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  • hewittphewittp Posts: 14
    So quiet in here!
  • Hi Pat!

    Hs anyone ventured an opinion re the 2011 Rls that will debut this year? Will the smile be wiped off its face? The design studio may come to its senses and provide a more 'serious' grille.


  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    You can get the Japanese-market Honda Legend grille right now, provided you don't mind having the Honda H in the middle instead of the rather similar Acura A. (The RL is sold in Japan as the Honda Legend.) It looks much, much better than the U.S. snaggletooth.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Hi, does anyone know anything about the 2011 RL that is to debut here in the US later this fall? I've been told by others that Acura is NOT going to be putting in a RWD/V8 platform on the RL now? can anyone confirm this for me, because I thought Acura was still going ahead with it!
  • bufsol50bufsol50 Posts: 1
    Just turned in my leased 06 RL and picked up my new 2010 RL ...... got tired of waiting for Acura to make up their minds about powertrain specs ...... my decision was also prompted by info that I got from Car & Driver ....... supposedly Acura was very serious about V8/RWD pkg until the economy tanked and they got real cold feet about introducing a 70k high tech / high performance sedan in a down economy. I fully feel that the vehicle could successfully compete in that market segment but I wouldn't commit to that kind of money to be the first kid on the block to have one .... I always said that I'd much rather spend 5-7 k more for an S-spec RL (think M-5, AMG E-Class, S-spec Audi, etc.) I've owned / leased 96,00,04,06,and now 2010 RL's and have loved every one of them ....... and apart from a warped rotor issue on the 06, we've never had a problem with any one of them. I wanted an all weather capable sedan that my wife would feel safe driving when I was gone ....... she spun her BMW on some black ice and swore the Bimmer saved her live .... I told her not to get it twisted .... God wasn't ready for her yet ..... but we started buying Acura's and never looked back ....... We've owned em' all ..... high line German, American, Swiss, and even owned a Peugot 505-S, and I tell all of my Lexus LS, Infiniti M, buddies ........ for value, handling, and grin thrills per dollar ...... nothing beats an RL ..... in the meantime, I love my new RL just like I loved all of my other RL's .......especially when the weather goes south on you . :)
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited March 2010
    you know, I can understand them holding off with the reintroduction of the NSX because that obviously would be a extremely expensive sports car but I don't know how much longer they can wait for a RWD/V8 platform! they really need to add one to the RL so that it can compete completely with its other American, Japanese, and German competition!

    the V6 RL should slate in price between 42-50k with the V8/RWD option slating somewhere between 52-62k! a V8 RL should not be priced at 70k, that should be for a new model above the RL; what Acura will eventually need to do, and Infiniti too, is they are going to have to introduce a model above of the RL, and the M37/M56 in Infiniti's case, that can compete with the LS, A8, 7-series, and S-Class; that way the RL with a V6 or V8 option would compete with the M, GS, 5-series, E-class, and A6!!

    eventually, they'll need to bring back the NSX, which I am so looking forward to, and possibly 1 other sport/convertible coupe type, maybe a restyled/redone version of the CL because most of the competition has at least 2 different sport coupe models!!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Hi all, I am not sure if this was the specific discussion to post this in so I thought why the heck not and see what a bunch of you guys think! I have a 08 TL, actually my second, after a 06 TL I had and there has been a lot of BS spread on a couple of luxury forums on here, namely the one that questions Hyundai ever becoming a luxury brand on the auto news tab, that Acura isn't really considered a luxury make like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and Infiniti are?

    I have currently both luxury and mainstream cars and I can say with 100% certainty that Acura is just as luxurious as BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc! and this is based off not only my experience with the cars but with the dealership, service department, and corporate in regards to customer service etc!

    I have been having to constantly defend all our honors because I personally feel this argument is ludicrous, and while Acura certainly doesn't have a luxury sport enthusiast background (ie the lack of a V8 with RWD model) that doesn't mean that they are not any less luxurious then the other 5 in all sense of the word "luxury"

    I've argued that except for sport performance/super crisp handling, Acura provides all the necessary characteristics of a luxury brand, such as high quality, proven reliability, above and beyond dealership/service experience, loaner cars, high reliability, great technology, and luxury creature comfort! all of which make it a luxury brand

    I'm sick of people trashing Acura like they are rebadged Honda's while I have test driven Honda's back to back with Acura's I can assure you they are not simply rebadged Honda's!!

    I wanted to get all you Acura owner and leasee thoughts on this subject and suggest you visit the luxury boards on edmunds and defend Acura's luxury status with a passion and tell all the rest of the luxury car owning community, especially the sport enthusiast community WHY AND WHAT makes Acura a luxury line!!

    I personally and tired of hearing from the BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus people that Acura is a "wannabe" or "pretend" luxury brand - their is more to luxury then V8/RWD don't you think???

    Look forward to hearing your posts!!!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone, but Acura announced today that they are going to be getting rid of the RL due to years of stagnate and poor sales so for all you with RL's, savior them and enjoy them because it will never come again! ally-discontinue/
  • ed307ed307 Posts: 1
    The site for which smarty666 provided a link now carries an update saying:
    "UPDATE: Acura has released a statement saying that RL will continue to be the brand's flagship model and it's in no danger of being euthanized." As the satisfied owner of 2008 RL, I'm pleased to hear that, though for all practical purposes Acura been doing no marketing of the RL at all in the last few years.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Correct, I was just coming on to correct that b/c they posted the update yesterday evening. Typical Acura wishywashy behavior though! No wonder they are in the shape they are in!
  • tamparltamparl Posts: 42
    And typical Internet gossip and drama.

    Before the blog insinuated, and before the posting drama proliferated the RL was being dropped, did anyone link and source the Japanese press from which this manifested? It stated that the Japanese LEGEND would be dropped. For that matter, it did not even specify the LEGEND in other markets, never mind the Acura counterpart.

    Will the the current model be retired? Indeed. But does not that only open opportunity for a new model / generation? Do you see blogs posting RL Re-GENESIS!!!!?? Nope.

    Internet blogging and posting often becomes silly gossip and drama unsubstantiated. Chicken Little lives.
  • suv2002suv2002 Posts: 20
    We just traded in our '02 TL-S for an '08 RL/NAV with 23K miles. It's Certified Pre-Owned and in terrific condition. We haven't put too many miles on it yet but the car rides like a dream. I can't imagine anyone saying this isn't a "luxury" car. Our friends have an '09 E-series and the RL has a better ride. Granted there's no star on the hood but I can't seeing paying $10K more for it.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    No it wasn't internet gossip for God sake. It was a mistake on autoblogs part and typically they get things right so at least they came out and said that they made a mistake. Let's not go crazy about it!
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    I am very pleased with my 08 RL and I throughly enjoy the ride, suspension, acceleration etc. i.e I enjoy the overall quality of the interior and exterior. I also understand that posters post for different reasons. Having posted for years, I have observed many posts by im-posters which are still alive and well ad posters who are sincere. Which one are the readers who read this post?

    Hey if you don' t like the RL go to the site where you can get your accolaides and leave us Acura believers/owners/satisified customers alone.

    And no I have no financial interests nor do I work for , sell, or otherwise receive compensation from Acura/Honda.

    Good luck to all and stay safe. Oh, I forgot to mention the Rl's safety ratings all a the top, at least for the 08 RL.

    jensad :)
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,600
    Suggest that Acura fans check out the "Where Is Honda Taking Acura" discussion in News & Views. We're the original owners of a '99 TL (2nd generation), and have been very happy with it, but we wouldn't consider the lastest generation TL. It's too large and heavy, and we don't like Acura's current styling direction.

    Would consider a TSX, but the foot space for entering the back seat (between the bottom of the rear door and the bottom of the rear seat cushion) is unusually tight. I think it's a design flaw. Has anyone else noticed this?

    The rear seat of a mid size car should provide easy access, but the one in the TSX isn't designed for average size adults, much less taller ones.

    Acura needs to get its mojo back. Its sedans used to be innovative, fun-to-drive, and excellent values. The new ones are unremarkable, as reflected in the absence of new messages in the "Where Is Honda Taking Acura" site. It seems to me that fewer people will cross-shop Acura sedans if things don't change. Look what happened to the Maxima, a once hot car.

    I don't think expanding the hybrid line will do the trick, because while hybrids
  • tamparltamparl Posts: 42
    Indeed it was gossip and drama. The Japanese press ONLY specified the Japanese LEGEND model. It did not specify anyh other market and did not mention Acura or the RL at all.

    Autoblog insinuated the RL by posting the headline that the RL would be dropped with a question mark? Slick way to slide the truth,

    The YOU posted on this board the RL is COMING TO AND END! Exclamantion point and not a question mark, further proliferting a slant on the truth.

    This is gossip and drama and a disservice to readers who have not access to the source documentation.

    Postings like these do nothing but add spin.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    You really need to take a chill pill! I posted a mistake and as soon as I found out that autoblog made a mistake and Acura corrected it, I came on to repost that it was a mistake and error on my part. I didn't do anything wrong. At the time it sounded to be true and was posted on several Acura forums as well. I corrected the mistake but that doesn't seem good enough for you. Get a life man and stop making a big deal over nothing!
  • tamparltamparl Posts: 42
    Chicken Little sounds a little flustered.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
    Let's knock off the name-calling. Seriously... it was a mistake and it was corrected. Let's find something better to do than harp on it.


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  • 08acura0808acura08 Posts: 1
    edited November 2010
    I just bought an 08 RL with nav/tech pkg - Love it so far! A couple of quick questions though for the newb - Can the am/fm radio display station and song information? I noticed it can do that with the XM stations, but have not found a way to do so with the regular radio. The Display button does nothing in my RL when listening to the regular radio. My old 2001 Audi would at least display station/song info, so I'm wondering if this is some kind of software glitch on my Acura. Also, my night setting for the nav system won't show up automatically at night - odd, it worked 2 weeks ago when I first purchased, but now won't. Which leads to an overall question - do they electronics/software features of the RL's typically need to be tweaked every so often? Thanks in advance. Love the way this baby drives and handles...
  • Hello SMarty 666, I was crushed when we totalled our 98 RL and have since owned 2 porsche, A6, q45, and I am ready for a late model RL, I would be curious of your Residual? I am finding that most of the great deals on Certified RL are North East and Florida. I am looking to buy an 06 or 07
    Thanks, :D
  • viola128viola128 Posts: 5
    anyone knows anything about the new 2013 RLX? it looks beautiful! according to the N.Y. show, it has 370 hp and totally upgraded. I am curious about the MSRP, not shown.
    I am looking for a used RL, 09 or 10. is this a good choice or, Should I wait for the new RLX? am also afraid of the first generation thing....
    I had a legend years ago, had it for 13 years, loved the car !
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Everything related to style is subjective, I do not think your opinion of the looks of the upcoming RLX is wrong.

    I do however have an opinion of my own: this new RLX is awful, hideous, repulsive and ugly.

    First the power plenum TL (big nose, or beak), then the ZDX -- from what planet did that thing come from, the thinly disguised RDX (aka Honda CR-V) that drops SH-AWD for pity's sake -- and now this nauseating new RLX.

    Honda, er Acura is really slipping out of the premium class quickly. Why not simply do what Hyundai has done, create the Genesis line and sell them alongside their other cars.

    How about selling Acuras (out of the back) at Honda dealerships -- for there is way too much Honda in the Acura lineup. And, not counting the upcoming NSX, who does Acura think its kidding with all of its talk about being a Premium Car Line.

    Now don't get me wrong, I really do love my 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Advance -- except for its looks. And, so equipped this TL is an absolute steal -- its value quotient is off the charts.

    But it really ticks me off that Acura keeps coming out with FWD vehicles -- it needs to make ALL of its cars SH-AWD if it wants to even stand a chance of remaining or regaining Premium Car status.

    The new RLX's interior may even be worse than its exterior, it has upper and lower screens and the lower one looks like an add on, a growth, if you will.

    Even Chrysler 300 interiors have grown up -- look at a 2012 300 interior vs a 2007 300 interior, you can see how a brand can morph itself beautifully.

    Acuras from what I can tell (since I drive one every day) drive and ride great, have smooooooth engines and transmissions and the best damn audio systems on the planet. Their content per buck is off the charts and they seem to be excellent performers (albeit sleepers due to their looks).

    But, cut off my legs and call me shorty, they are the ugly, uglier, ugliest cars in the Premium segment they still attempt to lay claim on.

    Cover yourselves in butter and carry lemons, there's an Acura loose!

  • Just bought an 05 RL and wondering if I should upgrade the NAV system? Any opinions/thoughts?
  • suv2002suv2002 Posts: 20
    I would. It's around $100 for a new DVD and a worthwhile investment.
  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    edited January 2013
    (I'll preface this post by saying that this Forum is very stagnant and I don't know if Mark will even see this post. But the RLX is coming out in a few weeks and I did not see an RLX forum in Edmunds but I did find Mark's old post!)

    Mark, Your Post was interesting to me because First, I recognized your name right away from years ago when the 2005 RL was being introduced. I bought the 2005. Still have it. Still love it. At that time you owned something like 27 consecutive Audi's. You almost bought a new Infiniti M, I believe it was a 2005, but changed your mind when the Audi people encouraged you to stay with them. You may remember Acuraphile. He and I met in that forum, both having purchased 2005's. We still keep in touch today. He purchased a 2012, one of the few that came off the assembly line last year. It appears that Acura pinned it's hopes on the new 2014 RLX to be their long awaited new Flagship. George, (Acuraphile), now 87 told me his dealership has made arrangement for him to be invited in to be the first one to test drive it when it arrives at the dealership in a few weeks. He is excited! I told him to give me the complete story on it and I look forward to his assessment. If you may recall Acuraphile has a way with words and will give us his honest opinion. Until then I'll reserve my opinions. Pictures don't tell the whole story. Thanks for your assessment. So you bought an Acura TL huh. I never thought that would happen. Good luck.

    PS I see some familiar host names Kirstie and Karens... is Pat still with Edmunds?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
    Unfortunately, Pat passed away a few years ago (and we still miss her).


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  • jjacurajjacura Posts: 808
    Oh, I am sorry to hear that and I can understand how you do miss her. I will let George (Acuraphile) know. He remembers her for sure. After this forum quieted down I would check in every once in a while and she would always greet me with something nice to say. Pat was a good person.
    JJAcura (Jake)
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