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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Nissan

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in what vehicle generations. Oh, and there's the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Recent Nissan News

Nissan Might be Trying to Ditch the Brake Pedal in the Next Gen Leaf

The 2nd-generation Leaf is due out later this year and, according to reports, it may be trying to kill off the brake pedal. Here’s Steph Willems from TheTruthAboutCars.com:

Nissan promises a brake pedal designed to gather dust. The brand’s new e-Pedal, found in the 2018 Leaf, allows — with the push of a button — the ability to speed up, slow down, and hold a stop via the pedal on the right.

The car will come to a complete stop when you lift your foot off the e-Pedal, which Nissan says will be a more “exciting and engaging way to drive.” The only exciting about it will be watching traffic swerve around the Leaf driver who tried to coast but instead came to a screeching halt.

Marketing Image From Nissan

Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting. In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.

I’d argue that one pedal isn’t simpler. Hell, some people still can’t tell the difference between the pedals we have now.

Nissan Says Their Timing Chains Are Just Super Noisy, Not Busted

Nissan owners are tired of their timing chains whining, buzzing, ticking, and knocking their engines apart.

In the case of Kobe Falco, et. al., v. Nissan North America, Inc., and Nissan Motor Company, LTD., the plaintiffs say they were forced to pay for expensive timing chain repairs which happened to fall ever-so-conveniently just outside of Nissan’s warranty period. Earlier this year, the class-action was certified by a judge.

So now Nissan has brought together their best engineers and a top-notch legal team to come up with their defense –– ok, our timing chains are noisy, but they’re not a safety defect.

Nissan's defense team in court

From CarComplaints.com:

According to the automaker, there has never been anything defective about the timing chain systems and the most that owners can show is that the timing chains make noise, not that the systems are a safety risk. Nissan says the plaintiffs admit no crashes are attributed to the timing chains, even though the majority of the vehicles have been in service more than 10 years.

So the case will attempt to answer are Nissan’s timing chains just loud and annoying? Or are they loud, annoying, and potentially dangerous?

The vehicles named in the suit all use the same uniform timing chain system: the 2004-2008 Maxima, 2004-2009 Quest, 2004-2006 Altima (VQ35 engine), 2005-2007 Pathfinder, 2004-2007 Xterra, and the 2005-2007 Frontier (VQ49 engine).

NJ Garbage Company Lawsuit Says the 2014 Sentra's CVT is Trash

A lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey saying the 2014 Sentra has a defective Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that shakes, jerks, has trouble accelerating, and experiences sudden downshifts.

The lawsuit, Pinto of Montville Inc. v. Nissan North America, Inc, was filed by a garbage collection company which is oh so appropriate given the CVTs trashy reputation.

The plaintiff claims Nissan has concealed the defective transmissions while never ordering a recall, even after years of owner complaints. In addition, the automaker allegedly falsely advertised the transmissions as having fewer moving part to reduce friction and heat which makes the transmissions last longer.

The lawsuit mentions that Nissan issued a warranty extension campaign, but that only included the 2007-2010 Sentra, not the 2014.