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Infiniti I35, Sedan
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?
#199 of 293 Re: Details [fredvh]
Jan 25, 2005 (10:42 pm)
The sports package was discontinued for the 04 model year. Most of the equipment that came with the package was dropped and not included in the standard package. When I bought my 02 model, I liked the ride a little better in the standard model, but I wanted the stability control, which was only available with the sports package.
I currently pay less than $1,400 for a 12 month premium for my I35 and ML320. I was paying more before, but shopped around when my policy came up for renewal in Sept.04.
#200 of 293 Insurance
Jan 26, 2005 (2:29 pm)
About how much is the insurance for the I35? Is it significantly higher than the rate on cars like the Accord, Camry and Maxima?
#201 of 293 Re: Insurance [jchan2]
Jan 26, 2005 (6:03 pm)
Obviously, the insurance amount you pay will vary based on your driving record, where you live and if the car you're driving is more prone to theft. In CA, I paid about $850/6 mo, but here in SC, I pay under $700 for 12 mo. I have previously owned an Acura CL and RL, VW Beetle and Nissan Maxima. They were all about the same in CA. So I don't personally think the I35 is any more expensive to insure than other cars.
#202 of 293 Re: Update [jchan2]
Jan 26, 2005 (8:38 pm)
$28K for a base I35 seems like a ripoff to me. I bought at the end of September (in Virginia) and paid $26.5 + $295 dest + TTL for an I35 w/ cold/sirius/mud/cargo. I would think you could get a base I35 for under $26K, depending upon your area. I would certainly aim for the $25-$26K range. Good luck.