After 210k miles it's time to say goodbye to a truly great vehicle. Lacking today's technology it retains its pure sex appeal and performance as a ground breaker in SUV Crossover design. My black on black beauty will be sorely missed. Not an easy drive out of the box but comfortable willing companion for the last 13 years. Stiff ride and sensitive throttle became a thrill. Always ready to kick ass and take names. I will miss this car.
If you like "different", this is the vehicle for you. We've had "the beast" for year; acceleration and cornering are almost as good as my '99 Porsche 911. Smokes Cayenne S for $20,000 less and BMW X5 4.6 for $15,000 less.
Just pick up my FX45 and love it so far.!!..I drive a 00' Lincoln Navigator and was looking for something fun to drive ..yet not sacrificing going to a car. The FX45 handles superbly and hugs the corner as well as my brothers G35. It's exhaust system has a sweet sound that resembles the likes of a corvette. If your going to use the VPP, better get one fast before the dealers realize supply and demand.
We have put 101,000 miles on this car. We have not spent a single penny on repair. Not one. I am blown away. I ran it to Amarillo the other day, 90 MPH most of the way and pulled 19 MPG. This car is fabulous. It looks like a cat on steroids and handles like one, rain, snow or shine. Best car I have ever owned, and I have owned many.
The fx45 is an outstanding automobile that is very powerful and handles exceptionally well. The ride quality is firm but not uncomfortable or unstable. The build quality is exceptional and top quality materials used and the fx45 is rattle free. I have driven the X5, Lexus, and many others costing more and the fx45 blows them all away in performance, handling, and comfort. The V8 engine is amazing, powerful, smooth, and the exhaust note is a pleasure to hear. Awesome ride!
Just as a small car can feel faster than it really is (simply by the nature of its diminutive size and weight), the FX45 masks its acceleration in a large, SUV body. Certainly it feels "quick for an SUV" as soon as you step on the throttle, but getting to 60 mph in 6.53 seconds makes it simply "quick" without any qualifications. With all-wheel drive, traction was never a problem in the FX45, even with VDC turned off. Upshifts are crisp and come at 6,500 rpm, slightly before the 6,700 rpm redline. When placed in manual shift mode the automatic will hold a gear and bounce off the rev limiter at 7,000 rpm rather than upshifting. The engine remains smooth and refined from idle to past redline.
After four braking runs our distances ranged from 109 to 115 feet, with the second shortest distance coming on the last run (proving fade was not an issue). Like acceleration and handling, the FX45 does not stop like an SUV. Front-end dive is minimal and the vehicle remains straight while producing a lot of G-force. It takes a hefty press on the pedal to induce ABS, but overall braking action is progressive and easy to modulate. The actual ABS noise/vibration is about typical for a modern car.
Built on the FM platform, the FX45 feels much like the G35 sedan when navigating the slalom. That's both good and bad. It's good because the steering is quick and body roll is well controlled. It's bad because there is little warning when the tires break free, and the vehicle tends to rotate quicker than expected. Add in the super-sensitive throttle, along with the merely average steering feel, and being smooth through the slalom wasn't easy. Another mitigating factor was the FX45's gearing, which had it nearing the rev-limiter in second gear, but way down on torque in third. I ended up using second gear, but on our faster runs we would hit the rev-limiter as we excited the cones. Despite all of these issues, the FX still averaged an impressive speed for a high profile utility vehicle. Karl Brauer