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  • since they are putting in the two things we most desired - a higher horsepower 3.5 v6 and 5 speed tranny. Unfortunatly, these items are going in the MDX. Just read a review in edmunds and the new vtec engine/tranny combo sounds just like what we've been writing about here. perhaps that's my next move. not sure I really care about a v8 and/or rwd. Sounds like a very nice suv on paper.

    My '96 rl just turned 40k miles today. It is still a wonderful car and I'm happy to be its owner.

    Also, just replaced the michelin oem's mxv4 energy tires with dunlop sp5000's. The difference in handling is noticeably better and road noise is the same as when the oem tires were new. Got the dunlops for $41 less per tire. Not sure if they will be better in the snow, but in Houston, I'll not need to worry about that.
  • I like the current shape and size of the current RL.

    In order to compete/play with the others, they just need:
    - Dual automatic climate control.
    - Auto dimming mirrors.
    - All wheel drive (this will make them unique/an alternative to Audi).
    - V8 with around/at least 300 hp.
    - Etc. See what Lexus has to offer = as others have noted previously (long time ago).
  • I have been shopping ACURA RL and LEXUS but non of Acura dealer atitude is as good as LEXUS dealers. Have anybody thought about the same?
  • I have seen this and witnessed this many times. I have always had a positive experience at Lexus, and bought one a while back. Service was even better - I looked forward to it! While I am interested in an RL, we've had 2 Acuras, and the dealer experience wasn't even close - sales OR service, and it makes me hesitate.
  • Thank you for your comment.
    I even had an experience that one of dealers was cheating me. They were trying to sell me used RL at higher price than published price at yahoo classified telling me that was wrong when
    I visited the dealership after searched on the classified. Acura / Honda should know about these.
  • My experince at my local (Annapolis) Lexus dealer was dismal. I felt pressured and humiliated for not having caved into the sales manager (a very large guy) for not buying a Lexus. Went to Acura and was treated like a king. Frankly I liked the LS400 alot more than the RL I bought but the price difference was difficult to ignore.
  • rumorrumor Posts: 13
    Before I purchased my RL is visited the
    Lexus showroom. I arrived in my F-250 4x4
    truck in jeans/t-shirt/work boots. Stood
    outside in the parking lot for 15 mins then
    finally walked in the showroom and remained
    ignored. This the same dealership I purchased
    a new 92 LS400 at. (Of course none of the
    original sales staff was there any longer).
    Lexus does have a great product, and they know it!
    but I just can't get past the "L" attitude. Maybe
    its me but most people, not all, buy Lexus to
    be seen in a Lexus, period. Thank goodness for Acura. Great cars, can be bought at reasonable prices and last a long time. I also like the fact
    you don't see one on every street corner.
  • I will purchase an Acura RL before year end. The lowest price I have been given by the dealer is $38,800 for the RL without the navigation package. On this board, I've seen some posts of prices between $37,200 and $37,800. Two questions: 1) Is the $38,800 price a good one? 2) How does this compare to the price you were quoted or paid? Thanks for your help.
  • depends on where you are located. In So. Cal, there are so many competitions out here that I am sure you'll get a good deal. $37,800 sounds like a fair deal (without checking any invoice $) Tell your dealer this is all you're offering and see if they budge. My guess is they probably will since RL is not moving as quickly as the dealers want them to.
  • We just bought our 96 3.5 RL Premium yesterday, but due to an error in the paperwork we have to go back today. The car has 73,000 miles, and the dealership is offering a 2 year, 24,000(?) mi. warranty for an additional $1,100 or so. These cars are supposed to be reliable, but parts aren't cheap. Would anyone here recommend taking or leaving the warranty. Please contact me ASAP.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    I am a firm believer in extended warr just because one major repair (engine, heads, transmission, computer, air cond, etc.) can wipe you out. ESPECIALLY on a car with 73K miles, and you never really know how well it was taken care of. At 73K, on a Honda, you may be approaching the time to change the timing belt and water pump, a $400-500 job, I believe. On my Hondas, the manual recommends timing belt at 60K, but the mechanics all said can go to 75K, but no more.
  • Unfortunately, I checked on that (timing belt) specifically. It is a covered part, but only as a repair, not as a maintenance item. If it is suggested to be replaced at 75,000, then I would still have to pay for it regardless. The same would go for other maintenance issues as well. How many others here have had engine, transmission, or other expensive repair work done to your Acura/Honda before 100K miles.
  • I need to replace my Bridgestone original equipment tires (at 54,000 miles). I am looking at the Dulop SP5000 at $464 per set or the Micheling MXv4+Energy at $660.00 a set. Any suggestions or comments? Thanks
  • just replaced my oem michelins on the rl with dunlop sp5000's. highly recommend them. they handle better and ride as smooth and quietly as the mxv4 energy tires that were on it before. not sure if they handle the snow as well as the michelins but they are better tires on dry and wet pavement.

    aaron - if you bought your rl thru a dealer, it should come with a one year, 12,500 mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty. you should use that warranty until you get close to the end and decide then if you want to purchase an extended warranty. the dealer may want to pressure you to buy it now, but the terms are the same no matter when you get it. also, only get an extended warranty thru acura and not a 3rd party. these extended warranties are highly marked up - negotiate lower prices for it.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    I was not clear in my post to you. I did not mean to imply that the warranty would cover the timing belt. I should have stated that at 73K the car could be due for the belt change, and that if it was not done soon (assuming it had not been done yet) you would have other maintenance issues and costs, in addition to the ext warranty. Mea culpa.

  • We bought the car through a Honda dealership. They will service Acuras, but I don't believe they are an Acura dealership per say. They just told us about the basic 30 day warranty which is common on used cars for all dealerships around here.

    I believe the warranty was through a third party, which is partially why I am hesitant.
  • Thanks for answering my post re: Rattles. I'm glad they got it fixed for you. Did yours seem to be affected by certain speeds or type of pavement? Just curious.
  • WHat sort of mileage (avg.) do you folks get on your RLs?


    Take care.
    Joe W>
  • I get 20 mpg in town & 23 1/2 on the highway at 70 mph on 87 octane gasoline, I add a bottle of the better grade of STP fuel injecter cleaner every 4000 miles to my 2000 RL Navi. I started on the 87 octane from the very first tank & the car runs great, no pings or hesitation.
  • Just passed 1k miles on 2000 NAV RL. Mileage has ranged from 15 to 18 on the last refill. MPG has improved with each fill-up. Driving is a mix a city and highway. Have use pemium 93 octane as recommended as the price differential between 87 and 93 is very minimal since the surge in fuel costs. Car is great.
  • Sorry so many of you had a bad experience with an Acura Dealer. I was treated like s**t at Vandergriff Acura in the Dallas-Ft Worth area. The prissy sales manager told me to go somewhere else as what I wanted to pay was "not real". I then went to see Jack Pace at Mac Churchill Acura in west Ft Worth and got what I wanted!!! He has a reputation for dealing fairly on the phone or in person so if you live near north Texas you might check him out! (I have bought 6 Acura's now)
  • I have read all the posts here and no one has mentioned anything about the 2001's. I have a 94 Legend and love the car but did not want to trade for the current body style.
    Does anyone know when the 2001 will be released and what it will look like?
  • According to the Automotive News, issue from 2 - 3 weeks ago, Acura IS STILL DECIDING this year whether or not to offer the next RL with a front or rear wheel drive, and the next RL won't come up until 2003/2004 model year.

    The reason is, dealers in the snow country don't want the next RL to be RWD.

    To me, this is a long wait. Why don't they offer 4WD like Audi. This will solve the dilemma, and won't make me defect to Lexus.

    However, who knows, I am still hoping that maybe they will show the next RL at the Paris show the end of September. Honda is always full of surprises.
  • Can anyone give me some info on their experience with the RL 3.5 ? I am looking to buy a 97 RL with the Heather Mist color and want to know what is real world experience on owning a '97 RL.
    Also, anyone have a heather mist colr RL ? What color is Heather mist that normal guy would recognize? I talked to the dealer and he was not much of a help.
  • Just leased 3.5 RL in Kansas City, MO. They dropped the $1500 that the 39 month lease required. I got in with first payment and security. Could have rolled that in, but wanted lower money factor. Paying $540 per month including tax and title.

    This car drives like a dream. Just a tad less power than my 98 vette(ha ha). Lot easier on my back.
  • xcarnut:
    I used to have a 96' Heather mist 3.5RL - heather mist is a really light "champagne" color which you might have seen on the streets. It is easily to maintain due to the light color. As far as the car was concern - other than regular oil change / recommended services, I had a tranny problem with the car during the 2nd year but got fixed under warranty. I just traded in the RL for a new 00' BMW 528i a month ago - not because I have problems with the RL; it is just because I'd like to drive a bimmer after 13 years of Honda/Acura ownership. My RL was still in excellent condition when I traded it in.
  • could also be called metallic light biege. I have a '96 also and thought the color was fairly appealing at 1st and has gotten even better. Sort of grows on you. It doesn't get as hot as the darker colors and shows less dirt and grime. Really do like the shade. It will come with a parchment interior that looks very nice too.

    Have had nothing but good experiences with the car and the dealers so far.
  • Thanks for the info. I've been wondering about this whole heather mist color. Acura web page doesn't show the colors offered, this was a far better source for information.
  • Recently read in these posts where someone is using only 87 octane and the car is running fine. Is that the concensus among this group? Anyone using it and experienced poor results?

    The manual for my '96 rl states minimum of 91 octane. Since I have never seen 91, only 87, 89, 93 & 94 - I've been using 93. Totally believe it's a waste of money to put in higher octane grades than what the ownwer's manual calls for but also want to do what's best for the car in the long term.
  • for the double posts - my browser just went a little wacky...
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