So, in my searching for used 1st-gen Acura RLs, I have come across a few higher mileage 2nd-gen RLs also in my price range (approx. $10k). I would prefer to stay with an Acura based on prior experiences with the brand and should the need arise, the favorable reputation of our local Acura dealer. I've pretty much eliminated the TL from my search due to higher resale value and poor wear/condition of most used TLs I've seen. Either the owners are harder on these cars or they just don't hold up as well as their higher priced bother.
Wants/needs (in order of importance):
Relatively anonymous (this car will be parked on the street in my downtown neighborhood so I don't want anything too attention seeking or flashy)
The 2nd gen is obviously superior in many areas, but I do have concerns about reliability of a 1st model year new generation RL vs. the tried and true late model 1st gen RL. So, Car Lounge, what say you? Between these two choices which would you get, and why?
1st-gen 2004 RL
Mileage range of cars priced @ $10k usually varies between 75-95k
Specs: 225 hp & 231 lb-ft/FWD/4-speed automatic/0-60: 7.5-7.9 seconds
2nd-gen 2005 RL
Mileage range of cars priced @ $10k usually varies between 110-120k
Specs: 300 hp & 260 lb-ft/AWD/5-speed automatic/0-60: 6.5-7.0 seconds