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2002 Infiniti Q45

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Base 4.5L V8 5-speed Automatic - (44 reviews )
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What a car
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By huskerguy
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2002 Infiniti Q45 4dr Sedan (4.5L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Fast, Fast & comfortable-no problems did not get nav system-too hard for me.Clock hard to read--Drives well at speed near & over 100. Tested one at my nearest dealer, but he could not locate a millenium jade. Bought from a dealer who could get my color. I must be careful to check tach to see if engine is running-so quiet & vibration free. Wife loves to drive it also. Original tires have 1/3+ tread after 49K miles.


Favorite Features

voice recognition, acceleration & speed, quietness, luxury feel, not as common as Lexus or other luxury cars.


Suggested Improvements

larger trunk, easier to read clock, something better for dials, etc. It's hard to play with the screen & controls when driving without taking your eyes off the road. Fill cap on driver side would be better for me


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This car stinks!
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By Dr. Craig Merrell
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2002 Infiniti Q45 4dr Sedan (4.5L 8cyl 5A)


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Left me stranded and needed flat- bedding to the nearest dealership twice in two years. I received notice of factory recalls after the items concerned had already broken on my car. Lousy parts availability and only fair diagnostic capability; the overhead map light required 4 visits to the dealership to diagnose and finally repair (It was the sunglass holder pressing on a connector that shorted the lamp "assembly."). Clock, silver hands on a silver dial, totally unreadable; re-painted it white-on- black myself. Transmission takes a week to downshift. Trunk smaller than it should be. Stereo very good, driver comfort great, handling okay, paint the world's most fragile.


Favorite Features

Very comfortable driver's seating and reaches to all controls. I've had no problem with what some have called the counter-intuitive control layout. Just learn it! Good acceleration, stabile and quiet at high speeds.


Suggested Improvements

Get the bugs out before taking the thing to market, Nissan!! This car was not sorted out anywhere near the level of its competition when it hit the market, and the test vehicles loaned to the automotive press were clearly ringers, nothing like those that really hit the showrooms.


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By shankar
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2002 Infiniti Q45 4dr Sedan (4.5L 8cyl 5A)


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Recently there was an update for this model Q45. Infiniti calls it the ITB-02048 update. And what a difference it made. No more hesitation on takeoff. The first part of the fix replaces the accelerator pedal with one with a bit less lag in the pedal itself. Nice update. Good update. The second part of the update doesn't involve any new parts - it is all ones and zeros, but it's what makes the big difference. It's gone from Oldsmobile shifting (no offense) to German shifting, and from a stop the car feels so much faster. It reprograms the Engine Control Module. Shifting and acceleration are totally different.


Favorite Features

The car shifts like the little G35 after the update.


Suggested Improvements

I would use cerramic brake pads. Seems to last longer and does not warp the disc.


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Best in Class
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By Q45man1
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2002 Infiniti Q45 4dr Sedan (4.5L 8cyl 5A)


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This is my 2nd Nissan cars and 1st Q. I have test drove both BMW 740 and Lexus LS430. Both are good cars, but my money went to Q45. This is the best car for the money. It has good handling, comfort, and reliability. This is a fast luxury sedan and you won't see lot of them in the road. I get compliments how sharp and nice the car looks. There's little bit of hesitaion during acceleration, but checked with Infinitihelp.com and downloaded the document plus the TSB number, took it back to the dealer and fixed the problem. I will keep mine for a long time and buy another.


Favorite Features

navigation, traction control, rear camera.


Suggested Improvements

Sportier suspension, slotted/cross drill rotors, bigger brakes and 20" wheels. I've read that 2006 Q45 now has sport model. It came with 19" wheels.


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There are better choices
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By pbjb
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2002 Infiniti Q45 4dr Sedan (4.5L 8cyl 5A)


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This car was plagued by excessive oil consumption (1.5 to 2.0 quarts per 2500 mi.)after 8,000 miles with blue smoke coming out of exhaust during initial startup. Dealership was great and did what they could but Infinity claimed it was normal. After checking with other dealerships out of state and finding out they had to replace engines in other 2002 Q45s I requested a replacement. It took 12 months to finally get Infinity to replace the engine. They said they had to monitor the oil consumption over a period of 3 oil changes. The new engine doesn't burn a drop! Had to have the rotors turned down after 20,000 miles (warped) and had them replaced 7,000 miles later due to the same problem.


Favorite Features

The car rides well, is quiet and IMHO is better looking than the LS430,and has plenty of power. Although some people complain about the complexity of the voice recognition system I find it quite user friendly.


Suggested Improvements

The trunk capacity for a vehicle this size is inadequate. It just barely holds to sets of golf clubs. The clock is difficult to read in the center of the console.


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