Nissan Infiniti G35 Brake Problems – squealing, fast wear out due to defect

Front brakes on my Infiniti G35 2003 started to produce excessive squealing and it was the time to change brakes again. I dropped by to the dealership where they checked brakes and gave me estimation of $740 to replace front brake rotors and pads.

Infiniti Front Brake Rotors and Pads Dealership Job Estimate

The last time I changed front rotors and pads was 30000 km ago at Willowdale Nissan Infiniti dealership service center. Moreover, 12000 km ago same pads have been replaced and rotors machined. So, I can say that for me genuine Infiniti brake parts work for 20000 km or about one year. How? Why? One year for Nissan Infiniti brake rotors, and even less for brake pads?

I’m usually asking service advisors about the reason of fast wearing, probably something was not installed properly, or some parts were defective. The answer is always the same – because of the way I’m driving… Ok. This time I’ve decided to make some investigation and research before continuing to waste more than $1500/year on brakes for “the way I’m driving”.

I was very surprised with what I’ve found.

Infiniti G35 2003 has defective brake system.

It causes continuous squealing and very fast wear out.

Search engines provide many thousands results for the search query like “Nissan Infiniti brake problems”. And it applies not only for G35 or only for 2003 models. It applies to FX35, QX56, G35 Coupe, Maxima and to the models of 2003-2006 years. There are many lawsuits against Infiniti due to brakes problems, because replacing them due to known defect every year is too much for consumers. Moreover, it drops resale value significantly!

When I was buying the car at Willowdale Nissan Infiniti dealership, I’ve asked sales person if there are any known problems, or recalls for the vehicle. Dino Pop (his name) lied me that there is absolutely nothing wrong – no recalls, no problems, no issues.

I have NEVER heard from Willowdale Nissan Infiniti service advisors that there is a known problem with Infiniti brakes. However, I was asking them each time about the problems with brakes. And every time after brakes replacement at this Infiniti of Willowdale stealership, squealing noise appeared after several days of driving. I just used to it, however it is really annoying from time to time. And mechanics could not do anything about it, and they did not let me know about the well known problem, because changing defective brakes very often is an excellent cash cow for Nissan Infiniti dealerships.

And dealerships continue to install defective genuine Nissan Infiniti brake rotors and brake pads.

When I complain on squealing they always do nothing:

Infiniti Brake Squealing Report - No Actions

I just started to think that Willowdale Nissan Infiniti mechanics are not qualified enough to do the brake job.

Here is a solution!

Do not install defective OEM Nissan Infiniti brake parts anymore! They will die in a year.

Consider after-market brake rotors and pads. I personally did it this time. Brake rotors and pads with shims perfectly matched my Infiniti G35 2003. I replaced brake rotors and pads for the front wheels during Friday evening. It is not so hard as it may look like. I’ve ordered brakes from California. Everything (both left and right rotors, pads with shims) including one-week delivery and taxes cost me $220 CAD. It is a way less than $750 offered by the dealership. Brake parts are much better than genuine Infiniti ones. Rotors are ventilated and slotted.

And there is absolutely no any noise from the brakes! It is the first time for the several years of my ownership of Infiniti G35 when I’m not hearing any squealing or other noise from brakes.

If you decided to install rotors and pads by yourself, you may ask any questions regarding the process as well. I will create and post here illustrated instructions for the front brake rotors and pads replacement procedure for Infiniti G35 when I can find some more time.

Here is the Infiniti G35 Repair Manual to assist in brake rotors and pads replacement:

Infiniti G35 2003 Service Manual – Brake System (BR)

226 thoughts on “Nissan Infiniti G35 Brake Problems – squealing, fast wear out due to defect”

  1. My 2003 Fx35 is making a weird grinding noise when I press the gas pedal and as I’m turning or taking curves. Could that be my rotors? Please help

  2. Just bought my brakes a few months ago and they’re already making that noise can someone send me the name of the after market brake pads that won’t make noise cause this is getting ridiculous Thanks

  3. I am having the same issue with my daughter’s 2004 Infiniti G35X. Would you mind sending me the brake and rotor information? Thanks so much!

  4. I need new brakes and rotors as well. I have a 2012 G37X Sport. Could you please send me the information on aftermarket parts….

  5. I am having the same brake issue on my 2006 G35. Can you please send me the information on the aftermarket parts.

  6. Hi, I just bought a 2006 Infiniti G35 coupe. It has the sport package and suspension with the 19″ stock rims. It needs new brakes. Would you recommend going with the aftermarket pads and rotors? Also I was thinking about getting aftermarket drilled rotors for looks. I dont drive like a wildman but once and a while i might need the braking power. I would do drilled for the looks really. I hear they squeal sometimes. Are the stock brakes in this years car as bad as the other years?


  7. I am having the same brake issue on my 2004 G35. Please send me the information on the aftermarket parts.

  8. Please can u email me the brand name rotors and pads, I also own a 2005 infinity g35, and been having squealing problems, thank you!!

  9. I have the 2005 G35 model….which aftermarket breaks should I use, I am having the same issues?
    Thanks G35 Driver,

  10. Hello
    Own a 2006 g35 m6
    Was wondering if I could also get the aftermarket brake info?

  11. I have a 2004 G35 Sedan. What is the best aftermarket pads and rotars I should buy? Thank God, I stumbled on this site as I was going to buy the OEM Parts!! Much appreciated if someone could let me know. Thank You

  12. Glad I stumbled upon this post as I have been replacing my rotors yearly and brake pads every 5 months because I thought I was abusing the brakes. Anyways could you possibly email me both the names of the aftermarket rotors and pads that you discovered. Thanks

  13. Can you kindly tell me which model/brand is the after market brake rotor/pads? so next time I change it on my 2003 G35 I will try to get the same ones. thanks!

  14. Nice article on the g35. I recently purchase a 2003 g35 whi cj was kept in great condition but I’ve been hearing the brakes squealing. Could you tell me which break pads and rotors you used so I can avoid spending more money than I shoud. Thank you

  15. Thanks for your article. I’m also about to do a brake and rotor change. Could you please tell me what brakes and rotors you used. Thank you for the information.

  16. I’m having the same problems and the sound is killing me could somebody please tell me the what type of brakes and rotors i need…..

  17. Hey could you please send info, I have purchased an 06 G35 with slotted rotors, up front, but I am looking to replace the rear and get premium pads, let me know what you used please! Thanks..

  18. Hi,
    please send me the info, and tell me what car fits the parts for g35 06, hence the parts are very expensive here,


  19. HI,
    I have the same issue with the brakes, & with the parts all together honestly, they are too expensive, will any other car brand work in general, like Nissan z350 perhaps?!!
    and where can I get the brakes from please?


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