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#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.
#759 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [usmc_av8r]
Oct 21, 2009 (6:29 am)
Are you still happy with the AC? I am looking at one in NJ and will not be able to really tell if it cools weell becausae temps here are only in 60's and falling. I do not want to buy now and then have trouble next July
#760 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [gryan]
Oct 21, 2009 (1:54 pm)
yes, I have been happy with my Q. Up until a couple weeks ago here, temps outside were in the 90s and I've had no complaints with the AC. I keep it set around 78 & my wife keeps it set at 80 and neither of us have had any issue with it keeping us comfortable & cool.
#761 of 786 Re: Should I Buy a QX56? [gryan]
Oct 22, 2009 (2:55 pm)
I live in central Jersey and have owned two QX56's since '04. I have no complains with the AC dispite what other say.
There is a lot of cu.ft. interior space in this SUV to cool down and I find the speed at which it aquires a comfortable temp. appropriate for it's size.
Good luck to you if you decide to pull the trigger.
#762 of 786 EXPLODING AIRBAGS!
Nov 05, 2009 (9:17 pm)
Last weekend my family and I were headed home in our 2005 QX56. We stopped to get gas. When we tried to start the car it was completely dead. Luckily, we were at a gas station with a mechanic. He changed out the battery (yes, it was the correct size). The car was still turned off at this point when all of the sudden all the side curtain airbags in the whole car exploded and went off with my wife and 5 year old son inside. The dashboard bags did not go off. Has anyone heard of this before? I know it sounds completely bizarre. Nothing mechanical is wrong with the car. It starts and idols fine. It is currently sitting at the dealer awaiting the Infiniti tech "specialist" to determine if it will be covered under warranty. I pray that it is. The bill I am sure will be around $10,000! Please help if anyone else has heard of or had this problem. Thanks....
#763 of 786 Re: EXPLODING AIRBAGS! [jtichy]
Nov 05, 2009 (10:28 pm)
That's got to be a scary experience. We get occasional reports about air bags deploying for no apparent reason though I don't recall offhand whether any of them were Infiniti.
I'd also like to know whether anyone else has had this happen. Anyone?
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#764 of 786 Re: EXPLODING AIRBAGS! [tidester]
Nov 11, 2009 (7:21 am)
Thanks for th response. It was very scary especially since my 5 year old son and wife were in the car at the time. Thankfully, she happened to be turned away from the door talking to my son (who was sitting on the floor behind the driver's seat). My experience in dealing with the Infiniti Factory - consumer relations department has been rather disappointing. They are taking a very reserved approach. Go figure! I have the Infiniti extended factory warranty and all they seem to be concerned about is finding some other fault for the airbags deploying. Their response to me was "if their engineers find all components were functioning properly they will not cover it". I am not sure how airbags deploying on their own are not considered a malfunction...but we'll see. Not quite the response you would want to hear from a "luxury" car manufacturer. I'll update my posts to keep you in the loop. If you happen to remember if any of the other reports you had were Infiniti please keep me updated. I did some online research and found the 2005 Q45's airbag module had an high amount of complaints and replacments. Thanks for your help.