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Infiniti G35, Coupe, Sedan
#380 of 947 Re: What the right mileage on G? [py777]
Mar 02, 2007 (11:40 pm)
Purchased a 2007 Platinum G with 18 inch wheels in Houston. The vehicle had 8 miles on it when I cranked it up and drove it off the showroom floor.
I considered a slightly used 2006 G35 but I could never get the sales manager to agree on my price. In the end I borrowed a base 2007 G from the dealership for a few days to see how I liked the new model. Lookers beware...if you drive this car you will be hard pressed to forget it.
The G delivers a unique driving experience (much like a BMW, Corvette, etc.) that makes you feel connected and in command of the road. I have driven my share of BMW M3's, 328's, Lexus 430's, Corvettes, Mercedes, etc. I am telling you that this car can run with the best of them and leave about 10K in your bank account.
I know that many auto editors are still skeptical of Infiniti's ability to gain market share in the U.S., but I think this platform will kick-off a positive trend for Infiniti over the next few years.
#381 of 947 Re: What the right mileage on G? [houtxdriver]
Mar 03, 2007 (12:16 pm)
Lookers beware...if you drive this car you will be hard pressed to forget it.
I hear you. I drove a G35X this morning and WOW, it exceeded my expectations. That is a great engine and a fun drive. I didn't buy as I am still considering options but this car does demand attention.
The thing that scares me most about this car is that in dash computer that is the brain of the car. If that thing goes after warranty you'd be looking at brutal repair costs and w/o it you'd have no climate control or radio. Am I right to be concerned about such a thing?!?
#382 of 947 Experience w/G35 Sport 07 Auto
Mar 03, 2007 (12:18 pm)
I purchased an 07 Sport Auto/Premium back in Dec. right before X-mas. Traded in my G35 04 coupe. Here are my personal thoughts having driven the car now for 2 months+.
Handling: While the steering started off somewhat stiff at the time I drove off the dealership, it has improved. I still don't think however it matches that of the BMW or the G35 coupe. It takes the twisties fairly tight and composed. On an off ramp from the highway where I could do only about 40-43mph on my old coupe (the tail would start to break out but correct itself),I can do close to 50 on the sedan without breaking a sweat. At high speeds, it's not as straight and true as my old coupe-it tends to feel like it's drifting a bit which can be unnerving. While I felt perfectly fine and confident taking the coupe to the top speed possible, I'm not sure I'd do this with the sedan and haven't tried.
Speed: Definitely a fast car. I think I broke the car in really nice in the first 0-700 miles. By no means a dyno test, I've had my son clocked the 0-60 several times to as close as we can get it by using a stopwatch. Not very technical but the average has been about 5.2 sec. With grippier tires, it may be further reduced since I had a little bit of wheelspin taking off the line. The shift from 1st to 2nd in auto mode is a bit abrupt but perfectly fine with the paddle shift.
Interior: A huge improvement over the old sedan, the coupe having had a similar design. The black interior that I have however scuffs very easily (on the doors) so I have to keep cleaning it/buffing it out. The seats are fine but I still, after 2 months, haven't found that perfect driving position even with all of the adjust options. Storage space is limited-I wish it had the middle dash flip-up storage compartment the coupe had. The sound system is great. The push button start is cool, but 4 yrs/60k mi. after the warranty has expired, how difficult and costly will it be to fix, especially if one's stranded in the middle of nowhere? Interior night lighting is really cool and sets a nice mood for driving (although I prefer both the dash and screen dimmed).
Problems: Through the car wash only, I've felt just the slightest very small spray of water filtrate in at the sunroof which I need to have looked at. For a car that also has a 20 gallon tank, if the console reads I have about 30 miles and I fill up, I only fill up to about 16 gallons. Seems the range should be longer or it's not reading capacity correctly. Lastly, the car sometimes seems to stay in gear on the auto mode whereby with the paddles, I can shift down easily and avoid it.
Looks: Some compliments but most I don't think will see the difference between the old and the new G35 unless they're looking at the front and recognize the difference in headlght design. On the road, I've confused many a time the M-35 with the new G-35 since the front designs are somewhat similar. Wish the sedan had the same throaty sound as the coupe with the exhaust.
Mar 05, 2007 (6:55 am)
Purchasing the 2007 5At Sport.. and now that spring is approaching, the tire issue is abetted. But for next winter are the any recommendations regarding the snow tires for this model... also should I just get a whole wheel package [rims , et al] for next winter?
#384 of 947 Re: Snow TIres [jmannix]
Mar 05, 2007 (8:02 am)
I'm in same situation, I have the summers on my G35S and didn't bother with snows since I just took deliver of the car 2 weeks ago. But My plan is to try and find good enough wheels at a reasonable price and if I can find them, then I'll go with the whole package.
Also check with you dealer on the cost to swap out the tires only. See there's the tire pressure monitors on the car that run between $250-$400 that you will need to get if you keep seperate wheels, but if your just going to switch out the tires and keep the wheels, you won't need that added costs. so here's what you have
Cost to mount tires 2X a year ($150), balance tires 2X a year ($50) = $200 year to swap tires, but your tires actually cost more because you have 18" and wide wheels and you are subjecting wheels to harsh winter conditions aging them faster.
Cost of wheels ($600), Cost of TPS sensors ($300), original mounting costs (free-$80), swap out costs 2X a year ($50). Tires can be cheaper because you'll probably get 17" standard width tires and wear and tear on cheaper winder wheels.
In the end I think it's close to a wash over the course of $5-6 years. New wheels have much bigger upfront cost, but each year it's minimal swap out costs and you avoid winter damage to rims.
I havn't decided yet what to do next season, I'll see if my dealer has a good rate and what the best deals are at the time, currently I don't like mos the aftermarket rims, so I might see if I can locate an extra set of OEM's..
Hope this helps.
Mar 05, 2007 (2:55 pm)
Thank You all who have posted here. I have actually been spying this form for a few months now, since Dec. when I began my new car search. and the biggest help have been those who have posted the tech. shortcommings of the car. none of which have actually been big enough to persuade me not to like the car.I am planning to buy this summer. so of course one question I have for those out there, What other problems or annoyances have you experienced? how well does the a/c work. some have spoken about the limited trunk space. how has it affected lifes daily functions, such as placing golf clubs or even a stroller in there. these are the questions i still have. none of which i think will be deal breakers but good to know from those that have had the car a few months after the honeymoon period. the consumer car reviews are always great in any car since the owner is still excited about their new purchase. also considering other cars but have found myself almost obsessed about the G.
In other words, keep them POST comming. they very useful.
#386 of 947 2007 G35 AWD
Mar 05, 2007 (3:11 pm)
I took a test drive on a brand new car (13 miles) and a demo car which has 1300 miles on it. I can see the difference. I think i like the demo car better.
#387 of 947 Re: 2007 G [triple_7]
Mar 05, 2007 (5:05 pm)
Here are my gripes/annoyances/problems:
The seal around the sunroof which apparently isn't sealed tight enough for a carwash.
Not enough storage in the front. The center bin is hard to get to while driving.
Haven't really tried the A/C since I bought the car in Dec. and it's been fairly cold ever since but I think there's something wrong with the heating. I have to set up fairly high (80) to actually feel warm air. Likely a trip to the dealer shortly.
Trunk space is more than adequate for the average user but the fender wheels do intrude on the left/right quite a bit so you're not getting the whole width the entire depth of the trunk. You may have some trouble getting a large stroller in there.
Cup holders in the rear are rather small.
Black interior-scuffs easily.
#388 of 947 Re: 2007 G [irvsteroni]
Mar 06, 2007 (4:51 am)
The seal around the sunroof which apparently isn't sealed tight enough for a carwash.
Please don't take this as a knock or insult, but why would anyone drop $40k on a car and then drive it through one of those car eating machines anyway?
Give your G the respect it deserves.
Self serve spray booth in the winter (Above 30 degree days) using the wand only, no brush, and wash by hand at home during the warmer months.
#389 of 947 Re: 2007 G [scottm123]
Mar 06, 2007 (6:49 am)
You know, there are touchless car washes. Why do you assume it's a "car eating" wash with brushes? I actually like these better than the self-spray in the winter because most of them have an underbody spray that washes te salt off.