Claremore Driveway: 2008 Infiniti M35

infinitiThis is the first Infiniti M35 we’ve had in a long time, maybe ever, and I was prepared to be unimpressed. The G35s we have from time to time are decent upscale rental cars but uninspiring as far as I’m concerned.

But when I sat down  in this one, I knew something was very different. There was luxury everywhere, the leather trim was soft and nice, and the wood trim was, well, lumber.

When I laid her ears back, she took me for a wild ride. Whoa! What’s going on here!

So, I figured I needed to do some research. I learned that, unlike the G35 and Maxima, this is a rear drive (the way God intended), and instead of that goofy Nissan CVT business, this one had a real transmission with gears and everything! The answer is this. The 35 doesn’t share platforms with G35 and Maxima. It shares platforms with the Nissan Z car. Oh, now I understand.

Intellichoice in 2008 compared the M35 with 5 Series, E Class, and Lexus G37, and rated it a best buy. Four and a half stars out of five.

Well, I stand corrected, and Melton’s has this car on sale for just a hair under twenty grand.

My name is Robby Melton. I’m old enough to qualify for a “senior coke” at McDonalds and don’t have to work anymore, but find myself here on the lot most days because that’s where the cars are. That advertising slogan,  “We sell cars for fun,” is not far off-base for my brother and me.

 

 

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