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Infiniti G35 Brakes and Rotors



  • ocg35manocg35man Posts: 52
    I am assuming sevice and tires were performed at Infiniti dealer. If you replace with OEM tires, cost should be no more than $1000.00. So that leaves $1300 for new front brakes and 30K checkup.

    I own a 05 G35 sedan with about 36K miles on it. My brakes
    are still ok, but pretty soon I will need rear pads. If I am
    not mistaken, 05 G35X has different brakes than mine. It is
    possible, they wear faster than mine. If they are same as 04 G35 brakes, then you might have chance to recover some
    of your cost.

    Next time, do your research BEFORE signing OK to perform
    any service.

    good luck!
  • burkeyburkey Posts: 5
    I have a 06 300C with 22K miles. Went on first long trip and noticed "shimmy and shake" when applying brakes. Took to dealer all rotors have runout .013" front, .020 rear. Is this unusual after only 22K miles? Defect in rotors or just have them turned? :(
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Depends on the thickness of the rotors, and the kind of braking you have been doing over the course of 22,000 miles.
    Constant heating and cooling causes that runout.
    It happens to all brakes, but smaller brakes or excessive usage cause this to happen sooner.

    You may want to hop into the 300C forum and ask the other owners there.
  • gsportgsport Posts: 4
    i have 03 g35s 6mt 46k on it still on stck brakes those brembo are sweet making a litle bit of a noise when cold but other than that those things stop you preety good 117ft from 60miles and compare cars like nsx117, ferrari 360 117, or buggati veryon 115, so you figure
  • easman61easman61 Posts: 28
    I test drove a base G35 ('05) with 21k and loved it - until I stepped on the brake pedal. There was a definite rotor problem. Is this a warranty item or not? Confused from the forum here. The Nissan dealer has had the car for 75 days and they just marked it down from $26k to 21,997 which is supposedly $1800 below what they paid at auction. Seems like a lot of car for the money - but I don't want to be stuck with a big brake repair.
  • bobzeeagbbobzeeagb Posts: 1
    :lemon: I read a great number of postings, on other web sites, about G35 problem breaks. My dealer changed all four breaks at 20,000 km, and now wants to change two front ones after only 20,000 km. Believe me; I do know cars. Moreover, I know how to drive. My second car, Acura TL, has 65,000 km without any break problems/issues. The G35 breaks are stock breaks, however I read that some G35 owners had Brembo breaks installed without further maintenance problems. Aside from maintenance costs, my biggest worry is car safety … will it stop at 120 km/h?

    Has anyone changed G35 stock breaks with Brembo? Would dealer exchange breaks, or you had to go outside Infinity network? If not Infinity, who in Toronto (Ontario, Cnd.) can do this exchange? How much did you have to pay for this “pleasure”?
  • ticosticos Posts: 19
    Need your help. I have an 2003 G35 Coupe with 36,000 miles and the brembo brakes. The pads were changed on all four wheels just after 30,000 miles. I was told that the rotors were just slightly above the min. spec. tolerance so the next time the pads are changed the rotors will have to be replaced. Infiniti wants over $500 for each rotor and by the time all pads are changed as well I estimate the bill will come close to $3,000 with labor. I know Tire Rack sell rotors and pads for the G35 coupe but I need to know what is involved in replacing pads and rotors. Are there aftermarket components that are less expensive and of the same or better quality than the original brembo rotors and pads? I noticed that Tire Rack recommends local brake shops for the installation (any comments about this service?) Thanks for your assistance with the above.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    $3,000 for a brake job is complate insanity!

    Brake jobs are actually very easy on most cars, but only if you've seen them done before.
    As for parts, Brembo is a great name... but it's not necessary for the rotors.
    The Brembo name shines in their calipers (the part that squeezes the brake pads onto the rotor).
    You can get away with aftermarket pads and rotors, and keep the Brembo Calipers.

    I swear by Bendix brand, but that's just me.
    There's a lot of options for brake pads, including ceramic, which keeps the brake dust down.

    The job will include unbolting 2 or so bolts which hold the caliper on to the car.
    You then pop the old pads out and after removing the master cylinder cap (where the brake fluid goes), you use any c-clamp like tool to squeeze the caliper's piston back... so it's all the way into the caliper again.
    Don't squeeze too fast or fluid may squirt out of the fluid reservoir.
    Then you have the room to pop the new pads into the caliper, which are held in with springs...very easy.

    Before bolting on the caliper with the new pads, you pull off the old rotor and the new one goes right on, over the lug nut studs.
    If the rotor is stuck, tapping it with a hammer a few times usually loosens it right up.
    Rust builds up in between the rotor and studs and this sometimes causes a little work getting them off.

    Once the rotor is on, replace the caliper where it came from and tighten your bolts.
    Make sure your brake fluid level is topped off and replace the cap.
    Start the car and pump the pedal a few times so the caliper piston can seat the pads.

    Be easy on your new pads for 100 or miles, allowing them to seat correctly.

    Of, and when putting the tires back on, please use a torque wrench.
    Over torqued lug nuts are the #1 cause of warped rotors.


    Go to the shop and pay through the nose. :P
  • Ticos,

    I'm in a very similar situation. I've got an 03 6MT Coupe with Brembos and 29k miles. I took it into the dealership and they told me that I need new front and rear brakes (rotors and pads). They claimed the rotors cannot be machined b/c they are so thin to begin with. The want $2600 for the full job! I then went to a local shop and they want $2800 and told me that the reason the price is so high is b/c there are no aftermarket rotors. Well that's obviously some BS.

    So now I'm in the process of seeking out good aftermarket pads and rotors (is that all I need). I don't plan on doing the work myself b/c I'm not at all mechanically inclined.

    I'm looking for advice now on which aftermarket rotors and pads to purchase and where to buy. I'm mostly interested in durability and less brake dust. I don't push the car very much so performance is less of a consideration. Any suggestions based on your experience?

  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    Not sure if they sell replacements for Brembos but Burtman Industries sells rotors and pads that I bought for my 05 X. It has the "small" brakes of the 03/04. The rotors are slotted and drilled and the pads are ceramic. These are fantastic. Virtually no dust, very smooth braking and they really bite when I push them. If they have a replacement for the Brembos, give them some consideration.
  • akdlakdl Posts: 1
    Hey guys. Any luck on finding a nice set of cheap rotors? I'm in the same situation as you guys. I have an 03 coupe with brembos. I resurfaced them about 15000 mi ago and had my dad change the pads. I made it to 45000 with the stock rotors on. My dad is going today to see if they can be resurfaced anymore when they rotate my tires. I looked online and they said they can be resurfaced only up to 8mm front and 6mm back. I'm looking at my rotors now and I'm wondering what kind of rotors they are. They look like they have a lot more meat on them. They arent the cross-drilled slotted kind that I see everywhere when looking for rotors for my 03 coupe. Now I'm dumbfounded as hell? I'm curious as to whether this is the stock rotor, or an aftermarket rotor. I bought the car at 25000 mi. They have the brembo calipers but look like different rotors? If you guys find anythning cheaper than the $370 replacements let me know.

    My brother has an 04 coupe with brembos sport package as well, I believe he has the same rotors, I have to look when he gets back :)
  • Hey here. I have an 03 sedan and have had it from the start. The warranty has run out and I don't want to pay the $2500 the dealership has quoted to change out the rotors and pads. I am mechanically inclined to an extent. Is this a job I can do on my own? Do I head to a discount auto parts or should I head a specialty shop? I am excited about working on the car, but want to make sure its done right. Any thoughts?
  • bengal00bengal00 Posts: 1
    I have gotten great wear on my brakes and they stop quickly (although I do get a lot of brake dust), but due to the known problem the dealership replaced my front brake pads and rotors when my car was in the body shop last year under warranty. Now I need to replace the rear brakes (I have 80K miles on them or at least 45K that I put on them). I don't want to pay the dealership to replace them so my dad is going to do it for me, but I am having trouble finding the parts. First I was told they couldn't get the pads if I had VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which I do, and thought everyone had. Now I need to know if my car has Brembo calipers because I've been told they require different pads. I have an '03 RWD G35 Sedan. Does anyone know how I can tell if I have Brembo calipers and does anyone have a good website to order the pads and rotors from? Thanks!
  • :sick: I have a 2004 G35X. I am trying to change the rotors and brake pads. I can remove the caliper but there are 2 19mm bolts that I can't seem to loosen. Hell maybe I don't even need to remove them but I don't see how I could remove the rotor if I don't remove the 2 bolts. Can anyone help???
  • After you loosen and remove the 2 14mm caliper bolts and remove the calipers(hang them off the suspension with a bungee cord) and remove the shoes by sliding them off their tracks you must remove the 2 - 22mm bolts ONLY if you are changing the rotors or getting them machined. They are on really tight so use a long handle good quality ratchet and a lot of muscle. After they come off(2 bolts per side) you can now slide your rotor off. Reverse the steps to put it back together. Don't forget you will have to slowly retract the caliper piston with a C clamp to make enough room for the increased thickness of the new pads and rotor. Hope that helped. I just finished mine and it took about an hour and a half excluding the time to get the rotors machined.
  • yassyyassy Posts: 70
    i just replaced our front rotors on 2005 g35x after 50k miles! only had to remove 4 caliper bolts total, and the 2 14 mm are on tight. Rotor is just stuck to hub and had to be banged off. there are no screws bolting rotor to car. I have no clue what the guy above is refering to. there are no 22 mm bolts around the rotor. Rotor is just hugged in place by pads once everything is on, then by wheels and lug nuts. hope this helps
  • Yassy, with all due respect, 2004 G35X Sedans sold in Canada have 2 14mm bolt pins holding on the brake pads and 2 22mm bolts securing the caliper body to the car. Do you perhaps have an upgraded Brembo brake pkg. on your car?

    I have done this dozens of times. The standard calipers in the premium G35X pkg is 14's and 22's............
  • yassyyassy Posts: 70
    no problem. you are right. only 4 bolts hold caliper together that need to be removed. there is no screw holding the rotor onto hub. Actually the 2 bolts that were difficult to remove were 18 mm. The other bolts are standard 10 mm bolts holding piston onto caliper on our g35x. dont know why infiniti would put diffirent size on yours, unless you have different brakes. on the x i believe the front brakes are smaller.
  • Its odd that they have different bolt sizes for same model year. The last one I did was a late model 04 so perhaps it was already getting 05 calipers when it was built. Anyway they make for an easy pad replacement and a fairly easy rotor remonal if necessary.
  • I just had a front wheel bearing replaced on my 2005 g35x. Under warranty, but makes me wonder about quality. However, they discovered a transmission leak and now I need a new radiator. The warranty ran out at 90,000 kms. I'm at 94,000 kms. And front rotors needed ... again. Is this a piece of junk, or what? My son has an 11 year old Honda Accord, and he's never had these kinds of issues. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. I'm in Canada.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    the early G35s and FXs were notoriously bad when it came to rotors and brake pads: actually, in the beginning of 2003 or 2004 it wasn't covered under warranty and Infiniti was sued and forced to cover rotors and brakes under warranty because of the amount of people having problems with them and complaining: I had a 2005 FX35 that needed the rotors resurfaced and brake pads replaced every 10k miles while I leased it: luckily it was all covered under warranty but suffice it to say I didn't keep the FX because of these issues because they would have added up to alot of money year after year once the warranty expired: each time the car was done the bill was $300-400 bucks a pop: I was in the dealership over the years many times with people with 03-07 G35s having the same issues that I did with brakes and rotors every 10-15k miles: its a shame because except for the brake/rotor issues, my FX35 was absolutely excellent and problem free for the 42 months I had it!!! best of luck on your decision!!
  • pb512pb512 Posts: 3
    I bought my 2006 G35 6MT Sedan new in Feb 06. I have 45,000 miles on it now. Just replaced the tires a couple of thousand miles ago, and checked the brake pads while the wheels were off. Front pads still looked ok w/ plenty of pad thickness, but the rear pads were getting a little thin. (I was a little surprised that the rear pads wore faster then the fronts). Anyway, I have been very happy with the performance of the original brakes. The car stops great, no noise/squeals, no "shimmy". There is some noticable brake dust and perhaps other pads could have lasted longer, but like with tires, I'm ok with sacrificing shorter life for better performance. I don't do any track/racing, but I do drive my car pretty hard.

    So, I am now looking to purchase new pads (I'm comfortable doing the install myself), and am looking for some recommendations for some relatively affordable, good performance brake pads. Anyone have any good experiences?

    Thanks, and happy holidays.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Nothing at all wrong with 45,000+ miles on a set of brake pads.

    Were those the OEM tires that you just replaced???
  • I brought my car in for servicing today only for an oil change and ended up needing new rear brakes at 20,000 miles. Dealer said the pads are real soft and wearing out between 18,000 and 22,000 miles. Is anyone else having this problem? BTW I had no signs like noise either.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    20,000 mile sounds a bit early for rear brakes. Maybe the dealer thought he doing you a favor by replacing the pads before you started to hear anything from the wear indicators.

    How much did they charge for the rear pads?

    Were the front ones replaced earlier, or are they still OK?
  • No problem with front brakes. Around $370..rotors also resurfaced.
  • I have a 2007 G35x with 24k and I started to notice a faint squeal (thought it was because of cold winter temps outside) about a month ago. I brought the car in for oil change and dealer told me that I rear pads where at their minimums and I should replace them at next oil change. They quoted me about $350 with parts and labor.
  • Looking to replace my brake pads and am currently looking at 3 options. Any thoughts, opinions, better ideas. Looking for minimal noise, increased rotor life, low dust... use for everyday driving.
    1. Hawk HPS: High Performance street
    2. Hawk PC: Performance Ceramic
    3. Project U NS Street Pads
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    I don't have personal experience with any of the pads you mentioned. Most people seem to be happy with Hawk products. The HPS's will probably produce a bit more dust but be easier on your rotors than the PC's.
  • brian151brian151 Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    I love this car and have had no problems with it but for the brakes. On reading the posts I can see premature brake wear has been a problem with earlier years of this model, but I don't see anything like the problem I'm having with my 2008 G35X. Front rotors were turned under warranty at 11,231 miles. All rotors turned and pads replaced at 27,936 miles due to only one of the 8 pads being worn out! I paid the full bill because dealer said this was "normal" for a sport sedan. After significant discussion about how only one pad could get worn out, I got 50% of the bill covered and accepted the rest as "betterment". Now less than a year later at 50,842 miles I've got symptoms of warped rotors and I'm told I need to do the pads again because another single pad is down to the safety-fail limit. So my question is, has anyone else been successful getting Infiniti to acknowledge they have a problem with the braking system or parts quality that causes individual pads to wear faster than others? I'm a very consistent driver and almost all the miles are highway use, so there is no excuse for $800 to $1500 bills every year.
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