Fast, silent & über-comfortable
By Palmetto Q on Thursday, December 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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Pros: "Performance, comfort, style, value."
Cons: "MPG, AC/radio controls."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Infiniti's former flagship came home w. me about a month ago, after I found a silver '02 Q45 Luxury (base model) at a Subaru dealership in NC. Two-owner, accident-free history & 79k miles made it a worthy buy at $8400. The 3rd-gen Q45 offers so much value, performance & comfort for the money. 20mpg average on premium fuel (23mpg on the Interstate) isn't Prius-worthy, but a Q45 is no econo-box. The mighty 4.5 liter V8 yields effortless acceleration, no matter what speed you're driving. The car is a 340hp missile, but a very civilized one, with seats that are the most comfortable of any car I've owned in 45 years of driving. The power lumbar on the driver's seat is just the ticket for lower back support. And those Gatling-gun Xenon headlights turn nighttime into day. The beautiful interior design on the '02-06 was so good, Infiniti continues to use the same basic layout in their latest Q60.
Regarding issues on the 3rd-gen Q45, there are just a few. The engine likes oil, even from new, so you'll need to monitor the oil level regularly (& use synthetic). The rear suspension tends to sag a bit, but again, this was typical of the car even when new. Just be sure to take it to an Infiniti dealer for a good 4-wheel alignment ($80). I recommend the base Luxury model w. 17" wheels/tires and minus the optional sport suspension & navigation. I've found the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-Season to be a great tire for the Q - quiet, comfortable & with excellent treadwear & traction. The AC/radio controls are logical but not intuitive - a good read of the owner's manual is in order. For the '02 model, you'll need the software update from an Infiniti dealer. It modifies the transmission electronics for better engine responsiveness & smoother shifting. A new gas pedal accompanies that update.
That's about it for recommendations. Buy the lowest-mile car you can afford, change out all the fluids & filters, and you'll own one of the world's great luxury performance sedans. You'll see lots of Q's out there with over 200k miles - they're good for the long-haul. Compared w. the competition (Mercedes S-class, BMW 7-series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ8, Cadillac DTS), the Q45's higher performance & less complex suspension & electronics (at least on the base models) make it a great luxury performance choice. Infiniti never sold many new, but a careful search should yield a low-mile, accident-free 3rd-gen Q45 that will be one of the best cars you've ever owned. I know I love mine."
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