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Infiniti Q45, Sedan
May 01, 2002 (3:37 pm)
I'm new to this board, coming from the J30 board--recently replaced my 1994 J30 with a Q45--needed a larger car for the family. My wife has a 1998 I30 and so does her father, so we are an Infiniti family.
I recently purchased a 1994 Infiniti Q45 with Bose sound system. It has an AM/FM/cassette deck, buttons for CD, but no CD player. I thought I would just install a trunk mounted 6-disk CD changer (there's a slot for this and a wiring harness), but it is proving very difficult to find one that is compatible.
What are my options here? Bose doesn't want to sell me one directly, and the Infniniti dealership wants an exorbitant price. All of the local stereo shops say they can't help, that nothing is compatible, please go see your car dealership. I've done some research, and it's either Clarion or Alpine that manufacture for Bose under their agreement with Infiniti.
I just want to be able to play a CD in the car. I don't care whether it's a 6 disk changer, or whether it's one CD. I'm considering selling my AM/FM/cassette unit and trading for a Bose AM/FM/CD unit, but I fear that will be as expensive as getting a CD changer & installation.
Any suggestions? I wanted to avoid an FM modulated system or a cassette adapter, wanted to use the buttons on the radio unit to control the CD. Surely there are others who have overcome this problem that can recommend a fix. My e-mail is dnull2csc.com
#618 of 975 old Q45 15" alloy wheels
May 02, 2002 (5:43 pm)
I'd like to know if its offset and bolt pattern are the same as my 96 Maxima. I contacted both local Infiniti dealership and Infiniti corporate site with basically no information. If someone could provide that info I'd really appreciate it.
May 06, 2002 (1:22 pm)
Dave, the changer problem is easily (almost) solved. The changer in the early Qs were all Sony. Later, they switched to Clarion units and Alpine units. The ony uo need is Sony. I found a couple of sites that have it for just under $300 bucks. But I wonder if it can't be had for less than that.
May 06, 2002 (2:31 pm)
Bscblue, that's great news, thanks for the tip. But how do I know what year Infiniti changed from Sony to Alpine or Clarion--my Q45 is a 1994 model.
If you know where I can find a Sony CD changer that will work? eBay maybe? If you know of a source or web site to search, i'd appreciate the help.
May 07, 2002 (1:06 pm)
No prob! The changer in all the 1994 Q45s is a Sony unit. I must admit I'm rather amazed your Q didn't have a changer or disc player unit at all. Funny.
Dave, try Ebay. I found several that would work for your Q. Try this item number: 1349263343. They have several kind that Infinitiparts.net sells OEM parts at discount prices. BUT . . . Infinitihelp.com sells them for even less than that. Compare the two and you'll see! The price differences are glaring.
#622 of 975 Q 45 owners book
May 14, 2002 (7:00 am)
I have a 1992 Q45 I am trying to track down a owners manual. Any help
#623 of 975 I'm sorry!
May 14, 2002 (9:30 am)
I feel bad about not giving the new Q a fair review. I know sales have been sluggish but something hit me today that made me really want to buy a Q. I saw a black on black 02 Q45 driving next to me, my o my was this thing beautiful. I never really saw this car in action rolling down the road. Everyone was looking at it as if it were only out on the market a few days.
I have to reevaluate everything when I replace my 00 Maxima. If I were Infiniti I would reintroduce this car and take it to the streets.
A few suggestions to Infiniti if your listening.
"Taking it to the streets"
Offer extended test drives to seekers and admirers.
Showcase the car at public places such as malls, golf courses, concert halls, Doctors CE training's Lawyers seminars, business owners meetings at the local chamber of commerce, coffee shops, charity functions or anywhere were people can view the car and ask questions.
More things can be done to promote this car than offer deep discounts or dealer cash initiatives. You know your target market so go out and meet them in the streets. Heck assemble an outside sales team to go out into the community were your customers work and live and promote this car. Stop waiting to customers to come into the show rooms I would be tickled if BMW, Lexus or MB came to where I live or hang out. I could easily be talked into to buying a car if someone gave me a one on one tour of there product line.
May 14, 2002 (10:58 am)
I was in Florida in December and the mall there had a Q45.
Once you get into $50,000+ cars image plays a role whether you like it or not. And that's where the Q45 gets hurt no matter how good the car because Infiniti just does not have the image of Lexus, Mercedes and BMW. Maybe some day they will, but they don't now.
The discounting may have boosted sales a bit, but it has killed this car for the forseeable future.
One of the current car magazines has an article titled "Sales-challenged cars." The Q45 is in the article. Here's part of what they say:
"The weak launch begat a decade of fire-sale prices and subsidized leases on Q45s, and now consumers aren't willing to pay the $55,000 sticker price. For that kind of dough, they can buy the industry benchmark Lexus LS 430. For a little more, they can buy into the prestige of the three-pointed star. 'No thanks,' say many potential customers."
May 15, 2002 (6:44 am)
If you read the rest of the article it goes on to say that Infiniti is on the right track by doing away with the dealer incentives and discounts that destroyed the residual value of the old Q. The Q is also once again a better car than the Lexus. The have never been any dealer incentives on the current Q. Infiniti is on the right track with this car. As Ghosn said there is no problem that can not be solved by good product. Now that Infiniti has solved that problem time and good marketing will do the rest.
Honestly to get a Lexus that is close to the Q45 you have to pay closer to $65,000 and the little more they refer to for a benze $15,000- $20,000
May 17, 2002 (10:41 pm)
Saw another old-school Q the other day.
Old-school Q45: BMW-fighter.
New-school Q45: Lexus wannabe.