Thank you for the feedback. I have read about the potential oil consumption issues... I don't have a huge concern with it. I had a Maxima before that had it (just needed top ups) and BMW M-cars are known for it. But on the M45 is it excessive to the point where it is a determent to the engine?
I'll push back on some of these points. Having owned an 01 I30, and an 07 M45, the build quality and interior material choices of the M are easily worse in my opinion. The Sound system..I have mid tier 8 speaker Bose, and it does have a bit more bass than the I30/A33 from the door speakers, but the rest is worse, not to mention rear deck speaker rattle is quite common as well. It makes it sound like you have a blown speaker or something, not the most expensive fix, but something to fix never the less. Im not alone in this opinion, you can do a search about it.EdBwoy wrote: ↑Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:58 amEven before I got to the body issues, I was at a no-deal at the first post.
First off, to be fair Ms were built better than 5th gen Maximas and their rust issues. Their oil consumption is kind of on-par with the A33s.
Not sure which year Maxima you had, but I am just saying you can keep an M on the road without too much drama.
The issue is that M45s are very unforgiving to oil neglect. Unlike a Max, the chain doesn't rattle to notify you that they are low on oil. The engine dutifully runs at 100% until BAM! one day it starts knocking. Sometimes you catch it at the noisy stage, other times you are too late and the engine just locks on you.
The main issue with an M45 (or any other used car, really) is how well they were treated previously. Did the previous owner do their part to maintain it properly? Will it survive another 100k of use?
Unless you have absolutely fallen out of love with your G37x, I would keep it.
One time maintenance and repair isn't a very good gauge of a car's reliability - unless you are spending that cost every other year.
I didn't catch the mileage on your G, but age-wise it is close to the M. Who knows if you won't be needing to address some big-ticket maintenance items in the M45 next year?
As an example, this month, I'm spending about $2,500 in parts to freshen up the suspension & brakes on my M45 with close to 190,000 miles on the odometer. I am doing the work myself, but if I were paying a shop, I'd expect to be relieved of no less than $6,000 USD. That's knocking awfully close to the book value of the car, but I like the car and have considered that in 4 or so years of ownership, all I've had to do is replace the tires and a power steering hose - that's the big picture view I am talking about.
I would use the above argument to pit your G37x versus any other used car, not necessarily just this particular M45.
Big consideration - since the G is your winter beater, AWD will trump RWD with all other factors being equal.
I am glad you were able to come to a decision you are comfortable with.
speedemn wrote: ↑Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:30 pmI think I will end up keeping my G... for many reasons:
(1) "the devil you know"
(2) it is by far more fun to drive than any of the replacement options (outside of M45 I was considering a luxury SUV - older age similar to G and M)
(3) If I do change out my G I would like to have towing capability...
(4) it is the only vehicle of all the options I was considering that will fit in my garage (builder was thoughtless when designing my current house)
(5) I was able to negotiate with local Infiniti dealer to offer me a healthy discount on all parts and labour - comparable to an independent
Kind of (6) body is still relatively clean... almost everything at the age I am looking will have rust... took me a while to find a clean vehicle in this G. The minor rust starting is manageable
But all the inputs here have been a lot of help. Thank you all! I appreciate you taking your time for this. :-)
Fair enough. I've only had one of each.EdBwoy wrote: ↑Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:55 pm
The point I was trying to make, was to offer a point of reference that there were things almost every Maxima owner had to worry about, which would not be the case while owning an M. Likewise, owning an M came with some concerns not applicable to Maximas.
However, we can agree to disagree on this one.
I cannot discredit your experiences with owning your vehicles...on the other hand, my opinion comes from having driven, worked on, and owned very many Maximas and i35s, as well as 06+ M45s