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  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Long time since I saw your posts in here...Good to see you again. Automotive News "Tier 1" Does that mean the RL will have finally "arrived"?
    Edmunds has had the RL in their Luxury Performance Sedans group since 2005 competing with BMW 5 series, Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac STS, etc.
    Looking forward to see what Acura does with the TL next model year. :) We've seen the 2009 RL.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    HI, jj,

    Fellow Acura loyalist I think Acura would somehow like to elevate the status of their vehicles to the BMW, Mercedes, Lexus level. Prestige is tricky. How do you do that? For one, they need to separate themselves more from Honda, as Lexus does from Toyota. A lot of Acura parts, I notice, are labeled Honda. That doesn't help the elite image. Also, as Lexusguy sagely observed on that other chat room, the TL almost always follows the introduction of a new Accord by one year. In other words, built on the Accord platform, the TL is just an upscale and sportier variation. That will probably be true this year as Acura rolls out the new TL following by one year the new Accord. Expect similarities.

    Lexusguy also observed that one limitation of the RL over the other elite brands is that there's virtually no choice of engine or transmission options. We'll see what Acura does. Prestige is a tricky thing to manipulate.. Infinti, by the way, would like to do the same. Their cars are great, but the name doesn't have quite the cache of the others.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    I agree that the prestige issue is very tricky. Acura has a very high quality automobile in the RL but has not been universally thought of in the same prestige level as Lexus and Mercedes or even BMW. Why is that? :confuse: Lexus Guy has some good points but there is something else that is missing. Is it the Bling Thing? :shades: PERHAPS!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    From what I read, Acura gets knocked the most for not offering an 8 cylinder engine and not offering RWD. Bland styling is also part of the knock, though.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    How can I argue with a hostess... :P (Good to see you are keeping an Eagle eye ;) on this tired old forum, Pat.) Actually though for me...When I see an RL, a Lexus, a Mercedes, or a BMW coming down the road I'll quickly look but I still do a double take on the RL. I love the subtle lines, the unheralded handsome good looks of the RL. I don't know about a V-8 in their plans but it is rumored that Acura is bringing on a powerful diesel that could be interesting. They have also refined the SH AWD in the 2009 and I can't imagine bringing on a RWD now.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Oh, I'm always here and it's always very good to see you, George and everyone else. You all should come around more often!! :)

    Personally, I do like the understated looks of the RL. I was just saying what I read. I guess we'll see what happens down the road. A diesel would be quite interesting!
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Yesterday I purchased an RL for $ 42500 in Bay Area Ca. I had to hassle with the trade but I got with my Lexus RX 330 1k less than blue book.

    Previously I tried out Lexus 350 and found it very fast but felt like I was in a sardine can, way to small for me. Also tried out a GS 460, luxury, fast, and very expensive at least for me.

    Just for me, I feel the Acura RL gives more for the money than the same priced Lexus. And I still love Lexus, but having owned two prior "Acura Legends, one excellent and one a pos, (89) I am looking forward to a good 100-150k miles.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

    We have lots of fascinating topics besides make/model discussions. Go to "Browse by Board" on the right and check them out. You'll find all kinds of interesting discussions in Automotive News, Smart Shopper, Classic Cars, Future Vehicles, Maintenance and Repair, etc. Do check them out and let us know what you like!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Enjoy your new ride!

    I have enjoyed reading your posts in the Inconsiderate Drivers topic, by the way. :)
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    "Inconsiderate Drivers topic"
    FOR REAL? Must be an interesting place to vent.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Thanks Pat

    My computer crashed several months ago and I had to rebuild it and I had forgotten that site.

    Thanks I just added to my list. I too enjoyed the posts as I do on almost forums.

    Good luck and stay safe to all.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Ooh, sorry about your computer, that bites. Glad you're back on top of things. :)
  • wilsongkwilsongk Posts: 6
    Looking at a 05 RL. The little tab on the upper left corner is missing and there is a hole there. Should I be concerned about this missing?? What is this for??
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    If it's what I think you're talking about, it's the Shift-Lock override. Aside from asthetics, it's nothing to worry about. Though I would ask if the car had to be towed for some reason and why.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    We live in Concord and I used to work that freeway and later I worked in the San Ramon/Danville area at various middle schools.

    When I would be coming home or going down at around 1-2 PM I would be in the next to the SLOW land at 70+ and traffic in ALL other lanes would pass me on right, left, or tail gate me. When my wife retires in two years, we are moving out of the speed zone which encompasses all of the Bay Area.

    Gas at that price sounds about right. I last got gas at $ 3.75.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

  • wmjwmj Posts: 6
    I just recently leaed an '08 RL with Tech package. On my '05 TL and on the '08 MDX loaner that I am driving there is an phone icon that indicates that my phone is linked via Bluetooth. From what I can see there is no indicator on the RL. I have the signal strength and battery indicators when I am on a call but nothing when I am not on a call.

    Is this correct?
  • bbrimmerbbrimmer Posts: 32
    Thanks JJ.
  • bbrimmerbbrimmer Posts: 32
    Have driven the Accord and it is a lot of car for the money. Strangely enough, the lumbar support couldn't adjust to a point where I was comfortable. Did test drive a Volvo S60 AWD. The seats are hands down the most comfortable I have ever experienced. Only down side is a smallish back seat.

    My end game may be to not have any car payment and buy a good pre-loved Acura RL or Volvo S80.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Perhaps you have to set up the bluetooth in the 08 RL. Also some phones and HFL modules are different.
  • wmjwmj Posts: 6
    It's set up correctly as it's been working. I just find it strange that all the other Acura's such as the TL and the MDX have an indicator and the RL doesn't.
  • bluerlbluerl Posts: 1
    Hi! I am a newbie here with a parts question. I have an acura rl 03. I recently hit the rear drivers side taillight and unfortunately broke the red plastic. The bulb and all else is okay...I have been checking online to replace and I am finding that there seems to be two different looking parts. One assembly has red and clear plastic (mine) and one has red, clear and yellow plastic. My taillight has a yellow bulb for the turning signal. I have the navigation package. (there is currently part for sale on ebay but does not look like mine). Some web sights selling this part do not show the photo in color. I am confused, and really was hoping to find this part second hand vs new. Anyone know if there are two different types for my rl? thanks!
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Here's a quote that caught my eye:

    Acura’s next supercar is said to be powered by a 550 horsepower 5.5L V10 derived from the V8 to be used in the company’s all-new RL sedan...

    It's an article about the next NSX located here. Hmm... I'm easily seduced by a V8. Now let's see if it cuts the mustard with the competition (and isn't FWD or front-biased AWD.) ;)
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,909
    Nice find. I kind of have the new car fever but with so much going on and changing every day I am just not ready to take the plunge.

    That new RL sounds interesting if it comes to pass but I think it might be prudent to have at least one high mpg car in the garage. Either some type of hybrid or the new diesel technology. Supposedly Honda is working on a new hybrid for under $20K that will blow the Prius away.

    2013 LX 570 2016 LS 460

  • ccgordo13ccgordo13 Posts: 3

    The '03 & '04 RLs are the same car, and have a clear plastic for back-up and turn signal, on the taillight. Available new at many on-line Acura parts places places (ex:Delray Acura, "" for about $215). I backed my '98 into the tire barrier, turn 6 at Watkins Glen. Used replacement (looked new) for $100, from Brims Import. Have a '04 now, actually built in April '03!

    "If this forum were any less busy, the server would fall asleep."


  • buckets1buckets1 Posts: 5
    anyone having trouble with afs on 2005 rl? dealer has replaced unit but light keeps coming up.
  • acuraphileacuraphile Posts: 131
    I'm about to choose replacement tires for my '05 RL. Has anyone purchased the Michelin Pilot Sports A/S? If so, how do you rate them,
    for both traction and noise, compared to the OEMs?

    Would appreciate any news .
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    I got a rear 3/4 glance of the new RL at the dealership last week. It's not nearly as ugly in person as it is in photos. It actually didn't look too bad at all. Will have to look more closely at the whole car...
  • my 05 rl came with michelin pilot hx mxm4. unless its the car itself i find a lot of road noise. on this forum there are a lot of complaints about road noise (where is this so called noise reduction system?) i would look into toyo versado. that is if they have the size. i dont have them, but understand they are supposed to be quiet. also you will find that when looking for tires for this car you are very limited to brands as not many make this size. good luck.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Can't remember where, but I remember reading recently that they're the best like-kind replacement tire available for this car. Expensive, but excellent.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,909
    I replaced my Michelins with Yokohama AVID V4S tires about a year ago. I am no tire expert but these have been great tires for me. Much smoother and quieter than the Michelins.

    2013 LX 570 2016 LS 460

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