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#2745 of 3411 Re: Changes for 2006 model? [crikey]
Aug 19, 2005 (2:26 pm)
Here are my thoughts on the 2006 updates...
Interior -- Improved. The dash seems better laid out, although I am curious as to what the center dash will look like if you don't get the navigation. They have also moved the seats controls from the edge of the seat, which irritated many people.
The big thing from what I have read is that the RearView camera, to aid when backing up, is now standard across all FX models. This is a great feature, especially with the blind spots this car has.
As stated earlier, many of the Touring package contents are now standard. Leather, the 11-speaker Bose system, power tilt/telescope wheel, etc. However, they did not carry over 2 of the most important Touring options -- the sunroof and the Homelink universal garage door opener. I rely on the Homelink in my MDX and really need it. And, I gotta have a sunroof. So, it looks like Infiniti will force me to get the Touring option anyway. The Sports package is the same as before -- 20" wheels, darker grille and tinted headlights/taillights, aluminum roof rails instead of black, aluminum foot pedals, etc.
Power -- 5 more horses and 6 more lb/ft torque in the FX45. The FX35 is unchanged.
Exterior -- I can't tell any difference to the head-lights, tail-lights, or the bumper. The chrome strips around the windows and at the bottom edge seem to be for the FX45 only. This is probably there were too many people complaining that their FX45's looked like FX35's when equipped with the 20" wheels. I don't see much difference in the wheel design either. Almost all of the exterior changes are very subtle.
However, they have changed the grille. The grille on the 2005 model had 4 bars. The grille on the 2006 model has 5 bars. They have put a bar on top and one on bottom, "framing" the grill. And then have put 3 bars in the middle, in between the "frames".
I'm not sure if I like the new grille or not. I really like the old grille. I didn't see the difference at first until I looked the 2006 & 2005 side by side. At first glance from pictures, I don't like the grille changes. We'll see what it looks like in person.
There are 3 new colors and I am very curious and interested to see "Liquid Platinum" in person.
What does everyone else think of the changes to the 2006 FX?
#2746 of 3411 Re: Changes for 2006 model? [vanhalenabe]
Aug 19, 2005 (6:21 pm)
Power -- 5 more horses and 6 more lb/ft torque in the FX45. The FX35 is unchanged.
This could be the same power output adjusted for SAE J1349 AUG2004.
#2747 of 3411 Re: Any FX owners with over 50K anecdotes about long-term reliability? [nmp]
Aug 21, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I don't yet have anywhere near 50k on my '03 FX, but I had a '99 Passat. It finally got to the point that I said if one more thing breaks, I'm getting rid of it. One more thing broke and that did it. The FX is so much more reliable-it only has gone in for oil changes.
#2748 of 3411 Re: Any FX owners with over 50K anecdotes about long-term reliability? [nmp]
Aug 22, 2005 (1:25 pm)
I am probably close to the highest mileage I have a tad over 46k miles on it. I did notice one thing as I was driving in this morning it seems like one of my speakers has fried. that honestly is the only mechanical/electrical failure i have had in the car. The only other issues I had was a squeky seat/center console and the hatch recall. this thing is still super tight does 85 like it is standing still. and takes curves like a sport sedan. i had to get it repaired from a run in with a parking structure support and man did I miss this the FX.. I did have my navigation unit replaced but that had more to do with a software bug if your maintinace warning is on and you back out without accepting your screen will go black. But it is a software glitch as the new unit has the same problem. On a reliability scale I would rate the FX an 8. i won't say higher because I am concerned about some of the high dollar technical pieces as they could be very expensive to replace if they failed. But the engine/trans/ac etc seems like it could go well past 100k miles with no problems. Next year I have a tough decision get another FX or an M sedan either way i don't lose.
#2749 of 3411 Test Drove an FX35 today + Thanks for the 50K feedback!
Aug 22, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Thank you for your 50K (or any K) feedback. I test drove an FX35 without the sport's package - for good or bad in downtown Chicago. The ride on ravaged downtown streets was no worse than my 2002 V6 Passat with 17" 225/45 Pirelli P-Zero Neros. I was really surprised since reviews/message boards have said that even without the sport's package the ride is firm. Hardly...the ride is actually quite "Germanic".
Equally surprising was the pep of the V6...it flies. I was prepared for a decent pull, but this thing is very quick. The V8 must be a kick, but the V6 is all I will need at $3 a gallon.
As you all know, this thing can corner. It can also track with a precision that is quite surprising. I did mostly city driving with a short stint on the highway.
Equally "Germanic" is the how I view the FX as a sports wagon...the space in back really lacks enough utility to be considered an SUV, Infiniti marketing geeks be damned. However, I don't view sports wagons as bad things...My dream car is an AMG E55 Wagon...the one that will smoke a Corvette while a seating 5 in comfort with all their luggage. I think the FX series is an affordable, reliabe version of the AMG super wagon.
My only disappointment would be the exhaust note in 1st gear. Yes it is sporty...but stuck mostly between 1st and 2nd in the city or in highway traffic, it becomes a little annoying (it is not so much sporty as omnipresent). The VW Toureg V8 has a throaty exhaust, but it is not so annoying (its reliability is however). Good thing they are making the 300W Bose system standard.
I test drove the a loaded FX35 with Tech...I agree that eventually, these electronic toys will be very expensive to replace when the time comes. I don't plan on getting Nav, but if I wait for the 2006, I hope the standard back-up camera/screen is as long-lived as most CRT/LCD components (say 5 -7 years).
p.s. I concur...if one more part on my passat goes, it is history...hence my test drive today....
Aug 22, 2005 (5:16 pm)
Externally, not much differnece and didnt really need to be changed as it looked perfect in the fitst place. Do like the new alloy wheels and the extra chrome does look great too. Internally, however, not a fan of that big stilver wheel thing in the middle of the dash. It does get rid of all those buttons that it had but now it just looks as stupid, looks to me like a big toy thing! The auto stick too, prefer the 2005 style, this just doesn't look as sporty as the 2005 and this is a sporty car. Would love to see one in black 2006 model as the 2005 model just looks fantastic. Anyone seen the black wallpaper on the Infiniti site and you'll know what i mean. Infiniti is meant to be coming to the UK in about 2007 but i think plans have been put on hold because they havn't got a disel engine yet and otherwise, they wont sell. I first saw the FX on a holiday and New York and thought WOW, that is the best looking SUV that i think i have seen. Actually seen an imported one in black and it looked quite big but it was in the distance. How does the FC compare in size to something like and X5 or Murano? Must get the FX when its launched over here. Everything else except the Murano is a boring or stupid shap!
#2751 of 3411 FX in Europe?
Aug 23, 2005 (5:47 am)
Interesting. I grew up in Italy and frequently visit my family there. I only saw one FX in Rome and it had Belgium plates. I agree, as gas costs about $6 per gallon in many parts of Europe, unless the FX carries a diesel engine it will not be sold in Europe. As it is, it is a gas guzzler here in the U.S... if you drive it with a lead foot, that is... and $3 a gallon is beginning to hurt.
Nevertheless, I LOVE the car.
The FX appears to be about the same size as the X5 or Murano. From afar it seems smaller because of the tapered back, less boxy, especially compared to the X5.
Aug 23, 2005 (7:29 am)
Having read in lots of magazines and websites, lots of other people have seen the FX too. Everyone asks "what is it?" and "will it be coming here?". People do notice this car and really want it to come to the UK. Every X5 or XC90 on the road here is a diesel! However, there are plenty of Cayennes on the road now and all of these are petrol, so i think that the FX buyer is now the sort of person who owns a Cayenne. The FX also doesnt semm like a proper off roader because it doesnt seem to have much ground clearance or space. Is it not very spacious in the back? If it is only the size of something like a Corolla in the back! Then it wont sell for that reason too!!
#2753 of 3411 Re: FX demand [jamessahal]
Aug 23, 2005 (8:46 am)
The FX does not have a large cargo bay like more truck-like SUVs. It is fine for me (fits three golf bags, even four). Which is all I care about. Plus, if you put the seats down, the cargo area is very large. My wife has a Volvo xc70 cross country which has a cavernous cargo bay so we use that car for heavy lifting.
The FX is NOT an off roader. If you want an off roader, then I would look at the Toureg, Land Rover, Cayenne, Jeep, etc... The FX is a sports car on steroids. Stricly road use.
And it rocks! Jon.
Aug 23, 2005 (9:00 am)
Thanks for the reply Jon!
How much does the FX share with the Murano? Is the FX basically the same car but just more up market than the Murano? I know that the Murano has the 350Z engine and the FX35 the engine in the G35 coupe, is that the 350Z engine too? I read somewhere that they dont share the same platform though, is this true?
Also, can the FX seat 3 across in the back OK? The Murano is spacious in the back and my mum is interested in it but is put off by people thinking that she drives a Datsun! So, would you all recommend the FX over the Murano? Off-roading not important to us at all!! We just want, good equipment levels, good performance and for it to be spacious and stylish. We like the Touareg and the RX. The X5 is nice but where we live, EVERYONE has one! I'm from the Manchested United Football club area, wealthy people who live here all drive the X5 and the Range Rover. So, we dont want to follow the crowd and get the X5, its so dull too now, looking very dated and has been doing for the past few years! Don' like the ML because MB dealers here are runnish!!
Thanks for any helkp in advance!