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Infiniti Q45, Sedan
#99 of 975 1991 infiniti Q45
Nov 04, 2000 (7:58 pm)
looking at 1991 infiniti Q45, immaculate service records; serviced and stamped service manual every 3750 miles. 15, 30, and 45k maint. service performed by infiniti. Title search and maint. records verify mileage to be legitimate (57,000) Currently on BMW/PORSCHE/JAGUAR dealer lot for 11,900. took it to infiniti dealer who also verified service records. They performed 120 point inspection which reccomended:
-valve covers beginning to leak
-replace front seal
-a/c compressor beginning to make a little noise
otherwise, says looks good. Any idea of cost to maintain this car? I feel 9900 should be fair, any suggestions...
Nov 05, 2000 (4:23 am)
Closing in on a 97 Q45t with 37k mi for 25-26k. The finance rate for a lease is 3.9%. Is Infiniti subsidizing this rate to move merchandise... seems too good to be true...is there a catch?
Nov 05, 2000 (4:31 pm)
I'm not near the Q45 expert that Q45MAN is but I do know that valve cover seal replacement is a complex and expensive job. I imagine the front seal would also cost a few bucks to replace. The A/C compressor won't get better so you'll have to replace that too. After 10 years the car will need quite a bit of work to get it up to spec so that you can enjoy the Q45 Experience.
If you can get it for $9900, I'd take it. Then I'd take the 2 grand, add another grand or two, and have all the work done ASAP. Do all the fluids (every one of them), filters, brakes, shocks, new Michelin Pilot XGTV4's, and go thru the car with a fine-tooth comb. Then you can laugh at all your buddies who spent $30K+ on their boring Lexus'.
Nov 06, 2000 (12:18 am)
just read over 600 comments about this debate. confused as ever. looked at a 2000 q anniversary demo with 10,000 miles for $42,000 and have seen 1997 ls 400s with 25,000 mi. certified for $34,000. i want to own it for 6 or more years and get 150,000 miles of hassle-free driving. don't care about style, power- just want DEPENDABILITY. please advise
#103 of 975 Thanks again Steve.
Nov 06, 2000 (2:16 pm)
In my research into the subtle differences between the '97 '98 & '99 I found that the '99 year model added in the HID headlights, the analog clock and the glass sunroof in lieu of the steel. (I had missed this item until your post mentioned it) But other than that, you are absolutely right about no one would know the difference between these model years driving down the street.
I should mention that my wife has requested that which ever year we settle on it has to be a "t" model. She has driven both and loves the tighter/firmer suspension of the Q45t.
Once again thanks for the feed back and insights.
#104 of 975 confused23
Nov 07, 2000 (12:29 am)
42K is high. Places like carsdirect.com are selling new ones for that price. If you walked in there with 36.5, they'd take it.
Nov 09, 2000 (12:03 am)
don't forget to try the Cadillac Seville STS. I think they can be had for huge discount like the Q45 (low $40k). Reliability should be among the best. In addition to offering more features, the Seville's crashworethiness is much better than the Q. Test drive them all and decide for yourself.
Nov 10, 2000 (4:26 pm)
This forum is for people interested in the Q. Pro-Cadillac comments really aren't appropriate in here. Similarly, pro-Lexus or pro-Infiniti comments aren't appropriate in the Cadillac topics. The folks at Town Hall have been trying very hard to keep these forums informative, on topic, and minimize heated debates which are the inevitable outcome when models outside the topic at hand are introduced. Later.
Nov 10, 2000 (5:08 pm)
Well, confused32 was asking about whether he should pursue a brand new Q45 or a used LS400 (LS400 is not this forum's topic, btw). All I recommend was in addition to those two, test drive the Caddy as well. It's in the same price range afterall.
#108 of 975 trans "shudder"
Nov 15, 2000 (6:33 am)
I just purchased a 96 Q45 and noticed a "shudder" at about 15 mph when accelerating from a dead stop. It's as if you drove over a "ribbed" pavement but much more subtle. Seems to be the transmission or drivetrain NOT tires or suspension. Happens only as described above not at any other time. I have not yet been to the dealer.