Great car, where it counts at least.
February 25, 2015
I've had two Infiniti cars in since I have been driving (i'm 30 now and I started around 17, so you are welcome to do the math). I currently drive a 2004 FX35 SUV. It's starting to show some signs of aging, but overall it's safe and reliable. I may have to sell it soon due to the fact that the parts are insanely expensive to replace. Overall it's comfortable, drives like a race car, and feels sturdy. The only issue with driving it is the fact that the rear visibility is kinda bad, so parallel parking is almost impossible at times. I think that was part of the sacrifice of making an oddly styled body. It looks cool but that isn't a practical aspect.
One major gripe I have is that infiniti is really stingy on the small details and accessories. Say goodbye to your 6 cd changer (mine broke after maybe 3 years.) and the door handles snap off like twigs. They use cheap plastic for those things, and the dealership charges a bloody fortune to replace them. That part really makes me angry, since I've lost about 3-4 handles in the 10 years i've owned the car. It's a huge inconvenience. Also, things like windows and body panels are ungodly expensive. My rear window was busted by a stray golf ball once. the cost of the window was $900. Thank god it was paid for by the golf course.
SO anyway, to sum it up, for the most part you are getting a really great car. This company really can do better when it comes to the small stuff, especially when you are paying for a fancy Nissan. Stop using cheap plastic for your door handles. Ditch the convoluted cd and unreliable stereo systems. Put a little more money into those imbelishments, and you will have what is essentially a perfect car. Also, keep the rear viewing radius in mind for future models.
The things are built like tanks, so I always feel safe in it. That and the great motor really are huge selling points.
They do tend to go kinda south in the last few years (my 95 j30 did not do well in it's last few months). So my suggestion is to expect to keep it maybe 10-12 years. After that, get rid of it.