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Pros: The engine
Cons: Chip that controls the acceleration
Advice: Buy it and enjoy it. If you want to pay $5000 more for an emblem then get a BMWThis car is hot. It handles very well, the interior is functional except for the seat controls. The engine is incredibly powerful. The G35 is the equal of any BMW 3 series which it is constantly being compared with. The difference is it costs $5000 less. Nissan needs to adjust the computer chip which affects acceleration. If you press the accelerator 1/2 back off and then depress it again it doesn't know what to do. Sorry the G3gx was not availible when I got mine.
Cons: Ride harshness
Advice: Drive it over bumpy roads first.I do not own a G35, but I put my I35 in for service and twice the dealer gave me G35 to use. While the car performe like a 4 door sports car and has tremendous acceleration, the ride quality is poor at best. Every crack in the road is transmitted back to the interior. It is almost as if the car had no shocks. Extremely harsh ride. I thought my I35 was somewhat stiff riding, but the G35 makes the I35 seem like velvet. The dealer gave me two favors. They let me use a car while mine was being serviced and educated me to never buy a G35.
Pros: The perfect handling in all types of weather
Cons: Hmmm, urrrr well it's priced so low that I am afraid that everyone will have one soon
Advice: The G35 Coupe gives you everything just don't go racing a Corvette or Viper just yet.I am a 6'9 230 pound man who had been researching several sports cars for about 6 mouths when I purchased a Black 2003 G35 automatic luxury (w/o rear spoiler and 18 inch rims) in January and loved it. The roominess, quickness and head turning style of the G35 is unmatched by any other car in it's price range. Oh, did I mention the mean sounding exhaust note. However, I was forced to part with my 03 G35 because of a head on car accident on the Hwy that totaled the car (I didn't even have a scratch on me afterwards and we were both going about 60-65. Which is why one week later I went out and brought a Black 2004 G35 automatic Sport Coupe just this time with the with the performance package (I think the bigger rims and spoiler make the car look tougher).
Pros: Performance (power, handling, braking)
Cons: Tight head room for rear passengers over 5'8'.
Advice: If you're in the market for a quick, sharp looking sport coupe, put the G35 at the top of your shopping list.We purchased a 2004 Obsidian Black G35 Sport Coupe with a 6 speed manual transmission, Graphite leather interior, premium package power moon roof, HomeLink, dual zone climate control), aero package (spoiler, under car air diffuser), window tinting and splash guards on November 25, 2003 at Infiniti of Tampa. The final price was $36,080. I am still in the break in period for the G35 (keeping the RPMs under 4000), so I have not had a chance to push it very hard. My initial impressions are: the engine/exhaust has the sweetest sound I've ever heard emanating from a V6, exterior styling turns heads; it is one sharp looking car;, short throw gear shifter is bolt-action precise; firm, high quality leather seating provides plenty of lateral support; steering weight and feel are great; smooth, direct, linear; ride is firm, but not harsh; less rebound over bumps than my 300M; gauges are very legible and move with up/down the steering wheel binnacle; rear leg room is adequate; headroom is not; trunk is small - 2 golf bags max. I was looking for a rear wheel drive vehicle with good power, performance and handling, nice styling, and most importantly, reliability. By spring 2003, I had narrowed my list down to 3 candidates: Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe, Mazda RX-8, and Pontiac GTO. In the end, I went with the Infiniti G35.
Pros: I actually have two; performance & appearance
Cons: maybe the back seat headroom
Advice: Drive this car firstThis is the car I have wanted for a long time. The performance is awesome. The appearance is pure 'sports car'. I wanted the 4 seats just in case we want company. The back seat is for people 5'-8' or less. I got the automatic because of in town driving but the stick shift mode (of the automatic) increases the acceleration considerably. The car is quiet in the voice sound range. The price is good considering the looks, features and performance.
Pros: navigation system
Cons: front brakes
Advice: NoneI love the car but it has very poor gas mileage especially when you consider that it requires premium gas. 19 to 20 on the highway is average for this vehicle and 18 to 19 in the city. Front brake pads leave heavy dust on all G35s, and make high pitch noise in cold weather or before they warm up which dealer says is normal. Front brakes went out at 16000 miles which dealer said was normal.
Pros: Handling and power
Cons: The CD could be better and quicker
Advice: Drive one!!!!Incredible vehicle! Well put together, comfortable, stable, QUICK, a great handling car and a GREAT LOOKER. The driver seat position is amazingly flexible and comfortable and with a touch of the pedal you are well on your way. There is a great response from the motor and trans and the roadholding capabilities are spectacular. Braking is also excellent. It is difficult to find a problem with the vehicle.