Doesn't Play Well With Others - 2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: Doesn't Play Well With Others

March 05, 2011

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Our 2011 Infiniti M56 is chock-full-o high tech nonsense features. There's (and yes, I'm copying this directly out of the intro instead of typing it) "intelligent cruise control, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems, front pre-crash belts, active trace control, adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlights" and more. If nothing else, they're nifty toys to talk about. Unfortunately, there is something else...

Our M56 refuses to play nice with my Valentine One.

Now, refusing to get along with a radar dector isn't so bad in, say, a Smart, but this thing has some 420(!) horsepower and has excellent wind-noise damping. 65 in this thing (on the right pavement) feel like park. Setting up the ol' V1 comes shortly after plugging in my iPhone.

And it's not that the V1 doesn't work, it does. But then it starts with completely random, full-strength laser warnings. And as owners of radar detectors know, the laser warning is the loudest and most annoying of them all. More than annoying, though, if your car is causing false positives on the radar detector, what good is the detector? There's a parable about a boy and a wolf that applies here. Go ahead and insert that.

I've tried the same thing with an Escort and the same thing happened. Never got a false read with any other car with similar features, only this one.

Oh, that and the M56 doesn't get along with the already signal-challenged iPhone; close the door and a bar-or-two drop immediately.

Annoying or deal-breaker? I've yet to decide.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, @ 4,949 miles

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