infiniti g35 : "> > Is it me, or by the numbers alone, does the new Infiniti G35 makeThe best of all worlds. People like different cars for different reasons andhave different needs. I'm told the Honda Odyssey is the best minivan. Whocares? The G35 is a glorified Nissan Maxima in my eyes. If you told me thatthe G35 was the best at everything, I'd say I'll keep an eye out for one at thetrack. I'm not saying that every car should be at the track but don't statethat the car is the best of all worlds. Some people look for a little moreluxury than infiniti has to offer, some people want more horses, others wantloud speakers so they can shake the side view mirrors off the car. Back toyour statement: Do the numbers alone make the G35 the onlychoice.....absoltuely not. I would start with the Cadillac and tell you tocompare sales numbers between the CTS and the G35 (I'll do the comparison ifthere is a money bet involved). I'm not a Cadillac fan, nor am an audi,lincoln, acura or lexus fan. I'm more curious why you would post a boldstatement about infiniti in a BMW newsgroup. My main argument to disprove yourstatement is this " I would spend an additional $20,000 over the loaded priceof the G35 to buy a BMW M3. The additional monies would more than pay for the"differences" in between the two vehicles specific to issues that are importantto me. If saving money is important to you, good for you. Daihatsu stillproduces some kind of car for probably $7-9000.
infiniti g35 : Someone may spend $200,000 on a Testarossa (I'm guessing at the $) however theycouldbuy six G35's and still have $20,000 left over with the same money. Theycould wreck two, get one stolen, set one on fire, loan one out and still drivethe G35 to work on Monday. But they don't own a Testarossa, do they. I see where you're coming from: My other car is a 1994 wrangler, arguably ingreat condition. I 've always wanted a D90 (Land Rover Defender) However thiscar at roughly the same age and # of miles may go for $35K and the service &parts are triple as well. I could have three wranglers at the same price,wreck one, one in the shop and one to drive. It's not a Defender though and Iknow it. The jeep may outperform the defender in some categories (few) butalso it goes up my ass that the D90 owner may never take their vehicle where itcan go or take the top off. I picked the jeep and saved the money (I reallycan't afford the D90) to keep my BMW as well. The two cars provide what Ivalue out of my driving needs. However I didn't post any opinion about thewrangler in a Land Rover News Group.
infiniti g35 : My first new car was an 87 Ford Escort. I beat the hell out of it from dayone. I had the transmission replaced not once but twice. I was 16 andstupid at the time. (Note: do not perform neutral drops, no matter howtempting).However, I always did the recommended maintenance. I religiously changedthe oil every 3000 miles. I also had the coolant and trans fluid changed at30,000 [and whenever I got a new transmission :) ]Long story short, at about 100,000 miles the head gasket blew. Since I waspoor at the time (I was in the navy), I changed it myself. This involvesremoving the entire upper half of the engine (cylinder head - intake andexhaust manifolds etc). When I looked at the cylinder walls, I was amazed.There was NO noticeable wear on the cylinder walls. None. The crosshatchedpatterns honed into the cylinder walls when the engine was manufactured werestill visible. My point is that routine maintenance is KEY to maintaining avehicle. And to protect the engine and transmission, the fluids must beregularly changed. BTW, I kept that car until 120,000 miles (almost 9years!)
infiniti g35 : I still drive my vehicles in a spirited manner. My 99 Maxima's engine spenta lot of time at full throttle. My new G35 will too. That's why I boughtthem.Follow the "severe" maintenance schedule recommended by Nissan - oil changesat 3,750 miles, etc. and your car will be fine. Check it out in the ownersmanual. Use a quality motor oil. I will only use Quaker State, but all ofthe big brands are good. Use a quality oil filter. I would stick with theNissan OEM brand you can buy at your dealer's parts counter. Have thecoolant changed every 30,000 miles at the dealer. They will use the properNissan approved coolant. Most coolants use too much silica in theirformulations and this can cause premature wear of the water pump. Wash yourcar regularly - at least monthly, ideally more as needed. Wax your cartwice a year. Don't use a quick wax that is easy to apply, but a qualitywax (like Meguirs) with real Carnuba wax in it. It takes some work toapply, but the results are worth it. Your paint will shine for years if youdo this. Also, write down all the maintenance done on your car and save allof the receipts. This makes it easy to keep track of what needs to be done.And definitely give your car until 1,000 miles before really giving her agood workout.
infiniti g35 : Again don't worry, Nissan makes great cars and their VQ series engines arethe best V-6s ever manufactured. With good maintenance, your car willoutlast most anything else on the road AND will out accelerate them too!Moderate acceleration, most expecially when the engine is cold, until1000 miles. (NO, the block is not warm when the needle reaches themiddle of the gauge. Give it at least 10 minutes.) No jackrabbitstarts, much less spinning the tires. Stay completely away fromanything over 3-3,500 rpm unless safety requires it. No hard brakingfor 200 miles on new brake pads. Vary your speeds as much as possible,especially for the first 500 miles. No speeds over 50 mph for thefirst 50 miles on new tires; you're breaking them in too -- they arestretching, and shedding their mold release agents as well.Some manufacturers used to say that rings would seat better if youpunch it for a few seconds at highway speeds (they meant at mid-levelrpm's). I don't really believe in that theory, and haven't even seenit in print in 20+ years.On the other hand, car jockeys at the end of the assembly line punchcars hard right off the line, and it isn't going to hurt anythingunless done a lot.
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