My FX35 has more rattles than any vehicle I have owned (which include Acura, Audi, Volvo, Honda etc). Every week there is something annoying - rattle of the week. Problems with driver seat which the dealer can't fix. Problem with alignment of the headlight which dealer can't fix. Busted stereo and CD player. Problem with rear-seat belt. When I take the car through a carwash, water leaks in. The paint on this vehicle is paper thin - slightest nick and it chips off and rusts in less than few weeks. The vehicle is a pain to maintain. Repeated brake problems. Very stiff ride. The build and mechanical quality is bad enough that this will be my last Infinity. And city fuel economy of 16mp!!
My suspicion for all the lovers of this car is that they haven't hit 100 or 110k miles. Mine overheated. Changed every part in the cooling system(cap, thermostat, water pump, radiator) and now they are going to tear down the engine. Search online for "2003 FX35 overheating" and you will find many of us who needed new blocks or engines at $6 to $8k. this is not what I expected from a "reliable" car company like Nissan. Never again. However, it's a great car to drive and if you plan to turn it back in after 60k miles, Go for it! But don't keep it or buy used.
I have owned just about every high-end make out there. No other car has ever kept me this happy and interested for so long! No problems whatsoever and I already have over 80k miles on it. I can't imagine replacing this car with anything else other than a new FX (when they get remodeled hopefully for 08)
Bought my FX35 new in -03... had the first one in town. Not a day went by in the first 3-4 months that someone didn't stop me to ask about or comment what a cool car... now for the bad stuff, of which there's very little. -Ride is so stiff with 20" wheels that it'll make yout teeth chatter -squeak in the driver's door can't be fixed by dealer, they only made it worse. In all, great car, great looks, great performance, so-so gas mileage of 16/20. I love driving it, except when my bladder's full, due to the violent ride characteristics. But if you can handle that, you'll love the car and the attention you get.... which has been more than my buddie's Porsche Cayenne S- he's upset!
Bought CPO in 08 w 40K mi. I have always averaged 35-45K/yr. Usually switch cars every 6 mos-2 yrs.
Have had difficulty finding cause with this car. Squeaking brakes have been a constant issue. My cd changer skips when it's cold $500 for rebuild and xm loses signal when it's hot.
Those are the only problems I have had.
Period. I've owned ford gm toy niss Honda Audi BMW vw & Porsche, the FX has been the most pleasant overall.
Performance & handing are great.
Service beats all others. Nav is better than 07 Audi or BMW. Also ave mixed 21 mpg and 25+ at 80mph.