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Pros: Exterior appearance
Cons: Interior design too much like the Maxima. Okay
Advice: Definately put it on your listLeather interior is comfortable, controls are self-explanatory. I test drove the MT in THE RAIN and it handled very well.
Pros: Power and exterior styling.
Cons: Seats and control layout and contrast
Advice: Best sports car to price ratio you will find. Has 2 small back seats and a usable trunk.This is a great drivers car. Plenty of power and good looks that get comments no matter where I go. If I hear the word 'tight' one more time... You definitely have to get the rear spoiler to balance the look. The larger wheels help too. Anyway this is a beautiful and sexy car, but one with a few deficiencies. The seats are quite uncomfortable, at least for me and I am a very average sized person (5'10' and 195 lbs). Some seat controls are manual and some electronic and I can't get the manual ones to the right setting. The steering wheel controls for radio and such are not illuminated and the other controls are confusing in layout, size and color. Can't tell the A/C from the radio. All in all a good car, but not great. It feels a little porky even though it has 280 hp. Weight is an issue here, but it still drives crisply. Best exhaust sounds anywhere.
Pros: acceleration, comfort, handling, interior
Cons: paint chips easily, the cops always notice this
Advice: read my reviewI bought this new, the car is so powerful and acceleration is great! I have had no problems driving in the snow, except that it sits very low and driving in the rain, it runs well too. The drive is smooth even when I go back to Pittsburgh to visit my family and hit 1+ ft. deep pot holes, I hardly even notice. The mileage was good about 24 mpg, might be higher if you choose to drive the speed limit? All in all, the cars performance is excellent. The interior layout is simple, classy and professional, much better than the m3.
Pros: Handling, no styling, I mean handling. Get the picture
Cons: Having to concentrate on the attempts to make a smooth transition at the clutch engagement in 1st gear.
Advice: This is a true sports car that I love however it is a driver's car. What I mean is that it does require your attention. Leave it in 6th gear on the freeway and you will do 85-90 before you realize.What is great: Handling, Styling, Entire power band with the 6MT, Aero package, Brembo brakes, 18' wheels. What is good: Power of engine, Second thru sixth gear (see below), Bose sound system, Lots of small storage space. Heated seats though a little short on heat temperature, Dual-zone climate control. What is so-so: Seat bolsters support well but for anything over a 50 mile trip my right thigh starts to ache (could be my postioning), Center console trim looks good but will probably scratch easily, Control layout of the heat/AC and radio. What is not so good: 'Notchy' first gear, Window control placement, Cleaning the inside rear window is a chore at best, Kicker panel scratches and mars easily. I've owned sports cars before and I can easily say that this is by far the best. It does everything very well. Others are faster (though not by much in this price range), none handle better in this price range and none have beautiful styling as does the G35 Sport Coupe. NONE! The nitpicking above is my own self indulgent quest for perfection which we men in particular seem to relish in. BUY THIS CAR AND IT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE WHEN IT IS PARKED AND GRIN LIKE THE 'GRINCH' WHEN YOU THROTTLE IT OUT OF THE APEX.
Pros: The beautiful exterior styling and the exceptional performance.
Cons: The interior.
Advice: For the money, you can't beat it.For starters, the performance you get with this car is exceptional. Having a car that is any faster would be kind of pointless if you intend to drive exclusively on public roadways. Aside from being pinned-to-your-seat fast, it corners extremely well. The car is firmly planted and always willing, never overwhelmed no matter how hard you push it. The steering action is harder at slower speeds, but that was intentional. Drive your everday rear wheel drive car down the highway at 90 miles per hour and the buttery steering wheel is enough to inspire second thoughts. In this car, 90 inspires nothing but trust and confidence. If you want something that's loose and comfortable in any way at all, this is not the car for you. All you have to do is sit it in, you'll get that message right away. This car was made to perform, not to pamper. The Bose audio system will please some, and leave others a little disappointed. The stereo is very bassy and captures everything in the lower frequency band very well, but at times lacks the ability to deliver your sharply defined highs that you get with other systems in other vehicles. If you listen to a lot of rock music or hippidy hop, you probably wont be disappoined. If you listen to smooth jazz or classical, you may feel that something is missing at times. Overall, the stereo is acceptable. It's not fantastic, and it's not terrible. The only downside to this car is the interior. It's not very exciting or elegant looking, and some of the materials used in the cabin are questionable. For instance, the center 'aluminum' stack. It's plastic, or atleast it feels that way. Another drawback is the orange lights everywhere. Some people may be into it more than others, but to me it gets annoying at times. I would prefer some sort of blue/white scheme in the cluster like Infiniti did with it's later QX4 models before they discontinued it. The good news is that the 2005 model G35 has corrected a lot of these flaws. The 'aluminum' stack for example, is now real aluminum. There are other real aluminum trim pieces throughout the cabin now as well, all look great. The industrial looking shifter section on the automatic now has a leather boot around the base, and the shifter itself is leather wrapped and not shapped like a potato anymore. That whole area is now much improved. The previously mentioned orange lights are still alive and kicking, yet the gauge cluster has been restyled, and it makes the orange a bit cooler looking. Also, the signature analog clock is now incorperated into the temp readout section in the dash, making for a much more sleek and proportional look. If you really interested in purchasing this car, and interior quality and style is a big purchase factor for you, I'd hold out for the 2005 model. Another reviewer on here mentioned his dissatisfaction with the car and his dealer service in general. I have not experienced that at all. Issues like the power window acting crazy are fairly common with this car from what I hear, but are easily correctable after a few hours at your dealer. It all should be covered under your warranty in anyhow, so I don't see the 'beef', as the kids call it these days. It's not Infiniti's fault that they are located 45 minutes away from where you live. If that's a problem for you, perhaps you should have considered that before you bought the car. Nissan/Infiniti is a quality brand, it always has been. You have to expect certain minor defects in a vehicles first or second year of production...doesn't matter what brand it is. Beyond that, regular trips to your dealer for service are necessary at times if you want your vehicle to perform how it was intended to. That's not something that is unique to Nissan/Infiniti. The afore mentioned reviewer should have considered that as well. This car is a great value, and I strongly recommend it.
Pros: THE BEAUTY THE CAR IS GORGEOUS!!!
Cons: The clock, the trunk and the buttons feel very cheap like they would break easily..
Advice: Consider it carefully....Okay, I'm scared! I have driven an Acura Integra GS for nearly 8 years and was totaled in an accident. I am addicted to coupe cars so, my friends told me to try the Infiniti G35. Looks the car scores 100% but functionality is a bit scary. The trunk is TINY, I don't think I could fit all my vacation luggage in there, nor my skis nor anything I may find necessary to haul from Home Depot. I guess that is what you get when you are thinking of a sports car. I also did not like how cheap the buttons for the windows, seats and clock were. They all seemed very easily broken. The car is BEAUTIFUL inside and out, I just feel it is cheaply made. I don't have too many choices for another coupe but, Infiniti is at the top of my list but based on some of the reviews I've seen here and others, it may not be the smartest choice. I am used to a very reliable, great on gas, comfortable to drive car. I'm not sure the Infiniti fits this discription. I'm still torn and have no car! Help, can someone push me over the edge to buy this car or leave it on the lot!
Pros: Appearance and driver's control in driving.
Cons: Rattles and being taken by the dealer
Advice: Consider what type of driving you will be doing with this car. All city, country or mixed?I leased a 2004 fire engine red coupe 6/04. The car really draws attention. People get excited just looking at it. It's a real goer too. Performance is great. Fun to drive on the road. Brakes are fantastic. Unfortunately there are negatives as well. Gas mileage not good. Steering is heavy in the city but a good on the road. Ride is harsh for everyday driving in city. Interior materials are lacking in quality you would expect for this price car. Seating is very supportive but hard. Carbon buildup on front wheels is a constant problem. It doesn't just wash off. Interior rattles like NY taxi. Have returned to the dealer twice where assured rattles are fixed and they come right back. Very annoying for a car in this price range. Watch out for dealer. Mine used old fashioed 'bait and switch' in negoiations and it ended up costing me $1000. So the car is a mixed bag. Really attractive and exciting in some ways with some serious drawbacks you want to consider before choosing.