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You are in the Infiniti M35/M45
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Infiniti M45, Infiniti M35
Mar 05, 2005 (5:02 am)
Need a new car - Test drove BMW545 - Audi A6 & Q45- BMW by far was the biggest rush for a test drive both for me and the 2 teenagers - however I couldn't afford all the tickets I would get driving it - nice interior - The Audi was overall just nice. The Q's gadgets had both of the other vehicles beat by a landslide - but it felt like driving a boat - too big. Then we seen the M45 sport in the showroom - just the right size with all the gadgets - great looking interior. Was sold without a test drive. But decided to go back and test drive anyway. Due to living in the midwest I wanted a AWD - But it was not available in the 45 series so test drove the 35X - more than enough power for a 6 cylinder - The thing that sold my wife was the voice navigation system - we have a 2004 Escalade with navigation which is way too time consuming to put in a route. The Infinity system was easy and fast. If the BMW had all the gadgets that the infinity has I would easily pay the extra 15K for it (70K vs 55K fully loaded.) I'm still going to the auto show next weekend to see if I'm missing anything, but I doubt it. Any suggestions for a comparison to the M35X?
Mar 05, 2005 (6:41 am)
Possibly the Acura RL. Maybe the GS300 AWD.
#952 of 6008 Re: M35X [mapleman]
Mar 05, 2005 (8:59 am)
Also try E350 and E500 and their 4Matic variants, although they get pricy.
Mar 05, 2005 (10:50 am)
The E lacks most of the advanced features on the Japanese cars. The RL and GS300 AWD are the most direct competition to M35x as mark said, but neither can come close to the M35's speed and handling.
Mar 05, 2005 (1:12 pm)
Can anyone tell me if the rear seats fold down to open up the trunk space?
#955 of 6008 Re: Rear Seat [cfgross]
Mar 05, 2005 (2:51 pm)
rear seats fold down
No they do not fold down. There is a small passthrough door, but that is it.
#956 of 6008 sport Vs. non-sport
Mar 05, 2005 (6:13 pm)
Drove both today. I was surprised at the smoothness of the ride rather than overly stiff or jarring. The car tracks very well and corners beautifully with a tight turning radius. The aluminum inserts inside have a classy sporty look to them, in many ways looking more sophisticated and refined than the wood. Not sure if the wood which is matte, not shiny (i.e., with no clear acrylic covering) is treated to resist scratching and pitting. This along with the look of the wheels and other features make the sport pckg. not too unreasonable for an additional $1700. This is not to say that the non-sport is not fun to drive and a really nice offering.
Well, I took the plunge after my '01 LS430 sold this weekend, and put down a deposit on an M35 Sport with tech./journey pckgs.in umbria grey with stone leather. Due to arrive on the truck by the end of the week. I'll post my impressions and will follow others.
#957 of 6008 Gas Mileage? Anyone have any real world
Mar 05, 2005 (7:32 pm)
numbers on either/both the M35 or M45 (or AWD)? Looking at the EPA figures, Infiniti does not seem to come off quite as well as some other manufacturers; however, as we all know, there are many factors involved here. I think that many of us would like to hear what folks are achieving on the street.
#958 of 6008 Re: Gas Mileage? Anyone have any real world [pearl]
Mar 05, 2005 (8:47 pm)
I hope I don't sound condescending in any way as response to this question, but I really don't think I understand the concern here. I just purchased an M45 Sport (have been driving it less than a week so I don't have any good numbers yet). If you are concerned about gas mileage, the M is not the car for you. It does not get good mileage. But lets look at the math. Car buyer A buys a luxury car that gets 23 mpg. I buy my M that gets 18. If both drivers drive 15000 miles in one year and buy premium gas at 2 dollars a gallon, Driver A spends roughly $1300/year driving. Driving an M, I spend $1660. That is a diffence of $360 a YEAR on a car that someone is spending in excess of $50,000 to buy. Is this really a concern? OK, my tone really is not as harsh as it sounds. I do understand that many people are concerned about gas mileage as am I, and I will try to post some more exact figures once I have driven the car enough to have accurate numbers. However, I think everyone should do the math, surely you aren't worried about three to four hundred dollars over a year when you are considering dropping $50,000 for a luxury sports sedan.
#959 of 6008 Re: jrock65 [lexusguy]
Mar 05, 2005 (9:35 pm)
"The E lacks most of the advanced features on the Japanese cars."
What features are those?
Do you still have an E-Class?