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#2524 of 3411 Lets talk about brakes: Mushy pedal at stop light
Apr 01, 2005 (5:35 am)
I began to notice, at about 26,000 miles, that the brake pedal was getting spongy. Sitting at a light one day I put a little more pressure on the pedal and it went all the way down to the mechanical stops. In the "old days" that could have been caused by air in the lines or a master cylinder that was bypassing, (allowing brake fluid to pass around the plunger and escape back into the reservoir).
To make a long story short, I took the FX (2004 FX35 29,000 miles) back several times, each time the dealer saying they could find nothing wrong. Eventually, they replaced the master cylinder likely more from trying to satisfy me than because they believed something was wrong with it.
For a couple of weeks the pedal was higher and firmer but then same thing; at a light the pedal started to feel spongy and sure enough, when pressed, went clear to the floor, (stops).
While the car was in for service I asked them to look again. I was on my way home from dropping the car off and while in a loaner G35 noticed the brake pedal went to the floor just like the my FX.
The dealer insists itís a characteristic of the Infinity line and there is nothing they can do about it. I believe they are correct, having found exactly the same problem with the G35.
The service mgr also added that others have complained about this, something they had not disclosed previously.
The brakes operate fine when the car is moving though the pedal does not engage as high up as I would like. And at times, the pedal is very high and firm, which I suspect it the laser system loading the brake lines when it detects an object in the cars path.
Anyone else found a spongy pedal while sitting at a stop? Experiences? Thoughts?
#2525 of 3411 TRYING TO LEASE A FX35 AWD
Apr 02, 2005 (9:11 pm)
Iam doing some research before I make the move on the new fx35 awd and was wondering if Any1 of You guys had any suggestions on which package to get along with that I know i do not want the Tech package but Iam not sure about the Sport package which has the larger rims now I have read in a few places that with the bigger rims the ride is rougher bumpy. So Please if any1 got any suggestions I Would appreciate it. O and another thing The price Iam in Ny and I dont mind traveling to jersey to get a good deal since i know that they tend to give better deals than here in ny. If any1 knows any good reputable dealer dont hesitate to post. lastly Since Iam only looking to get a 2 year lease on that Would any1 know approximately what i would pay or what i should pay with no money down again that the fx35awd with just the touring pack if any1 got that recently please post. i wouldnt mind getting prices on 3 year lease as well although i dont think i would do a 3 year. thanks every1.
#2526 of 3411 Re: Lets talk about brakes: Mushy pedal at stop light [rollbar]
Apr 04, 2005 (11:21 am)
Our FX has spongy brakes as well. Recently, though, I had this TSB performed on the brakes and they seem to be a lot less spongy. I just had it done about a month or so ago and it hasn't been as spongy as before. But the spongy brakes do not mean that the brakes are not responsive because our FX stops on a dime. They are actually very good brakes in my opinion.
#2528 of 3411 Re: Lets talk about brakes: Mushy pedal at stop light [crikey]
Apr 04, 2005 (1:00 pm)
Thanks crikey, I didn't know there was a TSB on the brakes. I agree, the brakes are fine on the road and in quick stop situations.....but that spongy pedal is annoying.
#2529 of 3411 Re: Tire Change = Softer Ride? [dante]
Apr 05, 2005 (1:22 pm)
Well, I installed the Stillen strut bar and I truly believe that I feel a difference in the ride. Not sure it makes the ride "softer" but the car feels tighter when I hit the uneven Chicago city roads. All in all, I am happy I installed it and it took about 15 minutes to do. Jon B.
#2530 of 3411 Re: Tire Change = Softer Ride? [dante]
Apr 05, 2005 (4:08 pm)
Glad to hear that things went well with the STB. I agree on not riding softer, but tighter. I also think it steps over bumps better. The bumps don't rattle the whole car.
#2531 of 3411 Is the FX vulnerable to door dings?
Apr 06, 2005 (6:08 am)
Over a period of 6 years I drove two of the LS400 series Lexus'. With the large door panels I was in constant fear of door dings yet when I sold the cars they had not a single dent. The Lexus service manager told me he rarely saw dings in their doors but didn't offer any explanation about why or what Lexus might have done to protect the doors.
Now after a mere 20 months, I had two significant dings in the drivers door of my 2004 FX 35. I had them removed for $100 but wonder how long it will be until I have a new ding. I actively seek remote parking spots and park defensively every chance I get. I try to protect the car but there are idiots out there who just don't care and there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it.
Anyone else finding these doors seem to dent easily?
#2532 of 3411 Re: Is the FX vulnerable to door dings? [rollbar]
Apr 06, 2005 (6:16 am)
My 04 FX35 is 15 months old. I, too, try to park in remote areas. I have experienced minor door dings, but to me the paint seems to be more chip-prone. I have numerous chips in the door and a few in the front grill area. The windshield also seems to chip more than any car I have owned. May be just luck of the draw, but overall more surface damage than any car I have owned.
#2533 of 3411 Re: Is the FX vulnerable to door dings? [rollbar]
Apr 06, 2005 (6:41 am)
Ah, yes, door dings. We don't have any significant dings on our FX, maybe 3 really minute ones. But, I've been a defensive parker for a long time now, so I minimized door dings. A short walk is not all that bad, anyway.
But yes, there will always be people who just fling their doors open. I've seen a few kids open their doors by kicking it and those are gonna be the ding makers. Consequently, the parents of these kids seem to be the same folks who would wait 10 minutes for a spot that is only closer by 30 feet to the door of their destination. I scratch my head everytime I see this.
$100 for ding removal, that sounds like a good price. Who did you use, Roll?