I traded my Explorer for this vehicle.
I am very happy with everything about it.
The style, the performance and simplicity of regular maintenance.
Changing the driveline is very simple. Take bolts out, fill it with the proper fluids and put bolts back in. Other than the tranny, all fluids are available anywhere.
Air filter is easy to change.
Spark plugs are harder because of all the wires and the cover, but shouldn't take longer than an hour.
BIGGEST problem of this vehicle is its valve covers (alot of them). They leak after 80K and you have to change them BOTH.
With the cheapest options (you buy the parts, you get your buddy to install it), it will still cost you $600+. That sucks
Once you drive one you could only then understand the difference between sport design SUV’s like the FX35, FX45 or the BMW X6 and the rest of the SUV pack. I drive daily in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and the FX is best equipped to be agile enough to zoom through heavy traffic more like a sport car then an SUV( more like a sedan on steroids). I have the 2005 FX35S sport package including the larger rims but the car does not need any additional sport features…..it breeds aggressive driving…300HP ….sport exhaust system. Supper cool interior (I have the light cream interior) with excellent attention to details ( M. Pop)
I bought my FX-35 from an Infiniti dealership with 29K almost five years ago. I now have 96K.
In this time i have gone through two dash boards due to deffects in the material which was fixed by the dealerships, two tears in the side of the uphostery, a small plastic gear in the front seat controls has broken which is a $900 bill and now the transmission has failed.
I took the car into the dealership for an unusual noise in the drive train and routine maintenace.
i picked it up and it wouldn't shift into reverse without pressing down on the gas pedal.
And then there are those horrible, horrible Bridgestone Potenza tires.
I just sold my 2005 fx35 fully loaded w/ 97000 miles to a dealer. I only got $9000 for the FX35. I did not want to sell the fx35 to a private party because the FX35 started using a quart of oil every 700 miles.