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  • bomcqbomcq Posts: 7
    I've complained several times about how harsh the ride was with the sport package. I brought my wife's FX35 in for sevicing and complained. Turns out each wheel had about 10lbs extra. No wonder it felt like you were riding on a rock. There's a noticeble difference! It's still stiff, but a lot smoooother! It really changes how you drive.

    Those that find the ride harsh should check this out. I got the car like this in January, so it must have come this way from the factory.

    Also, they said the tow hitch I bought with the car wouldn't be available till July.

    Overall the service was very good. Got a i35 loaner.

    Bomcq
  • slummyjslummyj Posts: 57
    I test drove the FX35 with the sport suspension. I didn't think it rode any harder than my VW Passat GLX. I can't figure out why you have to get the sport suspension with certain colors. I like the Graphite or Beryllium with the brick interior. I don't mind the sport suspension, but it seems strange that it is required with these colors. Maybe next year they will change this.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    Due to popular demand, per GM. Good deal for those who were not able to avail of the April VPP incentive.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Anybody anywhere near texas and on the fence about getting a FX should contact Grubbs. They are great people.

    I have had my fx for about a week and have a couple of questions for those who have had there's longer.

    1) What gas mileage are you getting?

    2) Are you changing the oil with dino, synthetic or a blend.

    I agree with checking tire pressure. I have 2 tires at 33 and 2 at 49psi I need to adjust the high ones down. Once I do this I will report on the ride.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    1) What gas mileage are you getting?

    I'm getting about 18mpg city/highway on my FX35 AWD with Prem Pkg. On a day trip to the beach, I got about 22mpg on mostly highway driving. I did manual calculations and compared it to the fuel econ computer. So far, the computer and my calculations were in agreement on only one occasion. The fuel econ computer is always on the lower mileage side of things. Also, I do reset the fuel econ computer everytime I fill up. BTW, I've just gone over 1200 miles.

    2) Are you changing the oil with dino, synthetic or a blend.

    I have not given this any sort of consideration yet. I'll check what the manual suggests and make my decision at that time.

    My tire pressures are currently at 33 psi after having it at 45 psi at delivery. So, yeah, always check your tire pressure.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    On my FX45 which I've had for about a week and a half I lowered the tire pressure to 32 all around, as is recommended on the door. At delivery the tires had from 36-38 lbs of air in them. Just this slight reduction has made a big difference in the ride quality, for the better. I still get a nice firm handling response which I really love but now it takes bumps a lot better.

    Have not measured gas mileage yet but I know it's not going to be good as I do a lot of city driving. The good news is that I don't put a lot of miles on (short commute) so it won't make much difference. My previous car (Audi allroad) was no gas milage champ either.

    I'm still undecided on whether I'll switch to Mobil 1 after break-in. I've used it for years in my other cars but the owners manual recommends "mineral" oil which I do not understand. What could be the advantages of this other than the fact that it's cheaper? I may keep this car for longer than usual so I'll probably again use the synthetic, but I plan to discuss this with the dealer's service manager when I go in for my first oil change.
  • blckthreeblckthree Posts: 153
    I also have a FX35 AWD Premium package. With just over 4100 miles, it has been getting a consistant 20-21 mpg, that being a mix of about 85% highway, 15% city driving per tank. I have reset my tire pressure to 35 lbs and noticed an increase in mileage of almost 1 mpg without a sacrifice in handling or ride.

    I went with dino oil from the Infiniti dealer with my first oil change. I am not completely sold on the benefits vs. cost of synthetic oils. I have never had any kind of mechanical failure in the past related to oil. To each his own. I am debating using the neighborhood quick lube shop for future oil changes, just because it is quicker and cheaper, hopefully they wont break the clips on the engine cover and create a rattle for me. I don't need to devote half a day to an oil change or get a loaner for the day, just to pay more and get the car washed. Oil changes are not rocket science.
  • hootspahootspa Posts: 11
    to the Audi Allroad?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    For starters, the FX should put the Audi to shame in terms of reliability.

    It's taller, too.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    For the info so far on MPG and oil. I probably will stick to dino espicially since I am leasing the car. But we love it so much we are thinking of paying off the lease with a loan now. I looked at the allroad. While the interior maybe superior I think the infinti wins in style, power, handling, reliability and bang for the buck. Right now i have a hard time finding another vehicle that offers as much as my FX35 RWD Tech package car for within 5-10k of what I paid. If lexus brings out the concept they showed or the next gen x5 comes down in price short of a 80k Cayenne or 50k+ toureg nothing I think is in the same class for price/power/features IMHO.
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    On my FX45 w/Tech Package, I have a tire pressure monitor which is really nice but the display is confusing because it does not label which reading belongs to which tire--which I find rather odd...can anyone explain? Also, during stop-and-go driving I find that the readings fluctuate anywhere from 32psi to 37psi....is this normal?
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    On my FX45, according to my trip computer, my average MPG (mixed city/highway driving) is about 14.9 (w/about 2000 miles on my car), and I drive pretty aggressively. That's pretty decent considering that a BMW X5 4.4i gets about 11-12mpg.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    The allroad does have some features that I do miss which includes the adjustable air suspension, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a deeper cargo area, neat map reading lights for all passengers, and the beautiful wood and interior finishing. It also has a real solid feel to it all the way around with no squeaks or rattles in the 34,000 miles that I drove it. I'll also miss the included free maintenance that Audi gives you for 4 years/50,000 miles, and my dealer's service was consistently outstanding.

    When I first sat in the FX the first thing I noticed is the much higher seating position (like a SUV) but as soon as I took the first turn I was amazed at how well the vehicle handled, especially considering its added height. The next thing I noticed is the power, expecially from a dead stop the thing accelerates like crazy (and the allroad is not exactly slow, especially with the chip that I had in it). Once you are underway, the performance of the two cars is very similar - the twin turbo six in the allroad (especially chipped) provides some serious thrust, as does the FX. The exhaust note from the FX's V8 is definitely meetier - I find it to be intoxicating and very cool. And last but not least is the FX's braking feel - much smoother pedal feel than the allroad, which does have a well-known problem with their rotors that some have had to replace about every 10,000 miles. Toward the end mine were going bad and there was noticeable vibration when braking.

    Looks are subjective but I think most would agree that the FX's styling is several years ahead but of course some might prefer the less-flamboyant look of the allroad wagon body. I like the lines of the FX and it sure does attract a lot of attention on the road, whereas the allroad blends in more.

    As for reliability it's too early to say but my allroad was very reliable with only one unscheduled problem, other than the above-noted brake rotors. If I had not learned that Audi plans to discontinue the allroad after the next model year - at least that's the strong rumor - I probably would have gotten another one. But I guess in a way I was ready for a change, and the Infiniti really grabbed my attention. So far it hasn't disappointed.
  • trragtopstrragtops Posts: 7
    I have 1,100 miles on fx45 prem and I'm averaging 15-16 mpg with about 50/50 city- hwy driving. My calcualtions are close to the fuel econ calculator. This compared to my 01 Chrysler Grd Caravan that gets 17 mpg. and SAAB 900 that avgs 21. I will soon switch to synthetic oil and also raise tire pressuer to 35 and see what results I get
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    Considering that the FX45's V8 is the same engine as in the Q45, anyone have any ideas as to why Nissan/Infiniti limited the hp to just 315 in the FX? Any ideas as to how to possibly get that extra HP (and torque) back? (chip? exhaust modification?)
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    They say it was because they wanted the engine in the FX to have more torque as opposed to peak HP but I don't think the torque rating is as high either. I would like to see the HP and torque curves of the two vehicles plotted out to see how they compare. Maybe the FX has a flatter torque curve? Not sure.

    I'm sure there will be aftermarket stuff put out by some tuners real quick. I doubt that a chip would do much since it's a non-turbo engine. I have no plans to mess with it myself.
  • blckthreeblckthree Posts: 153
    I had read that the Q45 has a different cam to give it the extra 25 HP. I also have not seen torque curve numbers, but heard the reason for the reduced HP in the FX was to give it more torque at lower rpms.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Giving the FX HP equal to or greater than the Q45 flagship wouldn't have done much for the Q's image or sales.

    Strictly a political decision.

    Personally, I think the FX45 should be Infiniti's flagship model. It's a prime example of a vehicle that plays by its own rules and doesn't apologize for it. You've got to respect that.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and I hope that you are having a great day. As I am in the market for a new vehicle and considering seriously the purchase of a new FX35 non sport.

      The Orlando Infiniti dealership and Scott Infiniti in South Florida both have approximately 40 FX models.

      It seems that the initial demand is not what Infiniti expected. Hopefully this will translate into big savings come negatiating time. $500 over invoice anyone?

      Maybe it will take time for the market to respond to the FX dramatic styling and lack of practicality relative to the competion.

      It is ok with me because I like to drive something that few people have and the quality of the vehicle should be great.

      Let me pose my question one more time regarding ordering a 2004 with cloth as opposed to leather. Will I be able to sell the vehicle eventually? Living in Florida Leather really makes my back sweat in the summer.

      Hopefully for 2004 Infinity will allow you to get the brick interior without the bone crushing ride of the sport package.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    I can't answer your question regarding the resale value of an FX with cloth. However, I can definitely say that you can get better than $500 over invoice by taking advantage of the Grubbs Infiniti VPP pricing offer.

    Seems that Grubbs Infiniti can now ship anywhere in the 48 states for only $250 additional shipping cost. Wow!

    BTW, I bought my FX35 AWD at Orlando Infiniti for VPP price (benefit of my employer) and those guys are great. One of the best buying experiences ever!
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Not having leather will kill the value and market of the vehicle. Only make this move if you keep vehicles 5-7 years as then the extra depriciation won't amount to much. Remeber your no option vehicle will compete with tech package vehicles that may only be a couple thousand more. So therefore more desirable to a used car buyer. those looking for a vehicle in the same market as the FX will definately want leather. just my .02
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    Just my opinion...
    But cloth as standard equipment on a $35K+ car is just plain ridiculous to me. If you're leasing, that's fine but buying..no way. BTW, couple years back when I leased my BMW X5 3.0i, vinyl-covered seating was standard! Even a cheap CD player was optional!
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Could you please explain what VPP pricing is?
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    It stands for Vehicle Purchase Program similar in concept to ford x-plan and gm's GMS pricing. It is a prearranged price usually 1-2% over/under invoice available to suppliers, employees families and such. Grubbs Infiniti is offering this same nohassle pricing to memebers of "another" website. On my FX35 RWD with tech it worked out to $434 over invoice. Pre April 1 I think the VPP price was actually under invoice. Right Crikey?
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    clpurnell, you got it. More info on the VPP is at www.insidenissan.com. The best part about the program is that there is no stress-inducing negotiation (well, maybe a little if you want to get the unwanted dealer fees removed). Hope that helps.
  • stlgasmanstlgasman Posts: 139
    Any favorites?
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    I'm partial to Black with Brick/Black. Maybe thats cuz I bought it :) However I saw a red with black interior and that is a hot combo.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    "I'm partial to Black with Brick/Black. Maybe thats cuz I bought it :)"

    That's what I bought too. How are you doing keeping it clean? Looks beautiful after a wash & wax job, but it's a dust magnet! It's the first black car that I've owned since a '83 VW GTI, and I forgot how hard they are to keep clean! So far it's a "labor of love" though. Sure getting lots of stares around town.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    I am wiping it down every day and wash once a week. This is my first black car and it is a pain to keep clean. I will probably buy a "California Duster" to help get it clean in between washes. It is very eye cathing. I saw a twin to Crikey's FX when I went to see X2 with my daughter. It was pretty nice also.
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