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#2262 of 2816 Surface Rust issues on 2001 XTerra
Dec 19, 2002 (9:45 am)
I am wondering if anyone else has run into this problem and can give me some advice. My 2001 XTerra is about to come out of it's 60,000km warranty period. It's only 2 year old and I'm noticing little tiny small rust specs all over the rear lift gate panel, and along both the passenger and driver's side doors (near the base). These specs can be removed by just scratching them with your finger so they are just sitting on top of the paint currently.
When I complained to the dealership about this happening, they tell me that it's environmental, and that it's a normal driving condition for this to occur. It's something along the lines of picking up metal flecks from the road as I drive. They suggest that I need to wash the truck specially once a year and apply this plato like substance all over the body to remove these little metal flecks. So Nissan doesn't cover this, but they do admit by not removing these flecks over the long haul it will damage the body of the vehicle.
I have heard a second story ("unofficially") indicating that following transportation of new vehicles they are suppose to do some sort of treatment process to the brakes (I'm not sure why). If this process isn't done correctly the side-effect is that the brakes release small metal chips that heat up and will stick to the panels of the truck and begin to rust on the surface.
Does anyone have a similar problem on their XTerra? Could someone verify if this "unofficial" story might actually be true, and that I should work harder to get Nissan to do something about this. Has anyone heard of this 1 year maintenenace that we're suppose to do?
I have owned previous new vehicles in the past and I have never seen this on a 2 year old vehicle. I'd love to hear your responses as soon as possible since my warranty is coming up quickly and I have limited time to address this.
Dec 19, 2002 (9:49 am)
I'm not sure of the cause, but new cars frequently have little rust spots on them; supposedly from rail shipment (aka "rail dust"). They are on the surface and are easily removed with a $10 clay bar (the silly putty/playdough stuff). Mothers is one brand. My guess is that's all you're seeing here, although some people have complained about "hot" flecks melting into their paint from brake pads.
#2264 of 2816 Enviromental Fall-out
Dec 19, 2002 (9:54 am)
Yes, the metal flakes come from the air.
It happens to all cars and is very difficult to get rid of.
Take a look at white cars in your area and you will notice the same thing.
A detail shop can help take it off with a clay bar.
#2265 of 2816 Hatch Rust
Dec 21, 2002 (8:10 pm)
First off, if it is the flakes, the clay bar does work. A number of owners had to go through it and had good results.
Just for extra info, a few X's have had issues with rust on the hatch, more like pin sized spots in the indent by the hatch window, depending on the dealer, some have actually had it repainted under warrenty, without involving Nissan Canada.
#2266 of 2816 Thanks for rust info.
Dec 23, 2002 (10:12 am)
Thanks for the info. on the rust. I tried the clay that the dealership gave me and it worked like a charm so I'm assuming it is just environmental and possibly brake dust also.
XCanuk, it's interesting you mentioned the pin sized spots on the rear hatch though. I actually have a spot rusting from my metal on the rear that the dealership has agreed to repair under warranty. I think they must be aware of this problem because they are going to repaint the entire rear panel including lifting the rear glass to do it properly, so I may have been one of those people affected.
#2267 of 2816 Luck of the draw
Dec 23, 2002 (6:56 pm)
That is why I mentioned it, some dealers blame everything on the flakes, some own up to the real rust. (2 seperate issues).
A few owners in Ontario had to go to one particular dealer to get it repaired under warrenty, while their own dealer refused to cover it. You found a good dealer.
#2268 of 2816 Xterra:To buy or not to buy?
Dec 25, 2002 (7:30 pm)
My husband and I recently test drove the X and liked it, but I can't seem to find any crash test info on the vehicle. Anyone know how it performed? We're also deciding whether to save a little money and buy the 2002 or get the 2003 because of the side airbag option that the 2002 doesn't offer. And the biggest question of all...are you happy with your car choice? Should we buy one? Help!
#2269 of 2816 Looking for new tires
Dec 31, 2002 (2:16 pm)
My factory tires have worn out on '00 X and I'm looking for some good A/T tires any suggestions??
Has anyone tried the BFG A/T TA KO yet?? I noticed they don't come in 265/70/R15 (as the original BFG Longtrail) but are available in 235/75/R15.
Jan 06, 2003 (8:18 am)
I'm a month shy of having my X for 3 years and still have nothing bad to say about it. Good workhorse, if you are ready for a SUV, and the bad mpg that goes with it, the X is a good pick. Its does great for a daily driver and on long hauls, load up and go. No regrets here.
I've got BFG A/T K/O's.. (31x10.5x15), I was happy with them on other trucks, and still like them now. Slightly more aggressive without being loud, nicer handling over the LongTrails. I didn't mind the longtrails for road use, but the A/T's are still a nice improvement. BTW 31" will fit a 2000 with some minor trimming in the front mud flap area (very easy to do and no one will notice)
*** being in a snow & ice belt, I do not like A/T's for winter, but I also seem to be one of the few that doesn't not like them in winter, most do. I have a second set of Winter Deulers for winters.
Jan 06, 2003 (7:32 pm)
Thanks for the tire info.
I've also been very happy with my X, up until now that is...50K miles and now I have a tranny problem. At about 25K I started having trouble getting into gear when it was cold (sitting overnight in the garage), the problem continued to get worse and no service center was able to duplicate the problem (I've heard that one before). So I finally got so sick of hearing that one that I made them prove to me that it couldn't be duplicated and low and behold they witnessed the same problem I've been complaining about for a year and a half.
They diagnosed it with a pressure plate problem and with some negotiating I got them to cover it under warrenty. I got a new clutch disc and pressure plate, the problem went away but now I have some concerning new problems. Loss of torque, whinny noise in the transfer case, squishy clutch and the list goes on.
It's going back in tomorrow, the kooks at the dealership want to take another crack at it. We'll see how it goes.