October 29, 2007
With the clutch pedal groaning like the creaking door at the start of M.J.'s "Thriller" (how appropriate with Halloween approaching), I left the Edmunds' garage with the G35 S. I agree with everyone else who has griped about it. Whoever gave this pedal the green light should be sentenced to doing daily (left) leg presses on a dilapidated, creaky workout machine (like the ones you see in hotel "fitness centers").
But apart from that, I really enjoyed driving the G35. I didn't have any trouble enacting smooth take-offs or gear changes, and of course ya gotta like the powerful V6. Some folks may find the steering effort too heavy, but I tend to prefer some heft in the wheel.
I did notice a couple of ergonomic missteps: the one-size square cupholders that don't have the flexible rubber inserts to snugly hold cups (and they're also too small to double as a handy wallet holder) and the scooped-out exterior door handles. Judging by the scratches I saw on the latter, it seems that one of two things happened: Either Catwoman has joined our staff, or some of the ladies here are having clearance problems with their fingernails. On an up note, I appreciated that the instruments move with the steering wheel when it's adjusted, though this isn't the first car to have this (remember the '86 Mazda RX-7 or '88 Ford Probe?).
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,161 miles.
October 16, 2007
It has taken 11,000 miles, but the first part has fallen off our 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport. And that my friends is a pretty good performance around here.
The culpret is the accordian-like thing that hides the workings of the sunroof. The one on the passenger side came loose and began to hang down. The fix was to simply tear it out and throw it in the trunk. We'll get it reattached the next time the sedan goes to the dealer for scheduled service.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief @ 10,937 miles
September 27, 2007
At the risk of setting off another flurry of comments about how cupholders do not make the car, I, too, have a problem with our 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport's cupholders. Looking at them, initially you wonder if that's what they're for. They appear squarish -- circle doesn't fit in square hole. But then my tall Jamba Juice cup did sit nicely in the "cupholder"...while I was parked. However, as soon as the car was in motion, the cup fell over, looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, since the depth of the holder is kinda shallow and there wasn't anything to secure the cup in place. True, maybe my tall 24-oz. cup is top-heavy and maybe someone with a 12-oz. cup wouldn't have the same issue. But let's just say, I'm glad my drink had a secure cover because I do love accelerating in that car.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 9,384 miles
September 21, 2007
I rose early this morning and thought this might be one of the rare days when I'd get to the office early, too. But as soon as I settled into the G35's cockpit, I knew that wasn't happening: I simply had to go for a drive. Although not all is perfect with our G35 Sport (clutch, steering, cabin materials), there are many details that Infiniti handled beautifully. The very look of the place kindles my enthusiasm for the car -- modern, bright, colorful displays reflecting off traditional black sport seats and a thick-grip, three-spoke steering wheel.
Of course, those sport seats are traditional only in appearance, as Infiniti has equipped with them power-adjustable bolster width on both the seat-back and seat-bottom -- so you can set them to give you a comfortable squeeze no matter how broad your shoulders or how wide your hips. That contact makes the G35 subtly more endearing.
Finally, the shifter: It visibly vibrates and pulses like a Miata's. That's not exactly a sign of refinement in an entry-level luxury sedan, but in a manual-shift G, which is something of a tough guy anyway, it's an important line of communication.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor @ 9,339 miles
September 14, 2007
Yeah, that basso profondo rumble that emanates from under the 2007 Infiniti G35's hood is intoxicating. And the sedan is frisky as a puppy when experienced on the highway. But get past the fun and games and there are practical things to consider. Things like my tall water bottle.
August 17, 2007
Others have written about how effective and user-friendly our 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan's navigation system is, and I share that sentiment. However, when I'm not in guidance mode, I find the map screen a bit distracting -- an issue I have with most other nav systems as well (I'm not a good multi-tasker).
For that reason, I prefer the G35's default split-screen audio and climate display. The typeface and symbols are large and easy to take in at a glance, thus minimizing the time I spend staring at the screen. The information presented is exactly the stuff I want to know -- CD album name, track title, elapsed track time, set temperature(s), fan mode. I also like having a digital clock readout as a supplement to the car's analog clock... I get a little obsessive about checking the time when I'm running late (almost always) so having multiple sources is a benefit for me.
Finally, I find the display attractive, almost soothing. The soft gray and orange background coordinates well with our G's black dash and metallic trim.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 8,425 miles
August 15, 2007
I gave the Infiniti G35 another shot. My first outings in it left me cold to some of its control interfaces, leaving an overall impression of being underwhelmed. One of those interfaces was the steering. Last night, I put my initial impressions aside and drove the G again.
Numerous previous blog entries have beaten to death the subject of the G35's clutch. Let me assure you that this blog entry has nothing to do with the clutch action, which is so godawful that it alone conspires to ruin the driving experience by making the driver's every gearchange feel like the first he's ever done. I promise to make no mention whatsoever of it. Cross my heart.
No, this entry pertains to the steering. First, the good. It's a great steering wheel, with well-placed "pads" for the hands at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions and wrapped in leather of a high tactile quality. The rim is shaped right, too.
My quibble is with the variations in steering effort. In short, the weighting changes too abruptly from turn to turn. A low speed turn has light effort, and the next, slightly faster turn is met with a drastically disproportional increase in effort.
Scrutinizing it further, it feels as though the steering assist is ramped out too aggressively as engine speed increases. The G35's steering assist "mapping" could use some finishing school.
Call it nitpicky but subtleties of this nature are partly what separate great steering from a system that's just okay. Truly great steering is transparent and natural--it should never call attention to itself.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 8,345 miles
August 03, 2007
Presumably, one buys an entry-level luxury sport sedan for its four doors and back seat. Otherwise, you might as well get a G37 Coupe or sports car, right? Well, the G35's rear seat ranks pretty well in terms of comfort. As long as the front seats aren't positioned wildly rearward, there's a comfortable amount of legroom 34.7 inches says the spec sheet. This compares to 30.6 inches in a Lexus IS 350 and 34.3 inches in an Audi A4.
Foot room is adequate, and there's enough headroom for anyone less than 6 feet tall. There's also decent seat bolstering and armrest padding. The portal created by opening a rear door seems a little small, but without direct comparison it's hard to say whether it's any worse than that of other luxury sport sedans.
I wouldn't want to road-trip in the G35's back seat no storage bins and dinky cupholders but I think up to a couple of hours would be just fine.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
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
June 25, 2007
Shortly after we received our long-term Infiniti G35, one of our readers asked to evaluate how much the armrest interferes with shifting the 6-speed manual. The answer is it doesn't interfere at all, which is good. But it's also not possible to rest your arm upon it, which is bad. Even with the seat all the way back, I had to reach my elbow back just to touch a corner.
The 6MT G35 also has pretty lousy set of shallow square cupholders, which I'm not too worried about, but some may find it significant.
I also should update the situation I had with the G35's nav traffic feature. On a venture out to City of Industry, Calif., the nav traffic worked very well and was accurate by about a quarter of a mile predicting where traffic slowed. It seemed to show traffic flow on all highways, but as before, it failed to show traffic for a rather large strip on I-10 between I-405 and I-110 in Downtown LA. My guess iis that it's a problem with the XM traffic feed, not the car. I guess that strip is always so bad, reporting it seems redundant.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 6,153 miles
June 07, 2007
I got my first taste of the second-gen Infiniti G35 sedan on back roads during a quick AM run in our long-term car (apologies for the mediocre photo). Body roll is tightly controlled, and the G is eager to adjust its attitude in response to brake and throttle input. It's not a cuddly car, and our Sport model comes across as more hard-core than any other entry-level luxury/sport sedan. Yet, the steering, although hefty, fails to offer the kind of detailed feedback I'd get in, well, you know, a BMW 3 Series.
That doesn't mean the G35 can't be fun, of course. As I type this, I'm trying to think of an excuse to leave the office early to take it on a longer drive.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor
June 04, 2007
Tilt and telescopic steering wheels are amongst my favorite features in today's automobiles. It doesn't seem like much, but if I can't find a comfortable driving position in a car it limits the fun of being behind the wheel. Our G35 has both adjustment features, but they don't work like I expected.
My beef isn't with the telescoping aspect of the wheel... It's with the tilt. In most other designs the cluster remains stationary when the steering column is adjusted. In the G35, the design of the tilt is such that the instrument cluster pivots with the steering column. So if the wheel is blocking my view of the gauges in one position, it's blocking them in all positions.
This problem won't affect all drivers, but it does me. And I don't care for it.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Assistant - 5,371 miles
May 29, 2007
The one-touch auto up/down feature on the driver's door window did not work when I climbed into our G35 today. It went down fine, but I had to hold the switch to raise the glass. It reminded me of a little trick that saved us a trip to the dealer. It works for many of the one-touch windows on the market today.Try it out.
In order to re-program the switch there are a few steps:
(1) Raise the window.
(2) When it's completely closed, hold the switch in the window-up position for 10 seconds.
(3) Lower the window.
(4) When it's completely open, hold the switch in the window-down position for 10 seconds.
(5) Repeat steps #1 and #2.
At this point the problem should be no more. Try it once or twice at a later time if the issue persists. If a second try still doesn't remedy the situation it may require dealer service after all.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Assistant - 5,100 miles
May 16, 2007
Spent a few days in our G35 Sport recently. Much of it was spent cursing the car's groaning clutch pedal and too stiff ride, but I also managed to find some time to grow frustrated with the sedan's rubbery shifter and narrow seat.
Even with all that going on, I packed the wherewithal to notice the G35 supplies the driver with multiple timepieces. Two, in fact, the analog unit that looks like a wristwatch and a digital readout up on the navigation screen. We're not sure why this is?.I drove something like 250 cars last year and they all had one clock each, which seems to be enough. Infiniti does provide a provision for eliminating the redundant digital readout, but I thought it was interesting, nonetheless.
Eagle eyes among you will also notice that the clocks are reading different times in this photo. Well, that was my fault. I mistakenly reset the digital clock while trying to eliminate it.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief @ 4,750 miles
May 14, 2007
Creeeeeaaak, Creeeeeaaak! That's the sound the G35's clutch pedal makes each time you ease it out. As one editor plainly put it - Not good dude!
No good to say the least - so we took it to Cerritos Infiniti in Cerritos, California to see if we could get just a little satisfaction. We also had a busted cruise control (it turned on but would not engage)... The car's mileage was around 4,500 so we figured we'd be early for a 5,000 mile service.
A quick check of the G35's maint. schedule revealed that we were, in fact, already late for the car's first service which Infiniti says should have been at 3,750 - seems kind of soon to us. And were not talking about a dealer recommended schedule either.
The service cost us $43 (BMW's is free btw), the cruise was repaired under warranty (brake pedal defeat switch not plugged in) and the clutch, well, funny story about that.
"There's nothing we can do" said the service advisior and the technician who worked on the car. The tech did grease the pedal spring with silicone grease and the problem was about 80% fixed - the noise was all but gone...., for about a day. But man was the G a blast to drive without that funky clutch sound. LIke All Summer in a Day, the G35's moment in the sun was short lived but packed with fun.
The next day the creaking and squeaking was so loud it sounded like an old fishing wharf the Scooby kids might have stumbled upon. We're going to try another dealership just for the heck of it but it's gonna take a lot more than a few Scooby snacks to quell this din.
Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 4,533 miles
Dan Edmunds hit the nail squarely on the head in his post about our Infiniti G35's clutch, so I won't beat a dead horse too much here. When I drove the G for a short while just after we got it, I definitely noticed the annoying long travel and minuscule engagement. But after driving it again last night, the clutch is now much much stiffer and sounds like a creaking door -- Smyrna, we have a problem. After sitting in traffic last night for almost an hour with it, and a half hour this morning, my left leg is literally tingling. I'll have to hit the gym later and do some right leg presses just to even myself out.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 3,239 miles