I posted in the moderator forum a while back and it dawned on me that I forgot to post it to you guys. Sorry!
I love it when a plan comes together! I have been on a mission since my accident. Plan A was to find another M like the one that Mario Spaghetti destroyed when his Ferrari killed mine. Plan B was to buy an off-lease Genesis G80 / 90 or actually lease a new 2021 model. I searched online countrywide to find a replacement for the while whale. I was considering any color, any mileage under 150k, anywhere in the US. I even considered buying unseen and having it shipped to my house. I drew the line at certain options. It MUST have NAV and have added packages, and it MUST have the Bose surround 5.1 audio system.
I had visited local dealers and gave out some business cards out offering a $100 bounty if they came across a similar M35 or M45. I also posted on rugby team facebook pages.
I got a call from a mate Cappy who plays for the Key West Rugby Club. Turns out Cappy has an aunt who lives in Pompano Beach and he visited her for Thanksgiving. In the condo garage, there was an Infiniti sedan. He and his aunt figured out which condo was assigned that parking space and he placed a note on the door with his aunt's phone number. His aunt Millie got the call and she called Cappy, who called me, who called this nice lady named Betty.
The car belonged to her late husband who was 57 years old and a COVID victim who past back in June. The car was due to go to the dealer because it stopped running but her husband fell sick before he could get it to the dealer. She had no idea what was wrong with it and she never drove it because she has her own car. It has 115k miles - most of that was from driving back and forth to their second home in North Carolina.
Scooter and I drove up there in his work truck and he brought an assortment of tools and his scanner thingy, etc. Betty met us in the lobby and walked us through the garage to the car. It was covered in multiple layers of sea salt, grime, and sand as you would expect from an oceanfront condo garage. We had to use Scooter's power pack and it started but ran rough. Scooter hooked up his scanner and the only code was P0020 ? - something about a solenoid on bank 2. No other codes. I was ready to walk away, but Scooter talked me out of it. In the glove box were all the dealer receipts from maintenance and every oil change.
He showed me where the solenoid was and it looked like an easy fix. Betty and Scooter and I talked for a bit and she told us she had her accountant check the value of the car and it should be worth $7,000 after fixing it or $5,000 as is.
The interior was in fine shape minus dirty floor mats. I told her that I could not in good conscience pay just $5,000 when the repair would not be a $2,000 expense. She raised her price to $6,000 and I agreed. Fettuccine and I went back with a bank check the next day and I had it towed to Scooter's shop.
Turns out the solenoid has just one bolt to remove and after a couple whacks, it slid downward to remove it ... but ... in true Inifniti style, there is a huge coolant hose and a metal tube that keeps it from sliding all the way out. Another option was to leave the solenoid in place and remove the front cap on the crankshaft with the solenoid attached. Then Scooter cam up with a third possibility thinking that the solenoid could simply have a clog from years of build-up in the screens. He grabbed some MAF cleaner and attacked the portion of the solenoid we could expose. The he tightened it back up and I started the car. Scooter told me to keep reving it but stay under 2500 rpms. After the third or fourth rev, it purred quietly like it should. Holy Crap! It idled perfectly - even with the air/con on. We drove it around for a few miles and the problem never came back! I ordered a new solenoid from Infiniti anyway in case the trouble comes back.
I will do before and after pics once I finish the mods, cleaning, and paint correction.
**** Original post regarding the accident: i-m-away-for-a-spell-t627186.html