Jul. 20th, 2005
G-Whiz  
Santa Monica Infiniti has had my car for two days now while they give the moonroof computer an attitude adjustment and find what's squeaking in the front end. Thankfully, all still under warranty. I've had a 2005 G35 (not loaded though) to drive as a loaner. I'm really liking the car more and more as I drive it. They've really made a lot of changes to it, and I'm kind of falling for it.

The only things I don't like is the roof lining feels a little cheap, and the mirrors in the visors aren't covered by a lining (just plastic covers). I know that's nit picking, but those little "would it have killed you to spend $5 here" things bug. Looking around though, you realize all car manufacturers do it somewhere. The things I hated about it before have been corrected (like that horribly ugly shifter they had in the earlier sedans), and from what I'm reading, the car's been getting awesome ratings just about everywhere—Motortrend car of the year, Car and Driver's top 10, and appears that it's a great car to lease because it holds its resale value. Most of all though, I'll finally have a car that's fun to drive again.

I've been going back and forth with a few dealers and online services. They all kind of seem the same, until my friend put me on to carsdirect.com. Those guys are pretty awesome (so far). No haggling, just, "We found the car you want. Here's your price." The price is below dealer invoice, and is among some of the better pricing I've been getting.

Here's something I didn't know though: I assumed if I wanted out of my lease, I could just pay the last remaining couple of payments and walk away. The bank told me the lease states 7 days before termination, but that, as a courtesy, they will take it up to 30 days ahead of time. Anything earlier than that, and the final check has to come from the dealer. If I send them the check, they'll gladly accept it, however, I won't be able to turn in the car until near the end of the lease. So I'm like, "so if I'm basically giving you this car early—when it's arguably worth a little more—you will not accept it?"

"It would be a voluntary repossession, and you don't want to do that."

Crazy!

I'm sure there's a logical reason, but I just don't have the energy to go find and read my contract or look it up. I was a little surprised by that. You'd think they'd gracefully accept the gift and move on.

I still need to drive one of the models with the sport package though. I'm concerned the 235/45/18" wheels, combined with the sport suspension, will make the ride a bit too rough. The car handles great with the 17" wheels now with Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control, but the sport package adds a limited slip differential to the mix. Sure, it never really even rains, but still you never know when I might go plowing around an overturned canola oil truck on the freeway.

Oh well, almost 18:00 and still no call from the dealer. Looks like I'm keeping the loaner one more night! :)
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Mood: anxious
Listening to: 3 Doors Down - Here Without You
 
 
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Z: Yaymrezkill on July 21st, 2005 - 01:04 am
ugh you know too much about computers and cars. I'm jealous.

-ez
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eviltickles on July 21st, 2005 - 05:04 am
look, if it goes vroom and get's guys to look at you...
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Davedavidluc on July 21st, 2005 - 07:51 am
yeah your little fancy G35 has nothing on my 2000 Toyota CO-RO-LLA bitches! HAH.

Wow all this car talk.. you sound so butch its turning me on. With your car info and my tire changing abilities, I say we crack open a case of Milwaukee's Best and see who can throw a football the furthest.
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Markmillenium_spike on July 21st, 2005 - 03:38 pm
the G35 coupe is near the top of my 'sex on wheels' list. hawt! ;-)
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Pon Farrponfarr on July 21st, 2005 - 04:51 pm
Wait for the new Lexus IS. That's what I'm doing.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 21st, 2005 - 05:00 pm
The articles I read said that car was going to start around $39-40. If I were looking at that price range, I don't think I could justify it for an IS. At the $45k-47k range, there are just so many more options. I'm not sure why Toyota prices the IS model as high as they do.
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gatinho69gatinho69 on July 22nd, 2005 - 02:45 pm
You must have a lot of extra dough to blow if you can not only afford to lease(the logic defies me on why someone would lease in the first place) a car but on top of that, to lease an Infiniti.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 22nd, 2005 - 03:51 pm
I've debated the lease/purchase this time. The thing is: I drive very few miles a year (under 10k). The other is the G35 is rated very high in terms of holding its value. Since you basically only pay for the depreciation of a car in a lease, it makes the G35 surprisingly cheap to lease (in fact, the "sweet spot" for it seems to be a 39 month lease... if you go longer, the monthly payment goes up).

I've also considered that hybrids should start to take off soon, so it's probably not a good time to get stuck with a 100% gas burning car. After considering all that (and adding in that leasing has some tax advantages), it seems to make sense. My monthly payment would be considerably higher if I purchase. :/
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gatinho69gatinho69 on July 22nd, 2005 - 04:26 pm
Yeah, that does make perfect sense. Maybe I will look into that in the future.
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