2005 Infiniti G35 X 3.5 V6 VQ35DE from North America
Great in the snow, off the line, and on the freeway... but not at the pump
Valve cover gaskets started to leak around 75,000 miles.
Overall, my G35 has been an amazing car. The performance is very impressive, considering that the car is a 3600lb luxury sedan. 0-60 comes in about 6 seconds, and I've had it over 130mph. Of course, handling suffers a bit from the hefty weight, but a corner-carver was not what Infiniti had in mind when they made the sedan model.
In the snow, this car is phenomenal. It has a "snow" mode and vehicle dynamics control that keep the car in a straight line and under control. I had no problem getting up hills and away from lights in the snow, even on all-season tires.
The tip-tronic style "sport shift" is a nice feature, but I do not use it much unless passing or merging on the freeway. It seems that at higher RPMs there's a bit of a lag time between you "shifting" to a different gear, and the transmission actually shifting into that gear.
My only problem with this car is the weight. Since it's 3600lbs and all-wheel drive... and has Nissan's VQ35DE V6 under the hood, gas mileage is not the best. I typically average 16mpg on mostly city driving.
Another issue that is most likely due to the curb weight is how quickly the car eats brakes. All four of my rotors have warped twice. Infiniti has a customer support campaign out that will replace rotors at no cost to the owner, but the fact remains. It feels as if Infiniti put Nissan Altima brakes on the G35. 3600lb car with 3000lb-car brakes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2011