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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 302 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
    9.4/10

Luv this car

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"2nd Infiniti for me. What sold me was how tight the car remains after 99,000 miles. A few minor issues. Tmps needed replacement."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Have had problem after problem with convertible

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Repairs expensive and top repairs were multiple"

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

"Have spent 7,000+ on convertable top, including new motor for top, new module for trunk locking mechanism and leaks."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best bang for the buck in luxury sport segment.

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, reliability, power, handling"

Cons: "Mileage, clear coat too thin"

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

"I regularly drive two of these cars, 6MT S coupe is mine and my wife has AWD auto sedan. The cars are very solid, extremely reliable, engines are bulletproof and will run into 300,000k and more. The value of what you get for the money cannot be beat but they do have some minor issues. 6MT is a little on the rough side as far as manuals go, especially 1st to 2nd but you get used to it. 5AT and 7AT need their software updated at the dealer as early versions seem to shift a little too much. I don't like OEM tires and brake pads, there's much better ones available for less $. Some interior panels will peel or scratch but they are very cheap to replace, I bought steering wheel bezel that started to peel for $17 and paid $50 to put it in. That was literally all of the issues with the car. 6MT will need new clutch around 80k or up to 120k if you are not a newb. I reccomend replacing stock bushings with polyurethane although it's not necessary and might cost around $500. Bottom line, if you want a reliable car that will run forever and has good power and handling and don't mind around 20mpg on average, this is the best car in that category. Or you can get a BMW and become a frequent visitor to the dealer while paying $$$$$$ for new parts on a monthly basis, it's up to you."

Very good car

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The engine is extremely fast & smooth technology is great not real good on mileage but it's worth it"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Fun ride.

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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: "Power to spare. Excellent handling."

Cons: "Battery life, overall mileage of 22"

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

"I have owned the G37XS Anniversary Edition for almost 5 years and even after a bad day at the office I still come home smiling every night after the driving this car. The front seats are very comfortable and at my size (5'10", 190 lbs) it is a perfect fit, but might be a tight squeeze for people much taller than 6'. Fit and finish are excellent. Good sound system and navigation. Handles well in all conditions, snow included. Only problems with the car have been 3 battery replacements and somehow I wore out the brakes at 75k miles. I recently had the car in for service after which the dealer called me repeatedly to trade it in - I had to explain that I'm not giving it up. Driving this car puts a smile on my face."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I LOVE this car!

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, very sexy looking too!"

Cons: "I've gotten two speeding tickets already..."

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

"When I was ready for a new car, I had no idea this would be my choice. My prior car was a Maxima so I was used to comfort and performance. But--I was trying to be frugal so I started looking at VWs because they had always been good, safe bets. (I had previously owned 2 of them) However, when my salesman talked me into trying out this G25x I was nonplussed. BUT---when I drove the car, all I could say was "Mama gotta new boyfriend!". I have had the car 6 months and it is a joy every time I get in to drive it. I highly recommend it. I have the car of my dreams with every option I could want for a very reasonable price!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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