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Acura RL - would you purchase it again?

ross16ross16 Posts: 5
I am going to get a new car in July. I have been doing my homework on the RL, M35, A6, E550. Everyone writes in their complaints regarding their vehicle but rarely writes about the good things. I seem to prefer the RL above all the others. Just wanted to know from fellow RL owners...Would you purchase an RL again?


  • jwacura3jwacura3 Posts: 6
    I bought an 06 RL with Tech Package (CMBS/PAX) in January 2006. My car has been trouble-free and I've been very pleased with the entire experience. I would definitely purchase it again.
  • Bought my 2006 RL in December, would definately buy again.
    My wife has a G35 Coupe, the RL will out handle it, and hold 5 people, a BMW or Audi Or Mercedes will cost $15,000 or more than the RL equiped the same. This is my fouth Acura the first was a 1986 Integra, traded for a 1992 Legend that I still have, had a 2002 TL type S which I traded for the RL, the RL is a better quality build than the TL, sorry Ohio but the japanese factory that builds the RL is one of Honda's best factories.
  • carfan28carfan28 Posts: 43
    I have the '07 RL with Technology package. Great car and would purcahse another one in a heart beat.
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    We have an '05 RL with 26K miles on it. We paid $6500 below MSRP, so got a pretty good deal. It's 80% driven by my wife and she loves it. It's been reliable and trouble free. Personally, I wish the car had a bit more power and more room in the backseat. I'm 6'3" and you wouldn't want to sit behind me. The VTEC engine is smooth but does not feel like 300HP. The 5-speed transmission could also be better programmed for spirited driving. If you drive the car gently it's fine but the shift points are not tuned for performance. The interior is nice (especially up front) and the features are first rate. Tires are just okay. Not sure if you want to go with PAX. For $40 to 42K, I think the car is a great value and we would do it again. It's just not that exciting for me to drive, since it is more of a luxury mid-size tourer rather than a true sports sedan. The car also handles well in the snow. Not quite as sure-footed as my Audi Quattro, but it's pretty close. Overall you get good Honda engineering and reliability, clean exterior styling, wrapped in a fairly luxurious package. If you can find yourself a good deal (at least $5000 off sticker), I'd seriously consider the RL. Good luck.
  • dano4dano4 Posts: 35
    I owned a 2005 Acura RL and now have a 2007 Infiniti M35x. Both are very good cars and both have pluses and minuses.
    The RL annoyances:
    --Looks like an Accord
    --Technology overkill
    --Cramped rear seat and tight trunk
    --Grossly excessive "lawyer warnings" in the NAV system and too many other warnings that have to be deleted.
    --Excessive recalls on the 2005 models.

    The M annoyances:
    --Mediocre gas mileage
    --Needs enhancements to NAV system
    --More road and engine noise than the RL

    I would urge you to drive them both and see which fits your needs and driving style. While they are both in the same class, they are somewhat different cars in feel and personality. My major reason for buying the M is personal comfort. I am 6'3" and the car just fits me better. It also has much more of a performance feel than the RL.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You know, people say that the RL looks like an Accord, but I really don't see it. Maybe that just makes me wrong. :P I don't see very many, but when I do they always make me look and say to myself what is that? If it looked like an Accord to me, I wouldn't get there.

    I do think that the look is subdued and maybe a little too pay-no-attention-to-me-ish. But that might be attractive to some - honestly, I can see it being attractive to me. :blush:

    I just don't think of an Accord when I see one. JMHO, of course.
  • garnetgarnet Posts: 7
    "Personal comfort" for driver, perhaps, but front-seat passenger (usely an endearing mate) is dis-comforted with thigh-less seats on a tiring, seemingly endless trip; which, apparently hasn't been addressed even in '07. "Personal comfort" with "more engine noise" an annoying dis-comfort for driver and passengers front and back. As for Accord look- alike, that's a judgement call of many opinions. Face it, NOT buying an all-wheel-drive RL for a far-less discounted price, gives one "personal comfort" overload to the extreme. Yeah, RL!
  • carfan28carfan28 Posts: 43
    I think this a very objective ad fair post. I bought the RL because I happened to like it more. I love the technology and others may think it's "overkill". The quiet cabin is a huge plus for me- I don't like the noisy ride that the M has. The M is more an enthusiasts car- the RL is more refined.

    Price: the RL can be bought for about $6-7K less than the M.

    M has much better lease rates.
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    In a New York minute.

    The RL should actually be known as the 4th generation Acura Legend--it's called the Honda Legend in Japan and most of the world. It would sell a lot better with the proper moniker.

    I bought a 2006 RL Tech (CMBS/PAX) in December 2006 for $11,500 off list price. I traded up from a US-built 2004 TL which was sweet but squeaky, not to mention a little cramped for my 6'1" frame.

    My wife calls the RL a "grown-up car." It's that and much more. The styling is elegant and understated. The refined driving experience and thoughtfully designed creature comforts really take time to seduce you.

    The RL may not be quite as peppy and tossable as the TL, yet the serene cabin makes me less concerned about dueling with other drivers. When you stomp on it and the VTEC kicks in, this big dog can haul. SH-AWD makes the car go precisely where you point it. NavTraffic is essential in Los Angeles. The ACC/CMBS system is an unexpected delight and occasional lifesaver. The 18" PAX tires handle more crisply than the stock 17s, though having the CMBS trim means you give up the option to upgrade to A-Spec suspension, body kit, tires and wheels--something to consider if you really like the excitement of the M. Oh, and the tranny learns from your driving style so if you like higher shiftpoints, just push it harder.

    I rarely see another RL but when I do, I find myself thinking, "Wow! What's that!?" Then realizing, "Duh, that's MY car!"

    I have tried very hard to like the styling of the Infiniti M since Consumer Reports lavished so much praise, but to me it looks exactly like a bloated G35 with blingier taillights. I never considered BMW as I find the 5-series to be ubiquitous, unbearably ugly and grossly overpriced for a car that comes with vinyl seats. Never even thought about Mercedes (Chrysler quality), Audi (nice Volkswagen, not too reliable) or Lexus (overpriced Toyota with a floaty ride). Opinionated enough for ya? :blush:

    So yeah, I'm delighted with the RL/Legend and would do it all over again. Acura really needs to market this car--it seems only the thoughtful and analytical types (like us) are attracted to it. :shades:
  • carfan28carfan28 Posts: 43
    I'm okay with being part of a relatively small group of people that own of this great car.

    I bought the '07 recently and love the car.
  • gcookgcook Posts: 29
    I would do it again, so far. I have had the car an 07 rl cmbs/pas for 1 month, and it is pretty cool. I had an 03 cls and 05 TL and this one has so much more, and I love the everything in it. Even if you think it looks like an accord, which may be true from certain angles, but not the front or the rear, it is far superior to an accord or other acura I have had. You can't go wrong with the price vs all of the included options. If you order the same options on any other car, like as an Infinit M35 or 5 bmw, you will see the price skyrocket. It definitely isn't cheap, but it isn't overprice either.
  • carfan28carfan28 Posts: 43
    I agree with everythng you said.
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    The wife and I blasted down to Nashville and back (900 miles) this past weekend and I was reminded about how good this car can be. The RL is rock solid stable at 85-90 mph, secure in handling, and very quiet. We made amazing time and I just felt good driving it after nearly 6 hours. Got 25 mpg, which is decent given the indecent speeds we hit. I am hard pressed to find a better value in the $40K to $45K range. The styling is understated, for sure, but I feel it will age well and still look classy in a decade. The interior is unique and of high quality, and once you get used to the ergonomics and technology, the car is very easy to live with. Our's has been trouble free and mechanically sound as we approach 30K miles and 3 yrs of ownership. For us, the car is a keeper.
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    You know, people say that the RL looks like an Accord, but I really don't see it. Maybe that just makes me wrong. I don't see very many, but when I do they always make me look and say to myself what is that? If it looked like an Accord to me, I wouldn't get there.

    I agree. As I'm driving, I've never made the mistake of confusing one for the other. There are similarities, but that's as far as it goes, in my opinion.
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    Absolutely!! I've never for one moment regretted my decision to purchase my 2005 RL. Sure, there have been a couple of problems, but nothing major, and nothing that has changed my opinion. It's still a dream to drive and it always turns my head when I see another one on the road.

    Depending on what the 2008 RL offers and the price, I may buy one this fall when it comes out.
  • veritas7veritas7 Posts: 18
    I purchased my 2007 RL Tech on April 26th and headed to N'ville that weekend, too. I absolutely love it! I looked hard and heavy at the M35 with Journey and Tech for about two months but the minute I drove the RL, I knew it was the one. I drove the A6 as well and concluded that you simply can't beat the features on the RL for $$. I will love this car for years to come.
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    Congratulations! Enjoy the car. Were you there for the Country Music marathon/half marathon in Nashville per chance? It was one of the best races I've entered in a long time! Ready to do it again next year.
  • veritas7veritas7 Posts: 18
    Yes! I ran the CMM. It was my first one. I live in MS and was told that N'ville is very hilly. That's true but the hills were not as bad as I thought they would be. And, with 32,000 people, I was so psyched that I didn't even think about them. Did you do the full or the half?
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    I did the half. Since I live in IL, this course was more hilly than I am used to, but we all had a blast and really enjoyed everything about the weekend. May do the full marathon next year, assuming I'm not so hung over from Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Legends, The Stage, and Wild Horse! We partied a little too hard =) And driving to and from Nashville in our RL was almost as fun!! Best regards.
  • veritas7veritas7 Posts: 18
    I was too scared to go out the night before but we did have a blast after! Of course by then I was too sore to really enjoy things. What kind of gas mileage did you get on the highway?
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