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Great car, but some quality, refinement and dealer
Pros: Car still looks great, mostly reliable, great engine/transmission synergy, good power, decent fuel economy
Cons: Some refinement, poor OEM brakes, questionable radio reliability (battery draw), early poor experience with dealer (new dealer resolved this issue)I have the G35 Sport with all options (Nav, Bose, leather). Garnet fire with black interior. Specifically chose the 1st gen (for the external trunk release.) At 75K miles now. From the driver's point of view, the car is great. From the passenger's point of view, the ride is very stiff--you'll feel everything on the road. No doubt this is from the sport suspension. Engine and transmission mate together very well--very seamless. I felt the steering isn't as linear--heavier than it should be. Most people have already mentioned about the cheap interior--the 'plastic' aluminum center console, etc. But it all held up very well over the past 8 years. Some vinyl came loose from the doors--glued them back, and nobody would know. Dash door (where the navigation DVD goes) is a bit warped from summers in the sun, but the leather still looks great. There's also a few refinement issues. Leave a door open with the interior lights on, and the auto-shut off kicks in so the battery doesn't die. But if you accidentally press the key fob to open the trunk, it is barely noticeable open, and leave the trunk light on enough, the battery will die. Some navigation warning messages (say if the fuel is low) is poorly translated in English--an obvious afterthought. There are sharp edges on the bottom of the driver and passenger seat--my wife's dress has gotten caught on it (the leather doesn't quite tuck neatly along the bottom of the seats). A/C fan can also be very loud at its highest setting. The paint is somewhat fragile, but using clay and bi-annual waxing has restored the finish. The headlights turn yellow quickly from UV, but using headlight polish restores them to new--if done early enough. The car's worst issue is the OEM brakes. Never got more than 15K miles on the pads--even with freeway driving. And the brake dust was terrible! The rears wear out much worse than the fronts (due to the traction, anti-slip, ABS, controls. After the free replacements ran out I chose aftermarket--Powerslot rotors and Hawk pads. Night and day difference. Wheels are mostly clean from brake dust for weeks, and after 30K miles on the aftermarket pads/rotors, I'm still at 80% brake life on the pads. Car has been mostly reliable, but in 2008 I had the worst electrical problem--couldn't figure it out for most of the year. Car would not restart after 3 days of non-use. Didn't notice the slight electrical drain, as the car was mostly driven every day. Replaced the battery--and replaced it again under warranty. Kept blaming the battery. Truly frustrating as we had no idea why the car won't start after 3 days. The drain was so little that only another dealer's more sophisticated equipment found out the draw was from the radio! A capacitor on the motherboard on the radio would short, causing the open circuit and draw. Would have loved to ashcan the radio with a newer radio (and get at least CD-RW readability or iPod integration), but I would have to mutilate the clean dash, plus the radio is tied too closely to navigation and HVAC controls. So I chose the OEM replacement option. The swapout on the motherboard isnt cheap. Ah the dealer. Several bad dealer service experiences (and the radio incident) were enough to make me want to sell the car. But after I switched from the Stevens Creek dealer to the one in East San Jose (withholding names of dealers), it was a world of difference. Restored my faith with Infiniti--this was the way it should have been. Service pricing is fairly reasonable (just learn to say no to extras).
Good car but expensive to service at dealer
Pros: Performance, lots of features, good price compared to German competitors
Cons: Maintenance costsI bought this car new and still own it. At the time, it had a lot of bang for the buck: great performance, fully featured (power seats, nav, CD-changer, rear A/C, etc.), especially compared to the cars I cross-shopped (Lexus IS, BMW 3/5 series, Audi A4). Over time, however, it has proven expensive to maintain. It seems like every routine visit to the dealer costs $1000-1500. Over the 7+ years I've owned the car, that has really added up. Probably cheaper than its German counterparts, but certainly not in Toyota/Honda territory either. BTW, Infiniti used to give loaner cars when you got service, but now those have to be scheduled well in advance (2-3 weeks). Since you don't know when your car is going to break, that's not always easy. So, I like the car, but not the expense.
Pros: comfortable seats
Cons: none stop problems...always in the shop
Advice: check vechile history at infiniti dealer before you buy the car!!!!bad brakes, bad paint, electrical problems.....
Cons: QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
Advice: Don't let the looks FOOL youChange breaks at 18000 miles, Tires on 22000 miles, Timing belt and another belt on 28000 miles, All my body and doors have rattling noise that they ever could fix it. Again changing breaks on 33000 miles. Winshield noise when you drive higher than 30 mph kills you. you can't hear anything.
Advice: Ask about the noisy brakes before purchaseThe car has great looks, acceleration, handling, transmission, and overall well designed interiors. For the price, its a good deal. However, Infinity needs to address the totally unacceptable braking noise. I bought the car in 2003 brand new and the brakes have squeaked from week one. I have been told, now after the purchase, that the noisy brakes are normal when initially starting the car. Also, I have been told that the brake pads have a larger percentage of metal and this produces the noise. However, the truth is that I don't buy this. The noisy brakes are not acceptable from a top of the line car from a premium brand.
Pros: The power
Cons: Emergencey break on the floor
Advice: Buy itI bought this car, a 2003 model in 2002 when it was still relatively unheard of. ( the coupe wasn't available yet) I drove everything out there and was a little disapointed until I drove this car. I now have 35 thousand miles and still love it. It is the best car I have ever owned including 2 BMW's 3 series, 1 Masda rx7 and 1 VW Passat.
Pros: Looks, sound(s), and wonderful ride and handling
Cons: Could have better interior materials and memory driver seat
Advice: Buy! The only drawback would be if you ride with more than two normal size adults. The back seat headroom is little. Other than that, $ for $, the best!!Best car I have ever owned! Great looks, speed, and preferably handling. Also has a great exhaust sound--the best of any of the 3.5 liter Nissan/Infiniti variables. Nice interior, great Bose upgraded system, and for the most part extremely good fit and finish.