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How I Accidentally Ended Up With One Of The Best Cars Of The Early 2000's

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WRX STi. Lancer Evolution. Firebird Trans Am- Isn’t in line with the other two, I know. A few of these may be considered good cars, and were what I wanted coming out of high school, but they aren’t what I ended up with. Let’s rewind time to 2014. A young Michael Gauby had just graduated and was planning on going to a state university a few hours away from home. He was driving a 03' F150 Lariat with 150,000 miles and his parents said they would help buy him a new car for school.

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Probably what I looked like first day of school
Probably what I looked like first day of school

The car my dad was going to give me, an 03' Bonneville SSEi, was a fine serviceable vehicle, and being worth roughly 6 grand, I figured that was the budget. I originally liked his car, it was more luxurious than what I was used to, and having a supercharger was pretty cool although I later found out that this vehicle wasn’t fast at all, despite having a larger engine than the car I would buy and forced induction.

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When you’ve got more than a hundred grand under the hood of that thing
When you’ve got more than a hundred grand under the hood of that thing

I found a few generic vehicles with low miles, like an 04' Lincoln something, but it was meh. Just a day later my parents came across an ad in the paper for a 03' Infiniti G35 for sale near us with 30,000 miles?! I didn’t know anything about Infiniti at the time, nor did my parents. They showed up with the car at my work and told me about it. Seemed pretty cool (I was an indifferent teenager, remember) and after a day of talking finances with them, it came home with us.

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First time I drove it the steering felt very heavy, I didn’t like it and asked my parents if the G had power steering (ha, I was a car newb). It was faster than anything I had driven before and much more luxurious. The first time I drove it to community college a kid in my Calc 1 lecture told me it was badass and if that doesn’t sound cool to you I don’t know what does.

What I like to think I was like in community college
What I like to think I was like in community college
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Fast forward to now and I believe the car is much cooler now than I did 3 years ago. It was Motor Trend’s 2003 Car of the Year. It has a nearly perfect F/R weight distribution. The 0-60 in 6 seconds for a sedan is considered fast even today, despite Honda Accords now able to match it. It’s comfortable, practical, and in black, looks stunning (If not for forgetting to wash it I’d post a picture).

Yes I wish it was a coupe with a manual, but in college, I have the more practical vehicle. It’s a car that I enjoy driving every single day and wish that other people had vehicles like that. Every time I put my foot down I’m entertained.

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So the moral of the story is, don’t get what you’ve heard about, get what has been proven to be a winner (Buy an 03' G35).

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