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Old 23 Apr 2004, 04:34 pm
Rob G
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Default Car browsing on a day off....

It's been a while since I have just gone out to look at cars on the dealer
lots and see what's
new. My first stop was to a mazda dealership to look at the RX-8. Heaven
forbid I even dare
to ask for a test drive because these guys are super anal about this.
Actually they don't allow
test drives at all, but since it's nicer out now (no snow) they might make
exceptions. It seems
like a nice car and I was checking it out more because my friend is
interested in one rather than
myself.

Next stop was a honda dealership to get the oil changed on my RSX-S. It's
amazing how this
extremely nice honda dealership makes my acura dealership look like a total
dump. They are
owned by the same person who owns many local dealerships. A beautiful S2000
was sitting
in the showroom and I just had to check it out while I was waiting for my
car. I'm not exactly
tall or big (6' 215), but this car was a tight squeeze for me. No
adjustable steering wheel(?) made
the fit even more snug - too snug for my liking. A nice car, but I wouldn't
pay $51,000Cdn for it.
I checked out the Honda Civic while I was there and could not believe how
poor the headroom was
compared to my RSX. I lowered the seat as far as it would go and I still
did not have enough room.
This one had a sunroof, but so does my RSX.

The sales people I talked to said it's been really slow lately, maybe dead
is more like it for sales.
My local Acura dealership has seen a turnaround of almost all the sales
people and some of the
new guys seem quite inept. For instance, I pull up in my RSX a few weeks
ago, enter the showroom
and look at the 2004 RSX on display. The sales guy approaches me and says
"So you are interested
in the SRX eh?". I almost felt like saying "Get away from me!!!".

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Rob


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Old 23 Apr 2004, 06:16 pm
Frank
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Default Re: Car browsing on a day off....

Rob, let me get this straight, Honda will do repairs and
maintenance work on your RSX?

Now, I know that the RSX was based on the Civic, but I was not
sure if we can simply drive up to any Honda and have them do
maintenance work. Is this "standard practice", i.e. that Honda
dealers will repair acuras, or did you need to call first and
arrange for this?

I am asking because my acura dealer is 30 minutes away, but I
have a Honda dealer nearby. I also do not trust the Acura
dealershipy. They tried to convince my boss he needed some brake
jobs. He refused, and went to 3 other brake places and they all
said he was fine (i.e., he did not need any work). Three brake
"specialists" (independant and certified brake specialists)
cannot all be wrong.


"Rob G" <lost.in.the.zone@sasktel.net> wrote in message
news:108j2uk145o8f61@corp.supernews.com...
> It's been a while since I have just gone out to look at cars on

the dealer
> lots and see what's
> new. My first stop was to a mazda dealership to look at the

RX-8. Heaven
> forbid I even dare
> to ask for a test drive because these guys are super anal about

this.
> Actually they don't allow
> test drives at all, but since it's nicer out now (no snow) they

might make
> exceptions. It seems
> like a nice car and I was checking it out more because my

friend is
> interested in one rather than
> myself.
>
> Next stop was a honda dealership to get the oil changed on my

RSX-S. It's
> amazing how this
> extremely nice honda dealership makes my acura dealership look

like a total
> dump. They are
> owned by the same person who owns many local dealerships. A

beautiful S2000
> was sitting
> in the showroom and I just had to check it out while I was

waiting for my
> car. I'm not exactly
> tall or big (6' 215), but this car was a tight squeeze for me.

No
> adjustable steering wheel(?) made
> the fit even more snug - too snug for my liking. A nice car,

but I wouldn't
> pay $51,000Cdn for it.
> I checked out the Honda Civic while I was there and could not

believe how
> poor the headroom was
> compared to my RSX. I lowered the seat as far as it would go

and I still
> did not have enough room.
> This one had a sunroof, but so does my RSX.
>
> The sales people I talked to said it's been really slow

lately, maybe dead
> is more like it for sales.
> My local Acura dealership has seen a turnaround of almost all

the sales
> people and some of the
> new guys seem quite inept. For instance, I pull up in my RSX a

few weeks
> ago, enter the showroom
> and look at the 2004 RSX on display. The sales guy approaches

me and says
> "So you are interested
> in the SRX eh?". I almost felt like saying "Get away from

me!!!".
>
> --
>
>
> Rob
>
>



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Old 23 Apr 2004, 07:49 pm
Rob G
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Default Re: Car browsing on a day off....

I don't know the answer. However I was 10x more impressed with the Honda
dealership and service center compared to the local Acura center. The first
time
I had my oil changed at the Acura dealership last year, they had the 'new
kid' do it
and he made a mess. When the oil filter on the RSX is removed, it drains
onto the frame
which needs to be cleaned up after. They could also just use something to
channel
the oil as it drains so it does not make a mess in the first place. My RSX
was dripping
oil in 2 spots and I originally thought there was a leak. I was going to
make an appointment
yesterday, but the service people were not answering the phone. I called
them friday
morning and they said they were too busy. If Honda could not do it then I
would
have definately waited. I think I would still do all my warranty work with
Acura of
course, but I don't see why Honda cannot do the oil change.

--


Rob

"Frank" <NOSPAM@NOSPAM.com> wrote in message
news:athic.33712$w_E1.10335@news04.bloor.is.net.ca ble.rogers.com...
> Rob, let me get this straight, Honda will do repairs and
> maintenance work on your RSX?
>
> Now, I know that the RSX was based on the Civic, but I was not
> sure if we can simply drive up to any Honda and have them do
> maintenance work. Is this "standard practice", i.e. that Honda
> dealers will repair acuras, or did you need to call first and
> arrange for this?
>
> I am asking because my acura dealer is 30 minutes away, but I
> have a Honda dealer nearby. I also do not trust the Acura
> dealershipy. They tried to convince my boss he needed some brake
> jobs. He refused, and went to 3 other brake places and they all
> said he was fine (i.e., he did not need any work). Three brake
> "specialists" (independant and certified brake specialists)
> cannot all be wrong.
>
>
> "Rob G" <lost.in.the.zone@sasktel.net> wrote in message
> news:108j2uk145o8f61@corp.supernews.com...
> > It's been a while since I have just gone out to look at cars on

> the dealer
> > lots and see what's
> > new. My first stop was to a mazda dealership to look at the

> RX-8. Heaven
> > forbid I even dare
> > to ask for a test drive because these guys are super anal about

> this.
> > Actually they don't allow
> > test drives at all, but since it's nicer out now (no snow) they

> might make
> > exceptions. It seems
> > like a nice car and I was checking it out more because my

> friend is
> > interested in one rather than
> > myself.
> >
> > Next stop was a honda dealership to get the oil changed on my

> RSX-S. It's
> > amazing how this
> > extremely nice honda dealership makes my acura dealership look

> like a total
> > dump. They are
> > owned by the same person who owns many local dealerships. A

> beautiful S2000
> > was sitting
> > in the showroom and I just had to check it out while I was

> waiting for my
> > car. I'm not exactly
> > tall or big (6' 215), but this car was a tight squeeze for me.

> No
> > adjustable steering wheel(?) made
> > the fit even more snug - too snug for my liking. A nice car,

> but I wouldn't
> > pay $51,000Cdn for it.
> > I checked out the Honda Civic while I was there and could not

> believe how
> > poor the headroom was
> > compared to my RSX. I lowered the seat as far as it would go

> and I still
> > did not have enough room.
> > This one had a sunroof, but so does my RSX.
> >
> > The sales people I talked to said it's been really slow

> lately, maybe dead
> > is more like it for sales.
> > My local Acura dealership has seen a turnaround of almost all

> the sales
> > people and some of the
> > new guys seem quite inept. For instance, I pull up in my RSX a

> few weeks
> > ago, enter the showroom
> > and look at the 2004 RSX on display. The sales guy approaches

> me and says
> > "So you are interested
> > in the SRX eh?". I almost felt like saying "Get away from

> me!!!".
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> > Rob
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 25 Apr 2004, 02:46 pm
Jordan MacInnis
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Default Re: Car browsing on a day off....

yeah i don't have an acura dealer in my city, so Honda does all my stuff,
they even replaced a faulty windshield under warranty the first time i went
there.


"Rob G" <lost.in.the.zone@sasktel.net> wrote in message
news:108jedlpnrhls48@corp.supernews.com...
> I don't know the answer. However I was 10x more impressed with the Honda
> dealership and service center compared to the local Acura center. The

first
> time
> I had my oil changed at the Acura dealership last year, they had the 'new
> kid' do it
> and he made a mess. When the oil filter on the RSX is removed, it drains
> onto the frame
> which needs to be cleaned up after. They could also just use something

to
> channel
> the oil as it drains so it does not make a mess in the first place. My

RSX
> was dripping
> oil in 2 spots and I originally thought there was a leak. I was going to
> make an appointment
> yesterday, but the service people were not answering the phone. I called
> them friday
> morning and they said they were too busy. If Honda could not do it then I
> would
> have definately waited. I think I would still do all my warranty work

with
> Acura of
> course, but I don't see why Honda cannot do the oil change.
>
> --
>
>
> Rob
>
> "Frank" <NOSPAM@NOSPAM.com> wrote in message
> news:athic.33712$w_E1.10335@news04.bloor.is.net.ca ble.rogers.com...
> > Rob, let me get this straight, Honda will do repairs and
> > maintenance work on your RSX?
> >
> > Now, I know that the RSX was based on the Civic, but I was not
> > sure if we can simply drive up to any Honda and have them do
> > maintenance work. Is this "standard practice", i.e. that Honda
> > dealers will repair acuras, or did you need to call first and
> > arrange for this?
> >
> > I am asking because my acura dealer is 30 minutes away, but I
> > have a Honda dealer nearby. I also do not trust the Acura
> > dealershipy. They tried to convince my boss he needed some brake
> > jobs. He refused, and went to 3 other brake places and they all
> > said he was fine (i.e., he did not need any work). Three brake
> > "specialists" (independant and certified brake specialists)
> > cannot all be wrong.
> >
> >
> > "Rob G" <lost.in.the.zone@sasktel.net> wrote in message
> > news:108j2uk145o8f61@corp.supernews.com...
> > > It's been a while since I have just gone out to look at cars on

> > the dealer
> > > lots and see what's
> > > new. My first stop was to a mazda dealership to look at the

> > RX-8. Heaven
> > > forbid I even dare
> > > to ask for a test drive because these guys are super anal about

> > this.
> > > Actually they don't allow
> > > test drives at all, but since it's nicer out now (no snow) they

> > might make
> > > exceptions. It seems
> > > like a nice car and I was checking it out more because my

> > friend is
> > > interested in one rather than
> > > myself.
> > >
> > > Next stop was a honda dealership to get the oil changed on my

> > RSX-S. It's
> > > amazing how this
> > > extremely nice honda dealership makes my acura dealership look

> > like a total
> > > dump. They are
> > > owned by the same person who owns many local dealerships. A

> > beautiful S2000
> > > was sitting
> > > in the showroom and I just had to check it out while I was

> > waiting for my
> > > car. I'm not exactly
> > > tall or big (6' 215), but this car was a tight squeeze for me.

> > No
> > > adjustable steering wheel(?) made
> > > the fit even more snug - too snug for my liking. A nice car,

> > but I wouldn't
> > > pay $51,000Cdn for it.
> > > I checked out the Honda Civic while I was there and could not

> > believe how
> > > poor the headroom was
> > > compared to my RSX. I lowered the seat as far as it would go

> > and I still
> > > did not have enough room.
> > > This one had a sunroof, but so does my RSX.
> > >
> > > The sales people I talked to said it's been really slow

> > lately, maybe dead
> > > is more like it for sales.
> > > My local Acura dealership has seen a turnaround of almost all

> > the sales
> > > people and some of the
> > > new guys seem quite inept. For instance, I pull up in my RSX a

> > few weeks
> > > ago, enter the showroom
> > > and look at the 2004 RSX on display. The sales guy approaches

> > me and says
> > > "So you are interested
> > > in the SRX eh?". I almost felt like saying "Get away from

> > me!!!".
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> > >
> > > Rob
> > >
> > >

> >
> >

>
>



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Old 05 Jul 2004, 02:41 pm
skydigger123
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Default Re: Car browsing on a day off....

It depends on the dealership. For example in my town in British
Columbia our local Honda dealership cannot do warranty work on the
Acura vehicles, so I have to drive to Acura about 1.5hrs away. They
can do minor stuff like replace windows and such however. I just
seem to prefer the drive to Acura though, the mechanics probably know
both engines inside out but just feels better going to the actual
dealership for some reason. :-|


On Fri, 23 Apr 2004 23:16:22 GMT, "Frank" <NOSPAM@NOSPAM.com> wrote:

>Rob, let me get this straight, Honda will do repairs and
>maintenance work on your RSX?
>
>Now, I know that the RSX was based on the Civic, but I was not
>sure if we can simply drive up to any Honda and have them do
>maintenance work. Is this "standard practice", i.e. that Honda
>dealers will repair acuras, or did you need to call first and
>arrange for this?
>


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