Infiniti M35 vs Infiniti G35
After reading the review and examining the photos of the 2007 G35 at the Freshalloy web site I am not sure what's left to separate my 2006 M35X from the new 2007 G35X. Arguably the interior is different (albeit closer to the M now) but the new G has the majority of the tech features historically unique to my M (better Bose sound system, push button start, HID adaptive head lights, adaptive cruise, bluetooth connectivity, etc) and the exterior clearly borrows heavily from the M's design. And it now can be ordered with the XM Navtraffic an improvement over the current M's nav system. I am all for a brand identity but the M should be readily discernible from the G, I don't think it is at this point.
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I had a "wow!" reaction when I first drove the M35 and also when I first drove the G35. With the G35, I wasn't in love with how it looks. I love the aesthetics of the M35 and the G35 coupe, but not the G35 sedan. I love the BMW 3 series from the early 90s through the changeover in 2005-2006. The new one doesn't turn my head the way the old one did. One thing, for me, is that the M35 looks (not sure of the eaxct right words) "sumptuous, rich, expensive". One reviewer wrote "In rare, wonderful moments, a car shows up that is exactly what it's supposed to be, does just what it's supposed to do and delights well beyond expectation ...The new M is the best thing Infiniti's done and comes close to making BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Cadillac irrelevant. It offers as much panache and performance as those do with fewer privations, at sometimes-lower prices." So, I guess, for me, the M has that "panache" and the G35 sedan doesn't, while it is a great performer.
I agree with the other poster; after having a G as a loaner, I could not wait to get back in the M. The driving dynamics are just different (the G is faster off the line, though--thanks to weight).
The only negative I can say about the M35 is the low beam headlights, I cannot see past 35 feet with my low beams, I will be sending a certified letter to Infiniti stating that this issue needs to be addressed before someone is injured or killed with this defect in the lighting system. The dealership was no help in resolving this issue.
Check earlier posts in this forum. There is a thread that describes an easy adjustment to raise the headlights using a large phillips head screwdriver to turn a single adjustment wheel on each headlight housing. It was very easy to do. I adjusted mine within a week of getting my M35X last August.
Doc ... We're on the same page, although for the money I think the G is a remarkable value. It's usually what I get as a loaner and it's fun to drive ... but just doesn't trip my trigger the way my M does. When this current lease is up, however, there's a distinct possibility I'll switch to a G because I drive so little it's overkill to tool around in a $50+K vehicle. In addition here in AZ we pay for our plates based on vehicle value (it's a personal property tax) and when I want luxury my wife's GX470 gets the job done quite well! Bart :shades:
I used it 1 year ago after I got my new M35x and it only took about 5 minutes out on a country road to raise the headlights just enough to see.
I haven't noticed it for months and the other drivers don't comlain either (by flashing theor lights at me in oncoming traffic)
I had to turn the screw about 4 full turns on the passenger side and 5 full turns on the drivers side.
Other than that 12,0000 miles and 14 months later--I love this car!
Did you get the problem resolved?
I love my new M35 and as in a previous posting I really enjoyed a recent road trip, the performance was awesome , up to over 100 mph without even realizing it , the ride was very smooth and effortless. got about 22 mpg on the road,16 mpg in the city. My 2 Lexus GS models before I made this change were very good cars, with no trouble whatsoever, I hope that my M will give me the same trouble free service. The only negative about the M are the headlights , the eratic bluetooth behavior, and just a little bit noisier than the Lexus. the nav system is great I am still learning about the different features in the nav.It can do so much and gives you so much info when you learn all of the features, it could be a little overwheming if you are not tuned to such things.As for the controls on the dash and steering wheel I think they work fine and look good , and being able to do almost anything on the dash with voice commands is great.
Oh ,by the way I changed to my M because the Lexus GS trunk was so small you couldn't even get any decent sized luggage in it, much less my golf clubs.
Just follow the directions yourself and all will be well. It's very easy to do, and many owners have done it and are completely satisfied.
The 2007 G35 seems to have a significantly upgraded nav-system. It is hard-drive base, and includes traffic monitoring and voice-recognition control of the navigation, radio, and climate systems. It also tells you which precise lane to be in for freeway navigation.
The navigation system in the 2007 G35 seems more advanced (and has more features) then the system on the 2007 M35/M45.
Below is a description of the 2007 G35 nav system from someone's review: "The Navigation Package consists of a GPS-based system employing a 30GB hard disc drive (which displaces the in-dash, six-CD changer to the trunk and contains a 9.5GB partition for user-recorded audio tracks); MP3-capable compact flash media slot (also used to copy audio to the HDD and update the map database); lane guidance, which preps a driver for a left or right exit ramp from a freeway; voice recognition for climate control, audio and navigation; and a three-month trial subscription to Sirius or XM satellite radio, the latter including real-time traffic information where available."
Robert Snider of Escondido Infiniti near San Diego took me for a test drive of both the 2007 G35 Journey and the 2007 M35.
I loved everything about the new G compared to my 2003, it is faster and really fun to drive, a beautiful four door sports car that I would be and probably will be very proud to own. The handling was perfect and held beautifully on sharp curves, much better than BMWs for me! The technology of all the gadgets really attracted me and I would buy everything they make for it except the sports suspension. The regular suspension is excellent for sports car type handling.
I next drove the M35 and compared to the G35 was very slow to accelerate. The power of the G is 306 hp and only 275 for the M. The M also weighs 500 pounds more so the M really seemed slow by comparison. The M is really unexciting to drive compared to the G. It is a wonderful car though and many people would never notice, I am only 76 years old and need a fun car to drive, my 2003 G has been and I can't bring myself to lose the fun of driving.
They are both wonderful cars but the G wins for me with no regard to the price difference, I can afford both so that doesn't matter.
Good luck to all.
San Diego, CA
I sure hope I'm still into (and able to handle) fast cars when I reach that age! :shades:
I know this is pure speculation, but I'm thinking that a lot of the goodies in the 2007 G Sedan will show up in the 2008 M35. I leased a 2007 M35x back in August on the 21 month lease. So I am anticipating that in May 2008 I will be looking at another M35x but with the next gen VQ engine as well as the other nice technical advancements that the M will get with a 'freshening'.
I do like the 2007 G sedan tho. To me it seems like a cross between an M and a G coupe.