You might have to factor in a new timing belt on the 2011.
I prefer the 2009+ purely on looks alone, apart from the performance upgrades. I like the rectangular fogs, drl's, the updated grill and wheels. Worth the money in my opinion.Yes. In 2009, Honda updated the RL with some minor tweaks to the engine and transmission which improved torque and power... especially for towing. Also, from 2009 and up, the RTS and RTL models both include the full factory towing package (including the wiring harness missing on lower trim lines). The 2007 will have none of that unless a PO had it installed.
2009 and up have a trip computer and also added the MAF sensor (in addition to the MAP sensor which was on the 2006-2008 models).
The difference in price alone between the RTS and RTL is probably around $3000 as you get leather, sun/moon roof, heated side mirrors and probably a few other things I've forgotten. In my case, I do not care for the SR/MR and leather is a MEH to me... so the extra cost didn't represent value to me. If you have young kids or routinely carry pets, leather will be much easier to keep clean and you don't get the static shock from leather.
I personally prefer a 2009 and up due to the engine/tranny changes... and the trip computer. But I am somewhat of a gadget freak too.
All that being said, if the 2007 has been better maintained and operated than the 2011, that could be a factor as well. But that can often be difficult to discern.
All things that are wearable parts. The engine mount is fairly expensive for what it is, but it's not too bad. The labor involved is half the cost anyways. Bushings are easily replaced. You'll probably be $500-600 into it for those things. The spark plugs can be easily replaced on your own for about $60. Dealership will charge you over $20 PER PLUG and then about $100 in labor to change them. Stock iridium plugs can be purchased on Amazon for less than $10 per plug.One step closer... the Honda dealer's detailed inspection did reveal some issues the biggest being;
-passenger side engine mount turn, fluid leaking out
-front upper/lower control arm bushings are staying to tear
-alignment required after bushing replacement
Tires are mismatched in wear depth, spark plugs are getting close to being replacement, cabin and engine air filters are dirty.
All in all not so bad for 10 years, 100k miles I think. I've asked my local shop for a quote on the mounts and bushings. If it all comes together I'm considering doing that work along with the 2" truxx lift and upping the tire size with an alignment at the same time.
Fingers crossed, Monday is the day!
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