My 2008 Infiniti M35S has almost everything that you would want in a car. I bought the car in September 2008, and I still love it. Equipped with the Technology Package, it has GPS with a 7" screen in ...
My 2008 Infiniti M35S has almost everything that you would want in a car. I bought the car in September 2008, and I still love it. Equipped with the Technology Package, it has GPS with a 7" screen in the middle of the dash, which is also where I can watch the console mounted DVD player in 5.1 Dolby Surround and DTS with 14 speakers. The Ipod interface is also located in the console, and displays on the in-dash screen. The Blue-Tooth cell phone interface is integrated into the entertainment system, so when I answer a call, my music is automatically paused, and the microphone is just above my head near the visor. Living in the Phoenix area, I just LOVE the climate controlled seats that cool you down or warm you up, from below and on the lower back. The ability to use voice commands to get directions or make a phone call is essential for hands-free calling. I also love not having to pull a key out of my pocket to unlock the doors.
Enough about the technology and comforts inside the vehicle, I want to talk about the acceleration and handling. This is such a fun car to drive. From the moment I push the button to start the engine, I want to go on a road-trip, especially if the road is Coast Highway 1 in California with all of its winding turns. The car hugs the road so well, with the rear wheel adaptive steering. A good set of tires is also helpful. The factory tires wore out in 19400 miles. I now have Yokohama S Drive tires on it, and they are fantastic. When driving for performance, I love that I can switch to manual shifting mode to control the shift points, and to create the ground hugging force that high RPM’s help in making tight corners without slipping. There is also less lag in manual mode between pressing on the gas pedal and the car accelerating through a hole in traffic. In automatic mode, the car would first shift into passing gear and then shoot forward, whereas in manual mode, it just shoots forward with split second response.
I do not like the fact that in order to update the maps of the GPS, you have to pay to get a code that you take to the dealership to have them install the maps onto the in-dash hard drive. I don’t know how much the dealer charges for that service, but whatever it is, it’s too much. All of the portable GPS units have free lifetime map updates. The Music Box is pretty much a waste of time. Any music enthusiast would want their music ripped at a higher bit rate than the maximum of 192 kbps, so I stick with music on my Ipod ripped in Apple Lossless format, or a music video on DVD.