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Infiniti QX56, Nissan, SUV
#749 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [cryptoidman]
Jul 14, 2009 (1:00 pm)
The early model years (2004 and 2005) were horrible as Nissan had major quality control issues in their new Mississippi plant. The more recent model years have been much better, but they still are far away from having the best frequency of repair records. Just look at Consumer Reports. Have you considered a Sequoia? Not as upscale a name plate as an Infiniti, but if you look at the Platinum model you might be surprised at how well equipped it is...and how high the price is If it's not out of your price range, look at the LX470...quite a vehicle, but the Sequoia has more room in the back.
#750 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [shark715]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:07 pm)
Thanks so much to all of you for your input! This would never have been possible years ago and I would have been stuck. I am going to test drive with eyes open. The guy is now at $30 for 34K miles for his 2005. I will also try the Sequoia. Prestige is not necessary, just looking for a nice ride.
#751 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [cryptoidman]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:18 pm)
OK, I looked at the Platinum Sequoia, but it only comes in 2008 or newer which is out of my budget range of $30-35K.
My needs are third row, heated second row, 4WD, sunroof, DVD, and Nav. I know, "gee that all??" So like I said I was originally looking at Denalis, Tahoe LTZs, Yukons.
Anyone have a good suggestion?
Thanks, you guys are the best!
#752 of 786 Re: 4x4 [ubarragan]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:29 pm)
Always good to hear a happy ending. How are things going now? Any problems? What type of extended warranty did you buy?
#753 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [shark715]
Jul 15, 2009 (7:11 pm)
Has anyone had a good experience with a 2005 QX56? I drove one today at a private party and the guy says he has not had any problems. He said that he brought in it in early 2006 for a recall, but other than that has not had any problems. Of course the guy could be lying, but he seemed to be telling the truth. The truck has less than 30K miles and the paint looked new. I checked for overspray, but it didn't seem like it was repainted.
#754 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [cryptoidman]
Jul 16, 2009 (1:41 am)
Sorry, I didn't realize you are looking to buy used versus new. You are right, the pre-2008 Sequoias are a much smaller truck. I think the QX drives much nicer than any of the GM products (drive them all and see what you think), but in the end I would be afraid to buy one,especially a used one. IMO the GM products are "good enough", and there are LOTS of used ones out there...you should be able to make a great deal.
#755 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [shark715]
Jul 16, 2009 (11:01 am)
I thought I would chime here re. a used QX56. Take a look at my other posts in the "problems" thread re. A/C in the QX56. To make a long story short, I recently bought a 2009 QX56. On days above 95 degrees in TX, the air at the front vents would not get below 60 degrees, whether moving or idle. In the rear, it was about 70 degrees. Those temperatures sound low, but in a car, it was like an oven in that thing. Normal, industry-standard A/C temp range at the vent should be between 38-48 degrees using recirculation mode after about 10 minuites. Later I test drove a brand new 2010 to double check A/C performance in the QX56 and got the exact same readings with my A/C vent thermometer - about 60 at the front vents, 70 in the back. Thus, the QX56 is a very hot vehicle with a poor A/C. I took my 09 to the dealer for repair, and after 2 days of tests they said it was running as well as possible, and the problem was the outside temperature. [However, one of the techs revealed to me that they have had a lot of customer complainte that the QXs "just don't blow cold enough."] To me, this was unacceptable since my 2003 Yukon (also a big vehicle), my wife's Volvo XC90, and my father's 1998 Lexus 470 each got down to about 40 degrees at the vent under the same conditions. Thus, I ended up returning the QX56 and purchasing a new Yukon instead (from the same family of dealers - I really appreciated this). It was a hard decision because I preferred the bells and whistles of the QX56, but in the end I couldn't sacrifice A/C performance. My new Yukon hits 40 degrees at the vent even on 100+ degree days.
The lack of A/C in the QX56 appears to be a major design flaw that Infiniti should address. My advice is before purchasing a QX56 (or any vehicle for that matter), test drive it for 10 minutes on a hot day and stick an A/C thermometer in the front center vent (they sell them at Autozone for about $5). If the air gets down to 38-48 degrees, the A/C is fine. But if it is 60 like the QX56 I had, I would stay away. That thing was like an oven. GMC's may not be as pretty, but they sure have a great A/C, which in the end is worth a lot more than the other bells and whistles.
#756 of 786 How many miles can I expect to get on my 2005 QX56
Aug 15, 2009 (1:42 pm)
I'm looking at a 2005 QX56 with 72k miles on it. It's been well maintained and I will do the same. Can I get 200k miles on it or more like 150k???
Thanks for your help!
#757 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [tdkeator]
Aug 16, 2009 (3:17 am)
No question that 60 degrees is not cold enough. Anyone else have the same issue?
#758 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [shark715]
Aug 16, 2009 (5:43 am)
I just bought a 2010 ... I live in S. TX where the temps have been in the upper 90's/lower's 100's over the last week & I've had the AC set to auto & usually between 78°-80°and my Q has been comfortable.