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Old 02-17-2018, 11:50 AM   #1
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Infiniti M35h. Thoughts?

Iím investigating the M35h as a followup to my 05 Accord hybrid, and potentially even my CTS-V. It does what the Accord does in terms of mpg, but it does so with a more luxurious package and an additional 105hp. Itís only 40hp short of my CTS-V, and runs a quarter mile about a half-second slower. Automatic only, unfortunately (well, dual clutch automated manual or some ish... no clutch pedal = automatic.)

Iíve never been in love with the final M, thinking it was rather blobby... but Iím overcoming that opinion with the promise of power, luxury, and fuel economy.

Iím curious to know what you guys think about it. Iíve only now started researching, and it wonít be for a while yet that I actually plan to sell my current cars... but Iím intrigued.

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Old 02-17-2018, 04:03 PM   #2
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If I recall Infiniti does not retain its value very well. If your looking for luxury then I would be more keen on Lexas
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Old 02-17-2018, 04:55 PM   #3
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It’s the combination of a high powered v6 and hybrid mpg (30mpg or so) that attracts me. I initially considered a Lexus ES350 (I know, it’s a Camry... or more accurately now, an Avalon) but the M35h basically gives me an acceptable mix of what I have in both the Accord hybrid (powerful V6 hybrid getting 30mpg), and the CTS-V (powerful engine in a car from a fairly prestigious luxury brand).

My big worry is that my work commute is 35 miles each way. If I buy a $15,000 used Infiniti, 1) is it going to last, and 2) will I be foolish to put those miles on the car instead of just keeping my $4300 Accord that I specifically bought for that purpose.
I WOULD like to be able to park a nicer car than my grandpa gold Accord with dents and a cracked bumper next to the S8, Model S, and M4 driven by the VPs they frequently Park next to me (shallow, I admit... but it is what it is!)
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Old 02-17-2018, 05:55 PM   #4
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The wealthiest people I know (millionaires) drive a 97 single cab SR5 Tacoma, a 2008 outback and a Buick LaCrosse. I was going to say the the Lexus IS but the ES is still a decent class
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Old 02-17-2018, 05:59 PM   #5
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Keep the Accord...thrash on it...Toss it...profit $10.7k saved toward house work or a new car later down the road.

With the Accord, you won't care about dings and dents that are probably inevitable where you live.

Oh yeah, there will be salt in the winter. Do you *really* want to do that to the M?
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:04 PM   #6
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The wealthiest people I know (millionaires) drive a 97 single cab SR5 Tacoma, a 2008 outback and a Buick LaCrosse. I was going to say the the Lexus IS but the ES is still a decent class
Here, it's a Taurus or a Fusion. The rich have no need to show that they have money in the bank. I do chuckle at these young kids in depreciated Maseratis and Panameras though.
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:12 PM   #7
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That is very true. Though I think much of it is that I like to be in a ”fancy” car, more so than wanting to impress others.

Dings and dents aren’t terribly common where I live. I’m not in an urban area, and I park away from the crowd in lots. But road salt is indeed an issue, and a good point. It’s the reason I pull the Miata off the road for half the year, and why I had to replace my brake and fuel lines in the Cadillac. That’s definitely something to consider.
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:07 PM   #8
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I didn't really like that gen of Infiniti product in general, however, the new ones are some of the best looking cars on the road IMO.

As for "luxury," how much do you really need to go to work and back?

Maybe now that you have finished your degree and have a relatively stable career with upward trajectory, you should just buy a brand new car and be done with it?

Just a thought.
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:02 PM   #9
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Brand new means a Civic... or probably cheaper. I’m good with used for my purposes.

I’m really looking for opinions or insight on the car itself, not my intended use of it.


Though yes, if I’m going to be spending upwards of 10 hours a week in something, I’d like for it to be something I enjoy.
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:42 PM   #10
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Them M series are nice, i am not too atracted to new or semi new cars but the other day while delivering to a local dealer i saw a Q50 that made me get off my truck to check it out; them Lexus IS250 are beautiful creatures too. Personally i would say that if i was on the market for a "Luxury" vehicle i would get either one of those two and feel at home on either one.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:57 AM   #11
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Infinitis are fine man. They are Nissans. I sold my 350Z with 190K plus miles on it and until the G it's been the most reliable car I've ever owned

BC Racing makes coilovers for it and obviously you can put whatever wheels you want on it. That should dial out any dynamic sloppiness. And you are pretty much at the bottom of its depreciation curve. Honestly, I like it. You have me thinking about one for myself.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:32 PM   #12
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Brand new means a Civic... or probably cheaper. Iím good with used for my purposes.

Iím really looking for opinions or insight on the car itself, not my intended use of it.


Though yes, if Iím going to be spending upwards of 10 hours a week in something, Iíd like for it to be something I enjoy.
Well OK then...
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:47 PM   #13
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I don’t mean to be rude, but this pretty much got derailed before the car itself had ever been discussed. I’d like to hear what people think about the car, not the prospect of me buying one.
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Can you even find one of these in good condition at this point? I can't imagine Infiniti sold more than a few hundred per year.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:55 PM   #15
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From the little I know about it, and the bit I just read, it looks pretty good on paper.

On truecar, I can only find one with 200 miles of our area and its a 2013 with 75k miles.

Asking like $18,9

That is a lot for a 2013 imo. For a bit more you can get a 2014-2017 Accord Hybrid, that looks great IMO, and might not be as fancy or flashy, but is an Accord.

Also those service lifes are rated to 10 years I believe on the battery which is why I never wanted a hybrid. Not sure how much they are, but if you're getting one that's 5 years or older, then plan for that.

Also no AWD offered. I know that I have seriously considered AWD for a DD as I commute 30 miles a day and when Im stuck in Burlington county in a snow storm and need to drive to Monmouth, its crossed my mind lol.

Though my fwd 2013 EX has handled the weather just fine I must say.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:06 PM   #16
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RWD is alright with good tires (though I agree, AWD would be preferable).

I researched hybrid battery packs, and they’re actually pretty inexpensive and easy to rebuild (Honda and Toyota, anyway. Gotta research Nissan.) that’s why I gambled in the Accord to begin with. If the battery crapped out, I’d just have a non-hybrid v6 car until I spent the $800-$1200 to get it battery powered again. The Infiniti has a similar setup, which should allow for similar operation if the battery craps out.

I thought about finding an Accord hybrid, fusion hybrid, etc... but it’s the v6 power that I want along with the hybrid operation! The new Accord hybrid is a 4 cylinder, as are most of its competition. I like the idea of 4 cylinder mpg with v6 power (that’s damn close to older v8 power!)
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:36 PM   #17
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Well, shit. You did say 6 power was a factor, and nothing will really substitute for that.

I guess if the packs aren't an issue, and you can find one in your price range, then id say go for it.

They look clean. Didn't really see any major issues in my searches, but its a modern car, so outside the general stuff, most stuff today is pretty reliable and safe.

And honestly, I know different strokes for different folks-

About the feeling of parking next to the exec staff and not driving the grandpa accord lol.

I can kind of relate, but not really. At my job, the warden makes around $185,500 a year. He drives a Kia lol.

Most execs here have brand new cars, but they are not fancy.

The captain makes over 90k, and he does have a evoque and a brand new impala which is nice as hell.

Even though my 2013 is way outdated now, it still looks "new", so im happy with that. There are some officers here driving 1993 Elantras. Nothing wrong with that, I don't hate, but Im just thankful to be able to afford a Newerish car.

On a sidenote, and not to threadjack lol, but I am eyeing my next car.

Currently have 60k miles. Not a lot at all, and my timeline is about 3 years out. At that point, considering my mileage, ill have well over 100k miles.

This 2013 EX is the kind of accord that I could easily see myself keeping forever and relegating it to the garage for modding and tinkering.

But im also 34 lol. I kind of want a car that is a DD, AND is fun to drive and sporty, but also gets at least 30mpg. Needs to be under 25k. lol.

So that cuts out the germans(which is cool cuz im not buying one).

I do LOVE the IS250, but idk.

I was hung up on either a 2018 Accord 2.0 Sport, which I can get for about 24k NOW. Itll probably be about 17-19k in 3 years.

OR

The Kia Stinger GT.

of course id need the AWD version of the GT, as I cannot expect my wife to handle that much power in a RWD car with 0 experience. She takes my car randomly, and id have to remember to not let her do so in even rain lol.

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I just watched a few YouTube videos about it. The interior looks very nice, but the exterior is just meh to me. I like the seamless transition between EV and ICE power. I'm pretty sure you know that I'm a fan of hybrid/electric vehicles, and that I don't fear battery issues that I think are blown out of proportion honestly.

I personally wouldn't drive it. I can't get past the ass-end of it. Yes, that may be shallow on my end, but...
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I was never a fan either, though I find the looks growing on me since the rest of the package is so appealing.
I honestly felt the same about the 7th gen Accord, especially the earlier sedan... until I found a reason to like the hybrid. Now I like it more for some reaaon!
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Worst comes to worst, you can tack on some of the S trim stuff on it. The body is the same.

I know stance life is not your bag, but wheels + slight lowering goes a long way to making the looks OK.



FWIW I paid $19K for my 2012 G37. 42K miles, and I paid that much because it's an S model (big brakes, VLSD, steering wheel paddles). Worth the premium over a Journey IMO. Likewise I think this is worth the premium over a regular M37. If the battery pack is easily serviceable I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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