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Infiniti FX35, Infiniti FX45, Infiniti FX50, SUV
#156 of 1807 First report 2004 with 1000 miles.
Dec 22, 2003 (7:40 am)
Have spent some time in my new FX35 now, (1050 miles/2004).
I have Tech, which includes Touring but not the Sport pkg.
I like the 18 inch wheels, it takes the edge off the firm ride. I experienced the full impact of the 20ís when I took one home for a weekend and thought them a bit too stiff.
I may eventually get 20ís in the aftermarket for summer driving but for now the 18s are fine.
Also got the cargo thing, splash guards and cross rails for the top, (turned out to be free since the dealer did not know they were on the car). The car is copper/brick.
Nav is good. Easy to use, (though it might be nice to have an easier method to record ďcurrent locationĒ without having to work through three menus). I really like the birdview. The sound system is just fine, CDís come through clear and crisp and the subwoofer reverberates in your chest. I got a years worth of Sirus and so far am not disappointed in quality or quantity of station choices.
The vehicle is quick. Itís not an asphalt burner but it will squirt when you need to move into a hole or bolt from a light. I am impressed by the torque. The trick is to shift to manual and downshift to get the revs in the 3000 to 4000 range, then when you punch it, it jumps.
Mileage is so-so but probably good as compared to other SUVís. I get 17 in town reliably buy only 20 on the road. That drops of course, if you are constantly pushing the machine.
Seats are really comfortable.
Planning an oil and filter change this week. I highly recommend the first change at 1000 miles. You would be surprised at the amount of metal that comes out of a new motor. Ask the dealer to save the filer for you and look at it closely. Then Iíll go to a 3500/4000 mile change interval. Not decided yet if Iíll use synthetic or not. I may not opt to go with expensive synthetic oil this time, especially since Infinity wants me to change oil every 3500 miles.
My car had 300 miles on it when I got it. 130 were from the trip down from the dealer that had the car. The other 170 were test drives I assume. I wasnít happy about that but took the car anyway. Other opinions? How many miles did your vehicle have at delivery?
So the cons:
Very little sub floor, (rear compartment), storage. With the spare inside, there is little hidden storage for all the little junky stuff I seem to think critical to motoring.
Seat heater, (drivers side anyway), seems to be erratic. Itís hot, itís not, itís just warm, itís barely warm enoughÖ..performance is not consistent. Dealer will take a lookÖ.maybe itís the thermostat but I suspect itís just the nature of the system.
The intelligent cruise system laser is easily confused when the cover plate gets dirty or wet. Works just fine otherwise but in this kind of weather Iíll have to bend down and wipe it off regularly. By the way, this little gadget is really interesting. I set it in traffic, gritted my teeth and held on to see what would happen when traffic come to a complete stop. Amazing. It slowed as traffic ahead slowed and then when traffic stopped, it brought the vehicle to almost a complete stop. Kind of spooky, feeling the car brake significantly while you have your foot off the brake pedal. (grin)
Still wish it had auto lock at 7 miles an hour and auto dimming side mirrors.
One last complaint. I like to wash my own vehicles. I heat up the garage, use hot water and wash my cars all winter long. However, this thing is just too big. It took me a couple of hours, maybe three, to wash and dry the FX 35. I just donít have the time for that. I may take advantage of the dealers offer to hand wash the car anytime I drop in. In this case, Iíll have to drop in more often.
#157 of 1807 $1000 over invoice for 04' FX35
Dec 22, 2003 (1:09 pm)
Just quoted $1000 over invoice for 04' FX35. Dealer is in So. Cal. Cars direct is currently offering $750 over invoice. Is $500 what I should expect.
#158 of 1807 My frustrated experience of getting a 04 FX45
Dec 22, 2003 (4:18 pm)
I posted message #137 and finally I got a deal for $44K on 12/4th, for a 04 FX45 with premium package. The dealer ship is Rosenthal, in DC metro area. They told me the car will be here on 12/19th.
And, so far, I am still waiting ...
The story they try to sale to me is that on 19th, the ship just arrived in NJ port because of the bad weather. And we should have the car 22nd, no later than 12/23. Then today, 12/22, they called my wife and said that they made a mistake that the car we've been waiting for so long turns out to be a 04 FX35 with tech package. The only thing maching to my requirement is the color... And now they are searching "the whole east coast" for a car matches to my requirements. I just don't understand how a dealership can make mistake like this! Isn't the year and model the first thing they check other than the color? Maybe if they told me the car on the ship was 04 FX45 with tech package, I would've believed them.
Well, I am really "touched" . And I strongly believe, I will NOT get my car, any time soon. I just don't have faith in them.
Hopefully they can prove I am wrong, but till that happens, I will NOT recommend this dealership for anyone I know.
I will keep you guys posted for what happened next. I dont know if reporters are still around this board. I think my story could be an interesting one. ( I can be reached through yzhou30hotmail.com )
#159 of 1807 rollbar - first report
Dec 23, 2003 (2:45 pm)
I am also looking at FX35 with tech, but not sport. Same concern over 20's. Where did you buy and what did you pay?
#160 of 1807 04 FX35 Tech (no sport)
Dec 24, 2003 (6:20 am)
I have an internet offer for an 04 FX35 Touring+ Technology for 41275 (+TTL) - this is $2520 below MSRP and $1950 above Edmunds invoice. Is this a decent price?
#161 of 1807 Re: 04 FX35 Tech (no sport)
Dec 24, 2003 (5:52 pm)
You can do better than that. Three weeks ago I bought my 04 FX35 RWD (touring, tech, sport) w/ chrome wheels, cargo liner, mud flaps, wind deflector for $41,200. That's $650 over dealer's invoice ($1050 over Edmunds invoice because Edmunds doesn't include the $400 advertising fee in its invoice price).
#162 of 1807 Ddevine2 Price for AWD FX35 with no sport
Dec 26, 2003 (8:06 am)
We must think alike and I assure you the 18s do make a difference. You still get a crisp ride but it won't beat you to death on a rough road.
Here's what I got; at the time, a decent deal but I think others may have done a bit better.
2004 AWD FX35 with Tech and Touring, (no sport) cargo area protector, Siris sat radio, splash guards, roof cross rails, (didn't pay for these, didn't want them but dealer threw them in), Copper color with Brick and Black leather. $41,120 plus tax and lic. Central Ohio (Columbus)
Good luck. I don't regret my buy for a second, the car does not dissappoint.
#163 of 1807 Advertising fees (or not?)
Dec 28, 2003 (1:46 am)
Based on numbers from Edmunds, Cars.com, etc. I paid $500 over invoice (whose numbers matched up with those on the dealer's sheet) for my '0345Tech and did not have to pay the $400 Advertising fee, at least as far as I could see. Is that part of the $560(?) destination fee, or did I just manage to deal out of paying it?
#164 of 1807 Price for AWD FX35 with no sport
Dec 28, 2003 (7:03 am)
Roll, did you go thru the internet sales rep?
#165 of 1807 Price quote
Dec 29, 2003 (10:02 am)
I was just offered $1,200 over invoice for a 04' FX35. Is this a good deal? Cars direct offering $800 over invoice.