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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56 in General Discussion; Copypasta from the blog http://jesda.com/2011/09/20/bringing...infiniti-qx56/ Back in August I went car shopping for my mom [ http://jesda.com/2011/09/01/comparis...nfiniti-qx56/] . She was ...
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    Copypasta from the blog
    http://jesda.com/2011/09/20/bringing...infiniti-qx56/


    Back in August I went car shopping for my mom [http://jesda.com/2011/09/01/comparis...nfiniti-qx56/]. She was interested in a new three-row SUV to replace her Lexus GX470, so I went window shopping on her behalf with my friend Ian. We took a glance at Cadillac and BMW and took the Mercedes GL and Infiniti QX for a test drive. We came away quite impressed with the build quality and expensive materials used in the Infiniti, and it drove like a much smaller, livelier vehicle.

    My mom leaned toward the Mercedes GL450 for its styling and appearance, at least as depicted in the brochures I gave her, but I urged her to go see the new Infiniti QX56 in person. As strange looking as it was, it drove and felt like something much more substantial and luxurious than its relatively competitive sticker price.

    Additionally, my friend James, an engineer at Nissan who I met through NICOClub, offered us a generous Infiniti VPP discount coupon that took seven thousand dollars off the sticker price, eliminating any negotiation or haggling.

    On September 14, 2011, she called me and asked me to meet up with her at Bommarito Infiniti. A week earlier, I e-mailed Bob Maher, our salesman at Bommarito, and told him she had decided to keep her Lexus for a few more years. Then suddenly, the night before at around midnight, she called and told me she wanted to see what was out there and asked me to meet up with her in the afternoon.

    It was a gloomy, rainy Wednesday, generally terrible weather for buying or selling automobiles. I picked her up in my Seville and drove her to Bommarito Infiniti on Manchester Road. We took a white QX56 for a drive and Mom was immediately impressed, commenting that it “drove like a car.”

    She called my stepdad to have him take it for a drive and share his opinion -- he favored it as well, especially the birds-eye-view camera system and the generous living room-inspired interior. [He arrived at the dealer in his impressively clean 2004 Lexus LX470 with 320,000 miles on the clock.]

    Mom’s GX470 was still at the Lexus dealer for service, completed weeks earlier but never picked up because of her travel obligations. She intended to keep it for a few more years, especially after having the timing belt and water pump serviced, but said that after being without it for so long, she didn’t miss it.

    And that’s the problem with so many Lexus products. A handful will make an impact, like the LS sedan, the first generation SC, and the current F-series performance cars, but the rest tend to be filler, tucked into well-defined marketing segments without any inspiration.

    Even my mother, an automotive layperson, acknowledges this problem.

    As questionable [that’s me being exceedingly polite] as the Infiniti’s styling may be, it’s still a joy to drive and an absolute pleasure to be in. Her agenda that day was supposed to be restricted to window shopping and kicking tires, but there was no reason to visit the Mercedes dealer or go anywhere else. For her, the Infiniti was the one.

    That’s what happens when a driver emotionally connects with a vehicle, it cultivates (or breaks) brand loyalty and transcends test numbers in magazines or specifications in brochures. All the black and red dots in Consumer Reports mean nothing when it comes time to drive, look at, and feel a car.

    Perhaps, then, the average Camry driver isn’t a boring, soulless person as I often tease. It’s possible that he or she hasn’t been exposed to the automotive greatness that’s out there, the motoring joy that's waiting to be experienced. Like art, like food, like music, like everything in life, it takes time and effort to make a connoisseur out of a mass market regular.

    In the words of my friend Gary, “Life is too short for boring cars.” Preach on, Mr. Hebding.

    Back to the QX…

    My parents decided to keep their ’06 Lexus GX as an extra beater car, something for house guests to drive around. This made it difficult for Bommarito to make a profit on the deal since a trade was out of the equation and the VPP voucher set pricing well below invoice.

    They decided to finance it and purchased the optional dent coverage and maintenance package, so at least the dealer made a few coins.



    They took delivery of a gray AWD QX56 with black leather, 22-inch wheels, door and bumper sills, a roof rack, and rear seat entertainment. The sticker was $68000 but thanks to the VPP discount from James they took it home for $61000, a massive discount.


    Bob introduced my mom to some of its most important functions and paired her iPhone to the head unit.


    The truck has grown on me, but the look hasn’t and probably never will.


    Bommarito’s clean but small service bay.


    It’s hard to tell from a blurry camera phone photo, but the stitching is impressive.


    Lighted sills.

    My role as an advisor was complete, so I headed home while mom and her husband finished up the deal. I drove over to her house later that night to take a closer look at the new truck.




    It barely fits into the garage, a modern home built in the 1990s. I’m still having trouble accepting its weird face.



    Her Lexus was short enough to park behind the freezer. The QX had to be parked at an angle to get around it. My aunt’s Subaru Impreza will be moved to this space instead.

    To inaugurate her purchase, she’s driving the Infiniti to Minnesota. A road trip is an excellent way to bond with a new vehicle, learning its quirks and discovering new features. [She was surprised when I told her about the heated steering wheel.]

    Big thanks to my friend James Sisson at Nissan for the discount, Bob Maher at Bommarito Infiniti for the sales experience, and the engineers in Japan for creating this Godzilla on wheels.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Congrats to your mom on her new ride. I agree with you that current Nissan/Infiniti design vocabulary is, um, singular, but at least it's not boring.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    congrats on the vehicle... your parents drove it off the lot for $61k, or $61k+tax/fees?

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    i don't know that thing looks like the short bus to me

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Jesda, you better get you Mom a a peaked trucker's hat, 'cause she's really truckin' now! She won't have any trouble rubbing shoulders with the "big" guys at the Missouri Truckstop!
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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Tell your mom congrats, it's a nice ride with lots of tech.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    It's not as ugly in silver... and still not as bad as the FX.


    I can dig it. Hopefully customer service is good to her, should she ever need it.

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    Wow.............you thought the Crosstour is ugly and you let your mom buy this?

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    While I agree it's no Escalade (in terms of exterior styling) It's really no worse than anything else out there. At least it's somewhat different. And if the interior is as good as you say it is, that more than makes up for it.
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    While I can't say it's a handsome truck like an Escalade, it certainly does stand out and won't be confused for anything else in the Ethan Allen parking lot. The interior, drivetrain and driving dynamics sound unmatched though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hueterm View Post
    While I agree it's no Escalade (in terms of exterior styling) It's really no worse than anything else out there. At least it's somewhat different. And if the interior is as good as you say it is, that more than makes up for it.
    Even I think it's heinous and I bought a Crosstour! There isn't one angle on that whole vehicle where it can be said it even kinda looks good! All new cars are ugly to me save for the 'Vette, Mustang and Challenger and numerous European and exotic cars. Just big melted looking gobs of ugly shit. I visited the Nissan dealership looking for a car and quickly left.

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    Re: Bringing Home A Monster ó Momís 2011 Infiniti QX56

    Wait wut??! You guise bought a Nissan product!!?

    eta: the Infinity definitely has a unique look, but they're very nice inside. One of the best things about that SUV is the engine. They make a LOT of power and sounds great.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Destroyer View Post
    Even I think it's heinous and I bought a Crosstour! There isn't one angle on that whole vehicle where it can be said it even kinda looks good! All new cars are ugly to me save for the 'Vette, Mustang and Challenger and numerous European and exotic cars. Just big melted looking gobs of ugly shit. I visited the Nissan dealership looking for a car and quickly left.
    "...no worse than anything else out there." is not really a ringing endorsement. It's an SUV: even an Escalade is big and ponderous -- it just has a nicer face on it (and a cheap interior and crappy transmission). I don't think I was one of the ones ragging on your Crosstour, but it's not really that attractive either. It's function and practicality. Just like this QX...sort of...
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    fat, fugly POS


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    Quote Originally Posted by hueterm View Post
    "...no worse than anything else out there." is not really a ringing endorsement. It's an SUV: even an Escalade is big and ponderous -- it just has a nicer face on it (and a cheap interior and crappy transmission). I don't think I was one of the ones ragging on your Crosstour, but it's not really that attractive either. It's function and practicality. Just like this QX...sort of...
    I agree with the Crosstour assessment, it's not particularly attractive. Function over form. Still, there weren't many "attractive" alternatives. This QX kinda reminds me of the new Nissan Quest but in SUV form. Take a look at the Quest, it's all sorts of ugly but it is functional as is this QX. The QX is at least attractive inside and I'll bet it rides great. I would own it but I would not particularly like looking at it. With the Crosstour, well, I don't exactly enjoy it's looks but am not particularly offended by them either. At least if "flows" even if not in an attractive way. The QX is just plain stodgy from all angles, especially the front and rear. Not a pretty face or ass but I would drive one. Damn the designers of otherwise terrific vehicles!! This is why I like classic cars and European cars, at least they look mean and/or classy. These molten Jap vehicles are just ugly!!!

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