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Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Sedan
#899 of 1362 Re: M35x problems [c5_4fun]
Mar 14, 2008 (1:49 pm)
I was at the dealer this week regarding the tires again and rumor is that Infiniti is getting ready to do a recall on the M35 2006. While I was there, they did check the steering rack and confirmed that mine seems to be okay. Had them lower tire pressure to 33 psi and its riding fine now.
As for your other console problems, I had something similar happening where the car would not start - console was dead, and sometimes radio would start then go dead, I would leave the car for awhile come back and everything was fine. After about 3 trips to the dealer because car was failing, the issue was there was a very loose wire in the console - you could have a faulty wire too. I have no idea what is going on with your door locks.
#900 of 1362 Re: Climate Control on 07 M35 [dheller]
Mar 15, 2008 (8:04 am)
The climate control on my '07 M35 sux too. Highway cruising in the summer requires 78 or 79 degrees to keep from freezing me out. Winter time = 70-72 degrees to avoid heat stroke. The climate control is very poor. My '98 Grand Prix GTP was 100Xs more accurate.
#901 of 1362 Steering problems
Mar 17, 2008 (1:44 pm)
I have an 07 M35x and have experienced the steering problems. On some roads I feel like I am just going to swing off the road. My wife refuses to drive the car. I had a wheel alignment done a few months ago with 7,000 miles and it didn't help. The service rep at the dealer said it's a common complaint and suggested new tires will solve the problem. He said the Goodyears that come with the car are too stiff and other customers solved the problem by buying different tires.
I called a different dealer and their service manager said the same thing. They gave me a discount on new tires for my troubles, so I gave up and brought the car in today to have new tires put on.
The idea of having to buy new tires for my new car to drive straight really gets my goat. The car should drive straight on the tires it comes with.
#902 of 1362 Re: Steering problems [shragat]
Mar 17, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Did they check the steering rack? You may have a 2006 rack part on a 2007.
#903 of 1362 Re: Steering problems [barryend]
Mar 17, 2008 (6:04 pm)
This whole mess with the car being caught in ruts and not steering straight sounds like a recall in the making. If the solution is new tires, then Infiniti should provide them FREE. I would be thinking about suing Infiniti in small claims court...that could be interesting. Do make sure that you require the service manager who told you that a) they hear this alot and b) the solution is different tires to the hearing This is a safety issue.
Seems like all of you folks should be writing to the NHTSA....
#904 of 1362 Re: Steering problems [barryend]
Mar 18, 2008 (1:23 pm)
I don't think they checked the steering rack. I got the new tires and another alignment. If it doesn't solve the problem, I'll have them check the steering rack.
Thanks for the suggestion.
#905 of 1362 Re: Steering problems [shragat]
Mar 18, 2008 (1:32 pm)
A new steering rack is a warranty item. The bad ones were from 2006 but you may still need one.
#907 of 1362 M35 Likes/Dislikes
Mar 22, 2008 (5:58 am)
I've owned my 2007 M35 Base/Luxury (fully optioned) for a little over a year. I bought (well, actually Leased) it new and it has a little over 16k on the clock. Here is my unbiased assessment of the vehicle. I know I'll get a lot of "hate mail" over this, but hopefully this post will help someone considering buying this make an informed decision. Oh, and if anyone has an solutions for my "dislikes" I'd love to hear them.
1. Traction Control: Way too intrusive for a sport sedan - even when switched "off."
2. Traction Control Switches: The bank of switches that control the traction control are located by the driver’s left knee and are almost impossible to see when seated behind the wheel. You have to take your eyes off the road and crane your neck down and to your left to see the switches. There is no way you should ever try to manage any of these switches while the car is in motion. This is an inexcusable ergonomic flaw.
3. All doors must be closed before the car will lock remotely. My $25k GM takes the command and waits until all doors are closed, then locks the car. Inexcusable.
4. Transmission: Slooow doooownshifts. Do not under any circumstances pull out in front of fast moving traffic unless you are dead stopped or otherwise 100% sure you are in 1st gear. Inexcusable.
5. Fuel Mileage. Why does the engine turn 3200 rpm 80 mph? Every other similarly-sized DOHC V6 I know of turns over 2400 rpm or so at 80. Could this be why the car only gets 23 mpg highway?
6. Engine. This is a high-revving DOHC motor. You will not feel the off-the-line grunt of a traditional push-rod motor. This motor does not really get going until about 4000 rpm (see below).
7. Audio Controls. The only way to single-step through the XM radio stations is to turn the tuning knob on the face of the radio. Dealer says this is the only way. I should be able to program a button on the steering wheel to do this – like I can on my wife’s Caddy CTS. And no mute button? Are you kidding me? Unacceptable in a $50k car.
8. Bose Audio. What a lousy system. People hear “Bose” and go all ga-ga. The only time it sounds excellent is on one or two 5.1 DVDs I own. CDs and XM sounds tinny and cheap. Even worse on regular FM. This system is way, way, WAY over hyped and overpriced (like most of Bose’s product line). If I didn’t have a kid in college and another going in a few years I’d rip the whole thing out and install a quality system.
9. Distance Sensing Cruise Control. It does okay, but still gets confused on a curve. It also runs right up behind a slower moving car and slams on the brakes. When the coast is once again clear, the throttle application snaps your neck. It could be a little more smooth.
10. The automatic head lights do not switch on when the wipers are turned on. Isn’t it common sense that you need headlights when it’s raining? Many states have statutes requiring it. Also, when not raining the on/off threshold seems to change from day to day. Some days I’m in almost full sunlight and the headlights won’t go off. Of course that means I can't see the instruments b/c they are dimmed for nighttime driving. Tried the adjustment, but it doesn’t make that much difference.
1. Snob Factor: Let’s face it – one of the reasons to by this car is the snob factor. When you drive up in the M you get a lot of attention. It is an impressive looking car inside and out.
2. Suspension: This car has a sweet chassis and sport-tuned suspension. It has more capability than 99% of the drivers who will ever sit behind the wheel (that includes me).
3. Engine. Ah, the engine. Very sweet especially north of 4000 rpm. Smooth as silk with linear power all the way to redline.
4. Voice Recognition. Once you get the hang of it, the V/R is very nice. It also feeds into #1 above.
5. Interior cabin. Very classy inside.
6. Navigation System. Good nav system logic that hardly ever gets me lost (unlike Hertz’ “Foreverlost” system). Very good in the boonies. When approaching a turn, the “countdown bar” on the left side of the screen is really handy.
7. Rear backup camera: I never turn around when I back up. Now I hate driving other cars without this feature.
8. Wireless key fob. How nice not to have to dig around in your pocket to unlock the car or to start the engine.
9. Reliability. This car has performed flawlessly every day I’ve owned it. No drama. Just start it and go and perform regular maintenance.
All in all it is a good car and I'm happy with the purchase. Will I buy another when my lease is up in 2 yrs? That jury is still out.