1990 Infiniti Q45 4.5L V8 from North America
World class luxury and performance for and unbeatable price
Keep in mind that this is a 17 year old car with lots of gadgets and high miles!
Fuel Pump failed and took out the fuel pump computer with it.
Front Suspension bushings and struts wore out and were replaced.
Power window mechanism broke in the rear doors, both sides at different times.
Transmission is making funny noises, but hasn't broken yet.
ABS acts strangely when backing down a steep incline, the brakes suddenly let go for a split second and make a nasty noise.
BOSE audio started behaving strangely, so I installed my own sound system. BOSE sucks anyways.
The car is a pleasure to drive, the v8 is incredibly smooth and powerful. Off the line its not that fast due to the tall gearing and transmission tuned for smooth shifting. On the highway it is a totally different animal. I've heard rumors that the factory underrated the hp, and that its closer to 320hp rather than 278. I believe it.
Handling wise, it handles well, not quite on par with sports sedans like BMW's, but it is a very heavy car and tends to bob a bit on uneven surfaces. The chassis is very solid and quiet at any speed.
Interior quality is quite good, no rattles even at 180k miles. Climate control works well, but likes to blast the fan on full which is a bit noisy.
Another unique feature of the Q is that nobody realizes how old it is. The car was really ahead of its time in styling, and I still get comments on how nice of a car it is especially after a ride. People are shocked when I tell them how old it is.
Overall, these cars are worth it for the mechanically inclined due to the low initial price. However, If I had to go to the dealer for every issue I would not be as happy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th July, 2007