Lots of power when you want it, but also very refined. And that distinctive exhaust sound! Before this one I had a 2009 G37 Journey. That was a very nice car, but when it was totalled in a rear end collision, I found a 2008 G35XS. It has a slightly smaller engine, the older 3.5L one, so about 20 less HP, but wow - the sport tuning and all wheel drive make a big difference in the way it feels and behaves on the road. In wet asphalt conditions, the RWD of my G37 would spin the back wheels often on acceleration. With AWD (the X in the name), you can practically floor it in almost any weather condition and take off like a shot from a cannon. The Sport (S) also makes it a more firm and agile feeling ride. Love this car!
Love, love, love my new car! Comfort, Performance, Quality, Appearance, and Value for the Money is all 5 stars!
The 2005 G35 Coupe handles good, it's pretty quick, and it looks good. The downside however is the fact that it has a very close gear-ratio. My previous car shifted from 1st to 2nd gear at 50+ mph. The G35, however, shifts at 30 mph or less (although the RPMs go all the way up to 7000 rpms). Like I said, this can be annoying since the car can be noisy at high RPMs which means that you would want to shift sooner than that (before you reach 30mph). This may not be a problem for people who have already owned import sports-cars: Hondas, Nissans, Acuras, Lexus, Toyotas, etc.). On most of those cars the gear-ratios are similar, unlike the gear-ratios in domestic V8 muscle and sports cars (Trans AMs, Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes, ...). This car has a large fuel-tank, and the gas-mileage is about average. The Michelin Pilot Sport factory tires are great, but too expensive, and you'll go through a ton of tires in this car. The brakes are excellent, but the transmission is noisy. The shifter vibrates, but it's nothing too serious. Stereo is all right, but the gauges have ugly orange lighting background which is old-fashioned. On later G37-version this was improved. Overall, this car is great for people who love imports, but If you have owned domestic sports cars in the past, and want to switch to an import due to gas-mileage reasons, you are better off with a 3-series BMW, or C-Class Mercedes (which are slightly slower).