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Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

Big hole in the middle of a rusted floorboard

Giant Rust Holes in Altima Floorboards


Altima owners have a dangerous problem lurking beneath their feet. The [3rd generation (2002-06) sedan has floorboards that seem particularly susceptible to corrosion. The result? Widespread rust that’s often concealed by the interior carpet until it’s too late and the floo...

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Timing Chain Tensioning System Defects

Nissan says their timing chains are just noisy, but not defective. Try telling that to the owners who have seen loose timing chains rattled their engines apart, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.

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Should You Trust Nissan's CVT?

For a while cracked radiators were the number one enemy of Nissan transmissions, but these days it appears the transmissions are their own worst enemy.

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Inaccurate Fuel Gauge

Nissan fuel tanks are coming up empty, even when the gauge says there’s another 60-80 miles in the tank. A recall proves Nissan has the issue, but it only covers a small percentage of the affected vehicles.

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The Most Recalled Models

Nissan generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Nissan News

Timing Chain Settlement Provides Reimbursements to Owners in CA and WA

West-coast Nissan owners may soon be getting reimbursed for timing chain repairs thanks to a recent settlement.

Under the settlement, affected owners and lessees are entitled to partial reimbursement for money spent in connection with the diagnosis of, repair to, or replacement of the primary or secondary timing chain systems or components. Alternatively, those owners and lessees may receive a voucher to be used toward the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle. Reimbursement percentages are based on the mileage of the vehicle at the time of repair, and a vehicle with more than 120,000 miles at the time of repair is not entitled to reimbursement.

The settlement covers owners of the following in California or Washington State (sorry Oregon):

  • 2004-2008 Nissan Maxima
  • 2004-2009 Nissan Quest
  • 2004-2006 Nissan Altima (VQ35 engine)
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Xterra
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Frontier (VQ40 engine)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the offer stops at 120,000 miles, court documents reveal that’s the full life expectancy of vehicles, according to Nissan.

Between that revelation, timing chain problems, and transmissions choking on coolant, any 2005-2007 Frontier, Pathfinder, or Xterra owner that makes it past 120,000 miles should probably go play the lottery.

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Nissan Sued for Altima Floorboards That Rust So Badly Owners Can Poke Holes Through The Floor With Their Toes

There is a serious danger lurking beneath the feet of 3rd-generation Altima owners. And since Nissan refuses to do anything about it, the issue has made its way to court.

Plaintiff Marie DeMaria filed the proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges rust and corrosion can cause the floorboards to rust so severely the occupants can see the road. Additionally, the holes are deceptively dangerous because the interior carpet can hide the rust and corrosion from Altima owners.

The problem is often concealed by the interior carpet and isn’t noticed until it’s too late. The rust often gets so bad that these vehicles can no longer pass state inspections without expensive repairs.

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Sentra Lawsuit Says Xtronic CVTs Overheat by Design

Are the transmission cooling systems in Nissan’s Xtronic CVTs too small to handle the job? A recent lawsuit says so and thinks it’s time Nissan paid for their mistakes.

The lead plaintiff says a simple warning light quickly escalated into a fried, useless transmission.

The overheated CVT will send the Sentra into fail-safe mode which takes down the engine RPM to try to protect components from further damage, but drivers can expect vibrations, shaking and shuddering and then dealing with transmission failure.

The sudden fail-safe mode can leave drivers in a dangerous position and it’s something Nissan has known about for years.

The lawsuit covers all U.S. consumers who bought or leased a 2012-2017 Sentra with an Xtronic CVT.

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