5k: Silver Lining: 1999 Infiniti Q45 Y33

The Y33 generation Q45 (1997-2001) was a slower and steadier luxury cruising version of the venerable Q-car to come out of parent company Nissan for their Infiniti brand.  It was slower and less apt to turn than the previous G50 generation, but it did add some road hugging isolating mass that helped it drive more like the Lexus LS that was eating its lunch in sales figures.  Regardless, a lightly used Q45 makes a great luxury family sedan for the budget shopper.  Find this 1999 Infiniti Q45 Y33 here on eBay currently bidding for $3,950 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in West Palm Beach, FL.

The Y33 generation Q45 isn’t a bad looking executive sedan, and its chiseled features speak of a sporty nature that you won’t find in the blob-styled Lexus LS.  Regrettably, the multi-link front suspension and quick ration steering from the previous generation was tossed for a strut setup tuned for comfort.  On the plus side, this thing should be great for soaking up the miles.

The Q45 (despite its optimistic badge numbers) is powered by a 4.1 liter VH41DE V8, that is rated for 266 horsepower and 278 ft-lbs of torque.  The Q45 will take 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, which wasn’t great for 1999, but what do you expect with a 4-speed automatic transmission geared for economy.

The inside of the Q45 is a nicely done combination of faux wood trim and plastics that have survived the years with minimal wear/tear.  It would be tempting to remove the strange analog clock and original cassette player, but I’d leave them for the novelty.

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