Last post on Oct 13, 2006 at 1:43 PM
You are in the Scion xB
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Scion xB, Car Buying, Wagon
#37 of 42 Re: Where the darn 'New Post' button!?!?!?! [mirthrindr2]
Sep 23, 2006 (5:15 am)
Try clicking this link.
That should take you to the Acura MDX prices paid & buying experience forum. Then read through those messages and perhaps pose your question there.
To give an answer (I am not in the MDX market) - in general when Edmunds shows factory to dealer money it is something "we" don't know about nor is it advertised. unlike a rebate where you get money back or the car maker runs ads for it, this is "secret" money to help the dealer move product they are having trouble selling. Knowing that there is marketing assistance or dealer money means you know you can get a better deal.
For example, the "generous" dealer offers you a new MDX for $500 over dealer cost. Sounds great doesn't it? They may even pull out the ACTUAL INVOICE to show you. But being a smart shopper, you see on Edmunds the dealer is getting $2,500 in help from Acura to move the MDX. WHOA! They are making $3k on this deal and not $500. That is a LOT more negotiating room for you. Of course, the dealer may start out at $500 over invoice less the $2,500 and save you the haggling - but at least you will know what is up. If they will not deal lower, then ask them about the marketing assistance money and tell them you need a lower price. One problem with high-end cars is that a) rich folks tend to be poor negotiators and often over pay and b) there may only be one dealer for that brand in the area so they have no competition.
#38 of 42 Re: Where the darn 'New Post' button!?!?!?! [dwynne]
Sep 23, 2006 (6:31 am)
Great. Thanks so much for the information Dennis. Have a good weekend.
#39 of 42 Re: My thoughts - well my daughter's thoughts [dwynne]
Sep 23, 2006 (10:03 am)
The cruise is made by Rostra, and is installed at the port if you order the car that way. Or the dealer can order it and send the car to a local installer. Or you can buy it online and take the car to the installer. The Rostra was $200 and installation was $150. Rostra is the cruise control mfr for many automakers that offer cruise an an OEM option.
Within a few months I had foglights, cruise, moonroof and leather seats installed on my xB, totalling about $3,000. I could have had several other excellent basic cars for what I have in the xB. But they would not have been an xB with foglights, cruise, moonroof and leather seats. And then it would take another $3,000 to add all that stuff to the other cars. And for $6,000 more than an xB, I could have had a whole 'nother range of great basic cars to chose from. But probably still not with moonroof and leather.
However, I wanted an xB for a year, and waited a month after ordering, because I did not want to bend and stoop to get into a car, and no other car offers that at any price. Only after getting the xB did I realize how much I would really like so many other things about the car.
Oct 08, 2006 (6:58 pm)
I really like the scion xb but I have one problem. I test drove an Xb and noticed a buring smell eminating from under the hood, inside the back seat and from the outside rear end. The dealer told me it will burn off in a few miles.
Anyone hear about this?
#41 of 42 Re: Burning smell [sirwilhelm1]
Oct 09, 2006 (10:39 am)
To me it did not smell like burning at all, and I really miss it. You only get to smell it for the first day, or maybe two if you have a garage to capture it better. After that you will have to wait until your next new car. It is the volatiles cooking out of the various sealants, gaskets, paints and coatings used in the manufacture of the engine and exhaust system. It's the exterior component of "new car smell".
#42 of 42 Re: Burning smell [sirwilhelm1]
Oct 13, 2006 (1:43 pm)
Sounds like you were lucky enough to drive a new xB
We drove one of the rental fleet and it had 0 burning smell. As was mentioned this can be very typical for a new, no mile car and is often caused by the engine, exhaust manifold, header, pipes, catalytic converted, and muffler all heating up and burning off any coating or sealant.
I would not worry about it - if you like the car, get it!