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Infiniti QX56, Nissan, SUV
Jan 19, 2005 (9:37 pm)
Last Aug. my wife and I purchased a 2004 Armada SE here in Miami. Approx. 1/2 mile after leaving the lot, our brand new $35K Armada began making a most "god-awful" squealing sound from the rear brakes. By the time we had U-turned and returned to the dealership, 3 calipers had seized.We decided to return the vehicle and wait until '05 or '06, when some of the first year bugs were worked out. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. Before we purchased the Armada, we thoroughly researched it. We visited the armada forum here and on other sites. We were aware of some of the issues with it ,but we decided that it was so much better than the competition that we had to have one.
Last month, we began test driving the '05s. We decided to go up in class and look at the QX56, since I've owned a Q45 for the last 10 years without having one major problem. I personally talked to numerous '05 QX56 owners and none reported any problems.
My wife and I purchased a silver 2005 QX56 4x2 two weeks ago.We love the look, performance and amenities. We've had no issues with it whatsoever and the Infiniti servicing is second to none. I'm hopeful that our QX56 stays issue-free.
#419 of 786 Re: 2005 QX56 [trim911]
Jan 20, 2005 (7:03 pm)
Congratulations and best of luck!
#420 of 786 Child Friendly? Re: Puppy Dog Close [starshine]
Jan 25, 2005 (11:35 am)
We are seriously considering upgrading the size of my Lexus RX300 to the Infiniti QX56. Somehow, my daughter and I manage to fill our current SUV very well on our own and now we are expecting # 2 (we will have 2 under the age of 2.5 in car seats). I am curious if you test drove any other large sized SUV's, and would love to hear from other owners about the child friendliness of this car. I am a little worried about the strain of lifting the kids in and out of their car seats, and just the overall child friendliness of this very large ride. Also, my husband is suggesting the Armada and purchasing the extended warranty to save some dough...but I think the QX56 will be a much smoother ride (not so truck like); any comments would be appreciated!
#421 of 786 Cold Weather Car Door Issues
Jan 31, 2005 (9:40 am)
I have a 2005 QX56 with approx 2,000 miles. The cold weather has created an issue that the dealer has been unable to remedy.
The driver's door will not close properly. when closed it will just bounce back. I have been able to close the door by holding the door shut and then activating the lock from the inside. Then I can usually yank the door shut. I then cannot open the vehicle from the inside. Sometimes I can roll down the window and open using outside door handle. Sometimes this does not work and I have to climb over the console and get out from passenger side and yank the door open from the outside.
Of course dealre cannot diagnose and lubricated and adjusted parts. They are ordering what they described an electronic door actuator which is on indefinite backorder.
My concern is that if the weather gets warmer, it may not be an issue when it comes in and I will not know if the issue is resolved until next winter.
#422 of 786 Door actuator and kids reply
Feb 01, 2005 (9:32 am)
My '04 QX just turned 11k miles and I've gone through two door actuator replacements. The symptoms were different for me, though. The first time, my doors wouldn't lock from the remote and the other time the actuator was replaced was when the back doors wouldn't unlock.
For kids, there are pros and cons. My 4-year-old isn't tall enough to reach the rear door handles so he can no longer open his door by himself. (I had a BMW X5 before this and he could get in without help.) Once the door is open, the climb up is easy for him. The doors open wide so it's easy to put a rear facing baby seat in. And there's actually enough room to put the carrying handle down without hitting the back of the front seat.
We opted for second row captain chairs and removed the center console so it's more van-like inside. That way my 7-year-old can get to the third row by going between the second row seats.
Hope this helps!
#423 of 786 Re: the brakes, the brakes, the brakes... [linkybo]
by qx blues
Feb 02, 2005 (7:39 pm)
I have an '04 QX56, and am on my 2nd set of brakes since October. Now after being out of shop 2 weeks, it vibrates during driving (like a tire out of balance, except a little worse). And I hear the catalytic converter constantly popping, while running and off. The dealership said it's normal, but I just started hearing it about 3 weeks ago, and I don't hear anyone else's making those noises. I am very DISAPPOINTED...traded on '03 Escalade for the QX. CRAZY! Does anyone else have the "popping" noise problem?
#424 of 786 Re: Child Friendly? Re: Puppy Dog Close [shirley517]
by qx blues
Feb 02, 2005 (7:45 pm)
My QX56 doesn't ride so smoothe! I feel like I have monster truck tires. I have owned an Expedition, Navigator and Escalade. While the Escalade can't compare with room, even the floatier ride is GREAT compared to the QX56. I'd shop around the Navigator arena for size and comfort!
#425 of 786 just started lemon law pursuit
Feb 08, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Glad to hear most new owners (2005) are seemingly happy with the QX56....those of us that bought right out of the box (2004) had to work out kinks. My issues are still unresolved and even the dealer encouraged me to contact lemon law/manufacture's rep. My 2004 model has recurring issues with noise/rattles (NOT what one expects with a luxury car) and brake/brake pad/rotor issues. The car has been in the shop every month since April '04. Even though the service manager and crew treat me like a relative now, it is still disconcerting. I jump in my husband's Lexus and NEVER have noise or ride issues. This was my first Infiniti purchase, and though I am considering a 2005 model if the lemon law works, I wonder....can you tell me if it will be worth it? Are all of your rides rattle free and safe on the brakes???
Help me decide, as it really was the size/look/and feel I wanted from an SUV. But I am just SICK of the noise and brake problems. If someone could give me great odds that this is resolved, it would ease my mind. Thanks.
Feb 09, 2005 (10:11 am)
I have an Armada that has been in the shop for the past 2 weeks for various issues. Brakes, highway speed shimmy, rattles, etc. I am supposed to pick it up today with the brand new brake TSB parts- larger rotors, new calipers, etc. and according to my service guy they've replaced all the weatherstripping (my rattles aren't coming from the panels but the doors themselves). He says "everything" is fixed. We'll see. I sure hope so, because the design intention of these vehicles is outstanding- just poor execution on the early builds.
#427 of 786 Re: just started lemon law pursuit [maizenblue]
by qx blues
Feb 16, 2005 (5:13 pm)
Well, picked up my QX56 today (3rd time to have brake pads replaced/rotors resurfaced), had the truck back 20 minutes and had to take it back to the shop. This time I almost wrecked. The steering wheel jerked so back when hitting the brakes (at 40-60 mph) that everything in my passenger sent flew to the floor. I already have a file # with Infiniti and that is pretty much worthless. They are the reason I took the vehicle back this week. The representative did tell me the brake pads that are being installed now are NOT the fix, another set will be coming the end of this month, or next month. Forget the lemon law, I had an Expedition that was nothing but a problem a few year ago. Wrote the Attorney General and everything. Met with Ford, and they did offer to give me a lesser model for even (wasn't that nice of them!!!!!) It takes too much time and effort only to still be used in the end! I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER INFINITI AUTOMOBILE AGAIN!