Which year QX56 to purchase

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Which year QX56 to purchase

Postby DragonSlayer1 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:25 pm

Looking to purchase an SUV 2004 to 2013 QX56. What years are the most reliable? Planning on purchasing one with about 120k miles that has taken care of it and maintained.

Any Suggestions?

Also considering the Armada, but like the luxury packages of the QX series better.


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Re: Which year QX56 to purchase

Postby Socaldiablo » Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:51 pm

The '04 was the first year of this model, which is the one I have, and it has some issues. I would focus on the later model years if you can swing it. My '04 is on it's 3rd transmission with 140K on the odometer. To me, that is absolutely unacceptable. This model year and other later years had unreliable IPDMs, crack-prone exhaust headers, bad HVAC blend door actuators, faulty third brake light microprocessors, crap front shocks and all 4 brake rotors (at least the initial rotors back then, they've come out with better ones since), the list goes on and on. I have had all of these issues and have fixed many of them myself so it's been manageable from a cost perspective, but if you're someone who will need to take it to a mechanic for everything, focus on the newest year you can afford where some of these issues may have already been addressed by Infiniti. The upside with mine is the engine is pretty great ...still running strong and has never leaked oil in the 12 years I've owned it.
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Re: Which year QX56 to purchase

Postby biggie » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:21 am

‘11 or greater gets you the new model. The engine is greatly improved for power and mpg. My wife went from an ‘06 to a ‘12 and loves the differences.

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Re: Which year QX56 to purchase

Postby bdh075 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:22 pm

I'm back in the market for a QX also. Looking at 08 and up. Had a chance to get a 14 at a great price year and half ago and hate I missed it.

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