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#1068 of 1362 Issues and sales
Apr 06, 2009 (9:10 am)
With all the issues we heard here (as well as reported elsewhere). I am just wondering how those compare with Lexus or Acura. I am sure they have some issues. But overall, is Infiniti / M line doing better or worse - as the M was rated very high or fit & finish and build quality & reliability since 2006.
I know Infiniti has not changed much for the M (Other than the 7 spd for M35 - Not for M35X or sports, as well as some minor changes). Is the sales going down or pretty much remain the same - relatively speaking (i.e.: Compare to Lexus and Acura) - I understand that the car sales are down due to current economy situation in general. Do you still think the M are a solid car that delivers good value or it is somewhat a joke or maybe somewhere in between?
#1069 of 1362 Issues & opinions
Apr 06, 2009 (9:13 am)
Oh, just want to add my $.02. I still believe the M is well built and very reliable - only had 1 issue in almost 4 years and was taken car under warranty. So, I am happy with the car and think it is a good value - other than the gas mileage for the V8 that married with a 5spd.
What is your take on this as an M owner?
#1070 of 1362 Re: Dealer Ratings and Review [art234]
Apr 06, 2009 (10:53 am)
I drove the Acura TL 4 wheel drive and was very impressed but it was too ugly in front to look at for three years. I never talked deals with them.
The Infiniti G37 sedan is a super car.
Lexus GS may be a good deal since it has been out for years. They may be financially aggressive. Not known for a sporty drive or ride.
I would have road tested Caddy CTS but GMAC no longer leases. If I optioned it up like my M35X was it would have a 50,000 sticker. They say they sell at at invoice and have aggressive financing. Probably buy it loaded in the low 40s. 100,000 mile warranty for all GM's credit is worth.
Personally I downsized to an Audi A4 2.0 with sport package (suspension, 18" wheels, summer tires). Delivery due soon. Wife has had two 3.2 A4s and we love them. The 2009 is larger and the rear seats fold down so I can get 2-pairs of skis in. It is big enough for me and allot easier to maneuver and park than the M35X. 28 mpg hwy.
BMW is aggressively leasing too.
#1071 of 1362 XM Radio Ready?
Apr 11, 2009 (11:08 pm)
When I bought my '06 M35 in '05 I thought the vehicle was XM ready. I can find no SAT or AUX button on my sound system. I did not get the Bose Surround system, I got the next system down with NAV.
Do I have to get an aftermarket system for the car?
#1072 of 1362 Re: XM Radio Ready? [bcorig1]
Apr 12, 2009 (9:30 am)
Are you saying you want to add XM radio now and did not buy the XM option in 05? Since if you already had the XM option, you should be able to just substribe to XM radio to activate it and the XM stations will show up.
#1073 of 1362 2003 M45 Navigation Failure
Apr 13, 2009 (7:13 am)
My navigation system has an intermittent failure. The screen has a small glow and all other functions such as radio etc. fail, but the AC and heat will function, but cannot be controlled. I took it to the dealer and they said that I needed a new screen for $1065.00. I did not believe that it was the screen, since it worked on occasion. Since taking it to the dealer during the winter months, the screen and other functions begin to work correctly more often after Spring arrived. I soon discovered that everything worked fine when the outside ambient temperature was slightly above 70F. When the screen is off their is no power to the navigation DVD. Even though under hood temperature seems to have nothing to do with the problem, I checked the fuse socket. Anyone have a suggestion?
#1074 of 1362 Re: 2003 M45 Navigation Failure [hilley]
Apr 13, 2009 (3:16 pm)
My 06 M35x does pretty much the same thing, after 3+ years of working perfectly. Cannot display map (map button does nothing). Eventually map will show up but gets stuck - red directional arrow turns but streets do not advance. Voice recognition takes 30 seconds or more to execute commands, usually fails completely. Only button that always works is Status.
Dealer replaced Nav unit twice, to no avail. They cannot replicate the problem (?) so I made a video of the problem, and sent it to them. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=889DD1B0B
Unbelievably, they tell me they want to replace the SCREEN - obviously not the problem - after speaking with senior engineers at Nissan/Infiniti. I am very frustrated with this experience to say the least. Sounds like a mother board/memory issue with the system. I saw a TSB on the 07 with similar issues relating to the GPS antenna interface - but my dealer apparently didn't look there. I plan to take the TSB in with me. Luckily it's still under warranty.
What's up with Infiniti service?? I may not buy another one - it's a royal pain to get repaired...
#1075 of 1362 Re: Reliability NOT [osbornkg]
Apr 19, 2009 (6:12 am)
If your state Lemon law allows just go straight to an attorney. I had an intermittent non-start issue with my '07 M45 (4500 miles on it) starting 6 weeks after I purchased it. It spent a total of 42 days total with the dealer. Infinti of Tysons service department is the worst. You call and no one calls you back. They treat you like you are stupid. I worked in a dealership and I would have lost my job if I had treated people like they treated us. Infinti Consumer Affairs is not much better. Offered me one car payment and a maintenance contract for 6 years. So I got an attorney. They eventually did get the car fixed. Windshield was leaking into the fuse box. I did receive a settlement from Infiniti. Not what I wanted but better than I expected.
Apr 19, 2009 (10:13 am)
Just a follow up to my last post about tramlining. My dealer, Legacy Infiniti of Lynbrook, NY made a courtesy change of my tires from Goodyear to Michelin and performed a wheel alignment on my leased 2008 M35X with approx 6,800 miles. Yesterday was my first chance to try out the new tires on a 3 hour drive. Tramlining definitely reduced but still there to a lesser extent. I'm sure its a design flaw on the all the wheel drive versions. Kudos to Legacy as I thought I was in for a fight but they came through and made the change. Shame on Infiniti for not solving the problem and recalling the car. I own a 2006 G35 coupe and love it and I love everything else about the M35 but the tramlining is disturbing. You have to hold on so tightly to the steering wheel at highway speeds that it makes long drives very tiring. I like to drive and have made the trip to Florida from NY in other vehicles several times. Would never consider it in the M35X as it would drift right off the road if I was tired and lost concentration. Its too bad because the M35x is an excellent value as a sporty luxury car. I'm glad I only have one year left on my two year lease but sad that this inherent problem will cause me to shop with a different manufacturer. I was going to consider the M45X next year. Anyone have another suggestion?
#1077 of 1362 Re: tramlining [hsmolin]
Apr 19, 2009 (10:58 am)
I am glad your dealer at least tried to help you. I had to pay half the cost of the tires, which DID fix the tramlining issue completely (Michelin). There is a known issue with Goodyear tires, and the regional service rep said that I should be reimbursed--whigh Infiniti customer service initially agreed to and then rescinded the offer along with the month payment they had offered.
I would NEVER even look at another Infiniti product--especially when the service manager at Massapequa responded to a complaint about interior buzzing by telling me to turn the radio up......
I can't WAIT to be done with this car and this company.