2007 Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan: Stuck at the DMV
July 03, 2007
It takes 60 miles of driving our long-term Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan to figure out why I'm inexplicably irritated. Yes, thereâ€™s something wrong with the clutch. In fact, it's easy to have beef with each of the fussy pedals the brake pedal travels too far before engaging the brakes and the e-throttle often seems to have a mind of its own, stuttering just before fully opening the throttle when the pedal is floored. But even when cruising the freeway at speed, an activity that requires no use of the clutch or brakes, the mysterious annoyance is still there.
Passing the exit for another freeway, the source of my problem is suddenly loud and clear: The navigation voice is the same overly pleasing monotone that systematically rattles off numbers at the DMV. Identical. You know, Now serving, B-237. And as soothing as DMV lady is designed to be, it's the long series of numbers called before yours that act as a kind of aural drip torture. You know it's not your turn you can read the red LED display but the numbers just keep rolling off her digital tongue.
She does exactly the same thing in the G35 as you pass exits that aren't yours: Stay on I-405 North. And if you're in the middle of a good song, being interrupted to hear about the exit you don't want to take four times by, of all people, the DMV lady, you just might find yourself irritated. But it's a personal problem, not an Infiniti problem. The navigation is still among the best I've used and objectively speaking, the voice is pleasant.
James Tate, Associate Editor @ 6475 miles