Q45t is super comfy, drives great, Bose system A+
After Infiniti stopped making the Q45, I brought my Q45t (touring edition) in to a dealer for service. While I was waiting, I went into the showroom to see what they had. I checked out a couple of models -- they were good but didn't seem like anything special. When I told the salesman I owned a Q45t he kind of sighed and sadly said, "Yeah, that WAS Infiniti. Some heads-ups: 1) It's rear-wheel drive, so in snow or ice, especially on significant hills, it won't handle like an AWD. If you're not in a hilly area and know how to drive in these conditions, you should be fine. 2) The turning radius could be better. Finally, the Bose sound system is spectacular...and I still love the analog clock.
Powerful luxury sedan
This was a car, that was first designed in 1989 and sold until 1996, and in Japan is called the Nissan President. This car in the early 90's was $50,000+ dollars, which when compared today would be $75,000 in today's money. In many ways, as an early 90's car, it still had attributes that we find now in cars in the 21st Century. For example: it had variable valve timing, and the VH45DE engine, was rated at 278 HP, but in reality made closer to 330 with VVT. It had every luxuy imaginable and a used car, it was not bought by a person that could barely afford an oil change, and thus, the people who bought these cars new, could easily afford to maintain them, making it a very good luxury car. The car starts off in 2nd gear, not first gear, so off the line, the acceleration feels soft, but once the car is underway, the V8 really can be felt once you're above 3,000 rpm. This car has long legs and is meant to be an executive style long distance highway crusing machine. With the strut tower brace (previously sold by Stillen), you can really get good handling out of this car in the corners and it's handing is far superior to a similar size 4,200 lb car, such as a Ford Crown Victoria or a Buick Park Avenue, or 1996 Chevy Caprice B-body. It turns in faster, handles corners very flat and is just a very sure footed car. I wish the rear differential was a higher gearing, but it's geared for fuel economy, as it only had 4 forward gears and now, 5 to 6 is more common. So off the line, it feels sluggish, especially with automatic traction control. This car competed with the Lexus of its day, back when Lexus just became separated from Toyota and made entry into Luxury car market. Because it sold so much more poorly than the Lexus, the same age car, compared apples to apples is much less expensive than a Lexus of the same time period. The later 1997-2001 car reduced engine size to 4.1 liter and had conventional front struts and softer and more asssisted power steering. I like the first generation (1989-1996) much better, as it is truly a sport sedan. Any time you can move a 4,200 lb car to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds with an automatic transmission, that's a fast car! You will like it if you are looking for a sport sedan with large size and rear wheel drive. I know I did.
Love The Car But The Gas Kills ME
Your Going Love The Car But The Gas Will KILL You since I fill it up daily. I put 210k within the last 15 years