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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!
Cons: Instaneous mileage 'leaf symbol'.
Advice: Get one quick!Outstanding engine and transmission. Great throttle reponse without being too sensitive at 'tip-in'. Excellent brake and steering response - just right. Firm yet extremely comfortable ride. Engine is quiet at part throttle but has a very nice note at full throttle. Overall the nicest car I've driven.
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.
Pros: ACCELERATION POWER
Cons: NOTHING REALLY
Advice: TRY ITEXCELLENT HANDLING, COMPARABLE TO BMW.
Pros: Performane and Styling
Cons: Infiniti could have used a better grade of leather
Advice: Make sure you purchase from a dealer with a history of great after sale service.This car is awesome. The 3.5 liter engine performs like a small V8. Interestingly, a friends 2003 SL 500 mercedes with 300hp engine does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds and he paid over 80k for the car. This is the same 0-60 times as the G35. Oh, and the G35 cost 40k less. The only real complaint I have is that the car rides a little rough over bumpy city roads. However, it's a smooth operator on the highway.
Pros: The Look of the Car
Cons: The Brakes and the Service from Infinity
Advice: Make sure you address the issue with their 'high performance brake pads'This is the dream car. Performance wise, it does what it claims to do. Fast and sporty with one glitch. The breaks squeeks like there is no tomorrow. Not only that, your rims will turn black almost every week. It generates a metalic dust that clings to the rims of the car. To add icing to the cake, Infinity dealers will not assist you or even entertain your request due to the fact that, according to them, 'high performance breaks are suppose to squeek!' and pretty much makes you feel like an idiot for even questioning your safety. I bought a G35 about 4 months ago. The service was excellent when I purchased the vehicle, but trying to address my issue to both the service departments and the Infinity Business Bureau is rediculous. A representative from the Infinity Business Bureau actually said, 'If the dealers and the manufacturers are both telling you that the brakes are suppose to squeek and it is perfectly safe to do so, why are you questioning it?' and that comment just about wraps it up. When I questioned the fact that why I was not informed of this defect when I purchased the car, she basically made me feel like an idiot because 'stupid me' did not ask.