Keeping your car or SUV in perfect shape isn’t that hard when it’s about reliable carmakers such as Nissan and Infiniti. Still, the thing you should keep in mind is the actual cost of maintenance, which may differ depending on the model you choose, engine, trim level etc.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when you buy an Infiniti model, you own a premium car. Services of such models can cost you a real fortune, not to mention unplanned repairs and collisions. Fortunately, Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury division, so many parts are actually shared with the Japanese mainstream brand. This especially refers to mechanics, so prices aren’t drastically different in most cases.
Car maintenance at local service may be more affordable, but the thing with new cars is that many of them are leased and most lease contracts require maintenance at official dealerships and use of original replacement parts. Also, keep in mind that it’s always better to stick to such a place if you drive a new car, as you can always get information about possible recalls and similar things.
Therefore, we will stick to prices at Infiniti’s official dealerships. Also, the following paragraphs include the most common services only.
Of course, this is the most common type of service for any car. In the case of Infiniti models, prices aren’t that high. If you drive an older-generation car with an engine that uses semi-synthetic oil, this service starts at around 60-70 dollars. Keep in mind that the price may differ depending on the engine of your car has, as bigger engines require more oil, which in practice means a higher price. When it comes to synthetic oils, prices are a little bit higher and start around 100 dollars.
Still, an important thing to keep in mind that a few more things are included in this price, such as multi-point inspection, car wash, tire pressure and fluid check.
Another thing that is typical for the 5.000-mile service is tire rotation, which shouldn’t cost you more than 25-30 dollars.
According to the official website, this service starts at around 430 dollars. Of course, it includes an oil change and tire rotation, but also includes replacement of the in-cabin microfilter, as well as the replacement of Nissan IntelligentKey battery. Also, this service includes details inspection of things like brakes, suspension, exhaust system, steering system and several more things. If you drive a 4×4 or AWD car, this 15.000-mile service also includes propeller shaft grease lubrication.
After 30.000 miles, it’s time for a little bit more action, so besides things like oil change, tire rotation, in-cabin filter other things you’ve already been replacing, it is also time to replace CVT fluid, if you drive a car with such transmission. Besides, transmission fluid replacement, this service requires a detailed inspection of certain parts. This refers to parts like brakes, transmission, differential, steering system etc. That’s the reason why a 30.000- mile service will cost you at least 780 dollars.
Brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, so detailed inspection will be done pretty much every time you visit your mechanic. Therefore, here are the costs of some typical repairs and maintenance actions. For example, the replacement of brake fluid would cost you around 150 dollars or more. On the other side, the replacement of brake pads and rotors service would cost you 350 dollars or more on each axle.
Other smaller interventions we should mention are things like tire balance, which costs around $20, while the windshield wiper blades replacement costs around 25 dollars.
Battery replacement is another part of regular maintenance. In most cases, the battery should be replaced after 50-60.000 miles or 5-6 years. Even if your battery seems okay, a good piece of advice would be to replace it anyway after this mileage or time, as problems with cold starts will appear once the next winter arrives. This intervention will probably cost you around 200 dollars but once again, it all depends on the model you drive.
Timing Belt and Major Service
Depending on the model, this service comes after 90.000/100.000 miles or something like that. If your engine has a timing belt, it’s time to replace it. Also, this is the time for spark plugs replacement and a couple of more interventions, so the price usually goes over 1.000 dollars. Keep in mind that this is the time when some breaks or malfunctions may appear, so you may count on additional costs as well.
Typical Infiniti Issues
Besides regular maintenance, there are some issues that may cause additional costs. These things are typical for every car model on the planet, so we should mention some of the problems that are common for a specific model.
For example, the QX50 is one of the most popular models of the brand. The current generation of this compact crossover has been around for a couple of years, so we can talk about things that bothered some drivers. One of the possibilities you issues you could have is the premature brake rotor wear, which requires service already after 15-20.000 miles. Generally, brakes are a weak point of this model according to customers, and this intervention could easily cost you more than 500 dollars. Other than that, the QX50 is a quite reliable car, so you shouldn’t experience any bigger problem other than brakes. Still, there is a chance to experience some electronics bugs in a couple of years.
Another popular model in the brand’s lineup is the Q50. The compact sedan has been around since 2014 and is considered as a reliable car, generally. Still, there are few issues that were typical for the 2014 and 2015 model years, such as the premature brake pads wear and premature tire wear. Both things usually happen already after 12.000 miles and while the installation of new brake pads would cost you around 400 dollars, new tires would cost you an additional 600 dollars. However, the company solved these issues in the last couple of years, so the worst things you may experience are electronics issues and certain interior breaks.
Formerly known as the QX56, the QX80 is also one of the popular models in the company’s lineup. Some previous versions have problems with radiator leaks after 70-80.000 miles, and that’s a quite expensive repair, which costs around 4.000 dollars. Differential issues were also common in the first-generation model. Meanwhile, the company solved many of these problems, so the new generation is much more reliable and the biggest issues refer to in-car electronics, so you may face bugs like airbag lights and similar things. Generally, this SUV is a quite reliable model.
Those would be the costs of some of the most common repairs and maintenance actions when it comes to Infiniti models. If you compare with other premium brands on the market, maintenance of these models seems more affordable, especially if you consider that Infiniti models are usually more reliable than many of their rivals.
Of course, keep in mind that these are pretty rough estimations when it comes to prices of service and repairs. The price may vary depending on location and specific model. Therefore, contact your local dealer to get detailed pricing of certain repairs and maintenance costs.