I’ve always thought that Infiniti has done a great job at creating a premium perception about itself as a manufacturer. The M35 Infiniti 2006 is no exception to this but compared to the range on offer in 2006 was it a bit compromised or was it up to par? I’ll dive into everything you need to know about the 2006 M35 Infiniti.
The 2006 Infiniti M is a sleek, attractive, modern luxury sports sedan with a V6 or V8 engine option. The new Infiniti M is not a wallflower compared to the previous generation, with styling similar to that of the higher-priced Infiniti Q45 and the lower-priced Infiniti G35.
The original M45 was meant for buyers looking for something more than a G35 but less extravagant than the Q45. Though an excellent value, the old M45 lacked the elegance, equipment, and interior space necessary to appeal to luxury sedan consumers. We examined the M35 Infiniti 2006 a little more closely and were quite impressed.
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2006 Infiniti M35 Review
Despite being a decent deal, the old M45 lacked the style, features, and interior space to make it an attractive choice for luxury sedan customers. It was a fast car, and while its handling was solid, it was far from world-beating in terms of precision.
After only two years on the market, Infiniti decided to discontinue production and begin the development of an entirely new M sedan. The new car, which was well worth the wait, is a genuine rear-drive performance sedan that will continue to be positioned between the Q45 and the G35.
The Infiniti M35 sedan, which resembles a more mature version of the G35, is built on an enlarged version of the G’s rear-drive FM (front midship) chassis.
In contrast to the previous Infiniti M45 sedan, the new M’s interior features dimensions and materials appropriate for a true luxury vehicle. The standard interior is warm and welcoming, with comfortable seats and many standard amenities to enjoy.
M35 Infiniti 2006 Specs
It is not as powerful as the M45’s V8 because the V6 in the M45 has been tuned to produce 280 horsepower. However, it has excellent instincts when it is not under pressure. The V6 version, on the other hand, is distinguished by its five-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all models.
There is an automatic throttle blip when you shift down, ensuring that the engine revs perfectly match the transmission. With a double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension setup, the car is capable of taking on a stress-relieving two-lane blast into the foothills while remaining remarkably compliant.
The steering is beautifully weighted and never feels over-boosted, even when traveling at high speeds. This package firms up the suspension while maintaining ride comfort. It includes Rear Active Steer, which instructs the rear tires to emphasize turn-in when entering corners and increase stability when exiting corners when the vehicle is in motion.
There is also the option of all-wheel-drive being offered. After establishing a 50/50 split between the front and rear wheels, AWD systems can send up to 100% of the torque to the rear wheels, with the initial split being 50/50 between the front and rear wheels.
Compared to the previous M45, which was never a complete package, the new M makes no concessions to its performance sedan ambitions, even when equipped with a V6 powertrain.
At the same time, the car’s sharp edges are softened by a high level of style and luxury, making the Infiniti M35 a must-drive. The curb weight of the M35 Infiniti 2006 weight is listed at 3880 lbs.
M35 Infiniti 2006 Performance
The VQ35 V6 engine in the M35 Infiniti 2006 is a DOHC 24-valve aluminum-alloy engine that pushes out 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine design uses continuously variable valve timing on its intake camshafts to achieve these results.
The electronic control of the five-speed automatic transmission allows it to adapt its shifting to the driving style of the vehicle’s operator. It performs admirably in the majority of situations, not always selecting the highest available gear and almost making the use of the manual shift mode unnecessary—almost.
In some cases, manual shifting is more rewarding than automatic shifting. It almost always results in faster acceleration because the gear selection can be held in place as long as possible.
Driving And Consumption
Although not as athletic as the M45’s V8 engine, the M35’s V6 engine still delivers enough power for most drivers. The braking performance is outstanding, and the suspension has been finely tuned to provide excellent balance in the corners.
However, the trade-off is a steering system that can feel a bit raw around town and a suspension that crashes when faced with significant road irregularities, particularly in the Sport model. A large four-door sports luxury vehicle, the M35 is all you need if you’re looking for something with a lot of room.
Even though it never feels overmatched, the 3.5-liter V-6 propels the car around with relative ease, and its acceleration is more than adequate, completing the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 96 miles per hour and reaching 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 6.1 seconds.
M35 Infiniti 2006 Interior
The interior of the M35 is well-appointed, with ultrasoft leather seating and Brazilian Rosewood trim throughout the cabin (aluminum with the Sport model). There are infinite adjustments for the firm seats, which are universally comfortable and heavily bolstered.
Overall, the M’s interior is well-constructed and visually appealing, but its decor can be overwhelming at times. The instrument panel has two focal points: the four-gauge central instrument cluster, which is enhanced by the Solar Eclipse lighting scheme, and the centrally mounted controls for the audio, climate, and information systems.
The orange-backlit Solar Eclipse lighting scheme enhances the central instrument cluster. Well-marked buttons and the rotary controller control these, or they can be controlled by voice, with information displayed on a large LCD.
The audio system in the 2006 Infiniti M35x is capable of playing MP3 CDs as well as WMA files. As part of the Journey Package, a newly upgraded Bose two-channel eight-speaker system is installed, producing a high-quality sound that is automatically adjusted to compensate for ambient noise.
The RearView system is also included in the Journey Package. The wide-angle display is overlaid by colored dashed lines that indicate an area the width of the car and solid lines that display the car’s projected trajectory and are calculated by the amount of steering lock, which is an improvement over previous backup video systems.
The M35 Infiniti 2006 trunk space measures 14.9 cu ft and is ample for most users.
2006 Infiniti M35 Problems
By far, the majority of reported problems by their owners were;
- Air Bag
- Vehicle Speed Control
- Electrical System
- Engine And Engine Cooling
2006 Infiniti M35 Life Expectancy
The 2006 INFINITIM35 should last over 150,000 miles if you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance regimen. These cars are built to last. There are many things you can do to extend the life of your vehicle but never ignore gauges, lights, or alerts.
M35 Infiniti 2006 Colors
- Black Obsidian
- Crimson Roulette Pearl
- Diamond Graphite Metallic
- Ivory Pearl
- Liquid Platinum Metallic
- Serengeti Sand Metallic
- Twilight Blue Pearl
- Umbria Grey Metallic
2006 Infiniti M35 Price
Prices on the 2006 Infiniti M35 will be dependent on the year, mileage, model, optional features, and condition of the vehicle. Prices will range from $1,246.00 for a rough trade-in and can go all the way up to $4,8423.00 for one that is in outstanding condition.
Our Verdict on the M35 Infiniti 2006
The 2006 Infiniti M35 offers excellent comfort, a solid drive from the punchy V6 engine, good fuel economy and provides the discerning buyer a great compromise between the Infiniti Q45 and the lower specification G35.