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It was a difficult decision to make :) Get the car this weekend from LA, or wait till new year to get it in the SF Bay Area ....

It's gonna be this weekend! Anyone driving back on Sunday from LA? The guy at Cerritos told me that he has one more customer from the Bay Area picking the car up.
 

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Worm:

Thanks!! I was the one who initiated that thread ... I will be driving on 101!
 

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Boy, tell me about the excitement about getting this baby!!! I pre-poned my plans. Now leaving by Greyhound tonight and arrive into Los Angeles by 8:00 am tomorrow.... I will be driving it back on Saturday.

The last time I was this excited was when our little girl was born.

PS: I still refuse to fly ... hence Greyhound!
 

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It's here! Finally!

Hopped on the Greyhound bus at 12:45 am on Saturday. It was my first time on a Greyhound bus... not too comfortable. Got into LA around 7:30 am. The fleet manager at Cerritos Acura, Mitch Franklin, showed up at 7:45 to pick me up. The Bus was supposed to arrive at 7:45 am, so he was right on time. We drove to the dealership and after quickly making copies of my insurance and driver's licence, we went into the lot. They own about 7 dealerships over there, so was quite a walk through all those new cars...

There was my Redrock all the way at the end. It seems like Mitch doesn't like other sales folks to bring their customers to his car. He usually locks the car, parks is far away and holds the keys. That's good. I know no one had done anything to my car. It had 5 miles on it. We went for a short drive, where he explained some features of the car etc...

After we returned to the dealership, we filled out some paperwork, then he went thru explaining the warranty and the manuals etc. We then went to the car where he took a good hour to explain all the features. He was very through. However, after being a member of this forum for several months, I knew more about some featuers than he did :)

The price of the car is MSRP, $39780 + $139 for rear mud guards + $99 for wheel locks. They now decided to add the cargo mat into the required accessories. I believe that adds another $99 to the cost. I asked him if he was going to charge me for it ... he said, no, it's yours :) Through the conversations I found that the cost of the mat is about $30. Total cost is $40,018

We were done about 9:30 am. The finance guy was having too much fun at home and showed up at about 10:40 am. I was really getting mad at this guy. Here's the MDX waiting for me to drive and this guy doesn't show up. Mitch actually offered me to take the car and get something to eat. It took the finance guy another 20 minutes to fill in all the information.

This was interesting. They offered me three optional equipment. First one is some kind of alarm system. It is additional to the factory one. They add it on all the cars on the lot to protect them. Not sure how that happens, but the cost quoted was $695. I said I do not need it. He insisted that a car of this cost should be protected. I told him that Northern California is a safe place and didn't need it. He tried to offer me a discount. I countered him and told him that I would let him leave this on my car if he activated it. You know the rest ... they removed it.

The second one was the Lo-Jack. Cost was $895. I declined it.

The third one was the extended warranty for $1295 7 Yrs/100K. I told him that I could get it for $895 over the internet. In reality, I didn't have a clue how much it costed, but just threw in a number. He went thru some books .. the usual stuff .. and countered with $1050. He told me that his cost was $800 and he needs a profit of $250 .. for what?? to act as a broker?? Gimme a break... We started discussing and he told me that 'cos I was a good customer, He would knock another $25 off. What does this guy think? Why am I a good customer? I declined everything he offered :) ... Finally, agreed to the $895 - 7Y/100K/0 Deductable. I thought it was pretty good.

Paid $45 for doc, + tax + Licence =42661.56 +$895 for warranty. Finally got out at about 11:45 am. There was another guy from the Bay Area. He bought a GG, Touring. We were planning to drive together, but waiting for him would mean not driving for another hour. Forget him, just start driving :)

Programmed the Navigation System, loaded up the CDs, set the seat and mirrors and off we go. The nav gave me directions to go on Hwy 5. While on 5, it asked me to go on 101. I ignored it and kept going on 5. I kept getting directions go back to 101. I decided to go with the system. It put me back on 101N, then put me on 170N to 5N. I could have just stayed on 5. Maybe the folks in LA could tell me what the deal is.

The dealer suggested that I could change transmission from D5 to D4 and alternative them as well as speed to get optimum break in performance. I did that. I was tired after a couple of hours. Took a break, folded the rear seat and slept for 2 hrs. Didn't know how tired I was. Got back on the road and did between 50 and 75 through out, varied rpm pertty much every 15 or so minutes. Got home about 7:30 pm. Got an 22 MPG average. Made the entire 385 miles from LA to LA (Los Altos) in one tank of gas. As I was pulling into my drive way, the gas light lit on. Certainly pleased with the drive.

The wind noise was pretty low. Road noise was still not as low as it should be for a luxury automobile. It seems like the material in the sunroof is not good enough to shield the noise. Acoustics were ok. Will try to post some pictures in a day or two.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes. I hope to cherish the 'X for a long long time.
 

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tdnone: Yeah, that was the tray. Didn't know what it was called. I am not quite sure if it is the Acuara warranty. I asked him repeatedly if it was an acura warranty, and he said yes. He told me that I would be getting a card in next couple of weeks. The papers I signed state that the vehicle is covered under the same rules as the new vehicle for 7Y, 100K Miles with 0 deductable.

Anumdx: My apologies. It's 43661.56. I had a $1000 deposit, so I had to pay him $42661.56, irrespective of where you buy, you pay the taxes in the region you reside. I belive, I paid 8% taxes. Also, these folks accepted credit cards for upto $5000. I put 5K on my CC, that gives me about $100 back in credit from Citibank.

Whitemdx: The Redrock is now parked in my garage. I still got a month before the lease on my existing car expires... so will be driving this one until I turn it in.

My insurance company quoted me $216 for MDX for a 6 month premium with high coverage limits. I am sure this will go up when this becomes my primary vehicle, but $35/month to insure it ain't too bad. I will be ordering some accessories from Tim today.

Now got to focus on getting my deposits at other 6 places now :)
 

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Cyclone:

Three in the Bay Area:

Hopkins Acura. Just cancelled it. They offered me a Mahogany, due next week.

Sunnyvale Acura: They were very nice to deal with. From what I hear, they are now willing to deal at MSRP. You should talk to Cheryl (?) and mention that other dealers in Bay Area are selling it at sticker price.

Stevens Creek Acura: Didn't cancel yet. They are good to deal with too.
 

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Mike:

You got it right. You probably wont be seeing me at Hopkins. Their delivery date was still mid march. That leaves me without a car for 2 1/2 months. Kind of difficult. Although, Mike Andrews was a real gentleman. He knew I need a car, and he had a Mahogany coming in and called me promptly. He had constantly kept me in the informed of the status. He's undoubtly a great sales person. If I had to buy another Acura, he would be my first choice. I would very strongly recommend Hopkins, as long as you have time on your side.
 

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Got my first deposit back from Acura of Pasadena. ... 5 more to go. You folks shoudl try them, they actually had a car available in 2 weeks. Just not the color I wanted. I was, however, willing to buy anything if that National tax holiday ever became a reality. The contact there was Nelson Van Sant.
 

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Just got a call from Los Gatos Acura that they have a Redrock available. Talked to Jason over there. They had a deposit on it, but looks like someone backed out of the deal. Not that I regret the purchase I made, but I could have had a deal here in the Bay Area.

Megabuck, and others ... do call them, if you are interested.
 

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Another Deposit Refunded

Just got my 2nd deposit refunded by Gold Coast Acura. The fleet manager there was Jay Murphy. Very nice to deal with.
 

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Cyclone:

Try to negotiate. I'm sure they will oblige. I see a lot of cancellations... so, what ever happened to the red one Jason called me about?
 

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Mike and Cyclone:

I can not understand this. How come these folks keep calling me with an available car, and give you a different answer???

I'm at a loss with what these dealerships tell. . Even Hopkins offered me a car coming in next week. My original schedule was for March??


The car is good, and the wait is worth it
 

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Cyclone:

I did not have any deposits placed at Los Gatos when they were trying to sell me a Mahagony coming in right about now. I guess, when I was shopping around, they might have hit a snag. Also, do give the Redrock a thought. I like it more now than what I ordered. Remember, the X's sold for list when they came out ... and then the premiums started adding up. Maybe, red would be a popular color.

Tjwid: So where are you buying it from??

I got my deposit from Hopkins Acura today. Very professional. No nonsense type of dealership. I really wanted to buy a car from them ... the wait is just too long.

I have not contacted Stevens Creek Acura for my deposit yet ... that will be interesting if they slow it down.

Finally got a digital camera, but we have thunder storms out here. Can't really get good pictures.
 

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Overpriced Accessories

Most dealerships in the Bay Area charge the unwanted accessories. This is an unfortunate situation, but they are making the most of it. The labor rates in the are higher... about $110/hr, compared to the national average of $77/hr. However, $99 (+ tax+licence+luxury tax) for wheel locks, when you can get them for $32 from Tim, is ridiculus. However, we do not have much of a choice here.

I was forced 2 accessories, the rear splash guards and the wheel locks for a total of $238. I was eventually given a cargo tray for free. That pretty much made up for the overpriced accessories.

At Stevens creek, you can ask for side steps instead of the running boards.

It seems like the folks in S.Cal are getting better deals at MSRP, and the cars are available.

Acura 101 West, Gold Coast Acura and Acura of Pasadena do not charge anything beyond MSRP. I was also told that Acura of Pasadena was willing to match Tim's prices for accessories.

Cerritos adds $238, and Valencia adds about $400.

Good Luck, and Happy buying.
 
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