YSE Car of the Week: 2006 Infiniti M35
YSE (Your Shitty Economy) Car of the Week features the feature-packed Infiniti M35. When it sits new on the dealer lots trying to badge snob you away from the multitudes of BMWs and Audis roaming the crowded commuting lanes of our major cities, this M-car screams bargain at $50K. Option-out a 535i or an A6 with this much equipment and you’ll spend $10-15K more for a car with arguably less reliability, yet more soft-touchy plastics. Wait a few years (or not, for this one) and for not much more than a new Honda Civic Si, you can own one of the cleverest interiors (if strikingly weird) in the mid-size luxury class, as long as you can forgive the stray hard plastic panel.
Unlike last week’s Jaguar, reliability and repairs shouldn’t be a huge issue for the M35. With YSE this car can be had for under 23 grand; or, spend a couple grand more to get a potent V8-equipped M45. This example has 28,836 miles and is listed for $22,977. With the balance of Infiniti’s factory warranty (5 years/60,000 miles), you’d be covered for at least two years or 30,000 miles.
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