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Infiniti M35/M45 2006+

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  • mexibecmexibec Posts: 114
    Consider aftermarket wheels (cheap relative to the price of the car). I personally don't like the stock sport wheels (I bought base with chrome wheels), but I saw an M35 with some aftermarket wheels and it made the car look 10 times sportier.
  • varixvarix Posts: 72
    My 11 year old nephew got in my M35x for the first time yesterday and promptly told me that with all the tech stuff and gadgets that it seemed like one of James Bond's cars. I loved the comment since as a kid I adored JB's Aston Martin and would have killed for it. Sans the missiles, machine guns and ejector seat it is kinda like JB's car particularly the nav system, TV screen, silver color and scores of buttons. I have the premium package and being a gadgeteer I love all the stuff like LDW and smart cruise. It'd be fun to have the sport pkg and the tires are nice but on an icy and snowy day in Chicago those non-sport wheels on my AWD car will look really nice on the road instead of in a ditch. I had a RWD Supra and it was an absolute nightmare in the snow. I'll be interested in hearing how the Sport model fairs this winter in snowy north lands as they're predicting records snow fall this year! I can't wait for it!
  • I used P21S and loved it. It doesn't leave white residue and comes off reasonably easily. Don't be afraid to get it over the internet. I haven't used liquid glass.
  • Is there a more preferred/reliable website that sells this or are they all fairly reliable?
  • I went through the same deliberations when we purchased our M35x. Sport package was not an option for us - I wanted the 4WD capability for reliable traction in winter. If your doing mostly commuting it would seem to me that there will be less opportunity to really exercise the sport option on a regular basis. That's logic speaking and not emotion, however... :D

    As for the option packages - I went for the Journey with the Nav system. I couldn't justify the other features in the Tech package and so far I have no regrets. If I had my druthers, I would have liked to see Inifiniti offer the 5.1 stereo upgrade also as a stand alone option.
  • Hi all,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the much-appreciated advice on M35 packages. Very helpful in thinking through the tradeoffs.

    At this point I'm leaning towards Sport + Journey + Nav, but not full tech package. Will let you know when the dealin's done.

    Paul
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199
    I like having a full size spare but I would prefer not to lose the space in the trunk...so...what do you think about this.

    Go ahead and get the full size spare but do not store it in the trunk (keep it in the garage). Get a space saver to keep in the trunk. The option price for the full size spare is $300...so..$300 for a "spare" wheel and a "spare" tire sounds relatively cheap. If you were to accidently damage/ scratch a wheel, you would already have one. I do not believe you could by a new tire and wheel for anywhere close to $300.

    Has anyone priced purchasing a space saver as an "extra" item?

    Any comments pro or con??????
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    A spare is a spare. When "S" happens, you'll need something round to get you from point "A" to point "B" to be resurrected. If the full size spare is in the garage, of what value is it? As useless as ants, roaches, maggots and fruit flies. Bart
  • oman9oman9 Posts: 97
    I think you're missing his point Bart. He'd have the space saver spare in his trunk AND the full size wheel/tire combo in his garage in case he damaged a wheel. So when S happens on the road, he throws on the space saver. When bigger S happens to a wheel, he's got one in inventory in his garage...at a relatively cheap price. He's essentially looking to buy insurance is how I see it and have more room in his trunk all along the way.
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    I think you're missing his point Bart.

    Very possibly. However, if he's prone to taking the car on long highway trips the limitations imposed by a space-saver tire would make it an immense inconvenience (speed, distance to travel, etc). If everything's relatively local, or if he's willing to swap the spares before heading to the highway, it can work. I have a full-size spare in my Sport and have remarkably good trunk capacity ... I would never consider having a space-saver. In any car. That's just me. Bart :shades:
  • But it's really $300 plus whatever you have to pay for the space saver tire and wheel, you aren't going to get both with the car. Also, the car will come with the smaller trunk if you order the full size spare. I don't know if the trunk can easily be "restored" to full size or not.
  • Exactly, or said differntly, the capacity of your trunk will be driven by what type of spare you order (as in size of the cavity to store the spare will be different based on the spare and this will not change) irregardless of the type of spare you store in it.
  • I don't know if the trunk can easily be "restored" to full size or not.

    I believe that it can, but I would have to double check. The FSS uses styrofoam inserts to raise the floor to the hight of the FSS. They are 4" tall; so the trunk space lost is a uniform 4" of depth.
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199
    Good point, but if you were going to get the full size anyway, then the "only' additional cost would be for the space saver. Anyone know how much you could get a space saver spare for???
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199
    Yes blov8r missed my point.

    I stated in my message that I would have the space saver in the trunk and the full size at home. Thank you oman9...you fully understood what I said. And...that was my point at $300 it is relatively cheap!!! (You could not buy a OEM replacement tire and wheel for $300).

    I had not thought about whether or not you could adjust the trunk space based on whichever spare you carried. If someone finds out, please let me know. I will also check out the trunk with both size spares next time to see if there is enough difference to me to matter.

    Thanks for everyone's input.
  • I own a 2006 M45 Sport. The brakes are entirely too sensitive. They grab and actually jerk the car. There is no smooth way to apply the brakes. The service departments tell me this a know item for the M models and nothing can be done. The service tech admited he almost went through the windshield when he first braked, but that it just takes some getting used to. Almost all passengers notice the jerky braking. Smooth city driving is impossible. I have 3600 miles on the car and would consider getting rid of it, just because of that one item. Everything else is fantastic. It is really frustrating.
    Anybody else notice this?
  • I have an M45 Sport. No problem with brakes.
  • I think I am going to have to try different dealer or demand a district service rep
  • I have an M45 Premium (non-sport), and I can't believe how great the brakes are. I have this enormous stopping power and it never jerks in the slightest. I was driving along a back roads hwy at about 35mph, when someone pulled onto the road (from an intersection) dead in front of me. I stopped on a dime and absolutely smoothly. Everyone in the car immediately said in unison: "wow, great brakes"

    Of course, it's possible that your breaks are fine, but just not compatible with your style. Perhaps you should try a couple of demo cars to get an A/B comparison.

    Pete
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    I also have a Sport, and agree, the brakes are "touchy" ... but I like them. Took a couple of days to adjust, but since then I haven't given them a second thought (until now). There's a slight tendendency to grab when I stop in my gravel driveway, but otherwise no problem. If you can't get accustomed to them after a reasonable time it would seem logical that there's something wrong with the system itself.

    My dealer had a demo rear-ended to the tune of 15 grand when a test driver tested the brakes and stopped unexpectedly quickly. Bart
  • I've heard that complaint before, but many times (not implying in your case) it is from someone that is used to driving a much different braking system. M45 Sport has some massive breaks which compliment a car well that accelerates as this one does. It has tested very well in stopping distance in car comparisons this year. You should be able to modulate with a light touch without producing any jerky motions, if you can't, you need to have them look at it again.

    James Healey made a telling statement in his review of the Lexus GS where some also felt brakes were touchy. Check his section on "Brakes" at this URL

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,593
    I have an M35 Sport and also have absolutely no problem(s) with the brakes (not breaks) and their feel.
  • They did it again... They removed the search inventory link... :mad:
  • I wonder if it could even be just the brake pads or something. Anyone have any ideas on how to get Infinity's attention?
  • The M45 Sport that I test drove the other day also had brakes that were on the touchy side when I was manuevering the car in the parking lot. Nothing that I couldn't get used to though. By contrast, my 2003 BMW 540i Sport has much smoother brakes but the gas pedal is more than an on/off switch. If you hit it even just a little bit, the car jerks forward. Of course, I am used to it now and can modulate it. I am sure that I could acclimate to the M45 Sport's touchy brakes.

    In any event, the M45 Sport's stopping distances in comparison tests of braking performance are outstanding. The thing stops on a dime.
  • I own an M45 Sport as well and love the brakes. They do an amazing job of bringing a very heavy car to a stop in short distances time after time with no fade.

    This doesn't matter, of course, if you put your head through the windshield every time you attempt a stop. I have not experienced the problem you describe and find the brake pedal very easy to modulate. Unlike some other models there is very little travel before the brakes engage so if you don't ease into the pedal the brakes will grab very quickly. I much prefer this to a lot of travel though or the "dead" feel you get with some brakes. I had the "pleasure" of driving a Ford Explorer recently and almost started laughing when extreme variances in pressure on the brake pedal produced no noticeable difference in braking power.

    As one other poster mentioned, take a drive in another M and see if you experience the same problem. If you do, it just may be a case of the M not being the car for you.

    If you have time while you're there, test drive a G Coupe. If you think the M's brakes are "touchy" you'll likely launch yourself when braking in the G. The G too can be modulated but I've never driven a car that gets into stop quick mode as quickly as the G.
  • I own a M35X with the adaptive front lighting system(AFS). I have noticed that a number of M35 owners on this forum have experienced the same problem I have: the factory specs for the lights aim the lights far too low for nighttime driving. I read the forum advice regarding how to adjust the lights but apparently that advice (turning a screw located under the hood) does not work with the AFS. According to my dealer, the AFS will auto-adjust the lights back to the factory spec. if I try to re-aim them. The dealer claims that the only way to adjust them is to change the software that programs the auto-adjustment. Is he just double-talking? Does anyone have any suggestions? I find that I am regularly using my highbeams to compensate for this very questionable factory spec. I complained to Infiniti Consumer Relations but got no response other than that the spec is the spec.
    Thanks in advance to all who share a solution.
  • That just doesn't sound right. The adaptive lighting is automatically adjusting its left-right angle for turns, not its up and down angle.

    I suggest doing the adjustment yourself, based on my previous instructions, and try two full rotations of the large visible cog wheel, (many turns of the screw driver) checking the headlight's spot on your wall at 6 feet.

    I'll bet it's all good.

    Pete
  • joe_ojoe_o Posts: 27
    I just tried Pete's method and will let you know how it works tonight. The AFS involves corner turning AND vertcal headlight alignment. However I beliveve the automatic vertical adjustment is triggered by load sensors in the rear, which sense a change in the car's veritcal alignment and compensate for it. Therefore I also think the service guy is wrong. Does this make sense???

    Joe
  • The AFS involves corner turning AND vertical headlight alignment. However I believe the automatic vertical adjustment is triggered by load sensors in the rear, which sense a change in the car's vertical alignment and compensate for it.

    They do mention automatic leveling for AFS on their website, so you may be right about the automatic vertical adjustment. But the dealer's wrong regarding our ability to compensate.

    I have AFS (it comes with journey package, and/or the premium package), and the adjustment I described totally handled the problem.

    Pete
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