I try to tell myself I like all good cars. I try to remain unbiased, and enjoy a solid product by any auto manufacturer, but I remain steadfast in my conviction that a BMW is tough to beat.....
I just got home from my parents house. The reason for my trip over, to check out my dad's latest purchase. Arriving at the folks crib, parked in the dirveway sat a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE. As our fair city is situated a mere 20 minutes from the Nissan manufacturing plant, it will probably be a while before any of you see one.
It was beautiful. 18" chrome sport wheels shod with fat Z-rated rubber, xenon projector lenses, high quality leather upholstery, cool sunshade windows in the roof, indash six disc changer, navigation screen with a faux idrive commander, yada yada yada. The damn thing even has a switch on the dash to fold in the side mirrors (I've only seen such on a SUV prior to this), a passenger laptop interface, and automated seats and a heated steering wheel that move when you enter and exit the vehicle. Like i said, it was beautiful.
So i decided to go for a spin. Firing up the 3.5 liter V-6 and engaging the 5-speed tiptronic transmission, i was immediately impressed with it's silent power. Cruising down the interstate at a good clip (around 85 or 90mph) the engine almost yawned at me turning only 2400 RPM. Exiting the interstate, I was also impressed with the car's ability to exhibit only a mild rate of body roll as i purposely didn't slow down to a proper off ramp speed. Using a backroad to bring us back to the house, I had the oppurtunity to really "put the car through the paces", and it passed with flying colors.
So why bore you all with such a story. Because, upon entering my lowly 1995 "///M2.8" and making my way back to the house, I had ten times the fun on a simple trip through town. Now i know, I'm comparing a "sporty coupe" to a sports sedan, but in ten years shouldn't the Japanese be able to close the gap a little bit?! I don't even want to go into the time two weeks ago when I took my unlcle's new 350z for a spin!