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Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Sedan
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the regional service rep said that I should be reimbursed--whigh Infiniti customer service initially agreed to and then rescinded the offer along with the month payment they had offered.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.
#1078 of 1362 Re: tramlining [hsmolin]
Apr 19, 2009 (11:21 am)
Park it near Yankees Stadium with the door open and motor running.
#1079 of 1362 Smelly A/C vent...
Apr 26, 2009 (7:47 pm)
Recently, my M45 has developed a bad smell when ever I use the A/C.
If I turn the A/C on, there will be some smell (When the A/C is on, the smell is not strong, but, if I pay attention, I know it is there). But, when the A/C is turned off, immediately, there will be strong smells, like almost bad food / fungi smell and it will last for the rest of the trip, but, it becomes minimum the next day. I replace the in-cabin filter every year, so I know it is not that.
I have read that this could be caused by the evaporator and is a known problem (for any car with A/C, not M specific). So, I am just checking if any other M or Infiniti owners had this problem? And if this will be covered under warranty? If not, what did you do to fix this and how much it costs?
#1080 of 1362 Re: Smelly A/C vent... [shmang]
Apr 28, 2009 (8:42 am)
You have likely checked this but when the car is stopped w/ the A/C running is water puddling under the car? Have someone make sure the A/C evaporator pan drain is open and allowed to drain.
We are on our 2nd M35 and have had no problem with the condition you are experiencing.
#1081 of 1362 Re: Smelly A/C vent... [osbornkg]
Apr 28, 2009 (9:33 am)
When I had my M35X I lost a $300.00 Palm. Bought an Iphone and the Palm turned up 6 months later under the seat track. I had looked under the drivers seat 6 times with a flashlight and never saw it. So, look around you never know what an M can eat.
#1082 of 1362 Re: Smelly A/C vent... [osbornkg]
Apr 28, 2009 (1:21 pm)
I did see water dripping off, but not sure if there is any congestion and I want to thoroughly check this. I know where the drain pipe end at, but where is the evaporator pan at? I want to check on both end to make sure there is no standing water up there.
#1083 of 1362 Loose steering when turning right
May 04, 2009 (3:10 pm)
I have a 2007 Infiniti M35x with 26,000 miles and it has been having some steering issues since I bought it.
The steering feels precise when turning left. It snaps back correctly when straightening the car, and seems to have the right tension. However when turning right, the steering does not feel precise, seems to be have less "tension" (feels loose). The difference can be felt at slower speeds.
I got four new Michelin Primacy tires just recently, so tires are not the issue. And this issue has been there since I got the car at 20,000 miles (when it had the older tires).
Has anyone seen issues like this with their M35?
I went to the dealership and went for a test drive with the service tech. He says he can't feel the issue and says there is probably no issue since there are no noises from the steering. Not sure what to do here and this is frustrating.
It takes a while to get a feel for the car and only then you can detect the issue. The car is not fun to drive when the steering is not precise.
Does anyone have any ideas about this?
#1084 of 1362 Re: Loose steering when turning right [fiddler2500]
May 04, 2009 (6:12 pm)
A suggestion to you is research this forum history - print-out these histories for your dealer to review. Many owners of M35X infiniti's have addressed steering problems with the X vehicle. Some dealers have resolved this problem, however there have been many X owner's who have not been satisfied when addressing steering problems with their dealer. This concern boils down to your relationship with the dealer. One of the posts I recently read stated in affect you might be better off leaving your car off in a high crime area and having it stolen. And, so it goes with steering problems with the M35X. We love our M35 and we now have had two to judge from and they have been just great cars - we live in AZ and don't need 4 wheel drive.
#1085 of 1362 Re: Loose steering when turning right [fiddler2500]
May 04, 2009 (7:34 pm)
The 2006 M35X had a steering rack issue. Mine was replaced in warranty and shortly after the OEM Goodyear GS-As were replaced with Conti Contact Supremes at 27,000 miles. They were excellent tires and helped allot. Still on-center tracking was poor. I suspect it is a steering geometry engineering short coming. My lease was over in February and I would not have another M. If I still had one with your problems I would keep up the dealer and factory pressure. There may be no solution available.
I assume you have checked tire pressure and alignment. Rotated tires and wheels are true? Do you drive on highly crowned roads? Try a flat lot like a mall lot after hours.
Write Consumer Reports. Their glowing review encouraged me to lease mine.
This steering problem has been widely remarked on this and other forums.