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Infiniti QX56



  • I went from a BMW X5 to a QX and agile is not a word I would ever use to describe the QX. Of course, the QX is bigger, but just because it doesn't actually roll over when you turn a corner does not make it agile.
    I managed to keep that QX for 40k miles - until the warranty was nearly out. I knew I had to dump it at that point. The brakes and rotors had been replaced too many times to count, the back up camera went from being all static to a line of static through the middle, when I put it in reverse, the back window on the hatch popped open, the relays for the power windows kept needing replaced (which meant they sometimes broke with the window in the open position and would not close), when locking the vehicle from the key fob, the right passenger door wouldn't lock, it made scraping sounds when the a/c was on, there were rattles and creaks, the rear sonar beeped continuously when I put the truck in reverse, the sunroof came off track and wouldn't close, the navigation system needed replaced, and the rear hatch wouldn't open from the key fob. My Infinity dealer fixed all of these problems, sometimes more than once, and gave me a loaner car each time. Unfortunately, I have 4 children and they don't have a loaner QX, so my kids couldn't fit in the car they loaned me.
    I finally got tired of going to the dealer each month so I traded it in on an Escalade ESV. The Cadillac dealer didn't want the QX - they knew about all the problems. I got very little for my trade in but I was happy to leave that QX behind. I didn't even consider looking at the new QX but I can tell you I've had the Escalade for 7 months and all I've done is get the oil changed.
  • Sounds like I wrote your review. I too had so many problems with my QX (which stands for "Quality NOT"!! My QX spent more time @ the dealership than it did in my driveway.

    I also tried to trade in my QX @ the Lexus dealership on a LX470, but they had heard about the brake recalls and would not take it. I took a beatin and traded it on an 07 Escalade and have been happy ever since. The Escalade has never been to the dealership, only Walmart for routine oil changes! The Cadillac dealer who took my QX in trade had it sitting on their lot for 6 months and finally sold it @ an auction.

    I keep forgeting that Infinity is just another word for Nissan, which has a long history of quality control problems. Since the early 1970's you could never compare a Nissan with a Toyota.

    Engineering wise the QX is nothing more than a Nissan Titan with a topper on the back. This is the reason why your rotors kept failing. They did not compensate for the increased weight of the additional metal. Duh?

    It will be interesting to see what Nissan replaces this outdated vehicle with.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Sorry that both of you had problems with the QX. As mentioned numerous times, the 04/05 had issues. That issues sure appear to be a thing of the past. I'm not sure that I agree with you that "Nissan has a long history of quality control problems". Consumer Reports does not agree. I don't agree....I've had two Nissans that have both gone well past 100K with just normal maintenance. You probably also think that Toyota and Honda are "bulletproof" despite clear evidence otherwise that not all of their models are driven down the mountain by Moses.

    At least the Escalade is built on it's own platform and not the Silverado/Tahoe's right? Exactly....economies of scale. All of these "luxury" vehicles are built upon their cheaper cousins.
    Land Cruiser<LX570
  • Actually you would be correct if you said Escalades prior to 07's. The current Escalade shares only some of the sheet metal with the Tahoe. The Escalade's motor is a 6.2 litre Corvette motor that produces more horsepower & torque than any SUV built. The suspension and frame is also different. The ride, even though it has as stiff rear axle is far superior to any SUV except the Lexus LX.

    As far as Nissan fixing the brake problems? They went to larger rotors, but not sure they fixed the ABS & Vehicle skid control problems. Even if they did, I would never trust my childrens life in a vehicle made by a company who brought such an unsafe vehicle to market without testing it first. Even when the dealerships all knew they had a problem, the factory acted like "what brake problem" Surely Mercedes, Toyota, even Ford would not do that.

    Infinity had similar brake problems on one of the sedan lines recently.

    I'm glad you like yours, but I would suggest checking the brakes with every oil change.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    So you're saying that the Cadillac is not on the same platform as the Silverado/Tahoe/Yukon? Are they not all on the GMT900 platform? The interiors are the exact same with the exception of nicer materials as you move up the $$$

    Different engines- yes
    Different suspension settings- I would imagine.
    Same basic truck- yup

    Sorry, but most of what you are stating as fact are merely opinions. And this is a person who looked hard at the Escalade and considered the Denali. I really wanted to like the Escalade and it does have some great qualities to it. But to say that it is not directly related to the Silverado/Tahoe/Yukon is a gross misstatement.

    Car and Driver's Road Test of the Escalade in May 2006:
    Of course, Cadillac wants us to look past any perception of pandering to the 15-minutes-of-fame folks and look at vehicle virtues. Of which there are many &#151; for a vehicle of this type. The foundation, for example, is the new GMT900 full-size SUV and truck platform, a whole order of magnitude stiffer than its predecessor &#151; 49 percent improved in torsional rigidity, according to Cadillac.

    Furthermore, Car and Driver compared several luxo SUVs in Oct 2006 and guess what. The 2006 QX beat the new 2007 Escalade. The QX was the top rated "true" SUV behind the Q7 and the GL450. That was the older QX with the crappy interior beating the brand new Escalade.

  • mlevinemlevine Posts: 203
    There are many great full size SUVs on the market. Retrospectively the QX56 and Escalade have had there share of issues. Over the next few months it will be interesting to report any issues that people are having with the QX, escalade, and even seqouia. With many changes to all these vehicles, many old problems should be resolved. By the way, I have a QX56. We traded in the older model of the sequoia. Had a tahoe prior to the sequoia.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Agreed! There are several great choices and no "perfect" choice.

    Funny, but you mentioned our 3 of our 4 finalists- QX, new Sequoia, and the Escalade. The GL450 was the other.
  • More proof positive that badinfinity has no clue what he's talking about! I know what his response will be...Nissan paid off Car & Driver to say that the Escalade is the same platform :-) So he was duped by the Caddy salesperson :-)...the same way he was duped by his Infiniti dealer's service department! And to say that Nissan has a long history of problems, oh brother :-) Everyone here is entitled to their opinion, and I respect that other people here may not agree with mine, but when I offer up something as possibly "fact", I'll always say "I think" or "I'm not sure, but". It's obvious that badinfinity's sole purpose here is to tell the world over and over about his bad experience with the QX. And when somebody here had the "audacity" to say they like their QX, he accuses them of being a Nissan employee. I, for one, am not going to let him hijack this thread, and I know many others here agree...
  • mlevinemlevine Posts: 203
    Once an individual has a bad experience with a vehicle, I can understand the negative feedback. I was quite disappointed with quality issues with my tahoe including the dash melting and recurrent suspension problems. I saw the escalade at the local car show and was quite impressed when I sat in this vehicle. My problem was flashbacks to the tahoe. The new limited seqouia we test drove was also a great SUV, but concerned about a new model the first year out. When we compared adding the extras to the seqouia vs, standard features on the QX56, we chose the QX. I was concerned about prior problems with the QX, but only time will tell if all the issues are resolved.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Have the feeling he won't be back.... :shades:
  • My QX sat on the Cadillac dealer's lot for about 5 months and then they also sold it at auction. Perhaps people looking for used QX's should check out the used car area at their local Cadillac dealership?
    I felt like I got ripped off when they offered me less than trade in on my QX, but I watched it languish on their lot and they eventually lowered the price to what they gave me for it. That made me feel better about the low trade in value - I'm sure they lost money on it.
  • I'm back, , , My sole purpose was to warn people about the multiple cause (not just the rotors, but the ABS & VCS system) FAILURES. These are very real & very serious. They may have "rigged" the rotors, but I have not seen any recalls on the ABS. The internet is filled with storys. Just Google Infinity or Nissan brake problems.

    You guys spend too much time reading Car & Driver and not enough time thinking for yourself. Try something simple like NO BRAKES = DEATH. :lemon:
  • I had multiple dealers refuse to take mine in trade and it had only 30000 miles on it. The Lexus dealer even put me in touch with the Lemon Law people.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Perhaps YOU need to do some research and "thinking" for yourself, since the Caddy salesperson hosed you big-time into thinking that the Escalade is on it's own platform :shades:

    Try this.... Most Salespeople = Tell you whatever it takes to sell a vehicle :lemon:
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Perhaps your issue was that you were driving a speaker.
    Infinity = audio speakers
    Infiniti = automobiles
  • I owned a 05 QX56 and needed new brakes after 4,000 miles. All the wood trim cracked and had to be replaced, it needed a new steering wheel (which they mounted incorrectly...that was a mess) it needed a new battery after two years. So, I traded it for a new 08 model...I love the QX56, it offers everything I am looking for in a truck and despite the problems I had with my 05..I really still felt that it was the perfect vehicle for me. I have noticed over the last 2 weeks (2,700 miles) that the gas guage has been a little never goes all the way to full. I used to get 14 around town and 19 on hwy on the 05... I have been getting 11 around town and 12.5 on the hwy on the this strange?? Also yesterday I went from 1/4 tank to the guage being pinned to E with the light on in about 1 second, plus my auto liftgate would not open (I tried every method) and my second key fob wouldnt lock or unlock the doors. I was going to bring it in for service this morning, but when I went out to take it...everything is working fine. I even filled the tank and it went all the way to full. THis has not happened in weeks. Has this happened to anyone else?? Plus my husband swears he smells "battery fumes" occassionally (he is a diesel mechanic)...he assumed it may have been other cars on the road, but now we are not sure. :sick:
  • jgp2jgp2 Posts: 1
    You can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website,, to report brake-related safety issues.

    You can also search defect investigations, view crash test results, etc.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Anybody gotten a clear bra done? How much and for where?

    I was quoted 520 for:
    Front bumper
    Door Edges
    Door "cups" (the area behind the handles)

    It just seems a bit steep to me...
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Picked up our new QX 4x4 yesterday....
    Tuscan Pearl/Wheat
    Tech Package
    DVD Package

    So far so good....we had an excellent dealership experience w/Charles Barker Infiniti in VA Beach. I kept waiting for them to try to pull something and they never did. They did not even push any of the warranty/maintenance plans- they simply showed what we could get and offered to answer any questions. Big kudos for that!

    The funniest part....they don't put those nasty dealership stickers on the car. I asked why (I HATE them) and the sales manager said quite simply, "Mr. Barker believes those stickers lack class and our customers agree wholeheartily. Our best advertising comes from good customers". Very true!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Wow, sounds like an enlightened dealer. Congrats!

    And please and rate review your dealer too:

    Dealer Ratings and Reviews
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