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2006 Infiniti G Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Fantastic car by rob_dynamite

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Introduction

I have some small gripes about what I feel is bad design, but overall I love this car and I don't regret the purchase at all. I fully intend to keep this car until the wheels fall off.

Reviewed: 2006 Infiniti G

2dr Coupe 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Why the 2006 Infiniti G?

Reliability & durability

I love the reliability and durability so far. (For what it's worth, I have the tan leather interior. The steering wheel, dashboard, and upper doors are black while the seats, headliner, lower doors, and carpets are tan.) After 140,000 miles, I'm thrilled to say that cosmetically speaking, there is only one sign of wear and tear: there is substantial wear on the driver's seat where the leather tucks into the plastic base near the left hip line. I'm not too upset about it considering how often I climb in and out, and how low-slung the seat is. Other than the driver's seat, there are no cosmetic signs of wear anywhere; the headliner is still factory fresh with no sagging whatsoever, the leather on the all the armrests is perfect, and all the colored plastic switchgear looks great. There are also no dashboard creaks, squeaks, rattles, or vibrations. TL/DR version: This is a hell of a car and it's holding up very well.

Powertrain performance

This V6 is a beast and both transmission options are excellent. The exhaust note is pure sex... I drive around with the windows down even in the dead of winter just so I can hear this car revving.

Brand reputation & image

I live in the sticks of northern NY (firmly in Mustang/Monte Carlo country) and I get complimented at least weekly on the car's classy appearance, the exhaust note, or the prestigious brand. It stands out like a sore thumb among all the domestic coupes up here, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why Not the 2006 Infiniti G?

Fuel economy

The fuel economy and the premium fuel requirement are somewhat disappointing. I averaged generally about 16mpg per tank when I lived and worked in a large city. Now that I live and commute to school out in the sticks, I am seeing around 22mpg with the cruise control locked at 55-60 during my 32 mile commute.

Cargo capacity

The trunk is unnecessarily small considering the lack of a spare tire. The inside of the trunklid actually has a diagram illustrating how to wedge two golf bags inside... I find this to be hilarious. The cupholders are unnecessarily shallow; don't bother using them for anything other than spare change or whatever because any drink you put in them will immediately tip over and empty itself into the perforated leather of your passenger seat... ask me how I know. Additionally the door pockets are infuriatingly narrow and deep. Anything that accidentally falls into a door pocket is gone forever unless you have a child that can fish it out for you.

Audio & nav systems

This one is a two-fer: The Bose audio system is not worth the upgrade. They should be ashamed of themselves. But it doesn't matter because the CD changer stopped working, and as an added bonus, would not eject the CDs inside.

Powertrain performance

I have only had two mechanical problems with the car: I had to replace the serpentine belt and the starter. Otherwise this car has been a dream to own.

Conclusion

I chose the G35 coupe because the thought of owning a BMW 3-series out of warranty made me want to cry, and I have had very bad experiences at more than one VW/Audi dealership. The G35 is a classy car that stands out from all its competitors.

My ownership experience has been exceptionally good so far and I never hesitate to recommend a G coupe to anyone expressing interest.

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