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Infiniti FX45, Infiniti FX35, Hatchback, Wagon, SUV
#2808 of 3411 Weird door locks
Sep 14, 2005 (3:19 pm)
I have FX35 (with just touring package) and bought it in Sep 2004. I noticed a problem (which I am not sure if it is only in my vehicle or all FX35s), with the door locks, which I never paid that close an attention as I thought there may be something which I am missing. But in the last servicing (done a week earlier), when I mentioned the problem to service dept at the dealer, they seem to feel the same as I did.
The problem is, when I lock all the doors sitting in either driver/front passenger seat, I am still able to open the doors from all the seats (front and back)while driving. After being conscious about this, now I am little bit scared of any accidental holding of the door opening lever which might lead to unwanted circumstances.
Dealer came back and claimed that all FX35 which dont have Tech Package on them, they are behaving the same way as my car does.. I am surprised to find that any where in the internet I didnt find a single note where someone had a same problem.
can someone respond if they had seen any such problem in their car (without tech package)?
If not, what is the best thing I could do?
I was planning to call Infiniti consumer affairs and report this?
What is the best way to deal this?
Appreciate the feedback.
#2809 of 3411 Re: Weird door locks [ivar50]
Sep 15, 2005 (7:25 am)
Yeah, I noticed this, too. I think the door locks on the FX are meant to lock people out from outside for security reasons, e.g. carjacking, etc., but not lock people in from the inside for safety reasons, e.g. accident immersing FX in water. I know, it's weird. It's the first vehicle, that I owned, whose locks behaved in this manner.
However, I don't have too much of an issue with this. Although, I make sure that the child locks on the rear seats are always engaged for my kids.
I'd be interested to know what comes out of your conversation with Infiniti consumer affairs. I would not be surprised if they said it was as designed.
#2810 of 3411 2 sec lag when pedal to metal...
Sep 16, 2005 (9:52 am)
Has anyone notice that FX35 lag ~2 sec until it actually picks up when you press pedal to the metal? With 2 sec lag how can you race? I had been driving 5spd for almost 10yrs and love the pick up. I used to race traffic signal when it turned green for 1st to 3nd gear only (short distance). With 5spd, the pick is right away, but with FX35...its kinda disappointed. I haven't tried the sportronic in FX35 yet, but I am sure its fail in comparison with 5spd. thanks
Sep 18, 2005 (7:54 am)
need the group's guidance. On Labor Day, I bought a new 2005 FX35 RWD w/tech/sports/SAT for $40,500 + $700 (dealer added) for SAT. This is my first new car, I have always bought pre-owned. I originally was looking for an '03 FX45 with low miles. A deal I had for an 03FX45 with 18,000 miles + full loaded fell through and I bought this new one instead. I love the 35 and it has only 500 miles on it. However, I am considering returning it and hoping that the dealer will only ding me a $1000 ($2 for every mile) and that I can get my sales tax back (DMV fees and registration are not refundable). I am intending to trade it in for an '03 FX45 fully loaded w/o SAT with 24,000 miles ($35,000) that the dealer just advertised in its inventory. I will add SAT by buying the kit from GRUBBS and having a mobile electronics specialist install it for an entire package less than what the dealer charged ($700). I always keep my cars for about 7 years. The main reasons for making this trade are the following: (1) Increased power (12%)/torque (33%) of the FX45 - especially 0-30 and 0-60 (I just came out of an RX300 and miss the power of my twin turbo Mistubishi 3000 GTVR4; (2) Most of the significant depreciation has been taken on the FX45 while a new FX35 wil take a huge hit; (3) FX45 has the DVD system that has the AUX input for my ipod; (4) AWD for the rare Southern California rainy days; (5) greater resale value in 7 years given the present relative scarcity of the fully loaded 45s; (6) having the top of the line FX; (7) savings in the overall capital cost (only about $4000 if the dealer only dings me $1000). All this is based on the following assumptions: (1) repairs will be the same b/c I am buying the Elite 7/100k extended warranty; (2) interior quality of the cars are the same; (3) suspension on the 2005 FX35 sports is the same as the 2003 FX45; (4) fuel costs are about $350 more on the 45 versus the 35; (5) insurance is the same (I checked with my auto insurer); (6) the VQ and VK engine and powertrain are equally reliable in the long run; and (7) there are no other appreciable differences between the 2005 FX35 and the 2003 FX45. By the way, is $1850 a good price for the Elite extended warranty with a $50 deductible. The thread dealing with this disclosed that in 2004, others were paying $1 over cost at Grubbs. However, this does not appear to be the case any longer. I would appreciate all advice. I understand that some of the questions are difficult to answer such as the reliability issue since the FX has only been around for two years.
Sep 18, 2005 (11:35 am)
You obviously studied this thoroughly going in, so I'm puzzled why you didn't just get what you really wanted the first time. A simple lack of patience I suspect? Anyway I would get what you want while trying to keep the trading cost down, and consider it a lesson well learned.
P.S. One other difference between the two is the exhaust note. The 45 has a deeper, more subtle sound, while the 35 has a raspier, more pronounced note - I liked the former better and it did play into my decision to buy the 45, but I know others really like the 35's better.
#2813 of 3411 Re: BUYER'S REMORSE [JBaumgart]
Sep 18, 2005 (8:28 pm)
You are right. I acted impulsively, which is not my nature. If I do keep it, as I indicated, it will be for about 7 years. Did you purchase the Infinity Elite extended warranty? If so, how much did you pay? I purchased the 7 year/100k plan with $50 deductible for $1850. What do you think? I also want to add ipod integration; bluetooth integration; and the wood dash kit. Did you do any of these?
Michael from San Diego, CA
#2814 of 3411 Re: Weird door locks [crikey]
Sep 19, 2005 (4:44 am)
I didn't notice this issue until you pointed out. Yesterday I thought & I was hoping that infiniti was smart to make the doors so that you can only open it (even when they all locked) when the car is in a complete stop, but when its in motion you can't open it. So I tested, but I was wrong again. Even when you MANUALY locked all doors...you CAN still open the door from the inside when the car in motion . Regarding the safety reasons as when the car immersed in water as Crikey mentioned...you should not open the door, but roll down the window. you wont be able to open the door with the force of water that forcing against the door, plus that the water will fill up the car quicker then u open the door, instead of rolling down the window. I guess the engineers infiniti forgot to implement door lock safety in the FX.
#2815 of 3411 Realistic Gas Mileage Help
Sep 19, 2005 (5:17 am)
I am hoping to get people's experiences with FX35's and Gas Mileage on Highways. It would ultimately be a commuter car for me and I am on a budget. I spend 95% of my time on the highway.
Car anyone help me with real expectations for highways mileage. While we're at it anyone with 45's can chime in as well.
#2816 of 3411 Condensor Leak - Who else has experienced this
Sep 19, 2005 (6:46 am)
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?
#2817 of 3411 Re: BUYER'S REMORSE [pipessurfer]
Sep 19, 2005 (7:25 am)
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.