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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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 331 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Wonderful Vehicle

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very much fun to drive, very dependable"

Cons: "Gas mileage - and cup holder in console"

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

"I purchased used with 32,000 miles 4 years ago and have never regretted it. Beautiful, fun car - looks just as nice as when I purchased it inside and out. Gas mileage is not so great but everything else makes it worth it. I miss my car when I have to use another one, all the bells and whistles - almost everything is automatic. Very comfortable and lots of power when I need it - sometimes its fun just to press the gas pedal. I owned a 2000 infiniti prior to this so I have definitely become a lover of these cars!"

Come meet the bulletproof car!

By on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks, speed, reliability, interior materials"

Cons: "premium gas (but it's cheap now) and the cupholder"

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

A few months back... just missed it.

"I bought my 2008 G35x used in December, 2011. It had around 58,000 miles on it then. Fast forward to now, and it's about to roll 154,000 miles. I drive a lot. Anyway, I'm religious about changing the oil, transfer case oil, and differential oil, as well as doing a drain/fill procedure on the transmission. This car is bulletproof. I've had to replace both front wheel bearing assemblies (a wear item and $70 each), the tires (around $500-$600) and the brakes (About $250 in parts and an hour of my time). That's it. It laughs at snow, unless the snow is 14" deep. It laughs at rain. It's fast, comfortable, has a wicked awesome sound system, looks classy, rides nicely. The leather holds up well, and when I polish it in the spring, it's the prettiest car on the block. My factory silver paint has a pearl midcoat which looks amazing. I'm going to drive this car to 300k miles on just oil changes and wear items. Best care I've ever owned."

22 people out of 35 found this review helpful

A few months back... just missed it.

nice exterior, okay interior, noisy

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "nice looking"

Cons: "noise level a bit high"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"good used car, added a few things to make it my own, noise level is high, comfort, well not that great maybe because it is a sport model, can feel every bump..."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

IT'S COMPLICATED...BUT NOT REALLY

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, Handling, Reliability, Fit & Finish"

Cons: "Acceleration delay, Navigation, Headrest, Price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Overall this vehicle is a good vehicle but falls well short of its predecessor the 2003 G35 sedan I owned. The drive by wire system hesitates both off the line and during acceleration unlike its cable driven predecessor, this hesitation removes the all the fun from the driving experience. I’ve also had the opportunity to drive loaner cars of the same year and they’ve performed the same. A constant buck during transmission shifts also make this vehicle less than appealing unlike its predecessor. The interior is quiet but not quiet enough and a stubborn unfriendly navigation system that can’t be programmed while the vehicle is in motion except through speaking to it doesn’t lend to a good experience. The navigation system always requires you to select a state and city when voice programming and you cannot set defaults; you also can not simply state the name of a place such as a common retailer, this makes the system cumbersome to use. The car sits too low to the ground for a luxury sedan, and there are other caveats missing such as a dedicated passenger side power outlet which its predecessor the G35 also possessed. The headrest is also uncomfortable forcing you to tilt your head forward. Voice quality via the bluetooth is subpar, parties on the other end state voice sounds hollow. There’s just enough road feel transmitted to the steering wheel to make you feel like you’re one with the vehicle, handling is top notch as well as fit and finish. Audiophiles sound superb from phone to car’s speakers via bluetooth, there’s no need to plug your phone in but you can."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

G37S-quick, fun to drive

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive.Quick.Hardtop convertible is awesome!"

Cons: "Tires, factory paint job so-so,no cargo rm,resale"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The G37S has some real positives: It is quick & fun to drive. The hardtop convertible is-an engineering marvel. However, the "back seat" is useless. It's virtually a two seater car. No adult, or even a child, would be comfortable in the back. It's difficult to access. To stow groceries & cargo one basically has to put the top down to get to the back seat. With the top down, the car looks awesome, but then there is no cargo space other than the back seat. Also factory tires need replacing after fewer than 25,000-not acceptable. Resale is not great."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Affordable, yet interior quality issues

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, powerful engine"

Cons: "Thirsty, questionable interior quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I purchased my new 2013 G37x in the summer of 2014. Its a great car and a lot of fun, but I have experienced numerous interior noises that makes me question the quality of the interior. Every day, I hear small pops and rattles like panels are not aligned. I have had it in the shop numerous times and the technician agrees that they can hear the noises, however, they claim that it is within the level of acceptability. For my next car, I would sacrifice horsepower for a higher quality interior."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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