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Old 05-18-2019, 03:29 AM
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Default Buying a 2008 FX45 - Concerns and things to look for?

Hello everyone,

I currently drive a V36 G35 sedan, but I need something with more cargo space. I've been impressed with my G35's combination of performance and reliability, so I'm thinking about sticking with Infiniti and purchasing a 2nd gen FX45.

According to what I've read, the VK45DE engine has more reliability issues than my VQ35HR, especially with burning oil and the problems that can lead to. Obviously the safe bet would be to buy an FX35, but I'd like to upgrade to a V8 and avoid a significant drop in performance moving from my current vehicle.

I found a 2008 FX45 with 180,000 km (110,000 miles) around two hours away. The list price is roughly $6000 USD. Here in Korea, dealers have to provide a report from a government-approved inspector. The report shows that there is a minor 'oil pan leak'. Everything else that was checked seems to be OK, but inspectors are usually not very thorough because they compete for the dealers' business. The local version of Carfax shows that the car has been owned by the same person for the last eight years, with no accidents reported throughout the car's history.

I'm planning to look at the car this weekend, but I'm wondering if people familiar with these cars can comment on whether a leak from the oil pan is a particularly bad sign. I'd also appreciate some suggestions on other things to look for.

Thank you!
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