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Buy the warranty and thank me later... I bought an 8yr/100k for roughly $3k when new.
Have a 2013 that was trouble free for 6 years / 75k miles outside of it eating rear brakes like they're going out of style (3rd set). Been in the shop now several times with different issues in the last 8 months (they've had the car over 2 months between all the visits). Several different components in different areas of the SUV are failing. Roughly $16k in warranty repairs now and climbing (it's in now getting a new washer pump and fixing a dragging metal sound when turning, along with the random CEL's it throws then clears). Had several suspension issues, transfer case, drive shaft, elec. components, etc.. all replaced recently under warranty. Currently have 85k miles.
Seriously questioning quality of the brand long term. Should be able to make it 100k miles without too much issue wise, especially when I've had Toyota's and Mitsubishi's only ever require tires/oil changes through then. My past GM and Ford's I had issues around 70-80k miles, but somewhat expected it.
Not sure I'm going to make it another year / 15k miles before I wave the white flag and dump it. Though I just bought new tires and spent a ton on paint correction (wow does it look gorgeous).
Funny, didn't even catch the QX80 piece since this is in a QX60 forum.
Any event, as someone above states... these are all "premium options" to have transfer case oil, rear diff, etc.. changed based on the maintenance schedule.
However, I did do them based on their recommendation, and within 2-3 months is when the transfer case and drive shaft failed.
To add to my frustrations, got my car back last night. The dealer said I have a small leak in the rear A/C line and wanted $1100+ to fix with discounts since warranty has an exclusion for a/c lines. I balked at dropping another grand after just spending so much recently on it (paint correction, new tires), and about 6 months ago all fluid changes (difs, transfer case, trans, brake fluid, etc) to the tune of about $3000 or so between all that. They said the refrig. might be able to last a while but nobody knows, but "it's running cold and appropriate temps". Mind you, I had no issues before w/ a/c but I get that a small leak might not go noticed for a while. So I get out of there and have an hour drive on the highway... Absolutely no cold air, all hot air. Roasted for an hour w/ my son. I called the service guy while on the highway and asked if they screwed around with the a/c after I told them not to touch it, and he said they wouldn't have touched it. Must have just coincidentally leaked all the refrig. in the time they had it. Mind you, this "very minor leak" has not showed its face until just now. After my son's dentist appt, I don't want another hour drive with hot air so I grab some r-134a at the store on the way home with a gauge. It had absolutely zero r-134a in it based on how much it took to charge and what the specs are on the underside of the hood. So I've checked it now 2 times since last night and pressure is holding (fingers crossed). The mechanic had to jostle the lines and accidentally discharge the system I'd bet.
Also, battery was shot the dealer said... so I grabbed a new one at the store when I got the r-134a and swapped it myself vs. paying $250 or whatever they wanted to up-charge me.