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  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    Do you have the Sport Package? If so, try to make sure that the tire pressure is at 32 psi. If it is and the ride is still unacceptable, the other alternative is to try and get 18" wheels/tires instead and see if that alleviates the stiff ride somewhat. That would be a bit cheaper than taking the depreciatio hit on a 5-month old FX.

    I wanted the 20" rims on the FX but it meant having to get the Sport Package. Since our FX is the babymobile, I chose the regular suspension with the 18" rims. The ride is perfect for my family and I.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    Do not buy this crossover if you have children. Instead, consider a Lexus.

    A Lexus, it is not. To me, that is a good thing. You can still buy the FX even if you have children. We did and we're very happy with it. The best advice I can give to prospective buyers with kids, try to testdrive the FX with your usual backseat passengers available. And you might want to forego the sport package if a comfy ride is what you're looking for. The regular suspension with 18" rims are perfect for us. And it still handles better than the RX330.
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    my dealer ,infinity is 20 miles away and i read here that someone has to drive 2 hours to get to their infinity dealer.

    well,remember that this is a nissan engine easily serviced by nisaa dealers ,and therefore ,i took my fx35 to a nissan dealer ,5 miles away. great service bays with a/c here in miami.
    and, cost of the full 3750 miles service $ 21.80.

    only thing that a nissaN DEALER CANNOT DO is warrranty work on the infinity.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    The fx also served as our primary family transport and my daughter and son were never awakened and never complained. Try lowering your tire pressure the ride is firm but with correct pressure it is not rough unless you are on coblestone or just terrible pavement.

    the lexus has a ni...... zzzzzz...... snore.... oops I fell asleep just thinking about the lexus lol. One drive was enough to tell me this was not the car for me. If you are looking real closely at the rx330 then the FX is not for you. Also the suspension for the 04's were softened and I like the ride in my 03. Like crikey suggests if it is really that much of a pain stick to the touring package. I'm sure you will have no problem trading your 20" rims for someones 18's
  • cppcpp Posts: 36
    A matter of personal opinion, of course. If the goal was a soft, cushy ride, the FX purchase was a rather uninformed decision. The whole premise of the vehicle is to have sporty on-road capabilities while retaining some utility. That being said, my 4 year old and 6 month old ride in our FX 45 daily. Although the infant isn't too articulate about her preferences, she has no trouble sleeping. The older one adamantly prefers the FX to either our Durango or M3. Even the mother in law has ridden in the back, and has since considered getting one of her own. All depends on what you want from a vehicle.
  • texasfx35texasfx35 Posts: 65
    I have had some problems similar to those you describe. The worst incidence was in late Feb when the XM unit suddenly lost the signal and then attempted to download for two hours. As we were driving through the Florida Everglades, I did not stop during this time. As soon as I stopped the car at the destination, turned the ignition off and then restarted the engine, the problem went away immediately. Since then I have had sporadic recurrences(maybe a dozen) where the unit just seems to lose the signal and then spends 20-60 seconds "downloading" and then it just fixes itself. This latter situation seems to happen most frequently when I change channels. The "Florida incident" was at night so I don't think temp played a role. The others have been in daytime and nighttime. I have not asked the Houston dealer about the situation, since so far it is not reproducible.
  • socalbobsocalbob Posts: 23
    .I have had some problems similar to those you describe. The worst incidence was in late Feb when the XM unit suddenly lost the signal and then attempted to download for two hours.

    Yes, that's exactly the problem. I haven't tried the restarting-the-car trick, but my dealer recommended it and I willnext time it happens.
  • mwitt3mwitt3 Posts: 15
    Have a new 04 FX35 and have to agree with earlier posts that there is a design flaw on the fresh air inlet. In fact there is no option to get fresh outside air thru the vents. If the outside temp is 70 and you set for outside air circulation without ac you get heated air. You can dial down to 60 F and still end up with heated air. All of this is no problem in the winter or stifling heat of summer as you will be on heat or ac but if the weather is nice outside this is a problem. Definite design flaw, I plan on letting infiniti know. Otherwise car is perfect.
  • nickanicka Posts: 1
    I am planning to buy a FX soon. Anyone, have any idea when the 2005 is coming out ? Also usually when you a new model comes out, how much % does the older model price drop by ?
  • wibblewibble Posts: 569
    September looks like the best bet. 2004 FXs can be had for close to invoice at the moment and there a rumours of a "significant" price increase on 2005 models.
  • tampabaytampabay Posts: 18
    Just got delivery of mt new FX 35. Love the car.

    My read out on the Sirius sat shows only the channel no not the channel name. My dealer says thats how it should be. Is that right ? So in other words if im listening to cnbc i have to remember the channel no ?

  • tampabaytampabay Posts: 18
    Found out how to do it on another forum ( a sirius radio forum). Basically once on sat you push in the knob on the right and rotate from channel no to channel name to title etc.

    Works great now.
  • dutch47dutch47 Posts: 8
    I've had my 2004 FX35 AWD for four months and 5,000 miles and I love this SUV. It's the best of both worlds since it handles like a sports car but has the room of a SUV. Granted not as much room as most SUV's in it's class but I'm willing to trade the extra room for the great styling. I love the way it handles, accelerates, and the sound of the exhaust. I don't have a problem with the way it rides but I've seen some complaints about a rough ride. If you are considering buying an FX35 or 45 be sure and test drive over different types of roads. Remember it has a sports tuned suspension, which I think is great, but a somewhat stiff suspension may not be what you are looking for. If you are looking for something that floats down the road with no road feel this may not be what you are looking for. The interior is well laid out and the seats are very comfortable. I am amazed at the number of people who have asked me about the car every time I stop for gas or park to go into the store. I suppose with such aggressive styling it either appeals to someone or not. So far, the service I've received from the Infiniti Dealership has been first class. Fit and finish is as good as any luxury car I've ever seen. Milage seems to run between 18 and 20mpg city or highway which surprised me since I thought I would get better milage on the interstate but I haven't so far. I certainly have no regrets but for those still trying to decide it just depends on what you are looking for and what you find important in an SUV.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Glad you figured it out. Please check out the XM & Sirius Satellite Radio discussion here too. Thanks,

    Steve, Host
  • drcsfdrcsf Posts: 36
    I have had my FX45 about 4 months and 5000 miles also. The more I drive this thing the more I feel as though someone finally made the perfect vehicle for me. I am truly a sports car guy at heart, but now 45 years old, 6'3" and 220 lbs and with a tempermental back from football, I really don't do well in smaller sports cars or sedans any more. My last vehicle was a 2002 GMC Envoy, which was my first SUV. I bought it for the size and height getting in and out - it was actually an excellent truck but certainly not a great handler.

    I first drove an FX35 when my sister in law bought one last year. The styling was a little over the top for me but the size, drive, utility etc was a combination I did not think existed. Six months later I traded the envoy and bought my FX45. I still think the styling is over the top, especially with those 20" wheels. I see people looking at it all the time, perhaps because it is so radical or because its still sort of rare in my area (Baltimore). But from inside the car I could not be happier. The ride is stiff, but nowhere near too much so for me. The seats adjust and fit me wonderfully - my back feels better with this lumbar support then any other vehicle I've owned. The features like keyless entry and starting, the stereo and layout could not be better for me. The FX feels, sounds, handles and acclerates like a true sports car, but with the seats down holds my road bike under the hatch with room to spare - amazing. My V8 averages 17.1 mpg - not bad for 315 hp. And the car just swallows pavement - I can't believe how quickly the car gets up to speed and how effortlessly it stays there. Although I am not an agressive driver I just seem to get everywhere quicker.

    I usually change vehicles every couple of years. But this one is a keeper. I agree with dutch47 - I am extremely pleased and have no regrets. Thanks Infiniti.

  • I am looking into buying a FX and I want to ask if there are any known/suggested changes on the 2005 FX apart from the color and lane departing function. Any help and suggestion on what the 2005 FX would be like is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
  • pat7pat7 Posts: 1
    I'm very interested in the FX35 RWD but I don't like the ride. Does anyone have experience with a "H" rated tire instead of the stiffer tires that are standard? In my experience a tire has as much or more impact on the small bumps around town at low speed than the suspension. How would a standard FX ride with a softer tire?
  • wibblewibble Posts: 569
    It's not going to make that much difference. The FX is a sports car as much as an SUV and is set up accordingly. word has it that it does soften a little around the 8,000 to 10,000 mile mark. Also, if you've been test driving at a dealership, get them to check the tyre pressures. The cars are shipped with 40-45 psi in the tyres and a lot of dealers forget to lower this once they get the cars.
  • wibblewibble Posts: 569
    Looking at the 2005 option list, the stuff you mentioned is pretty much it. It doesn't look like the 2005 will be here until late September / October.
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