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Infiniti Q45



  • Does anyone know the difference between the two releases of the Q45 in 1997?
    Listed here at Edmunds are year model 1997 and 1997.5
    Is one better than the other?
    Why the mid-year release?
    Thanks, Phil
  • warnerfwarnerf Posts: 19

    The new Q45 which is on web site looks noticeably different than the 2002 Q45 which debuted at the New York Auto show. You can check it out at

    At first glance the cars look roughly the same but close inspection reveals that the Q on the Infiniti web site has a smaller, more aggressive looking grill. Also, the front headlights are not pulled back as far as those on the car that debuted in New York. These are just a few of the subtle differences I noticed. I'm sure there are others. Any thoughts?
  • steve_nsteve_n Posts: 11
    The car that was shown in New York at the auto show was a concept car. It is very rare that a car goes from concept stage to production unchanged. I have viewed several pictures of the car shown in NY, and a lot of pictures of the car due out in March. Personaly I like the car that we will be sending into production. I think it is a very dramatic change from the current model. I think this will be the car that puts Infiniti back on the road they were on in the early 90's. Performance first, luxury second.
  • I know others have asked this question, but I have yet to hear a definitive answer. Does anyone know whether there will be an in-dash 6CD changer in the new Q45?

    While there was a lot of information on TheNewQ website, I couldn't tell.
  • steve_nsteve_n Posts: 11
    It will probably be the in dash version, however there has not been any specific notification on the location of the c.d. changer.

    As far as the 97-97.5 Q45, The 97 was the new body style. It was released in March of 96. Mid-way through the model year, Infiniti made a couple of changes to the Q. The most notable change was the addition of side impact airbags. This is the tell tale difference between the 97, and 97.5 Q.
  • Good morning,
    The 97-97.5 question had me stuck and I could not locate an explanation. Since my wife & I love the Q's and are now in a position to purchase I've started to do our "homework" on the preowned market.

    Here's another one for you Steve (if you don't mind me asking)
    Of the model years 97, 98 & 99, is one year model proving to be better? I realize that little "tweaks" were made each year and that the analog clock was put into the '99, but besides that is there anything major that has began to surface in these 3 model years?
    Best Regards,
  • Phil, there are not a lot of differences between the 97, 98, or 99 models. I believe it was not until the '00 model that they went to the glass roof, instead of steel in the sunroof. You will be able to pick up a 97 a little cheaper, and driving down the road no one will know the difference.
  • 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...
  • 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 there a catch?
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    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'.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Best Regards,
  • lllwlflllwlf Posts: 13
    42K is high. Places like are selling new ones for that price. If you walked in there with 36.5, they'd take it.
  • aimanaiman Posts: 61

    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.

    Good luck!
  • aiman:

    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.
  • aimanaiman Posts: 61
    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.
  • 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.
  • I have Perelli tires on a 96 Q I just purchased with 62,000 miles. They are NOT brand new tires and are VERY "noisy" at highway speeds. Is this a trade off for the handling of this brand? I would prefer less noise and handling for more quite and comfort. Michelin tires perhaps?
  • lllwlflllwlf Posts: 13
    It sounds like you have a lot of "problems" that your DEALER should look at.
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    Well, a Q45 is a performance car that is luxurious. It needs a performance tire to...... perform. I don't know what model PIRELLI is on the '96 and since the car was just bought, nobody knows how many miles are on the PIRELLI'S and how they were maintained.

    Consensus is the Michelin Pilot XGTV4 is the best tire for the Q45 as it matches well with the car's performance and holds up well - the Q45 is a notorious tire-eater.

    If you want quiet, try the Michelin Energy MXV4+ but be prepared to rotate/balance them frequently in order to get some mileage from them. The new Yokohama dB is supposed to be very quiet. Check it out.

    You'll probably need new shocks & struts (OEM Tokico's). Have the car checked for suspension wear and repair as needed. Only then will you feel the real Q45 ride.
  • Without a doubt the leading expert on the new Q 45 is Neil Hayes at Infiniti of Nashville.
    He has been feeding factory shots and more for the last six months
    check out his website
    I can't believe where he gets his information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I don't know how anyone else feels but I love the look and specs on this updated Q. I have been planning to replace my 91Q this spring and was going to look for a used 97Q but this has me pulling together the $$ for the new Q. My dealer has said they are taking deposits ( refundable if you don't like it). I hope to be one of the first on the block to be driving this beauty. The Edmunds first look article is the most info I've seen on it to date.
  • Hey titanzrock, when I go to the site, I cant click on the 2002 Q45 link. How can I see some more photos of the Q? Thanks for your help.
  • Johnbee recently posted about the "shudder" at low speed that felt like going over a ribbed road. I just noticed the same thing at 1500-2000rpm. 95 Q with 85,000 miles. Any thoughts before it goes in. Getting ready to sell to upgrade to new or newer model. Thanks.
  • Can anyone give me info on the 1996 Inifiniti Q45?
  • aimanaiman Posts: 61

    in Houston 97 Q45 sell for around 20k. Imo, your price is too high.
  • Do you have information of the 99Q45t in the Houston area and how much are they going for?

    Here in the Phoenix area I'm seeing about the same selling price as "Petersung" on the 97Q's, so if the Q's are selling for a better price in the Houston area and since I'm looking for a 99Q, maybe it worth a trip to your area.

    Best Regards,
  • aimanaiman Posts: 61

    if I see some on the local newspaper, I'll let you know. My statement on the 97 price is based on the classified ads on Houston Chronicle. My bro. was considering buying one and low 20k seems to be the prevailing price. That was about 2 months ago, btw. One guy who my bro. called has access to auctions. He took us to this particular one and we saw tons of very recent Nissans (including 2000 Maxima--from rental maybe) and Infinitis. There were pretty much every color of 97 Q45 available. The mileage were mid 30's to 50's thousand miles. My guess is they're off-lease vehicle that the dealer can't sell (since they're quite unpopular).

    Anyway, my guess is a 99 Q45 is about 30k.
  • I appreciate the feed back. I'm hoping to locate a 99 off-lease but it may be a little soon to do so. I'll give it a few more months and see what develops.

    Best Regards,
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