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2004 Nissan Maxima

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Feb 23, 2012

Nissan is a lemon!

We thought we were being smart. We bought a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE in 2009 with 50, 000 miles on it from Wendle Nissan in Spokane Washington. We insisted we buy the best extended coverage plan offered. My wife and i decided we would only have the car serviced at the dealership. After we realized the car was sold to us out of alignment our new 245/45/18 tires cost almost $1200. The engine light come on breifly and then turned off at 60, 000 (no big deal, right?) We had a full service done at 70, 000 miles 4 days before a cross country road trip. Oil change, alignment, transmission flush ect...20 miles into our trip our car died at 430 in the morning on a mountain pass. We had it hauled to the dealership who diagnosed it with a bad transmission. They told us to take it to a transmission shop. The transmission shop said that the transmission looked perfect (he charged us $118), take it to another shop. The third shop found that 3 catalytic converters had gone bad and we just missed the government regulated cut off because the car was made in 2003. So, $2300 later we were up and running. Then the ticking noise began and we discovered the car was 3.5 quarts low on oil. And then discovered that the car was burning 1 quart every 80 miles. CNA warranty company said have the engine pulled and well come look at it. they denied out claim and told us to call Nissan. Consumer affairs said take it to the dealership and they'll diagnose it for you. They offered to pay for it but id have to pay for everything else. I called 2 dealerships they both told me DO NOT BRING YOUR CAR HERE! So my mechanic charged me $760 to pull the engine and diagnose it. The parts are in the trunk and it got hauled to my house on a tow truck. The diagnosis was that the engine was burning oil and the crappy dealership didnt say your car seems low on oil every time we brought it in (because they suck!) The burning oil burned up my converters, engine is in peices in the trunk and the back seat, the warranty company wont honor the agreement that clearly states it will cover the engine completely, and my $300 per month is going to a giant peice of crap sitting in my garage! I HATE THIS CAR! It is as if it was made by the devil himself. The AWEFUL scorpion people at Nissan USA are equally as bad in my book. This is the most rechid vehicle I have ever owned. Oh, and the sky roof is rusty too, Nissans rust warranty, 12 months or 12, 000 miles. WOW. Way to back up your product. Quick review. Car is dead, CNA warranty company in Scottsdale is a bunch of liars, and Nissan USA is the worst.
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Feb 23, 2012

Nissan is a lemon!

Please review the message below I sent to everyone one in my address book. I would like to get this posted on and the pictures of my 2004 Nissan Maxima.

Thank you in advance.

Friends, colleagues, and acquaintances:

I am reaching out to all of you because of a little research I did on lemons and Nissan automobiles.

For those of you who know me, I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima and take really good care of it. Well as it turns out, I’ve come to realize I purchased a Nissan Lemon.

Before I purchased my 2004 Nissan Maxima, I thought there was only one kind of LEMON and only one place to purchase them. I believed the only lemons were those you purchased from grocery stores to eat, use in beverages, etc. Well, I stand corrected.

There are two kinds of lemons. Yes, the kind you buy in grocery stores as I described above and those you purchase from Nissan Corporation.

I purchased a 2004 Nissan Maxima in December 2003 and thought it was a very classy car. Well little did I know, what I purchased was a 2004 Nissan LEMON. Since I’ve had the car, it has been in the shop at least 20-22 times for numerous items:

* The driver’s door tends to come open unexpectedly (my car has been in the shop at least 2-3 times for this). This happens mainly in the winter so what I’ve determined is that you are not suppose to wash a Nissan Maxima in the winter. This is not stated in the owners manual.
* Left and right front struts broken and had to be replaced
* Electrical anti-lock breaks went out
* Shifter assembly to the transmission went out
* Stereo speakers had to be replaced
* Lumbar in the front seats broke
* Rotors were excessively warped
* Tires were cupped and found this out 6 months after having the car (Tires cupped are broken belts in the tires)
* Seat Harness recalled (thank heaven this was fixed before my door flew open while driving)
* Front Grill was replaced due to peeling
* Driver’s door molding has to be replaced
* Driver’s power window motor had to be replaced
* Sunroof and windshield gets condensation on the inside of the vehicle in the winter when the car sits outside overnight. I don’t park it outside much in the winter for fear the doors won’t shut.
* Console lid latch replaced
* Frame unibody recalled due to rusting in winter from salt

The message I am spreading here is to let all of you know that if you are considering buying a Nissan Lemon, Nissan Corporation won’t back you. I opened two claims with the Nissan’s Consumers Affairs group and contacted the District Regional Sales Manager only to get a call on Friday, March 16th from the Sales Manager of Nissan Corporation indicating that since they made every attempt to fix my car and give me rental cars while my car was in the shop, that they have decided they’ve done all they can.

Nissan won’t even consider any buy back options because the car is 3 years old and has 45,000 miles. I was told that they would be happy to help me pick out another Nissan Lemon and finance the new one.

What person in their right mind is going to go through what I’ve been through with my 2004 Nissan Lemon and walk right into another dealership and purchase another one; not me. It would be different if my current vehicle wasn’t almost paid off but to go finance another $20-30K for another 4-5 years, they have to be nuts. If I am going to do that, I will purchase another model.

Therefore, I am reaching out to all of you asking you to spread the word to anyone you know that is considering buying a Nissan and explain to them the difference between the lemons you purchase at the grocery and the lemons you buy from Nissan Corporation. Now don’t get me wrong, they both leave a sour taste in your mouth.

PS: If you need to see the difference in a Nissan Lemon and a Lemon purchased at the grocery, open the attached documents.

Please spread the word!

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