Other Cars
Unlike some of my wacky friends, I have only had three cars in my life.  The first was a 1987 carbureted Honda Accord two-door hatchback.  That was the high school car, complete with the bumpin' stereo when that was in vogue.  In 1997, I got my next car, a 1994 Nissan Maxima.  This was the college car, and now has evolved into the daily driver.

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Nissan Maxima, 1994:
Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer this body style to the 4th generation Maximas, it has the classic "3-box" shape also favored by E36 BMWs and the B5 Audi A4s.  This was the first car that I really started modifying suspension- and to a lesser extent, engine- wise.  Unfortunately the car was equipped with the 160 hp VG30E single overhead cam engine instead of the VE30E DOHC 190 hp mill found in the SE, so I was stuck with a 30 hp deficit from the get-go. 




The car was peppy for a sedan but the suspension was too mushy for my tastes.  So begins the modification process.  It was the typical bolt-on formula, as the 3rd generation Maxima was not as well-supported as the later generations in the aftermarket.  I installed an intake and exhaust, shocks and springs, and some 7.5x18-inch Racing Hart Evolution C2000 with a nice 1.5" lip.  It's all about the lip I tell ya!  Heh, the car sported wheels larger than what I currently have on the Supra -I need to get my priorities straight.  =)  Click here for more information on the 3rd generation Maxima.

     

      

     

Full Parts List:

Stillen Hi-Flow Intake
Custom Exhaust
Tokico "Blue" Struts x 4
Courtesy Nissan Front Strut Tower Brace
Suspension Techniques 1.25" Lowering Springs
Pirelli P7000 Supersport Tires - 235/40/ZR18 Front and Rear
Racing Hart Evolution C2000 Wheels - 7.5x18" Front and Rear
PIAA 1100X Platinum Super White Dichroic Driving Lamps
PIAA Platinum Super White Headlamps - 9004 Size
Rockford Fosgate 225.2 2-Channel Amplifier
JL Audio 12W6 in Custom Enclosure
Alpine CDA-7864 Head Unit

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Honda Accord, 1987:
Unfortunately, I had my Accord when digital cameras weren't so accessible, so I don't have any pictures of it.  I'm not even sure if I have any film pictures of the car, but if I come across any, I will scan and post them.


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Infiniti G35, 2003:
Nissan is back!  I think Nissan will finally be in the black with the help of its new cars based on their FM platform.  I finally have seen the new 350Z up close and in person, circa September 2002, and it looks much, much better than in pictures.  Though it was dark and I had been drinking so beer goggles could have been in effect.  =)  The owner of the Z, however, was a complete jerk . . . he thought he had a Ferrari or something.  Oh well, he'll learn . . . the streets will soon be littered with them.  Muhahahaha!!!

Both the Z and the Infiniti G35, the US version of the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline*, use similar versions of the corporate 3.5-liter V6.  The VQ35DE is the paragon of smoothness.  This engine loves to rev, and with the help of Nissan's CVTCS (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System), there is very linear power delivery and a _flat_ torque curve.  The G35, and presumably the Z, "feels" quicker than the Supra at lower rpms, and around town.  I have yet to really toss the car around, but from casual driving, it corners flat and stops very well.

What we ordered was a Twilight Blue on Graphite Luxury Leather G35 with the Premium, Sport, Winter Sport, Bose, and Aero packages, respectively.  What we received was a Brilliant Silver on Graphite model with the same packages, basically loaded to the gills save the Infiniti DVD Navigation System.  The wait for a Twilight Blue as optioned was indefinite.  And yes, we got the Xenons, they are a must in my opinion, for both safety and aesthetics.

This car has some very nice touches such as the driver's seat that moves out of your way when you turn off the car and returns to a preset state once you turn the key.  The long 112.2-inch wheelbase and reclining rear seats provide a very inviting rear passenger area while ABS, EBD, TCS, VDC, and six airbags help keep those passengers safe.



Evidently Nissan spent some time in the wind tunnel with the G because, the addition of the Aero package  (a rear wing and rear underbody diffusers) to the standard aero tuning, brings total body lift to zero and drops the drag coefficient to a very impressive 0.26.

I haven't had a chance to take detailed pictures of the G yet, but I will post them as soon as possible.  In the meantime, click here for more G35 and G35 coupe information. 

*Just as a note, many have this preconceived notion that all Skylines are twin turbocharged, awd monsters.  In an ideal world, this would be true, but like many cars, Skylines come in different trim levels.  The G35 is a Skyline, just not a hallowed GT-R. 

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