After 7 days of owning it, the car broke down on me during heavy rain at a stop sign. It had to be towed to a nearby garage to be fixed. It needed the following:
New serpentine belts.
New battery, because the battery in the car was too small. The previous owner installed it.
Total cost: $1,025.
Another week later, the car broke down again, this time at a stoplight, and some good Samaritans helped me push the car to the side of the road.
Once again, it had to be towed, and now it needs a new fuel pump for $400 or $500.
In the end, I will likely have spent $4,000 on this car in total.
This was my first real car purchase, and I bought it because I wanted something smaller, more practical, more fuel efficient, and something different from a Corolla, Civic, or Sentra. I paid $2,000 for it (which is the good condition value according to KBB), and now I think I made a bad purchase. I should have inspected the car more thoroughly, or taken it to a mechanic before I bought it.
Cosmetically it was not perfect, because the silver paint is baked, and the passenger leather seat has a tear in it. It also has bad radio amplifiers, but I don't care about that much. I also spent a whole day removing the peeling window tint, which by the way is not fun to do. I used a steam cleaner and a razor blade to do this.
I wanted to like this car, and I wanted to make the best of it. I don't think Infiniti G20s are terrible overall, but mine is not one of the better ones. I was hoping to find a 5 speed (either a base model with cloth seats or a G20t), but they are hard to find. I wish now that I waited a little longer to find one.
If I knew it was this bad of a car, I would have either paid $1,500 tops or walked away. This is also my spare car, so I do have another car, which is a lot more reliable than the G20. I am debating whether to keep the car or sell it. I know I will lose some money if I do sell, but I think I'll be sticking with my Acura RL for a little longer.
At least there are some pros such as:
The cool sounding door chime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th April, 2012