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2009 Acura RL



  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    My favorite LIPSTICK shade would DAZZLE A PIG because the first time I saw it was 40 years ago on my all time favorite gal...Yep...the good woman I met AND married in 1968! Figure of speech or not it's still good to see you BARTALK, as well as NEBRASKA GUY and my good friend ACURAPHILE. I have stayed in touch with GEORGE (ACURAPHILE) ever since the 2005 forum was the hottest forum in Edmunds, say summer of 2004. I have come to the point where I don't get too excited about all the comparison talk anymore but it's great to read some personal stories about how the car we own and drive affects our lives. I read the RL and LPS forums for many months and was simply amazed by the knowledge, wisdom and wit of the many people that took the time to post their thoughts and opinions. What great fun it is...the synergy is there! This is a decision making time for me with the 2005 RL. I would be perfectly happy to keep it but come November the warranty ends and I am somewhat concerned about the electronics, computer functions, and even the sh-awd mechanics going forward and extended warranties are of no interest to me and so I will probably buy this fall. We'll see what kind of hand we are dealt as Acura gets serious about putting together a great new Car. It's good to be back!
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    JJ: Good to see you still hanging around. I'm in week three of a six-week driving tour of the Midwest in my 2005 RL- over 4,000 miles so far with at least another 2,000 to go. It has been a wonderful trip in a great car. I've experienced a low of 25 mpg and a high of 30 mpg. Yesterday, I got nearly 29 mpg doing 80 mph on Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

    A note to those who derided the nonoptional nav system - I'm on this trip alone and I don't know how I could have done it without the nav system. One day in Ohio I looked at the map at the end of the day and during the day, I had made 14 route changes to see the various sights on my itinerary. Without an excellent memory or a good navigator, I would have been pulling over every 1/2 hour to look at the map. At one point, even a good navigator wouldn't have helped. My nav system was insisting I take "the next left turn". It was unmarked and looked like the entrance to an industrial park. I took it anyway, and it was the highway I needed to take.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Nebraska Guy, Good to see you are still checking this forum and staying in touch. I recall you mentioning some time ago that you were planning to retire ... sounds like you have done just that. Speaking of trips, I drove through Nebraska to Colorado last July and used the Navi extensively. It really made a difference especially in Colorado. I'm out west right now visiting our daughter in's a 2300 mile jaunt each way from Wisconsin so we fly, but on one of these trips out I'd like to drive... just have to sell the Mrs. on that idea! ;)
    Would not worry about doing it in the RL.though!
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Well a TSX with some mods was spotted. This TSX is a mule for the new RWD based Acura RL. Finally a v8 engine. Looks like this RL will be the new tier 1 acura. This TSX mule has some parts to make it look like a RWD car. Acura also has a v10 in the works. Acura is working on some really nice features to get better mileage out of these new engines. has some pics. r-wheel-drive/

    It's somewhat confirmed though. Now Acura can become a tier 1 brand.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 390
    New '09 RL is featured in the Summer 08 edition of Style published by Acura. It's a gorgeous car that may give the 5 Series a run for the money.
  • vavavavolvovavavavolvo Posts: 111
    09's are expected in dealer lots next week.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Well they just announced the pricing. Pricing is the same except for the options. PAX tires aren't available on the 09's.

    CMBS and Adaptive Cruise control are offered in a stand alone package. About 3800 USD. Hope this helps.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Sorry, but what's CMBS?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    09's are expected in dealer lots next week.

    When I took my RL in for service this morning, I ran into my salesman. He said there's been a slight delay and they won't be coming in until the first or second week of July.
  • pellucidpellucid Posts: 5
    My 2005 RL, with 32K miles on the odo, produced a grating noise from beneath the hood. The service manager listened briefly, and shook his head. He promptly called for his Foreman who came out with his 'stethoscope' with wand attached. He poked around and said: "This is a first - the only RL that ever required a new 'serpentine belt tensioner." That aside, this car has run smoothly and without complaint. My dealership is beyond compare: beautiful showroom, responsive service people, loaners always available and warm greetings upon arrival.
    Hi to NebraskaGuy! - and Pat.

  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    You interested in the '09 RL for yourself Neb.Guy or just curious to see it? Big changes coming in 2010 ... 2011 for sure. I just hand waxed the 2005 today WITH Zymol :shades: and it looks like new! Figure its about broken in now with 42,000 miles. Am considering Michelin Pilot Sports to replace the OE'S in a couple months. (Are you and I the only ones left from the hot '05 forum days?)

    OMG!!!! This wasn't planned!!!! ACURAPHILE!!!!! :surprise: AMAZING!!!!!!

  • pellucidpellucid Posts: 5
    How did the name "Pellucid" pop up? This is Acuraphile - remember me?? Out of sight, out of mind, is it???

  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    You interested in the '09 RL for yourself Neb.Guy or just curious to see it? Big changes coming in 2010 ... 2011 for sure.

    I'm definitely curious to see it, but possibly interested as well. I love my 05 - just put 8,200 miles on it for my Midwest trek, but I want to see what the 09 brings. I know big changes are coming for the 2010 or 2011, but I doubt I'll want to jump right on it like I did the 05. If I do like the 10 or 11 when it comes out, I'll probably wait a year or two.

    (Are you and I the only ones left from the hot '05 forum days?)

    If not the only ones, one of the few, definitely. Good to see you still posting.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    It looks like you have two registrations and logged in under the pellucid one. Why don't you drop me an email.

    And it's good to see you again, whatever you call yourself! :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey jj, good to see you!! :)
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    I just received the brochure on the 09 RL. Just glancing, I see a couple of changes in the specs from the current model:

    1st is 2008, 2nd is 2009

    Length - 193.6 -- 195.8
    Turning diameter - 39.7 -- 36.1 (great)
    HP - 290 @ 6200 rpm -- 300 @ 6300 rpm
    Torque - 256 lbs-ft @ 5000 rp -- 271 @ 5000 rp
    Displacement - 3.5 -- 3.7
    Compression ratio - 11.0:1 -- 11.2:1

    In addition, both driver and passenger have 10-way power seats (this corrects a common complaints on these boards)

    With the tech package, there are now ventilated seats (corrects another common complaint)

    I was disappointed to see there are no new colors, despite a report to the contrary on these boards.

    There are probably other differences, but the above are what I noted.
  • docrwdocrw Posts: 94
    Thanks for the specs.

    Can you tell us what the rear seat legroom is for the '09, this was the biggest disappointment for me in the previous version and if it is improved would definitely get me into the showroom for a test drive.
  • nebraskaguynebraskaguy Posts: 341
    Can you tell us what the rear seat legroom is for the '09, this was the biggest disappointment for me in the previous version and if it is improved would definitely get me into the showroom for a test drive.

    Unfortunately, despite the slight extra length, there is no more legroom in either the front or back seats. Sorry.
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