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Pros: overall value for money
Cons: fuel economyThis is my 4th Infiniti - and when the lease is up htere will be a fifth. During this long time of ownership, I have, fortunately been problem free - the only visits are for scheduled maintenance. Pluses are: appearance, quality and integrity of hardware, cockpit layout, seat comfort, quality of sound system, simplicity of navigation system, reliability, power and driveability, Minuses are: fuel economy, and perhaps trunk space.
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).
Pros: Acceleration and drivability with ease
Cons: Great looking car, besides what i have describedAfter 72 years of driving all cars, I finally got the car that pleases me most, acceleration, braking, and power to do any driving where I need to go, besides it doesn't look like a bus. it is a G35 Sport Coupe
Germans are not the best
Pros: My nav. I could not even figure out how to use it in the Audi. With Infinite, it is purely intuitive and I can go anywhere without worrying I'll get lost.
Cons: I'd like a larger trunkI was the proud owner of Audis for over 10 years. Then in 2008, when I was ready to replace my sedan with another, prices went up and performance went down with the Audi. I shopped around test driving six different manufacturers. I had never even heard of an Infiniti until I read the high ratings in several magazines. To my amazement, the Infiniti exceeded my criteria, except for gas mileage. I get 19.2 mpg, using my cruise control especially on highways. I continue to be amazed by the consistency of performance, great handling, comfortable seats, great nav, terrific braking and cornering. I always get compliments from the guys at the parking garage on the car's looks. It's definitely a guy car. I love my G35Sx.
Pros: comfort and performance
Cons: no direct iPod connection, sucks in snowBest cost/value ratio of any lux car on the market.