The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 September 2006

Look, Ma, hands!

Gwendolyn, like just about every other Infiniti — I'm told they left it off the 1997/98 Q45 — has an analog clock. In the I30, it's on top of the center stack, as though it were mounted on the mantel over the fireplace; the '04 G35 I've borrowed from the dealership has it at the middle of the stack, where it remains in the redesigned '07 G. (I have yet to get any seat time in an FX, QX or M.)

My daughter, when she saw it, pronounced it cool, with one reservation: "Does it agree with the clock in the stereo?" (Even if she didn't look sort of like me, you'd know she was my kid, just from questions like that.) Incidentally, there's no clock in the stereo.

Not everyone is so impressed. For instance:

My husband's Infiniti has an analog clock which isn't particularly easy to read in the dark and I hate it. Why does Infiniti think it's better or fancier or whatever to have an analog clock. I remember as a kid car clocks always stopped working long before you got rid of the car and it was too big a pain and expense to fix them.

Gwendolyn's clock keeps better time than my digital watch; I think I've adjusted it once in three thousand miles. Should it go, however, it will be a pain and expense to fix it: $212 plus labor.

Posted at 6:21 AM to Driver's Seat


There's something odd about referring to the accuracy of an analog clock as only needing one adjustment every 3,000 miles.

Posted by: MikeH at 6:44 AM on 28 September 2006

"Once every three months" sound better?

Posted by: CGHill at 6:59 AM on 28 September 2006

I've only owned one car that had an analog clock -- my '79 Firebird. And yeah, by the time I was done with it, $212 plus labor would have exceeded the car's value.

Posted by: robohara at 2:13 PM on 28 September 2006