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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.
Favorite Features

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 257 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great Fun Car and Reliable

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,640

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun car, and still not as expensive as Lexus & BMW"

Cons: "Not for practical for more than two people."

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

"We first leased this vehicle when it was new. My wife continues to get complements on the car style and appearance. We have had absolutely no need to take it in for repair. The car handles extremely well with the OEM tires, which are a W speed rating and are still not down to the wear indicators. Will need to replace before winter. The car is very comfortable for two people, but I would not recommend it for long trips if somebody had to sit in the back. Like all sport coups, the back seat passengers suffer. All controls, including center console are within easy reach of the driver, no leaning required to change radio settings, etc. Hey we bought the car at end of lease, so this should be an indication of how well we like it."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Car is extremely reliable. No major issues

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, handles well and is fast!"

Cons: "Not enough door storage space."

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

"The vehicle has approx. 43000 miles and still have the the original tires. Just replaced the rear brakes. Change the oil and filter every 4K miles. The only problem to date was that I had to replace the cable assembly for the heated seats. The driver side leather seat is now showing some wear, otherwise no other issues."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

G37S 4-DR Z

By on Sunday, February 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "4 DR Z with room for family"

Cons: "Quirky 7AT"

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

"Good handling and power. Mid size room for four but can squeeze 3 in the back. Have the Sport model with 7AT. Good sports sedan, just 7AT is quirky in downshifting and upshifts to top gears too quickly."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Saturday, February 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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 drive and a great ride"

Cons: "The steering wheel is not heated."

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

"I love my car. I love the way it handles. I love the way my music sounds. I love the comfort. I love the get up it has. I love everything about it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best convertible I ever owned

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

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: "Fun car to drive"

Cons: "Needs better lighting in trunk."

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

"100% optioned from factory, one off Bassani after market exhaust, Stillen long neck cold air intake and Drive Train remapped, Clear vinyl on front end, mud flaps and rocker panel sills. Accent lighting, illuminated door sill plates. One owner and I have MRSP Sticker and all records."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Dis-satisfied. Feels like its a poorer quality.

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Pleanty of horsepower."

Cons: "Quality issues and poor resale value."

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

"This car listed for close to $43K and it's resale value, after less than two years, is half that. What does that say to the buying public? I had a list of shortcomings that I took to the dealer (brakes noisy, transmission not shifting smoothly, HVAC not maintaining temp correctly, external temp reading off, etc.) and not one of them could be corrected. They told me that was inherent in the car's design. So I'm really disappointed in this Infiniti. When trying to trade it in elsewhere, and discovering that the value the car was way below the loan balance, I was stunned. The latest is that the rear brakes and all tires are needing to be replaced and it only has just over 20K miles on it. Not happy at all!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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