The Q vs. the M

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The Q vs. the M

Postby DAEDALUS » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:38 pm

I'm ashamed to admit I haven't delved deep enough into both of these cars to really know where they differ, so I figure this would be a good place to get some good opinions. I don't mind a little bias toward the M either, since I know less about it than the Q.

So, how do the 2 cars compare? Why does the Q cost so much more, given they share the same drivetrain? What features does one have that the other does not?


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Re: The Q vs. the M (DAEDALUS)

Postby szh » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:47 pm

DAEDALUS wrote:So, how do the 2 cars compare? Why does the Q cost so much more, given they share the same drivetrain? What features does one have that the other does not?
Hmmm, lots of possible answers to that one. Here is a brief starter comparison (my comments are for the 2003/2004 M45 compared to the 2004 Q45 - my bosses - since I do not have any experience with the 2006 M35/45!):

1. The M is lighter by a little bit. Has stronger acceleration as a result.

2. The Q is larger (width and length) by a little bit. More leg room in the back - the M is almost a bit cramped by comparison.

3. Lots more luxury items in the Q. The rear reclining seats (!) is a simple example of that. Another is the integrated window shades in the rear and rear sides.

4. More plush and comfy seats in the Q. Wider too because of the wider car, so more arm room (so to speak.)

5. Much softer suspension in the Q. More geared towards highway softness than canyon performance.

6. Shorter wheelbase in the M (certainly the 2003/2004).

7. I think the M has tighter steering too. Much better road feel.

I think the Q45 fills a particular spot that does make sense - price and otherwise. Although, not surprisingly enough, a loaded M would have been comparable in price to a spartan non-Premium Q45 - the various packages add a lot of cost.

The 2003 M reminds me far more of the 1991 Q that I had (in terms of performance) than the 2004 Q.

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Postby DAEDALUS » Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:24 pm

Thanks Z! More leg room in the rear of the Q? Not much there to begin with. Love the reclining rear seats, the rear camera, and the power rear sunshade. They're fun gadgets that are sure to impress friends and confound enemies, but really, not things I would use much, except maybe the shade. I like the plush seats of the Q, the AC seats of the M, and probably lean more toward the sporty ride of the M.Regarding price, beyond the M vs. Q surprise, I was amazed that a fully decked out M35 costs as much as a M45! Choices, choices. My commuting is increasing 30-50% in less than a month, to a whopping 7,000 miles/year maybe. Probably not enough to warrant another car, but dreaming is free. Dealership had a GORGEOUS burgundy M on the floor. I could only afford a used 2002/2003 at best though.

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Re: The Q vs. the M (DAEDALUS)

Postby maxnix » Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:03 am

If you were asking about F50 vis a vis Y50, the answers would be quite different.

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Re: The Q vs. the M (maxnix)

Postby szh » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:01 am

maxnix wrote:If you were asking about F50 vis a vis Y50, the answers would be quite different.
Definitely!

That is why I clarified early that I was talking about the 2003/2004 M45 - which is all I have knowledge of at the moment.

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Postby PalmerWMD » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:18 am

I still believe the M45 03/04 is one of the most outsanding values new or used!

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Postby gniknave » Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:30 am

I was at training earlier today at the dealership (yes I'm going back if you haven't heard), and I noticed for the first time that a loaded M45 comes at the same price as a Q. My boss said the Q has been virtually pointless in the lineup ever since the M's popularity skyrocketed.

An interesting note he made... He's been keeping track of the "M" buyers' previous cars by simply asking each customer at the end of each deal which car they drove before the M. 44% came from BMW's. He's asked that question 56 times so far

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Re: (Ev_eezy)

Postby szh » Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:57 am

Hi, Evan.
Ev_eezy wrote:I was at training earlier today at the dealership (yes I'm going back if you haven't heard),
Same one in Sacramento?
Ev_eezy wrote:I noticed for the first time that a loaded M45 comes at the same price as a Q.
I knew that was true for the older M45, but was not sure about the new M45. Thanks for the confirmation!
Ev_eezy wrote:An interesting note he made... He's been keeping track of the "M" buyers' previous cars by simply asking each customer at the end of each deal which car they drove before the M. 44% came from BMW's. He's asked that question 56 times so far
Awesome! Maybe we can convince a few more at the NorCal meet in Pleasanton on the 23rd. Apparently, it is heavily attended by Bimmer owners. We must give them reason to switch to an M45!

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Postby szh » Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:59 am

PalmerWMD wrote:I still believe the M45 03/04 is one of the most outsanding values new or used!
Totally agreed!

I do not know if you remember, but I got mine new (admittedly not loaded) at about the same price as a new G35 Coupe! Heck of a deal as far as I was concerned.

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Re: (szhosain)

Postby elwesso » Sat Jul 16, 2005 1:35 pm

Good thread!

i gotta drive one of these bad boys.....

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Re: (szhosain)

Postby gniknave » Sat Jul 16, 2005 9:12 pm

szhosain wrote:Same one in Sacramento?Z
Concord actually: Niello Infiniti

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Re: (Ev_eezy)

Postby szh » Sat Jul 16, 2005 9:20 pm

Ev_eezy wrote:Concord actually: Niello Infiniti
Oh, right, yes!

It was the Acura place in Sacramento, related to Niello, that you had mentioned in an older post.

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