1999 Infiniti QX4 4x4 3.3L V6 (VG33E)
One of the most reliable yet thirsty on/off road SUVs for everyday use
Outside of regular maintenance... my only unexpected issues were the radiator cracked, tie rods and heat shield rattle.
I do have a small oil leak that I'm not going to fix due to cost vs. the age of the vehicle, and it's not a major leak. I barely notice it.
I had a FX35 AWD which in my opinion is the best all around vehicle ever, but when I came close to 200k trouble free miles and my commute increased, I sold it and purchased a Q70 Hybrid, which is only RWD, but then when winter gave me hell, I needed a 2nd vehicle that was 4wd and something to carry my bikes and all my outdoor gear. I looked for a 5 speed Xterra, but couldn't find one for a reasonable price, and I happened to come across my QX4 and I couldn't be happier.
When I purchased it, all it needed was a tune up (timing belt/water pump, spark plugs, tires and alignment). I drive this everyday now since I cycle and run often. I've also gotten into off roading with some of my buddies and we were all surprised at the factory capabilities of this rig. The All Mode 4wd is simply amazing and the comfort on/off road is pretty amazing. Even after 18 years, everything including the power antenna still works as if it was half its age. I've taken it on a couple of road trips and it's very stable on the highway, and an overall fun & perfect 2nd vehicle. I'm hoping it'll last at least 350k - 400k miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd May, 2017