Consumer Reports hit the nail on the head when they rated the M35 their #1 mid-size luxury/sport car. Bought a 2009 M35 w/ Nav & Tech pkg in Feb 2010 after my 2005 Honda Accord was destroyed by a fallen tree. Owned: one year. Never a problem. Great handling, pickup, & very reliable. Guess it helps to keep up with maintenance. Radio & 6-disc CD player was adequate for me. Nav, easy to operate once I learned it. Decided to trade because of lousy fuel mileage (17-18 mpg), wanted lower pymts, & a smaller car. Bought 2005 BMW 330i sedan - very satisfied so far. If Infiniti would spend more time improving gas mileage and less time designing needless gadgets this car would fly out of dealerships.
I bought a used M35X from the dealer last month. It had 18,000 miles on it and was a rental car in its previous life. I have had the car for about 1 month now. The car drives really well. The acceleration is very good. The interior is spacious and well designed. This car has the Premium Technology package and is full of cool features. It is the top pick in the Consumer Reports evaluation for mid-size luxury cars. Reliability is next only to the Lexus LS 430 according to Consumer Reports. The only issue is with the Rear Crash ratings from IIHS which is "Poor" compared to an Acura RL which is rated Good on all the tests. The Road Noise can be lower although the engine hum is enjoyable.
Technology features like the Hard Disk for storing Music, Steering wheel and seat position that adjust automatically.
Less road noise, smoother steering wheel and more sensitive system to turn off the turn signal once you are done with a slight turn.
I have been a Lexus customer for 12 years. We shopped around and found the M35X. They pushed their technology so much at the dealership we felt it had to be as good as Lexus if not better. Boy were we wrong. Unfortunately I now have 38 months of this nightmare left. I returned an 06 Lexus GS, which my phone the Palm Pre had no trouble pairing with the Bluetooth. My 09 M35X does not work at all with these phones. Static all the time and that supposedly great Bose radio that lowers and loudens itself at will comes on and off during a conversation. Then there is the nav - what a waste of money. No points of interest. Been lost a lot lately. $53000 really Infiniti. Entire system was replaced by dealer, no luck.
The car itself is beautiful and has a really nice ride.
Fix it update your technology and you will have a great car.
I just traded a 2006 M45, which I loved, for this car. I got the M35 to save a few bucks and get better gas mileage. The M35 with the 7 speed is almost as quick as the M45. The car rides great and is fun to drive, I got the Tech and Advanced Tech with Sport Packages. Love the DVD player, new 7 speed transmission with sport mode, hard disk music box, IPOD hook up, navigation and touch screen. All but the DVD and navigation are new features my 2006 did not have. I got the Blue Slate with black interior and it looks great!
The car is great - instant throttle response, amazing handling, quiet ride, all the technology and 14 speaker sound. The music box is great, just drop in a CD and it records and stores it on the hard disk, up to 2900 songs! Also, it is the largest and easiest to get in and out of in it's class!
Gas mileage could be better, but the car is geared to give V-8 performance and it does. The IPOD dock does not charge the IPOD, this should be corrected as the IPOD battery will drain and die without notice, this happened twice to me. However, once I get the music box loaded I won't need the IPOD!
This is my second M35S as I also had a 2006. The ride in the 2009 is a little stiffer, but still comfortable for a car with 19" performance tires. The increase in power along with the 7 speed transmission makes for a great combination. The gas mileage is about the same as the 2006 at about 20mpg in mixed driving. Looked at Jaguar FX, Lexus GS, Acura TL and Audi A5. None could come close to the lease deal. Best value in its class.
Handling, power, features and looks. Trouble free.
Even though the 5.1 stereo in nice Infiniti needs to get rid of Bose. It cannot compare to Lexus or Acura. With the 7 speed transmission expected better gas mileage on the hwy.