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    1. Member 16volt's Avatar
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      06-13-2016 11:20 AM #101
      Spent a little time with the M45 Sunday. It occasionally made a scraping noise when going over speed bumps, a quick underneath revealed a somewhat fubar belly pan. Originally I thought maybe it was missing a couple fasteners, thus letting it hang down. Once underneath it looks like maybe it has just been hammered.

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      Not wanting to spend money on a new huge sheet of plastic I figured I would see what I could do with the heat gun.

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      Seems to have come back nicely. I dug through my spare Allroad bits and found these clips which give it a bit more rigidity.

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      While not the cause of the sag it was missing a few fasteners. I picked this up awhile back, made it pretty simple to find a few fasteners from my stash of again, spare Allroad bits.

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      There was also a bunch of these plastic push lock fasteners missing from the engine covers and inner fender liners. Seven bucks on Amazon and my OCD is satiated.

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      I also noticed that the serp belts will need to be replaced sooner than later. The DIY guide on the NICO forums suggests its just a matter of loosening the tension and installing a new belt. The German car owner in me is highly suspicious. Going to pick up a cabin filter and cooled seat filters and do that later in the week.

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      06-13-2016 12:59 PM #102
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post

      I also noticed that the serp belts will need to be replaced sooner than later. The DIY guide on the NICO forums suggests its just a matter of loosening the tension and installing a new belt. The German car owner in me is highly suspicious.
      It's always refreshing to work on a car that doesn't need a multitude of special tools and unique steps to perform routine maintenance.

      Going to pick up a cabin filter and cooled seat filters and do that later in the week.
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      06-13-2016 01:03 PM #103
      Cooled seat filters? Seriously?

      Wow.

      I have a new front belly pan for the 986. Of course it needs Porsche-specific fasteners...that Pelican didn't have listed in the body hardware section. And Barrier says are 'special order only'. #FML. To Sunset Parts, then...

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      06-13-2016 01:53 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Cooled seat filters? Seriously?

      Wow.

      I have a new front belly pan for the 986. Of course it needs Porsche-specific fasteners...that Pelican didn't have listed in the body hardware section. And Barrier says are 'special order only'. #FML. To Sunset Parts, then...
      Yeah, I am hoping changing them will help with airflow.

      You may want to take a look at ebay, i think i bought/saw some 986 fasteners there for my supplies.

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      06-15-2016 09:21 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      I also noticed that the serp belts will need to be replaced sooner than later. The DIY guide on the NICO forums suggests its just a matter of loosening the tension and installing a new belt. The German car owner in me is highly suspicious. Going to pick up a cabin filter and cooled seat filters and do that later in the week.
      It's exactly that easy. I don't think you should perform that procedure because it will make you very angry at all the monkey motion a German car would put you through for the same task. You've been warned.
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      06-17-2016 12:33 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave View Post
      It's exactly that easy. I don't think you should perform that procedure because it will make you very angry at all the monkey motion a German car would put you through for the same task. You've been warned.
      Well we shall see. I downloaded the service manual, wow, its huge and comprehensive. Like a Bentley on crack.

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      06-19-2016 05:08 PM #107
      Ummm...$30 bucks and 30mins later both belts are done as well as a new cabin air filter. Didnt take allot of pics, frankly no real need to.

      The only thing to remove other than the belly pan is the air intake guide.
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      I think they were due.

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      06-19-2016 10:56 PM #108
      A Nissan Fuga, very nice!!
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      06-20-2016 10:32 AM #109
      I always read 'Fuga' as 'Fugazi'.

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      06-20-2016 12:35 PM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      I always read 'Fuga' as 'Fugazi'.
      Off with you to that free Toyota badge generator!
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      06-20-2016 12:51 PM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      I always read 'Fuga' as 'Fugazi'.


      <---- V8 fan, Fugazi fan.

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      06-20-2016 01:03 PM #112

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      06-22-2016 11:50 AM #113
      Ok...this is strange...sort of. So the air filter was super nasty, I tried using the air gun to clear it a little bit while I waited for a replacement. Not much came out but whatever, skip to this morning and slapped in a new one. Immediately I was sort of shocked how heavy the old filter was vs the new. Took it out for a quick run to the store, holy crap, this thing is angry. I flipped off the traction control just for giggles and matted the accelerator....full Mustang-Carshow-Departure, hazed tires and sideways. LOL. I have never seen an air filter make that much of a difference. Anyway, I think I need to find a spot to see if this thing will do a burn out. Yes, I am child.

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      06-22-2016 12:34 PM #114
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      Anyway, I think I need to find a spot to see if this thing will do a burn out. Yes, I am child.
      Ha. If it'll do a burnout? That's what RWD automatic Infinitis are for.



      But that is interesting. Perhaps the old filter was clogged solid.

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      06-22-2016 01:03 PM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      Ha. If it'll do a burnout? That's what RWD automatic Infinitis are for.

      But that is interesting. Perhaps the old filter was clogged solid.
      That's awesome. I think I may cut it apart out of curiosity.

      From the specs this thing should have an open diff, but it lays 11's like a LSD. Curious.

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      07-23-2016 04:20 AM #116
      So with the 930 project dragging past a year I have been racking up the miles on the M. Some late night, at the bar thoughts.

      1. This is an under-appreciated car.
      2. The automatic climate control is light years behind the Allroad.
      3. Maintenance is laughably easy.
      4. The gearbox programming is amateur.
      5. For the money it's fantastic
      6. It has a Saab - esque night panel function which I love.
      7. The suspension is needlessly stiff.
      8. The traction / VDC is worthless unless you are confused about what sliding into a guard rail looks like.
      9. The active cruise is....indecisve.
      10. For the money, it's a steal.
      11. The VDC slows the car based on steering input while the cruise is active. Annoying .
      12. I can now appreciate the fancy trunk hinges Ala pheaton. It's the way.
      13. Cooled seats are great.
      14. Peanut Butter interior is high maintenance.
      15. No one can match mid 2000's Audi heated seats.
      16. This is a great motor with a good gearbox and a **** suspension.
      17. Brakes are garbage.

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      07-23-2016 04:49 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      So with the 930 project dragging past a year I have been racking up the miles on the M. Some late night, at the bar thoughts.

      1. This is an under-appreciated car.
      2. The automatic climate control is light years behind the Allroad.
      3. Maintenance is laughably easy.
      4. The gearbox programming is amateur.
      5. For the money it's fantastic
      6. It has a Saab - esque night panel function which I love.
      7. The suspension is needlessly stiff.
      8. The traction / VDC is worthless unless you are confused about what sliding into a guard rail looks like.
      9. The active cruise is....indecisve.
      10. For the money, it's a steal.
      11. The VDC slows the car based on steering input while the cruise is active. Annoying .
      12. I can now appreciate the fancy trunk hinges Ala pheaton. It's the way.
      13. Cooled seats are great.
      14. Peanut Butter interior is high maintenance.
      15. No one can match mid 2000's Audi heated seats.
      16. This is a great motor with a good gearbox and a **** suspension.
      17. Brakes are garbage.

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      I think once I address the brakes, bandaid the suspension till coilovers it could be my daily for the foreseeable future, though it would be nice to see more than 270miles from a tank. 16.4mpg is the record thus far when I can reign in my right foot,

      Because I am a idiot I plan on driving the car back to Iowa in September....and car camping with it. So stay tuned?

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      07-23-2016 07:56 AM #118
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      So with the 930 project dragging past a year I have been racking up the miles on the M. Some late night, at the bar thoughts.

      1. This is an under-appreciated car.
      2. The automatic climate control is light years behind the Allroad.
      3. Maintenance is laughably easy.
      4. The gearbox programming is amateur.
      5. For the money it's fantastic
      6. It has a Saab - esque night panel function which I love.
      7. The suspension is needlessly stiff.
      8. The traction / VDC is worthless unless you are confused about what sliding into a guard rail looks like.
      9. The active cruise is....indecisve.
      10. For the money, it's a steal.
      11. The VDC slows the car based on steering input while the cruise is active. Annoying .
      12. I can now appreciate the fancy trunk hinges Ala pheaton. It's the way.
      13. Cooled seats are great.
      14. Peanut Butter interior is high maintenance.
      15. No one can match mid 2000's Audi heated seats.
      16. This is a great motor with a good gearbox and a **** suspension.
      17. Brakes are garbage.
      Interesting to see these thoughts compared to the same generation of G. I agree that the car slowing on corners with active cruise is annoying. It's not like a gentle highway-sized turn at 70 is pushing the limits or anything. Does your car have a really soft brake pedal? Mine does (as have all Gs that I've driven), and while the brakes are plenty strong, it does kind of suck that my wife's Tucson has better brake feel.

      I think it'll be a great car for car camping. It has a huge trunk, right? That's all you really need.

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      07-25-2016 05:20 PM #119
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      So with the 930 project dragging past a year I have been racking up the miles on the M. Some late night, at the bar thoughts.

      1. This is an under-appreciated car.
      2. The automatic climate control is light years behind the Allroad.
      3. Maintenance is laughably easy.
      4. The gearbox programming is amateur.
      5. For the money it's fantastic
      6. It has a Saab - esque night panel function which I love.
      7. The suspension is needlessly stiff.
      8. The traction / VDC is worthless unless you are confused about what sliding into a guard rail looks like.
      9. The active cruise is....indecisve.
      10. For the money, it's a steal.
      11. The VDC slows the car based on steering input while the cruise is active. Annoying .
      12. I can now appreciate the fancy trunk hinges Ala pheaton. It's the way.
      13. Cooled seats are great.
      14. Peanut Butter interior is high maintenance.
      15. No one can match mid 2000's Audi heated seats.
      16. This is a great motor with a good gearbox and a **** suspension.
      17. Brakes are garbage.
      1. Agreed. Which makes them a great used buy compared to a 550i or Ewhatever.
      6. Neat! I'll have to see that
      7. I recall them getting a lot of criticism about needlessly harsh suspension tuning, especially with the larger wheels
      11. WTF? That's bizarre
      13. I miss these from my 9-5. Dearly. A/C does not help back trapped against hot black leather in warm weather.
      15. This seems to be the case with VW/Audi vs. most other cars, I've found. The Saab had **** seat heaters (which was a total puzzlement) for instance.
      17. Could that be the Midas (or whatever) pads? Or are the brakes just not up to the job of the V8?

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      08-15-2016 11:20 PM #120
      Numbersix came over on Saturday to install his Porsche fender crests on the boxster so I did a little hangover work on the M45.

      No pics (hungover) but I changed out both front sway bar end links at the suggestion of my Infiniti guy, spent more time finding the torque spec than I did doing the work. End of the day the front end is much quieter. New front pads and discs show up Wednesday, hopefully that will take the last bit of noise out of the front end (pad rattle and warped discs). Hood struts will also arrive then the last bit is a new wheel.

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      08-19-2016 03:01 AM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      Interesting to see these thoughts compared to the same generation of G. I agree that the car slowing on corners with active cruise is annoying. It's not like a gentle highway-sized turn at 70 is pushing the limits or anything. Does your car have a really soft brake pedal? Mine does (as have all Gs that I've driven), and while the brakes are plenty strong, it does kind of suck that my wife's Tucson has better brake feel.

      I think it'll be a great car for car camping. It has a huge trunk, right? That's all you really need.
      Yes, as a matter of fact it does re:brake feel. I feel like the brakes are strong mind you but every video/test drive I did the discs were warped.

      The new brakes showed up, missing the pad hardware. So that will have to wait till next week. I did however get a new set of hood struts. Winning?

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      08-19-2016 07:46 AM #122
      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      Interesting to see these thoughts compared to the same generation of G. I agree that the car slowing on corners with active cruise is annoying. It's not like a gentle highway-sized turn at 70 is pushing the limits or anything. Does your car have a really soft brake pedal? Mine does (as have all Gs that I've driven), and while the brakes are plenty strong, it does kind of suck that my wife's Tucson has better brake feel.

      I think it'll be a great car for car camping. It has a huge trunk, right? That's all you really need.
      Quote Originally Posted by 16volt View Post
      Yes, as a matter of fact it does re:brake feel. I feel like the brakes are strong mind you but every video/test drive I did the discs were warped.

      The new brakes showed up, missing the pad hardware. So that will have to wait till next week. I did however get a new set of hood struts. Winning?
      FWIW the brakes on my father's G were soft until he got them bled at the dealership (we tried bleeding at home multiple times but couldn't get them feeling right again).
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      08-19-2016 08:42 AM #123
      I had one of these cars. Bought it 3 years old with mid 40s mileage for 20 grand, drove it for a year and a half to 70k, crashed it twice and still got $19k for it on trade in. Absolutely great car. every bit as capable as my Z is in normal driving, but with a ton more space and class.

      I miss it terribly, parting with it was strictly financial. I may pick another one up someday just because they're tanks.

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      08-30-2016 11:40 AM #124
      After messing around with the supplier and some missing pad hardware I got new front pads and discs on this Sunday.

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      Both rotors were torched and the pad hardware looked like it had never been replaced.

      A quick drive and bed in procedure and the front end is totally silent, YAY. I think I have one clip that might not be right on the passenger side but nbd.

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      09-06-2016 01:22 AM #125
      Since I decided that I will make a road trip of going back home to Iowa I have been trying to get the M45 up to snuff. This weekend it was polishing the headlights and bumper.

      The lights were pretty hammered and used units on ebay are just too expensive right now, I bought the 3M advanced kit which I will be honest, did much better than expected. It was light years better than the Meguirs kit I used on the allroad.

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      The passenger side was the worst of the two, but ironically it came out the nicest.

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      Starting the sanding -

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      Ready to buff, I used Meguirs 205 compound instead of the supplied 3M product.

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      Kind of tough to get a good pic without the polarizer on the camera. Someone had started on the driverside and gave up.

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      It did not come back quite as nice as the passenger side, but I think thats due to me trying to ration the pads from the kit. You do really need two kits minimum.

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      I also found one the last rattles, a trim piece in the door handle, a little foam and I can check it off the list.

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      Thats about it, had a great experience at the Inifiniti dealership as well. That can wait till later. Sure doesnt feel like a long weekend....
      Last edited by 16volt; 09-06-2016 at 01:24 AM.

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