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Acura CL



  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Yup.. that's what Acura calls it in the manual
  • cyber_xcyber_x Posts: 37 it - thanks cyranno99!
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Now I don't have to call my base CL "base" anymore. A free upgrade.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    cyber_x - you're welcome

    garypen - yeah.. Acura tries hard to make you feel good, don't they? :)
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    In order for something to be "premium", doesn't there have to be a basic version for it to be better than?

    It reminds me of fast food restaurants that don't serve "small" drinks, only medium, large, and super-size. By very definitionof the word, "medium" cannot be the smallest.

  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    I suppose that the base version of the CL Premium is the Accord V6 :)
  • jettsonjettson Posts: 23
    Congratulations on your purchase! I've had my CL-S for about two weeks now and I love it more each day I drive it.

    Let us know when you take delivery. I'm sure you will not regret your decision!
  • dee35dee35 Posts: 11
    Hi garypen,

    I know what you mean. I also had no idea that I could afford an Acura. When we tell people what kind of car we got, they get kind of their thinking, "they must make a lot of money." In fact, friends of ours just bought a Chrysler 300M. They had that same reaction. I went on Edmunds and priced the car that they bought. It was within just a couple grand of mine. If they had only known! LOL Bet they'd be driving an Acura, now!
    I drove a Grand Prix GTP for 6 years. It was a lot of fun to drive, but noisy and cost me plenty in repairs. I priced the new ones and almost had a heart attack when the MSRP was $27,000 plus. Next stop was the Acura dealer. GM wasn't even in the running after that.

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    The Acuras are remarkably affordable. My wife, who is Japanese and feels a product's quality is directly related to price, doesn't want to tell people she paid only $26K. She insists on using the msrp of $28,500!

    I told her to only tell her Japanese friends that she paid that. Her American friends will think she's an idiot if she paid msrp, and will respect her more for saving $2500, exactly the opposite of her Japanese friends!

    That attitude might also explain the difference in the quality between our GM cars and the Acuras.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    I was thinking V6 before I bought the CL. The top of my list was the Maxima, but the current body style just wasn't for me. I noticed that the TL was in the same price range and was significantly better equipped. Then I noticed how much improved the 2nd generation CL is over the 1st gen. I thought to myself... yeah, I could buy something in this price range and won't cry so much if I get dinged. I don't want to spend too much on a car since I do have other wants that are just as important or even more so.
  • jettsonjettson Posts: 23
    Dee & Garypen:
    I can definitely relate to your statements regarding the affordability of Acura's. Had I known 3 months ago what I know now, I would never have purchased the Accord EX-V6. (As you may remember from my previous posts, I traded it in for a CL-S a couple of weeks ago.) I think all my co-workers think I make much more money than them. NOT! I just found out that Acura's are very, very reasonably priced.

    Wow, you won't cry much if you get dinged? I'm impressed. I'll cry like a baby if I get a ding! BTW, totally off subject, my Siamese cat's name is Cyranno. He's pretty smart, too!
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    jettson - so does that mean I can sit on your lap? ;).... bad Cyranno.. bad.... yeah, I already have a couple of small, but noticeable scratches and dings. I've never totaled a car before so I don't know how I would react if I would... knock on fake wood trim.

    Here's a good reason to rejoice for buying a CL.

  • oooh...naughty Cyranno...I might have to make you spend the night outside...

    Well, back to car talk now...
  • Can those of you who have made recent purchases let us know how much you paid. How much off MSRP can I expect on a 2002. Your input would be welcome.
  • 2002 pricing will not be available until the cars hit the dealership lots. If you want to buy, now is the time to buy a 2001. You will not get as of a deal on a 2002 as on a 2001. There are zero significant changes to the 2002. If you are waiting for a manual, you will be waiting until next Spring. I'd get the 2001.
    If you want to lease, you may be better off waiting for a 2002 due to residule rate advantages with the 2002 vs. a 2001.
  • dee35dee35 Posts: 11
    I just got my 2001 CL-S(no navi) on August 11th.
    I paid $28,462 plus $695 for the spoiler. Dealer invoice is $28,128 and Edmunds TMV is $28,513.
    The going price in my area(NJ-Phila) is $500 over dealer invoice, so I paid less than that. Honestly, if I had paid full sticker price, the car would still have been worth it! I love my car!

    My car was rear-ended when it was 5 days old. It was in the shop all last week and over this weekend. I hope to get it back on Tuesday, so I can get back to the euphoria of driving it! Gonna order some of that Zaino and get to work next weekend.

  • I don't know where you live, but here in Northern California you can get a 2001 CL-S with Navi for about $200 - $400 over invoice. Same for CL-S no Navi. Most (if not all) come with wheel locks, mud flaps, and personalized floor mats.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    CL Base (I mean Premium) is $25,995 in San Jose.
  • jace1jace1 Posts: 23
    I am looking at a 98 2.3 base in silver, 5 speed with alloys, 52K. For sale by a Linc/Merc dealer and appears to be an off-lease vehicle. It was very closely inspecte by a Honda/Acura independent tech. who is very good and pronounced it healthy. I would judge cond. as clean with a few minor ext. blems.

    This dealer has now had the car for about 3-4 months (Portland, ME) and has not moved it. Asking price is 16k. I am thinking of an offer in the 12k range. I will still need to run carfax and there is no service history known. Any thoughts on this one? Thanks for replies.

  • bjrichbjrich Posts: 125
    We have a 97 CL 2.2 automatic with 52000 and I would not take $12,000 for it. IT runs so sweetly. New tires at 42,000, and a battery at 36,000.I do not know what a base model is..I presume it does not have leather or a sunroof????Is it a truly a "SHARP" Car?I would compare it to perhaps an Accord LX with a stick?????May be a good deal!Just IMO>>>>>
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,375
    Jace...what does the car price out at using Edmunds True Market Value?

    The key here is you have to make sure the dealer has taken out the mileage penalty...52K miles is, after all, about 1/3 the cars's useful life, and the best 1/3rd at that. You could lowball him, he'll probably counter-offer if he thinks you are serious. Obviously, a car that hasn't moved for 3-4 months is overpriced or in some other way unattractive to buyers.

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  • jace1jace1 Posts: 23
    Thanks Shifty,

    Edmunds TMV for dealer retail is 14,138 with the mileage factored in (52K). Private sale comes out at 12,900 with the trade value at 11,750. My figure of 12,000 would quailfy as a low ball offer to a dealer and would probably draw a counter as you noted. Perhaps this offer would be better suited to an Accord coupe.

    The mileage is surely ST I need to consider as I would be planning to use the car for 100k+. I suspect the key factors in the car not moving are: no Acura dealer in Maine so limited exposure to the brand; manual trans.; no leather; no service hx.

  • dee35dee35 Posts: 11
    Hi all!

    I just got my beautiful 2001 red CL-S back tonight. The body shop did a great job! I don't think anyone could ever tell the trunk was damaged and the bumper replaced. I wish they did a better job cleaning up all that filler dust though. It was even inside the car.

    I had to retrain my foot. I was driving a Sunfire all last week and I guess it needed more encouragement to go. My car kept jumping forward...I guess it was as eager to get out of there as I was!

    Well, now I can resume my new car experience. It thunderstormed on my way home from the body shop. I pulled it into the garage and dried it off with some towels. I have never babied a car so much in my life! It must be love!

    Happy driving!

  • I'm so glad you have your baby back. Plus, it sounds like you are very happy with the work. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

    If I see a woman driving around in a shiny red CL-S with a huge smile on her face, I'll wave to you!
  • dee35dee35 Posts: 11
    If I see someone in a shiny blue CL, I'll wave to you, too. Not much chance of that though, since I'm in NJ and your in CA!

    Hey, maybe all Acura CL drivers should start waving at each other with big goofy grins on their faces! Kinda like what they do with Harley's, but I guess they're too cool for the goofy grins!

    See ya!
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    They already do! Some guy in a silver CL waved to my wife in her silver CL yesterday.

    Hey. Wait a second. That guy was flirting with my wife. I oughta slug him! ;-)
  • Gary.. next time.. wave a fist at him :)
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I live in CA. He may shoot me.
  • San Jose, he'll more likely throw his cup of Starbucks or Jamba Juice on you and then try to belittle you with his bigger salary. Unless he's a dot-commer, in which case he'll rob you. =)
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