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Infiniti QX4



  • britqxbritqx Posts: 1
    I absolutely guarantee I know what's causing the noise! Happend to me about 6 months ago and drove me nuts for 3 days..but...

    It is emanting from the area where the right-rear seat BACK pivots and contacts metal underneath the carpet. Go back there, remove the headrest and put aside (when I say right-rear I am referring to right as viewed from back of vehicle).

    OK....pull up on the tab that pulls forward the bottom (butt) cushion, and pull until the cushion is vertical.

    Now the culprit as I said is the seat back/contact zone. Pull the lever, and move the seatback forward a couple of inches, then push it back to the lock. This, or similar/perhaps faster repetition should reproduce your sound. The sound is more like a clicking sound... I placed a piece of cardboard under the area where it's occurring.

    This is tough to describe, so if you need additional info feel free to email me at radioclashman at

    Good luck!!!!!
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I wonder if anyone has replaced the turn signal bulbs with the LED bulbs, and how they work regarding brightness and flashing rate.
  • emodqx4emodqx4 Posts: 3
    I have a 01 QX4. 79miles has anyone had a problem with there air flow meter?? What did you get fixed or what di you do? i just got a new one put it and it went bad again. Thank god its still under warranty, so i did need to pay again. Nissan diognost the car, and it said again its the same problem, the air flow meter. just wanted to know if anyone had the same problem.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Can't find a good place to ask this geberal question:
    Is it OK to clean the vinyl surface with leather cleaner and conditioner? I guess it's OK but maybe not the best way.
  • tomr7tomr7 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 QX4 and I wish I could help but I have the same problem. I even have a Infinity service manual but it doesnt address how to change the belts. I just tried to do it but I couldnt figure it out.

    Hope someone out there will help.

    Good luck.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    "My pathfinder was driving fine then started making a clunking noise then it stalled. I brought it to the dealer to be told that 2 screws in the intake manifold back themselves out and got sucked into the engine and completly destroyed it. Nissan is saying it is my problem because i am outside the warranty. But this is a huge manufacturing defect that Nissan knows about and won't recognize. They want $9,000 to put in a new motor or $5,000 for a used one that has more miles then the one I had. The car is only worth a bit more then the repair costs..."

    The above is from, and they say this failure happened on quite a few VQ35 engines.

    I haven't heard it from anywhere else but NICO.
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 124
    Could the 2000 Infinti QX4 possibly be the most reliable Nissan vehicle ever made in history? I followed all the Consumer Reports vehicle reliability rating for the past 20 years, and 2000 Infiniti QX4 turns out to be Nissan's most reliable vehicle ever made in history. Is it worth buying one used, given by its status? After that, Nissan has gone way downhill in reliability, and there's a high chance, I think, that Nissan will no longer match with Toyota and Honda for reliability again. Unfortunately, the more powerful QX4 after 2001 is not excellent in reliability.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I haven't checked reliability at CR but briefly checked at Not sure how "reliable" their reliability indicator is, but it seems 98, 99, 00 are the same, 01 is worse (with serious engine problem?), 02 is the same as 98-00, 03 (the last year) is the best.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Yes, from CR, 99 and 00 are the best (full red circle), 97, 98, 01, 02 and 03 are next to 99-00 in their "overall" indicators (half red dot).

    I hope nothing will happen to my 02 down the road. So far, it has none.
  • kyleknickskyleknicks Posts: 433
    just bought a used qx4... a couple of questions:

    i have the nav system.. can i use the cd slot behind the nav system to play music cd's?? if so, have anyone used it to play burned cd's??

    whats a good place to buy a cd changer sleeve?? my qx4 came missing one... thanks!!
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Today, my 5 year old battery suddenly died. At Costco I bought one Kirkland battery. It is supposed to be the same size, group 25, but it is smaller than the original. Therefore, the plastic thing that goes onto the battery is loose.

    There are two pieces of metal looking squares on the plastic, next to each other but on two different sides, both close to engine. Anyone knows what those pieces are for? To block heat from engine?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Maybe you are supposed to pull them off and use them to make the battery fit in the battery tray with the hold down device. I've seen a few car batteries with universal adapter fittings so you can bolt them into place in various cars.

    Or maybe they are hiding side terminals?
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Hi Steve,

    This smaller battery is bolted down in the tray very well and secure. The plastic thing is thin, like a thick paper, with the same height as the new battery. It is loose horizontally, but its top is held down under the crossbar so it will not move.

    I am not sure why the original batery died so fast. I didn't feel any slow cranking the day before. Only in the morning the battery was noticeably weak but started engine OK. After about 6 miles drive to Costco putting gas in, battery was completely dead.

    Actually I didn't expect any reply soon. This thread is not very active.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Beats me. Maybe if you post a photo of it on your CarSpace page, someone can clue us in (yeah, you have me curious - it's been a few years since I shopped for a battery).
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Hi Steve,

    I tried to learn how to post pictures by searching around, but soon gave up struggle. Would you please tell me how?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The easiest way is to upload your photos to your CarSpace page in an Album there.

    One you've done that, you can click on one of your photos. There'll be two boxes there - one's a URL for linking to your photo and the other box has the URL for pasting the photo into a post. So copy the stuff in one of the boxes and paste that code into a post.

    If you know the URL of your photo (maybe it's hosted elsewhere), you can use the IMG button under the posting box - so you'd click the button, paste the code and then click the button again to close the code.

    Still too confusing? There's a simpler explanation in the Help file.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    If you click on the "help" link at the bottom of this page you will find instructions for posting pictures. Briefly, you need to (a) find a host for your pictures (such as your own ISP) then (b) type <img src="the exact address of your picture">.

    It's even easier when you set up your own CarSpace (see link at the top of this page). Once you have done that, just go to your CarSpace and copy the link for insertion into a message here if you want to display the picture in our Forums.

    [EDIT: Steve types real fast! :)]

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • My interior door pulls on my QX4 are in rough shape and I would like to replace them. Is there a parts supplier that may have these items, Basically the wood tone is wearing away.
  • myqx4myqx4 Posts: 2
    Well glad to meet all, first thing, I just bought a 1999 infinty qx4 with 95000 miles and so far I do like it alot. Many pro's but a few cons. I think that the interior is great, I like the leather, sunroof, power everything, climate control 6 disc cd changer, bose surround sound great handling, 2 wheel, 4 wheel, all wheel, and 4 low drive. Just an allround great vehicle, and for the price you will not find any other vehicle with all the comes standard bells and whistles, Nothing cheap about infinty,

    However I am glad to be giving this vehicle a good life, because the previos owner, well lets just say the oil was black, transmission had never been flushed or filter changed, it had original belts. But it is a new age, and a better life despite the decrepid handliing of such a nice vehicle. They did not destroy it completly though the transmission had no leaks nor were there any metal shavings just a tad bit of sludge on the magnet I have since changed all the belts, added a new trany filter and gasket, put in full synthetic mobile one oil, changed out the 3 year old air filter and now she pers like a kitten, not to mention I had all the widows tinted.. Only thing left to do is a tune-up.

    Now on to the CONS, First and formost is the I wont say absolute lack of engine power however a few more horses under the hood wouldnt hurt, There is a bit of noise from the engine as I drive, but once you get up to the cruising speed of 65 she coasts along, and it does seem the faster I go the smoother the ride gets. As far as gas milege goes reg unleaded gives me 17.3 mile per gallon and plus gives me 17.8 miles per gallan 80% freeway and 20% city, Personaly not enough to really care about I'll stick to regular unleaded.

    All that said I do love my truck. I own my own buisness and use it for the company , I have a full size 5 drawer tool chest in the back and I dont even have to lay down the seats. NOW NOW I know what you are thinking HE IS USING IT AS A WORK TRUCK, "Inconceivable"!!! But I treat it well, and I am not finished on the upgrades.. and in case you are wondering I paid 7500 hundred for the vehicle. and one more point of intrest there is a 900 dollar add on NADA for the low miliege however I checked as soon as the miles goes to 101,000 miles I lose the add and it drops the value by almost a thousand, now I new this going in but I felt I was getting a great deal any way that even when it happens It will still be worth more than I paid for it.

    If you have any questions for me feel free to post them and I will try to get back. I know I had alot of questions when I was buying mine... O and by the way most all of the parts can be found at you local auto parts dealer or if need be just cruise over to nissan where you will pay 30% less since the pathfinder and the qx4 are one and the same.... Sorry the post was so long I just wanted to be helpfull....Looking forward good times....
  • A good long story. I bought a 1998 in early 2006. I had never driven a 4WD before. Noticed that when I start the engine for the first time every morning, the 4WD light on the dashboard would stay on until the engine is shut-off and restarted again. Investigated and learned that the 4WD light is supposed to light-up when the engine starts, blink for a moment and then go away in normal driving mode. The 4WD light should stay on only if the 4WD is engaged. Lost my mind and went to the dealer. After paying a $100 inspection chrage was advised that the solenoid is broken and would cost over $1,000. Took to a transmission guy who advised me to go back to dealer. What actually is the issue? Will appreciate some advice.
  • Hi I"am looking for 17 inch qx4 rim, I have 1997 qx4 and would like to know where ;) I could find 4 rim thanks
  • benzrigbenzrig Posts: 7
    My mom bought her '98 Infiniti QX-4 new in 06/98. In this past year I've learned to HATE this car. I've brought the car to the dealership atleast 10 times in the past year. I've brought it to a dealership 65 miles away b/c it was in a larger city and they might see more QX-4's. The code when brought to Autozone reads EVAC / short-circuit condition. The past 9 months we've replaced the battery, the battery terminals (3x), the gas cap, two gas canisters, can smoke through the fuel system and done other tasks assoc. with this issue. The last two times the dealership said nothing is wrong with this vehicle and charged us $200 to turn off the light. I guess now is a good time to mention that my mother won't drive her car with a malfunction indicator on. Also the car was the really beautiful green color until the clear coat started peeling off. Infiniti's responce "The car was painted", which it wasn't. We brought the car because it had every option and was this really beautiful color. Our service advisor said that the VIN# states the car should be gold not green, but if you look at the under carrige, under the hood, and behind the door panels it's the same green color as the exterior. So I think it's very very very unlikely this car has been painted from gold to green. Our service advisor also stated "I see that alot with Infiniti's". WHAT THE HELL???? The paint color is one of the things listed in the VIN#. EUGH! I felt that I would never deal with a company as unprofessional as General Motors, but Nissan/Infiniti has proven that they are. After this We're going back to Mercedes and Jags...

    If you're thinking about getting an Infiniti save some money and by a Kia; the Kia might just prove to be a better car.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    the VIN# states the car should be gold not green …

    Has anyone else ever seen anything like this?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • panparthpanparth Posts: 2
    Benzrig # 2056

    I completely share your frustration. I am in Denver, Colorado. We have two Infiniti dealers in town. Both compete for who can provide worse service. It is not as much about the car as the dealers. I took my car a few months ago to the East side dealer for them to take a "look." They billed me $110. For what? No services, no replacement, no advice; I came poorer. You infact feel scared.
  • bobinbcbobinbc Posts: 1
    I have two Nissan products, a Maxima and a Murano and I get excellent service from our local Nissan dealer. My vehicles seldom if ever have any mechanical problems. but the small issues have been attended to quickly and fairly. I have noticed that many Infinity owners come to this dealer for service. It is true that Nissan dealers can not do Infinity warranty work, but they can do the rest. Give this option a try.
  • qx4coachqx4coach Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 QX4 that I have owned for 4 years. Ever since I purchased the car, it has had a noise in the driver's front suspension. The noise recently became more frequent so I had the suspension inspected. Several parts were replaced and the noise breifly quit. When it began again, I replaced the strut thinking it had gone bad. Upon replacing the strut, I noticed quite a bit of rust in the middle of the fender well. Upon further inspection, I found that a weld seam which runs across the middle of the fender well had rusted out and the weld seams running up to the shock tower have come apart. The car is now not drivable as the sheet metal has pushed into the steering rack and the master cylinder. Of coarse, because of the age and mileage (145,000) Infinity will not do anything about it. Has anyone else had a similar issue?
  • cook0513cook0513 Posts: 4
    Hello All -
    I recently purchased a 2001 QX4, and in the last couple weeks of weeks, the Service Engine Soon light has come on and off and on again, etc. Also, it would occasionaly idle a bit rough, or would lack response when pressing the accelorator.

    I took it to the local Infiniti service center here in Santa Monica, and they told me that the Airflow Meter needs replaced, and recommended a "Fuel Induction Servicing".

    I have read all the threads in this forum regarding the SES, but have not seen or heard of anything regarding the Airflow Meter. Any thoughts? Does this sound right? What are the odds that even once they fix this, I will need a series of other things done to correct my problem?

    I don't know what either of these really mean, or what benefit the latter would serve. Any suggestions?

    Thank you all in advance for your input!
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    It is easy to clean the airflow meter yourself. I haven't done it on my QX4 but on my RX300. It is expensive to replace it. Normally it does not break but just gets dirty. A few $ of some cleaner will fix the problem.

    I would not let dealer perform any additional recommended service unless I know absolutely necessary. the more you let them do the more stuff needs service, that's the way they make money (not always of cause).
  • jessw1jessw1 Posts: 1
    I'm in Los Angeles and I'm selling my 2001 Infiniti QX4 in titanium silver. It only has 48,700 miles. The car is in excellent condition (Interior,Exterior, Mechanical and Structural). I am the original owner (non-smoker) and this car has really been babied. I purchased it at Glendale Infiniti and the car has a factory extended warranty until Sept. 2008. It has never been in any accidents. Brand new tires and registration is paid until July 2009. I have all books and manuals, it's always been serviced at an Infiniti dealer. It has never been used for towing, although it does come with a tow kit. I'm asking $13,500. Let me know if you are in the area and are interested.
  • I have an ERR2 sign that comes up on my stereo. Now, i've read in other threads that the replacement of the stereo by the factory or otherwise costs around $600. If i'm going to spend that kind of money, i might as well get an aftermarket head unit w/ bluetooth, etc. (especially since the implentation of the "hands-free" law in CA)

    My question is: how difficult would it be for myself (or even a trained technician at Best Buy or otherwise) to install? The sound system that is in there is the factory Bose Premium Sound, and i'm not looking to upgrade it at all, just the head unit. Would the install be difficult due to the amps and speakers? I don't even know where the amps are, much less how they would affect the install of a new unit.

    *for reference sake, the model of head unit i am looking to get is Sony's MEX-BT5100

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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