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Pros: Power and Response
Advice: Heated seats/mirrorsExceptional power and response over competitors in range, including BMW and Lexus. Unexpected comfort and interior quality in Biege & Platinum package. Handling and drive superior to BMW, as is total value. Phenomenal braking and traction control. Snow & Ice are NO problem for this rear-wheel drive! Bose sound system is refined, discriminating, and automatic. SAT/NAV superior to all competitors in class. Dealer experience and folow-up has been outstanding.
Cons: Radio and clock display, gas milage
Advice: Watch out for poor gas milageClock needs brighter light, radio display hard to read during the day even in moderately bright day. WOW, what a great performance car. Its bad that you are forced to get full size spear tire( which takes trunck space away) with the Winter Package!!
Pros: performance and style
Cons: the sunroof taking up needed head room. 4-6 mo wait to get one
Advice: there is not another car in its class for the price. you just have to wait awhile to get one.i keep reading about the breaks squeaking but so far i have not expirenced that at all. the car fly's and handles like nothing i have ever driven. beware to those out there over 6'1'. the cockpit is a little tight with the sunroof. i have the aero package in silver and the car turns heads. luckily the performance backs up the cars great looks.
Cons: Analog Clock
Advice: If your budget is upto 40K for a sports car - this is the right choice. Beyond that think 911 Turbo.The performance, styling and handling is better than any other vehicles I considered. I test drove the G35 Coupe. For comfort - most of the others were better I think. But when your buying a sports coupe - you dont care about the comfort - buy a sedan then. I havent bought as yet - trying to sell my Honda first - not enough trade in value offered.
Pros: Performance: engine, brakes, and cornering are all GREAT!
Cons: Ergonomics are weird, stereo is only so-so.
Advice: The sport suspension is pretty taught. Drive both version to see what you like best.Bad stuff first: the ergonomics on this thing are weird. Seat controls in the wrong place, hard-to-learn radio controls, etc. The premium stereo is OK but overpriced. The nav system has quirky controls, but is VERY good. I've used Acura's system a lot and this one picks better routes, but doesn't have as many options for customizing. Plus, no touch screen...come on, Infiniti, a joystick? No matter what they say, I've never been able to beat 20 mpg, even when driving gently during the break-in period. Set your wallet accordingly. OK, now the good stuff: After a few days, you'll love this car. The performance is great with awesome acceleration -- see ya BMW 3-series! The engine sounds like a V8 when you open it up. The shifts are S-M-O-O-T-H, except when you punch the gas from a rolling start. It'll do a double-downshift that is effective, but not very graceful. I guess if you want graceful you order the I35. The G35 takes corners FAST with no lean and no squeal (I have the sport suspension). The brakes are touchy and take some getting used to, but they are absoluately amazing. I'm owned a few honest-to-goodness sports cars and the G35 out-brakes all of them. Overall -- great job, Infiniti! It looks like you're on a comeback roll!
Pros: The manual shift in the sutomatic transmission. I almost never use my brakes!!
Cons: The clock.
Advice: If you really like a sport vehicle - try the 2 dr. coupe - it was not available yet when I bought my infinity.I love the car - I own it a month now and the ride is powerful. The gadgets work to perfection. The comfort is superior. It is a true luxury car in everyway. The only fault with the car is the clock which is not bright enough to see easily. The gas mileage around the city and intercity is 20 mpg at 89 octane. I have the 17' wheels and the handling and cornering is wonderful and true.
Pros: Performance, Design, Comfort, Luxery Name
Cons: No auto-on headlights, interior materials are a little cheap feeling.
Advice: Test drive this car, compare to others, and come back and buy one.You have to drive this car to believe it. It's a great size, comfortable, well thought out, fast, and fun. It's got plenty of room for 4 adults, handles like a dream, and is the first car I've ever had that didn't cause my back to ache after long drives. One person commented that the brakes squeek, and mine do a little, but every new car does now due to the type of brake pads that the manufacturers have to use. Not Infiniti's fault. So far, the dealership service has been great. I have over 4,000 happy miles so far. I find myself taking the 'long way' when I drive and look forward to getting into my car. There are a few details that Infiniti obviously skipped. I think all cars in this price range should have auto-on headlights, and the rear seat lights only come on when the rear doors are opened. Interior quality is acceptable for this price range, but not outstanding. For the price and performance, you can't beat this vehicle.