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#3216 of 3411 fx35 alignment issue? Can it be done in Nissan dealer?
Aug 24, 2006 (9:46 am)
Hello everyone, I've been reading this great forum for 2 years now and I bought a FX35 all wheel drive last year.(2005 FX35 ALL-W)
Driving it is fun, I love it. The only thing I noticed is: I need to adjust the steering wheel constantly, though a tiny bit, to keep my car go straight. Does it need alignment service? At first I thought it was normal for rear drive car.
Last week, I got a flat tire on rear-left tire and I kept driving it for about 5 km before I stopped. Did that affect my alignment? Or worsen my alignment issue?
There is a nissan dealer just 2 km away from my home and infiniti dealer is about 18 km. Could the nissan dealer do a decent alignment service on my FX35?
Thanks very much, BTW, I am in Canada.
#3217 of 3411 Re: Infiniti FX35 Break Ins!! Windows come down.... [bisonte]
Aug 24, 2006 (10:47 am)
The same thing happened to my neighbor and I. We've each had 2 break-ins with no alarm alerts. My car is parked just outside my bedroom window, which I would have heard if sounded. I reported this to consumer affairs at infiniti but they had not come across this issue. In both cases, a screw driver or some device was used to hold the lock down long enough for the windows to roll down automatically. Needless to say, I'm a little annoyed that a $47k car can't get an alarm to sound if someone is breaking into your car.
#3218 of 3411 Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35
Aug 24, 2006 (2:17 pm)
Sorry for the long email, but I wanted to post my thoughts after seeing and recently driving the new Acura RDX at the RDX Turbobash. I drove the car on Tuesday, August 22nd, at a Dallas dealership.
I am currently in the market for a new, sporty SUV. My wife drives an Acura MDX owner and don't need another mid-size SUV with 3 row seating. 2 rows are fine, but I am looking for something with great performance and handling. My current car is a 2-door Mazda MX-6 with a 5-speed manual, and it is fun to drive. I just need a real backseat and some practicality with a growing family.
The crossover SUV at the top of my list was the Infiniti FX35. Great handling vehicle and I LOVE the styling. However, the amount of features (at the price) left a lot to be desired. I am looking at a 2006 RWD model, with Touring, Sport, and Hands-Free.
On paper, the RDX looked like a real winner. Even paying full MSRP, it was cheaper than the FX35. For that price, it also came with a Navigation System, an iPod jack, Paddle Shifters, and a much better Stereo. The RDX looked pretty good, inside & out, from the brochure I had. We were also Acura owners, and had confidence the Acura brand.
Unfortunately, I left the Acura dealership disappointed.
First of all, the exterior look simply didn't do it for me. The "proportions" were off and so was the "stance". Hard to describe, but it just didn't look right to me. My wife didn't like it all. The FX35 simply blows it away, in terms of appearance.
I was also disappointed with the interior. It looked good in pictures, but when you sit inside it feels a little cheaper than the Infiniti FX. Infiniti uses real aluminum for example. Flipping the 2nd row seats down was not as easy, as you have to first flip the lower half of the seat forward, before you can flip the seat back down. Otherwise, the 2nd row does not fold flat.
The Stereo was great and the Nav with Traffic was cool. But the paddle shifters felt very cheap and plasticky to me -- like they would break easily.
And to top it off, we got a "Brake Malfunction" warning message during the test drive. We were able to clear the message by turning the car on & off, but that was cause for concern. My wife and I are already wary of buying a car, ANY car, in its first year of production. A 2006 FX would be in its 3rd/4th year, and the VQ engine seems to be very reliable. As oppossed to a brand new, TURBO engine from Acura.
But I was willing to take a chance on reliability, for the trade-off in extra features and gadgets. Ultimately, it was the mediocore exterior and interior styling that turned me completely off.
Obviously, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and styling is very subjective. The dealership said they had sold 10 vehicles and had only delivered 2. Full price, MSRP. Plus a $595 "Protection Package". No room for discounting, and people are putting down deposits sight unseen. So, I have to admit the RDX is popular out of the gate.
But I can't get over the exterior and interior and am very disappointed. I had wanted to like the RDX, so that it could be a contender with the FX35. But it has been officially crossed off my list.
At this point, I am hoping that Infiniti will offer an APR special as I am ready to buy now. If they don't have an APR special for a few months, I will have to also consider the 2007 G35. This car is beautifully curved, like the FX, but also has up-to-date features and technology.
Either way, I'm hoping to be an Infiniti owner soon. Thanks.
#3219 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [vanhalenabe]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:13 am)
A good morning:
Responding to the poster comparing the Acura RDX - in Canada I saw the 1st add on the "end of season sale".
2.9% PURCHASE financing on all Infinity
4.9% LEASE financing on the FX's
2.9% LEASE financing on the G35
So, one can see they have a larger inventory of G35 than FX's.
I too will wait until the FX backlog at NJ pier is cleared and I see more inventory at the Ontario, Canada dealers. Right now, there are not many FX's on the lots - even though not many seem to be selling.
Gas prices are much higher in Canada - so likely makes FX sales worse.
Interesting - a recent review of the new Mazda 7 noted this vehicle takes PREMIUM gas - wow! Betcha lots of folks miss that one in the rush to get this very popular vehicle.
I love the Mazda MX6 - I have a 1988!
#3220 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [vanhalenabe]
Aug 25, 2006 (7:33 am)
I had driven 2006 G35 twice when I brought my fx35 to service, not sure what they will improve on 2007 G35, the current interior of G35 is not as good as that of fx35. FYI,
#3221 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [iamgeorge]
Aug 25, 2006 (8:36 am)
I totally agree about the G35! I had my FX in for its first service yesterday. Have to say - driving the G35 for the day as a loaner confirmed that I have abolutely no buyer's remorse on the FX!!
#3222 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [iamgeorge]
Aug 25, 2006 (11:07 am)
2007 G35 interior:
#3223 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [crikey]
Aug 25, 2006 (3:23 pm)
Thanks for posting the picture. The 2007 G35 is all new. Exterior is all new and so is the Interior. I like the changes they made to the Exterior and the Interior is light years ahead of the 2006 model. At least in pictures, in my opinion.
Horsepower will be above 300, and I'm hearing it may actually get better gas mileage too.
Here's are my gripes with the FX. It has been out for 3-4 years and is no longer a brand new, "fresh" design. It is still a classic design that will stay beautiful for years. But it is no longer new.
It also does not have the up-to-date technology of other Infinitis. For example, it does not have a push button start to go with its Keyless entry. It does not have a high-end stereo option, like the M or the 2007 G. You cannot purchase the Navigation as a stand-alone option, like you can in the M. It has heated seats, but not heated & cooled seats like the M.
If the FX only had better technology and features, it would be the PERFECT car for me. I still may buy the car, but I now want to wait until the G arrives for a comparison. Thanks.
#3224 of 3411 Re: Acura RDX vs. Infiniti FX35 [vanhalenabe]
Aug 28, 2006 (7:07 am)
Thanks for the review. It is very insightful.
#3225 of 3411 FX45 horsepower increase
Sep 15, 2006 (1:50 am)
Does anyone know if the M45 engine management system can be applied to the FX45 to increase the horsepower to 335HP?
The engines are identical in the 2004 FX45 and 2005 M45. Are there mechanical differences that will prohibit this, or is this a software update? If available, does the potential cost justify 20 HP (6%) increase in HP? Thank you for any information or experiences.