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  • If you use the computerized maintenance minder built into the RDX it will let you know the % of useful life left from the start of the last oil change. I would change the oil at 15-20% oil life left. You should not worry about how many miles you have put on the RDX, use the maintenance function on the RDX to let you know when to change the oil. Always use 100% synthetic oil, the motor is designed to use this type of oil to prevent premature wear. You could use conventional oil, but you can not use the maintenance schedule on the RDX computer. It is based on synthetic oil. An oil change every 3000 miles would be required to prevent damage with conventional oil. The RDX is a turbocharged engine which runs very hot, much hotter than conventional engines. This fact makes it more likely to be damaged if the oil is denatured/broken down and not performing at its peak for maximum lubrication. I suggest never using anything but synthetic, not necessarily Mobile 1 --- You can use any good quality synthetic oil. Mobile 1 just has the contract with Honda, it is GREAT oil but pricey.
  • Is that OTD price?
  • In Jan end I got deal of 2012 RDX for 32,800 OTD in bay area. Is that good deal?
  • drr98drr98 Posts: 80
    ^You do harm by spreading misleading statements here.

    Acura requires synthetic oil that meets the HT06 specs. Look for it on the label, without it, no warranty. PERIOD.

    NEVER, EVER, ever run conventional oil as advised above^ in your turbo 2.3l Acura RDX.
  • drr98drr98 Posts: 80
    That includes everything but ttl.
  • Nothing in my statement is misleading. I agree with you that synthetic oil is the only recommended oil. As my post states "READ IT" STUPID!! "If you do use conventional oil" NOT that should, based upon Acura's own recommendations. As I stated, the overall operating temperature of this particular engine is not suited for conventional oil, so "if you have to" follow use the 3000 mile guideline. If you find yourself in a situation WHERE synthetic is unavailable, then you have no choice. Also, if the product is out of warranty, it has no influence on what Honda will pay for period--NOTHING. I own two of these vehicles and know them upside-down & "backwards". I also have direct knowledge of all Hondas products and their specifications. The person asked a question about using conventional oil. What are going tell folks about using 89 Octane? Is this going to blow the engine up also? Similar situation, if this is all you have here are the risks. I don't recommend going against Honda's recommendations. But even Honda realizes you may be in Northern Alaska with access to the "recommended" product, so take as much precautions as you can.
  • drr98drr98 Posts: 80
    GFY...You did not say "If you use conventional oil"

    You said "you could use" misleading people to believe it is ok.

    Your Quote- "You could use conventional oil, but you can not use the maintenance schedule on the RDX computer. It is based on synthetic oil. An oil change every 3000 miles would be required to prevent damage with conventional oil."

    Your comment calling me stupid makes me wonder if you are secretly smart

    The point is use only HT06 synthetic oil in your RDX to meet Acura requirements and remain covered by the factory warranty.
  • Please bring the discussion back to PRICES PAID AND LEASING.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
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  • Has anyone been able to get a 2013 RDX below sticker at all?
  • dorsedorse Posts: 4
    edited April 2012
    I got a discount but nothing great. I ordered a Basque Red 2013 RDX non tech. Here is the deal:

    List = 35220
    Dealer discount = -1309
    Adjusted price = 33911
    Add dealer fee +589
    Trade in = 1500 (2001 Montana, very ratty interior, 140k miles)

    So I paid 33000 net plus actual sales tax and actual state title fees.
    Of course, they can work the discount and trade in numbers to make one or the other look better, but I think the Montana was probably worth ~1600. Coupled with the dealer fee which is nothing but profit, I figure I got about $650 off of actual list. They had a $1000 market adjustment on a supplemental sticker on the 2 techs they had in stock.

    BTW - according to the dealer, no non-tech 2013 RDXs have been produced. They are expecting my car to be delivered in mid to late May.
  • at the end, I just didn't feel the 2013 is worth $5k more with the cheaper CRV AWD system. the 2013s definitely have smoother and quieter ride, maybe too boring for me. I think Acura is trying to market the 2013 to DINKs, but I think they might have a lot of older folks ended up buying it. The 2012 RDX drives and feels like a sport car. The rider is stiffer, but not that stiff that you feel every bumps on the road.

    Anyway, back to the topic, I paid $34600 Plus tax and registration, title and those BS docs fees for a 2012 with SH-AWD and Tech package with roof rack, splash guards, and wheel locks. These 3 accessories have the installed price of around $900 total, so if I didn't work them into the deal, I probably could've gotten one for around $34200. I think I did OK with the current incentive. Gonna Pick it up next Monday after work.
  • balto2balto2 Posts: 4
    Sticker $35,780. Was offered $32,000 plus tax and tags today. Only 2012 non-tech left on the lot (I would want Base AWD). Salesman said there is a $1,000 Acura to dealer incentive included in his offer. I was hoping for more off since it's the old model, but both Truecar and Carsdirect indicate above $33,000. What do you think? Did not think the newer model was such an improvement and kind of like how the turbo-4 drove, but not the gas mileage. What do you think of getting this older model and what do you think of the price? Can I do better if a dealer has a few more sitting around?
  • Like you I would have hoped a better price since the 2013 is the model change for the RDX. If there is demand for the 2012, then they can hold to the price. I would think the demand is for the 2013, but if only one left, then might be a little stiffer on the price. I would think they might be $1000 below the invoice price. Non-tech should have a lower demand. The AWD base model for 2012 will get about 8-9 mpg less than the 2013, according to the "experts".
  • I wouldn't rely on Trucar or Carsdirect in light of the recent release of the 2013, The reviews appear to be very favorable for the '13 but it IS quite a different vehicle. You'll get hit with the depreciation and probably an insurance surcharge for the Turbo on the '12. Personally I'm waiting till the market chills a bit, the thrill is over and may bite on the '13 (when they will deal)
  • rdxrdx Posts: 3
    I am being offered 2012 RDX AWD with Tech package along with 1. Remote starter 2. Wheel lock 3. Cargo tray 4. All season floor mat 5. Door edge film.

    I wanted to know if it is a good offer?
  • Hugo_StiglitzHugo_Stiglitz Posts: 167
    Is what a good offer?
  • rdxrdx Posts: 3
    I am being offered 2012 RDX AWD with Tech package along with 1. Remote starter 2. Wheel lock 3. Cargo tray 4. All season floor mat 5. Door edge film.

    Oops ... in my above post forgot to mention the price. All the above for $36000( including documentation and destination charges)

    I wanted to know if it is a good offer and should I buy it?
  • Hugo_StiglitzHugo_Stiglitz Posts: 167
    Did you drive a 2013?

    What did the '12 list for?
  • rdxrdx Posts: 3
    I think the list price for 2012 RDX was around $38600. I did not test drive the 2013 as it is out of my budget.
  • Went in to make a final decision on a '13 RDX, and was almost there, till the price
    thing began to go crazy. Trying to deal with Gatorland Acura in Gainesville, Fl. The salesperson (and I'll name names if you PM me) could not give us a price. After more than a half hour he came back with 4 price sheets he got from his manager (PM for his name). He kept referencing that the prices were all inclusive, but refused to delinate what that meant. The beginning price was about $ 3,500 over sticker (base). He then listed some dealer installed options that it supposedly included. And I said that comes to $ 3K? Well he said no, but wouldn't go further. Then I asked about an $ 799 document fee. They admitted that was added profit for the parent company, Gettel Automotive. So I asked the sales manager who began to take interest in the questions I asked to get me a xerox copy of the sticker on the car we drove. He balked and then said he would. But never did. After an almost shouting session, and both the sales man and manager saying they had to make a profit, they admitted to a market adjustment fee as well. But would not give me the amount. When I got home and calculated it, that turned into $ 1,700.
    They would not sell the car without all the dealer installed options, weren't budging on price, and wanted us to trade one of our present cars at less than 1/2 of bluebook. We left.
    So they want the profit embedded in the MSRP, the doc fee profit for the parent company, the
    really overpriced dealer installed options, and an additional $ 1,700 plus their back end.
    Needless to say, I wouldn't buy a car from these folks.
    Also turns out after speaking with an attorney friend in the auto industry that some of what I have on paper from them might be illegal or at least violate FTC Federal Regs, and violates laws in specific states. Possibly not Florida.
    Don't get me wrong. We were impressed by the car and it's sticker price. Just not the games this dealer tried to play.
    Anyone else have any experience trying to deal on a '13 RDX ?
  • Hugo_StiglitzHugo_Stiglitz Posts: 167
    I wonder how long before they start calling you back. I hope you disinfected yourself when you got home. :) :D
  • chicagoan1chicagoan1 Posts: 7
    Above configuration has MSRP of $39,420 ($36,965 Invoice) plus $895 Destination charge. Paid $38K plus destination charge + TT&L.
  • Chicagoan1 the MSPR on the car I was dealing with was $ 38,020 for the RDX, Tech Package
    and Front Wheel Drive plus the $ 895 destination. Yours was the base I saw for the AWD version. Was told that AWD cars in the Southeast would be very scarce if at all. Sounds like you got a great deal. I shopped the car around by internet and have 2 competing offers that sound very close to your deal on the FWD model. No one was moving off the dealer installed options, but I got these last 2 to drop the doc and processing fees. (However, one Chicago area dealer quoted a required State of Illinois processing fee in addition to TTL-can't remember the exact figure but I think it was around $ 200) And these two have agreed I don't need to take all the dealer options. I'll post final cost after I conclude the deal.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.
  • Sticker on the base RDX (2WD/No Nav) is $35,215, including destination fee.

    I was offered $1,000 off ($34,215) plus $200 processing = $34,415 plus tax & title.

    Should I push for more, or is this as good as I should expect right now for the base model? Unfortunately, I need to buy within 3 weeks.
  • For what it's worth, I'm finding some (not all) dealers willing to get very aggressive with pricing. You have to contact a few dealers and find one that's motivated.
  • nas1964nas1964 Posts: 1
    Can you please tell dealership name, city and state? Thanks!!
  • mobil930mobil930 Posts: 7
  • Hugo_StiglitzHugo_Stiglitz Posts: 167
    You could buy those aftermarket kits though you may blind on-coming traffic.

    In my experience, the housings are different. True HID lights have a sharp cut off and are self leveling which halogen lights are not. I don't know if you could buy all the parts needed nor whether it would be worth it.

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