about 16 mixed with only about 24 on pure highway, not really up to the 18/26 (or so - I can't remember the exact numbers) as predicted. I wish the rear seat folded too, as this is the first japanese car I've known that doesn't, but it's worth it for the sound system, remote-folding hearests and power sunshade - and the great rear sub-woofer. I also wish we (in the US) could get the RL with the air-conditioned seats as I read can be had in Canada - I mean, I live in the hot climate, why do they get it? I wanted to get aftermarket 18" rims (why the hell would I pay the dealer $2,500 for those ugly chrome ones (the only ones they offer) when they'd then take the 17" ones with no exchange...I mean, I will get 18" and then sell my 17" and probably break even and have a hot set of rims. BUT, I can't get any rims yet since Acura apparently changed the lug and hub layout and size...so I wait patiently for the wheel manufactures to create some options for this ride. Ok, I think that's enough...I can go on, but you get the idea...overall it's a great car, no regrets, but there are a few improvements it can make. Oh, one pet peave on the car - even if the light switch is on 'auto' (where you should never have to touch it and it should do its job), the car still beeps at you when you shut the car off and open the door. The only cure is to turn the switch to off (and I usually just return it back to 'auto' so when I re-enter the car they will come on as needed), but, since the dash lights the same way day or night, it is easy (as I have done already) to drive away with the lights out if you thought it was in auto and you are in a city area - that's quite a run-on sentence!

    Any questions?
  • So, I have this great new RL with 17" rims and the only option to go to 18's are the dealers ugly chrome ones! I checked with a few wheel companies and, apparantly, Acura changed the lug and hub layout/size so no existing wheels fit. Does anyone know otherwise and/or a manufacture that has come out with any options for this application? Thanks for the help!
  • >>I am a bit disappointed in the mileage so far - averaging about 16 mixed with only about 24 on pure highway, not really up to the 18/26 (or so - I can't remember the exact numbers) as predicted

    I've only taken one road trip, so far, but I got 26-28 mpg. I'm satisfied.
  • >>That doesn't make sense. The valet gets the $500 remote?! Not on my car. That's smart designing! ;) It should be that the valet key only unlocks the driver's door and starts the ignition. What's the purpose of a valet key otherwise?

    I tend to agree. However, if you're going to trust the valet with your $50k RL, why worry about the $500 remote.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Yes, one question: Are you opposed to the use of paragraphs in writing?

    Great information in your post, but painfully difficult to read. Perhaps I'm just an old fashioned, old school fart. I could manage your final run on sentence fine, it was the previous 30 strung together that had me swimming.

    Glad you like your RL (at least I think you do):-)
  • r2917r2917 Posts: 67
    "I also wish we (in the US) could get the RL with the air-conditioned seats as I read can be had in Canada - I mean, I live in the hot climate, why do they get it?"

    Contrary to what many americans think it gets quite hot all over the country here. Where I am (Ontario) our summers are quite hot and humid.

    Still have no idea why the cooled seats aren't on the U.>S RL
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