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Nissan Altima, Lights, Brakes, Sedan
#110 of 135 NISSAN BRAKE FAILURES
Apr 12, 2010 (4:28 pm)
My 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5L V6 was purchased brand new from the dealership 6 months ago. All 4 rotors were badly warped and all four brake pads were thinned at 2,300 miles - ALL were replaced by the Nissan dealership 3 times. After multiple brake and rotor replacements by the dealership, the brakes have failed (2 documented freeway accidents) within 6400 miles. Both accidents were reported to the NHTSA (once at 4400 miles and a second time at 5685 miles), but they never responded. The Bureau of Automotive Repair can only document complaints and act as a liason between myself and Nissan North America. Four lawyers were quick to request this case on my behalf due to the above circumstance and wilfull neglect upon Nissan North America. All I have to do now is sit and wait.
#111 of 135 Re: NISSAN BRAKE FAILURES [nboceangrl]
Jun 16, 2010 (8:53 pm)
For the love of God what can I do about my brake problem! I've had the brakes replaced 5 time on my 07 Nissan Altima 2.5S and I have never had problems like this on the other 7 cars I've owned. It's not me like the dealer says. I all so had an electrical problem the dash and tail light keep going out. Any help!
#112 of 135 Re: NISSAN BRAKE FAILURES [nboceangrl]
Jun 17, 2010 (10:22 am)
try after market brakes and go new rotors too maybe that wil work
#113 of 135 Re: NISSAN BRAKE FAILURES [cnblatham]
Jun 17, 2010 (10:44 am)
You havent exactly explained what the brake problem is.
I have an 07 and for whatever reason when I have to hit the brakes hard there is a loud rubbing sound. This even after having the pads replaced. I'm not sure if it has to do with the ABS, but as this is my umpteenth Nissan, I have never experienced anything like this before.
#114 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [bobb5]
Aug 13, 2010 (5:39 am)
I will definitely complain, thanks for giving this information.....
I've had the same problem, they "resurfaced" my rotors and then tried to convince me that "resurfacing" is different than "turning or cutting" .....byt this was at Urban Nissan in Duncanville TX. I have 24,000 miles on my '08 Altima and am already on my third set of brake pads (front and rear). I wonder if Nissan understands that I will never buy another Nissan nor will I recommend ANYONE buy one until they fix this problem.
#115 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [bobb5]
Dec 02, 2010 (3:09 am)
Hey bobb5! I may have a solution to our and many others problems with these problematic Nissan Altima brakes. I was told by a dealership that it is not as uncommon as Nissan would like us to believe. I was also told that if I replace the brake pads with ceramic pads this will resolve the problem entirely! I am waiting to hear back from the regional manager (as my brake problem has been escalated....for about the 4th time hahahah). I was told that even if Nissan will not supply "free of charge" these brake pads, I can buy them and they will install them for free! Sooooo hopefully this is a fix to all our problems...FINALLY!
#116 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [tarpit76]
Dec 02, 2010 (9:20 pm)
Tarpit, you are correct you do need ceramic pads. I've also had brake problems on my 08 Altima. Nissan would like us to believe that replacing the brakes and rotors at 12,000 miles is normal. They want to call it normal wear and tear. I contacted Nissan since the dealer was not very helpful. Nissan changed the brakes and resurfacing the rotors once at 12,000 miles then again at 14,000. The second time I had to do a lot of complaining directly to Nissan, not the dealer. The second time Nissan sent a Tech from Georgia ( I live in Florida). He replaced the rotors and changed the brake pads to third party high performance brakes. He said that I should continue to use the same type of pads when they wear out. Apparently that is every 20,000 miles since I now need new pads again. The pads that were placed on my car were Adaptive One pads from NAPA (these are ceramic pads). They run around $54 for front or rear brakes plus another $145 per axle to install at the Nissan dealer. That's $400 just to have both front and rear brakes changed.
This will be my third brake change in under 36,000 miles. I contacted Nissan again, except this time Nissan refuses to do anything further stating "normal wear and tear and brakes are a consumable item". I believe they will not help me because my warranty just ran out. They try to smooth things over until the warranty expires and it is to late to file for the Lemon Law. My only solution right now is to purchase brakes and take them to the dealer to have them install. I called to find out the price to install using third party brakes that I will provide. They stated that they will not warranty any work done with parts other than Nissan even if they install the product themselves, even though that is what the Georgia tech installed. Each time I go it is a different person, no one is helpful at this point I am very angry and frustrated.
I am in the process of talking to an attorney. I believe he is willing to take the case for free, that makes me think he feels that there is a good chance of winning as there seems to be an inherent brake problem with the 08 Altimas. I for one will never buy another Nissan again. Not only that but I tell everyone I know not to buy a Nissan as they do not build quality products, nor back them up.
#117 of 135 Faulty Master Cylinder
Jan 09, 2011 (4:40 pm)
My wife drives her 08 Altima back and forth to work, approximately 10 miles. Belive me, she's real easy on the car. it has has 33K (been to Canada a few times).
In Jan '11, we took it in to the dealer because of an intermittent brake light. Veridict.. the master cyclinder was faulty and the rotors were bad. Outcome. Both were replaced under our extended warranty. My dealerhsip, Buckeye Nissan, said the brakes need replacing and recommended that I change the brake fliud. This would be at my expense.
Does anyone know if the faulty master brake cyclinder could'be caused premature wearing of the breaks?
#118 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [altgirl]
Jan 12, 2011 (11:18 am)
Unfortunately, brakes are a wear and tear item no matter what manufacturer you go with and if your out of warranty no manufacturer is going to cover the cost, that unfortunately falls on us consumers. That is not a Nissan specific issue.
#119 of 135 Re: Faulty Master Cylinder [eassoon]
Feb 01, 2011 (10:36 am)
Nissan Corporate took care of this. Way to go Nissan!!