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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56



    This was a cool car. It needs to make a US comeback.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Geez, Jesda, the economy must be pretty solid for your parents these days

    I read your blog (excellent, btw), and it appears your dad is keeping his LX, your folks are keeping the
    GX with 100k as a $25k "beater", and then they have the $60k QX for road trips and commuting.
    Not a bad stable.

    You mentioned in your blog that the timing belt/wp service is $2-3 k at the Lexus store.
    Yikes ... my LS400 only ran $600 at a Lexus specialist shop.

    The way I read the QX, it has a world class cabin ... looks like a cross between a modern Jag (if Jaguar
    made such a vehicle) and an Audi. The exterior, albeit weird, does give a lone female a feeling of
    road presence. Its a weird design, but also kind of menacing.

    It will be interesting to see if the Infiniti can pile on the miles as trouble free as your Dad's LX.

    Good post, great blog.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Yeah I don't think the 2-3k is the case anymore except for REALLY opportunistic dealers. I think for the LSs it runs about 1200.00 at a Lexus store, and the Toyota store in Wichita will do the whole shooting match for 550.00 when there's a coupon, or 600 otherwise. Toyota uses the exact same parts and procedures too, probably the single biggest trick when you own an older Lexus is to just have it serviced at the Toyota dealer. In fact, that Toyota dealer in particular even has cookies, free soft drinks, bananas and coffee depending on the time of day, so the experience is near Lexus like, even if the building isn't up to Lexus levels of grandeur.

    I have tried and failed numerous times to acquire that 320k mile LX470. If they EVER decide to actually sell it, which will probably be never, I am first in line to snag it.

    As for Honda, they SORT OF brought back a half decent wagon with the TSX Sport Wagon. However, the TSX is based on the smaller JDM/Euro Accord so it's not quite as nice, or big as the American market full size Accord.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    $2000-$3000+ also includes a full suite of 100,000-mile services. All new fluids, brakes if needed, belts, TB cleaning, fuel system service, tuneup, etc. You know, all the "nice but not 100% necessary" stuff that service writers like to tack on to earn their bonuses. Still very pricey, but the mechanical longevity speaks for itself, for the most part. It's too bad the GX has unresolved electrical gremlins. The LX has been darn near flawless. It's a shame Lexus decided to cheap out on their latest interiors. They had a great thing going.

    The high pressure PS hose and wheel bearings alone were $1000 on the Seville at an independent shop, so I guess that's not *too* bad for a Lexus dealer, but its more than I would pay if it were my truck.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Actually they're going the other way and producing an X1


    My X6 is just fine for me.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    "The BMW X1 is a compact luxury station wagon"

    I take offense.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    I reject reality.

    I am going to pretend the E39 is still a current model.
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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    BMUU should have stopped at E38, E39, and whatever the 840/850 was...

    However, I do admit the 3s have gotten better as time has progressed...
    NOW
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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Not better looking, though. That's for sure.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    The current 3 coupe, while small, is gorgeous and has great proportions. If it were larger, it would beat the 6 within an inch of its life...
    NOW
    '04 Escalade EXT (8/07-?)
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    '94 Roadmaster Estate (5/10-?)
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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Quote Originally Posted by hueterm View Post
    BMUU should have stopped at E38, E39, and whatever the 840/850 was...

    However, I do admit the 3s have gotten better as time has progressed...
    Nyet! The E46 was the all time height of the 3 Series for me. I will admit that the E9x Coupe is beautiful and has a great swoopy "Coke Bottle"-ness to it, but then the convertible is a fail with all those cut lines in the roof and the mis-shapen trunk to accomodate it. So overall, the E46 3 Series is still the hands down all time winner. The E9x Sedan just bores me to tears.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    OK, disclaimer...the only 3 in my book is the coupe....I do agree with you on the convertible. The previous gen looks much better. The current one may be the best overall vehicle of the bunch, but that roof design is bad.

    Any 3 sedan bores me...but the newest one is the best, IMO. If only for the Twin Turbo...
    NOW
    '04 Escalade EXT (8/07-?)
    '70 Grand Prix Model J (4/09-?)
    '95 Roadmaster Estate (4/10-?)
    '94 Roadmaster Estate (5/10-?)
    '08 DTS Platinum (2/11-?)
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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    I agree the E46 is the last of the 3 series BMW's that I liked. After the E46 the styling was not attractive and certainly hasn't held up to time well.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    I love the E39, have one myself, but my favorite 3 series is the E9x. The M version in 2 door looks fantastic, has a great trans and a V8. The E46 is nice too, but I prefer the newest 3. The E46 CSL is my favorite BMW , tho.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Now it would appear there's an X4 coming.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/22/b...ion-confirmed/

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