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As of Monday, I will be selling my FX to Carmax. They are offering my $28,000, which is $2000 more than any dealer that offered to take it as a trade-in. I will still be shelling out the $$$ to get out of my lease, but for me it's the right thing to do.

I wanted to thank the people of this board for all the help and insight I received here. The OTHER forum got hostile when I metioned that I was unhappy with my FX. I do not begrudge those who are happy with theirs. I am glad that you are getting the most out of your FX's. For me, corporate/dealer/brakes/mileage issues added up to an unpleasant experience. I still love the look & sound of the FX and since there are no shortage of FX's on the roads of Los Angeles, I will get a lot of enjoyment seeing you guys out there.

Take care, and happy driving...

Paul
 

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You are still always welomed here.

You dont need to keep your FX to be a friend here.

So, what is the new car that you will be getting?
 

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Sweet Fx said:
You are still always welomed here.
You dont need to keep your FX to be a friend here.
Thanks, Sweet :)

So, what is the new car that you will be getting?
I'm downsizing to a BMW 325i. I'm getting the base engine so I can upgrade to the options I want. I got the Premium Package for leather & built-in Bluetooth, and I got the Nav so that the info for BT and Sirius radio (to be installed after) comes up on the large screen, as opposed to the 4" wide x 1/4" high display that is standard. I drove the 325 and the 330 and I felt the extra hp wasn't necessary based on the added expense. It would have been nice, but I can scale down for a couple of years. It's not the most unique car on the road (that's the FX) but it will do me for now. I was a BMW customer (2001 Z3) before I got my FX and I'm looking forward to going back. Hopefully the new car will be here by Wednesday and I'll only have to rent for a couple of days.

Another reason for me to go to BMW... if I get bored before my 3 year lease is up (can you tell I'm fickle?) I can use swapalease.com to have someone assume my lease. BMW releases you completely from responsibility once someone takes over your lease. Unfortunately, Infinti keeps you on as a cosigner with this stranger that's making your car payments... very scary.
 

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Sounds nice!

Post pics when you get it.

:D
 

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What year, model, options and miles are on your FX? Just curious to see how Carmax's pricing is.
 

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MustGoFastR said:
What year, model, options and miles are on your FX? Just curious to see how Carmax's pricing is.
2003 FX35
Sport / Touring / Sirius
13,600 miles
Laser Red
Located in Los Angeles

It seems that whoever I took it to for appraisal deducted from the value because of the color. Apparantly nobody wants a red SUV. I think it looks amazing in red.
 

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Interesting; I wondered if they took color into account. You RWD or AWD?
 

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Interesting; I wondered if they took color into account.
According to them, they couldn't offer any more because of the color. I also heard this from two BMW dealers and a leasing agent who deals with all makes & models. I also checked on-line in the Real-Value forum at Edmunds. They said the same thing. The rude buyer at Infinti told me it was worthless to him because it didn't have Nav... I asked him for $28,000 and he laughed telling me it was "out of the question".

Carmax rocks.

You RWD or AWD?
It's RWD...
 

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Carmax may be easy, but it you'll do MUCH better selling it privately. Been there, and didn't do it.
 

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pjo1966 said:
Carmax rocks.
I've heard this before. I wonder how they can offer such good prices and still not price themselves out of the market.
 

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You're still on the hook for (if we ever have) an L.A. meet!
 

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When I went to order my FX, I originally wanted a red one. I think red looks great. I used to own a red GMC typoon a long time ago. I loved that look. My sales person (that I have been buying cars from for years) had to talk me out of red. He basically explained that the resale value of red would be pretty bad. Good luck with selling your vehicle, and enjoy your new one!
 

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Read this article about color preferences on autos and impact on resale prices. Hombogero's dealer experience appears to be a pretty common practice...


The (Ugly) Color Purple

By Steve Finlay

WardsAuto.com, Mar 17 2003

Purple has reigned as a color of kings throughout history. Roman emperors were said to “take the purple” when they donned royal robes of that color after killing off their rivals.

Purple has reigned as a color of kings throughout history. Roman emperors were said to “take the purple” when they donned royal robes of that color after killing off their rivals.

Painting a car purple has deadly consequences, too. At least as far as resale value.

An offbeat car color reduces used-vehicle value by as much as $600. So says Bud Place, DaimlerChrysler AG’s senior manager of used vehicle sales and remarketing.

He and other participants throughout the 2003 Conference of Automotive Remarketing in Las Vegas cite purple as perhaps the most egregious of car colors. Pumpkin orange and lime green aren’t far behind.

“A lot of people don’t understand the dynamics of something as important as a car color,” says Tom Cunningham, retired director of remarketing services for Ford Motor Co. “Ugly is ugly,” he says, citing purple as a royal example.

He urges auto makers to stop with the crazy colors that appeal to few people, types who are in a purple haze or who find shocking pink easy on the eyes.

“Some manufacturers believe bright ski apparel colors look good on automobiles,” says Cunningham.

Why do auto makers put questionable colors on cars in the first place?

“Usually it’s trendy,” says Place. “A color may be popular for a couple of years or in a certain part of the country.”

Art Spinella, president of CNW Marketing Research Inc., says he was bemused when his son bought a pink Ford Escort.

“He calls it rose. I call it ugly,” says Spinella. The young man is atypical for his age. Says his dad, “He’s 20 now and wants a Ford Taurus station wagon!”

Car color is more important to men than women, according to Spinella’s market research.

“Guys don’t seem to care if the car they bought only goes 100 miles (160.9 km) before breaking down as long as the color is right,” he says. “Women are just the opposite. They’re more interested in a reliable car.”

Remarketing experts groan when faced with selling used vehicles of colors that look like they came from an Easter egg dye kit.

“What may look great in the showroom as a new car can look terrible on the lot as a used car,” says Tony Moorby, former vice president of ADESA Auctions.

“Purple Hyundais are the hardest-selling cars in the business,” says Doug Richards, general manger of the Auto Auction of Montgomery.

Towards the other end of the spectrum, inoffensive silver hit a new peak as the most popular car color in North America, according to Dupont Automotive, a paint supplier that tracks such consumer preferences.

Silver in 2002 ranked 23% overall, followed by white (15%) and black (12%).

Silver is in the gray family. Gray may be bland, but it and variations thereof work on vehicles, conveying a sense of richness, especially for luxury SUVs and light trucks, says Robert S. Daily, DuPont’s color marketing manager.

In the future, DuPont is betting that blue will become more popular because it’s seen as conveying “calm, stable optimism.”

Yet who really decides the most popular colors? It’s largely dealers, says Trevor Creed, design vice president for the Chrysler Group. Dealers order vehicle colors they think will sell, he says. If customers want something else, dealers will try to talk them out of it.

That happened to me a few years ago. To my wife’s chagrin, I almost bought a yellow car. The dealership salesman dissuaded me, saying that color could pose resale problems.

I think I forgot to thank him for that, although I ended up buying a black car. That’s also a “difficult” resale color, according to DuPont. It could have been worse. It could have been purple.
 

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FromHereToInfiniti said:
Carmax may be easy, but it you'll do MUCH better selling it privately. Been there, and didn't do it.
I tried to sell it privately... no sale.

Kenny...

I'll do my best to be there... :D
 

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All gone.

I have to say that dealing with Carmax was a painless experience (aside from the large check I had to give them to take the FX). If I ever wanted to buy a Chrysler product that would be my first stop. They have No-Haggle pricing and the staff is friendly and informed.

I had some minor last-minute doubts about giving up the FX, but I'm sure I did the right thing. Also, just before I signed my docs for the FX I got a call from my leasing agent. BMW dropped their rates for December and my payment just dropped another $30. I'll be saving $130/mo on car payments. That made it a lot easier to sign the FX away.
 

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pjo1966 said:
All gone.

I have to say that dealing with Carmax was a painless experience (aside from the large check I had to give them to take the FX
Hey, your car is already listed for sale at $40K :p just kidding
 

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you know...carmax sales people are so much more informed and polite than any other regular car dealer that its just amazing.
 

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pjo1966 said:
All gone.

I have to say that dealing with Carmax was a painless experience (aside from the large check I had to give them to take the FX
Hey, your car is already listed for sale at $40K :p just kidding
:evil:

My new car won't be in until the end of the week, so I am renting. I went to pick up my lame Toyota Corolla and they had screwed up my reservation... no Corolla for me. All they had was a Thunderbird convertible with a V8 engine. Very nice ride... unfortunately I'll return it tomorrow. They gave me a great deal at $50/day, but the Corolla is $25/day... after taking that hit today every penny counts.
 

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If they screwed up your reservation, shouldn't they have given you the T-bird for the price of a Corolla? Every time I've had a rental in the past (many!), and they've messed up my reservation, I've received free class upgrades.
 

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The T-Bird usually goes for $160. They gave it to me for $50. That seemed like a good deal to me. I may keep the T-Bird one more day. :D
 
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