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Anyone here have an FX 45 or driven one enough to make a good assessment?

I am thinking of replacing my Mazda 3 with an 07/08 FX 45. Probably 08 since that gives me a year before it falls apart. . I like what its got going for it besides the great gas mileage , so I am strongly considering it. I drove my buddies RWD FX35 briefly and my initial thoughts lead me to believe it is a great car. Most notable was the great front leg room.

Anyone here have, had or drove an FX extensively and could give me your thoughts?

Thank you in advance for the serious replies.
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I had an FX35 for a few months, borrowed it from my buddy to decide if I wanted to buy one.

Bought a Tacoma Crewcab instead. Would have bought an FX if I found one for the price i wanted to pay. They are awesome.
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Protip if you get an AWD one make sure the front and rear gear ratio's are the same that is all.
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FX35 is the one you want. The v8 is only slightly more powerful but much heavier, leading to similar straight line performance and compromised handling.
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It's an SUV though... ew
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Protip if you get an AWD one make sure the front and rear gear ratio's are the same that is all.

I agree with you, the v6 is plenty peppy. But I really want a V8, if not for nothing but principle(its a personal thing,I know;stupid reasoning). Plus you cant argue with the feeling of a v8 vs v6.

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Protip if you get an AWD one make sure the front and rear gear ratio's are the same that is all.

Really? Whats the story behind this and how would I check?

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It's an SUV though... ew

Eh, its in the middle.
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I agree with you, the v6 is plenty peppy. But I really want a V8, if not for nothing but principle(its a personal thing,I know;stupid reasoning). Plus you cant argue with the feeling of a v8 vs v6.

The VK45 is a dead end, man.
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The VK45 is a dead end, man.

The engine needed more love. As in the twin turbo kind!!!!
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FX35 is the one you want. The v8 is only slightly more powerful but much heavier, leading to similar straight line performance and compromised handling.

This. The M45 was a deal lay compared to the M35. G37 was better than both.
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As soon as it hits 5.01 years old, it will explode, and the CVT chain will cut your feet and dick off, and leave you a sexless cripple... Oh, snap: too late.
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As soon as it hits 5.01 years old, it will explode, and the CVT chain will cut your feet and dick off, and leave you a sexless cripple... Oh, snap: too late.

It does not use a CVT though!
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It does not use a CVT though!

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i had a rental fx35 4years ago. it felt like i was driving a giant, black, cockaroach ...

check the dash. One of the years got recalled because the dash would delaminate from the heat if you lived in hot climates.
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The VK45 is a dead end, man.

You guys are breaking my heart. . I have been busting my ass a lot lately and I really don't want to settle for second best. I feel like I owe it to myself, you know?

Whats interesting is the price difference between them is almost nothing and the FX45 comes with the tech package standard.
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You guys are breaking my heart.

Whats interesting is the price difference between them is almost nothing and the FX45 comes with the tech package standard.

Just go with the VK. It's not like if you are going to be modding it anyway.
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