Last post on Nov 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM
You are in the Infiniti FX35 FX45 FX50
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Infiniti FX45, Infiniti FX35, Hatchback, Wagon, SUV
#2929 of 3411 Re: Snow tires [fxesq]
Dec 11, 2005 (8:31 am)
Thank you, I may look into those. I am very disappointed in my 2004 FX35, AWD, Tech, Sport and Premium Package, when it comes to snow handling. We have had two snow storms here in the Midwest during the past two weeks. My FX floats on snow with its 20 inch OEM Goodyears, gives me zero confidence in snow. I am better off with a front drive rental sedan for pete's sake.
So much for buying an AWD vehicle.
My wife's Volvo XC70, on the other hand, with its Pirelli Scorpion OEMs is a tank in snow, it grips the road like a talon. It is actually a blast to drive in snow storms with the Volvo, an amazing car.
I feel that Infiniti has misrepresented, via its commercials and dealerships, what the FX can do for those of us who live in the snowbelt. After spending $40K plus on a "winter" car, it is extremely annoying to have to spend another $1,000 plus for winter tires and wheels. Jon.
#2930 of 3411 SNOW
Dec 11, 2005 (10:06 am)
Ok I have heard enough about individuals writing in about how bad this truck is in snow. First thing no car/suv out there is made to perform as if it was on dry pavement, when it is in snow. I was told to turn off the VDC control, then place the snow mode on. I have a FX45 05. I just drove through 8-10 inchs of untouched snow with no problems. Whether turning or at a full stop. I live in RI, and went into a parking lot on purpose to see how it handled. Another does anyone know how to actually drive in snow? Just because you have a SUV AWD/4WD doesn't mean you can go flying up and down streets, or the highway. No vechile no matter what it has stops on a dime in snow. People should be doing 5-10mph! So take your time the next time it snows and see what happens. Oh yes I do have the stock tires on right now. I'm not saying better tires wont help but I am saying my FX went through 8-10 inchs no problem. So if those of you wanting performance in the snow, learn to drive and wait till summer for the dry pavement.
#2931 of 3411 Re: SNOW [cue]
Dec 11, 2005 (10:21 am)
Trust me, I know how to drive in snow. 17 years in the Midwest. And I am a very careful driver. It is just disappointing when a Volvo station wagon kicks ass in snow and the FX with the 20 inch wheels does not have the same grip. You have an '05? What are your OEM tires, same as the 04's? Jon.
#2932 of 3411 Re: SNOW [dante]
Dec 12, 2005 (4:34 am)
I have the 20" Goodyear tires that came with the FX45. I'm not saying a different tire would act better in snow. Again I had no problem going through 8-10" of snow. It's funny to hear your volvo "kicked ass in snow" buy a snow mobile instead. Try driving 5-10mph do not jam on the breaks, any car/truck antilock or not would float in the snow if driving to fast in it. Second if one does not not to be out in the snow then dont, wait till the plows come through, or worst case if one has to, you drive home from where ever you are, and take your time. Talk to any old timer who drove in the snow before anitlock AWD/4WD and they drove slow, and made it where they head to. Oh yes easy on the throttle the more horsepower/torque more those wheels will spin. I am done with this topic.
Dec 12, 2005 (11:07 am)
You said you turn off VDC and turn on SNOW mode, right? Why do you turn off VDC? Wouldn't that give you better grip when turning, when it corrects for the sliding? Who told you to turn VDC off?
#2934 of 3411 Re: Appproaching dealer direct vs internet [emkayzen]
Dec 13, 2005 (9:26 pm)
You can get a good deal going to certain dealers internet sales managers directly. Especially in areas where there is competition between dealerships. My understanding is that inventory is still pretty high on '05's and '06's are not yet available until inventory drops. Bottom line is now is the time to get a great deal on an '05.
#2935 of 3411 Re: SNOW [cue]
Dec 13, 2005 (9:31 pm)
Interesting comments on snow performance. My experience with the 18'' Potenzas in snow mode has been excellent in about 6" of snow, even on hills. Light years ahead of my BMW 528 with 4 new Blizzaks. The key is to avoid any sudden starts and stops like you would with ANY other car in the snow.
#2936 of 3411 light on dash
Dec 15, 2005 (7:08 am)
okay, i just bought a used '05 fx35. there is a small light on in the dash.... looks like a exclamation mark inside a horseshoe. i don't have an owners manual. does anyone know what it means? i'm thinking tire pressure needs to be checked, but i'm not sure?
#2937 of 3411 Re: light on dash [kelkel]
Dec 16, 2005 (6:18 am)
Yes, it means tire pressure is low.
#2938 of 3411 Tire mounting - risk of scratching wheels?
Dec 16, 2005 (6:22 am)
I was told by a friend that if I want to replace rubber I should only take it to the dealer, because other places may not have the equipment for these allow wheels and may scratch the lip of the rim while mounting new tires. I called one large tire store chain and asked if they have the new equipment that does NOT scratch the alloy wheels. The answer was surprisingly - NO!
Does anyone have any experience with scratched rims when installing new rubber? Could anyone specify what equipment is it that does not scratch the wheels?