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#2292 of 2816 Is this lemon one for Ripley?
Feb 20, 2003 (10:46 pm)
Perhaps someone can give me some advice as to my recourse/rights for this fiasco?
Took delivery on my new (0 miles) 2002 Xterra V6 5M 10-31-02, this date now has some significance. For the record we love the Xterra. Put ~1200 miles on it and bought it back to the dealer with oil leak(s) on 12-11-02. Oil leak determined to be "porosity in the block casting", oil sweating out through the casting (a fluke). Nissan OK's, & Dealer installs entire new shortblock Assy. I receive the car back 1-9-03. Roughly 28 days w/o vehicle. Nissan presents me with a Gold extended warranty 5 yr/100K for peace of mind, my wife and I feel better. I discover yet more oil leaks and return car to have them checked out 2-5-03 being told perhaps some "tightening" was in order? Nope! another fatal flaw/fluke in this newly installed engine!!!!!!!!! Nissan and the dealer agree on installing, yes, another short block assembly! While amazed and dumbfounded they don't seem to be too alarmed? I've remained calm and cool throughout this ordeal but we DO NOT want this vehicle back! We still love the Xterra just not this one. We had the vehicle ~112 days, it's been in Nissan service for 43 of those days, and is still there awaiting another transplant. We still are making payments. My case is now in the hands of the Nissan Arbitration board in NJ??? This was told to me by a Nissan representative in California. I'm told a buy back is the next step. Three engines in three months, surely we would have had a better chance of winning the powerball. Everyone seems to be sympathetic and reassuring at Nissan and the Dealer so why do I feel I might have to get a lawyer? Anyone have similar experience(s), if this doesn't qualify as NY State lemon law, what does? Meanwhile I point out that it is costing them ~$40/day for the Grand Cherokee they put me in rather than tell them to stop dragging their feet. Do I make February's payment, due 2-28-03, I only had it for four days? Questions like these no one at Nissan or the Dealer seem to want to answer.
Feb 21, 2003 (11:17 am)
Yet another horrible Xterrable Xperience. Looks like the few, the proud, the functional in this case. Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble with your Xterrable. Hope it can get resolved soon. Keep us posted on how things go.
#2294 of 2816 Ingrates Dump On What They Can Afford
Feb 22, 2003 (10:53 pm)
We have owned a 2000 and a 2001 Xterra. We are extremely pleased with these vehicles' overall functionality - beauty, muscle, comfort, and safety.
Yes, it's true that a lead-foot like myself will not get maximum fuel efficiency, but my wife, I call her "Pocohantas",consistenly gets 19-20 miles per gallon.
Bottom line is, as it pertains to this vehicle, we're very happy...but we take care of our baby.
Feb 22, 2003 (11:18 pm)
Ingrates dump on what they can afford
Humor us all as to what you mean by this. Glad to hear you're having a great xperience out of your xterra. I believe the pro vs. con side of the xterras in this forum are weighing about even. Personally, when looking at the xterras, I would prefer the '00 and '01. I like the newer ones, but they look a bit to "buggy."
Feb 24, 2003 (7:03 pm)
So sorry to hear of your troubles. I went through a similar ordeal. You can read my prior posts. Nissan did not purchase my vehicle "back." They will do anything not to take possession of a scrap vehicle and will simply give you lip service. Has Nissan sent an "engineer" from California yet to see your vehicle? LOL, I bet that is their next move.
For this reason, I would NEVER purchase a Nissan/Infinity again and went with a Jaguar. Ford of all maunfacturers turned this brand on its proverbial head...making it a much better vehicle. At least I know Jaguar will take the vehicle back if insurmountable problems occur. They did for my friend just because his hood paint was severely chipping. Whamo...a new car with even more options, not even a repaint offer! Have to love great customer service.
Too bad because I really like some of the new Nissan's as previously stated.
I hope things work for you. What worked for me was arbitration and many hours in my attorney's office. You may want to contact your state's attorney and ask them to work with you. I also gave Nissan of America a barrage of calls just to waste their time knowing I would get nowhere. Kind of made me feel better.
If Nissan buys back your XTerrable without arbitration, I will faint. I strongly suggest you contact an attorney immediately. Hope this helps.
Again, many love their XTerrables. It is when one has problems that the good manufacturers step to the plate.
#2297 of 2816 1badsidekick
Feb 24, 2003 (7:38 pm)
Glad you like the Suburu! Am thinking of getting one as a second AWD vehicle. They have a lot of space, too! I read post after post and hear my friends and neighbors rave about their Suburu's. Leads me to believe there must be some truth to what they are saying? Truth to what the reviewers are also writing?
Too bad the Forrester looks so ugly.
I disagree with you regarding the looks of the newer Xterrables. I think they got better looking with the menacing front-end! Always liked their looks and like the ones with the brush bar. The Frontier also looks nice and the new long bed with the supercharger should sell well.
Maybe you will get lucky and purchase a perfectly fine Nissan? Maybe you can find a good pre-owned one with a clean repair history? Just do not buy my old Just Blue '01 SE, 16,000 miles, from a large nation-wide retail chain with a national web site.
It appears you still are looking at this board and are undecided?
Feb 25, 2003 (12:11 am)
I do like the looks of the newer Xterras, just not as much. I guess it'd grow on me. To be quite honest, I have made a decision. And that decision is not to trade. After many hours of tiring myself researching all the cars, and finding out that the ones I like the most have the most problems. I'm looking more and more into Isuzu for my next vehicle, but its going to be a while before I go for it. I've worn myself out this time. I really like the Axiom and the Rodeo, Axiom being tops. However, I just read Edmunds' road test, and it doesn't look good. I'll just have to find one and drive it sometime to see. Isuzu has a huge depreciation after the first year, so a year old Axiom that retailed for 32 thou can be had for around 19. The Suzuki was very spirited today, I've noticed it has it's good days. Where I work at times in NC, its half an hour away, and about 6 miles of the trip is down (or up) the notorious Fancy Gap mountain. Today was the fastest I've ever gotten up it. I kept it in 4th gear, and it did 60 pretty steadily all the way up the mountain. I was impressed, I said "wow, you must be feeling good today." I think it made it feel good when I said I was gonna keep it til it hit 100k miles. It has 54k on it now. Don't think I'm a psycho for thinking the car has a personality, but I tell ya, I think mine does. I can always tell a huge difference in it right after I leave the car wash, and today for some reason, hehe.
#2299 of 2816 1badsidekick
Feb 25, 2003 (9:16 am)
Maybe the "do nothing" option is great for now. Seems like you are comfortable with your vehicle and there is nothing terribly wrong with it.
Regarding the Edmunds reviews, take them with a grain of salt. They gave a negative road test to many vehicles like the Jaguar X-Type and US sales increased over 230% from '01 to '02 based on customer feedback and demand. This happened in a down-economy, as well. Read the current owner posts to gauge a true baseline. See how happy/unhappy they are with their vehicles.
For example, after reading the Chrysler Sebring Edmunds reviews I was ready to purchase that car instead of the Suburu. After reading the owner posts, there is NO WAY I would purchase.
Glad to see you are looking at variables like depreciation. It appears you are a smart consumer.
As for vehicles and personality...there is a correlation!
Good luck to you.
Feb 25, 2003 (10:07 pm)
Thanks for the compliment! I try to be smart, I always research any large purchases before I get them. I talk to other people in person who have them. Like, for example, Siemens digital cordless phones. Wouldn't have one. Even though the company my dad works for makes capacitors for Siemens, I wouldn't have one because a friend of mine has the "expandable" ones with a corded base station, and you can't have a conversation with anyone at his house without the phone starts "pulsating" and you can't understand a word they're saying. I got my "smarts" from my dad. He always researches everything, but he always makes purchases that I don't expect him to. I was very impressed by the numbers that Edmunds stated for the Axiom. It has 230 horses and almost the same amount of torque available at 1200 rpms. VERY quick off the line. I think 0-60 is 8.9 seconds. But, it gets the same gas milage as the Xterra, 16/20. I guess that's pretty much a standard on these V6 SUVs. However, like you said, theres nothing wrong with my car at the present time, now of course that I say that it will have something mess up soon, haha. Thats the way it goes, I brag on it, and it craps out on me. Never left me stranded though. It's overdue for a set of tires, thats another thing I'm disappointed with, the tires. It has 54k and is ready for the 3rd set. The first set lasted 24k, and this set has lasted 30k. The size is 215/65/R16, but I have 215/70 Dunlops on it now. I want something a little wider with white letters, or OWL as they are now. Have to start researching those now.
#2301 of 2816 Xterra and TMV
Mar 04, 2003 (6:54 pm)
I have been attempting to sell my 2002 Nissan Xterra XE-V6 4x4 with just under 10k miles. Blue Book, Black Book, and NADA all show the private party values in the $19,500-$20,500 range. I have it listed at $18,500 and have seen plenty of interest, but no takers in three months. Just now I punched up Edmund's TMV and came to just over $16k! Is TMV accurate? Am I asking too much for this vehicle, or am I just being impatient? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.