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#444 of 490 V6 vs. 4-cylinder
Sep 10, 2010 (7:42 am)
I am considering the Equinox and trying to decide which motor V6 vs. 4-cylinder. I will not be pulling anything. Also front wheel vs. all wheel drive? I like the gas mileage the post for the 4-cylinder, but am worried I might regret it when I need to quickly get out of the way? Anyone bought the 4-cylinder? Any comments or info would be great. Thanks!
#445 of 490 Re: V6 vs. 4-cylinder [pjscott]
Sep 10, 2010 (3:46 pm)
We have our nox for 6 months. We test drove the 4 cyl. and we did not like it at all. We drove it for a half hour and did some hard accelerating. It was very noisy on full accelerations and lacked power when merging into traffic. We ordered a 6 cyl. FWD LTZ. My wife and I have said it numerous times-we are so glad we went for the 6 cyl. Unless you always had a 4 cyl.and don't mind some sluggishness when you need power get the 6.
#446 of 490 Re: V6 vs. 4-cylinder [pete6666]
Sep 13, 2010 (11:57 am)
I have had my 2010 FWD LTZ w/6 cylinder for about 11 months. I, too, drove the 4 cylinder and noticed a significant difference. The 6 has surprising power (with a little torque steer when you really mash the pedal) but for the small mileage penalty the extra "go" is worth it, especially in the kind of traffic we have around Houston. I don't tow with it, but I do use a cargo carrier with the hitch to haul coolers and assorted stuff to the beach and it easily accommodates the additional weight even with 4 people aboard.
#447 of 490 2011 LT-1 FWD
Sep 13, 2010 (4:58 pm)
Finsihed a deal on a 2011 Mocha Steel FWD LT-1 four cylinder with drivers convenience package. I did not go with the deal I talked about a few posts back since that Nox was gold and I wanted the Mocha. The deal broke down this way:
MSRP: $25500 (destination included)
Selling price: $24575
trade credit: $7700 (Edmunds trade value was $6890 for 06 Grand Caravan)
trade balance still owed: $4972 ($2728 trade equity)
Tax: $922 (6% PA sales tax)
Tag transfer: $47
Doc fee: $123
GM Card Points: $1500
Total Selling Price: $21445
This was a much better deal than I expected go into the dealership. He was 70 miles from me and had it on his lot. I got this price with NO haggling. His trade credit was $700 more than what I was expecting. I was extremely pleased with both the sales person and sales manager. They held no punches or tried any B.S. Before they came back with pricing I did make them aware that I had intentions of visiting 4 dealers today to find the best deal I could (this was truthful). After their offer came to me I still wanted to visit another dealership to see what they would offer.
The second dealership had an LT-1 FWD in Mocha Steel just come off the truck this AM. It did not have the drivers convenience package like at the first dealership so was stickered at $24670. This dealer refused to drop anything off of sticker price and was $2000 less on my trade. When I told him of the offer I had just got, he gave me the typical "Don't know how he's doing that!" line. But said he was not even going to try to match it and that the 1st dealer was probably just "dangling a carrot in front of me" and that he wouldn't hold to those numbers. I got out of there as quick as I could, called the first dealer back and confirmed all the numbers. Told him I'd be back in a half hour for it.
The F&I went smooth as can be also. Before filling out any paperwork I stated up front that I didn't have any interest in extended warranty's, fabric protection, waxing, etc. They said no problem and skipped by all that with ease.
I couldn't be happier as of now. The drive home and to the gas station was 72.3 miles total. 25 was city/ 2lane streets and 47 was highway. Set the cruise at 68 for the highway drive. The tank took just 2.159 gallons to fill back up for a 33.48 fuel mileage average.
There are deals to be made out there, just takes a lot of searching.
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Sep 15, 2010 (6:49 am)
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#450 of 490 Domestic vsM Foregin
Sep 15, 2010 (8:59 am)
For the past 12 years I have bought foreign cars. Now I'm considering possbily looking at GM or Ford SUV's. At this point, I'm not sure what I will end up with. I will write back in the future with my decision.
#452 of 490 Re: 2011 LT-1 FWD [wnuk]
Oct 23, 2010 (5:24 pm)
wnuk, thanks for posting this info. I found it while researching my own Nox purchase and it came in handy for reference. If it helps others, I didn't do as well but I left my dealership thinking I did pretty well. I know I got the better of them on my busted-up trade.
I got FWD 1LT (cyber grey) with the driver convenience and cargo management packages. My breakdown went like this:
1LT was an even $25,000
Destination was $745 on top of that.
Dealer fee I couldn't get out of was $599
My trade (-$2000)
GM Card points (-$1k was my max allowed)
"Loyalty/internet bonus" (-$1577 - I got them to up it from 1200 when i griped about the dealer fee)
tax was $1372 +$50 for the county
$23,522 was my out the door price and they included two years of scheduled maintenance (-$225)
If anyone is considering a car purchase, I did the lendingtree thing and Capital One came back with the best offer ($22k 2.68 for 60mo.). It's SO MUCH EASIER at the dealership when you negotiate the price without worrying about financing.
Hope this helps others. I'm happy with my new car so far!
#453 of 490 2011 Equinox LT2 Bought
Nov 09, 2010 (3:40 pm)
I found this forum very helpful when I was looking up how much to pay for my Equinox so I figured I'd tell about my experience.
I think I did decent in my negotiating which took about 3 weeks, mostly over email. I wasn't able to get any of the free maintenance plans but I did negotiate in free window tint on the front windows which is minor in the grand scheme of things.
My Nox is a stock, Twilight Blue LT2. Didn't add any additional features though I probably should have pushed for the Cargo Management package cuz now I realize I want that and will have to buy aftermarket.
MSRP = 26715 (included destination fee)
Negotiated down to = 25577
Vehicle Inventory tax = 54.16
Documentary Fee (couldn't get out of) = 150
Title/Registration + misc road & inspection fees = 137.55
Sales tax (6.25%) = 1613.31
I did get talked into buying the Execu-Care extended warranty plan and this Zaktek package that is clear coat protection. The reason is, 1) never owned GM car and heard they have history of problems 2) plan on keeping this car for 5+ years.
I read on some forums that both of these were stupid decisions on my part BUT I was able to get the finance guy to drop the interest rate from 4.49 to 3.99 to help cover the costs.
Warranty (72 mos or 60,000 m) = 1175.00
Zaktek = 236.00
Total before down payment = 28943.01
Down Payment = 3500.00
Financed amount = 25443.02
Monthly payments = $469