The look of lust

Oh, it was there all right. I saw it in her eyes.

The story begins at the Infiniti store at 7:28 AM, where I was dropping off Gwendolyn for a spa day. (Actually, the agenda called for an oil change, a tire rotation, and a fresh set of front brake pads.) The last two times, they’d directed me to a 2004 G35 — in fact, the same 2004 G35 — as a loaner. Not today: they’d apparently replaced their entire loaner fleet, and I was handed this weird-looking device which was identified as Not The Key, and pointed toward a G35. A 2007 G35.

To start this little darb, Not The Key must be brandished, your foot must be on the brake (I figure manual-transmission models have a slightly-different regimen), and a button to the right of the steering column must be pushed. About a dozen lights come on, and the VQ engine, spiked to 306 hp, comes to growly life. It was almost a shame to have to drive down the freeway to work, of all places.

Having once offered, I of course delivered. Trini and I went off to lunch, and within half a mile she’d made up her mind: “I want this car.” And it struck me as highly wantable, inasmuch as the two exceedingly-minor things that bugged me about the previous-generation G — the seat controls were inexplicably placed on the inside next to the tunnel, and it was occasionally possible to find oneself in the wrong gear for a given situation — had been neatly dispatched in the new version.

What Trini really wants, as it happens, is a federalized version of the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline, which is a corporate cousin to the G, but it’s a bit easier to buy a G than to import and modify a Skyline.

Next question: Will Gwendolyn be succeeded by a G? The budget doesn’t permit, at least for now. But the G would be easier on my budget than the M35, which is at the top of my vehicular lust list.

Addendum, 23 February: The NYPD has issues with the G:

According to an internal police memo obtained by Newsday, officers on Staten Island were alarmed to learn that the 2006 Infiniti G35 is equipped with a hidden backseat storage area.

Police supervisors were notified and the department issued a memo to all commands.

“Uniformed members of the service are cautioned to use extreme vigilance and remain alert for hidden compartments when conducting car stops and searching vehicles,” the memo reads.

The same storage area is provided on the ’07 G. It’s normally stuffed with a first-aid kit.



  1. Jennifer »

    21 February 2007 · 9:22 pm

    My budget didn’t permit, either. And then, God created leases. And it was good.

    Not only good.

    Worth every 20 cents for every mile over the limit I’ll no doubt go.

  2. CGHill »

    21 February 2007 · 9:32 pm

    I’ve purchased exactly one brand-new car in my life; I’ve never gone the lease route before. I know the local BMW store pushes leases like crazy, and I’m sure this is the only way some folks will ever get a shot at driving a Bimmer.

    From another angle, though: here I am with an Infiniti of my own, admittedly now seven years old, but in the sort of condition the Blue Book and such tell you doesn’t really exist, especially at 94,000 miles. And I got into it for about 40 percent of its original sticker (which, at $31k, is about the starting point for the present-day G35).

  3. laurie »

    22 February 2007 · 1:56 am

    Well goodluck…
    I brought my car to a mechanic for braking system check, which i thought it needs new EBC brakes… After several days, they told me my car needs a major replacement parts. I think what i need is an overall car replacement…I would love to consider a new BMW.

  4. Jennifer »

    22 February 2007 · 11:37 am

    Good point. Although to be fair, when my lease is up, I can buy the car outright for the same price as the four year-old G35 models we looked into purchasing before we decided on the lease.

    I don’t know. I’m not a numbers gal. But I do love driving my baby girl.

  5. Heather »

    22 February 2007 · 4:29 pm

    We owned a Skyline when we lived in Japan. It was a nice car, I thought it was just a regular car, but people really liked that car, and several people offered to buy it. We had no trouble selling it when we left. That was hubby’s car. I drove a grocery getter called a Nissan Prairie. I have seen a couple of those here in the states, I’m not sure where they came from, I’m guessing Mexico.

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