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2008 Infiniti G

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2008 Infiniti G Review

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Intended to compete on a level playing field with German compact and mid-size sport sedans, as well as a variety of roughly comparable Japanese and American models, the Infiniti G35 four-door matches smart appearance, bold performance and crisp responsive handling in four trim levels and offers both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Following a major redesign for 2007 that saw a similar update of the G35 Coupe (which is now the G37; reviewed separately), this high-energy Infiniti sedan has the look and feel of a true enthusiast vehicle, inside and out. Although domestics models, including the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ, or Japanese counterparts, including the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350, are prime targets of opportunity, Infiniti is most intent on having the G35 sedan score biggest with folks who are also shopping the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

You'll Like This Car If...

Those who prefer a bit more emotional approach to a feature-rich entry-luxury sport sedan should find happiness with virtually any iteration of the Infiniti G35, but particularly one of the Sport-fortified variants.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Die-hard German-car fans will still find issues -- real or imagined -- with this high-intensity Asian alternative. For those with deeper pockets, sedans like an Audi RS4 or BMW 335i -- although compact and not mid-size -- offer thoroughly desirable packages with even higher horsepower thrills.

What's New for 2008

For the first time, the Sport Package is now available on the all-wheel-drive G35x model, as is an 18-inch wheel and tire upgrade. XM Satellite Radio becomes standard, the RearView Monitor moves from the Technology Package to the Navigation Package and a dedicated iPod interface joins the options roster.

Driving the G

Driving Impressions Derived from a long-wheelbase version of Nissan's latest FM (Front Mid-ship) platform that also underpins the Z350 sports car, the G35 possesses sparkling performance credentials that only improve when fortified...

with the Sport Package goodies. Driven normally, this scintillating sedan coddles, comforts and entertains. Drive it enthusiastically, and the G35 satisfies like few competitors can. Its lusty V6 pulls strongly on demand, whether backed by the five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The finely-tuned suspension delivers impressively balanced ride and handling and the powerful anti-lock brakes stop with authority. An available 4-Wheel Active Steer Package for Journey or Sport 6M models further enhances its already excellent transition moves, quickens response and subtly improves stability during cornering, while all variants benefit from a driver-selectable Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system that lets you explore an ample portion of the car's ultimate potential before the system swings into action. Those willing to forego a bit of at-the-limit edge for the all-season security of all-wheel drive should consider a G35x.

Power Front Seats
Amazingly comfortable and supportive, even the base G35's front seats boast eight-way power adjustment for the driver and four-way for the passenger, plus manually adjustable lumbar supports. All other models add eight-way power for the passenger while the Sport 6M seats include power activation for the thigh, lumbar and side bolsters.

Available 4-Wheel Active Steer Package
Computer-controlled 4-Wheel Active Steer works in combination with a quicker, variable-ratio power steering unit. As speed increases, the system turns the rear wheels slightly in the same direction as the front wheels when the car is cornering or changing lanes, resulting in more stability at higher speeds.

2008 Infiniti G Details
Interior

Superbly-formed power front seats wrapped in leather and set off by aluminum accent trim textured to resemble traditional Japanese handmade paper add a unique flavor to the G35's cabin styling. Its cockpit-like ambiance may strike some as a bit busy, but the controls are logically arrayed and the flashy electroluminescent main gauges are quite legible. Not so much for the center stack -- with or without optional navigation -- where display legibility tends to come or go based upon the amount of reflecting sunlight. Rear passengers will find the G35 sedan's rear bench seat belted for three but contoured for two average-sized adults at best.

Exterior

Well-tailored sheetmetal effectively complements the G35 sedan's sporting character, melding crisp lines and sensual contours into a tasteful yet visually distinctive styling statement. Complementing the basic shape are an eye-catching grille treatment with four sculpted bars that twist from center to edge like traditional Japanese sword blades, flush-fit L-shaped headlights and taillights that flow around the fenders front and rear and standard 225/55 V-rated tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. The top-line G35 Sport 6M model has W-rated 225/50 front and 245/45 rear tires on 18-inch alloy rims.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Exceptionally well appointed, even the base G35 Sedan offers leather upholstery, a full range of power assists -- including dual power front seats -- steering wheel-mounted supplemental audio and cruise controls, Intelligent Key remote entry and start, six-speaker AM/FM/MP3-capable audio with six-disc changer and auxiliary input, automatic air conditioning and high-intensity discharge (HID) bi-xenon headlights. The Journey, G35x and Sport 6M bring greater power-seat adjustability and other detail upgrades. Standard safety features on all include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, active front-seat head restraints, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with stability and traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).

Optional Equipment

The G35 offers multiple upgrade packages and several individual extras, although only for the Journey, G35x or Sport 6M models. Key groups include the Premium Package (moonroof, Bose audio system, power tilt and telescoping steering column, Bluetooth and more), Sport Package (sport steering wheel and seats, unique front fascia and side sills, 18-inch wheels and tires, limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes and magnesium paddle shifters with the automatic), Technology Package (Intelligent Cruise Control, adaptive front lighting and more) and the Navigation Package (voice-activation, real-time XM NavTraffic, RearView Monitor, Lane Guidance and a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive). Also available are 4-Wheel Active Steer, African Rosewood interior trim and a rear spoiler.}

Under the Hood

The G35's stellar V6 is the latest iteration of Nissan's renowned VQ35-series engine. This all-aluminum 3.5-liter is loaded with design elements that help reduce internal friction and increase total performance, including continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust valves. It delivers a stout 306 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, is matched with either a five-speed automatic (G35, G35 Journey or G35x) or close-ratio six-speed manual transmission (G35 Sport 6M) and returns slightly above-average fuel economy numbers. On a G35 fitted with the Sport Package, the automatic also features finger-friendly shifter paddles mounted on the steering column and ideally positioned for quick gear changes.

3.5-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
268 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 17/24 (RWD, automatic), 17/23 (AWD, automatic)

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2008 Infiniti G Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 312 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This car is a BLAST to drive!

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great acceleration, features, FUN, reliable, solid"

Cons: "limited colors, steering wheel a little faded"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

My 2013 g37 ipl (last year called a G37 coupe-now Q60)

"I own a 2013 G37 IPL coupe which I bought 5 months ago used with 25k miles and no accidents (according to Carfax). Gorgeous!! Before I bought this one I drove my daughter's 2008 G37 for 8 months which she decided to trade in for an Acura MDX (more room). I decided that I wanted a newer one (hers had 70k miles). I loved driving that car enough to buy one after a 9 month search. I looked at Consumer Reports for consumer's own opinions and records. So far (I've driven it for 4k miles) this car is reliable, powerful (knocks your head back if you're not careful when starting out), well-made, tons of features, outstanding stereo system (has an audio theater setting), bluetooth phone, camera, sonar, no nav, but all the other features you'll find on a Q60 but cooled seats and voice recognition. (Have that on my phone!) I test drove the 2015 Q60 and was surprised. It was so much like mine! And at selling for $50k with less horsepower (330 compared to 348!) I guess they wanted to up the gas mileage. I'm perfectly happy with my average 24mpg. (The car will keep track of that too.) I would give this a 10 but I think there are minor things they could have improved on and shouldn't have priced it so much higher when they just changed the name. Also, I've found a few complaints online that say the manufacturer was indifferent or unresponsive. I'll have to find out for myself. So far I love the product!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My 2013 g37 ipl (last year called a G37 coupe-now Q60)

Very fast, agile, excellent brakes, comfortable

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Quick, reliable, agile, fun to drive, comfortable"

Cons: "No drls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Extremely fast without turbo or supercharger. The AWD adds to the agility and control. Great safety features except I wish it had DRLs. Most reliable, comfortable, and fun car I have owned in my 61 years. I run Blizzaks in the winter on nice styled wheels and the traction with the AWD, plus stability control, gives me great confidence in the snow. Dealing with my Infinity dealer has been a pleasure."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My Beauty never gets driven enough.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Wide tires slide if you excelerate to fast in rain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Cool Infiniti

"Color Amethyst Grafite - Turns on a dime- excellerates so fast it pushes you back in your seat. Leather (Black) Leather - no rips or tears, beautiful dashboard, all computers all working fine, Bose sound system (factory installed), G-37 coupe, dual temp control, heated seats, keyless entry, lock, trunk. Auto lights, back up camera (perfect), has both leather bound instruction books. programable garage doors (2), programable seats (height, position,and placement). I either sell it now or keep it forever -it's that nice. heads turn."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Cool Infiniti

Some cars are good, this one is good & fun

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, and fast with great brakes!"

Cons: "It does burn some fuel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a very good car! Fun to drive, reliable and very fast! The only thing I've done is change a battery at 5 years and a new set of Michelins. I also changed to synthetic oil when I purchased it. If it has a draw-back it would be that it burns a little fuel. I gets about 26 mpg on the highway at about 70 mph and 16 mpg in town. I drive 8000 miles a year, so no problem."

22 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Best car ever.

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price and handles great."

Cons: "None, completely satisfied."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car going on 6 years and I am very satisfied with it. It is a beautiful car and handles great. It has plenty of horse power, the transmission shifts perfect and the interior is amazing. I am always getting compliments on what a great looking car I own and I must say I do agree with them. I will probably keep this car for a few more years, since I only have 41,500 miles on it. Now that I am retired I am sure I will be driving it more."

11 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Better cars out there for the money

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Power, appearance, handling"

Cons: "Not engaging to drive, auto trans, fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Purchase a used 2013 g37x coupe with 7k miles in June 2014. So far, dealer has replaced warped valve cover and leaking gasket, radiator hoses, and entire headlight assembly. Repaired under warranty thankfully, otherwise I would have been out of pocket $2400 ($1600 for headlight). Very odd repairs for a 2 year old "premium" luxury vehicle with only 12000 miles. PROS: -Car has WAY more than enough power. Zero complaints in this department. Fantastic engine. Cool exhaust note. -Beautiful, solid well-built car inside and out. -Excellent Bose stereo and Bluetooth integration. -Great backup camera with sonar sensors. -Decent handling and flat cornering for a heavy vehicle. -Snow and ice are a non-issue with the AWD option. Almost impossible to get stuck with 330hp and AWD, unless snow is deeper than 5-6 inches. -Engine uses conventional oil,so cheap oil changes (but more frequent...) -Wonderful dealer experience. CONS: -With great power comes horrible fuel economy. Driving very conservatively, I normally see 14-16mpg at best with 70% around town commuting. 22ish mpg on a 90% highway vacation trip. Premium gas only too. On board MPG computer is about 10% optimistic. - Avoid the 7-speed auto, as it is atrocious. Under light to normal acceleration, transmission will rev 1st gear to 3000-3200rpm before shifting to 2nd. Annoying and unnecessary. It is consistently either in too high or too low a gear. Sport mode helps slightly. However, Sport mode will downshift 2 gears if sensors detect heavy braking or cornering, which is a little unsettling if your are not expecting it. -Seats, too firm for my taste. More than an hour or so and they get uncomfortable. -Very unintuitive HVAC interface. Instead being able to individually select vent positions (like most vehicles), you must push the Mode button to cycle through the possible combinations. When cycling past the defrost mode, the AC turns on and needs to be manually turned off. Makes no sense and feels like a cheap afterthought. -Navigation/information interface is dated. -Window switches are mounted low on door, which sometimes makes for lots of fumbling to find them. -Expensive repairs. -Not much steering feel for a sporty car. -Not very fun to drive, unless under hard acceleration. Not worth $48-50k brand new. Not even close! I paid $32k used with low miles, and that is an OK value. I think you are paying mostly for that sweet engine and the Infiniti badge. Most cars now are packing all the same features for half the price."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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