Purchased used and its has been the perfect blend of reliability, performance, handling and comfort in one package. The Bose stereo and leather seating will please the senses on long hauls, however the smoothness of whacking the shifter through the gears at a rapid pace as the car builds a momentum only distinguished as a swelling sensation, is truly exhilarating. It’s not going to win any MPG awards, but the Smiles Per Gallon (SPG) will be hard to beat.
Reliability: No issues thus far Performance: Naturally aspirated 300+ HP with 6sp manual transmission Handling/Comfort: Very well-mannered and but happy to drift with traction control off. Very comfortable and welcoming. Pros: Performance, 6sp manual transmission, handling and appearance Cons: Steering tends to feel a bit heavy for my taste under hard turning, Cup holder in-front of the shifter, Lack of USB inputs (resolved with USB2 GROM for both USB/Bluetooth support)
I bought a used 2007 G35x w/ 120k on the odometer. I was looking for a used Altima or Maxima, but came across the Infiniti and was sold the moment I stepped on the gas. Reading the reviews put me over the edge. I've now had it a year and a half, and have 150k on the odo. No maintenance issues, but gas is a bit of an expense. I average 19-20mpgs combined and pumping premium fuel sucks. Comfortable on long rides, and I'm tall and have back issues. Getting out is a little awkward b/c it sits so low.
Where to start? We bought the 2007 G35x when it first came out. A bit of a risk for a significant G model generation change, but, it proved to be rewarding. The 300+ hp will leave most cars gasping when you want to hit the accelerator. The 5-spd sport stick is absolutely the sweet spot on a car this powerful (remember, the faster the track car, the LESS gears they require). The newer 7 speeds are a gimmick. The in-dash compact flash card (only year provided) is awesome (all of my music is on it and yes I download it all). I am pretty tough on a car and this G35x has held up. I do my own maintenance and it has been minimal. Oil changes, tire rotations, and brakes is about it. With nearly 100k miles on it, it has served me well. So well, that I simply plan on keeping it even though I can afford a new car. But why? This thing drives as good as anything out there. The only issue I have had are two:
1. This car likes to drink fuel. Despite the 25mpg avg, I would say I get closer to 19mpg.
2. Although the tires have worn remarkably well for an AWD vehicle (still on the 2nd set), my right front wheel shows signs of inside tire cupping (and subsequent road noise). I plan to put another set of tires on it and get the front end checked out; hopefully that takes care of that problem.
Otherwise, I love the car. The only reason for considering a new car is for some of the new technology that is out there such as blind spot monitoring and the 360 degree vision view (the 4 cameras). Otherwise, I'm good. Nissan's VQ engine won Ward's Automotive Award for about 10 years straight and this engine has performed flawlessly. I suspect I'll need to change plugs soon, but, for now, it still runs like new (10 years later).
For what it's worth, I am a Toyota man and have had Toyota trucks most of my life as well. You can't go wrong with the Toyota/Lexus line either (although they have had some lemons like the IS250 direct port injection issue). Infiniti/Nissan did a nice job with this car and I think the 2007 was the best year for reliability when you consider the transmission in this car (I'd want nothing more than 5 gears mated to this engine). By the way, I drive almost exclusively in tiptronic (sport shift) mode and have not had any issues (I don't change trans fluids either; that's usually when trouble starts).