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Old 07-16-2010, 09:47 AM
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Matt, my wife as been daily driving a G35x for over five years. It's been a good car. They are notorious for having creaky suspensions, but Infiniti finally came out with a decent compression rod bushing this year, and fix only cost me $100 and an hour's work.

They aren't exactly a hookers 'n blow mid-life crisis car, but they are a heck of a lot more fun to drive on a curvy road than a cruiser.

If you haven't already, hang out for awhile at G35Driver.com.

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I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.
He wants a functional mid-life crisis car.... That way the buys in easier.
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The ISF didn't do too well in a back issue of Motor Trend or Car & Driver. I forgot which issue it was in, read it a while back. I rember saying it was not anywhere near handling-wise close to a 3-Series. I like it a lot anyway.

I was not impressed with my 2007 A-4, and I would never own one out of warranty, as stated. I think it would be ok have to work on the upkeep of an older BMW, such as an M3 or M5.
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My brother has a G35 and gave his older one to his eldest daughter. I have driven both and they are both solid. I personally am a BMW M3 guy, so I wouldn't buy one, but if you are leaning this way the G35 is a good choice. Maybe another project like a 427 AC kit car from Factory Five.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:29 AM
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well my suggestion isn't really in the mid-life crisis category but I thought I'd chime in with my tiny experience. So laugh with me (or at me).

I owned a 2001 IS300 for several years (sold to my brother). I loved that car and plan on another one in the future.

Reasons why I chose this car:

rear wheel drive (fun on to drive etc)
quick throttle response, "relatively" fast ride however minivans can beat it now days.
Lexus quiet
lexus smooth
they age well (10 years old and still catches glances)
performance can be upgraded cheaply (4-6k gets you 450+ horses)
Tons of upgrade possibilities (interior, exterior, engine etc).
Easily at or under 10k in most cases
25 mpg consistently (I ran A/C all the time)
can modify to look classy or fast or fast and furious style.
4 door/ 5 seats


My personal dream street car is the ISF but I don't think I can afford a true mid-life crisis car.... Unless.... I plan for it..... Hmmmmmm.


That being said, a G35 or G35x will probably get the best bang for buck without breaking the bank.


Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?
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Matt, you need something like these...
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I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.
A buddy of mine with two kids purchased a supercharged Miata a few years ago. It was a sweet little fun car, but he could never take both his daughters. Eventually, he sold it. Now he drives an F150 crew cab.

I don't want to buy a car that sets me up for failure. When the kids are grown, I'll buy a Honda S2000 or a Porsche 911 or an Audi TT or something really fun.

For now, I need something that's fun yet functional. That's my requirement, not Karie's.

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Matt, my wife as been daily driving a G35x for over five years. It's been a good car. They are notorious for having creaky suspensions, but Infiniti finally came out with a decent compression rod bushing this year, and fix only cost me $100 and an hour's work.

They aren't exactly a hookers 'n blow mid-life crisis car, but they are a heck of a lot more fun to drive on a curvy road than a cruiser.

If you haven't already, hang out for awhile at G35Driver.com.

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Mark, thanks for all this. I will spend some time on that website. I had found Nicoclub.com which seems pretty good.

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I owned a 2001 IS300 for several years (sold to my brother). I loved that car and plan on another one in the future.

Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?
I'll check out the IS300. Thanks for the suggestion. The Shelby Cobra will have to wait another 15 years or so. That's OK -- I'm planning to live to a ripe old age.

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Aw, yeah! A slammed Thing. Crazy.
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Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?
Thats my personal favorite and dream car also. But practically I'd go for the WRX STI. All wheel drive turbo 30+ mpg
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Well....you seen what mine is...




....now if I can just find a class 5 hitch for one of these so I can tow it I'll be set...

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Is that yours, Kevin? I need to school myself on the 93-99 Supras.
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