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#45 of 105 Contradictory 2007 info?
Jun 25, 2006 (8:49 pm)
If you go to nissannews.com, there is a press release that says, among other things, the 2006 Journey Package items are now standard equipment on all 2007 models, except for the base M35. It lists those items to include climate controlled seats, rear-view monitor, HIDs and the Bose system.
However, as others have mentioned, when you go to "build" a M35x on the Infiniti website, HIDs are a stand-alone option, and require the technology and, I believe, the advanced technology package.
I really hope this isn't right, as I consider the HIDs a necessity in this class, and wouldn't want to be forced to order those other pricey and, in my case, unnecessary, packages.
Time will tell, huh?
#46 of 105 Re: Contradictory 2007 info? [breld]
Jun 26, 2006 (4:55 am)
For 2007, Nissan moved the rear monitor to the technology group...and that group is the same price across the board (see the same press release). Time will tell, but I would bet that the rear monitor is NOT part of any base cars, even though the press release says it is.
As I noted above, the technology group is the same price across all the models. It also includes the Bose system. So, if the rear monitor and Bose system are standard on everything but the base M35, why is the technology group the same price???
The HID headlamp option in the configurator actually requires either the advanced technology or premium packages. As it stands, you can't get it on a base M35x or one with just the technology package. That has to be wrong, but that's what it says.
Very mysterious and likely the press release is wrong....and it may well be that the configurator pricing is also wrong.
#47 of 105 Re: Contradictory 2007 info? [breld]
Jun 27, 2006 (11:09 pm)
I agree about the HID's. Luxury marques such
as Lexus, Acura and Infiniti should make
them standard on all of their vehicles,
although some of these vehicles, such as G35
and Acura TL have them standard. HID's came
standard on my 2002 Maxima and now I'm
spoiled! I love having the HID's.
#48 of 105 2007 changes...
Jul 05, 2006 (9:01 pm)
So, as I mentioned in a previous post, based on the Infiniti.com configurator and the Edmunds pricing for the 2007 M35, it appears the advanced technology package, or premium package is required to add HIDs.
With regard to the M35x, climate controlled seats, auto-dimming mirror and homelink are now standard (previously included in the Journey pkg). To get the 2-channel Bose, you have to get the Tech pkg, which also includes the Nav and rear-view monitor. And, if you want the HIDs, also previously included with the Journey, you need to go all the way with the Advanced Tech or Premium Packages.
So, I am fairly disappointed in the packaging for 2007. I realize many buyers want all the high-tech features, but if you didn't care for the Nav or Surround Sound Bose, a 2006 M35x with Journey was a very complete package, with an MSRP of about $47k.
Having said that, my local Infiniti dealer has a 2006 M35x with Journey and Nav, in the color I like (Liquid Platinum and Graphite). It stickers for $48,940, with an invoice of $44,730. Now, like I said, I'd prefer not to have the Nav (or more to the point, not to have to pay for it), but given this is what they have, what are people's thoughts on pricing on such a vehicle? Is it reasonable to get pretty aggressive with the pricing, considering the relative success Infiniti is having with this model?
I change my mind daily between a 530xi and the M35x, but if I could get this for a good price, I might just go that way.
Thanks for any advice.
#49 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [breld]
Jul 06, 2006 (3:16 am)
One, maybe offbeat, question: what tires are on the M35x?
The Goodyears with which the non-x M35 comes equipped are summer tires (not very good ones, based on my driving, Tire Rack's survey results, and posts on these forums). I'm likely to replace them, simply for driving safely in rain, before "winter" comes to northern California.
I assumer they put something on the "x" that will deal better with rain and snow. If not, that might supply more rhetoric for your negotiating.
#50 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [breld]
Jul 06, 2006 (6:34 am)
You should be able to get it for invoice.The Nav is not essential but it is a fun thing to have.
Good luck, and enjoy
#51 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [sfcharlie]
Jul 06, 2006 (7:17 am)
I'm 99% sure they're all-seasons on the x, though I don't know what brand.
Emgee - thanks for the advice; invoice at around $45k would certainly be a good deal.
Did the decision for anyone else come down to the 530xi and M35x? Clearly it's all personal preference, but I'm curious as to factors others may have considered. I've owned mostly Japanese makes, including one Infiniti, so I'm very comfortable with the thought of going that route with regard to reliability and maintenance.
Overall, the 530xi appeals to me more on an aesthetic basis, but when I get to the point of actually shelling out the money, the higher cost of the BMW and potentially poorer reliability make me think twice.
#52 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [mwg]
Jul 06, 2006 (7:59 am)
When I bought my M35 I wasn't particularly intrested in the Nav , but they had the exact car I wanted and it was already in the car so I bought it,and have not regretted it. It is very easy to use and very informative when you are looking for a restaurant, place of business , hospital etc. I might add it is very accurate. The only disappointment I see is the bluetooth phone system and the low beam headlights,It is a great car so far and fun to drive.
#53 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [breld]
Jul 06, 2006 (9:14 am)
Did the decision for anyone else come down to the 530xi and M35x? Clearly it's all personal preference, but I'm curious as to factors others may have considered.
In my case, it came down to the M35X, Audi A6 & 530xi. The 530xi fell off the list first - didn't like their Idrive, had less interior rear space and no coolant temp guage! I also preferred the old guage layout that BMW had been using for years on their previous 3 and 5 series.
There was also the value proposition, the M35x provides more 'bang' for the 'buck', but offers less in terms of 'prestige'. As far as 'ride & handling' are concerned, I'd say the 530ix was a little better but not enough to make up for its other short comings. As you state, these are personal preferences that each drive must make. So far, I have not regretted mine for an instant. My M35x has been one extraordinarily fine car with a first year reliability record that has been much better than any of the BMWs or Audis I have owned in the past.
#54 of 105 Re: 2007 changes... [zidecar]
Jul 06, 2006 (12:10 pm)
There was also the value proposition, the M35x provides more 'bang' for the 'buck', but offers less in terms of 'prestige'.
Less perceived "prestige" for me, as I imagine it is for some others, is part of the practical side of the Infiniti too. Sort of a "sleeper" among the LPS autos.