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  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    ramsey infiniti, ramsey nj
  • shenkarshenkar Posts: 159
    Awesome wheels Pete!! Where'd you find them, and what was involved in the exchange/purchase process?
  • surfsuppsurfsupp Posts: 10
    dptbones-

    just wondering if you had any info on the sales person and dealership that quoted you the $300 over invoice on the 2004. have you already placed your order on this vehicle and would you mind providing details as to where we can get the same?

    i test drove the fx35 tech and the v6/v8 touareg and loved 'em both. i think the new changes in '04 will make the fx35 tech really unbeatable. i'm hoping they will be available in sept...
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    I believe right now, only a handful of Infiniti dealers have chrome wheels. These are NOT the "official" (OEM) chrome wheels made by Infiniti. Rather a dealer sends out the stock wheels to a chroming shop to get them chrome-plated. I got mine from Lisle Infiniti in Illinois. I believe Grubbs Infiniti in Texas is also another dealer selling chrome wheels. I paid $1,260 (20")--which includes exchanging your stock wheels for the chrome wheels, mounting/balancing, and tax. (The dealer takes your stock wheels to have them chromed again to sell to the next guy). The overall quality is excellent and the wheels come with a 4-year Infiniti warranty. In my opinion, I think now that Infiniti should have made chrome wheels standard or at least an option (I hear it is for '04)--it really makes the FX in whatever color really stand out and look sharp!
  • dptbonesdptbones Posts: 21
    Salesman was Rick something at Lokey Infiniti in Clearwater Florida. We were on our second test drive. I explained to him that I was internet savvy and knew the invoice etc. Also told him I was deciding between this and an Escalade ext. I told him all the great deals on the escalade (0% financing, $1000 cash back and dealing BELOW invoice). Basically, I convinced him that unless I got this car for close to invoice, I couldn't pass up the escalade. To top it off, since the gross weight of the escalade exceeds 6000 pounds, I can write off the ENTIRE cost of the vehicle in one year. That saves me $15,000 on my taxes on a $45,000 car. So he told me that they were dealing on the FX's also. Problem was , I told him, I wanted to wait for the seat controls and to eliminate the DVD player from the back. To that he replied that if I ordered one now, he'd sell it for about $300 over invoice. Now, we didn't discuss amounts so I'm not sure what his invoice was (besides, 2004 pricing is not yet available). I did mention in an earlier conversation with him that I understood that destination charges were non negotiable, but I wouldn't pay advertising charges or dealership fees. He tried to tell me that the dealership fees were non negotiable also. I just said, "I guess that would have to come out of the profit then."

    I haven't ordered yet. I really truly am deciding between the escalade ext, the fx, and one other car.

    I'll keep you informed.

    I'll never pay more than a few hundred over invoice.

    Bones
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Please do not post names of salespersons and other contact information (email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) on the Town Hall boards.

    You may name the dealership but anything beyond that violates edmunds.com's Terms of Use.

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    tidester, host
  • shenkarshenkar Posts: 159
    I'd like to have a set of Chrome FX wheels. Does anyone know the care issues for this type of wheel finish. Particularly shop issues for mounting and balancing, and the cleaning process. I've read posts on other forums that say they affect wheel balance and complicate cleaning, but I have no first-hand knowledge. Any help is appreciated before I spring for this awesome look.
  • stanny1stanny1 Posts: 962
    Here in San Diego, that would really define you into a certain, let's say, group of people.
    However, I think that chroming the stock FX 20" would be really different than the 22-24" "mobile jewelry" we see here on Navis and Escalades.
    It seems to be a two sided war here. Escalades and Navis with the wild wheels (some with "spinners") versus the yuppies with H2s.
    Either way you will get your 6000 lb accelerated depreciation. Either vehicle can usually be found going slow in the right lane just "lookin good".
    I'd rather skip the weight and 3 box look and drive in the left lane in my 45.
    It's nice to be able to blow off either vehicle at will.
    Take your depreciation credit and the conformity.
    I lease and write off 80% every year. Having a 6000 lb monster to drive is like wearing a ball and chain.
    These are two different schools. That's really the decision here.
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    I don't think there's anything really difficult for caring chrome wheels. I use Eagle One "Never Dull" metal polish or Mother's Chrome Wheel polish--both are excellent. And I don't think having chrome wheels really makes a difference on vehicle performance over stock wheels--my FX45 performs same as before--awesome!
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Finally happened to me after 3 months and almost 7500 miles. Happened to my wife at the mall trying to get the stroller out just now. What kind of peeves me is I had my infiniti into service 2 weeks ago but they couldn't do the hatch because they didn't have all the stuff for the fix. Also got a dent because it was my daughter trying to open it (had informed my wife to be on the look out) I find it really strange because it has been out in the sun longer and on hotter days here in H-town but hadn't warped. Moral of the story is if you haven't had the recall done do it as soon as possible even if you haven't experienced a problem in months. I still love this car though and I have had a total of 2 problems in the first 7500 miles that is the least amount of any car I have owned. This is an awesome machine.
  • stanny1stanny1 Posts: 962
    It's been over a week. I miss my DG 45. I had lots of denting. As clpurnell experienced, it's unpredictable.
    Make sure YOU open the hatch only. It does not take much leverage to do $$$ damage.
  • dptbonesdptbones Posts: 21
    The salesman we both mentioned also has given me two extensive test drives. One in a 35 one in a 45. He has earned my business also if I go that way. Although I also would like to drive a fast car, I have three children and would not be able to get my whole family in the Fx. Our other car is a Sequoia so we can always use that car, but the size of the Escalade EXT and the H2 would allow all of us to travel together. Its not a small issue. Also with the specials on the Cadillac its hard to pass up. Someone mentioned leasing, but the reason I spend so much time researching is that I like to keep the same car for several years. Leasing is an expensive way to buy cars, but a good way to keep them three years and get a new one. I've enjoyed not having a payment on our 4Runner for the past 5 years and so has my children's college fund.
        So I need to make a difficult choice. Comfort and speed over economics and practicality. I can't get over the fact that I could have a brand new Cadillac or H2 for about $35,000 after the accelerated depreciation. And the 0% financing on the Escalade is free money.

    Wish me good luck. Tell the salesman that I may still be by to order my '04. He'll remember me if you mention the local Orthopaedic surgeon that he gave two test drives in the past month.

    By the way, did he drive you under the Bayside bridge in the mud? Unbelieveable.

    Bones
  • cjs2002cjs2002 Posts: 341
    thanks for the help ya'll ... how could I get a hold of this dealor in Texas.... I don't mind the drive since I'm goin out that way to arizona in a month or so anyways... thanx
  • surfsuppsurfsupp Posts: 10
    Dr. Bones and 93fsu1- Keep us posted on how the 04 ordering goes. Sounds like he's a good salesperson.

    Bones- hope you ultimately decide to go with the performance and the toys found in the fx. on some other boards, several posts about how fun it is to have 'em both.

    93fsu1- let us know what you find out about ordering for 04. seems pretty quiet in terms of being able to order one just yet. may have to wait a month or two more yet.

    cjs2002- the dealer in texas that does huge ecommerce business is Grubbs DFW Infiniti. I've written them about ordering, but haven't heard anything back yet.
  • 93fsu193fsu1 Posts: 97
    Yep, drove under the bridge. Took some curves over 50 mph that were posted at 25. That sold me on the car. Usually it is very painful for me in most cars, especially in turns and bumps - bot Nissan/Infiniti seem to be the only company that makes seats that are comfortable for me.

    I'll let everyone know what happens. I will probably call in a couple of weeks - have some home remodeling to finish first.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    Took my FX45 in for an oil change the other day, and the service manager informed me that my car came up on the hatch recall. Although they do have all of the parts in to do the repair, they are still waiting for a special tool that's needed to carry it out, plus he said he didn't want my car to be their first one (guinea pig) which made me wonder how they will choose which owner's car WILL be their first learning experience...Apparently it's about a two hour process and they will call me when they they are ready. So far no signs of any warping, but I suppose here in Minnesota the cars are a little less susceptible, plus I rarely have to park it outside.

    No problems with the car otherwise after 4000 miles.

    P.S. The dealer did screw up a bit on the oil change. I took in my own Mobil 1 but the tech didn't use it, despite it being written up on the order sheet. Even though they offered to dump the regular oil, I was in a hurry so I left it in - the service manager said he would "make it up for me" next time.
  • hootspahootspa Posts: 11
    My local dealer was unable to correctly repair my leaking/creaking sunroof; they claim a little leak is normal! They also claimed that Infiniti technical is aware of the sunroof creak problem but hasn't come up with a fix yet! I sprayed some silicone in a few areas and will see if this helps.
  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    Go back right now and ask that guy/gal how long since they left the Dodge service department!
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    We could use some help on the Vs thread against angry Cayenne owners :D
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