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Infiniti G35, Coupe
#2794 of 2823 Re: G35 coupe in the snow [joni7]
Sep 27, 2008 (9:03 am)
joni7.....again. thank you for responding regarding the use of all season tires (Bridgestone Potenza 960) during the winter and all year round on the G35 Coupe. From the lack of response, I guess most people garage the car if it snows and have access to something else for transportation. I don't have that luxury.
Your winters (snow) north of Cincinatti are very similar to mine north of Boston where we have an annual average snowfall of about 44." I too have some modest terrain changes. I've got the performance tire and 18" (x 8.5") wheel package that was an 04 G35 Coupe option with the delivered P225-45-18 front tires and the wider P245-45-18 rears.
When you switched to the all seasons, did you retain the front to back tire width differential?
Go with uniform sizing?
Or downsize on the width-- front, rear, or both?
I have about another month before I have to take the plunge to avoid an out of stock dilemma. The tire sizes on the G35 Coupe are uncommon, and availability becomes an issue.
Please everyone......I NEED YOUR INPUT. Thanks.
#2795 of 2823 03 g35 in snow NJ
Sep 27, 2008 (4:02 pm)
Will it help in the winter if i put some weight in the trunk of the car or will i be doing damage that is not worth trying. I own a g35 coupe 03. I am trying to make the winter work for me.
#2796 of 2823 Re: 03 g35 in snow NJ [jusd]
Sep 27, 2008 (10:31 pm)
Thank you for joining in on the COUPE IN SNOW discussion.
I used 80 pounds in the rear cargo well on my 1982 rwd Camaro every winter for 11 years, no ill effects. It really helped. Was using all season tires in Chicago winters.
I'll be adding weight this winter to the G. If you look at the passenger/luggage load capacity for the G35 Coupe, it will put your mind to rest. I think it is over 800 pounds, but I will have to check.
#2797 of 2823 Re: 03 g35 in snow NJ [jusd]
Sep 28, 2008 (10:21 am)
I didn't read the past threads but are you usuing the 4 snow tire setup? If you do, this will drastically increase traction for ALL RWD cars. Added weight over the axle helps as well. Carry a collapsible shovel also to clear the rear wheels if you do experience too much snow to get you started again. The tires will take care of the rest.
For really bad climates, the ultimate would be 4 snows and chains on all 4 wheels but that is excessive for NJ. More like the North Pole!
Hope this helps.
#2798 of 2823 Re: 03 g35 in snow NJ [circlew]
Sep 28, 2008 (11:11 am)
A 4 wheel snow tire setup with dedicated wheels would be the obvious choice for Winter snow on the G35 Coupe.
But I brought up the all seasons on existing rims option. I'm not yet convinced I need to spend $1,400 on the dedicated winter set up now and an additional $900 come April for a summer set up if an all season alternative for year round use is viable.
There may be a half dozen days each winter season in the Northeast (if that) when we get 6"+ snows and the road crews get temporarily behind getting the roads passable. Some of those snowfalls may be overnight and some on the weekends, posing less of safety, "I'm housebound," or "I'm forced to take a wait it out" issue. Worse case, for $1,400, I can be patient, safely slow, or have Enterprise drop a low cost rental at my door for $35 a day.
The peace of the mind the dedicated snow set up is still quite attractive.
#2799 of 2823 Re: 03 g35 in snow NJ [pscheid]
Sep 28, 2008 (12:04 pm)
All weathers are NOT great snow tires. SNOWS ARE KING.
If I had a G35 RWD, 4 snows would be mandatory. I lived with the all seasons on my 330xi but the awd made a huge difference. I live in central NJ.
I am currently considering a G35/37x for my next ride.
#2800 of 2823 Re: 03 g35 in snow NJ [pscheid]
Oct 05, 2008 (8:15 pm)
UPDATE ON LOAD CAPACITY CONCERN: According to the owners' manual, the 2004 G35 Coupe has a total load capacity, passengers and luggage, of 1,400 pounds. Adding weight in the trunk (over the rear wheels) will be one of my winter snow strategies.
#2801 of 2823 bumper paint issues
Oct 13, 2008 (3:53 pm)
Reading through some old threads and amazed at what I am reading. Have had a silver 2005 G35X for several months. City driving, mainly highways. In the past two months the front bumber has begun showing severe paint flaking, several areas approaching 1-2 inches long with bad thinning of the paint around it indicating it will only get worse. I am taking the car in for 60K service this Saturday, and will bring this up. I purchased the 2 year warranty extension when I bought the vehicle so things should be covered. I realize paint chips aren't covered, but after reading this, and realizing this kind of damage is not just a paint chip but basically a delamination of the paint, I am curious how they will react. Appreciate any input
#2802 of 2823 Re: bumper paint issues [ktabel01]
Oct 14, 2008 (7:12 am)
They won't do a thing... they just try to ignore it and will say it is your fault.
#2803 of 2823 Re: bumper paint issues [ktabel01]
Oct 14, 2008 (10:25 am)
I will defer to others who have had to contend with paint issues and Infinity. You may want to do a search on this site because I believe others have had paint issues with their G.
Sounds like you got the car used, so the first thing I would check is if the car had the front fascia repaired, repainted, or replaced before you got the car. Any auto body shop can confirm this. The fascia, if original, should have the VIN number located on the underside that matches the vehicle.
If Nissan did the repairs, done deal, maybe. Nissan is where I get my collision work done; so there's no discussion who did what and when. If Nissan did not do the collision work, the warranty states Nissan is not reponsible for collision damage (repaired) or issues arising from an accident. If Nissan replaced the fascia and did the repaint, you are in luck.
That being said, consumers have been battling paint quality issues with virtually every manufacturer since the invention of the automobile. Personally, I successfully went down this road with Ford. Where individuals may have gotten stonewalled, collective complaints to the dealer and manufacturer, BBB, and states' attornies general offices have gotten action.
Infinity G35 owners (03-04) can recall brakes that required replacement rotors and pads in as little as 7K-14K miles. Infinity capitulated and warranteed brakes for 3yrs/36,000 miles, sent letters to owners, reimbursed those who ate the repairs before Infinity bellied up, and actually asked about the brakes when I would bring my car into the dealer for other stuff. Cage rattling works, albeit sometimes slower than we would like.
For your paint issue, the warranty coverage in your owners manual is a start. New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Defects in materials and workmanship. Panel Corrosion Limited Warranty. The exclusion for paint: accident, collision damage, environmental damage.
If the fascia has not been repaired (and painted) or replaced (and painted), you've got a leg to stand on. Simply, the paint and/or process was defective from Nissan. "No, I didn't park the car at the bottom of the ocean, or in the aviary at the zoo, or in Chernobyl USSR."
What most people do is get really angry and emotional (I would/have). Just don't show that too much when at the dealer. Better approach is to show a businesslike determination and execution of a written plan of action communicated with clear expectations with a timetable/drop dead date. Go through the recommended channels for arbitration, starting at the dealer, zone rep, etc.
If the dealer and/or zone rep isn't hitting the/your timetable, kick it upstairs at Nissan. No satisfaction or more stonewalling within your specified timeframe, file a complaint with both the BBB and the attorney general (warranty fraud I believe) in your state. There are statuatory timeframes, channels, and "number of attempts to gain satisfaction" that give the dealer and the manufacturer an opportunity to settle matters amicably.
Everything confirmed by you in writing (and retained by you) and copying the next folks up on the food chain. All correspondence certified, receipt requested. Document all discussions, both in person and over the phone. Confirm in writing. He who writes history makes history.
If you get that far, once the hand grenades start coming back over the wall according to the timetable you communicated, Nissan will have to make a decision. It's now costing them time, money, and image.
Don't quote me on this.....never got that far with my paint issue with Ford.... but the attorney general takes your complaint and sends Nissan an inquiry with a deadline response date, along with your written complaint, your previous correspondence documenting days, dates, people, titles, and discussion content of your attempts to rectify the issue.
When things start to get messy and Nissan realizes you are not going away but rather seem to be accelerating the process and turning up the heat, good things are more likely to happen. Small claims court is another option.
Finally, only you can decide if the $500 correct repaint on the fascia is worth the time and aggravation. It is to some who bought a $40,000 (sticker) entry luxury vehicle and expected the paint to hold up for at least 4 model years. Nothing less. That's not only not too much to ask. It is to be expected.
Good luck, and keep us posted.