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#377 of 685 my 2008 Nissan caught on fire...
Mar 19, 2009 (7:36 pm)
In Aug of 2007, I bought a brand new 2008 nissan altima. In november of 2008, it started smoking out the exhaust, i immediately called the service center and told them about it, they pushed it off. Told me it was just "condensation." I told them I knew what that looked like, and this was not it. So after arguing with them about it for 2 weeks I took it to their shop, and told them I didn't want it back until they fixed it. A day later, they called and said they could not find out the problem, but was going to do an "oil consumption" test. Basically, I drive it for 1000 miles and then bring it back..and repeat the process until they figure out what the hell is wrong??
450-500 miles later, my younger sister, her boyfriend, and his 3 year old daughter were driving down the road when the car caught on fire. They barely had enough time to get out the car before it was completely consumed in flames. I call Nissan and inform them of the problem, they acted as if they were going to help me with the situation. Today, exactly 2 months after the accident, I got a call and they told me that they were no longer going to do anything about it. What do I do?? This was a brand new car when I bought it...this should not have happened, and now Nissan isn't wanting to do ANYTHING?? Any advise?? Please help!!
#378 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [jaysmith25]
Mar 20, 2009 (4:42 pm)
if its a brand new car, then either Nissan will cover it, or your insurance company will. If something on the car was defective, they don't have a choice. If it can't be proven that the car was somehow defective, then your insurance company will pay for it. again, they don't have a choice. the only way your screwed is if you don't have insurance.
#379 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [jd10013]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2009 (5:07 pm)
Well also if he didn't have gap insurance he could lose some $$$.
Gee I would think Nissan would be all over this car! I think a polite letter from an attorney with words like "fire" and "baby" would get a very quick response.
#380 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 20, 2009 (5:26 pm)
I think it would depend on why it caught on fire. If its nissans fault, I'd hire a couple lawyers.
#381 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [jd10013]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2009 (6:12 pm)
How could it be the owner's fault, do you think? I"m trying to come up with something. I guess they could have set it on fire on purpose?
#382 of 685 Nissan Engines
Mar 21, 2009 (7:37 am)
My sister had a 97 Nissan Altima and loved it. It had plenty of pep.
Due to all the snow she purchased a Subaru Legacy GT AWD, and the only thing that's making her want to back to an Altima is that her Subaru eats tires.
Now, after she sees these post,I don't know what she'll do.
#383 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [jaysmith25]
Mar 22, 2009 (4:18 pm)
Receive counsel from an attorney. The insurance company should not be responsible for covering this car if it's documented with Nissan that there was a problem. Assuming the car was still under warranty, Nissan has a responsiblity to replace this vehicle and find qualified mechanics to determine the problem with their vehicles.
I'm considering contacting an attorney regarding my vehicle.
#384 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [implementall]
Mar 22, 2009 (9:53 pm)
I had GAP insurance...I had an extended Service Warranty..and of course, Full Coverage insurance. The bad part, is my sister and her boyfriend was taking his daughter back to her mother's house. And all the girl's christmas was in the trunk of the car, everything was destroyed. My insurance company will pay the value of the car...and Gap will cover the rest...but what about all my personal items in the car..and the little girl, what about her christmas that was in the trunk...my insurance company doesn't cover that. It's been a bad ordeal all the way around. I believe Nissan should be responsible for SOMETHING..it's very disappointing to say the least..
#385 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 23, 2009 (10:00 am)
How could it be the owner's fault, do you think? I"m trying to come up with something. I guess they could have set it on fire on purpose
I knew a guy when I was in HS who decided to replace his fuel filter, but failed to tighten everything. the leaking gas caught fire and totaled his car.
there are lots of ways a car can catch fire other than a defective car.
#386 of 685 Re: my 2008 Nissan caught on fire... [implementall]
Mar 23, 2009 (10:03 am)
depending on the amount of damage, it could be impossible to determine the cause. To me, it sounds more like a freak accident than anything else.