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#2131 of 3411 2004 vs 2005
Aug 15, 2004 (3:43 pm)
I'm planning to purchase a FX35 and I'm debating whether to get a 04' or a 05'. I'm not in a hurry to buy so time is on my side and there seems to be quite a few 04' FX35 available.
Does anyone know if Infiniti will offer any additional incentive on top of the low apr finance rate currently offered?
Some of the postings mention getting 03' FX thousands off MSRP in early 04'? How can the dealers do that unless Infiniti offer additional cash back to the dealer?
Also any chance I will be able to get a 05' at around invoice when it comes out in October?
Thanks all for the info provided. (Especially Wibbly, your info is particularly useful)
#2132 of 3411 Re: 2004 vs 2005 [quattro]
Aug 15, 2004 (6:52 pm)
Last month there was $500 dealer cash on the FX35 but I don't know if it is still current.
Last year Infiniti got caught with a few too many 03s so come January there was some great deals on the remaining 2003 cars. I was getting quotes of $5000 off MSRP the FX35 and $8000 off the FX45. When the 2004s came out last year it was possible to get one for $700 over invoice. At invoice on release on the '05 is probably a tall order but give it till January and it will be there or therebouts.
Sometimes dealers will just sell cars at a loss because it's better than having them sat on the lot, especially after the model year is not current. Also, sometimes the manufacturer will tie sales of older, or less popular inventory to the supplier of more popular models. One example was last year when Infiniti dealers that sold more I35s and 03 G35s got extra 2004 G35 Coupes.
Hope this helps.
#2134 of 3411 Re: 2004 vs 2005 [wibble]
Aug 15, 2004 (9:28 pm)
Thanks a lot Wibble. Sorry I mistyped your name in my msg.
Will update you on how my purchase goes.
Need one more advice. If I'm planning to keep the FX for 3 years is it better to buy or to lease? I've never leased a car before and I have no idea how well the FX will retain it's value.
#2135 of 3411 Driver's seat problem
Aug 16, 2004 (8:20 am)
My FX35 is 5 months old and the only complaint I have is with the driver's seat controls: they're slightly inconvenient to use (no big deal) and the hard plastic surrounding the controls presses on my right hip as I drive (a big deal). I didn't notice this in the 4 test drives I took before purchasing. Any ideas, solutions, comments? Otherwise, the FX is the best vehicle I've ever driven, but this will be enough to make me move on to another car.
#2137 of 3411 Re: Driver's seat problem [merlin]
Aug 16, 2004 (11:32 pm)
I did read elsewhere about someone having a very similar problem. They had extra padding added to the center of the seat and that fixed the problem completely at a cost of around $200. Have you spoken to your dealer yet? Maybe they could check out the seat just in case there is a problem with it. You may be able to get them to pay for all, or part of, the extra padding.
#2138 of 3411 Seat Controls
Aug 17, 2004 (8:17 am)
That was me who had the fix, and it worked pretty well. Not super-comfortable, but good enough that I didn't feel like I had to ditch the car. I've taken plenty of long trips in it, and don't have the pain I did before (or any, really).
Of course, now I've had some sort of engine trouble that has taken my car out of commission for two weeks as of today, and they are still baffled as to the cause.
#2139 of 3411 Re: Seat Controls [ncvol]
Aug 17, 2004 (1:01 pm)
Cool. What's the symptoms of the engine problem?
#2140 of 3411 Re: 2004 vs 2005 [quattro]
Aug 17, 2004 (6:54 pm)
"Need one more advice. If I'm planning to keep the FX for 3 years is it better to buy or to lease? I've never leased a car before and I have no idea how well the FX will retain it's value."
Sorry. I missed this post. The 3 year residual on a 2004 FX35 is 55% at the moment. The money factor is 0.00179 which is equivalent to an interest rate of 4.9%. Looking at a 2004 FX35 AWD with touring, a 3 year 12,000 perannum lease with the acquisition fee, security deposit and first month payment paid up front (around $1500) would be around $495 + tax.
Financing the same vehicle over 60 months with the same down payment would be roughly $685 a month. Both figures assume $100 over invoice for the car.
Something to bear in mind with Infiniti is that you can qualify for their best lease rates with a credit score above 620. Their best (2.9%) finance rate requires 720+.
Hope this helps.