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#123 of 135 Problems galore
Sep 06, 2012 (3:39 pm)
I bought my wife a 2004 QX56 five years ago, since then we have had to put outrageously amounts of money into it. From the start the little ABS sensor in the back wheel went out $500 parts and labor, then the seal on the 4x4 went out while on vacation ruined the front carrier $2700, then the air conditioning duct motor went out $600, then the little sensor on the cruise control car length distance control went out $400, now the exhaust manifold is leaking I was told that would be another $600. Plus the front suspension sounds like it was not built for this heavy of a vehicle. My wife's car doesn't even have 100,000 miles on it yet. I have done some research and see that thousands of others have experienced the same problems. I would not suggest Infiniti to my worst enemy. Whenever I tell a dealer about continued problems they deny that any one else has them and that this is part of owning a car, really? I drive a 1979 Dodge Ramcharger that has not cost me or given me this many problems. If you buy one good luck to ya.
#124 of 135 QX 56 dies in Arkansas
Sep 10, 2012 (2:42 pm)
My family has owned a QX56 for about 4years now and it has around 85K miles on it. About one year ago on a trip it died at a gas station after all of the computer and gadgets starting malfunctioning. AAA was able to re-start the car and we made it to our destination, we took the car to the dealer first thing on Monday and they kept it for a week and never could determine any problems. Well things seemed fine until the damn thing went haywire 6 hours away from home when my wife and 4 year old son were driving on a trip to Little Rock. The controls malfunctioned, the blinkers stopped working the odometer was shot, nothing electrical worked at all. When they got to the hotel, barely, the car died and would not start again until morning. This was a Friday night, they survived Saturday with the car functioning only to drive. Then on Sunday when they left the car started and again only drove, none of the dash nor lights were working. Then about an hour into the drive it died at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, almost 6 hours from home. 3 mechanics and two railroad guys could not figure out the problem, it never started again and eventually it was towed to the nearest dealer 30 miles away and we went and picked up my family. We basically abadoned this QX56. It is every parents and husbands worst nightmare, I truly hope Infiniti can fix this car and make things right. If anyone has any suggestions to this "ghost in the machine" problem let me know. We cannot take any more chances like this.
#125 of 135 Re: QX 56 dies in Arkansas [choran1]
Sep 10, 2012 (6:31 pm)
What year is your QX? I had a 2008 QX with 58K miles that did some funky things similar to what you're talking about and Infiniti replaced a computer module behind the dashboard. Worked great after that. I wish I still had the truck. I traded it in for a 2012 QX56. It's still a nice truck but I miss my 2008.
#126 of 135 Re: QX 56 dies in Arkansas [ldr63]
Sep 11, 2012 (8:01 am)
It is a 2004, do you know the name of the part? That may be the issue. Did you have all kinds of computer malfunctions before replacement? Was it covered under warranty?
#127 of 135 Re: QX 56 dies in Arkansas [choran1]
Sep 12, 2012 (6:22 am)
No, sorry I don't have the name of the part but I believe it was a computer module behind the dashboard and steering wheel. It was the first time the service rep had the problem and had the part shipped to them since it wasn't in stock. My dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree, lost acceleration and the battery power was completely drained. The car totally failed to function. Fortunately for me though it died in my driveway as we were leaving on vacation. It was covered under my warranty since it happened at 58K miles. Once the car was fixed it was good as new. Good luck with your problem. I'd be interested in hearing what the problem is when you find out.
#128 of 135 Paint Color Differences
Oct 19, 2012 (12:33 pm)
I just purchased a 2012 Black QX56. When I purchased this vehicle it was a cloudy/rainy afternoon and the SUV looked great. However, after a couple of days, when the sun came out, I noticed that there is a significant difference in color appearance between the deep black of the plastic/rubber front and rear compared to the metal hood and sides of the vehicle. I returned to dealership only to find that the other three Black QX56s shared the same problem. While the dealership fully admitted that they noticed the discoloration, they claimed that they would not do anything about the issue. They stated that the issue was common where the metal and plastic/rubber parts meet on vehicles. However, my 2009 Black QX was still sitting on the lot and did not show any differences in the color between these materials. Infiniti claims that they do not consider this a "Factory Defect" and refuse to do anything about it. Has anyone else noticed this problem? Extremely displeased with the appearance of this New Black QX.
#129 of 135 Re: Paint Color Differences [footwedge1]
Oct 19, 2012 (12:52 pm)
I had the exact same problem on my 2011 Graphite Gray and have a note posted in this forum probably around November 2011. In my case, while all Graphite Gray exhibited this issue, mine was much much more prominent than others. I also didn't notice until after I had the car home. Since mine was more prominent than others, I was able to have something done about it but still there is a difference, just not as much as before. In your case, if your vehicle is similar to the others on the lot, I am not sure if there is much you can do. I would not recommend at all that you have your brand new vehicle painted with aftermarket paint. I had my front end switched with the front end of another vehicle in the same color which was better but that does not seem like a viable solution for you. If it bothers you, have them escalate it to Infiniti corporate and have them come and inspect it but do not let them paint the front end of your vehicle as I know you will be even less happy thinking about it. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to compare your experience to mine. I am very happy with my car and have had it a year now.
#130 of 135 Re: 08 QX56 Starting Problem [lovethegators]
Jan 06, 2013 (3:07 pm)
Im having the same problem with my 2010. Its locked up probably 10 times in the last few months. I eventually get it started after turning the steering wheel back and forth aggressively and just keep trying to turn the ignition saith. Frustrating to say the least! Its scheduled for service this week so I hope they get it fixed.
#131 of 135 2008 QX56 Not Starting in the Morning
Jan 14, 2013 (11:04 am)
I have the '08 QX56, and this is an ongoing issue right now. This truck was at the shop 3 times now, and they canít figure anything out. When you try to start, the ignition key will move and the lights will come on and it just sounds like itís trying to start with no success. We have replaced the Battery twice now, starter and couple of other parts, but this is still going on. As soon as you connect jumper cables the truck will start. I do not know what to do anymore, every morning it is like a gambling. Please help if anyone else has heard of or had this problem. Thank you.
#132 of 135 Re: QX56 suspension = horrible ride [richj2]
Mar 30, 2013 (8:54 pm)
I bought a 2008 with 106k miles in mint condition but the suspension issue is truly unsafe. I've replaced front and rear struts, front and rear sway bar links, front lower control arm and tie rods and the rear end of mine feels like its jumping and swaying over very minor road irregularities as well and the front wheel feels like its out of control. I've never driven a car with similarly issues. I've bought new tires and will now try the sway bar bushings and rear allignment but for me to read on line about the same problems others are having makes me believe these cars have very serious flaws. Several thousand later and my dealer can't figure out why its doing it. We've even discussed replacing steering bushings but where do you stop throwing good money after bad as everything feels tight at the bottom of suspension and I'm tired of throwing money at it. I would not recommend this car for this very reason. Car has many very nice features but this swaying and rear jumping over small road imperfections like manhole covers and small pot holes, is just not normal and I feel like I'm driving a tractor about to lose control. You also can't drive this car with one hand as you will need both hands to keep car in a straight line. The smallest of road bumps throw the steering out of straight line and car wants to veer to the right, so weird. Does anyone have any other ideas as I'm about to sell this thing. It's like the car has front steering stability issues as well as rear sway issues that make it feel like its jumping, very strange. Almost doesn't feel like its one frame but front is separate from rear as they act independently.