So today I made my journey to the far freaking north west side of town in heavy traffic to pick up an oil filter at Wendle Infiniti (and get four tires installed at another place on the way back).
After I got my filter at the parts dept., I drove around the lot observing all the new vehicles they just got. For a long time, this dealer's selection was rather sparse with mostly I30s and nothing else. I leaned over and looked into an FX35... gorgeous! And the interior is just right... plenty of room for people and things without being a big empty wasteful ugly box, and without being a nerdy wagon.
The sales guy came up and started telling me all about it... but as a sedan man I naturally lost interest.
Now, this dealership is setup like a temple. The showroom sits very high and tall atop a hill with a very long flight of stairs. From the showroom, you can look out and see the entire lot.
At the top of this flight of stairs was a shiny silver M45, BEAUTIFUL, sort of nagging at me to come closer. The sun was shining on it at a perfect angle. The sales guy and I (he was very friendly and helpful) walked over there with me, and he grabbed the key.
First, I asked him where the key was. He showed me this nifty device with a nub on the end that you stuck in the ignition. Basically, take a keyless entry key fob and stick an electronic nub on the end of it, and thats the whole key. QUITE nifty!
I told him there was no way I'd be able to afford it for a couple years, and went on and on and on talking about how much I adored my 92 Q and vowed to drive it into the ground and how she and I would never part.
Sat in the M45 and looked all around, and did a walk around too. In photos, I didnt care for the way it looked. In person... this thing is gorgeous!!!! The rear is sleek while the front is muscular, and the whole car makes a dashing, bold statement. Imagine seeing an M45 in your rear view mirror... very intimidating. Unlike the BMW Z4 or 7-series, I didnt have to adjust the light and look at it from a specific angle to make it look good.
Its not quiet as roomy as my Q but isnt supposed to be. Seats are exceptionally supportive with adequate side bolstering and a soft enough seat. At first, I didnt like the photos of the center console in the Q and the M, because it seemed to put everything in one pod and leave a hollow space below, whereas my 92Q wrapped around me like a coccoon. Once inside, it was quite nice, and what I thought was an overcomplicated cluster of random buttons turned out to be a very intelligently laid out panel.
The screen wasnt fussy and clogged with data, and the buttons operated naturally the way I expected them to. I often confused the climate knob with the volume knob (my Q has climate buttons instead of knobs) but that was easy to adjust to. Even the voice commands were neat. People often call the gauges "ghoulish" but I do like the bright orange. I consider the ones on my Q to be rather sleepy. One downside? FM radio reception was weak. Oh well, since getting XM I never listen to that local crap anyway.
I again said to the guy that I'd never be able to afford it. I'm getting laid off (screw Microsoft!) and moving to St Louis to mooch off Mom and go to school full time. But he insisted that I take it for a spin. We got into another one, same color, fully equipped, and took it on a back road. Then we went to the other end of town and hit the freeway. I did my best to stress the tires on onramps, and hammered the hell out of the car and slammed hard on the brakes whenever I could.
Now, when I drive my Q, I catch myself smiling and on occasion blurting out "Booyeah!"
Maybe its because I'm single and dont have kids so I dont have anything like a wedding or childbirth to compare to, but today was possibly the most joyous day of my entire life. Without some degree of self-control I would have cried tears of joy! This damn car was a thrill times three!
When we got back, he tried to sell me an Anniversary Edition Q45 with 25k, but I wasnt that interested. Gorgeous and powerful but it isnt for me. Its missing that cat-like stance of the original Q, which the M45 has.
Thanks to Wendle Infiniti for showing me a great time and entertaining a kid. I'll be back when I finish law school to pick up my M45.