Originally Posted by Knightrider03m
What SUV did you have?
And the WK2 should already be at some dealerships
It was an Infiniti FX45 (V8) - first year 2003 model. Up until last week it was the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. The only replacement part to fail that maybe shouldn't have was the muffler underneath (not stainless under there) and Infiniti paid for a replacement even though it was out of warranty at the time.
I asked the service rep if she had ever seen an Infiniti's engine experience this kind of catastrophic failure with just 100,000 miles on it. She said only once and that was a guy who hardly ever bothered to change the oil. I changed mine religiously - maximum interval of 5,000 miles, always serviced at the dealer (said I was one of their best customers!) and I always brought in my own Mobil 1. I doubt the synthetic was responsible so I guess the premature failure was just bad luck.
I was very disappointed that Infiniti did not agree to contribute to the cost of the engine replacement, even though the drivetrain was well past warranty. Today's engines should last well beyond 100,000 with proper maintenance IMO. The dealer said they probably would have offered some assistance if the mileage was below 100,000 (it had just 700 more).
In terms of waiting for the WK2 I did want the Overland model with the Garmin nav and the other goodies (Adaptive Speed Control, Forward Collision Warning and Side Blind Spot Detection) that won't be available until December. The MDX (Advance Pkg) that I bought has these features plus some others that I like a lot also. Off-roading is not important to me as the worst I travel on is rough, unimproved gravel roads towing my fishing boat. The MDX handles these easily and I'm very impressed with the way it tows. Not saying it's better, but it easily meets or exceeds my requirements....everyone's are different.
So all in all I don't want to look back on what could have been, but as mentioned I'll be watching and rooting for the WK2 to be a huge success for Chrysler. My only regret at this point is not buying an American-made vehicle, which I was hoping to do for a change.
Best of luck to you guys!