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#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!!
#120 of 135 Clicking/Knocking noise when I brake
Apr 21, 2011 (8:46 am)
I still have the OEM resurfaced rotors with pretty much like new pads. It's weird, when I replaced the front brake hardware kit, the knocking noise stopped. I replaced it like a month or so ago. Now I hear the noise again and it's pissing me off. Granted I could take it back to the place again and have it looked at. It's funny, this morning it did it once and didn't do it again. The brakes work fine and the noise occurs from like 40mph and lower, and the further I press the brake pedal, the less of a chance the noise will continue. I'm almost certain it's coming from the front left tire area. I just resurfaced my front rotors in like November, so I'm pretty sure it's not warped rotors. My steering wheel does not shake when I brake either. Anyone knows what might be happening? Any input will help. Thank you
#121 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [altgirl]
May 24, 2011 (9:40 am)
I was wondering if you had any success with your attorney. My 2008 Nissan needs brake work and I had the same discussion that I've never had this kind of work on any other car I've owned (obviously I've had brake work done but this is different) anyway, i'm wondering if this is a "lemon' type situation or a flaw of the Nissan because I will be trading it in so fast instead of paying $600 for brakes every year. Just wondered what you found out.
#122 of 135 Older Nissan Brake Failure ABS
Jun 14, 2011 (11:24 pm)
#123 of 135 Older Nissan Brake Failure ABS
Jun 14, 2011 (11:24 pm)
My 1994 Nissan Altima has had intermittant ABS issues since I got it last year. In the snow or rain, the brakes behave very badly, instead of the usual ABS thumping, it sounds like metal on metal and makes some frightening noises. The ABS light comes on a few times a week and sometimes as I'm pulling out of my parking space, it will make this strange swooshing noise and I can feel a change in the brake pedal as I press it down. Today, as I was backing out of my spot, the brakes pretty much just went out all together and a different brake light came on. The brakes seems to be working now at about 20% or so. I can still stop with them, but just barely and the pedal is very close to the floor. I checked the brake fluid and it seemed empty, so I filled it but it didn't seem to make any change in the brake problem. Any ideas before on what this might be? Any ideas would be helpful before I have to throw myself at the mercy of a brake shop.
#124 of 135 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima brakes [lzj]
Jun 15, 2011 (5:14 pm)
The only way that we are going to stop this foolishness is to make sure that we let Consumer Reports know. Any survey that you have mark them bad. All of us are having the same exact brake issue with the Nissan Altima. Our only hope is a class action one day and then you will only get the satisfaction of knowing that they got caught with their game. I had to go through BBB to make them respond. They did what they had to do. Now the brakes are making the same noise again. JUNK!
#125 of 135 Nissan Altima 2006 Brakes
Jun 20, 2011 (9:00 am)
I have a 2006 Nissan Altima and I have already had it in the shop four times this year for new brakes. It's back in the shop again today and all I get is this is normal. I don't think so I may be a women but Im not that stupid. Im sick of getting the run around but actually getting Nissan to do anything about this problem is a joke. Im sick of worrying about my kids being in the car when my brakes might go out. I know its a matter of time before that happens so I think my best bet is buy a new car and I guarantee it will not be a Nissan. I do not consider Nissan family oriented because you better hope that your the only one in the car when the brakes go out.......