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Old 07-20-2005, 05:14 PM   #11
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the only g35 ive been in was beautiful inside... when i got back in my car i wanted to smash all the cheap plastic with a sledgehammer. had a waaaay better torque curve than our cars, well at least thats how i feel
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I think part of my problem with the interior was the lack of options. Because the one I drove was lacking navigation and the screen in the console it had wierd compartments instead...like 5 of them (in addition to the standard glove box which was way too small and the center console). The compartments were very plasticky and strangely placed...I would rather have had nothing but flat dash there. Maybe it is because the M'* have nice wood insets and leather everywhere, but the vinyl and plastic dash was less than impressive. It also had big plastic buttons everywhere for everything...I prefer ***** and buttons that look more like metal or are small and not noticeable (granted the Bonnies have the plastic ***** and buttons, and they are too big too, but I expected more from a car that was supposed to be so refined).
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Every G35 i've been in was millions of miles better then an SSEi. The 350z would prob be comprable, but it'* a different style of that chassis.

The Q and M are great as well. I like that new M45 a lot. The M35 will be a nice deal though.

Ryan, i'm with u... But i'd want to beat an 00+ dash even more.
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I like the two cars and all, but after being in a family that has been surrounded by pontiac, toyota and mercedes. Its not my cup of tea I spose
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I like the two cars and all, but after being in a family that has been surrounded by pontiac, toyota and mercedes. Its not my cup of tea I spose
I can see that...I imagine the Mercedes particularly would spoil you. I won't even allow myself to drive one (above C class anyway) for fear that I will hate everything I drive after that by comparison. :P

One question I have for the local Infiniti afficianatos...how do they stack up as far as lasting quality? I noticed that the two 2002 Qs I saw at the same lot as the M I drove looked like they had a lot of wear for 3-4 year old cars with only 40,000 miles on them. The seats looked worn, the floor mats were all frayed around the edges, the chrome on the doors and the chrome symbols were chipping, and the engine of one sounded a little tinny (paint held up well though). I know that my 2000 SSEi looks and sounds like it is in a lot better repair despite 84,000 miles and being 2 years older. Were these two exceptions to the rule or do they all degenerate like that around that mileage? How about mechanically...do the engines and transmissions last past 100,000? 150,000? I know my Pontiacs have done very well, and that our Bonnies are known for lasting into the hundreds of thousands of miles. I'm not sure I would want to move to a car that was not known for longevity after being spoiled this way.
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The VQ35DE 3.5L V6 is among the Ward'* 10 Best engines list...




The Ward'* 10 Best Engines for 2005: (Engine and tested vehicle) * Audi AG FSI 3.2L DOHC V-6 (Audi A6) * Audi AG 4.2L DOHC V-8 (Audi S4) * DaimlerChrysler AG 5.7L Hemi Magnum OHV V-8 (Chrysler 300C) * DaimlerChrysler AG Mercedes-Benz 3.2L DOHC I-6 CDI Turbodiesel (Mercedes E320 CDI) * Ford Motor Co. 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang GT) * General Motors Corp. Vortec 4.2L DOHC I-6 (Chevrolet TrailBlazer) * Honda Motor Co. Ltd. 3L SOHC V-6 IMA Hybrid (Honda Accord Hybrid) * Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Acura 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Acura RL) * Mazda Motor Corp. 1.3L Renesis rotary (Mazda RX- * Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G35 Coupe)



A distinction the 3800 shared at one point as well.

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Taking its unrivaled eleventh consecutive 10 Best Engines trophy is Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'* 3.5L DOHC V-6. The only engine to win an award every year since the program'* inception, Nissan engineers improve the ever-fabulous "VQ" V-6 with new levels of power and torque for 2005.



It'* a motor around since '95 in the Maxima, as a 3.0L.
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Good to know...thanks.
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in my eyes, the m45 is the first true musclecar from japan. eh, maybe not, but worth a shot
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in my eyes, the m45 is the first true musclecar from japan. eh, maybe not, but worth a shot
What, 276hp twin-turbo six sedans of the early 90'* and late 80'* not cutting it for you?
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I wouldnt even have driven it if the sales guy went in. Thats why you have to pull up in a car thats worth equal or more value than the car you want to drive. Then you can just hand them your key and beat the **** out of their car for 20 or 30 minutes. Whenever we go to test drive cars, they never come with us when we pull up in the jaguar.
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