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Acura RL



  • jrock65jrock65 Posts: 1,371
    I will be shocked if the GS300 AWD breaks 7 seconds.
  • cericceric Posts: 1,093
    I second that opinion.
  • I just came back from the California Auto Show in Anaheim California. There I had the opportunity to sit in several of the RLs on the floor.

    Nice looking car, but for me one major flaw. I found the seat to be downright uncomfortable because of how it narrows at the base of the seat, and, the very strong and unforgiving bolsters. Try as I might to get comfortable I always got a backache.

    Now I know that some women found the seat to be very comfortable, and for some men as well, but for a 200+ guy with a 44 waist I simply didn't fit.

    So now I am in quandry. I want a new car but I certainly can't plunk down $50K (sticker at the show was $49,700!!) for a car that gives me a backache.

    Is there anyway to have an uphostery shop loosen up the bolsters? Is a special ordered seat a pipe dream?

    The Lexus GS I sat in was much more comfortable, but the styling is not great, IMO. The Infiniti Q45 is comfortable but it's a big car and more money. The 2006 M45 was at the show but you couldn't sit in it.

    What to do? Any suggestions?
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    Seriously, we have the private showing this evening, so I'll have to check out the back seat, even though I doubt I'll be doing anything but driving it.

    I'm 5'10", 207, with a 38" waist. I know, I know, I should get on some serious exercise routine. My doctors want me to get down to 190, which I almost did in the summer of 2003 at 194.
  • Email Acura and ask them to super-size it for you!
  • "I'm talking about the RL's class: luxury performance sedans."

    Then why do you mention the Accord at is certainly not in this class....
  • bobb1bobb1 Posts: 22
    An addition to seating comments. I too have a bad back and found that the only car that really did my back any good was a Lincoln Town Car, but when I had one look at that 1960's dash I just could not do it!!!! However the solution is at hand, scoot on over to Wallmart and get a chair pad - the type you put on those hard kitchen chairs. I found that works well and it raises my back up enough that the lumbar support is even better.
  • jrock65jrock65 Posts: 1,371
    I was responding to Car & Driver's quibble that the RL has "no more interior room than the Accord", and saying that no other car in the luxury performance sedan category has more room than the Accord, except maybe the STS.
  • A while ago, before the introduction of the 2005 RL, I became impatient with the absence of news from Acura and inquired of one of the car mag's writers if anything had come across his desk re a new RL and, possibly, one driven by a V-8. The following was his reply:

    "For what it's worth, I think the purist engineering community at Honda believes that
    A) A V-6 makes enough power, or at least that Honda can make a V-6 that's powerful enough and,
    B) Counterweighted crankshafts, required to offset an inherent secondary imbalance in a V-8, are inelegant! They'll race with 8s or 10s, but they'd really prefer a nice inherently balanced
    12. I recently had a Honda engineer (not the source for our Acura info) explain to me at length why V-8s aren't good for smoothness, and indeed, the V-8 is the only common engine configuration with free forces out of balance, UNLESS you use counterweights. So, I said, continuing to argue that the NSX would quadruple sales overnight with two more cylinders, Honda has made 3s and 5s, which have greater inherent vibrations (though they're not "forces" but "moments" that are out of balance). He just got exasperated with me, in part because the language barrier was significant. It's good to know the exasperation cuts both ways, though."

    Interesting? Agree? Disagree?

    Nice seeing some familiar faces!
  • Test drove the RL and liked much about it and especially the Lakeshore silver metallic color. Was concerned about the lack of trunk space and low end torque. Still was interested until the Las Vegas dealer quoted $52,500 out the door (no extended warantee, no mats, no tint, no tax). The price seems very very high especially given my previous concerns and since it is a new model with the expected bugs, especially with all the new gadgets. Even with all these concerns, I like Acuras and would still consider a purchase from out of town if anyone has a suggested dealer who can give me a reasonable price. If not, I will stay with my 99RL with 68K miles. Scoobe
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199

    There had to be a better way to move the comments from the 2005 RL future car discussions.

    When I checked in today to see if there were any new messages your site said there were over 1800 messages that I had not read. I guess this is because it was combined with the existing RL thread/discussion.

    It seems like a no brainer, but would it not have been better to have made the comments "read only" and left them as a separate discussion.

    It takes a lot of time to clear out 1800 messages that I have already read.

    It there a "trick or secret" to get those message to no longer show as new/not read. Some of them go back to 2003.

    There had to be a BETTER WAY.
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    I just jumped ahead to the latest messages. Now, when last I logged on, the Acura RL line indicated just "1" new message and none of the thousands of old ones I "skipped."
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Yeah, I hear ya ... I had the same problem. Do you use subscriptions? If so, read all of your subscriptions but this one, then go to your Message Center and use the Catch Up button. That'll do it. If you don't use subscriptions, go ahead and subscribe to this for the specific purpose of using that Catch Up button.

    Prophet2, there's something screwy about using the Recent Msgs link to catch up. If it actually worked for you (i.e., caught you up completely), that's a new thing. Usually it just takes you to the last page, but doesn't update your "last read" mark ... which is ridiculous, yes.

    Kirstie and I talked about this earlier today. We agree that this could have been handled better and will be handled better in future situations.

    Sorry 'bout that. FWIW, this was my fault, not Kirstie's. We didn't want you to lose your very active conversation and thought this would be a good way to keep that from happening, rather than close the new model discussion altogether. Live and learn, eh?

    If anyone needs any specific help on how to straighten this out, feel free to email me.
  • shotgunshotgun Posts: 184
    I love you Legendman, and I don't wish to sound trite - But this would be an excellent opportunity for you to pursue a diet. Think of the possibilities...not only would your health improve, you'd look better, and be in a brand new ride to boot (smile).
  • Just a Question:
    I have been looking at both of these and have some questions. I really like the C55 and feel that some of the toys on the RL are a bit of overkill or things I probably would not really appreciate. The SH-AWD to me is not that important nor is the real time traffic info. nor the the navigation. For the price of the RL I can add a few dollars and get a car that can fly. It has all the things I need. As far as handling, engine performance, braking and styling I feel the C55 has the advantage.
    Any thoughts on the comparison would br greatly appreciated.
  • shotgunshotgun Posts: 184
    Simply put...Satisfy your need Courtney11 and go with the C55. It's what you want that's important...nothing else really matters!
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    Yeah, I know. In the old days, jumping ahead like I did only changed the first unread page (25 messages) to the "read" category.

    This time, I just jumped ahead and the next time I logged in, the rest of them were disregarded. As an analog dinosaur in the digital world, have no idea what happened.

    The other thing is that I had previously read all the Acura RL messages in the SEDANS board. So, I was surprised at the change-over that I was supposedly "thousands" of posts in arrears.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    It's good to have you 2 guys in here along with a few others from the 2005 RL forum. I mentioned in a past post that I am doing the in-person color check now and am still waiting to see Celestial Silver and Premium White Pearl before finalizing a decision and placing the order. (Note: The Acura web site allows one to build the car and make color selections and shows the 9 different color options which is pretty good but there is nothing like seeing this car in person!)
  • shotgunshotgun Posts: 184
    Good to have you here too Jjacura! You're right, theres nothing like seeing the real thing in person. I took a huge risk by selecting the Opulent Blue Pearl sight unseen! Fortunately the color was everything I expected - I was lucky! I almost went with the Lakeshore Silver but I could never get a decent fix on what it actually looked like - even the brochure didn't give me real good idea on what it actually looked like. Now most people who've actually seen the Lakeshore Silver color really like it and something tells me when I see it I'll probably like it too.
    The reason I went with OBP is because the grille is highlighted so nicely. On the other, lighter colors, the grille outline gets, for a lack of a better word, "lost". Acura did a very poor job with their brochure lets hope they'll revise it soon.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    My Demo drive was with your blue pearl and I have not ruled it out as a color selection. As I recall one of the regular contributors to "2005 RL" ordered the car in Lakeshore Silver. (Acuraphile maybe) Yes, the brochure seemed to lack the quality you would expect for the introduction of this NEWLY DESIGNED LUXURY automoble. but the bottom line know the quality is in that car!
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