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2008 Infiniti G35



  • For anyone considering a remote starter (which costs about $900!), I wanted to let you know that the car starts fine, but when you open the dorr the engine turns off. You then have to start it again. It sounds nad feels stupid, but the company that Infiniti hires to install them says that it is necessary. It seems like unnecessary wear and tear on the engine and it feels really stupid to get into a car and have it immediately shut off, but that's the way it is.

    Jeff :confuse:
  • ggs2ggs2 Posts: 18
    i am wondering about edmunds true cost to own on the g35. according to this the g35 is extremely expensive to maintain, but this car is generally considered to be very reliable. interesting that the audi a4 and saab9-3 are less expensive to maintain based on the true cost to own. i am also considering the acura tl which i believe was somewhere in the mid-range on this scale. i would very much like to get any input from owners of the above mentioned cars. also, would you folks buy an infiniti when the closest dealership is roughly 2 hours away? thanks for any and all input.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    My dealer is 90 minutes away. I also was very much on the fence and was super close to buying a TL Type-S... but after the G test drive, I was hooked.
    I've been back to the dealer a few times, for TSB's and oil changes, but plan on doing oil changes myself in the summer, and at Nissan in the winter. The dealership is only needed for warranty work or repairs specific to the G itself.

    As for cost of ownership, the G drinks a little more gas than the TL, but it's worth it... that car is an absolute blast in comparison. For maintenance costs, I think any numbers you see now are based on the previous generation and not accurate anyway. Previous years, especially the X model, were horrible on brakes. (Not an issue anymore) Also, most maintenance costs are based on what the maintenance schedule in the manual states, and what the dealer charges. Most of these "maintenance inspections" can be done yourself and the actual maintenance cost is much less ...and only really reflected by out of warranty repairs.
    The G has a great warranty, a great reliability rating and I think you should base your decision on what car makes your heart thump harder... and not on just maintenance costs.

    BTW, Mine is almost ayear old now and has 12,000 flawless miles. (as it should be) ;)

    Good luck!
  • amad1amad1 Posts: 123
    I'm thinking about getting a used 06 G35, but my main concern is the poor gas mileage the car gets. I here its abysmal. Have that improved on the 08's?

    I think gas mileage is a very important consideration when it comes to purchasing a car. I don't care how fun the car is to drive. I don't like making Bush and Cheney richer than they already are. :cry:
  • It's a performance sedan, 306hp is going to go through some gas. If MPG is such a big concern just stick you head out the window, and yell wheeeeeeee!!!!!, while you are driving downhill in your Prius, on your way to the polls to vote for John Edwards.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    LOL... hey, I like the new guy! :P
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    Wow..someone actually used these forums to make a political statement. LOVE the reply Joe ! !
  • Yeah, couldn't believe someone was trying to make the G35 all political either. :confuse:

    As far as I'm concerned the G35 should have overwhelming bi-partisan support. :)
  • How could anyone in that price range buy anything else? I work for A lexus dealership, the iS 350 is to small the GS is to much money and not enough performance for the price, the 335 is nice but no dealership will sell the coupe for invoice. Also very hard to get A base 335 coupe. I just bought A G35 Sedan for $27,400 and with avg credit I got 2.9 for 63 months. I can't belive I got this car for the price of A v6 xle camry. With the money I saved I will buy A turbo or supercharger kit and wheels.
  • There are 16 dealers in socal that would sell one for dead invoice 3 that went under and one that sold me the loss leader in the middle of the week. 08 g35 sedan for $27,400
  • I had a 2006 Acura TL and I just bought the 2008 G35 Sedan. I loved the Acura, it is a great car. But...I love the Infiniti more. The Infiniti gas mileage is the reason for the cost to own I think, not the reliability cost. The Acura got 22 around town and 30 for straight highway. The G35 is getting about 17 around town and I have not driven a tank on total highway yet so I cannot say what that is. The other cost is insurance. My rate for the Infiniti was 300 more for 6 months. Don't know why, insurance could not explain. All in all, I think I would go with the Acura if I had to do it again, there are not enough differences to make up the cost differences.
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    It's 04 when I drove the TL I said the same thing...then got one. 07 the G sedan same I got one. It's all about features / performance for the $...unless you have a lot of manufacturer bias, the G is unbeatable. Give it a taller rear gear ratio and let me actually control the AC / recirc features and the car is PERFECT.
  • I recently purchased a 2008 Infiniti G35 AWD Sport sedan and noticed while in auto mode (not using the shift mode or paddles) the car downshifts hard on steep inclines or severe hills. My 06 never did this and it really takes away from the ride. I have been reading all the posts and no one has complained about this problem. The dealer and I took out several other vehicles on the same roads and they all did the same thing.
    Does anyone else feel the hard shifting on hills? Is this corrected after the vehicle "learns" your driving habits? If so, how long before this changes?
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    I have an 07 sport auto but I live in souther jersey (FLAT). The car will, however do a pretty hard downshift (Harder in DS mode) when braking HARD to a stop. Are you coasting down these hills or are you applying the brakes?
  • It happens in both cases, when coasting on long slopes or when applying the brakes hard going down steeper hills. I've also noticed the same thing you mentioned when braking to a hard stop. I've been told that it's part of the technology and redesign related to "engine braking" and that it will learn as I drive. I don't think it will though.
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    I think the transmission overthinks a bit. When I give a quick stab to jump into will hold that gear for waaay too long...anticipating my need for power I guess. I just tap the upshift paddle in that case and get it in the gear it should be in. The hard braking downshifts I'm OK with (Have you done it in DS mode....I saw a stop sign late while doing about 75ish and the thing was downshifting like a sportbike as I braked VERY hard for that stop), I can't say the coasting thing wouldn't bug me. I would replicate it and hit the upshift paddle and see what it does....should lock you into that gear for 5-10 secs (Seems to be speed/throttle dependant).
  • So I am driving along the interstate and I am looking for some places to eat along the route.. bingo I get a list of 5 of 90. I know a place I want is prob on the 2nd page, but guess what, you cant go to the second page unless you stop the freakin car! Let me be the judge of safety of scrolling. Garmin lets you override that safety setting and so should Infinity.. Otherwise this is a piece of worthless crap.
  • Complaing to Nissan North America via Infiniti Consumer Affairs (see the Infiniti home page for the number, don't use the NAV issues menu as that'll take you Zenrin's helpdesk and they'll just tell you that it's NNA's fault).

    That's the only way they'll change it, we, the owners, have to convince them too.
  • Thanks. I called 800.662.6200 and opened a case. He said their is an update coming in the Spring but he didnt know what was in it. And he thought we would have to pay for the update.. sucks, car only has 2,000 miles on it.
  • I'll pay for the update and my car only has 500 miles on it, especially if we can get the original set of voice commands.

    If they don't give us the option, we should see if we can get a list of the original 2007 owners that complained about it being too complicated. Then we can split the list up, and apply "I'm too stupid for a Nav System" bumber sticker on their cars.

    I'll coordinate.

    Oh, and I looooovvvveeeee this car, even w/ the remedial Voice Commands, and the nanny state lock outs.
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