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Infiniti maintenance: cost, plans and service schedule

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    Car ownership comes with more expenses than just your vehicle’s sticker price. Maintenance and repairs can add up — and they add up to more for some brands than others.

    We looked into the cost of Infiniti ownership to help you decide whether owning one of its vehicles is right for you. Keep reading to see how much you can expect to spend on maintenance and repairs, what other brands cost on average and what you can do to save money on upkeep long-term.

    Key insights

    • Infinitis have below-average upkeep costs, according to data from RepairPal.
    • Infiniti owners visit the mechanic more often than average but don’t have to deal with severe repairs as frequently, which more or less evens out.
    • An extended warranty can help you avoid paying for repairs if your Infiniti does break down later in its life, though.

    Are Infinitis expensive to maintain?

    Infiniti is the luxury division of the Japanese automaker Nissan, and it’s partially this luxury status that makes Infiniti upkeep more expensive than maintaining and repairing a Nissan. Within its class, however, Infiniti actually has pretty affordable maintenance and repair costs.

    According to RepairPal, a site that processes a lot of car repair cost data, the average price of maintaining and repairing an Infiniti is $638 per year. (Compare that with the $652-per-year industry average across all brands.)

    How Infiniti compares to other automakers

    Infiniti placed right in the middle of RepairPal’s reliability rankings at 16th out of 32 automakers. While Infiniti owners can expect to visit a repair shop more often than the average driver — 0.7 times per year, compared with the average of 0.4 – those repairs are “severe” less frequently than average.

    MakeAverage maintenance and repair costs*
    Infiniti $638 per year
    Honda $428 per year
    Toyota $441 per year
    Ford $775 per year
    BMW $968 per year
    *According to RepairPal

    It’s worth noting that these figures cover each automaker’s entire lineup, so your estimated costs may go up or down depending on the Infiniti model you purchase. We’ll provide a more in-depth look at what you can expect with some of Infiniti's most popular models below.

    Infiniti maintenance and repair costs by model

    Infiti’s G25, FX35 and QX80 models have different expected upkeep costs, but one thing holds true among them — they each rank high for reliability in their respective categories.

    ModelAverage maintenance and repair costs*
    Infiniti G25 $533 per year
    Infiniti FX35 $617 per year
    Infiniti QX80 $718 per year
    *According to RepairPal

    So far, RepairPal’s average figures have provided a helpful overview, but they lump together the cost of repairs and maintenance, which are actually distinct services. Repairs typically fix things after they go wrong, while maintenance covers preventive services, like oil changes and tire rotations.

    We’ll break down these categories a bit more to help you understand how your budget may need to change for each.

    Infiniti maintenance schedule

    Following your Infiniti’s maintenance schedule is key to maintaining its longevity and avoiding unnecessary repairs. Each Infiniti model’s maintenance timeline will vary, so we suggest checking your owner’s manual for the most accurate information.

    Infiniti QX60 maintenance schedule

    To give you an idea of likely maintenance milestones, we’ve included the schedule for the popular Infiniti QX60 below.

    Every 5,000 miles Synthetic motor oil replacement
    Every 5,000 miles Oil filter replacement
    Every 5,000 miles Tire rotation
    Every 10,000 miles Brake pads, rotors and transmission fluid inspection
    Every 10,000 miles Front drive shaft boots check
    Every 10,000 miles Windshield wiper replacement
    Every 20,000 miles Brake fluid replacement
    Every 20,000 miles Exhaust, steering and suspension inspection
    Every 20,000 miles Various fluid level checks
    Every 30,000 miles Engine air filter replacement
    Every 30,000 miles Infiniti Intelligent Key fob battery replacement
    Every 40,000 miles Drive belt inspection
    Every 40,000 miles EVAP vapor line and fuel line inspection
    *According to Infiniti of San Jose

    Infiniti maintenance costs

    “Infiniti’s are known for having strong powertrain systems,” said Amelia Nolan, a mechanic with experience working on Infiniti vehicles. “Since this is the case, you’re unlikely to have major repairs and can expect the bulk of your repair costs to fund more general maintenance.”

    Maintenance costs are fairly easy to predict since you know what services your vehicle will need and when it will need them. Just talk to your local mechanic about what they charge for routine services and plan those costs out over the course of your recommended maintenance schedule.

    Infiniti maintenance costs

    We’ve included estimates for common maintenance services below to give you an idea of what maintenance may cost you. While something like a cabin air filter replacement can average as little as $93, a tire replacement is estimated to cost as much as $700. (Remember, these are average figures, so some cases may be more expensive.)

    Cabin air filter replacement $126 to $144
    Oil change $194 to $225
    Battery cable replacement $281 to $336
    Brake pad replacement $395 to $952
    Tire rotation $88 to $113
    *According to RepairPal for a 2019 Infiniti QX60 in the 78705 ZIP code

    Since Infinitis require full synthetic oil, the bill for an oil change is generally going to be higher than the $40 to $60 drivers of other brands can expect to pay.

    Infiniti repair costs

    Though Infinitis have average reliability, owners still report a few common issues with their cars.

    For example, the No. 1 malfunction listed on RepairPal is related to the crankshaft angle sensor, which can fail and cause a loss of engine power. Infiniti is aware of the problem and has issued a recall on certain models.

    Another symptom that may develop is an abnormal noise from the timing chain area, which can be fixed by replacing the camshaft sprockets.

    Other Infiniti owners reported dissatisfaction with how fast their vehicles burned through oil. Mikhail, a ConsumerAffairs reviewer from New York, reported that their 2018 QX60 “came defective; burning 1 quart of oil per 100 m. Local Infiniti dealer has stated that this car is already out of manufacturer warranty. I have tried to purchase an extended warranty and the same dealer refused to do this due to my car is red-flagged in an Infiniti database for engine service exception.”

    Infiniti QX60 repair costs

    While repair estimates will change based on any vehicle’s make and model, we collected estimates for some common services on an Infiniti QX60 below.

    Air conditioning refrigerant pressure sensor replacement $241 to $266
    Oil pan gasket replacement $395 to $4,052
    Wheel hub assembly replacement $375 to $2,204
    Oxygen sensor replacement $414 to $964
    Strut bearing replacement $545 to $1,276
    Powertrain control module replacement $1,400 to $1,571
    Air bag crash sensor replacement $688 to $1,894
    Camshaft replacement $3,487 to $4,855
    *According to RepairPal for a 2019 Infiniti QX60 in the 78705 ZIP code

    The good news is that Infiniti’s factory warranties can protect you from some of these costs — at least while your vehicle is fairly new.

    All Infiniti vehicles initially come with bumper-to-bumper coverage for their first four years or 60,000 miles and powertrain coverage for their first six years or 70,000 miles. These warranties cover the cost of repairing any manufacturing defects that may show themselves. However, you can’t bank on your warranty to last forever, which is why you may want to look at other ways of saving money on Infiniti repairs.

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      How can an extended warranty or maintenance plan help?

      You can potentially keep your car on the road longer and avoid repair bills by purchasing an extended warranty. These plans have their ups and downs, but they’re worth considering if you expect to need an above-average amount of repairs down the road. Extended warranties are available from both dedicated car warranty companies and Infiniti itself.

      If maintenance costs are more of an issue, Infiniti also offers two options for prepaid maintenance plans to help you keep your Infiniti running at peak performance. Its Basic Maintenance Plans include services like brake fluid and cabin air filter replacements. Meanwhile, the Basic+Plus plans cover the same services in addition to inspections and tire hazard protection, which gives you zero-deductible coverage for flat tire repairs.

      While maintenance plans can be intimidating to invest in because you have to pay upfront, they may save you money in the long run as you avoid potential price increases and inflation.

      » MORE: Car warranty vs. car insurance

      ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
      1. RepairPal, “INFINITI Reliability Rating.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      2. RepairPal, “INFINITI G25 Reliability Rating.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      3. RepairPal, “INFINITI FX35 Reliability Rating.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      4. RepairPal, “INFINITI QX80 Reliability Rating.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      5. Infiniti of San Jose, “What is the INFINITI QX60 Maintenance Schedule?” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      6. RepairPal, “Abnormal Noise From Timing Chain Area on INFINITI QX56.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      7. RepairPal, “Check Engine Light and Engine Stalling on INFINITI G35.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      8. RepairPal, “INFINITI QX60 Repair & Maintenance Costs.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      9. Infiniti, “INFINITI VEHICLE LIMITED WARRANTY.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
      10. Infiniti, “ELITE PROTECTION PROGRAM PREPAID MAINTENANCE PLANS.” Accessed April 17, 2023.
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