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Acura RL - would you purchase it again?



  • billyperks1billyperks1 Posts: 151
    Did anyone shop this car with the Lexus GS350?
  • carfan28carfan28 Posts: 43
    I did. I like the Lexus GS350 and you'll see some remarks by me and others. Lexus service can't be beat. It's an attractive car and built quite well.

    Negatives of GS350: Very small driver's seat area- I felt claustrophobic and I'm only 5'11" and weigh less than 190#. The cabin was very noisy while driving. The trunk is teeny tiny. Apples to apples with features it costs $10K moe than the RL.
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    We drove a little fast, I admit, but averaged 25~26 mpg on our trip. Typical average for us is 19-21 mpg with mix of driving (mostly in town). We missed the post race concert but heard that was a good time.
  • billyperks1billyperks1 Posts: 151
    I tested both and I liked the Acura a lot mainly because it felt more stable on the road and it has 245 tires instead of the 225 on the Lexus.I am actually going to wait until next Spring to see what the next generation TL has to offer.If its as mediocre has the current car - I think I will go for the Lexus or the RL.
  • michael0137michael0137 Posts: 58
    edited April 2011
    Test drove an M and thought its ride and handling crude. Rode like a truck and handling nowhere near the RL. Automobile magazine seems to bear me out - tested TL with SH-AWD against an S4 on the track - the TL was only .4 of a second slower than the S4!!! All because of its handling. Take the RL any day. We bought a used 2008 RL with 18K on it to replace our 2008 EXL V6 Accord, and it is fantastic. I am going to get a speeding ticket for sure if I do not use cruise or move to Texas - recent trip found me cruising at 90 very comfortably - in relative silence and with the 5.1 Bose cranking out Beethoven's Ninth!
  • Sure. Currently driving an '05 RL, with 116k mi, not too many compelling new models of interest on the market, so we spent $5k on lots of repairs last year. May drive another 100k until something interesting comes along. Figure total cost of ownership is still reasonable compared to trading on another vehicle and net $30k of new spend will buy a lot more repairs.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    I also own an 08 rl and I also love the vehicle. We have driven across the country and back, and now we have 63k and (knock on wood) no problems yet. Just got the oil n filter changed and so far very cheap to own and operate.

    Wife has an 2010 MDX and it will be our new cross country car as I hope it too does what I expected an acura to do. We have about 15 k on the mdx and we added a 100k service contract as my wife wanted it that way.

    I have owned 5 Acuras since the late 1980s and the first two were very poor however, when we came back to Acura several years ago, after owning one Lexus, and then several Hondas, we will continue to stick with the Honda/Acura labels.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

  • I just bought an 05 RL with 85K miles. Started with an 86 Legend in 1991, followed by a 92 Legend in 1997 that lasted until 2010. Bought an 00 TL that I drove for a month before determining it was a completely different animal. sold it and bought an 02 RL. It felt pretty much like my 92 Legend, but 10 years newer. I have wanted the newer model and traded my 02 (w/ 76K miles) and $8K for the 05. What a difference in the generations!

    I also don't recognize these cars when I see them on the road...

    Since I'm in Phoenix, I will need to do a timing belt pronto.

    My wife drives an 04 MDX, the only new auto I have ever bought.
  • Isn't it nice to be able to knock on wood in the car!! LOL! We have had an '88 Legend (totaled in wreck involving black ice - wife and children not a scratch and no airbags), another '88 LS with airbags for our son that we bought used at 96K - he drove it to 170,00 and sold it, a one owner '90L for our other son with 122K - we drove it to 180K and it ran like a top, had a '94 Legend L 6 Speed Coupe with Type II engine - awesome. My younger son bought a one owner 2005 RL in Virginia in January 2010 with 28K on it and his experiences caused me to buy our 2008 RL last year with 18K for $25K with extended warranty. So far - LOVE IT. Can't wait to see the new one at the NY auto show. Enjoy - safe driving.
  • michael0137michael0137 Posts: 58
    edited January 2012
    My son loved his 1990 Legend L - his 2005 RL is like a BETTER reincarnation. Calls it "Sophia" after Sophia on Golden Girls because she had an attitude. Weird to describe, but the car drives with an attitude. Plenty of power - stable - and the SH- AWD is phenomenal. When I saw him drive uphill on glare ice into a parking space that FWD cars were spinning their wheels to get into!?? Completely sold me here in NY where the roads can sometimes be treacherous. Love our 2008 - just wish the interior were black - will replace the taupe floormats - they get dirty looking at them! Just one question - does ANYONE know why the 2008 RL does not have the littel fin on the roof for GPS and XM? I have the Tech Pkg and navigation but notice that ONLY 2008 did not have it.
  • Hello. I do not have an answer to your roof fin question, but I do have a question about your taupe floormats. I have been searching high and low for taupe mats for my 05 and can only find gray, which doesn't match. I would be interested in buying yours. There's a different kind of "dirt" in Phoenix and I think it would work. Thanks for considering. I can be reached at
  • prprt33prprt33 Posts: 9
    I have a 2005 Acura TL with 154k miles on it and I bought new floor mats at Acura of Tempe at about 100k miles. I noticed they sold RL floor mats for really any year so you may want to give them a call as they have a nice selection. My car is black with parchment interior and yes, the floor mats get dirty quick here in Phoenix.
  • Thank you. I'll check Tempe Acura. I did find some mats that I thought would match, but they look overly tan against the taupe. Only other color is gray, which leads me to believe there were no mats made that match the original carpet.
  • tjazz1tjazz1 Posts: 2
    I would, and I have. I just traded in my 2006 RL with 105K for a new 2012 RL Tech, in black/black. Yes, I know it's about to be replaced, and I hear all the autophiles complain about it being boring, dated, behind in its class, etc. But I love the car for several reasons. First, it is has great lines--the 2011 refresh was significant (no more bagel beak), and while you can tell it is a Honda Motors product, it is NOT a fancy Accord, like a Lexus ES is to a Camry (I owned both). Second, the thing is still an engineering marvel with the VTEC engine and SH-AWD. It's the most balanced performance sedan I've owned. And the updated Sport mode with paddle shifters is still beyond the competition. Third, as much as we all can lust over the German alternatives, their reliability still isn't there, and the Mercedes, Audi, or BMW equivalents would set you back an additional 8-20K for similar features. Also, black E's, A6's, and 5's are a dime a dozen, while my new RL is a rare sighting in my small upstate NY city. Believe me, it turns heads, and draws compliments. I'll bet the new RLX will be super, but for the $46,500 I paid for my brand new RL Tech, I am quite satisfied.
  • tizertizer Posts: 23
    Absolutely. I have a 2006 RL with 90,000 reliable miles and no unexpected out of warranty repairs or issues. I usually replace my car about now but because of the level of satisfaction with the RL I plan to keep it a couple more years at least. I sold my previous Mercedes at 93,000 miles as it was going wong every which way. Eventually I will most likely get the the new RLX Hybrid but can wait for the Fanfare to settle down-along with the price while I bet my 06 RL will last another 40,000 plus miles with only routine maintenance.
  • tjazz1tjazz1 Posts: 2
    Great to hear. One of the tipping points for my move to a new model was the perfect storm of timing belt, brakes, heat shield, tires, and a few rust spots all needing attention at once--better to roll that $3k+ into a new one. Good luck.
  • michael0137michael0137 Posts: 58
    edited April 2012
    Got my taupe mats with the car - came from Chapman Acura in Tucson, AZ. They put new ones in it when I bought the car. You should be able to get them from Acura. Sorry - hadn't visited this site in awhile
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