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I had a 2012 EX35 which was basically trouble free for 125,000km.
Considering the QX50 but the number of issues is putting me off. What’s going on? Reliability and quality seem to have taken a nose dive.
I see it’s also no longer Made in Japan.
 

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Nissan / INFINITI had to compete with the Competition

They had to enlarge their Mid Size Crossover Offering when it came time to Modernize the QX50 nameplate in 2018.

So instead of the '08 to '17 EX, EX35, EX37, QX50 that was on the FMS ( Front Mid Ship ~ Engine behind from Wheels for Balance ) Platform, RWD Based, with Traditionally Mounted VQVHR V6 engine producing 325 HP that got just OK gas milage with a 7 spd Transmission and Assembled in Japan . . .

The Bean Counters and Designers went with a FWD Platform, 4 Cylinder, CVT Transmission on the 2019 ( there was no 2018 model year QX50s ) to present Model ( QX55 too - the slope back version of the today's QX50 ) Both Assembled in Mexico with Global Parts.

If you can, seek out the lowest milage 2016 or 2017 Used QX50 there is out there and you shall be pleased with the longer version of your beloved EX35 ~ Really ~ this sounds like what you're looking for instead of the ( Gen 2 ) QX50.

Does the Gen 1 look a bit dated, yes.

Is it a Blast to Drive . . . YES !

is it reliable ~ Dang Right . .


Not to slam the Gen 2 QX50, it looks great, and is on par with the Competition's performance and quality. It was a Business Move Nissan / INFINITI really had to make, and the increased sales figures are there to back their decision.

The old saying proves true ~ " Things aint what they used to be " when it come to the two different Generations of QX50s - They are indeed very different animals
 

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We have both the J50 (2017 QX50) and the J55 (2019 QX50) variants in our household; his and hers respectively. As LQQX50 above advises, I searched out and found a pristine, fully loaded 2017 a couple of months after my wife purchased a similarly pristine and super-low miles 2019. I’m at 45k trouble-free miles in my ‘17 while my wife’s ‘19 has just tripped 29k miles on her car. Despite being the (dreaded) ‘first-year’ of the new J55 and its variable-compression engine, we’ve also had zero problems with her car. Granted, 29k is not much, and time will ultimately tell, but so far so good. There have been the usual ‘WTF is going on’ issues with computerized functions failing to launch requiring that the car be restarted, but I’ve had to do that in my ‘17 too on occasion to get the car’s Bluetooth to recognize my phone. LQQX50 is right; Infiniti HAD to upgrade the model to be competitive and I must say, with one exception her car is a total engineering triumph. No, it’s not the pocket-rocket driving experience the 325 HP J50 is, but it does just about everything you could ask of a family SUV, providing significantly more cargo and passenger space while significantly improving mpg, still handling competently while providing a great ride quality, and still providing ample performance. My wife sometimes suggests that with us both being retired there’s no reason to own two cars (uh, sorry honey, not gonna happen) but, there’s no question that for our purposes the new model would be the one to keep. Only the ‘rubber-band-acceleration‘ experience of the CVT/variable-everything’ engine experience blunts my enthusiasm for the car, but that’s ‘curable’ by keeping the car in ‘sport’ mode, albeit at some sacrifice in mpg. Even her ‘top-line’ Bose sound system is a noticeable improvement over my (also ‘top line’ in 2017) Bose system, and her two-screen NAV/INFO screens has its advantages. I’ll drop back in on the forum if anything unusual or disappointing M&R-wise happens on either car; as I said, so far so good for both of them!!
 
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