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Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

I've been unimpressed from the get go with the 2.4 L, but not really so unhappy with it that the engine alone was the reason for the trade. No, in fact I liked the 2.4 L better than the top engine Honda offered in the CRV in 2014, and it was leaps ahead of the laughable 1.5 L turbo Ford offered. Back in August of 2014, there were literally zero 3.6 L Equinoxes within 250 miles of me. It wasn't until I was rear-ended in December of 2015 that I got a Traverse loaner with the 3.6 L that opened my eyes. I realized if a the larger Traverse could haul ass and make me smile like that, what would the 3.6 L do for me in the smaller Equinox? I set out mid way in 2015 to find my new car (or at least test drive one) but the timing was all wrong for the best bonuses for the year. Due to some medical issues, it was delayed greatly to a point that I sort of gave up and started looking a few used rentals. That when JayT2014 stepped in and dropped some knowledge on me about the auto industry. With that in hand, I set out to custom order my new Nox just that way we wanted it. The first wrinkle was that the 2018 was going to do away with the 3.6 L and introduce 3 new engines. No way, no how am I doing the first model year of anything from any manufacture. I've seen so many friends and family get burned on that. That only served my cause that come the end of December 2016, I'd order they car we wanted. Only GM decided to kill the 2017 AWD/ 3.6 L before 2017 had even started! I went around and around because I didn't want to settle again and get options I didn't want or lose some that I did. Well, in the end, I did have to settle slightly. As it turns out none of the dealers mentioned to me that GM locks the inventory of what can get a bonus tag on February 10th. I went to the dealer on the 11th to order the car (via a trade with another dealer), and was out of luck. I had to compromise slightly on a Nox on the lot with out a sunroof and have the dealer install one. I felt sketchy about that, but they put it in writing that the sunroof is warrantied for as long as we own the car. So in the end, I traded out a 2014 Red LTZ 2.4 L with the stupid collision stuff, for a 2017 Nightfall Grey Premier 3.6 L. I'm very happy with it too. Even my wife said how much she likes the power of the new Nox. Seriously going to miss that CD player though. I'm going to need to buy some flash drives to rip music to.
So as I mentioned it wasn't just about the engine. Post accident, the car was never the same. The paint has had to be fixed again, there is odd rattles in the back that no one can find, and even as little as 7 days before we traded it in, we noticed two broke/missing pieces of trim that we'd never touched. I think we looked around the old car with a new eye after being in a 2017 and started to see some things we hadn't noticed before. There was also that "sock" smell from the AC that the original dealer sort of fixed for a while but was coming back this winter.

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

Congrats. Hope nobody hits this one!

What did they charge you to add the sunroof?

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And how big a deal is it really for the dealer to install a sunroof? It's the same factory unit, correct? And all the wiring is probably already there? So maybe all they have to do is cut a well- defined hole (or maybe even just punch it out?) and bolt/glue the sunroof in there?

Does anybody know how it's done in the factory? Is the roof metal pre-fabricated with the hole, or is the hole cut on the line?

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Congrats on your new ride

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And how big a deal is it really for the dealer to install a sunroof? It's the same factory unit, correct? And all the wiring is probably already there? So maybe all they have to do is cut a well- defined hole (or maybe even just punch it out?) and bolt/glue the sunroof in there?

Does anybody know how it's done in the factory? Is the roof metal pre-fabricated with the hole, or is the hole cut on the line?
A factory sunroof is always done with a rolled edge that the weatherstripping from the glass panel seals against. When an aftermarket sunroof is installed, I have never seen one done with a rolled edge, but instead there is a piece of molding (trim ring) that is usually siliconed to the cut hole/opening for the sunroof. I had one installed over 18 years ago on my Maxima, and I have never had a single issue with it. The brand is American Sunroof Corporation - ASC. I can always tell an aftermarket S/R from a factory, but quite frankly, I have had other Maxima owners tell me that they like mine better than their factory S/R. It has more features, such as the ability to make it auto-close whenever the car is turned off - or if I stall the stick-shift ! I paid about $1K for it in 1998, and that it about what S/R's were going for at the time. Quite frankly, I was nervous to do it to a brand new car, but The deal I got on the Maxima was work the risk. I think I got over $7K off sticker for a $24K vehicle - in 1998, mind you. Oh, I think my glass opening is a bit larger than the factory S/R also.

What brand did you get, and the cost - if you don't mind me asking !

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

Hi ,

Buggsy , new nox looks great !!!!
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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

I like the 2nd pic.

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

Thanks for the replies. Lets see if I address the sun roof stuff.

Firstly, it's aftermarket. The dealer has a partnership with a local company that does nothing but sunroof and leather interior. I asked another dealer that has a full body shop, and they told me that there nobody puts in a factory sunroof except for the factory. As Rit described, there are some differences (though I didn't think to ask what they were) and it's not really possible outside of the factory.

Our sunroof is scheduled for install on Thursday, so I don't have and pics of it yet. I will attach some that the dealer gave me of a Nox the installer did this last fall.

I highly doubt anything like wiring exists for the sunroof. It seems these days there isn't even wiring in place for things like Fog lights if you didn't order them. So the installer will be dropping the liner and such to run wiring and drain lines.

The charge is $1000 even. The installer charges $999.00 and the dealer has a minimum markup in the computer of $1.00. The advantage to buying it through the dealer rather than shopping around is that the dealer has put it in writing that they support the sunroof. That means any issues I have, I leave the car with the dealer and they work it out with the installer. And it insulates me for the installer going out of business.

I can't really remember the brand, but the pic shows a logo on the button panel "Signature".

Oh, I realize I got one thing I didn't really want on this Nox; the trailer hitch. I always planned that if I were going to add one, I'd add a 2" receiver so that I can share accessories with the truck. But I know that this is the kind of thing I can sell if I change my mind on it.
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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

Very sharp and welcome to the V-6 club.
You got the last year of a very popular vehicle.

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Re: Finally pulled the trigger: My new 2017 3.6 L

I remember when I was shopping for my Previous SUV.

I looked at the 2003 Trailblazer. and then looked at the Ford Explorer.
I believe the Ford came with a 1 1/4 inch hitch.... from the factory... HUH?
how could that size vehicle come with that small a hitch receiver....

Trailblazer came with the 2 inch.



Seen Explorers like this..




2013 Equinox&nbsp; LT1 3.6L V6 FWD -&nbsp; &nbsp;60,000<br />2010 Traverse LT1 3.6L V6 FWD -&nbsp;127,000 <br />2003 Trailblazer LS&nbsp; 4.2L I6 RWD- 180,000
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