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Infiniti G35 Tires and Wheels



  • Second set of rims is for convenience and to protect original rims. Changing tires constantly raises the possibility of damaging a $400 rim. :cry: Using a second set of winter rims that you can get for 150-200 each gives you convenience. Also, snow tires are better if they are not as wide as the original tires (you get better traction with a narrower footprint in the snow).

    It is not mandatory, just convenient. As far as storing for the summer, tire dealers around here won't do that (here is Detroit metro area).
  • I've been reading this thread, but can't find a previous answer to these questions. I am a complete neophyte about all of this.
    1. Previous poster asked whether to stagger winter tires. I have the same question although our local tire mechanic suggested Dunlops M3 sized 215 55/17 and 222 55/17. Maybe that's not quite right, it was a bad cell phone connection. Is this necessary? Tirerack recommended just the 225/55 17 on all four.
    2. Our local tire guy also recommended Nokians. I can't find anything about these tires on infinities. Comments? We live in metro NE area with a lot of slush, dry pavements, not a lot of deep snow. I'm particularly paranoid about hydroplanning since that once happened to me with another car.
  • joeshanjoeshan Posts: 70
    If you've got a two year lease, the original tires probably would be fine for slush & light snow, especially with the clutch, until time to return the car-just slow down.
    I'd go with the Nokkias- I had a set years ago on an Accord and they were unstoppable. With the manual trans and these tires, you should be able to climb up the side of a house!
    Use same size as your original tires at all four corners.
    You would be better off mounting the snows on their own set of wheels as opposed to switching wheels 2x a year.
    A word of caution-my Inf. dealer has a sign in the service dept: "We refuse to remove, mount, balance or service any aftermarket wheels". I wouldn't want to test that policy, as it may be their right to refuse. Check with your dealer if you are going to have your car serviced there. Of course, Inf. wheels cost $300 apiece...
    Save your money until next year, as winter seems to be AWOL this year.
    As for the hydroplaning-slow down!. A State Trooper once told me that in inclement weather, the posted speed limit is almost always too fast for conditions.
  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    Unless it's free or under warranty, I generally avoid dealerships for routine service. Exception might be an oil change at Nissan which is cheaper than 'Inf'.
    For most running gear stuff, brakes, tires, brakes, alignment, etc. etc. I go to a well experienced and trained mechanic with a fully equipped shop. The difference in personal service is huge as is the knowledge I gain in talking to him.
    This mechanic does after-market stuff including setups for AutoX, lowering, for Nissans, Minis, bimmers, Vettes, etc. as well as the normal factory stuff.
  • I actually called the service manager at the dealership and he made your initial recommendation--use what I've got. So although I was about to go ahead with the Nokkias, I cancelled. If it ever really snows hard here this season, I'll take the Outback for peace of mind. I should get the Nokkias for that! Maybe they'll compensate for the lousy brakes, which I didn't think were bad at all until I drove G. Thanks for your input.
  • Interesting article on winter/all season/summer tires at Car and Driver. l

  • rward,

    I wouldn't be too concern about driving with your current g35 in st louis on all season tires, esp given it will only be an issue a few days a year. I live in MN and haven't had any issues with my g coupe. I have a set of snows in the garage and haven't bothered to mount them this year. Just takes some skill to get going from a stop on a hill. Don't get me wrong snows make a big difference, but not like you are doomed without them. If you do go snows, it's best to get a set of wheels for them if for no other reason than it costs you $100 each time you flip them. They will pay for themselves quickly.

    Good luck!
  • I have the 2005 g35 Sedan with the 18" 235/45/18 tires. I am upgrading to new summer tires and the Tire Rack rep. recommended I go with the slightly taller/wider 245/45/18 size to get better high performance choices.

    Has anyone with the Sedan w/18" wheel package (w/auto or 6MT) tried going up to 245 size and were their any issues/problems with it?
    For snows I ended up going down to slightly shorter 225/45/18's which worked out fine - just wanted to see if anyone can verify that the slightly larger size for summer tires wouldn't cause an issue.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    I have 245/45/18's on 8" wide wheels. Used them last summer and will put them on again after the winter. No problems at all! I went with General Exclaim UHP tires. 10000 miles so far and they still look new.
  • My summer tires are still new. I need your expert thoughts when it comes to changing them. I’m thinking of modifying the profile while keeping the original rims to:
    Front: 225/45-18
    Rear: 255/40-18

    I’ve used this to calculate the tire sizes:
    Has anyone done that? What do you guys think?

    Of course, regarding winter, I’m thinking of getting 18x7.5 wheels with set of four: 245/45-18 from TireRack.
  • Thanks, sounds good! I'm staying with the stock 18" wheels - but their 7.5 width still meets the minimum width spec for the Dunlop Sport Maxx's) so I think I'll be all set.
  • amitnis1amitnis1 Posts: 14
    I was looking for an entry level luxury coupe and decided to go with the G35 one. I live in NE and the dealer was very adamant that I should go with the AWD sedan version if I want to drive the car all year long. He argues that any G35 coupe including one with automatic transmission and snow tires will be out of use for at least 2 months a year in the NE weather.

    Is this correct? Is the only G35 relevant for 365 days drive in NE is the AWD one?

    If not and a coupe with snow tires will do the trick then wich tires should I buy? What should be the cost?

  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Not 100% the same, but relevant... I drive a 330Ci year round in S.E. PA. I'm sure we get less snow than you do, but we still get some good ones. I live on lightly travelled state-road and it gets low priority from plows. I've yet to get stuck. The biggest problem I face, and I'm sure the G35 would have the same problem, is lack of ground clearance. When the snow gets above 5-6", the front end starts to plow. When that happens, the rear wants to come around. DSC says "nope" and the car starts to slow down. When going up hill, this can cause the car to come to a complete stop... not good. However, by turning DSC off, I've always been able to get where I want.

    As for tires, I used 225/45 WinterSport M2's initially and last year changed to 205/50 WinterSport M3's. The narrower tire is MUCH better in the snow but considerably worse when playing on dry roads. I'm pretty sure if I still have the car when the next set is needed, I'll go back to 225s on each corner.

    Hope this helps!
  • raizelgsraizelgs Posts: 84
    I live in the Detroit Area and the automatic coupe with Dunlop M2s is fine in the winter. Slightly less relevant to your question is one of style. The coupe is such a better looking car than the sedan. Don't buy something that will leave you beating yourself up every time you see a coupe if that is what you really want.

    The coupe is not different than any other two wheel drive car in the snow if you have good tires.
  • mrg2mrg2 Posts: 29
    I paid $500 for a wheel/tire protection plan for '07 Sport Model. These are $800 rims (from what I was told) and almost $200 tires. The plan covers wheel damage (excludes curbing them, though) and tire hazard replacement. Was this a ripoff? Has anyone ever heard of someone getting a bent rim from a pot hole? I never damaged a rim, but have had plenty of flat tires where they couldn't do a patch.

    I have 30 days to cancel and am considering it.
  • mrg2mrg2 Posts: 29
    Here's a link I found on the internet for the company that sells the warranty.

    Tire must have 3/32 of an inch left on tread to qualify. Anyone have an idea of what that translates to in the life of a preformance tire?
  • raizelgsraizelgs Posts: 84
    I have had serious wheel damage in the past from potholes. It cost me for two expensive wheels. :( I also purchased the insurance, and I am not sure if it is worth it, but it sure gives you piece of mind. :D

    There are many frost heave potholes where I live, and I thought it a reasonable investment.

    You are correct about the curbing, since I did some minor damage hitting a curb, and the insurance would not pay for the repair.
  • mrg2mrg2 Posts: 29
    Do you have the same insurance plan as the one stated above? When you put in the claim for the wheels that you had curbed, did you admit to hitting a curb? My policy excludes damage from curbs.
  • raizelgsraizelgs Posts: 84
    Policy sounds the same. I do not think I paid that much, but I'm not sure. (It's buried in the monthly payment).

    With the price of any one wheel or tire being close to the whole cost of the insurance, it is worth the piece of mind. As I said in my previous note, I have had wheels ruined from pothole or road damage in the past.

    Yes I told them I had curbed the wheel. The damage was really minor, and I just had to pay $50 to have a repair guy grind it out and repaint. You cannot tell the wheel was damaged.

  • mrg2mrg2 Posts: 29
    Has anyone researched what the alternatives are available for replacing the oringal summer tires on the Sport Model with all season tires. I haven't been able to find anything that fits the original rims (except for a single model of winter tires) or the original stock tires.

    Looks like I'll have to buy a set of rims and tires. Any recommendations on those choices?
  • paulo6paulo6 Posts: 94
    I personally would not waste my money. I own a 2006 sedan 6MT with sport summer tires (235/45 18s) in Michigan. I bought similar sized winter tires only (50 series) USED from ebay and have been using them through this past winter with absolutely no problem. They performed perfectly through MI winter. I plan to swap the summer tires back on in a week or two. Keep in mind I leased my car and have no plans on keeping it after the 2yr lease ends, thus the decision to buy used winter tires.
  • I'm in the same boat as you. I have been looking for Winter/All Season tires too.

    From what I have heard, looks like unfortunately, we have to buy a set of wheels and tires for winter..if you really want to protect your rims from the process of swapping summer and winter tires.

    Another alternative is to put on All Season tires. However, I couldn't find the right tires sizes for all season..

    I did some reasearch and don't take my word on this:
    - All Season:
    235/50-18 (Front)
    255/45-18 (Rear)

    - All Season:
    245/45-18 (Front)
    255/40-18 (Rear)

    so i'm going to add another voice to your post. Any Recommendations out there ?

  • mrg2mrg2 Posts: 29
    I was at the dealer yesterday and asked Parts Dept Guy about all season alternatives for the Sport Model. He could not find any in the references that he had, but he admitted it was not comprehensive.

    It's interesting to me that Infiniti did not take this situation into account. I think there's more than a few of us who have purchased a Sport Model (or the Sports wheel package) that live in a climate that doesn't fit the recommended conditions of summer tires year round. Does anyone agree with this position?

    I know that purchasing a second set of wheels in a different size is an option, but shouldn't I at least have the choice of replacing the stock tires with all season tires?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I bought the Wheel/Tire package.

    The package covers wheels and tires, but also offers full road-side assistance for anything, like dead batteries, running out of gas, etc and also includes towing up to 150 miles.
    I use AAA but I admit, I sometimes let it expire accidentally. This is just added piece of mind.

    They wanted $795.
    I told him he was nuts, and that I knew what people were paying.
    He immediately came down to $395, which I accepted.

    There's a $50- deductible on any tire/wheel replacement, regardless of wear, and it's coverage for 60 months, unlimited miles.

    Sounded like a good deal, so I took it.
    (politely declined everything else) :)
  • triple_7triple_7 Posts: 63
    "politely declined everything else"

    First of all, congrats on your car, we all know you have waited a while for it.
    You constantly reminded us of it ;)
    Hope you have fun drivin it. A few questions for a new owner

    1) what other options did they try to offer you with the car

    2) why did it have 11-13 mile on it already, did the sale guy take it out on a test drive?

    3)sounds like you were at the dealer for a long time inspecting the car. what things did you look for or recommend one absolutely do when picking up their new car?

    enjoy your ride
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    :confuse: :confuse: Interesting...sounds like you paid $395 for just the coverage for the wheel issues, since you already have full road side assistance in your basic warranty that comes with the car.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Other options included the Interior/Exterior protection package, which is nothing more than a lousy coat of wax on the exterior, assuming they even put it on. The interior gets Scothgaurd.
    I take car detailing very seriously and found no need for this at all.

    They also offered extended warranties, but I have declined for now. I have 6 months to decide before the price goes up and they would not budge from the $2,400 pricetag for the 7/100,000 plan.
    Also, there was a deductible and only certain things were covered.
    "Oh, you broke the fluggle... we only cover the bolt that holds the fluggle"
    I'll search around and find something that better suits my needs.

    They offered Lo-Jack... for $900!
    Yeah, it pages you when the car is stolen, causing your little extra fob to beep... 15 minutes after it's stolen. They say that Lo-Jack doesn't want you to get notified too early, causing you to mingle with the thieves.
    I'm thinking more on the lines of a Viper system, which will beep and/or call me the second the car is started, and also includes a GPS tracking system for pinpointing the car.
    Same price installed, and offers far better protection.

    I opted for the Wheel/Tire package cause it's just piece of mind. Not for me, but the wife asked me to get it. She's hit potholes and ruined two wheels in the past years and felt I should get it.
    I'll pay $395 to avoid her from saying "I told you so" down the road, if it's ever needed!
    The wheels are $800 a piece and the tires are $200.
    Tire coverage is complete replacement, regardless of wear.
    $400- was not expensive, if it's needed even once.
    The roadside coverage will continue even after my car's warranty has passed, and it's just extra piece of mind.

    I had 11 miles on the car because these cars are tested at the factory.
    There's a letter included in the car's glovebox that explains exactly why the 11 miles are there.

    I brought a list of items to check upon delivery, but the salesguy had a full checklist of items as well.
    I had my wife and 4 yr old with me, so I was a little rushed as well.
    I failed to notice until this morning, that I didn't get my splash guards though.... calling the dealer today.
  • Did you ever find any info on this? I am getting ready to buy a Sport model, and I live in NJ. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to drive on the summer tires year round, but I'm also don't know if I need a full on set of winter tires. Luckily I have a second car, so I can park it if I have to, but I'm sure I won't want to do that.
  • triple_7triple_7 Posts: 63
    Thanks for the quick response. Although all that extra stuff would be nice,I dont think that it will be for me. I might spring for the 3m film though as it seems that it is something that really protects ones investment. the other warranties like you mentioned, give you the peice of mind that your covered should anthing go wrong.

    hate to hear about those splash guards, that means other unwanted trip to the dealership. at least when you get there, it will be in STYLE.
  • How much did the 3M film cost? That's something I'm definitely interested in. How's it holding up? A friend of mine got it put on his Volvo about a year ago and had to take it off after only about 3 months.
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