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New M35/M45 Owners - Give Us Your Report!

patpat Posts: 10,421
edited September 2014 in INFINITI
Have you taken delivery of your new Infiniti? Tell us all about it ...


  • arwilliarwilli Posts: 4
    I'm loving my new M35X. Twilight Blue/Wheat, Journey, Nav. One observation. I found that the image in the rear view monitor is reversed (ex. the tag of the car I backed up to was reversed/mirror image). I assumed that this is how it works but the manual states that" Objects in the rear view monitor will appear visually opposite than when viewed in the rear view mirror and outside mirror. The view in the monitor is actually the same as in the rear view mirror. Anyone experience this?
  • trcox57trcox57 Posts: 4
    Leased a 2006 M35x last November. First Infiniti I have owned and considered Acura RL, BMW 5 series and Mercedes. Very happy with the selection. The new design is very attractive and I drive a lot so the comfort and features without being too "gadgety" was a plus. My wife tells me she wants this car instead of her E320 :-) and she normally could care less as long as it's got 4 wheels and runs. Only shocker is the replacement cost of the Intelligent Key. My 1-1/2 year old niece found/hid my wife's key(its gone until I turn the car in I'm sure) and the local dealer quoted me $340 to replace it. My jaw dropped. Are they taking advantage or is this the cost?..included the key plus $100 to program the thing.
  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 970
    You might want to look at: pter=ARA3865&appSectionid=2413&groupid=2449&subgroupid=6614&make=14&model=M35&ye- ar=2006&catalogid=2

    which shows the remote control for $58.75 MSRP and your price $44.06. Call them and see if it's the same remote.
  • clambe23clambe23 Posts: 5
    I picked up my M35 sport Journey/Tech a month ago. The design of the car inside and out is beautiful and I have thoroughly enjoyed the month of ownership.
    The Nav, bluetooth, backup camera work really well and I love the sound from the Bose 14 speaker setup.
    I made the mistake of test driving this car first could think of nothing else that would compare after that. The features you get for the money - esp with the deals on the 06's are pretty attractive
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    $340 to replace it. My jaw dropped. Are they taking advantage or is this the cost?..included the key plus $100 to program the thing.

    Not gouging ... or maybe they are. But that's exactly what we had to pay to replace and program the intelligent key for my wife's Lexus GX470. Hey, there's no after-market transmitter that will work so they can charge whatever they wish! :(
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    I got my M35 Sport/tech/journey/aero (crimson) 15 months ago and it has been flawless and lived up to all of my expectations. I've had 5 Corvettes and this is every bit as much fun to drive ... and much more comfortable and practical. My only REAL beef is the passenger's seat that is woefully inadequately controlled. I understand this has been remedied in the '07. I have one other minor complaint ... there's no backup key to start the car if the transmitter gets lost ... I've not encountered a problem, but the potential is always there. :shades:
  • trcox57trcox57 Posts: 4
    So I thought I would post for others what I found out. I ordered the remotes from the website you posted..very helpful btw. It's Infiniti of Scottsdale. The remotes were $43 a piece. I got them in and realized I didnt have the key blank on the inside. I just took the two remotes I got to Infiniti of Chantilly here in Va and they took the remotes..charged me 26 bucks a piece for the key blanks and one hour to program. So it turns out for 2 keys for a 2006 M35 the cost was $86 plus $52 plus $90 for labor. Not a bad deal considering the original cost quoted to me by another dealer for one key. Thanks for the help and referral.
  • pete_l_ppete_l_p Posts: 322
    I have one other minor complaint ... there's no backup key to start the car if the transmitter gets lost ... I've not encountered a problem, but the potential is always there.

    There's a relatively simple, two-step solution for this.

    1) Keep the infiniti's wallet key in your wallet at all times.

    2) Keep an extra intelligent key, with its battery removed, well hidden somewhere within the car's cabin.

    You can then open the door with the wallet key, find the intelligent key and start the car with that intelligent key (without its battery) by plugging that key into the intelligent key port to the left of the steering wheel. You can also keep an extra battery handy and the intelligent key will remember its programming after the battery is removed and reinserted.

  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    Thank you for the "solution". If the wallet key you refer to is the one imbedded in the transmitter it's not exactly wallet friendly, and that's the ONLY key that came with my car. My wife's Lexus has a true wallet key, as did my Caddy. But stashing a spare transmitter sans battery securely in the car makes good sense. I'll look into that with my local Tucson Infiniti dealer ... or if he's useless I'll contact Infiniti of Scottsdale for help. Bart :shades:
  • I got a true wallet key with my new M35X, in addition to the 2 fobs and embedded keys.
  • Thank you for the "solution".

    You're "Welcome"

    I got a true wallet key with my M45 in june 05

  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    As I wrote earlier, I never received a wallet key from Infiniti when I took delivery of my M35 Sport the first week of April in '05. Now I've got to go nag the dealer for one. Thanks for the feedback, Pete.

    Bart :shades:
  • I have now been a very happy 2006 M35x owner for 8 months and love the car more and more every time I drive it.

    I had the opportunity to drive all its competitors, but none of them even came close.
    The only thing that I wish was different was the not so good gas mileage. Besides that, it’s almost perfect.
    I get asked about the car at least once a week. It was nice at first, but now im tired of hearing myself tell everyone how great it is, over and over and over again.
  • now im tired of hearing myself tell everyone how great it is, over and over and over again.

    Every car owner should have that problem!
  • rxkerxke Posts: 168
    Hi Everyone

    I leased my M35 all wheel drive when the car first came out in March 2005. The car is fast, handles well, is comfortable to drive, very roomy, has easy to use information controls (as opposed to the BMW I Drive)and blue tooth is great. On the negative side it only gets 24-25 miles to the gallon on the highway and 18 around town. The headlights do not project out far enough so I feel like I am overdriving the lights. I asked the dealer to adjust the lights but I was told that cannot be done. Also, the parking brake warning light is too small and located in an inconvenient spot so a few times I drove a short distance with the parking brake on. I was disappointed that the brake did stop the car from moving.

    All in all it is a great car but I do not know if I would get another one if they do not fix the headlights.
  • The dealer is wrong about the headlights. I adjusted mine to perfection a year ago, and I've been delighted ever since. Many, many owners have done it, and some dealers WILL do it for you.

    Be happy. Your problem is solved.

    See This Edmunds Post for details .

    Please let us know how it all works out.

  • rxkerxke Posts: 168

    Thanks for your input. The projection of the headlights just do not reach out far enough and that is something I really do not like about the car. If it can be fixed it will make me alot more satisfied with the car.

    Do you know any specific dealers who could do this? I would like to refer my dealer (White Plains, NY) to these other dealers who have experience doing this.

    Thanks again for your help. It is really appreciated.
  • Sorry

    The messages I've seen were a long time ago and did not mention the dealers by name.

    I think if you print out my complete linked message, you'll find it pretty easy to do it yourself, (following step by step) and you'll be very happy. Also when you do it yourself you can get it exactly as you want. It sounds scary, but I believe it's easy to do even for the non-technical.

    If anything seems unclear in my message, I'll be glad to answer more questions.

  • rxkerxke Posts: 168
    HI Pete

    Thanks again for your help. It is appreciated. I will try to fix the lights based on your instructions.
  • I was disappointed that the brake did stop the car from moving.

    Rxke, that is standard in probably all modern cars. The parking brake friction is sufficient to prevent gravity from pulling the car down an incline, but it cannot overcome the force of 280 bhp.
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    Just noted today that JD Powers Top Ten Most Appealing Cars of 2006 shows the Porsche Cayman as #1 and the Infiniti M as #10, with the 7-series BMW #2, the MB SL up around #4, a Scion in the mix, and the QX56, Nissan Armada, and Lexus GX470 ahead of the Infiniti. Much to my glee the picture of the M shown was crimson, the color of mine ... of which I've seen VERY few.

    Bart :)
  • That's very true. A few things to note on that:

    1) The M is the number one winner for its class. ie, no GS,
    E-Class, 5-Series etc. in the top ten. Just the M

    2) This survey measures "how gratifying a new vehicle is to OWN and DRIVE". Thus it's really an owner GRATIFACTION survey :)

    Another fantastic showing by the M, and one that continues to confirm my belief, that for the vast majority, to own an M is to love the M.

  • Have owned an M35 non-sport since January 2006. Outstanding car! Roomy, sporty, drives tight, nice gadgets that really work. Gas mileage is mediocre, display screen washes out in sunlight. No problems so far, just routine scheduled maintenance. Overall you get great value for your money, and even better value if you qualify for the VPP (not sure this still exists).
  • buster6buster6 Posts: 132
    I have owned my M45 sport for 14 months now. My previous vehicle was a FX35. I do drive about 2500 miles a month, so the car has about 34,000 miles on it.

    I am disappointed in how it is holding up. There seem to be some "glitches" that happen once in a while. The auto drivers seat and steering wheel work about 50% of the time. When it does not work, I have to push the memory seat position to start driving. There is a rattle in the back end of the car when I stop sometimes, and the a/c smells musty when the car starts up after sitting for more than an hour. I know these seem minor, but after spending over 50k for a car I want it to work right. I have taken it to the dealer for all of the issues only to be told that they cannot repeat them. :lemon: I purchased an Infiniti so I would not have to worry about repairs.

    The cars initial appeal has really worn off. I am actually looking forward to my lease ending in 10 months. Its to bad, this car has potential, it just needs a little more excitement to be a show stopper.
  • mwgmwg Posts: 28
    The reason that your seat and mirror memory do not work half the time may be due to the fact that it has responded to a second driver's setting. If this is the case, unlock the door by useing the transmiter. Then the memory will recognize you and respond to your setting.

    I had the same problem, and Pete gave me this advice some months ago and it works.

  • buster6buster6 Posts: 132
    Hi EmGee,

    I am the only driver of the car. The problem is becoming more frequent, so hopefully I can get it to duplicate next time I am at the dealer. When starting the car the seat is pushed back, and the wheel is up. The seat will start to move forward, and then just stop. The only way to find the position is to push the memory button.
  • poorprofpoorprof Posts: 112
    I am looking at 2 different M35s the dealer has on the lot with the colors I want. One comes with Journey and Tech, the other with Adv tech and Aero kit. The dealer is offering them for $200 over invoice with a .58 RV and .00235 for 39 months. He will reduce the MF by 0.0001 for up to 9 sec deposits, giving me an MF of .00145.

    The difference between the two cars is about $42 a month. I have been reading the various forums and it seems that the features of the Adv Tech package are not practical. That is, the lane departure and intelligent cruise control have very limited use and the DVD player in park only is just dumb. You do get a better sound system. The Aero kit is nice, but is it worth getting the Adv tech to get it.

    So, for you current owners, is the advanced tech worth getting? I live in LA and drive about 10k a year and seldom use the cruise control on my E320 now.
  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 970
    I am about as much of a techno geek as you'll find..and I bought my 06 with nav but without the tech package which is this year's adv tech package. Most of my driving is city with a few 8-10 hour interstate trips per year...with another passenger. I do use cruise control, but if I am not awake enough to slow when the car in front of me slows, I shouldn't be driving. Ditto on lane change. I would have liked the better radio, but the regular radio is pretty good. For me, the tech package wasn't even worth the $40 per month. I have a friend with an 06 with the tech package and he has turned off lane change and he doesn't use advanced cruise control either.

    It's pretty much your choice....they are gadgets. If you think they are worth about $500 a year, go for it. If not, you won't miss lane change and adv cruise control. You may miss the radio...I don't.
  • james27james27 Posts: 433
    I think that the people with the lane departure warning turn it off because: 1. they don't use their signals, 2. they don't actually stay in their lanes. The thing doesn't go off if you religiously use your signals as the law requires. Same with staying in your lane. Not sure how they work in a snowy situation, though. The kids can watch their dvds from the rear is illegal to have it play while visible from the driver's position, so, while maybe dumb, complain to congress. Even if you significant other wants to watch the thing from the passenger's seat, I believe that you'd be tempted to take a peak at some of the movie. People get distracted enough...and the amount of people that stray out of their lanes is very disturbing...maybe they should leave the thing on...
  • poorprofpoorprof Posts: 112
    Many thanks. Your advice has been very helpful. I appreciate it.
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