Editors Note: Not everyone has a special someone in his or her life to celebrate Valentine’s Day with. Not everyone has a 2005 Infiniti G35 coupe to drive either. Now our “Two for the Road” ladies have the car, and they’re just waiting for a special someone. Based on this review, it might be a very long wait.
Cathy Droz: Silvianne, when do you expect all the roses and gifts to start pouring in for you? After all, it’s Valentine’s Day weekend. The real celebration is on Monday, but I assume all the men you date will be sending flowers starting today.
Silvianne Gonsalves: I assumed that too, but so far not even a dinner invitation or a candy heart from Walgreen’s.
SG: Oh what?
CD: Nothing. I just figured you would have started a lottery system for all the men who want to go out with you. You know, take a number and get in line.
SG: The only lottery I have going is my weekly purchase at Circle K and, if I win I’ll buy you a 2005 Infiniti G35.
CD: Thanks, but they only cost about $30,000. Didn’t you want to add on to that gift?
SG: No! The fact that the Infiniti G35 Coupe is a good value for the money is all that should matter. The G35 is the least expensive model of the Infiniti family and it looks far more expensive than its sticker price.
CD: I think the Infiniti G35 is sexy and sophisticated looking. It comes standard with a 3.5-liter aluminum-block V6 engine and generates 298 horsepower. I was so impressed with its get up and go.
SG: I’m actually impressed with your get up and go lately. Do you have a Valentine’s Day dinner date? I mean late afternoon dinner date? I forgot, the men you date eat at about 4:30 PM and are in bed by 7PM. Maybe you can celebrate at a brunch on Sunday while they’re still awake.
CD: I don’t have a date, but I think the age of the men I like to date is far better than dating guys who still have to ask their parents permission to go out to dinner. Really, Silvianne, the last guy you introduced me to still had pimples and when he said goodbye to me he winked and gave me the “peace out” gesture.
SG: You tend to exaggerate a bit except about the performance of the Infiniti G35.
The G35 was quite agile in regard to its steering and handling, and the brakes were strong. I had no problem with the performance of the coupe or the exterior design, but…
CD: Sounds like you had concerns in other areas. Did you think the cargo/trunk area was too small? After all, you were expecting to have tons of flowers, candy, balloons and lingerie gifts to transport?
SG: No, the cargo/trunk was fine. The seatback folds down, which is good for a coupe. I just had a little problem maneuvering my golf bag in and out, but once in, it was pretty spacious.
CD: I know, I know! It was the awkward moves you had to make to adjust the volume knob. I bet you kept knocking your hand into the leather/wood shift knob when you went to change the stations or lower the sound.
CD: Oh! Maybe it was the unorthodox positioning of the power seat controls. They were mounted to the right of the driver’s seat next to the cup holders and my broadening thighs. You probably spilled a latte and it went all over the controls. Right?
SG: Not that, I….
CD: I got it! The seat belt set up, especially for short people had terrible placement, It kept cutting off circulation and hurting your expensive chest area.
SG: Stop! Let me speak! I had a problem with a date that was over six feet tall. I let
Jerry drive and even with the seat adjustment at its lowest level, he had a tight fit. I know that wouldn’t be a problem with your dates, since they start to shrink in height by about age 65, right?
CD: Let’s not go any further with age preference before I say what I really want to say.
The Infiniti Coupe G35 did have a few kinks inside but remember, leather seats are standard as well as the nicely done wood grain finish, making the interior comparable to the BMW. The gauges were easy to read during the day and the bold lighting for night driving was great. I liked the power sunroof, dual zone climate controls, the Bose sound system and the fact you could have the optional satellite radio.
SG: The safety features were award winning as well - dual front and front side airbags, front and rear curtain side airbags, front seat active head restraints, antilock four-wheel disc brake assist and emergency inside trunk release.
CD: There go any thoughts of putting you in the trunk for a time-out!
SG: I’d rather you put me in the drivers seat of the 2005 G35 as my company car. Please!
CD: Wait, I thought you were buying me one when you win the lottery.
SG: I will. I don’t mean to change the subject but I can’t believe that I still haven’t gotten a call, an email or flower delivery yet and it’s the weekend. What are my men waiting for?
CD: Their allowance?