2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: I Am the Guinea Pig
January 29, 2008
It was a late night as I wandered back into the office after going to the gym. Sitting there typing away was Mike Schmidt, our resident Vehicle Testing Coordinator.
"Jacobs, you going home?" he called out to me as I walked toward my desk.
It meant he had a car for me. I like cars.
After going through the list of available vehicles, the Infiniti called out to me. I haven't driven it in a long time.
"It just got back from getting its' clutch repaired." Mike explained. "You can be the first one to drive it home." A small smirk came across his face. "Let me know how it works."
Ah yes, the infamous G35 clutch. The one that was very stiff and had a nano-width of gear engagement. It's the car that made you limp after driving it.
"I already went to the gym, I don't want another work out." I joked in return.
I took the keys anyways. I might not be the brightest bulb, but I'm not dumb enough to turn down a nice car.
I got in, depressed the clutch and started the engine. It was a little stiff, though not overly. I did notice a slight squeak that was there before its repair. I slid it into reverse and edged out the clutch. Wow! It works without tanking the engine!
I drove home thinking about the first couple of shifts from a stop. Yes, the clutch was still a little heavy. Yes there was a short catch point but nothing like it was before. Honestly, it's like having a sports car and this is a G35 Sport, isn't it?
Would I say it's 100%? Well, no, I wouldn't say that. But it's much better than it was before. Far easier to live with.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer