The Most Common 2017 Infiniti QX80 Problems

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 has yet to issue a recall, but a stuttering transmission and problems with its sibling model could indicate future problems.
Written by Jasmine Kanter
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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Five years on, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 has yet to issue a recall. However, problems with the transmission and its twin, the
Nissan Armada
, could spell trouble in the future.
As a family hauler—and a luxury one at that—you expect reliability from the Infiniti QX80. Unfortunately, the reality is that even the best-made cars break down someday. If you're curious about what you might be getting into—or wondering if you're not alone in your complaints—
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The most common 2017 Infiniti QX80 problems

Known for its fit and stylish sports models (no, not that kind), Infiniti is Nissan's luxury division. The QX80 is the largest SUV in its armada. Pun intended—underneath the luxury badge and supple bodywork, it’s really a Nissan Armada. Although they no longer share a platform, they do share an engine and other details like the power seating array.
Some criticize the QX80 for not doing enough to differentiate itself, but Infiniti is known for putting the polish on its products. So far, there have been zero recalls for the 2017 model year. One big complaint on the
NHTSA website
, however, concerns one of the most important parts of any car: the transmission.
Owners report that the QX80's engine rotations per minute (RPMs) can jump up and down by 100-1,000 RPMs at a time. The stuttering/fluttering transmission affects acceleration and gas mileage around 100,000 miles. While no accidents or injuries have been reported, it's a disconcerting experience in a vehicle that promises nothing but refinement.
Other self-reported owner complaints include:
  • Front passenger airbag deactivates if passengers under 120 lbs ride shotgun
  • Airbag light stuck flashing after dead battery
  • Exploding sunroof
  • Problems with voice recognition and Bluetooth
  • Poor vehicle stability on poor road conditions
Its sibling model, the Nissan Armada, has
48 complaints
, most to do with the powertrain and electrical system—so make of that what you will. The solution to most if not all of these problems should start with a visit to an authorized Infiniti mechanic. And if you run into any issues at the garage, it doesn’t hurt to know
how to get a car warranty honored
.

Is the 2017 Infiniti QX80 reliable?

The QX80 is rated 3.5/5 for reliability on RepairPal, 82/100 on J.D. Power, and below average on Consumer Reports based on its brand history and similar models. Considering the high maintenance costs of large cars, it's disappointing, but not surprising. The estimated average annual cost of repairs and maintenance is $718—higher than the $652 expected for all models, but below the $1,127 standard set by most full-size luxury SUVs.

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