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  • Our FX35 hada a very small rock hit the condsor, causing a small leak, and now it needs to be replaced. However, after talking to two service mgrs about this issue, they state the replace these ALL THE TIME because of rocks. This is a very very obvious design issue, which should be covered under warranty.

    Who else has experienced this problem?
  • No I did not purchase the extended warranty - never have on any of the vehicles that I've owned. So far no problems after 45,000 miles, and I have a great deal of confidence in this car. I plan to keep it another 3-5 years, so I hope my confidence is well-founded.

    My FX45 is an '03, so the ipod and bluetooth were not options when I bought it. I also have not given the wood dash kit serious consideration, as I like the stock look, but this is obviously a matter of personal preference. My previous cars (both Audi's) had lots of wood and were a little more on the luxurious side as far as their interiors were concerned. I bought the FX45 primarily for its performance, unique styling and towing capability (I have an 18 foot fishing boat).

    Best of luck in your decision.
  • I have yet to take my FX35 on a real "extended" road trip. However the best I have been able to do in mixed suburban driving is ~18.5. Short highway trips suggests low 20s should be reasonable.
  • fx35awdfx35awd Posts: 218
    One time I went to San Diego and going between 70-80 mph on the freeway. I get around 23.5 mpg occasionally with the AC on. I hope this help in your decision making. You can actually get tad bit more if you pump 87 octane.
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    if I keep my right foot off the accelerator and accelerate gingerly, best I get is 21 mpg on highway, 14/16 in the city. I would look elsewhere if you have a long commute and are on a budget... sorry.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    mrlover, you are absolutely right. doors are likely not to open or at least, will be hard to open, when vehicle is immersed in water. and yes, rolling down the windows is a better idea. however...if the FX is immersed in water and the power windows won't roll down because the vehicle is immersed in water (i dunno, the power cut out, as an example), what's the option at that point? i think the design is such because the windows are not likely to roll down? i'm not really sure, just guessing.

    I was surprised by your 'car in motion' experiment. i would have expected what you expected, that the doors should not be opened, if locked, while the vehicle is in motion. i am reviewing the manual as i type this. so far, i have not seen anything explaining this door locking/opening behavior. these locks ARE weird.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    The FX is not, what I would consider, a commuter car for someone on a budget. having said that, the best mpg that i got on our FX35 was 24mpg highway. i constantly average 18mpg city/highway.

    there really isn't a good choice in SUVs as commuter cars, imho. that is, unless you consider the toyota highlander hybrid. but then, the premium paid for the highlander hybrid would pay for quite a bit of gas, if we take a regular highlander into account. then, there's the battery disposal thing 7 years down the road for the hybrid. i hear new batteries are around $5K. :)

    if you really want a commuter car that provides good mileage, vehicles like the new Civic or the Jetta TDI are better options, imo. good luck on your search.
  • fx35awdfx35awd Posts: 218
    Actually, if you must have an SUV you can settle for smaller ones like the Toyota RAV 4, Honda Element or CRV where you can get in the low 20's mpg. But yeah, I agree with Crikey, you want a commute car in the mid 20's and beyond that you got to go with a car not an SUV. Unless you want to buy a hybrid SUV which do not justify the cost. Keep in mind that the mileage per gallon posted on the sticker is not what you will get most of the time. They obtain these numbers based on some test they did by putting the vehicle on a big drum machine and not your actually day to day driving. I hope this helps. :)
  • My 2005 with smart key will not open from the inside when parked when the doors are locked. My 95 Buick also displays the same behavior, they won't open when locked. Having the inside door handle unlock the door from the inside was the common behavior on older cars but I can't site a specific year/model.
  • I just spoke to several dealers asking about the 06 models and when they were going to be out. Two of them told me that yesterday they got word that they won't be here until the spring. Maybe Feb or March.....I couldn't wait any longer, so I got a really good deal on the 05. I got the AWD 05, Diamond Graphite with the Graphite leather. It's got Tech/Touring.....oh wow!! This is the most fun I've had driving a car since my sports car days. I'm in total love!

    They're still offering the 2.9% financing and I did a purchase instead of the lease. I got the car for $41,500 which was lower than TVM's prices in my area. I'm in central California and I thought this was a fair price. Not the lowest, but still fair. I've owned many SUV'S and this by far is the most fun. The biggest disappointment I've ever had in an SUV was an 06 Range Rover that I'm pursuing the lemon law on. It's been in the shop 6 times in 2.5 months and is a piece of junk. The suspension went out, the air went out and many, many other things. It needs to go back again for another computer problem...Whew, what a nightmare..I may take this one in the shorts since it hasn't been in the shop 4 times for the same problem, it's been one thing after another, but how much should a person take?
    Anyway, just wanted to post to let you all know that I'm thrilled beyond my expectations.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Congrats! Please report on your deal over in the Infiniti FX45 / FX35: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion too. Thanks,

    Steve, Host
  • fx35awdfx35awd Posts: 218
    Congratulation! You can't beat that price. You got a good deal there. Enjoy your new car.
  • Yes, you got a lot of car for the money there - congrats. When I bought mine 2 1/2 years ago, it came down to do I get the added power, and possibly a little more driving refinement, with the FX45 Premium Pkg only, or do I get a fully loaded(including Tech Pkg) FX 35. Back then, the cost of the two were very similar, and I was trying to keep the total out-the-door price to about $45,000. Although I don't have any regrets about buying the FX45 - it's been fabulous and I get many compliments to this day - it would still be nice to have the Nav and the back-up camera, plus the slightly better mileage, if I had gone the other way. Although I haven't checked recently, there used to be a huge premium to get the Tech Pkg, which came bundled with the DVD player for the back seat, plus some other things that for me were non-essentials.

    Anyway, congratulations and enjoy your new vehicle. There is NO DOUBT you will have a much better ownership experience with Infiniti than you've had with Range Rover!
  • Hi all - I just joined the forum as I discovered it while trying to determine what type of tires to buy. I have a 2003 FX45 with about 25K miles, and will need tires very soon. Being a woman, I'm not exactly sure what I need, and don't want to leave that 100% to the person selling me the tires.

    I live in Houston, where temps in the summer are 90-100F consistently, and we really don't have a winter, but avg winter temps are around 50 degrees, maybe we get a couple of 30 or 40 degree days, but not many. And of course, we have zero snow or ice.

    My FX has 20" wheels, and I'm still on the original tires. I inquired at a local tire store recently, and was told something about this model needing the "softer" tires that won't last as long, but give a better ride. He recommend Bridgestone something or another. I know tires are important to many aspects of the car, including MPG, quality of ride, etc., so I need to make sure I get the right ones.

    By the way, I LOVE this car!!! I think anyone considering a sporty SUV should look at an FX. I only get about 10-12 MPG in the city, but it's SO worth it! It's fun to drive...period. If you want, you can drive it like grandma would and probably get better mileage, but it's truly a sports car, and that's the way I like to drive mine. . Anyway, I considered changing cars instead of buying tires (stupid girl!), and I went out shopping. I drove the X5 and the Benz SUV - neither even came close to giving me the feeling I get in the FX. I also test drove a G35, but it only gets a couple miles per gallon better, so why bother. My FX is loaded with every possible option including navigation, rear view camera, 4WD, intelligent key, too many others to list - and it's SEXY....none of the other cars I drove even came close. Not in this price range anyway. So, I'm keeping my FX!!!! Any help/advice on the tire situation appreciated.

    p.s. sorry - don't know how to start a new post, so i just replied to a message that mentioned tires....
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    And while you are at it, since it is almost that time of the year, has anyone found a good set of 20 inch snow tires for our FXs? I don't want to buy another set of 18 inch rims, so... Thanks, Jon B.
  • When I replaced mine, I went with Fusion ZR-1's from Tire Rack. Very happy with these - much better ride than the Goodyear stock tires, plus they are quieter and they handle just as well, if not better. They are "Ultra High Performance Summer Tires" but in Houston they should be perfect for year-around use. Of the three tires Tire Rack had in stock that would fit the FX45, they were the cheapest, but still the owners' reviews were very positive and in fact are much better than the Goodyear's (note: not all Goodyear's are bad, just like not all Michelin's are good - it depends on the specific tire model and what attributes you are looking for).

    You can find the specific tire that I purchased here:

    Then go to "Sizes and Pricing" and look for 265/50VR20 - should be $153 each. For installation/recommended installers in your area, click on "Installation" which is in the toolbar at the top of the page. You can have them shipped directly to whoever you choose.
  • I have a set of winter tires, mounted on an extra set of wheels, but they are 18" - better performance in the snow, plus they are cheaper! And when I bought them there were no 20" winter tires available that would fit, so I really didn't have any choice. I am using the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 (265/60QR18's), also purchased from Tire Rack. They'll go back on in mid-November.
  • Hi all,

    I just purchased an FX35 and I had a couple of questions about rims. The dealer said they could chrome the ones that came on the car for $1295. Is that a good price or am I better off to go and get new chrome rims? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • You could do a chrome wheel exchange for half the price. Check out ebay under infiniti for specifics. I have seen alot of these exchanges.
  • fx35awdfx35awd Posts: 218
    Oh no, that price is outrageous!! A couple of years back I had ask small company around here in California and they said they would chrome each wheel for $50. If I were you, just look in the yellow page for some company would do your the chroming for you. I forget the type of industrial facility that did, something like nickle plated. I came across it because I had to go on a field trip to this company and they show us how they dispose of chemical waste. I am actually a Civil Engineer so I had to take the waste management class so going to this trip was one of the requirements. I think you should ask around or just surf the internet for a company would do this sort of thing. It's a lot of cheaper than going through the dealer. Good luck. :)
  • JBaumgart, thanks very much for all the info. This will definitely help me!
  • Hi again,

    Thanks for the replies to my questions, but I have one more...maybe a big problem. My right thigh keeps hitting the top part of seat close to the seat adjustments. It's giving me a welt....I know losing weight would solve the problem, but that's going to take some time! Does anyone know if I can change out the seats in the front and if so, what would happen to the electric adjustments??? I know this is a funny question, but it's the only thing that is driving me nuts. I have to scoot way over to the left so the right thigh doesn't hit the top. It's actually not hitting the top, but leaning on the side of the hard bar... Does this make any sense?? Please help if anyone knows...thanks! My car is an 05 FX
  • Just a thought - have you considered buying a seat cover with some padding that would cover the controls? If you are the only driver, I wouldn't think not being able to adjust them would be too much of an issue.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    The 2006 FX moved these seat controls elsewhere. It may be possible to have a 2006 retrofitted, when the vehicle comes out? Just a thought, but I can imagine how difficult it would be to live with. Obviously, it wasn't such a good idea by Infiniti to place those controls where they currently are.

    If you complain hard enough, Infiniti might change the seats out but that would be a longshot.
  • Hi,

    Well, I actually took care of the problem with the seats on the 05 FX, I went back down to the dealer today with 300 miles on my car and they took the car back as "new", the bank hadn't funded the loan yet, so the dealer is going to use it as a demo and they didn't hit me for anything! It was the BEST customer service I had ever had with ANY dealer. This dealer is in central California and they are on the small side (with lots of inventory though) it's called Valley Infiniti in Modesto, CA. I ended up getting an 06 M35 fully loaded. I drove 100 miles home and the seats were wonderful...not to mention, the bluetooth, air conditioned seats, I'm really very happy.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Wow, that's over and beyond the norm. Good for them (and good for you!).

    Steve, Host
  • Although I haven't had to any vehicle exchanges, I have to say that the service from the local Infiniti dealer is the best I've ever experienced. They even beat the service we get from the Lexus dealership (wife's car) in that they are smaller and much more friendly. The Lexus dealer is courteous enough, but very business-like in their approach, whereas everyone I've encountered at the Infiniti dealer really goes out of their way to be extra nice and helpful. A good example is when I drop my car off for routine servicing over the lunch hour, they ask me if I'm going to wait, to which I reply, "I'm going to grab some lunch over at Perkins." They then invariably ask if I need a ride, and when the weather has been poor, I've taken them up on their offer. It's those little things that bring you back for repeat sales, and the new M cars are a definite possibility in a couple of years.
  • you may also want to check out the 20 in. Dunlop Grandtrek. I have about 22 K on a set & for a snow tire they are wearing well (I should get about 40 K at this rate), are only slightly noisier than the Eagles, and they look great. About the same price as the Eagles as I recall.
  • cppcpp Posts: 36
    You're very fortunate to have a good dealership. I lived in the Virginia Beach area when I purchased my FX, and the dealership (Charles Barker) was the worst I've ever experienced - from sales all the way through service. I'll admit to having high expectations, but not unrealistically so. At the same time, I owned a Durango and an M3. While the Dodge dealer clearly wasn't shooting for the same atmosphere (no free loaner, no fake hardwood floors in the showroom), they still provided prompt, quality service, and the people were very courteous - no complaints from me. The BMW dealer (Checkered Flag) was everything Infiniti claimed to be. They always went the extra mile, did things right the first time and told me up front what the cost would be. With Charles Barker, I seriously doubt there was a single service visit when they didn't try to tack on a surprise additional charge when I picked it up. Truly amazing, but something they can apparently get away with since they're the only dealer within 100 miles or so.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    Awesome! I agree that this is likely the BEST customer service extended that I have ever heard of.
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