Saw my very first '05 M45 in person

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Saw my very first '05 M45 in person

Postby driverdriver » Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:39 pm

I saw my very first "05 M45 in person as I sat in traffic today. Some impressions, love the front end, the vehicles lines are a bit remniscent of the Lexus GS, the rear very current generation Maxima. Kind of looked to me like a slightly stretched G35. The car rode on large chrome rims with Infiniti loge center caps (when did they start making these?). I have a feeling the car was being driven by NIssan Canada people to get some of the publics impression. Some peole noticed the car, lots of others didn't. Its not like the last generation M45, which whenever I saw one had everybody gawking.


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Re: Saw my very first '05 M45 in person (driverdriver)

Postby 3rd Q » Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:40 pm

I saw the new M at the Chicago Auto Show last week. Really a sweet ride! Loved the size- the g35 seems too tight , the F50 felt too bulky- I think they got the proportions just right on the M. Interior is beautifully done as well.

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Postby Trung1130 » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:25 am

I saw one on the road this weekend pulling in right in front of me as we were pulling into the INfiniti Dealership. Sign in the car clearly said Vehicle is not for Sale. I loved the head and tail lights with Bullet chamber projector lights. Looks like they merged the M and Q bodies togehter, whta the heck it looks like the cut both cars apart and tooks bits and pieces from each model and created teh new M.,

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Postby Trung1130 » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:26 am

It was an M45X, I dont know the significance of the X. Is it the all wheel drive like the G35X

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Postby Jesda » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:27 am

Yep! V6 AWD.

Might as well call it a GQ45. I'm not enthusiastic about the body, but I find it to be pretty agreeable. The interior is stunning, and I bet it whips the new RL and STS on the road.

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Postby SOCAL91Q45a » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:45 am

OMG - they didnt!!!! Im saddened by this body change - its a gosh darn ALTIMA A$$ end for crying out loud. They must be friggen joking !!!

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Re: Saw my very first '05 M45 in person (driverdriver)

Postby szh » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:24 am

driverdriver wrote:Its not like the last generation M45, which whenever I saw one had everybody gawking.
Exactly!!!! Which is why I have one!

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Postby szh » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:26 am

SOCAL91Q45a wrote:OMG - they didnt!!!! Im saddened by this body change - its a gosh darn ALTIMA A$$ end for crying out loud. They must be friggen joking !!!
Sad, but true.

I am also disappointed by the look of the new M45 (have said so here in the recent past too - maybe to the chagrin of a few folks who like it better than the 2003/04 M45!)

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Postby maxnix » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:32 am

Trung1130 wrote:It was an M45X
Couldn't be. Must have been a M35x = AWD.

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Postby Jesda » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:46 am

Its hard to get away with striking, polarizing designs in the luxury market. BMW bombed with the 7, for example. Lexus whipped Infiniti in sales with relaxed and highly derivative styling.

Cadillac, however, does well with a love-it-or-hate it looks, selling more and more units each year. So does Porsche with the Cayenne (god, I hate that thing).

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Postby Jason B » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:03 am

szhosain wrote:
Sad, but true.

I am also disappointed by the look of the new M45 (have said so here in the recent past too - maybe to the chagrin of a few folks who like it better than the 2003/04 M45!)

Z
Believe it or not, they just spent 65 million on advertizing for it. This is something they should have spent years ago.


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Postby Trung1130 » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:15 pm

I prefer the older M style as well, I cant stop staring at one when I am driving on the road as it passes me.

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Postby Jason B » Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:10 am

Now this is Hott~


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Postby maxnix » Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:18 am

Aero kit front end? The whole kit really helps dispel some of the Passat on steroids look.

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Postby driverdriver » Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:20 am

Exterior wise, I prefer the old, but interior wise the new one wins hands down.

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Postby maxnix » Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:23 am

driverdriver wrote:Exterior wise, I prefer the old, but interior wise the new one wins hands down.
So true, as does the handling, I am sure. A better (stiffer), if not prettier, platform.

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Postby rsiwicki » Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:30 am

in my parking garage at work there are 3 M45's and another 2 that I see every day on the way into work through the neighborhood. I think that somehow the current M45 was a late bloomer and now the buying public is just starting to realize what an awesome car for the monies it is. Too bad I can't find any M45's to race. All seem to be driven by more of the quiet type of people.

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Re: Saw my very first '05 M45 in person (driverdriver)

Postby TxGuy67 » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:14 am

I drove the M35 last week amazing power from the V6. Totally impressed with the interior and sound system but the new body doesn't really "do it" for me. I'm going to hang onto my 03 even though it was a "sleeper" on the market. I have a feeling the body style will be in demand now that it's not available. I went to the dealer Saturday to drive the M45 but didn't bother since they are adding 2 grand for Market Adjustment. What kind of c$#@ is that? Infinit of Scottsdale has about 15 without the markup. I may have to make the drive to buy my next Infiniti.

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Postby kimrober » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:17 am

Just found out that Japanese Fuga (M45 here) has five different interior trim options vs. two (aluminum & rosewood) in US. And one of them is this called "Japanese Modern" with glossy black trims that were present in Fuga concept. Simply beautiful!

http://www2.nissan.co.jp/FUGA/....html

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Postby kimrober » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:22 am

BTW, did you guys see the new Lexus GS? Damn... it looks like altima + G35 sedan mix... looks kinda cheap exterior wise.

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Postby szh » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:59 am

rsiwicki wrote:Too bad I can't find any M45's to race. All seem to be driven by more of the quiet type of people.
You gotta visit San Jose, CA sometime! I know, I know, it is a long drive from Florida! , but here is why!

I have sorta posted the same to you before too ... see my previous post here (about 3 posts down!)

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Postby SIDVICIOUS » Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:11 am

I HAVE THE 2003M45 AND VISITED MY DEALER FOR THE VIEWING OF THE NEW M45. IT'S SORT OF LIKE YOUR GIRLFRIEND GETTING A BREAST REDUCTION. HOW COULD THEY DO THAT TO A BEAUTIFUL CAR. THIS IS NOT A NEW M45 BUT A NEW G35. IN MY VIEW THE M45 IS GONE! SOME CHANGES ARE WRONG LIKE THE MOVEMENT OF THE TRUNK RELEASE FROM THE DOOR HANDLE, THE RIDGID REAR VIEW MIRRORS ETC ETC. THE ONLY GOOD PART IS THAT MY 2003 M45 WILL REMAIN SPECIAL!

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Postby szh » Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:20 am

SIDVICIOUS wrote:IT'S SORT OF LIKE YOUR GIRLFRIEND GETTING A BREAST REDUCTION.
ROFLMAO!
SIDVICIOUS wrote:THE ONLY GOOD PART IS THAT MY 2003 M45 WILL REMAIN SPECIAL!
Yes, indeed! Couldn't agree more!

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Postby Jesda » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:17 am

Throw on a wing and body kit and suddenly it doesnt look like a potato on wheels:

I think I like it this way.


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