2004 Infiniti G35 Reviews - Page 3 of 5

2004 Infiniti G35 X 3.5 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5 Don't Know
Previous carFerrari 348 GTB

Faults:

It's too nice of a car, I feel like I stole it with what you get for the money.

General Comments:

Somebody said you can get a mouse stang for "half" of a g35? I challenge ANYBODY to buy a brand new Mousestang

GT for 16,000 dollars! and compete with a new G35!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

2004 Infiniti G35 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

A performance bargain compared with its competition, ie BMW 3 series

Faults:

Front brakes wore out before 20,000 m- replaced under warranty. Fore/aft seat travel varies- sometimes won't move rearward enough. Leather cracks in driver's seat.

General Comments:

Great handling for a sedan- (sports package installed) Great stereo (Bose) More than adequate acceleration.

Poorest feature are the seats- the driver/passenger seat bottoms don't extend far enough. Very poor leg support makes this a very uncomfortable car on long trips.

Nice steering feel.

Cruise controls and audio controls on steering wheel are not illuminated- hard to use at night.

Seat problems and controls have been improved for 2007 models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2007

2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe 6MT 3.5 V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6200 miles
Most recent distance11300 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Still puts a Smile on my Face!

Faults:

Gas tank valve overly sensitive; forces me to pump gas VERY slowly.

General Comments:

I have had a 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe 6MT (what a mouthful) for the last 6 months. I'm currently stationed in Germany and I have been able to run notoriously twisty B-roads and no-speed-limit autobahns, as well as dry, wet, and snow environments. Here's what I've noticed:

Interior.

This car is really comfortable to drive in. Although it took me a while to figure out how exactly to sit in the seats without my lower back hurting, I now have no pain with hours of driving.

The quality of the materials is pretty good and my only gripe is that some of the plastics scratch easily. A less serious irritation is that I am also not a big fan of the peculiar stereo/HVAC button section, which seems like a sea of buttons (the 350Z’s layout seems simpler.) However, they are logically laid out and easy to operate.

Driving Impressions.

The first thing you will notice is that the clutch is pretty heavy. It will take about three weeks for your left leg to get used to the clutch’s resistance, but once it does you shouldn’t notice it anymore.

Heel-toe shifting is stupidly simple and really fun in this car.

At low speeds (below 70 MPH) the G35 has an incredible amount of grip! Turn-in is pretty good and in dry weather it is really, really hard to get the car to spin uncontrollably. In the wet, however, it is really, really easy to kick the butt out and the VDC should be kept on. The snow isn’t too difficult for the G35 Coupe, but its low ride height makes it easy to get stuck in deep snow. In very deep snow you might find that the VDC is so intrusive that you cannot get the car moving up some uphill sections of road (with your butt constantly trying to shoot out.) But this experience is with ultra high performance all-season tires and dedicated winter tires will probably do better.

The G35 6MT’s less aggressive suspension (when compared to the 350Z Track) makes the car float a bit when executing tight turns on the autobahn at 120+ MPH (while straight-line cruising is rock solid.) But this suspension also makes bad roads more tolerable.

If you are a driving enthusiast then I will have to talk about the VDC, which is overly intrusive when it is turned on, giving you the impression that you are always just seconds away from catastrophe. It seems to predict that you could soon get yourself into trouble and intervene on your behalf by braking and abruptly reducing engine output. This made me think that the car was really unstable when I first drove the car because the VDC reacted so frequently and aggressively in every situation, even those that wouldn’t cause you to be worried. In reality, on a dry surface (and with the VDC off) the G35 is fairly neutral and, depending on how you interact with a corner, can either slightly under- or over-steer.

The 3.5L V6 engine has no problem accelerating the car out of corners with real addictive authority and can easily propel the car up to its electronically-limited top speed of 155 MPH. Fuel economy is pretty bad (18 MPH average in city driving), but that is because of the way I drive (aggressively all the time.) If I’m really good I can get about 20 MPG average on the autobahn (driving at about 90-100 MPH.)

The transmission is also pretty good, with well-chosen gear ratios, but its gates are more resistant than you would expect from a car of this caliber. You almost have to man-handle it sometimes to get the fastest results.

Is it Worth Buying?

I spent $35,500 for my used G35 Coupe 6MT, which is twice as much as I have spent on any car in my life and I do not regret it at all. I still feel like I lucked out and won the lottery. Fun-to-drive is the most important factor that I value in the cars I buy and I still look for excuses to drive this car. I am always looking to do a milk-run or eat out for dinner so that I can experience driving my G35 Coupe. Most importantly, this car still puts a very big grin on my face EVERY TIME I drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2006

18th Jul 2006, 17:21

I was wondering how long I should expect my clutch to last? I currently have 40k on the car, and recently have noticed clutch hop when engaging 1st gear. Took it to the dealer and they say I need to replace it. Does this seem reasonable to you? My driving style is aggressive, but I really never pop the clutch or ride it. I do however down-shift quite often.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 14 reviews