Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
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.
Cons: Service dept.Worst new auto, ever. Battery dead 4 times w/road service. Wheel spindle bent, wore out front tires in 9000 mi. Glitch in engine computer disabled driving. Engine oxydized. Rear camera mis-located. Worst thing is Service dept. argues about fixing.
Best bang for the buck
Pros: performance and exhaust note.
Cons: hard plastic door pocketsI was first attracted to the G 35 Coupe by it's looks. After driving the 6 speed, I was sold. This car delivers all the acceleration you need ( with the traction control off), handles beautifully and stops on a dime. It is now closing on 5 yrs. old with 48k miles and has been 100% trouble free.
Nice combo: style, power and quality
Pros: The power
Cons: Gas filled on passinger sideLots of features. Lots of quality and really gets up and goes without the BMW, Mercedes, Accura or Lexus price tag.
Pros: the Premim and Tech package is well thought out and executed flawlessly
Cons: The growl of the 330HP 3.7L V6 is appreciated
Advice: Get the Premium and Technology package if you can afford it. Skip the rest.a sports car disguised as a family sedan.
Pros: Performance AWD system.
Cons: Gas mileage.
Advice: Upgrade to 235/50-17 tires on OEM rims; K&N oil and air filters; synthetic oil changes.Buy It!! If you're looking for an AWD sports sedan that can seat 5 adults comfortably (domestic or import), stop looking! Surprisingly quick and agile in snow, rain, or shine. Infiniti build quality is reliable -- just make sure you maintain it like you should. Runs on regular gas, but best performance with premium. 215/55-17 OEM tires are OK, but upgrade asap - they are the performance limiting factor. I'm waiting to upgrade to 235/50-17 on my OEM rims. Stick w/ 17' rims if you're exposed to potholes alot. A little gas thirsty - averaging 17 mpg with my local and highway commuting, but it IS a Driver's car. Ride and road-feel are great for the DRIVER (the one who counts most in this car), passengers are less impressed.
Pros: It rides like a car, not a truck.
Cons: Navigation system is terribly designed, you have to be stopped to use most features!..Radio system is poor as well, if you have kids (see advice).
Advice: If you have kids, unlike EVERY other big SUV with dual (front and back) entertainment packages, the back seat CAN'T listen to AM/FM if front is listening to Satellite radio, and visa versa, even though the manual says it can. NO MORE SPACE TO WRITEThe car rides smooth, very roomy. The navigation system STINKS. If you are driving, and you want to see what places are around to eat, it will let you punch in all the info, it will list 50 places, but only 3 on the screen, in order to see the next 47, you have to stop the car, then the screen will scroll! Stupid! That goes for anything, gas stations, addresses, banks etc. In California, once your on the freeway, the only time you get off is when you have to, or you might not get back on, which renders this almost USELESS! They tell you it's a safey feature, but why am I allowed to type in (or speak) all the info I'm looking for, that's not a safey hazard, only going to the next screen to see the 'other choices' is? Stupid! Look at Acura! Satellite radio AM/FM are on the same tuner so kids in the back can't listen to ANY radio station other than the one the parents are listening to! (only SUV that does this) Take an hour plus drive with 3 kids who have to listen to your music/sports/talk radio, or visa versa, not a pleasant drive. (Manual is wrong, Infiniti admitted it to me AFTER I bought it)