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.