Re: RES system
Dealer said it would be the same as factory, maybe he was just messing with me. . .
I think he is. I may be wrong and Honda will sell him the RES factory parts, I just think that is the case.
When we were looking at an Ody a couple of years ago when the RES first came out, they had an EX-L on the lot that they told us they could put in the RES, that it was the exact same as the factory unit. I asked them to show me. We went back to part dept. and they showed me the iRES and tried to repeatedly tell me it was the same. It's not.
The giveaway should be the price. The RES version of the EX-L is $1500 more than the plain EX-L. If he was to order the RES parts separate, they should add up to a bit more, probably $2000 plus
labor. If the price the dealer is giving you is less than $1500, then that should be a tip that it is not the same as the RES in the EX-L RES.
I hope you don't think I'm trying to discourage you. We all hate to see a dealer pull some shenanagins and give you something worth a lot less but at premium price. The sad truth is that dealers lie all the time. And I don't think the iRES is bad at all, but the price should be consideralbly lower than $1500, probably less than $800. That's what you can get a good aftermarket system for.
You might want to shoot Tim (www.hondacuraworld.com
) an email or call to ask him if they can really order a factory RES system and install it on an EX-L. He will definitely tell you the truth.