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Acura RL Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • home4sale2home4sale2 Posts: 16
    Yes, it had just been traded in a few days prior.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,889
    Sounds reasonable..

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • what is going on - nobody is buying RL anymore??!!
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    And unfortunately, that's pretty much the case: nobody is buying the RL anymore.

    It's a terrific car, but several things brought it down:

    •People with nearly $50k to spend wanted a bigger car, a bigger name, rear wheel drive, and a V8. The RL has none of these. It was designed in Japan for Japanese executive buyers' wants, and didn't fit American tastes as well as the Lexus and Infiniti flagships.

    •The Acura TL was cheaper by $15,000, and so good that nobody -- not even Acura salesmen -- could really make the case for paying more. In fact, the RL was better built from better materials, rode better and had the world's most sophisticated AWD system. But that's all subtle stuff and didn't impress the neighbors.

    •Acura overreacted for 2009 and slaughtered the styling of the car, most notably with its buck-tooth grille that everybody hates. That grille probably looks even worse on the RL than on any other Acura, partly because it's grafted onto a car that wasn't made for it.

    •Now there's a new TL, and it steals whatever thunder the RL had left with an option package that borrows the RL's trick AWD system. With the RL itself demoted to an ugly nose outside and fake wood inside (except on the very top trim level), there's now officially pretty much no reason left to buy one.

    Buying a USED RL, however, is a screaming deal. They're not ugly like the new one, and the car is so underappreciated that the price has dropped like a stone. That's where the real sales action is today in RL's.
  • stma1stma1 Posts: 36
    I just put a deposit on a 2010 Acura RL without nav , which I do not need, MSRP 47680, paid 40,400 incl 2.9 financing, drove the TL, TL does not compare to the RL, RL feels much more solid and the interior is much higher quality, I am ok with the outside, at the price I paid I feel I got a great deal.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    I concur with stma1, although I purchased my 08 RL with nav, sticker price was a bloated $ 52000, I got the final price reduced to $ 42500.

    I sent out emails to dealers in my area, i.e. Bay Area CA. and had numerous emails trying to get me to "come on down"! So I got the one closest to my domicile.

    Wrote a check and drove away. So far, NO mechanical problems and I love the long trips with my wife and intend to drive from Ca to Ill this fall to see our family.

    Discounting is NOT a given, as the buyer should do his/her homework.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

    jensad
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    I forgot to mention, my 08 RL was the purchased spring of 08, not 2010. Almost 20 % savings can be had if you are a hard nosed buyer. Also watch out for the low ball on any trade in. Utilize Kelly's BB.

    jensad
  • Hi,
    Seems not much activity in this thread.
    Anyone recently bought an RL.
    I am planning to get 2011 ACURA RL in dallas
    Heard it is changing body style in 2012, but seems the best AWD in this class.

    Appreciate feedback.
    Capri
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Hi capr

    This my way of negociating with dealers. It may not fit you or other readers. I hope it helps you.

    I buy a new car about every 8-10 years. However the 08 RL I bought was purchased in late Feb of 08. That is because sometimes dealers get a little jumpy at the end of the month due to quota considerations.

    First i sent emails to all the dealers within the bay area and down the central valley asking for their best price.

    Next waited for replies. I got back about 11.

    Then I paid about $ 18 fee and got the price of an rl in Consumer's Reports automoble section of their monthly magazine.

    Then I asked my BMW buddy what the percentage was for selling a vehicle. He said about 15-20 %.

    Then I got the trade-in price for my current car from Kelly's Blue book.

    And finally my wife and i went down to the local CA dealer and gave them an offer which they said was to little. My wife mentioned that it was time to leave, we got up and as we began to leave, they gave us what we wanted.

    I didnot try to get them down to rock bottom as they should make some money. Its not the amount they wanted but they got one more car sold to meet their goal and we got a new rl for 18 % off their STICKER price. I.e.$42500 and not $52000.

    Good luck to all and stay safe. I don't sell cars, and I dont work in the industry but I do have a good idea how to play the game. (And I hate it too)

    jensad :) :D
  • Thanks Jensad. Appreciate your post.
    I am waiting till March to make a deal. As there might be some Incentive on the 2011 as 2012 expecting new styling. On the 2011 they only have 2500 dealer incentive. Also seeing some 2010 RL's on the lot.
    Will keep you posted. :shades:
  • michael0137michael0137 Posts: 58
    edited April 2011
    RLs are being discontinued according to my dealer - -and why not? You can get a TL with SH-AWD now. Acura going for a higher end flagship to compete with Lexus. Grab one now - they are sweet cars and you can get bargains. Just bought used 2008 with 18K on it for $26k. Carbon Gray Pearl/Taupe interior, 5/80K extended warranty. Immaculate. Love it - handles great, and cruises at 90 without breaking a sweat. Why is there a governor??? :mad: Our 1988 Legend would do 135. This is governed at 130? Without a governor I bet it would hit 150 easy, just by the power it has.

    PS - If anywhere within 500 miles of Chapman Honda/Acura in Tucson, AZ talk with Matt Dixon - INternet Sales Manager and tell him Larry Gorman sent you. He'll get you a great deal!
  • wweewwee Posts: 1
    Hi, I am being offered $29K + TTL for a 2010 RL tech @36K miles w/ about 9 months warranty left. Is this a good price to trade in my 2010 TL?
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