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  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    The whole purpose of the FX is for ON-Road dominance: 20" wheels, sports suspension, no low-range gear. The FX is really just a tall-wagon with all-wheel drive. (Even in the FX brochure, there is not one picture of a FX anywhere near dirt!) Even my dealer refuses to call it a SUV. The only Infiniti w/realistic off-road capability right now is the soon-to-be extinct QX4.
  • fxfan03fxfan03 Posts: 2
    I just picked up my new FX35 AWD Premium Package last Friday. I love it! I have never gotten more looks in a car then I do in the FX35. Everyone that I have shown it to loves it. Nothing out there compares to the style and performance!

    I drove a FX35 AWD Sports Package before deciding on the Premium Package, I couldn't tell much of a difference in the two.

    I have been searching all over the internet for the 0-60 times on the FX35 AWD, anybody find anything?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,448
    All I've seen is a guess of "around 8 seconds" for the RWD drive version.

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  • fxfan03fxfan03 Posts: 2
    I found a bunch of info on the 0-60 times on www.freshalloy.com and all the numbers were in the low 7 seconds.

    Here is one of the tests:
    I put my G-tech Pro in my FX35 AWD Sport and got the following figures on 3 different runs:
    Numbers are 0-60 (sec.), 1/4 mile time (sec.) @ speed (mph)
    7.11, 15.55 @ 91.9
    7.08, 15.34 @ 93.4
    7.18, 15.60 @ 92.0
    Pretty consistent numbers. So 0 - 60 averaged about 7.12 sec. ... a little faster than i expected.
    This was done with a little bit of power-braking and leaving the trans. in auto so it shifted itself.
    For those of you wondering "what is a G-Tech Pro?", see:
    G-Tech Pro Website
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    "This was done with a little bit of power-braking and leaving the trans. in auto so it shifted itself."

    Nice times!

    How many miles did these FX35's have when then did these obviously full throttle runs?

    Is there no break in procedure for Infiniti's?
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    I like to see what the G-Tech Pro would produce on a FX45 from 0-60. I know Car and Driver and Automobile magazine both rated it about 6.3 sec but it seems faster than that. I recently dragged-raced my friend's '02 540i Sport and I beat him by about a car length to about 100mph.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    It is also rumored that the FX35 RWD will challenge a FX45 0-60 and that is why the 35 has not been tested by any mags. They don't want people to just buy the 35 instead as there is more markup in the 45. Also on FA there is an article supposedly from nissan that the rwd will run 6.93 to 60 if so that is dang fast and will blow the doors off of a X5 4.4 or ML500. I wonder when a magazine will have the guts to test the 35 RWD and AWD to get published times. The 45 even if it is close is a very sweet machine and doesn't have to rev like the 35 does so there would still be a market even if the times are close.
  • toeknailtoeknail Posts: 5
    The breakin period is 1200 miles... supposed to keep it below 4000 rpm until then.
  • doc64doc64 Posts: 2
    Thanks fxfan03 for the link. As I wandered around it I saw the link about the possible supercharger for the GX 35. I never really thought about aftermarket stuff like that before but that could be really intriguing for an FX35.
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    I highly doubt a FX35 will "challenge" a FX45 0-60. From all indications, the 35 will do 0-60 in the low 7 sec's and 45 will do that in the low 6's. I test drove both models before buying the 45. The 35 does have decent pick-up and from 0-30mph, both cars are about equal; however, above 30mph, the extra thrust and torque of the 45 makes it pull away much stronger. BTW, the BMW X5 4.4i is actually techically faster 0-60 than the FX35. Motor Trend/Car and Driver clocks it at about 6.5-6.7sec. I'm sure if Infiniti offered a manual for the FX, the 35 and 45 will be quite a bit quicker.
  • hootspahootspa Posts: 11
    than the FX35 from 0 to 60. That's based on my seat-of-pants back-to-back test drives. Possibly the FX 45 will pull stronger to 100 but it isn't dramatically different. Remember, there is a weight and gas penalty for the V8. Also, I suspect that Z car performance upgrades (soon to hit the market)will be readily adaptible to the FX35 since it is the same engine. I'm sure Infiniti will increase the FX45 torque and HP soon to differentiate the two models.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    The x5 4.6 arrives at those times. The X5 3.0 runs 8.5 The 4.4 rons 7.2-7.5 Edmunds also has test data for these. A RWD FX should be close because it weighs about 300 lbs ligter and only gives up 25 hp. Given it gives up way more torque but the added weight of both the AWD and V8 minimizes that gain. I would bet the rwd is within .5 as stated before. The Murano is within .7 of the 45.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    I've seen this 0-60 discussion between the FX45 and the FX35 in most every FX forum that I visit. And frankly, it's getting old, to me, anyway. What difference does a few tenths of a second really do?

    Just enjoy your rides, guys...
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    Actually it's quite fun to discuss all this performance stuff after all, the FX is really about performance. If we were talking about a Lexus, things would be different. BTW, there is no question about the 45 specs......according to Car and Driver and Automobile mags, it does 0-60 in 6.3 secs. According to Motor Trend (not Edmunds), the BMW X5 4.4 does that in about 6.7 sec(having owned an X5, I can attest to that). From previous posts, fxfan03 timed the FX35 using a G-tech pro from 0-60 in about 7.12 sec. Motor Trend timed the Murano at 7.5 sec 0-60 (not even in the same league as the FX45).
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    Just installed front and rear splash guards on my FX. Looks ok but it would've been better if it was built-in to part of the fender. My dealer wanted to charge me $75 to install it--ridiculous! It was fairly easy--tok about 20 min. But it does require some drilling (contrary to the Infiniti website). Also it costs $59 per pair, not $49 as in their website.
  • blckthreeblckthree Posts: 153
    They have been made standard equipment on the FX now, as of April builds. Should have been all along.
  • trragtopstrragtops Posts: 7
    Hello psb1013
    My dealer quoted me $70 labor to install the splash guards because according to them the wheels need to be removed to install the splash guards?
    did you need to remove the wheels to install the splash guards?
    thanks
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    The front ones are pretty easy to install although you need to drill a small hole near the bottom of the car. The rear ones can be a pain because the tires are in the way. If you don't want to remove the rear tires, you have to get a offset drill or an attachment which allows you to drill at a right angle (can get it at your local hardware store for about $20). You need to drill 3 small holes inside the fender to install the rear splash guards. Overall, it wasn't too bad....definately better than getting ripped-off at the dealer.
  • trragtopstrragtops Posts: 7
    psb1013, thank you for the info. I need an offset drill for my toolbox anyhow, so this will be a good excuse to buy one
    thanks
  • knockoffknockoff Posts: 72
    Thanks for the info. Maybe I'm trying to fit a round peg in a square hole :-)
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    anyway to have the doors autolock at say 15mph on the fx35 tech?
  • dcrozdcroz Posts: 4
    I am taking a minute to say thank you for all the great information that I have been getting on the FX. I couldn't wait to get back from temporary duty overseas to take one for a spin.

    The vehicle was outstanding, and I didn't think the vehicle's ride was too harsh at all. I felt like I should be driving it like a sports car. The sound of the FX 35 exhaust was really nice.

    In the end though, it didn't have enough rear seat legroom and the hatch area was REALLY small. We went down the street to the Lexus dealer and when my wife saw the new RX330, that was it! Since the ride was for her, I agreed.

    We ended up with a 330 with the performance package and my wife could not be more pleased. The ride was a whole lot more luxurious and it had more room in the back.

    Thank you for all the info on the FX and all you guys enjoy your vehicles!
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    Your's is a perfect example of car makers "designing for the sexes." The RX has always been marketed and designed to appeal to women (soft ride, cute styling, practicality) and something like the FX seems designed to appeal primarily to men (big engine, big sound, big tires, hard ride, etc).
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and thankyou very much for the information regarding Grubbs Infiniti in Texas. Their inventory is very impressive and they are advertising a FX now for $29,999. It must be a demo but they seem to be very liberal with discounting.

      They also have approximately 50 coupes in stock now and my local dealer has zero.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Is even more impressive to deal with. I intially contacted the General manager through another forum. I gave him the vin# of a car he had in inventory. He confirmed that it was still available and gave me a price of $434 over invoice. I also had a trade which i gave him a detailed description of. He put a price on it sight unseen. The next morning with this deal in hand I went to SW Infiniti in Houston which is my local dealer at 11 am. I asked them to come within 1k of this deal and they couldn't/wouldn't. Went back home and e-mailed that we had a deal. dowloaded credit app and faxed it over. Got approval for my lease and a quote based on numbers previously discussed in less than 1/2 hour. Said prep it and I'm coming to get it. Hit the road at 2pm made it to grubbs around 6:30pm everything was as discussed signed papers and was out of there within 45 minutes on a saturday. Stayed a night with a friend and drove back in my new FX the next day. These guys are the real deal, by far the easiest and best car buying experience I have ever had. You won't go wrong with these guys. If you want names of salesman and GM please e-mail me and I will be happy to oblige.
  • fx35fx35 Posts: 1
    I have just purchased a RWD FX35 and I have some conserns regarding towing. This is my first SUV and I am in the market for a small boat (17 or 19 foot center console)however I am conserned that I will have problems towing without All wheel drive. Can anyone give me any advise.
  • psb1013psb1013 Posts: 92
    I believe the FX can tow up to 3500lbs. Pretty small for a SUV. But if you really want to tow, the FX is not for you.
  • alphamalealphamale Posts: 15
    Can't agree with the Battle of the Sexes view of the FX/RX. Don't see ANY women in the new RX ads. And the RX330's styling is pretty edgy. I think Lexus just wants to make a Super Luxury car with the shape of a SUV.

      Obviosly the FX is more primal in it's aspirations, and more desperate to make an impact! It seems like it is built with wealthy men in mind (vs the X5).

      I find the FX ads are more canted toward women than the Lexus RX ads!! Very....... romantic?
  • alphamalealphamale Posts: 15
    that the RX AND FX have raised the state of the art in luxury SUV's, attacking from differnt angles. The FX's cargo area is incredibly small, though. But the back seat is quite huge (I'm 6'4")!!
       Kind of make Aviators and ML500's look tired and weak.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    Your FX should not have any problem towing a small boat, assuming it doesn't weigh close to its rated capacity of 3500 lbs. My 17 1/2 foot fishing boat with 115 HP outboard (a 4 stroke that weighs 425 lbs) weighs considerably less at about 1800 lbs loaded, and I am expecting no problems. My previous car (Audi allroad) did just fine, and the FX is pretty similar as far as rated capacity (the Audi's is 3300 lbs). Anyway I'll find out this weekend as I'm leaving Thursday for a 300 mile roundtrip golf and fishing weekend. The hitch was installed Tuesday and I'm picking it up at noon on Wednesday, and I'll report back here next week.

    P.S. The fact that you have a RWD FX should not make any difference for towing. If it was FWD (like a basic RX300) then it could be an issue. Also, just FYI, my dealer has already installed several of the hitches (which just became available) on other FX's, and he says the labor is taking about 3 hours to put them on, so he's raising the charge to $790 which includes the hitch, the wiring harness and the labor. Originally he was charging $590, then $690 and now $790. Glad I negotiated a charge of $500 when I bought the vehicle!
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