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.
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.
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.
When I took delivery of car there were
several recalls or service upgrades
that the dealer had not addressed. It
had a defective wheel(out of round)
which dealer refused to warrant. Rear
sunshade broke at 33,000 miles.
Electronics malfunction occasionally
requiring you to turn off car and
reset. Easier to use manual controls
rather than voice as I can't remember
exact wording and everyone must stop
talking. Car magazine tests show about
6.5 to 60. Fast but a long way from
5.9. Needs switch to turn off
traction control. My last car was
Lexus LS400 which was superior in
quality, dealer service and
workmanship. Not holding value.
Engine and stereo.
Traction control defeat switch. In
dash CD player.
Considered Lexus GS and BMW
530i but for few dollars more got
awesome V8 power, an audio system that
can't be beat (unless you want to pay
$5K for a Levinson radio), and a
vehicle that gets admiring stares .
You won't feel connected to the road
as with BMW, but way better than Lexus
in that regard. The steering is tight
and perfectly weighted and the brakes
are great -- also unlike Lexus. This
car is fast.
Engine and drivetrain, sexy interior
is great blend of luxury and sport,
Bose audio, Gatling
Better side bolstering in seats,
1-2 inches more rear leg room, fix
annoying lag when shifting
into "drive," C-pillar should be
narrowed slightly to increase rear
This is the best car for the money.
It's comfortable, fast, responsive and
really fast. I mean really fast. Good
brakes and handles very well in heavy
rains, water at the side of the road.
Love the adjustable headlamps. Also,
the smart cruise control is brilliant.
Sounds system is excellent, too. Also
like having the CD in the cab rather
than the trunk.
smart cruise control
comfort and speed
GPS and directions
more storage space in glovebox or