Last post on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:36 AM
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Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Car Buying, Sedan
#15 of 24 Re: hUH/ [hakunam]
Oct 10, 2009 (7:54 pm)
I spent about $1k at a stereo shop and had additional soundproofing put in. It helps, and doesn't get on my nerves. My previous car was an A6, and it was much quieter, but still sounded nice when you put your foot into it...just not annoying on a long drive like this.
I bought it because I fit, not because I particularly liked it. I don't want an SUV or cross-over, so there are few cars with enough headroom. Now if you could convince the marketers to sell them without a sunroof, the field changes. on Audi, when you could buy one without a sunroof, you were limited severely in any options you might want, since they were in a package that included the sunroof.
#16 of 24 Re: Noise and Quality of Ride of M35 [valentin650]
Oct 28, 2009 (4:27 pm)
I just bought a 2007 M35X. The ride is a bit more rough than the Lexus RX 300 I drove. However, it's not bad. I barely hear any noise. It's pretty quiet. Overall, I do like the car. I have had it now for 3 weeks so maybe I am beginning to get use to the ride.
#17 of 24 Re: Noise and Quality of Ride of M35 [lvm50]
Oct 28, 2009 (5:29 pm)
I've only had my brand new M for a few weeks, but I'm absolutely astounded at the level of luxury, technology and comfort in this car.
The car is super comfortable even with Sport version I have, is really not much different from luxury, very slightly stiffer if you ask me, but it's still an incredible ride. Engine is bit loud, but in a good way, it is music to my ears. My M engine newly tuned to provide 303 horsepower with 7 spd trans, may be that make a diff?
#18 of 24 Re: Noise and Quality of Ride of M35 [m4m]
Feb 07, 2010 (8:03 am)
I've now had my M35X for four weeks and I am absolutely thrilled with the ride. The ride offers more of a sports car ride which, I believe, tends to be a more firm and tighter ride. It certainly isn't a soft ride that my Avalon provided. There isn't anything wrong with either style ride, but different cars offer different driving experiences.
The sound of the engine is something that brings a smile to my face every time I push the start button; and I really appreciate the sound while cruising. The engine sound was one of the many things that attracted me to this car. I can understand why some may not appreciate this sound. However, I recognized the uniqueness of this sound during both of my test drives - one short and one long.
#19 of 24 M35/45 Noise Level
Mar 07, 2010 (7:47 pm)
I was thinking of buying a new 2101 M35X but was concerned about the posts and reviews regarding road noise. However, I came across the 2009 Car and Driver review comparing the A6, 535i, M45, Jag XF, and MB E350. In the "sound level" category the M45 had lower dBA at full throttle than the A6 and 535, and lower than the A6 in the 70 MPH-cruise category. Does this say it's not a big issue or is "road noise" more a feel issue than a sound issue? I would appreciate any feedback from 2009 or 2010 M35X owners.
#20 of 24 Re: M35/45 Noise Level [tomy3]
Mar 07, 2010 (8:48 pm)
My advice is to take an M out for an extended test drive to see if you notice any the "road noise". I did several test drives before purchasing my M with one test drive exceeding two hours. I did not find an issue with road noise. The M does have a unique engine rev noise and, for me, it's a sporty noise that goes very nicely with the M. There have been post about the Goodyear tires being a source of road noise as well as tramling. Some owners have reported a positive difference when they replaced the Goodyear tires.
The M ratings in Car & Driver and Consumer Reports - which gave the M one of their highest scores - are meaningless if YOU do not enjoy your driving experience.
My M35X is a blast to drive and I don't have an issue with road noise. Over the past 9 years, my previous cars have been a Toyota Avalon Limited, Lexus GS and an Acura TL Type S. So far, I have absolutely no regrets with choosing my M35.
Good luck and let us know what decision you make.
#21 of 24 2011 M37/M56 Will Solve Your Qualms
Mar 07, 2010 (9:46 pm)
for all you having noise and ride quality issues with your current M35/M45 I have the answer to your problems: the new 2011 M!!! so far preliminary reviews are looking very promising talking about much reduce wind/road noise and a much improved ride, especially in the V6 model and V8 models without sport packages!!!
plus the new body style is really sleek looking
#22 of 24 Re: M35/45 Noise Level [tomy3]
Mar 08, 2010 (7:55 pm)
You can't compare a V-8 with a V-6. My last car was an Audi A-6 that was a pleasure to drive on a long, monotonous, interstate trips of 8+ hours. To me, the M35x was horrible. I spent about $1K at a car stereo shop on some Dynamat, and that helped. I'm fed up with it and planning to sell mine when the car (I think) I want becomes available. Only 50K on it, and had problems with the brakes twice, and today realized that the a/c has crapped out. the transmission slammed into 3rd gear, and was replaced and it was never the same - they didn't know how to get rid of the slop and said it was within specs...but, it wasn't what I bought. The paint is brittle, and instead of a little chip, it delaminates from the hood leaving a raised chip. I like a car to have a nice engine sound when I'm trouncing on it, but to be able to enjoy the stereo when I'm cruzing. The tramlining is annoying, but I cope. I much prefer a car that goes in the direction I point it, not one that wanders in the wind, the crown of the road, or follows a rut. The Audi tracked like a train, regardless of the surface. But, in their wisdom, with the mandatory sunroof, I no longer fit, so didn't consider it. Better gas mileage would be nice, too.
In Japan, the new version uses noise cancelling to make the car quieter. I don't know if that feature is in the 2011's to be sold here. The new one has less headroom than the old one, and that puts it out of consideration, regarless.
#23 of 24 Re: M35/45 Noise Level [james27]
Mar 12, 2010 (11:15 am)
One year ago I leased a 2009 Audi A4 2.0 with sports package. Before that I leased a 2006 M35X. I switched tires from Goodyear to Conti Contact Extremes which reduced the trammeling somewhat.
The Audi steering and tracking is infinitely better than the M35X. My feeling of safety and confidence is much better. I also drove A6 loaners and the same is true. The A4 with stock suspension is also much better ride and steering than the M. The steering boost at low speeds is much higher (lighter) and the smaller wheels, softer suspension and lower performance tires give the stock A4 a different feel.
The M35X is a good car unless you want to drive somewhere.
#24 of 24 Re: M35/45 Noise Level [barryend]
Apr 14, 2010 (5:36 am)
I hear the 2011 M37s come with Michelin Primacys. That may be a good choice for M35s. Not a sports tire but reputed to be very long wearing and quiet.
I suppose a tire is long wearing because the rubber is hard. That might mean longer stopping distances as a trade off. The Michelin Xs I bought in the 1960s pioneered the radial tire and would last forever.
Perhaps we want sports options and when we get them we learn comfort is more important and practical.