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Key specs

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The good:

  • Smooth, quiet operation
  • Acceleration
  • Easy to drive
  • Automatic-transmission performance
  • Seat comfort

The bad:

  • Non-sporty handling
  • Undramatic styling
  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Backseat space

2 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 INFINITI I35 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 255-hp V-6
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Leather upholstery
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Optional Sport Package

2004 INFINITI I35 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Roughly slotted in the middle of Infiniti’s four-model sedan lineup, the luxury-performance I35 gets only a few modifications for the 2004 model year. A sunroof, a powered rear sunshade and side sills become standard this year.

Evolved from the Nissan Maxima, this midsize front-wheel-drive sedan was last redesigned for 2000. After the 2001 model year, a larger V-6 engine was installed, which prompted a model designation change from I30 to I35.

Previously the most popular Infiniti model, it’s been eclipsed by the G35 sport sedan that debuted in 2003. Topping the Infiniti line is the plush Q45, and a full-size M45 sedan is also available.

Apart from the roof, no other body panels are shared between the I35 and Maxima. The I35’s hood creases are prominent, and a Q45-style titanium-colored grille sits between xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Mounted on a 108.3-inch wheelbase, the I35 is 193.7 inches long overall, 70.2 inches wide and 57 inches tall. Alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. An optional Sport Package includes Vehicle Dynamic Control, a sport-tuned suspension, special eight-spoke alloy wheels and side sill spoilers. A full-size spare tire is optional.

Five people fit inside the four-door I35. The 60/40-split rear seatback folds for additional cargo space. A 200-watt seven-speaker Bose sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer is standard. The radio operates using Radio Data System (RDS) technology and includes a cassette player and steering-wheel audio controls. The driver changes gears using a serpentine-style shift gate. Heated front and rear seats are available.

The seats are upholstered with Sojourner leather and flank a wood-accented console. A classically styled analog clock sits in the center of the dashboard. Nissan’s Bird View navigation system is optional. Trunk capacity is 14.9 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 24-valve, 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine produces 255 horsepower and mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. An electronically controlled throttle is used.

Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Active head restraints for the front occupants move up and forward in a rear-end collision to reduce the chance of whiplash injuries. Traction control and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and Brake Assist are standard. Vehicle Dynamic Control is offered as part of the Sport Package.

Driving Impressions
Solid execution and satisfying behavior translate to overall excellence in a well-made sedan that’s far more substance than flashiness. The I35 is smooth in operation in nearly every respect, and it delivers down-to-business luxury with a pleasant and functional interior.

Even when it is pushed hard, the engine is extra quiet in a well-controlled prompt-responding powertrain. Passing power is super, with nearly instantaneous downshifts that deliver refined yet vigorous acceleration. Above-average handling falls short of sporty, but the I35 steers easily and accurately with a fine feel. The sedan doesn’t ignore bumps, but its suspension takes the edge off most of them.

Front-seat space is good but not exceptional, but rear headroom and legroom are tight for average-sized adults. Despite fairly short bottoms, the seats are inviting, comfortable and supportive. Brightly lit, easy-to-read gauges enhance driving pleasure.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 9/26/03

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews


I am the original owner and still owner.

This car is very comfortable and is reliable. Great condition. It is garage kept since purchase. This auto is accident free. Interior still looks new.


Comfortable & Value Heavy

Bought mine with 60k miles last year. I'll begin with the good. It offers simple luxury in that there is alot of comfort in the heated seats and a heated steering wheel helps in the winter. It also has great handling after I replaced the rear factory struts. Stock fronts were still in good shape. It also handles great in the snow. Things to look for if shopping. The transmission in this car feels great and sporty in some speed ranges but like a slouch in others. Lower radiator supports rust out. My silver model has faded clear coat which is fairly normal for a 15 year old car but I've seen more impressive paint. It's also common for the Bose subwoofers to fail which really kills the sound system if you listen to music loud. I've put 12k miles so far. I have spent roughly 200-300 on PREVENTATIVE maintenance which I've done myself. Outer tie rods were 50. Rear struts were 120. Sway bar links were 26. I wouldn't recommend the car to someone younger as it's somewhat boring to drive. A 2002 Maxima manual would likely be better. For an older adult looking for reliable comfortable transportation it's certainly a good car.


Royal Infiniti

I owned a 2003 Maxima which was all I could ask for in a car...well, almost. I must be getting older and the sport suspension on the SE Maxima was getting a little too stiff. I bought this car to replace it. Everything in this car has served me very well and the only reason that I am selling mine now is to retain some of the value as I upgrade to my newer Infiniti. It's hard to find anything to complain about here. Powerful, pampers you in luxury, and reliable.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by INFINITI
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Months from In-Service Date (ISD): Less than or equal to 60 months from ISD | Vehicle Mileage: Less than or equal to 15,000 Miles | Greater than 15,000 Miles but less than or equal to 60K miles
Basic warranty terms
6 years/75K miles from original ISD | 6 years/unlimited miles from original ISD
72 months/70,000 miles
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167-point inspection
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