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2002 Infiniti Q45 Sedan

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  • $50,500 original MSRP
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2002 Infiniti Q45

Source: The Car Connection

Don’t believe the hype.

by Eric Peters

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury car division, has a striking commercial for the 2002 Q45 luxury sedan. The opalescent car moves like a chariot entering Valhalla as leaves flutter and time stands still.

Unfortunately, the car itself is not so striking in person - and even less so once you close the door and hit the road.

Yes, the Gatling gun-styled, projector beam high intensity discharge (HID) xenon headlights (whew!) are cool, especially since they can be aimed remotely. And the unique voice-recognition software that enables the driver to change radio stations, adjust the climate control or work the optional on-board satellite navigation system by voice command will amuse the neighbors. It represents a truly Star Trek-like glimpse of the future.

But actually driving the car, its class-leading 340-hp rating notwithstanding, is a somewhat deflating experience.


Infiniti claims the new Q will make 60 mph in a very quick 5.9 seconds, but it sure doesn't feel like it - at least, given the emotional expectations that attend flogging a twin-cam, "performance tuned" V-8 with just 10 fewer advertised horsepower than a new (and very quick) 350-hp Corvette, 50 more than the 290-hp Lexus LS430, and barely 50 less than the sledgehammer BMW M5. It’s not slow, but the Q’s undefeatable VDC traction/stability control system is such that you come away from the experience seriously let down. No smoky burnouts are possible, not even so much as a tire squeal - in other words, no sensual indications of massive horsepower.

Naturally, all of this won't matter to you if you're looking for a large, well-equipped and well-built luxury-trimmed dreadnought that will separate you from the ugly, dirty world out there. But Infiniti weirdly touts this thing as the luxury line's "equivalent of the Nissan Z-car." Huh?

There is an optional Sport Package available for $1500 that includes both 18-inch rims as well as an "active suspension" that allows the driver to tailor shock/strut valving for progressively firmer or softer ride characteristics. The tested car had this option, but it didn't make much of a difference that I could tell in the way the car felt coming away from a traffic light or rounding a freeway off-ramp.

Mouse activation

There are other problems with the new Q, too. The optional "mouse-actuated" satellite navigation system, for instance, is clunky and over-complicated - not nearly as intuitive and user-friendly as the elegant touch screen system offered by Acura. Worse, the display itself is housed in the angled center console in such a way as to be hard to read in bright sunlight. The buttons and controls look ticky-tacky, too - at least for a $50,000 car.

A few people may be enticed by the novelty of the unique (so far) voice-recognition system, but how hard is it, really, to reach over and push a button to change a radio station? Or turn a knob to adjust the climate control? Is all of this gadzookery really necessary?

Yes, it's comfortable and has all the bells and whistles you can think of - side curtain airbags, active head restraints, optional four-place heated seats, excellent audio system, and more. But that’s merely the price of entry in this segment.

The Q45 is supposed to be kicky, but it just isn't there. It’s simply a big, stuffy old guy's car with styling that is both bland and derivative - much of it eerily similar to the Audi A6 and A8 from the B-pillars back. Meanwhile, the $53,200 Mercedes E430 has become quite graceful in line and athletic in manner, and the $51,100 BMW 540i, although getting a little long in the tooth, remains the ultimate luxury sport sedan - and it can be ordered with a six speed manual transmission.

The ironic thing is that the old Q felt sportier, yet it wasn't supposed to be sporty at all. The new Q is not much to look at, and not much to drive, compared to other cars in its class and price range.

2002 Infiniti Q45

Base price range: $50,500
Engine: 4.5 liter V-8, 340 hp
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, rear wheel drive
Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 199.6 in
Width: 72.6 in
Height: 58.7 in
Curb Weight: 3801 lb
EPA (city/hwy): 17/25
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, side airbags, stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes
Major standard features: 340-hp V-8 engine, five-speed automatic transmission with manual mode shift control, climate control AC with pollen filter, eight-speaker premium audio with tape and CD-player, leather, power windows, power locks, tilt wheel, power sunshades, cruise control
Warranty: Four years/60,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection


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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 7 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Vehicles within new vehicle warranty period and with less than 15,000 miles: 6 Year/75000 mile limited warranty form vehicles original new vehicle in-service date

Vehicles within new vehicle warranty period with more than 15,000 miles: 6 years/Unlimited mileage limited warranty from vehicles original new vehicle in-service date

Vehicles outside new vehicle warranty period: 2 year/Unlimited Mileage Limited Warranty from CPO purchase date

Complimentary First Year Basic Maintenance
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 Years or 70k miles from original In-Service Date
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 167-Point Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, Infiniti requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at http://www.infinitiusa.com/recalls-vin#/
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes<br>24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance<br>Battery boost<br>Flat tire change with your good spare<br>Lockout assistance<br>Fuel delivery<br>Towing Assistance<br>Trip Interruption Benefits
Special Financing See Dealer for Details
Transferrable Warranty Yes; Fee varies by state.
Warranty Deductible $0

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