Where Your Author Sells an Infiniti Quickly, Then Starts a Search

where your author sells an infiniti quickly then starts a search

Recently, I’ve shared musings about selling my old Infiniti, as well as the coupe or sedan options pegged to replace it. You readers had your helpful hearts in the right place, with funny suggestions of Challenger, Charger, and Mustang. A couple of weeks have elapsed since then, and there have been developments. Let’s chat.

The initial expectation was that the M35x would take some time to sell. It was very clean and had low miles, but was also a decade old and forgotten by everyone who’s not a Nissan VQ35 enthusiast. I threw a listing on the local Craigslist in the last week of February, with no real urgency to sell. After a couple of disinterested “Will you take five grand?” phone calls, a more serious buyer came forward. We arranged a time to meet the morning of March 2nd. Said buyer showed up on time and with cash in hand.

A test drive and an hour later, the Infiniti’s title was notarized to a happy new owner. After just over five years and with 14,000 miles added to the odometer, I received back 53.9 percent of what I paid for the M. Not too shabby, right?

The green Outback has enjoyed some garage time the last couple of weeks, but it’s banishment back to the driveway is imminent. Only this weekend did I get some time (and decent enough weather) to check out the one option I hadn’t drive: the GS 350. I’d narrowed it down to the Infiniti Q60 or the Lexus. Both are available for similar money and with similar miles and fulfill the desired criteria. They were roughly equal, or so I thought.

The wind changed on Saturday. I went to a local dealer to drive an overpriced black-on-black GS 350 AWD. Not the specification or color I wanted, but all examples in a reasonable radius had all-wheel drive. The busy salesman let me loose with the GS on my own, and what I found was pleasantly surprising. Notable at first blush was the delta in quality from the Q60 to the Lexus.

“Oh,” you’ll say, “these cars aren’t comparable!” But I say they are. There’s considerable price overlap between them, and they have the same luxury pretensions, V6-type power, and rear-drive basis. The GS felt better sorted and engineered, and its materials were about two or three steps above the Q60 with regard to quality. The superbly padded doors and fine dash materials did not go unnoticed, nor did the actual metal knobs on the stereo. Underway, the ride felt more composed, the cabin notably more quiet. Even at the extra-legal speeds of interstate traffic, the interior was hushed (apart from the slightest wind noise). The steering was too light, but felt precise. Seats were comfortable, just like the second-generation GS430 I had long ago. The infotainment system was overly complicated, and the mouse control would be much better if replaced by a more traditional dial. The sun visors felt a bit flimsy for this level of car. And in this particular example, there was a slight whine from something transmission-related when accelerating from a standstill. I was unsure whether to peg that to all-wheel drive related noise, or something funky in the gearbox itself. Either way, I’d obtained the information I needed to make a decision. Vastly superior in most ways to the Q60, GS was the answer.

Spreadsheet ready, I started the search for the right GS late on Saturday, via AutoTrader and eBay. Requirements are as follows:

  • 2015 model
  • No black exterior or interior
  • Rear-drive
  • Under 50,000 miles
  • Heated seats
  • Under $25,000
  • Clean history

So far, the black exterior and interior restrictions have taken the largest number of cars out of the running. I’m fine with literally any other interior color. Many for sale have shown past damage on the history report. I’d accept an F-Sport version if the red leather were present, though I’ve given up on finding any examples with the Mark Levinson audio or Luxury package. Seems those two options weren’t too popular. The spreadsheet currently contains four potential cars that passed all the hurdles. It’s all sort of a time sink, but of the enjoyable kind for me.

The next entry in this story will be after a purchase is made.

[Images: Corey Lewis/TTAC, Lexus, seller]

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  • Manic Manic on Mar 21, 2019

    6-series BMW, 2 or 4-door would be something I'd check.

  • Cbrworm Cbrworm on Mar 27, 2019

    Congrats on finding your next dream car. I'm still searching for mine. A Lexus GS, not in black, is definitely on my short list. I prefer the ultra white or either of the darker greys on that particular car.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.