2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: That Persistent Creak
June 29, 2007
I hogged up the Infiniti G35 Sport for three days in a row after having avoided it because of its weirdo clutch -- "annoying long travel and minuscule engagement." I just like that power and luxury and felt two months away from it was long enough. Finally getting behind its wheel again, I noticed the loud creak of the clutch was still there but working the clutch itself wasn't as problematic as I last remembered.
I didn't have as much of an issue driving the car in stop and go traffic. Sure, there was still a bit of lurching but I didn't have to make as much of an effort to control it. I could have sworn it was worse but could I also have just adapted to it somehow? Or maybe it's just because I was expecting it to be really bad. I talked to Road Test Editor Brian Moody about it; he had taken it to the dealership that time where they greased the pedal. He said that the creak only happened when you slowly ease up/press the pedal but when you shift normal, it's quiet. The creak also seems to go away when the car is hot and has been driven awhile. So now I'm thinking the creak is like having a bum knee, where your joints only get stiff when it's going to rain.
Kinda of a shame, though, considering that noise is rather jarring in such a luxurious interior.
Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 6,320 miles