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#1968 of 2771 Problems with front-end suspension - need opinions
Apr 25, 2006 (9:56 am)
I purchased a new 2004 Nissan Pathfinder in March 2004.
At 5600 miles (February 2005) I noticed the front tires were wearing unevenly. Took to my deal and was told everything was OK and the tires showed no uneven wear. At 7900 (May 2005) miles the both front tires were quite worn on the inside edge. My dealer now tells me I need an alignment that is why the tires are worn. After much discussion as to why they did not notice this just 2300 miles before they performed an alignment for free. I still had the problem with the worn tires to deal with but the service manager would do nothing saying it was due to the alignment (hard to believe the tires were so badly worn after only 2300 miles since the last inspection when they were said to be Ok by the dealer. I spoke with the owner of the dealership and he said Nissan USA would do nothing but he would split the difference with me as follows:
Take my full size (new) spare and use that for one front tire, he would take a tire off a new vehicle in his lot as the other front tire and the less worn of the original front tires would become my spare...I agreed to the "compromise". (The dealer did not do the alignment again when he switched the tires saying it was fine).
Now at 12500 (march 2006) miles my front tires are once again quite worn it the same way (that is only 5,000 miles since they were replaced). I took it to the dealer and they say they see nothing wrong but I should get an alignment. After much discussion again they agreed to perform the alignment for free. This time, though they would do nothing about the tires.
I spoke with Nissan USA who reviewed the dealers records and they say there is nothing I can do unless I take the car to another dealer and that dealer finds something wrong. Since the car was just aligned, again, I highly doubt there is anything to find.
I need your opinions on how to proceed. Is this not unusual? How can the a vehicle the manufacturer advertises as an "Off-road vehicle have its alignment go out so easily? This car has only been driven on smooth pavement.
My biggest problem may be I can not use the lemon law here in NY State since the car is older than 2 years (although as you can see we do not use the car much since it only has 12,500 mile on it).
Your opinions and help are much appreciated.
#1969 of 2771 Re: Problems with front-end suspension - need opinions [56roses]
Apr 25, 2006 (10:58 pm)
I had approx 2500 miles on my 04 LE when I noticed that the outsides of the front tires were wearing unevenly. I took it back to the dealer who performed a wheel alignment for free. I now have 25,000 miles with no abnormal wear. I would try another alignment. Hope you get it sorted.
#1970 of 2771 Front Sway Bar Link 98 LE 2WD
May 01, 2006 (4:13 am)
My sway bar link has a crack in the rubber boot. Do I need to do an alignment after replacing them?
#1971 of 2771 Re: Front Sway Bar Link 98 LE 2WD [schlick]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2006 (6:03 am)
#1972 of 2771 Re: 01 Path Rear 02 Sensor(s) - are they DIY? [smokey75]
May 02, 2006 (12:08 pm)
I have a 1997 Pathfinder, and the Check Engine light just came on this past weekend. The shop told me the #1 O2 Sensor is bad and it'll cost $258 to replace it. This seems expensive to me, since the cost of part appears to be around $70-80. How difficult is the #1 sensor to replace? I've heard it takes a special wrench that's about $20, so am thinking about doing it myself.
#1973 of 2771 Re: Pathfinder Check Engine Light [GHUTCHIN]
May 02, 2006 (5:17 pm)
automatic transmission "flaring" problem....my auto. trans feels like is slipping...but this only happens when its cold or not warmed up. Might be the same "flaring" problem ur talking about
#1974 of 2771 Re: 87 pathfinder needs more power and a mysterous switch [gallen]
May 02, 2006 (5:20 pm)
my suggestion...if u have an '87 PF and its giving problems...get a new one...or atleast a newER one =) ur PF is almost 20 years old
#1975 of 2771 Re: engine hesitates [kris2]
May 02, 2006 (5:46 pm)
i have an 01 Pathfinder and also have a transmission slip or "flare" when its cold or not warmed up. I really think nissan knows about this problem and many other problems such as ignition coil failior/mis-fire and they are not addressing the problems or admitting these problems are NOT part of regular maintanence. I also have a powersteering leak.
#1976 of 2771 Re: engine hesitates [ridesnow]
May 02, 2006 (6:09 pm)
Nissan does know about it. Read the TSB for it at www.nissanhelp.com. Your dealer will be happy to fix it... if you're still under the powertrain warranty.
#1977 of 2771 brake wear
May 03, 2006 (6:04 am)
2006 pathfinder diesel auto 18000 miles dealer says needs all 4 discs and pads has anybody come across this amount of wear in such a short time