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#19763 of 30575 2008 EX-L with RES/NAV
Jul 14, 2008 (12:09 pm)
After getting a ton of great information from this site, I wanted to pass on our buying experience. In St. Louis, MO we paid $32K inlcluding destination for EX-L with RES/NAV. This was by far the best price we could get and we negotiated for quite some time for this. We slightly preferred a Toyota XLE (with no nav) but the dealer would not come down from $35,500 ($33,500 after $2000 incentive) so we went with the Honda. I only wish it had an automatic lift gate; otherwise, I love it.
We did have one experience with the salesman that I'm debating how to handle. He was very nice but only with Honda for 6 weeks. When he didn't know something, he admitted it and got the answer. We originally didn't want navi, but they didn't have an EX-L RES on the lot in any color other than white, which we didn't want. When he introduced the model with navi, he said multiple times that it had bluetooth. We didn't really care about getting that at the time, which he knew. It was quite late when we were actually finished (2+ hours past dealer closing time), so we arranged to meet with the salesman this Tuesday to go over the car. In the meantime we spend a couple of minutes watching the DVD and fall in love with the bluetood feature, but then I figure out we don't have bluetooth. I did mention it to the saleman today when he called to check up on us. He consulted with another salesperson who also that the EX-L with RES and NAV came with bluetooth. I pointed out that one look at the steering wheel tells us we don't have it.
How much of an issue would you make of this? My husband is inclined to ask them to install it for free ($700+ for parts and labor). I want to make some issue of it but don't want this guy to lose his job. We've always had great luck with this dealership and particulary love their service department.
Also, any experiences installing the XM to Sirius converter in the Odyssey? We have researched it and it looks like a pain. Not sure if any installers will do this though.
Thanks for any thoughts/feedback.
#19764 of 30575 Re: 2008 EX-L with RES/NAV [marydove]
Jul 14, 2008 (1:30 pm)
I think the Touring has the Bluetooth.
I'm interested in learning about the XM -> Sirius conversion as well. I'm waiting to see what happens with the merger (maybe it'll happen in another 16 months! ). Besides Howard Stern, I prefer Sirius' music channels over XM's. I want my Alt Nation over "Fred," etc.
#19765 of 30575 Good Price for EX-L w/ RES?
Jul 15, 2008 (6:41 am)
Hi. I have been reading your site for a while and am hopefully about 5 days from pulling the trigger on a deal in NJ.
I did some donkeypunching and have received 5 quotes ranging from 32,000 to 32,200 out the door for an Odyssey EX-L w/ RES (based on the $1500 for the special financing). I am wondering if anyone in the NJ area is doing better or if this is about the best I can do from what you are all finding.
The price includes everything (NJ tax of 7%, tire tax, destiantion, tags, etc)
#19766 of 30575 Re: 08 Honda Odyssey, Ourisman Honda and Volkswagen in Laurel, Maryland [benf]
Jul 15, 2008 (6:58 am)
That podcast was awesome! I applaud the sales manager's candor, but I can't believe that he essentially admits that dealers take advantage of uninformed buyers and give low-ball quotes to potential customers to get them in the door.
The hosts should post the link for this podcast on every "prices paid" forum.
#19767 of 30575 Re: 2008 EX-L with RES/NAV [mike20878]
Jul 15, 2008 (7:28 am)
Yes, the Touring does, but unfortunately we don't have the Touring. We are just deciding how much of an issue to make of it because the sales guy said more than once that the EX-L w/RES&NAV had bluetooth.
There is an XM to Sirius converter, but installing it requires removing a lot of the interior panels. We are going to try to find a professional to do it. There is a ton of information online if you are interested.
#19768 of 30575 What do you sighn when you pcim,up your new car
Jul 15, 2008 (11:13 am)
I am picking up my new car tomorrow. What will happen?
What do I sign?
I alraedy signed a sales sheet when I left my deposit.
#19769 of 30575 Re: 2008 EX-L with RES/NAV [marydove]
Jul 15, 2008 (12:27 pm)
Just my opinion, but I wouldn't spend any money to convert to Sirius. The merger deal isn't 100% dead yet. If it goes through, you can bet that programming will be shared...
Jul 15, 2008 (1:31 pm)
I am going to purchase either an Odyssey or a Pilot in Florida. Does anyone know for sure what the holdback is for either model? Ive herd 2% and 3%. Has anyone had any luck buying at invoice less incentives less all of the holdback?
#19771 of 30575 Re: Holdbacks [myflodyssey]
Jul 15, 2008 (4:12 pm)
Holdback is officially 2% but effectively 3. You might want to be concerned about what doc fee you'll pay because they're sky high all over the Sunshine State, ranging from about $400 to $700.
#19772 of 30575 2008 Odyssey EX-L RES
Jul 15, 2008 (6:28 pm)
On July 7th. I took delivery of a 2008 EX-L RES. I negotiated the price over the net before entering the dealership. I'm pretty happy with the deal. The price below was obtained from Brilliance Honda in Crystal Lake, IL.
$184 Mud flaps
$129 Wheel locks
In addition there was a $150 documentation fee and $105 title and registration fee. Tax was an additional $1,919. I took advantage of the 2.9% financing for 60 months.
The deal almost went south after they appraised by trade-in. I was trading a 2000 Odyssey with 140K miles. The vehicle was in fair condition. They low balled me at $2,000. We settled at $3,500.