Gee Whiz Kid: 2006 Infiniti G35 6MT

This next car is a  late model Japanese sport sedan that threatened BMW’s 3-series for the title of king of the luxury sport 4-doors when it was released in 2003.  The Infiniti G35 wasn’t available in a spec that could compete with BMW’s M3, but it was available with Nissan’s fantastic V6 and today will run you a fraction of the price of a similar condition 335i.  So skip the BMW hype and get the next better thing, this 2006 Infiniti G35 offered for $7,950 in Milpitas, CA via craigslist.

The G35 is powered by a 298 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque version of Nissan’s VQ35DE (up a few hp from the earlier ’03-’04 model years).  The award winning V6 is located far back in the chassis (Nissan calls it FM -front midships) mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that is connected to a viscous limited slip differential out back.  It sounds really good on paper…but why are they so inexpensive?

Oh yeah.  There it is.  The G35 interior is a collection of hard plastics, cheap looking gauges, and stuff that was rejected from a 90s Subaru.  The seats aren’t bad, but every touch surface, switch, button, and handle is really cheesy.   But, if you can get past the interior, these are really nice cars.

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