2008 Infiniti G35 Reviews

2008 Infiniti G35 Sport 3.5L V6 VQ35HR from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.5L V6 VQ35HR Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carHonda S2000

Summary:

It's the closest thing to a 4 door 350Z

Faults:

Interior trims need to be replaced.

Driver's seat leather is wearing out.

TSB and warranty issue fixes.

General Comments:

I have had the car (G35S with 6 speed manual transmission) for over a year now, and it has performed remarkably. It's truly a performance sports sedan. I can install a child seat to carry my baby around town one day, and take the car to the track (with the child seat still installed) the next day. I am very happy with the car as a "dual purpose" vehicle.

On one hand, it has plenty of the luxury as a every day car. The car I have has the upgraded Bose sound system, navigation with backup camera, etc. The car provides a comfortable ride (on the firm side) on the freeway.

On the other hand, the car has great balance when you push it to the (driver's) limit. The 3.5L V6 engine is plenty powerful and revs up nicely. The 6MT transmission has positive engagement, but doesn't like to be rushed. The FM (front mid-engine) design allows the car to settle nicely in corners. The steering provides good feedback. My complaint is that the clutch can be tricky. And I think the brake and clutch share the same reservoir. So when the brake fluid begins the overheat, the clutch fluid will too. The car feels heavy around the track, but can't complain too much with all the luxury items on-board.

The rear doors swing open up to almost 90 degrees, which were great for trying to put the child seat into the car.

What I like about the car:

+ I really how it looks.

+ Powerful engine (VQ35HR), great acceleration.

+ Positive transmission.

+ Strong brakes (especially with aftermarket pads).

+ Front mid-mount engine + RWD = great handling.

+ Pretty luxurious, for me :)

+ Reliable so far.

My complaints:

- MPG is not that great (around 21 MPG normal mixed driving for me, and it takes premium gas).

- Tricky clutch.

- Could use a little more driving position adjustment. I barely fit with a helmet on (I am 6.1").

- Small trunk (both opening and size).

- No fold down back seat (only ski pass-through).

- The build quality is so-so. Nothing broken yet, but quite a bit of TSB.

It's just me:

- No Bluetooth audio streaming.

- Wished for better iPhone integration.

- Could use a better rear differential (torque sensing instead of VLSD?).

- Could use even firmer suspension tuning.

- Adjustable rear passenger head rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2013

2008 Infiniti G35 Journey 3.5 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

Powerful, but difficult to drive

Faults:

The car has been very reliable.

Bluetooth sometimes doesn't work.

General Comments:

This car has extremely aggressive handling. It felt like I was driving a racetrack roadster. I'm an active driver, but I felt like if I took my eyes off the road for a split second (as in to look in the rear view mirror), I would go off the road. This car is NOT for the casual driver who has one arm out the window and the other wrist draped over the steering wheel. I was consistently in a 10-2 steering wheel position just to control this car.

Road noise is high for a luxury car. You also feel every bump in the road. It honestly feels like a race car. There is good and bad in that.

Another example of the aggressive handling is that it grabs every rut in the road. My wife complained that the car often pulled the steering wheel from her hands, especially when braking. When you come to a stop light, you can feel the car searching for position on the road. It feels almost like someone has jerked the steering wheel from your hands.

By far, the biggest deal breaker is the blind spot. I have NEVER had such horrendous rear vision from a car. Especially such an expensive car. You have to use the side view mirrors very actively, because turning your head will yield you nothing at all. You CANNOT SEE what is coming. After accidentally changing lanes into an occupied lane for the 5th or 6th time (making other drivers very angry), I positioned my mirrors correctly. Once correctly positioned, you can see very well if someone is in the lane you want, but you will NOT be able to see anything else. This required me "relearning" how to drive just to stay out of an accident.

The car's fit and finish is gorgeous. Performance is excellent. Reliability has been great. But I would never buy this car again, even if it were $10k less. Every time I took it on the freeway, I felt like I was one step away from an accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th August, 2010

17th Aug 2010, 10:58

Did you test drive this car before spending an obviously high amount of money on it? I would never buy an expensive car like that without test driving it in all scenarios including a lengthy highway cruise. All of your complaints would have been identified on a proper test drive and you more than likely wouldn't have bought this car.

Also, there has got to be some issue with your tires or some other aspect of the suspension or something if your steering wheel is being ripped out of your hands. Years ago in non power steering old racer type cars this was possible, but in a modern luxury car? I would have it checked out for sure if it is that hard to control. I have driven all types of cars from sports cars to SUVs and nothing in the past 15 years has been difficult to keep on the road, especially a performance oriented car.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 6 reviews