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#19 of 975 Warranty
Jul 09, 2000 (5:06 am)
Hello to all,
In response to warranty coverage option.
I purchased 1991 Q45 used from an Infinity dealer in 1994 with approx. 40,000 miles on it. This was the first time I ever purchased anything pre-owned in my life and I was kind of nervous about it. So to hedge my bet on this car, I decided to get an extended warranty for about $1,000 through the dealer, which was for 7 years/100,000 miles. Let me tell you, this decision I made saved me lots of money and gave me a peace of mind for a long time. There are lots of little and big things that can break down after initial factory coverage of 60,000 miles, like problem with my sunroof where dealer had to replace part of rails or something, had scratched driver and passenger side windows due to window rails (at different times) which dealer had to replace, center console button for right rear window which dealer replaced, both front struts which dealer replaced several times etc.... (These are some of things I can remember as I am writing this). When dealer charges $65 - $75 an hour for labor and throw in the parts to fix these little things, they add up quite a bit. Don't get me wrong, I love my Q and I love everything about Infinity (except for their decision to put "better" 4.1 engines in Q). I just want to say that sometimes the extra protection is well worth the investment.
I think I rambled on too long. Until next time.
Q Fan from Fairfax, VA
Jul 10, 2000 (4:27 pm)
I agree with your observation, especially if you're buying a car nearing the end of it's warranty like you did. In your case the warranty (like mine) expired at 4/60k. I'm assuming when you bought the '91 that you intended to have it up to 100k and beyond. The term "peace of mind" that you used is important. For many people the money is well spent if it eliminates constant worry about the possibility of big repair bills.
I think for someone buying a new Q the decision is a little harder, though, because of the factory extended powertrain warranty (6/70k) that comes with the car. As I said in an earlier post, the powertrain items are the ones that can cost in the thousands to repair. On the other hand, the service contract plans like Warranty Gold seem to have a lower price than other luxury makes, reflecting their reduced obligation period. In the end it just comes down to risk tolerance.
#21 of 975 Q45 acceleration or lack thereof...
Jul 12, 2000 (8:36 am)
Hi Q fans,
I'm in the market for an "off lease" Q45 and recognize the value as compared to Lexus LS400. I've now test driven both cars in the same '97 year model and there is a significant difference in performance. When I read the numerous reviews on both cars I couldn't help but notice that the Q made its peak torque at 4,000 RPM's. The Lexus, by contrast, made 80% of its max torque at a relatively low 1,800 RPM's. This difference in torque numbers was QUITE noticable to me. The Q just didn't have the low RPM acceleration that the Lexus had and to get into the Q performance curve I really had to mash the accelerator. Admittedly, once the pedal was to the metal the Q did rise to the task, but the LS400 required a LOT LESS coaxing to achieve the same performance.
I've decided on the Q over the Lexus because of VALUE!! I was offered a new 2000 (not AE) for 42,000, but I believe I'd be a fool to pass up the used Q values that are out there presently. I missed a '97 in Expresso with only 26,000 miles for $25,000 asking. I can live without the side impact bags and the clock for that kind of money.
I'd be curious to know of the best deals you all have found on '98 and '99 Q models. If I could buy a '99 for $30k-$32k I'd probably jump on it.
#22 of 975 Used Q45 Prices
Jul 12, 2000 (3:51 pm)
Hello John. I came to the same conclusion as you 6 years ago and never regretted it. I bought my Q45 in '94 when it was a year old, and the car has been a good experience. I have a buyer picking it up tomorrow or Friday, and I will strongly be considering another Q.
The best deals will be on the '97 models because of the number of them available off-lease. 98 and 99 models are more scarce. A 99 car for $32k is realistic when you find one, but $30k would probably be optimistic unless the car has high milage. Let me know if you find an extra !
By the way, I saw an expresso car with 26k (I think) on EBAY yesterday, not that I would recommend buying a car via an online auction. (unless you inspect it first)
Jul 13, 2000 (5:59 am)
too bad new Q45 sales are shot...only 300 or so a months sold according to autosite. i guess everyone is waiting for the new 2002 Q45
Jul 13, 2000 (6:25 am)
Thats going to be a long and painful wait for Infiniti dealers.
#25 of 975 Very Painful
Jul 13, 2000 (3:32 pm)
I've also wondered how Infiniti is going to hold out on this one. No new products till April 2001!!! Ouch. The only thing I can think of is Infiniti putting the rumored 260hp V6 in I30 or introducing the New QE sports Sedan between that time.
Jul 13, 2000 (9:36 pm)
Ferarri11: Not sure what you mean by shot. Sales are running almost identical to last year. The Q has never been a big volume seller, and Infiniti does not expect it to be. Overall Infiniti sales are up over last year, due to good sales of the I30. Keep in mind that there are less than 150 Infiniti dealers now, so the salesmen are not quite as painfully lonesome as some here believe.
Jul 14, 2000 (6:56 am)
still 1500 sales in 5 months is bad. i hope your reasoning is not used at infiniti for the next car. (not trying to be mean) imagine creating a car and not expecting it to sell. that is a bit silly. all car companies should create the best and most appealing car possible if they expect to be a great car company.
in the mean time, they could dump the I30 engine into the G20. the car already has great handling. add better styling and they would have an instant 3 series contender. or supercharge the I30 for the T model.
#28 of 975 Q45 TRANSMISSION/TIMING CHAIN
Jul 14, 2000 (4:55 pm)
I AM ON MY THIRD TRANSMISSION IN MY 92 Q45. HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM? WHAT IS THE TYPICAL LIFESPAN OF THE TIMING CHAIN ON THE Q45?