How to Keep Your Infiniti I35 an Eco-Friendly Car
Today's vehicles have gone a long way when it comes to their emissions and their fuel efficiency. Most of today's cars are equipped with top-quality components designed to allow them to emit gases that are not as damaging to the environment compared to their predecessors. However, while your Infiniti I35 might be a luxury car with high-end amenities from the front and down to its exhaust system at the rear, age can have a way of reducing the efficiency of your car in terms of both its fuel efficiency and emissions quality.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your car eco-friendly and gas-saving. Check out these tips:
- Get a double-duty catalytic converter.
If there's one thing in your vehicle that directly controls the amount of gases that your I35 car emits, that would be the catcon. It's the exhaust part that filters the gases from the engine before they are emitted into the environment to ensure that the gases are safe and non-hazardous both to humans and to the earth. If you think your catalytic converter is no longer up to par because of its old age, then replace it with a new one right away.
- Mind your car's air-fuel ratio.
The air-fuel ratio in a vehicle pertains to the amount of air that gets into your engine corresponding to the amount of fuel delivered to the combustion chamber by your car fuel injectors. The amount should be just right to ensure that fuel is burned well. Otherwise, too much fuel and too little air will mean more fuel unburned and wasted, as well as more harmful gases released into the environment. So how do you maintain the correct air-fuel ratio in your ride? Well, keep your intake system in top shape and see to it that all the sensors doing the air and fuel readings are working accurately. This will guarantee that no misreading will cause the delivery of too much fuel into the chambers.
- Dispose used fluids and parts properly.
While fuel is primarily harmful to the environment, other fluids in your vehicle cause the same considerable amount of damage when not properly disposed. One of these is coolant, which should be properly thrown away—some shops will take them off your hand, together with other fluids and parts such as batteries. Remember not to throw car parts and fluids recklessly, as there are some rules regarding their disposal, depending on the locality where you live. Dispose properly.
Going green has a lot to do with your driving habits—avoid speeding, do not carry heavy loads if you don't need to, combine trips as much as possible (or walk if your destination is just nearby), and don't forget to do proper tune-up of your Infiniti I35 at the correct interval. These will go a long way in keeping your ride in top shape and preventing the unnecessary use of fuel (and the ensuing emissions of gases that might be harmful to the environment).
Infiniti I35: A Mix of Luxury and Sport
Manufactured by Nissan’s luxury vehicle division, the Infinity I35 was a luxury sedan aimed at buyers looking for a high-performing yet comfortable sedan. Its history can be traced back to the second-generation Nissan Cefiro, which was sold in the US as I30 in 1996. Over the years, the I30 received several upgrades, with the aim of beating Acura and Lexus in terms of sales during the mid-nineties. Despite having short production years (from late 2001 to 2004), the Infinity I35 continues to attract second-hand buyers who prefer an affordable sedan with decent engine performance.
1996: The I35’s predecessor
In 1996, the J30, which was a four-door coupe, was replaced by the Nissan Cefiro. Branded in North America as the Infiniti I30, this model was available in only one engine configuration: a VQ30DE that could produce 190 HP. In 2000, the I30 was given several upgrades, including a more powerful engine that could produce 227 HP.
2002: from I30 to I35
In an effort to boost sales, the I30 was given further upgrades, especially in the form of a more powerful engine: the VQ35DE that could produce 255 hp and 246 lb/ft. of torque. The change to a 3.5-L V6 prompted the change in name from I30 to I35. This new engine was based on the predecessor’s 3-L VQ but was tweaked to accommodate a silent cam chain, structural reinforcements for a quieter and smoother operation, a drive-by-wire throttle assembly, and a continuously variable intake-valve timing system. To appeal to consumers looking for a sporty sedan, the I35 was now equipped with a variable-capacity muffler found in the Nissan Skyline GT-R and brand-new headers. These exhaust system upgrades resulted into a deeper rumble, making the I35 a truly sportier version of its predecessor.
Aside from having a new and more powerful engine, the I35 was also equipped with a face-lifted fascia that included Xenon headlights, a redesigned grille, larger badges, body color-coordinated door handles, and a restyled rear lamp. Although sold as a single model as the I35 Luxury, an optional sport package was also available. This sport package includes a vehicle dynamic control for improved stability, extensions for the side sill, a fine-tuned suspension, and 225/50R-17 V-rated tires. The sportier tires resulted into a more stable handling and improved skidpad grip.
As for the I35’s interior, leather upholstery and wood trims added a plush touch. The simplicity of the layout, along with the non-flashy lights for the remote access fob, makes for an elegant yet practical statement.
In 2004, Nissan decided to discontinue the Infiniti I35 model. This was partly due to the Japanese asset price bubble in 2000, an economic bubble that led to highly inflated stock market and real estate rates. Despite its discontinuation, however, the I35 continues to be a popular option among second-hand car buyers.