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Acura RL



  • dennis721dennis721 Posts: 62

    Actually I have had 2 Toyota Land Cruisers a Lexus Land Cruiser and a 2001 MDX prior to the Cayenne S. I really loved the LC's and the Toyota-Lexus quality. Of course I was very pleased with my MDX too.

    The Porsche though is a totally different animal, I really love the Cayenne S and like driving it but I still look forward to and miss driving the Acura RL at times. The Cayenne S is in a class by itself when it comes to overall capability. Being a Mechanical Engineer I really appreciate all the effort and thought that went into making it the most capable SUV on the planet. You know its funny though, after saying that I still have a hard time taking it out for a drive and leaving th RL at home.

    The RL is technically my wife's car, you may recall I traded in a 2004 TL and while I liked that car when I bought it, I quickly developed a dislike for the harsh ride. My wife loved the TL and did not want me to get the RL, not because of the cost difference, but because she liked the sporty apperance of our TL with the ASpec body kit and wing spoiler. But to me the TL just did not come close to being in the same league as the RL. It is not the luxury sport touring car that I was thinking I had purchased when I bought the TL. The interior space was a little too cosey for my taste and the ride was just too harsh-stiff.

    The RL filled the bill for me with the extra interior room, smoother yet firm ride, "ShAwd" and all the other tech toys like bluetooth, tire pressure monitoring, ect. Oh by the way, I love my Porsche, but the Acura nav system just ruines you for anything other than an Acura navigation system. Also I still cant get over how sweet the 300HP V6 is both in performance and fuel effeciency. The Cayenne of course has 340HP and it really sets you back in the seat, but it loves premium fuel 13/18 MPG city/highway and thats only if you drive normally. With my RL I am experiencing 16/26 city/highway.


    Take care JJ, I would love to meet you sometime.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275

    My wife thought the ride of the TL was much sportier and exciting than the RL, her choice, her car. Now it's my turn ;)
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Interesting how our wives enter the picture and manage to do their suttle nudging into their man's precious domain. Ha Ha Ha. The 2004 TL came on to the scene in Oct of 2003 and I was visiting our daughter in Houston and grabbed my son-in-law and the 2 of us drove over to Gilman Acura to see the Brand New long awaited re-designed TL. I was ready to practically buy the car unseen. We looked it over. I think back now. Did I like it? (It was a little different from my old TL) I thought I did. Sure, I mean,,,I really think I did. To this day I don't really know totally what happened. I think it was my wife. It had to be. After all why would I have changed my mind after waiting that long?

    So...OK ...she threw me a curve ball, or a slider or whatever it was and I changed my mind and waited for the 2005 RL. Best decision I ever made. ;) and she's lovin it!! :P
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    After all this time of people saying the RL looks like an Accord, I never really got what they meant, other than a very vague resemblance. Well, this morning I saw a previous generation Accord coupe from the front, and lo' and behold, it is quite similar looking to the new RL.
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131

    My wife loved the car from the get-go. She took small note of the stiffer suspension, but it had little or no effect. She never before expressed such enthusiasm! I drove home from Amagansett Tuesday and she asked me several times if I wanted her to drive.LOL!

    BTW, the car's sportiness and power washed away any criticism that I had expressed earlier re the stiffer ride. That was just the "geezer effect" surfacing!
    That criticism aside, I've been wild about the RL right from the start, as you noted in a previous post. I've been averaging 24/18 mpg, which conforms to stats that have been mentioned here.

    Did you take note of the new Technology Package that is going to be offered on the '06 RL? It'll include adaptive cruise control and CMBS.

  • t94920t94920 Posts: 3

    I am looking to buy a 05 RL in Northern California. Being allergic to negotiating with a dealer, appreciate if folks could let me know if buying below invoice for RL is possible? If so, how much below invoice?

    I am looking at a Black exterior with Toupe interior.

    Appreciate the assistance.


  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Taylord, Thanks for your sense of humor and for your opinion. I know you enjoy giving us a little something to mull over once in a while.

    Acuraphile(George), Your wife enjoys free chauffeur service in a great automobile...(chuckle) so does mine!
    Yep the new refinements will keep coming. The 2006 RL will have the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) + E-Pretensioners, the world's most advanced system for accident avoidance. CMBS uses millimeter wave radar to detect a collision before it happens and alerts the driver with audible and visual signals and by pre-tensioning of the seatbelt. If an accident appears unavoidable, the system applies braking force to reduce the severity of the collision.
    Enjoy the weekend my man...put your feet up on the ottoman and have your sweetie massage your toes. :D
  • otisnjotisnj Posts: 15
    Thanks for the info regarding the 2006 RL.
    I'm debating going for a 2005 (at the end of the model year to maximize negotiation leverage) or holding out for 2006. Any more information on changes for the new year? What about cost?
    Appreciate anything you can provide -
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) + E-Pretensioners, the world's most advanced system for accident avoidance.

    Yeah, that's a neat system. I tested it on an M45 Sport. It does a good job of snatching you into the seat and straightening your back.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Will CMBS incorporate brake preview?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Yes, it has it. (On the Infiniti M, that is. Don't know about the RL.)
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    When you tested it on the M45 do you remember how fast you were going and what object you were approaching? (The snatching and back straightening experience sounds interesting)

    By the way...Speaking of Infiniti, many of you readers of this forum may remember Mark Cincinnati. He posted in this forum for a while and eventually ordered an Infiniti M35 and as you may recall he had a longtime relationship with Audi having ordered 27 of them in a row. He changed his mind on Infiniti and was able to replace the Infiniti order with the help of Audi and has picked up his 2006 Audi A6. I actually enjoyed his posts in here while it lasted. An interesting guy!
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Interesting how our wives enter the picture and manage to do their suttle nudging into their man's precious domain. Ha Ha Ha.

    LOL :P

    I told my wife you can by anything you want, and she chose the TL, and I love the car, but it's my turn to buy a car. G35 coupe has the inside edge ;)
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    You said you love your wifes TL, but you want a G for yourself. If you go to the Infiniti line wouldn't the M be a better consideration or is the coupe your priority?
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I much prefer the RL over the M, however the interior of the RL reminds me too much of the TL although I love it. We have a nice sedan, so you are correct, a coupe would be a nice alternative. Darn, now you got me undecided again, I really do like the RL. ;)
  • jmatthejmatthe Posts: 51
    Acura was 3M higher. It is quite common here if you have a buyer at the time you pick up the new car, to work the trade though the dealer selling you the new car. The dealers have no affiliation, but both were cooperative to make the deal happen, allowing me to only pay slaes tax on the difference of the two cars.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    When you tested it on the M45 do you remember how fast you were going and what object you were approaching? (The snatching and back straightening experience sounds interesting)

    I wasn't aiming for anything. I was traveling about 50-55MPH and slammed on the breaks as hard as possible. I then swerved over the center line a little bit and the seatbelts cinched up really tight.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I drove the M and didn't like it. :cry: I was ready to buy an M so I drove 3 of them and still didn't like them. The dealer told me "no more test-drives, buy or go home" LOL Now I am considering many different cars, it's so much fun to consider anything. :P
  • sgl1sgl1 Posts: 34
    Anyone know if there's a way to retain the last setting on the multifunction display under the speedometer? I like viewing the wheel-torque meter and the instant MPG screens, but everytime I restart the car I need to press the up/down button to select the option again.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Yes, I believe you can customize those settings ...check your manual beginning on page 69
  • cstilescstiles Posts: 465
    I also like the SH-AWD wheel torque meter, but my beef with it is that the spokes of the steering wheel block your view so you can't see how the system compensates for the changes in yaw. I wish the display were higher up so that you can see it in your peripheral vision while negotiating curves.
  • sgl1sgl1 Posts: 34
    Has anyone had their headlights adjusted up to display a further distance? Is this an easy procedure, or will the auto-balancing feature of the headlights adjust the beam down again?

    I've had the car for a week now and this is the only issue I have with it. Xenon headlights brighten the road very well, but Acura seems to have gone overboard with trying to reduce headlight glare for on-coming traffic. Anyone else notice this?
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Yes I have had occassions where I flat out put the brights on, not in the face of traffic, but know what you mean. At times it appears there is almost a black shadow running across what you would like to view. :shades: It's not a blatant problem but maybe could be if you are outdriving your coverage.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Calling Acuraphile....
    (George) How's it going?
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131
    Pat (Host):

    I posted a long message this morning in reply to appears to be missing. Second time this has taken place in last month. Simply gone.

  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131

    I sent you a very long post this morning...very long and detailed, but it vanished. I realize now that the host must have deleted it because it included my E-mail address.

    I'm doing better: walking and driving, so I can't complain.
    My son bought me the Polk XRt12 XM tuner for my living room. It was installed Friday. Now, "Frank's Place" is my place!

    What is your favorite athletic activity? I've forgotten, though I know that you've made reference to it in the past.

    Is it possible to send an E-mail to someone on the forum?


  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,692
    Go into your preferences, and put your e-mail address in your bio, or make it public... Then, jjacura can see it, and send you an e-mail...

    That way, the spambots won't pick up your e-mail address from the message boards... Once he sends you an e-mail, you can go back in and remove it from public view, if you desire..



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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    George - I sent the post to you for you to repost without your address. You didn't get it? That was about an hour ago.

    Anyway, I just sent it again. If you don't get it, send me an email so I can look at your address (click on my name for my profile).
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131
    Thanks, Pat. I did get the re-posts. It took me a while to comprehend!

    Dan Rather once commented to a friend re a problem: "I can explain it to ya, but I can't understand it for ya!"

    I never look at the links on the left and was thrown completely by your instructions.
    I tried to copy my original post (deleting my E-address) but the entire message deleted rather than just the E-address. The post is a bit redundant by now, so I'll let my second one suffice.

    I had a great party at my son's house in Armonk.Ellen had hired a fine pianist who knew all of the old standards and was able to transpose in all keys. She shipped her full keyboard to the party and everyone who wanted to solo was able to choose the key of choice - singers know the value of that!!

    Thanks for your gentle inquiries and for your help. My E-address should be in my profile.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    >> My E-address should be in my profile.

    Yep, you got it!!

    Singers choosing keys is waay outside of my sphere, though, and everyone in my company is most grateful for that whether they know it or not ... ;)

    I'm really glad you're on the mend and participating again. Don't be a stranger.
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