Last post on Aug 04, 2009 at 5:58 AM
You are in the Infiniti G35
What is this discussion about?
Infiniti G35, Lexus IS 350, Sedan
#77 of 126 Re: Tough call [louiswei]
Jul 21, 2008 (2:53 pm)
I agree with your post about the 335i. To me the biggest issue was price. It's just too darned expensive compared to these other cars, costing thousands more with little advantage in peformance (0-60 in 5.0 vs. 5.3-5.5). Heck, even the 328i was more expensive than my G35, and the G35 will run circles around it.
#78 of 126 Re: Tough call [louiswei]
Jul 26, 2008 (2:56 pm)
Exterior (sedan only) - really not the best looking car in the segment, IMO it is probably the worst looking among the IS, G35, CTS, A4 and C-class.
Agree w/ most of your post, but PLEASE, don't dis the Bimmer by saying it looks worse than a CTS, no entry level lux sport looks worse than a CTS
#79 of 126 Let's try
Jul 26, 2008 (4:52 pm)
to stick to the topic. There are other places we can continue these other threads. If a suitable one is not found, feel free to create a new one.
#80 of 126 Re: Lexus IS350Base vs Infinity G35 w/ premium pkg. [blnewto]
Aug 20, 2008 (10:15 am)
The comparo is a good one except that the one thing you are missing is something that price cannot give,
1. Quietness of the ride. The Infiniti is VERY noisy. The IS is a very quiet ride, you can tell the difference right as you get into the car
2. Service after the sale. This is Lexus' hallmark and why they have had the meteoric rise in the sales area over established brands like Mercedes and BMW. The service Lexus gives is second to none!
3. Quality of materials. Feel the leather used in the Lexus' seats totally different. As far as price goes you are going to see that Lexus is not trying to compete with anyone. The craftsmanship in the IS 350 is unparralleled in this segment at this price. The Infiniti is a good car and is a much less expensive car, but Infiniti like Nissan sells ALOT of cars to rental agencies, thus the auctions are always loaded with G35's for dealers to buy cheaply thus killing the trade value
#81 of 126 Re: Lexus IS350Base vs Infinity G35 w/ premium pkg. [lexntex]
Aug 20, 2008 (5:03 pm)
I am still waiting for someone to convince me why the IS350 is better, or the G is better. I am on the fence on this one. I have some issues with your post:
1-Lexus is a quite ride, of all the ELLPS I do believe they make the quitest cars. I had an IS250 and I can testify to this. However saying the G is VERY noisy is untrue. Yes its not as quiet but in no way is it VERY noisy. Look at the C/D comparisions involving a G, I believe they measure db at various speeds. The sound levels were not that different from a 328i. If you want to argue with this, get evidence of your db measurement confirming otherwise. This is a very objective measure of sound levels, better than me telling you its not a noisy ride. C/D articles are available for all to see on their website. Coming from an IS250, I did notice the deeper sound of the G, but its in now way inhibitive or unpleasant. In fact, others love the deeper sound the G makes.
3. quality of materials. Agreed, anyone who disagrees with this not being objective.
4.Craftsmanship, am on the fence on this one.
5.Resale value, disagreed. Infiniti holds value very well. This is a 300hp car with lots of bells and whistles. Very good attributes in the second hand market. Also, consider that the IS350 sells a fraction of what the G sales. Naturally resale value for the IS is going to be higher due to fewer units, not necessarily due to a better product.
again, I am still torn on which is the better car here.
#82 of 126 Noise Levels
Aug 21, 2008 (4:51 am)
While the TL is def loud on road noise (I can attest to that having leased one), the G's noise is all engine...and only when you are accelerating hard. This is the S model...and the test shows tied, then handily beating the IS at high speed cruising. TL-S has active noise canceling and still gets beat here.
IS is very small....just like the 3 series. To me the G is the best car for the $...without even a close second place. Size / space wise, the G is closer to a 5 series and the GS than the 3 series and the IS. The prices of the 3 and the IS are too high for a car of that size. These are sedans, after all. G gas mileage is HORRIBLE, hopefully 7 speed trans will fix that.
Aug 21, 2008 (8:49 am)
Guys, was considering the IS250 because I live in Chicago, but is the AWD all that necessary? Does the stablility control help in any regard with traction in winter driving? I'd prefer to go with the IS350 and its RWD, as long as traction in the winter is reasonable.
#84 of 126 Re: [hauschild]
Aug 21, 2008 (4:12 pm)
The car you need is an IS350 AWD. Why lexus decided not to have this car is beyond me.
#85 of 126 Re: [sjaieve]
Aug 22, 2008 (6:22 am)
Don't they have the awd with the 3.5 liter in the GS model? That is pretty odd since they have the 250 awd.
Aug 22, 2008 (8:22 am)
This kicker for me is that the amount of performance between the 350 and 250 is huge, yet the gas mileage hit by going with the 350 appears - albeit on paper - to be minimal at worst. I consider myself fairly prudent and prefer gas mileage over performance, unless it's ridiculously close, like these two appear to be.
I've currently got an Audi A4 Quattro. The cool thing about Audi is that you don't have to get Quattro because the standard model is FWD.
I'll be test driving the 2009 A4 and IS250/350 this weekend. There's always been something about Audi's that I've been attracted to, but the upkeep is a bit much, and the resale on them isn't the greatest.