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August 06, 2013

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StarHalo

You won't want it in a few years, Infiniti is not known for reliability, whereas the IS has actually proven more reliable than its larger Lexus sedan stablemates for the past few years (excepting the convertible, which was a disaster.) And Infiniti owners tend not to be the just-drive-it-to-church type; you'd be hard pressed to find a cared-for copy.

Angelo

I don't think Infiniti resale is great either----compared to Lexus or Acura (among others). But if buying used, that actually works to your advantage. I know someone who has a G20----that was Infiniti's little entry level car quite a few years back. She bought it new and has piled on the mileage with no troubles.

Avo

IS for 45k and a Q50 for 37..... In Australia, the cheapest Lexus (IS250) starts at $63,075 with the 350 sitting at $73,420. We don't get the Q50 here (listed as future vehicle) but the cheapest Inifiniti model available (M30DS Premium) after the brand was re-released earlier this year is listed at $89,400!!! Don't even bother asking about the Teutonic brands.

My wife and I bought a Kia Optima 3 years ago after I fell for the looks (I have never bought a car on look alone, but damn she's a fine looking automobile) and we paid $40k on the dot fully kitted. We don't get the turbo model in Au and the 2.4 is a little gutless (148kW/250Nm but at high RPMs) for a rev head like me, but she does fine. Very reliable car. Fit and finish could be a tad better. Ride and handling better than any right to be considering it is supposed to be a family car.

Angelo

Avo: KIA is for real. I bought a Sedona (Carnival) minivan used, with 112,000 miles on it. It's bulletproof so far----holding up nicely with no rattles/squeaks. The interior quality is fine and the paint and other finishes are holding up too. Performance is very acceptable for a van. The Lambda V-6 is a great engine. I love the looks of the Optima and will consider a KIA next time I'm shopping for a primary vehicle.

Avo

Yeah Angelo, I gotta say that the Korean brands have come a long way in a short time. I suppose now-a-days it doesn't matter about who makes the car but more so where it is assembled. Do Infiniti/Nissan have a manufacturing plant in North America? There used to be one in Australia but the market simply was not there for 4 primary local car makers. Ford Australia is phasing out the large I6/V8 Falcon (after the 2.0 turbo version died a horrible neglected death) hence the canning of local Ford production, GM Holdens is considering phasing out the V6/V8 Commodore, VW pulled out in the late 60s, Nissan went bankrupt years ago, Mitsubishi only makes engines here now... just. Only Toyota seems to be doing OK with the local V6 Aurion (I think it is a slightly modified Avalon).

Jeff, have you considered a Mazda 6? Again, we don't get the V6 version here but the 2.5 is beautiful and goes nicely too (so i've heard).

Angelo

Avo: Nissan has been producing cars in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. I think the first vehicle they made here was a small pick-up truck. I believe their plant is in Tennessee. We have KIAs built here, as well as Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mercedes, to name a few. Lots of "foreign" cars are assembled in the U.S. And interestingly, Chrysler, Ford and GM all sell "domestic" cars that are made outside the U.S.

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