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Great car for the $
Pros: The engine
Cons: the rear seatingI bought this car used in 2009 for around 17K with 47,000 miles and man it has been a blast to drive. The car runs perfectly and when I did a 60 K service last week I only had to change the serpentine belts. This vehicle is manual with the sports tuned suspension that sticks! For the price of a new Fit you get the performance of BMW. Excellent deal.
Pros: The engine
Cons: the colorLove the car. Great value for the money. Quick and handles well. Going on 3 years and no problems whatsoever. My only regret is not getting a different color.
As good as it gets...
Cons: NothingLooking for M3 performance for $40,000. This is the car to own. Beautiful, comfortable, & sub 5 second 0-60 (in Sport Mode with some practice), this car is a beast.
A weonderful ride.
Pros: Power ,handling ,and sound system.
Cons: gas mileageIn the past I have always owned BMWs ,but when I began shopping for a new car in Jan. 2007 I compared the g35 with the BMW 335i.With a price difference of about $8000.00 I decided to for a g35s with a six speed manual. I can take four cruises with the 8 grand difference. The car is everything I hoped for. It has plenty of power, excellent handling,room in the back seat and a decent sized trunk. The only minor complaint I have is the less than stellar mpg. However, when you realize you have 306 HP at your disposal you should not complain too loudly. We liked it so well that when it came time to replace my wife's Lexus GS 400 she chose an Infiniti 2008 EX 35. This was after she test drove assorted BMW and Lexus models. She loves her car. In addition to the fine driving experience the service at the dealer has been superb.In short if you are in the market for a new auto priced right go buy an Infiniti. Tell them George sent you.
Good car but expensive to service at dealer
Pros: Performance, lots of features, good price compared to German competitors
Cons: Maintenance costsI bought this car new and still own it. At the time, it had a lot of bang for the buck: great performance, fully featured (power seats, nav, CD-changer, rear A/C, etc.), especially compared to the cars I cross-shopped (Lexus IS, BMW 3/5 series, Audi A4). Over time, however, it has proven expensive to maintain. It seems like every routine visit to the dealer costs $1000-1500. Over the 7+ years I've owned the car, that has really added up. Probably cheaper than its German counterparts, but certainly not in Toyota/Honda territory either. BTW, Infiniti used to give loaner cars when you got service, but now those have to be scheduled well in advance (2-3 weeks). Since you don't know when your car is going to break, that's not always easy. So, I like the car, but not the expense.
Cons: Service dept.Worst new auto, ever. Battery dead 4 times w/road service. Wheel spindle bent, wore out front tires in 9000 mi. Glitch in engine computer disabled driving. Engine oxydized. Rear camera mis-located. Worst thing is Service dept. argues about fixing.
Best bang for the buck
Pros: performance and exhaust note.
Cons: hard plastic door pocketsI was first attracted to the G 35 Coupe by it's looks. After driving the 6 speed, I was sold. This car delivers all the acceleration you need ( with the traction control off), handles beautifully and stops on a dime. It is now closing on 5 yrs. old with 48k miles and has been 100% trouble free.