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  • I'm curious about the total weight of whatever it is you tow with your QX-4. My wife and I are looking at a 2003 QX-4 and want to pull our 3500 lb. Starcraft travel trailer. We currently use a Ford Escape. It does the work but has never seemed happy about it. Thanks for any information you may want to share.
  • curt9curt9 Posts: 3
    Last summer I had to replace the mass air flow sensor in my 98 QX-4, a pricey little item. Now my new sensor is behaving the same way as the old one did. Occansionally during idle (idles at about 750 rpm - is this low?) the sensor will act up and the car will not idle or run rough and stall. The check engine light will come on and the error is the mass air flow circuit. If I get out and wiggle the plug on the sensor it will behave normally again. I replaced the plug and that was not the problem. I find if I tap on the sensor it will either fix or cause the problem. I worry that two sensors should behave this way inside a year and wonder if there might be another problem that is causing them to fail. Anybody have any ideas?
  • emodqx4emodqx4 Posts: 3
    Hey buddy, funny thing i just fixed the same problem on my qx4. Now there is product call headlight repair kit. its about 30$$ and it works follow the instructions and you will be surprized. its like 1100$ for a new light. Think about it.'
    good luck
  • emodqx4emodqx4 Posts: 3
    Hey i just got mine changed at the dealer. holy cow is it ever expensive for that part. Its all good under warenty, but it went bad agian. So im doing it agian. Hopfully it was the part bad. has anybody had the same problem? What did you do?
  • mike209mike209 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if it is difficult to change a headlight bulb on this model? Is it worth the $120.00 the Dealer wants? (plus the $300 for the bulb)

  • tafretafre Posts: 1
    To clear the cloudy headlight film, go to Pep Boys and purchase their McGuires Plastic Lens cleaner @ $4.99 per bottle. It makes them look new in seconds. A friend, and theInfiniti parts manager told me to about this. Also, Pep Boys sells a lens cleaning polishing kit that goes on a drill made for plastic lens and it cost $9.99. The McGuires worked so well and effortlessly, I took it back. Hoehn Infiniti, Carlsbad, Ca uses a 3M plastic polish on their cars for lens detailing, but I do not know the exact name. New lens and headlamp assembly unit cost $504. each of the G35 retail.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Some people use gel fluoride toothpaste on their lenses. :shades:

    Healing Hazy Headlamps
  • Hi!
    My name is Dave, and I own a 99 QX4. I live up in New Brunswick, Canada where we are currently getting TOO MUCH SNOW! If somebody from the south could send up some warm air to melt this stuff, it would be greatly appreciated!
    Last month my wife flipped the QX4 over after hitting black ice at 115 KM/hr. We're all fine, but after the repairs are done, the body shop cannot find a rear spoiler to replace the one broken off in the accident. Apparently they are no longer available? Is there an aftermarket replacement?
    Great site. Thanks for your help.
  • Hello,
    My name is Tim Fitzgerald I live in San Diego California. My Wife drives our 2002 Gold OX4. It has been an out standing car that get's used every day sun or light breeze. This is the first problem we have ever had apart from routine maintenance and some light bulbs.
    What is happing is when we come off the freeway and come to a stop the brakes become soft to the point that you want to pump the brakes and the engine races too about 1600 to 1700 rpms. This happens for a few seconds and then the vehicle recovers and will then drive normally. Brake fluid is at the right level and I have no waning light to indicate a problem. Has someone ever experienced this before or has any idea of what could be going on? I would appreciate any input or direction.
    Please drive safe everybody. :confuse:
  • I recently purchased a 97QX4. That's right...recently purchased an eleven year old vehicle. I had heard so many great reports about the vehicle that I started looking for one. I had a 98 Toyota RAV 4 and was looking for something a little larger. So far, and it has only been a few days, I like the vehicle.
    Question: How can a get my hands on a maintance manual? And when should I change the timing belt?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Maintenance manual? As in factory? Here's some links:

    Online Repair Manuals

    If you just need an Owner's Manual, try Where To Find Your Car Owner's Manual Online.

    Otherwise, eBay is probably your best best unless you want a Chiltons or Haines.

    How many miles on your "new" QX4 btw? (and congrats!).
  • check out ebay you can find every thing for your qx4< :shades:
  • Do you guys think an x5 4.4i would be better than an fx45 offroad, or vice versa?
    If any of you own either of the cars itd be great if you could share any offroad/snow experiences youve had with them. Im looking at buying one or the other, and i want one that handles great, but is still somewhat rugged and can do some light offroading (ive been to bmw driving school in spartanburg, and i know that the x5's are pretty capable vehicles) just not sure of how they compare to the infiniti fx45...?
    Thanks so much
  • 6infs6infs Posts: 6
    My name is Michael and I'm on my 2nd Qx56 04 & 08. I just love them. If given a chance I would slap the sales person and dealer for the 08, I will never go back.

    I love the manufacturer, I have have/had 2 - I30, 1 - I20 and 1 QX4. Great experiences with the cars and dealers, except the 08. It is hard not to love the 08 Q
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Welcome aboard, Michael! We're looking forward to your continued participation in our Infiniti Forum.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • benzrigbenzrig Posts: 7
    Got it to about 95 mph when she was about six months old and that plastic shield flew off. The first of many plastic shields. Now days if I take the car over 45 it dies of wait that's an overstatement. If I start it these days it will die.
  • 6infs6infs Posts: 6
    all of a sudden when I start my 2008 QX56 it beeps 5 times. Has anyone seen or heard of anything like this. The manuals kind of hint around lights, beeps and chimes, but they don't list anything specific. I have searched the web and looked at the recall list. I can get used to the noise, I just want to make sure it isn't trying to tell me something important.
  • n2itmann2itman Posts: 3
    I have had my 01' Qx4 for about 5months now and i absolutely love it! with 106k it still looks new inside and out. awesome little 4wd. thinking about making it rugged with roof rack, brush guard and more agressive rubber.
  • einsteinjseinsteinjs Posts: 10
    edited January 2011
    My name is Joseph. My family has owned our 1999 QX4 since late 2000. It was recently passed down to me and ofcourse I have always wanted it. The one thing I have to say about my infiniti is that it is one of the best cars you will ever purchase. My QX4 has 248,000 miles and still, for the most part, runs smooth. Ofcourse With the time, there have been repairs that need to be done, but it has been the most reliable car we have ever owned. I recently had problems with the transmission and shocks, but other than that, its great! I would expect that from any car over 200,000 miles. When i come up with the money, I will purchase another one with less miles. I can always rely on my QX4.
  • I just bought at 2001 QX4. It has 104k miles on it and it looks brand new on inside and out! It has a smooth ride and the only thing I have noticed so far is the light behind the clock is out and I am trying to find out how to change it. So far, I am in love :)
  • They are not too difficult except for the passenger side which you have to remove the battery. Find a D2S bulb on Ebay for a fraction of the price of the factory bulbs and wear rubber gloves, disconnect the battery since it is high voltage and make sure you put the clips in correctly on both sides of the bulb. It's about a 45-60 min job.
  • Hello. I have a 2000 qx4 truck that i drive an hour to work and back home for 5 days a week. I am trying to find out how I can get better gas mileage out of it. I am putting a total of 300+ dollars in gas each month, via the 12-14 mpg I am getting. I am doing mostly highway driving. I do have over 350,000 miles on it though and i do like the truck and do not want to part with it, but it is killing me in gas. If anyone has any ideas of what I can do to improve the mpg, please let me know. If not, I do understand.....Thanks!!!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Get rid of any extra weight in the truck, check your tire pressure frequently (and maybe add a few psi to the recommended psi on your label on your door jam, without going over the sidewall maximum) and you may want to experiment with different gas to see if any savings make up for any extra price. Try to find a station if you want to try ethanol free gas. It's more expensive but your mpg will likely be better.

    The biggest factor is to not drive aggressively but that may not be possible on a busy commute without causing road rage. :shades:
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