M45 0-60 in 5.7sec!

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M45 0-60 in 5.7sec!

Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I <finally> picked up the current issue of R&T.

It has a comparison which includes the M45.

If you ask me, the comparison was totally bogus.:pfaceThe M45 had NO negatives to speak of, listed in their "lows" box.But some strong one in their "highs" box.

The cars that ranked higher than the M45, had much stronger negaitves used in describing them.

The only nits they found to pick, was a softer set-up than they liked.

I really think it should have been ranked number one because:

a) It got within $20 (twenty dollars) of being least expensive car even tho it offered the biggest engine and the ,most standard equipment, in the largest carb) Was the only import with a V8c) Was the best performer in the group by a huge margin.d)Had the largest interior

The list goes on and on, where as the winner the 2k3 Mercedes had all sorts of complaints about its brake-by-wire and drive - by wire system.

The good news:

The M45 did the 0-60 in 5.7 seconds!!!That's faster than a BMW 540 i with the 6 speed manual!And faster than many otehr iconsof sportiness!

(The only 5 series that made it into the test was the 530 cuz teh 540 would have been waaay out of teh price parameters)

So the M45 is not just a great value its a real winner in my book!

Fred...:ylsuper


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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Here is a link with some great pics!http://www.nissaninfiniticlub....+pics

Fred...:)

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Postby lessthanjakejohn » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Infiniti describes it as a muscle car, Import jap muscle car? I think that is a first.

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Postby greg_atlanta » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I'm glad the article pointed out that the sunroof eats up WAY too much headroom.

Yet another Nissan/Infiniti product I can't fit in because of sunroof.... :(

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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I am 6'0 and I am very comfy in it.

Fred...:)

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Postby tkd_q45 » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I don't get it either - maybe they're taking money from Diamler/Chrysler? or Diamler/Chrysler buys more advertising and they are affraid of offending them?

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Postby jmatas » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

One of the local Atlanta dealers was advertising Ms starting at $36900. So apparently they've started DEEP discounts on them. I've only seen two on the road here (and I think it was the same car both times), and this is a big Infiniti town. I'd rather drive one than look at one.

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Postby maxnix » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

jmatas wrote:One of the local Atlanta dealers was advertising Ms starting at $36900. So apparently they've started DEEP discounts on them. I've only seen two on the road here (and I think it was the same car both times), and this is a big Infiniti town. I'd rather drive one than look at one.
Man, that's a screaming deal. Might even get me to buy new again. Hello Atlanta!

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Postby szh » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

jmatas wrote:One of the local Atlanta dealers was advertising Ms starting at $36900. So apparently they've started DEEP discounts on them. I've only seen two on the road here (and I think it was the same car both times), and this is a big Infiniti town. I'd rather drive one than look at one.


My original 1991Q cost me $33,500 brand new from the dealer (MSRP was $39,000 as I recall). Heck of a reason there! :)

In the early Spring of 1991, we had a lot of rain here in the SF Bay Area, just about every weekend for 11 or 12 weekends straight. Frontier Infiniti had not sold a Q in 12+ weeks and had like 14 or 15 of them sitting in the lot and more were due in very soon. They were motivated to give me a heck of a deal, although I did not know it per se!

After the awesome test drive, I told them the car was too expensive, and I was really budgeting for a Nissan 300Z or Acura Legend anyway (at about $28k to $30k at the time). In the end, I got them to show me their invoice and I paid about $1500 above that - admittedly, the invoice did not include the usual dealer kick-backs,etc. The sales guy remarked many months later that it was the lowest price new Q45 that they had ever sold!

If I can get an M45 for $36k, then that is a heck of a deal! Hmmm ... maybe I need to rethink my summer car buying plans! :)

Z

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Postby Sopdadope » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Infiniti needs to slap that motor in a G35 and supercharge that thing!

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Postby BadQ45t » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

If they had only spent more time on the exterior this car would have won hands down. The E320 is a nice car, but I've driven the M45 and it is WAY more car under your right foot.

For crying out loud Infiniti, get the Q and M to your design studios in San Diego!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby maxnix » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

BadQ45t wrote:If they had only spent more time on the exterior this car would have won hands down.
I think the M45 is the last chance to own a really well screwed together 1966-1967 Chevelle SS. It is a techno version of a mid-size mid sixties muscle car.

The ad campaign is right on target, but there are probably too few of us who do remember who are still in that market. There were no minvans then, nor SUVs.

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Postby szh » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Hi, all.

I just received a neat little DVD in the mail from Infiniti with a short video piece on the M45. Guy has a fantasy(?) where he runs a short street course with a couple of older "muscle cars" and beats them hollow.

Anyone else seen this yet?

Z

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Postby reggiegsd » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

The word is out that this car is to be replaced soon (next February?). This model car has been for sale in Japan for several years as the Gloria (also the Cedric) with a turboed V6 and CVT. The market still hated it. The Japanese considered it BORING!

Just face it, you can't turn lead into gold.

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Postby maxnix » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

szhosain wrote:I just received a neat little DVD in the mail from Infiniti with a short video piece on the M45. Guy has a fantasy(?) where he runs a short street course with a couple of older "muscle cars" and beats them hollow.

Anyone else seen this yet?

Z
Jason posted a link to it when you were experimenting with alternate circulatory systems.

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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Z .

yes the shortfilm has been posted here it rocks!

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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

And here it is:It takes a long while to load but its well worth it!

http://www.nissaninfiniticlub....t=m45

Fred,,:thumbup

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Postby CyberCJ30 » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

jmatas wrote:One of the local Atlanta dealers was advertising Ms starting at $36900. So apparently they've started DEEP discounts on them. I've only seen two on the road here (and I think it was the same car both times), and this is a big Infiniti town. I'd rather drive one than look at one.
Yea the M's have had the hardest time selling at all here, it was actually listed as one of the lowest selling new cars of this year. But its no surprise to the fact that people were preordering their G35's and FX's. Problem is I think the M is going to drop faster than a baby in Michael Jackson's hands so start expecting another forgotten legend in a few years.:shocked2

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Postby Sopdadope » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

reggiegsd wrote:Just face it, you can't turn lead into gold.


Not to mention that in the japanese market, it went head-to-head against the other turbocharged six-cylinder sedan: the more sporty, more aesthetically-pleasing, more tuning responsive and slightly cheaper Toyota Chaser.

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Postby lessthanjakejohn » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

Quote »Just face it, you can't turn lead into gold.[/quote]

yes you can!

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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

The M rocks!I am toying with the idea of buying one..

Fred..:)

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Postby Jason B » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

The M45 will be redesinged for the 2004 model year! Pretty short run.

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Postby PalmerWMD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

One more reason to get one soon!

Fred..:thumbup

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Postby reggiegsd » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I expect this this will depreciate far wose than the Q ever did! If you buy it, you had better plan on keeping it. You wont be able to sell it.

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Postby jEzTeR » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

I love the M45!I was drooling all over a beautiful bergundy one in the showroom.It had the dark grey wood grain.I was impressed with the stance of the car.A bit out of my price range,although the G35 that I want is 37K so 39k isnt muss\ch off from that.;)

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Postby szh » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:21 pm

maxnix wrote:Jason posted a link to it when you were experimenting with alternate circulatory systems.


ROFL! Yeah, I was a bit out of it for a while.

I plan to go for a test drive in an M45 soon (maybe this weekend) just to see if it fits in our car buying plans for the summer. As mentioned elsewhere, I have been thinking of a 350Z (my wife wants the two door G35), but I wanna check out the M45 too, just in case! (The last time I was in a market for a 300Z, I ended up with a 1991 Q45 instead!) :)

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