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Infiniti I35, Sedan
#189 of 293 Re: Infiniti I35 [jchan2]
Jan 17, 2005 (9:00 am)
I'm not sure if waiting another month will get you a lower price, as the dealer's cost will probably be the same, unless Infiniti corporate comes up with more incentive dollars. Then again, you might miss out if you wait longer, as they might sell out before you get there. The I35 is an attractive buy right now due to the 05 models coming out, at higher prices. Plus, they're already thousands less than the TL and ES330, and even the new Maxima. You might try looking for slightly used 2004 or 2003 model with a few thousand miles on it. You might be able to get it for a little less than $25k on the 04 model, even less for the 03 model, and the warranty will still be the same as a new one.
The loaners are Infiniti models, lately they have been G35's. The official loaner program is only during the warranty period, and you get one no matter why you bring your car in, whether for service or warranty work. Some dealers will give you a loaner after the warranty period for service work for as long as you own a car purchased from them. I used to live close to my dealer, but have moved across the country and now the closest dealer is about 80 miles away. So when I take my car in, if they have to order a part, they will let me keep the loaner until the part arrives and my car is ready. It avoids me having to put add'l miles driving back and forth to the dealer. The last 2 times it happened, I kept the loaner over a long weekend. I have found no matter what Infiniti dealer I go to for service or warranty, the way I am treated is always consistent; with respect and no hassles. It's totally worth it to me for the extra bucks I paid.
#190 of 293 Re: Infiniti I35 [jchan2]
Jan 17, 2005 (12:57 pm)
The 04 I35 is similar (if not mechanically identical) to my 03 Max GLE. I spent $26.5k (before tax and tags) on mine, fully loaded except NAV. If you can get a new I35 at $26k, I think that is a good deal, especially when you get an extra year of warranty and supposedly better dealer service.
I haven't had any problem with my Max, only routine recall items (datadots and crank shaft I believe) that were done free and easily fixed within a couple of hours. The 03 is my third Max, which I believe is a very reliable car, just like my prior Maxes.
Did someone say there is going to be an 05 I35? It is surprising that Infiniti wants to keep the only car with that platform, as the Murano, Max and Altima now share the same platform.
Jan 17, 2005 (3:17 pm)
I think I'll be test driving an I35 soon; just don't know how soon. And the I35 is supposedly being replaced by the M35, which is now priced beginning at somewhere around $39,000. I'll try for $25,000 on the I35, but if I don't get it, I think $26,000-$26,500 should be reasonable.
What do you guys think about the service experience at the Infiniti dealer? How much does an oil change there normally cost?
#192 of 293 Re: OK [jchan2]
Jan 20, 2005 (11:04 am)
..... The M45 has been out for a couple of years now .. the "new" M35/45 will be out in another week and your looking at $43/$45+ .. drive the I35 and see what you think, the 04 I35 is pretty strong on the used car side - dealers are paying the strong $22/$23ish range at the auctions and seeing $25/$26 on the Retail side for the ones with 7/10k ... if you could get a new one for the $27ish range that would be a deal ..............................
Jan 21, 2005 (4:03 pm)
The dealership's internet department has offered me two interesting situations:
A: A brand new 2004 Infiniti I35 with no options but a few accessories: Price: $27,988
B: A used 2003 Infiniti I35 with the Cold Weather Package and "low miles" for about five thousand less- or around $22,900. I have asked the dealership for details on this used car.
Thoughts? Opinions? I plan on test driving the I35 very soon.
#194 of 293 Re: Update [jchan2]
Jan 21, 2005 (5:58 pm)
...... You need to find out what "low miles" means, there's a big difference between 12k and 30k value wise - CPO.? .. run a Carsmack and check the service history in the service department after you drive it ...
Jan 22, 2005 (1:09 pm)
on the 03' I35 are as follows:
Cold Weather Package
about 21K miles
Owned by dealership owner's father
Price: $23,985 with CPO warranty; $23,100 without CPO warranty
#196 of 293 Re: Details [jchan2]
Jan 24, 2005 (8:29 pm)
The big differences between the the 04 and the 03 are in the sports package and cold weather package. You get uniques wheels and wider tires, stability control, a slightly lower ride height, heated seats, heated mirrors, and heated steering wheel. When new, the price of the two packages was about $2,350. So now the difference is now over $7,000, if the 04 could be comparably equipped. I think you can dicker on the 03 a bit and get them down to maybe the $22k area. I would drive them back to back so you can feel the difference between the sport pkg and non-sport pkg.
#197 of 293 Re: Details [jhinsc]
Jan 25, 2005 (2:30 pm)
The dealership has said that it would have been gone by Monday, so I let it pass. Whether that statement was true or just a ploy to get me to rush in and buy a car I won't know, but it seems like the dealer will be much more willing to negotiate on the price of the 04 than the 03.
#198 of 293 Re: Details [jhinsc]
Jan 25, 2005 (2:44 pm)
Does the '04 I35 have the Sports Pkg.? There is not a sports pkg. anymore but does that mean that all of the '04s have it as standard equipment?
My insurance company quotes me insurance for the I35 as $200-$300 per year more than cars such as the Camry XLE, etc. Does anyone know why that is?