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    Goodbye, My Friend, and So Long for Now, Infiniti!

    Hi all,


    I see this is a common occurrence here, but I thought I'd post a goodbye to one hell of a great car.


    After discovering the G35 Coupe, I remember pouring over FreshAlloy back in 2003 when I was researching the perfect car (first new car) for me, and it really resonated like nothing else. She was beautiful, handled well, great size, and tons of tech for a tech toy person like myself. I got her in brilliant silver, fully loaded with Navigation, satellite radio (added a bit later via Infiniti as it wasn't available when I first got her), the Bose sound system, sunroof, spoiler, and all the bells and whistles.


    Sad to say after 12 years and 70,000 miles (in the Northeast...driven in terrible winters!), it's time to say goodbye. Her underbelly is quite rusted and, while she runs well for now, it's time for something new.


    She has been incredibly reliable. Through a bumper impact with a pole (oops), being hit by a deer (yes, you read that right, it ran into the side of the car) and needing her headlight replaced, another deer galloping over the hood (and doing no damage somehow), and a popped tire at highway speeds, she thrived and always took care of me. The only mechanical failures to speak of were a failing driver side window and some battery replacements due to the harsh winters (and things like the occasional wiper replacement, etc.).


    Now it's time for something new. I considered the Q60, but beyond being a little too familiar (her design really has hardly changed - a testament to its success), she's unfortunately lost her technological edge that attracted me to her so much in the first place, and I can go higher tech elsewhere. It looks like the next generation that's coming may indeed be the impressive redesign I hoped for, but that's still speculative, and it's too far off for me to wait right now.


    I considered the M50, and while very high tech, I'm not that in love with the design, and the new drive-by-wire steering seems to have too many issues I'm uncomfortable with, not to mention some lackluster reviews.


    So, I'm going in a new direction now. I just ordered a loaded 2015 Dodge Charger, as I've always kind of wanted a muscle car, I really like the new design, it's got oodles of tech, the dealer is much closer (one of my few gripes about the G is that the closest Infiniti dealer is ~2 hours away), and it's got the capacity that may end up being helpful. I'm even surprised at this decision myself, but I feel like it's something new to try; I've never bought American (as I've never seen many I like unfortunately), and I've never owned a muscle car.


    I still have 1-2 months with my G and plan to savor it. But as much as I hope I like the new car, I will miss my G, and Infiniti as well. I hope one day Infiniti has something in its lineup to bring me back. But for now, I can only hope the Charger will be half as good to me as my G has for all these years.
    2003 Brilliant Silver/Graphite 5AT G35C - Premium, Performance, Aero, Navigation, SIRIUS _ON

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    Sorry to see you go but most important you had a wonderful experience with your infiniti!

    Post up some pics too please
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    We humans (some of us anyway) just like some change every now and then. I've owned Fords, Dodge trucks, Toyotas, Hondas, BMW's, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, a Pontiac, an Oldsmobile, Lexuses, Infinitis, and Acuras (and some I've probably forgotten), and I've come close to buying Hyundais, Range Rovers and Jaguars.

    If you're like me, you're always chasing the rainbow, wondering if the next car will be the perfect one. Enjoy your Charger - maybe it will be even better to you than your G.
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    Make sure you go over that Charger with a fine tooth comb before taking delivery !!

    Been thinking about getting a Hellcat to replace my M45 & been hanging around some Challenger forums gathering info. Chally's & Chargers are all built in the Brampton facility which is noted for it's outdated and crappy paint booths and spotty plant QC. LOTS of cars coming thru with major paint defects - inexcusable stuff - sanding marks under the clear, paint sputter & crud in the paint, fisheyes in the clear, hand prints under the clear (yes, hand prints !!) & the usual runs & drips. Also color mismatch between the bumpers & body on certain colors (bumpers are painted by a vendor not @ the plant). A few cars have been so bad, they needed to be completely repainted. Those buyers walked on the deal, but you know FCA repainted the cars & sold them to some unsuspecting sot.

    Also, watch the initial body panel alignment, there have been issues there as well. Only other consistent complaint has been the radiators, some of which have been splitting or developing leaks. Reminds me of the early days of the Titan's which had the same issue until Nissan changed the design.

    There are also sporadic complaints about the optional Laguna Leather seats getting saggy after just a few 1000 miles, seems to be more of an issue in the last few months than the beginning of the year.
    Last edited by MikeD; 06-27-2015 at 01:35 PM.
    2016 Challenger Hellcat, Max Steel/Blk - A8 trans, Navi, C Fiber Stripes
    2018 Durango R/T, Vice White/Blk, Tow, Blacktop pkg, Perf Tires
    2017 Honda Accord Touring V6, Basque Red Pearl/Ivory

    GONE:
    2003.5 G35s Caribbean Blue - Prem, Wood, Spoiler
    2009 G37 Vert Athens Blue/Bone - Prem, Sport, Nav
    2016 Mustang GT Prem, Guard/Ebony - Roush SC +++ ** Lmn Law 1200 mi
    2009 M45s Obsidian/Graphite - Sport, Tech, Adv Tech, Wood, Spoiler
    2007 Titan LE Crew Deep Water Blue
    2002 Q45s Desert Platinum

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    Thanks for all the great comments!

    I have high hopes for the Charger, but it's going to be really hard to beat the G. I'm not going with the Hellcat even though I can't say it didn't tempt me - instead, I'm doing a SXT AWD (fully loaded with all the tech and premium packs, sunroof, rally pack, etc.) in the graphite. The Hellcat was tempting, but in our awful winters, AWD is just a lot more practical! I was a little bummed I couldn't get the more aggressive hood or harmon kardon audio (but I'm hoping I like the Beats upgraded system available in the SXT instead).

    I don't have many pictures of the G (not a picture taker) but I'll try to remember to snap a few before I let her go.

    Thanks for the fit/finish tips regarding the Charger. I'll be sure to be vigilant!
    2003 Brilliant Silver/Graphite 5AT G35C - Premium, Performance, Aero, Navigation, SIRIUS _ON

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    You can get the Hellcat, SRT392 & even the Shaker hoods for about $1000 - $1500 from FCA. Paint would be extra or you could just get it matte wrapped, which looks really good on these cars.

    Granite is one of the colors that seems to have the fewest complaints about imperfections, could just be that there are not as many being made & thus fewer to have gone wrong

    Everyone seems to like the ride & handling. She's a big beasty so not going to be like your G, more of a cruiser than something you'll want to toss around in the twisties.
    2016 Challenger Hellcat, Max Steel/Blk - A8 trans, Navi, C Fiber Stripes
    2018 Durango R/T, Vice White/Blk, Tow, Blacktop pkg, Perf Tires
    2017 Honda Accord Touring V6, Basque Red Pearl/Ivory

    GONE:
    2003.5 G35s Caribbean Blue - Prem, Wood, Spoiler
    2009 G37 Vert Athens Blue/Bone - Prem, Sport, Nav
    2016 Mustang GT Prem, Guard/Ebony - Roush SC +++ ** Lmn Law 1200 mi
    2009 M45s Obsidian/Graphite - Sport, Tech, Adv Tech, Wood, Spoiler
    2007 Titan LE Crew Deep Water Blue
    2002 Q45s Desert Platinum

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    Awesome, thanks! I'm of two minds for the hood - I do like the looks, but it would feel like cheating sort of; still, it's nice to know I could if I decided to. =oP I think I'll learn to be happy with my AWD monster. 300 HP is really enough for me personally. And sometimes understated isn't a bad thing.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how I like it once I get used to it! Can't wait, but I don't want to say bye to my G either!

    Thanks again for all the great and helpful comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
    You can get the Hellcat, SRT392 & even the Shaker hoods for about $1000 - $1500 from FCA. Paint would be extra or you could just get it matte wrapped, which looks really good on these cars.

    Granite is one of the colors that seems to have the fewest complaints about imperfections, could just be that there are not as many being made & thus fewer to have gone wrong

    Everyone seems to like the ride & handling. She's a big beasty so not going to be like your G, more of a cruiser than something you'll want to toss around in the twisties.
    2003 Brilliant Silver/Graphite 5AT G35C - Premium, Performance, Aero, Navigation, SIRIUS _ON

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