Infiniti QX4 Reviews

2003 Infiniti QX4 4WD 3.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carToyota Paseo

Summary:

A great SUV, if you do not anticipate having anyone in the passenger seat

Faults:

Not a whole lot. But there are some common problems associated with this vehicle.

The catalytic converter near the exhaust cracks at the seams - needs to be welded.

SES light comes on - in my case it is either the fuel cap or the post cat O2 sensors (apparently this is a common problem, and replacing O2 sensors will help, but it will occur again unless the ECU is programmed).

The BOSE CD system will keep skipping CDs after a couple of years, and installing an aftermarket system is not that easy.

The IVIS - Infiniti vehicle immobilizer system is very sensitive to interference from other RFID sources (access cards etc.). It intermittently fails to recognize my key, and then starts working again.

Brake pedal travel is a common complaint with Pathfinders and QX4s; needs getting used to.

General Comments:

This is a very good looking sturdy SUV, and a great second hand buy. It is basically a luxury Nissan Pathfinder, with an auto (AWD) mode, although the AWD mode is not that effective.

Love the cargo space, and the 3.5L V6 seems responsive.

Compared to a Lexus or Acura, the suspension is stiffer and the cabin noise is higher.

My biggest regret with this vehicle (which I should have checked when I bought): The rear seating is very uncomfortable, there is hardly any headroom and the seats very high. If you plan on using a car seat, DO NOT BUY buy this SUV. The passenger door entry is narrow and the seats being high, moving a toddler in and out of the car seat is not a pleasant affair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2012

2003 Infiniti QX4 4x4 3.5 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carLand Rover LR2

Summary:

Pathfinder ruggedness with Infiniti panache - A real winner!

Faults:

I've replaced the serpentine belts and just normal maintenance activities - no repairs.

General Comments:

I had a 2008 Land Rover LR2, which I loved, but didn't love me back. In the 6 months I had it, it had over $10k in warranty repairs and sat at a Land Rover repair lot for about a 1/4 of the time I owned it. Disgusted with the constant problems and the dealer's inability to get parts quickly (last repair took 8 weeks - rear differential failure), I decided it had to go. I had always wanted an Infiniti QX4, but decided against as the newest I could get was 2003, and finding a low-mileage example had proved difficult.

During my lunch break one day, I was looking for another vehicle and found the perfect QX4 less than 5 miles from my office. I called the dealer, made an appointment for 5:30pm and bought it. It was a 2003 model with only 66k miles - white with heated tan leather interior.

Despite the minor scuffs, I decided to buy it and get out of the Land Rover from hell - although they may all be from hell.

I've had the QX4 for 6 months and couldn't be happier! It looks great and has proved unbelievably reliable. The Infiniti dealer is also a pleasure to work with, and their service prices are not much different from a Jiffy Lube. I also average about 19 mpg.

The only grumble I have about the QX4 is interior space. I'm only 5'11", but I sometimes feel cramped in the QX4.

The QX4 is timeless, and it's a shame they didn't make an Infiniti version of the 2005+ Pathfinder. The QX56 is too big and too flashy.

Overall, I'd recommend a QX4 to anyone. It's classy, rugged, and reliable. A real winner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2011

11th Sep 2013, 10:26

This is the original poster - 2 years later the QX4 has 107,000 miles and I have never had an issue outside of standard service items. It may be 10 years old, but it's perfectly reliable and still turns heads. I plan to purchase to something newer, but I will not be selling the QX4 - I know I would regret it the next day.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews