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#65 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [rxke]
Mar 03, 2007 (2:58 pm)
Last week when I test drove a M35x the first thing I said to the salesman was, "Why is there so much engine noise when I accelerate?" He said Infiniti is trying to make it a performace type car (BMW) vs a luxury car (Lexus). It didn't have a performance sound to me - just noise. The sound went away when the car leveled out. I didn't take it on the freeway. Maybe I should try the 45, but here in Chicago the x was appealing.
#66 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [buddybrad]
Mar 03, 2007 (10:28 pm)
I have had the M35x for about 9 months. I do find the acceleration noise to be annoying, and frankly totally unnecessary. If I were 18 years old I guess the growl would be more appealing. That said, on highway driving it seems to be less pronounced.
As far as the all wheel drive goes, I would say I am a little disappointed. I live in Chicago and we've had a good amount of snow this year. My previous car was a VW Passat W8 with AWD and it handled much better in the snow. Perhaps it is because the M is a RWD car at its core versus the VW was FWD. OR perhaps it is simply the result of it being the first year Infiniti has AWD in such a large car. Just not sure. I am very curious on how the Audi A6 AWD performs. I suspect it is much better.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase but my impressions are that the BMW is a clearly a better performance car and the A6 a little more luxury and a better winter car. I do feel that the reliability of the Infiniti will be better than those two and for the money a solid choice.
#67 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [scmetal]
Mar 04, 2007 (3:24 pm)
Tires can make a huge difference, so take that into account. We've not had that much snow here,so I can't compare, but my last car was an A6 quatro. The Audi was and probably is more capable in the snow, but the Infiniti isn't bad.
#68 of 104 2007 M35X 2 Month Report
Mar 08, 2007 (2:58 pm)
While on the surface, the 2007 Infiniti M35X seems to outshine the German and other Japanese competition. Add to the pot the great reviews from both car and consumer magazines and you think you just bought a winner. I thought I did!
My experience with this car is that the Japanese car manufacturers just donít test their cars in cold weather. Once winter arrived here in the Midwest the M35X developed dashboard rattles and squeaks from all areas of the dashboard Ė around the navigation screen, behind the instrument cluster and by the glove compartment. Two trips to the dealer have done nothing to remedy the problem. I said Japanese problem, because I had a 2004 Lexus RX330 that had the same problem. It took going to a 2nd dealer and three long (multi-day) visits, but they finally got the rattles and squeaks out of the dashboard. And Lexus knew there was a problem and put out a service bulletin on fixing the problem, not denying there is a problem like Infiniti is doing. I also have a 2006 Acura MDX that has the dashboard rattles and squeaks. Iím sorry to say it, but the M is the worst of the bunch.
If you live in the southern part of the country, then the Infiniti M will be a good choice. Other than poor gas mileage, the car is a pleasure to drive. If you live in an area of the country that has cold weather, you will definitely be sorry you bought an Infiniti M. Just do a google search on Infiniti dashboard rattles and squeaks and see how widespread the problem is.
In my two short months of ownership, Iím also getting the feeling that Iím not going to get the Lexus level of service and support. The dealerís (Fieldís Infiniti of Glencoe, IL) lack of concern and poor response from Infiniti has me thinking I make a huge $50K mistake buying this car.
#69 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [vanhalenabe]
Mar 09, 2007 (6:29 am)
Some people have said an M35 is essentially nicer and larger G35. But the M45 has an unique engine not shared with the G, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
You asked and then answered your own question about the V6 v. the V8 ... so much for that.
Insofar as the M is a "nicer and larger G35", that's silly. Different platform, heavier, queieter, etc. Putting that aside for a moment, when my lease is up on my M35 I may well go to a G because I drive almost exclusively locally ~ 6,500 miles per year and that doesn't justify the extra cost for the M over the G. But I'll stick w/ Infiniti and will be plenty satisfied w/ the G. Bart
Mar 09, 2007 (2:35 pm)
I live in Massachusetts, I have had no problems with and rattles or squeaks. The only problem I have had is shifting from 2nd to 3rd when is is cold, the transmission slams into 3rd. This only occurs when the transmission is cold, first few miles of travel. Other than that issues I love the car. The M is far superior than the G, I had a 2004 G35X.
#71 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [james27]
Mar 24, 2007 (1:49 pm)
This may be my personal preference, but my '06 M45 Sport (RWD)w/snows handled much better than my Audi A6 on all-season tires.
#72 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [jjshein]
Mar 24, 2007 (4:31 pm)
dedicated snows, at least the better ones, are vastly superiour to the typical all-seasons tire. I've always preferred swapping wheels/tires and benefiting from higher performance offered by tires designed for the season.
#73 of 104 Re: 2006 M35 or M45 -- Need advice! [james27]
Mar 24, 2007 (4:50 pm)
I previously had a 2003 M45 and now have a 2006 M35X. I absolutely love the M35. Had no problems with the 03 but, this is a truly wonderful car. When the lease matures next summer, I will probably get another one.
#74 of 104 Re: New M35/M45 Owners - Give Us Your Report! [pat]
Mar 24, 2007 (8:04 pm)
I purchased a 2007 M35 in December. Having driven it now for 2-1/2 months, I feel I know it well enough to comment on it. I have read the shortcomings of the '06 model and thought that all or some of them would have been fixed for the model year '07. Not so. In all, I am pleased with the car and feel it is worth the money, but here is a list of what I feel could be improved. 1.) The nav system has '05 maps, 2.) the cabin is a noisy due to road noise, 3.) the driver's side door seal (on the body) has torn, 4.)the trunk is hard to close, you have to slam it, 5.) the fuel filler opening causes the auto-shut off on the pump nozzle to shut off prematurely, once I was splashed with fuel. as I said, Overall I am pleased with the car. It provides a wonderful level of luxury.