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Old10-02-2012, 02:51 AM
 

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Fellow forum members,
I am looking at early 2000-2004 Infiniti I series. I was looking at Maximas and had previously owned two, however I wanted something more luxurious. I know in 2000 and 2001 they had the I30 with the 3.0 V6. Then in 2002-2004 they had the 3.5 V6. I don't see a whole deal of differences. Has anyone personally driven both cars for some amount of time?

I appreciate any input that relates to the thread.

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Old10-02-2012, 06:57 AM
 

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The I35 is a very nice car. I owned one about 5yrs ago and if not for it being hit while parked I would have still had it. Very smooth and powerful with a nice plush interior. I have also owned an 04 Maxima and an 03 G35x sedan. I prefered the ride on the I35 over the maxima and g35.

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Old10-02-2012, 12:53 PM
 

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The I35 is a very nice car. I owned one about 5yrs ago and if not for it being hit while parked I would have still had it. Very smooth and powerful with a nice plush interior. I have also owned an 04 Maxima and an 03 G35x sedan. I prefered the ride on the I35 over the maxima and g35.

Thanks for the reply! Funny thing is both cost the same to insure which had surprised me.
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A friend wanted an I30 two years and kept looking for a nice one for quite a while. For some reason each one that we came across was trashed and in poor shape compared to the contemporary Maxima.

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Old10-07-2012, 02:14 PM
 

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I thought I would post back here. I ended up getting a 2002 Infiniti I35. It is a beautiful car.

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Old10-07-2012, 03:24 PM
 

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I thought I would post back here. I ended up getting a 2002 Infiniti I35. It is a beautiful car.

Congrats. I had the same year. Fine car!
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Old10-08-2012, 09:14 PM
 

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Here is the car. I'm happy so far....

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Old10-08-2012, 10:42 PM
 

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Sweet-looking machine.

Next time I'm up visiting the Mustard Museum and Capital Brewing I'll call you to do chauffeur duty. Particularly after the latter visit.
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Old10-09-2012, 01:12 AM
 

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Sweet-looking machine.

Next time I'm up visiting the Mustard Museum and Capital Brewing I'll call you to do chauffeur duty. Particularly after the latter visit.

Lol. Was just at Capital last Sunday, had the autumnal fire, which was pretty good. Thanks for the compliment on the car. The window tint really finishes the car.
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nikkidanjo

27th September 2004, 13:26

Once again when other forums fail I turn to this one…
My girl friend has an ’02 Infiniti I35 with about 56,000 miles. Recently she took the car in for an oil change (why do Nissan’s need oil changed every 3750 miles? Doesn’t every other make go at least 5,000 miles between service?). In addition to the oil change they said she needed the following:
-Transmission fluid change: ~$140
-Power steering fluid change: ~$140
-PVC valve – The part dept wants $16 for the part. The shop was asking $75 for parts and labor.

First, all of these prices seam high to me but what do you expect from a “luxury” dealer. Second, none of them are listed in the 60,000 mile service. Even if they were, her car was in for the 56,250 miles service (see my question about Nissan’s very short service interval). Given the car is a little over two years old, is there any justification for changing the power steering or transmission fluid? The “color of the fluid” test sounds suspicious to me (would never work with motor oil) but hey, what do I know.

Any thoughts?


Bill_Rockoff

27th September 2004, 13:37

<my dad>
What's it say in the owner's manual? Then just do THAT.
<my dad>


nikkidanjo

27th September 2004, 13:41

Originally posted by Bill_Rockoff:
<my dad>
What's it say in the owner's manual? Then just do THAT.
<my dad> The owner's manual makes no mention but I was curious.


pstarostecki

27th September 2004, 14:21

I always thought power steering fluid never needed to be changed. Most new cars have a 100k service interval for transmissions, but changing the fluid every two years (also the diff) isn't a bad idea. I guess it all depends on how much one loves their car.


tasteslikechicken

27th September 2004, 16:04

$75 for a PCV valve change!?!

I want that job!


Bill_Rockoff

27th September 2004, 18:10

If it doesn't say it needs to be done, it doesn't need to be done.


MX5/XJ6

27th September 2004, 18:23

I have just about the same car (2002 Maxima SE) and will look in the manual when I get home. I think even the manual tends (on EVERY car) to suggest things kind of early, both to cover the mfrs. @ss and to bring in all the service $$$ possible.
The suggested oil change interval, whether 3750 or 5000 doesn't mean much if you are one of the many who do it every 3000 miles anyway.
I would NOT think the PS should need servicing, but I might be tempted to do the tranny flush around 60k just to be on the safe side. Most trannies these days will do alright if you NEVER open them up, in fact new Explorers among others have trannies advertised as "sealed for life". I have heard in the past that if you haven't opened it up by 100k miles you should NOT change the fluid, that it is likely to do more harm than good.
How do you like the I35? Does that thing scoot or what :D


Dr. How?

27th September 2004, 18:57

This may be applicable...in our area dealers have services they sell, @ miles: 15,000,30,000,60,000,etc...each of these costs hundreds of dollars and involes preventative maintenance, usually not mentioned in the owners manual...if you bring it in they try and sell you this service and you pay for it.

next time, do what is mentioned in manual, nothing more...they can always place doubt in your mind that these things need to be done,now...to prevent a problem down the road..that cannot be argued, but is it necessary, that can be argued, but not with them.

this happens with most dealers in northern calif. the costs are simular from make to make.


Brewster

27th September 2004, 23:33

Originally posted by tasteslikechicken:
$75 for a PCV valve change!?!

I want that job! On our car, its $300 just for all the parts needed to change the (2) PCV's. + labour


nikkidanjo

28th September 2004, 08:29

Originally posted by MX5/XJ6:
How do you like the I35? Does that thing scoot or what :D It has some power though I haven't pushed it very hard since it's not my car. Overall I'm so-so on the thing. I don't like the gauges or their lighting. The speedo is centered but the rest look like they were placed by accident. The florescent lighting ensures that the gauge lights and interior lights fade at different rates. By the time I have the gauges where I want them the rest of the lights are off. I really dislike the trunk. It's long but very shallow. Last weekend I figured out why. Infiniti provides a full size alloy spare (that good) but it doesn't fit in the spare tire well of the Maxima platform. They got around this by putting a 5" think spacer in the spare tire well. Now the spare is sitting 5" above what would have been the trunk floor. What do the clever Nissan engineer's decide to do... they add a bunch of spacers and raise the whole trunk floor. You can't even stand up a grocery bad or place a picnic basket in the trunk because of the shallow floor. IMHO it's not an acceptable way to get a full size spare into the car. I would be happier with a temp spare and a real trunk (my Contour had a good trunk and my SAAB is almost a wagon). The interior is also a bit plasticy. You also get the feeling that some of the luxury features were cobbled together into the car rather than designed in from the start (like the ABS in my '93). The spare tire is the worse offender but you also have the memory power seat (you don't want the seat to move when you turn off the car, that switch also kills the memory function?!), heated steering wheel (just try to find that switch), and the steering wheel controls (lots 'o buttons, no lights). Think of it as a book smart car. On the other hand, it is quite and roomy and has heated seats in back (I keep thinking about these things as if I still lived in the midwest)


Thanks for the info everyone!


MX5/XJ6

28th September 2004, 12:57

Wow, I had no idea they mounted the spare that way - it does indeed sound like a poor excuse for "engineering". To think I almost bought the "I" instead of my Maxima! :eek: (I will say, the Max has a very large and useful trunk :) ).
Also agree about the steering wheel controls for the audio & trip computer...some backlighting would be appreciated (at least it all becomes second nature after a short time driving it).


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    Noslef - Black Infiniti I35

    This belongs to my mother-in-law. I gave her a detailing gift certificate for a wash, clay and wax last christmas and could only now get around to doing it. After inspecting the car I decided to clean and condition the leather and add a polishing step to the process. The car is parked under trees every day, not washed often and when it is, improper technique is used. The paint has swirls, RIDS and etching from bird dropping and tree sap. My goal was to remove some of the swirls and get some gloss back into the paint.

    Interior: gliptone leather cleaner, meguiar's leather conditioner
    Wheels: sonax full effect, CG diablo, CG silk shine
    Exterior: noslef's foam mix, CG citrus wash
    Paint: meguiar's ultimate compound, LC orange and white pads
    Wax: autoglym HD

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    Re: Noslef - Black Infiniti I35

    I don't know why, but I have a love for the 2000-2004 I's... Great job on the recovery!
    Pump up that right front tire!

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by 02accordSEView Post

    I don't know why, but I have a love for the 2000-2004 I's... Great job on the recovery!
    Pump up that right front tire!

    Thanks! She needs air and two new front tires. I told her husband to get them changed asap.

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    Cleaned up nice. Good job.


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hey guys, im currently looking at an 04 i35 with 75000 miles. the carfax is clean, and the car is in excellent condition, however i was looking for something with slightly lower mileage.

theres another 04 i35 witj 50,000 miles, however i like the looks and the price of the black on black 75000 miles on.

last but not least, theres also an 03 m45 with 70000 mi., which is also in excellent shape, and its the exact same price as the black on black.

my question being: am i jumping in too late in the game by purchasing a an i35 with that many miles? i know they're some of the most reliable cars on the planet, but will the car still run almost like new?

is there much of a difference in performance between the 50000 one and the 75000 one?

and the m45 is a beautiful car, but is it as reliable as the i35?

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