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#130 of 202 2006 Xterra manual clutch
Aug 09, 2010 (6:57 pm)
I bought my '06 Xterra new in 2007. At 7954 miles, the clutch gave out. Took it to the dealer, he repaired/replaced it and said they decided to use the warranty ( no charge ) because they figured it was NOT a "driver" issue, ie., a bad part/design. OK, last week, 27,000 miles ( and 2 months out of the Nissan warranty, it did it again. The clutch does not engage. Towed it to dealer, he said they have to replace the clutch again, but this time quoted me $2005. So, in less than 28,000 miles, I have had the clutch replaced twice. Don't you think they have a quality problem?
Does anybody know how to get Nissan to cover this defect, even though it is two months out of warranty ? Judging from all these problems listed here, Nissan needs to recall this vehicle. Where do I send my first complaints? I live in California.
#131 of 202 Re: 2006 Xterra manual clutch [richsmit]
Sep 12, 2011 (7:31 am)
Nissan ended up not paying for mine. The dealership seemed to support me, but when corporate started their "investigation" they decided it was normal wear & tear. at 46,000 miles - ridiculous. It seems Nissan WILL NOT admit this issue, and although I love my Xterra - if the clutch goes again I am selling the ********. By the way I am in California too.
Good luck to you!
#132 of 202 Nissan Doesn't Care.
Aug 10, 2010 (3:57 am)
Sorry, Nissan doesn't care about product quality or customer satisfaction.
I'm on my third clutch. My next one will be a Jim Wolfe Technologies clutch. It should last the life of the car.
#133 of 202 Re: 2006 Xterra manual clutch [phin13]
Aug 10, 2010 (4:40 am)
Thanks, man. I sent an e-mail to Nissan describing the problem and my dissatisfaction with their product. I haven't picked up the vehicle yet (haven't been called) but will start at the dealer with my complaints. I threatened to go to NHTSA, but I suppose they are in the car manufacturer's pockets, so ??? BTW, they originally told me the car would be ready 4 days ago, but left a message saying a part or parts was damaged in transit and they had to re-order. What part of a manual clutch assembly would be so weak as to be damaged during shipping.. they should be bullet-proof !!
#134 of 202 4th Xterra Clutch in under 16K miles
Aug 10, 2010 (6:18 am)
No I don't drag race it. I baby my 2008 4X4 OffRoad Xterra. I am 70 years old and retired (no rush hour traffic). no competition, no sand, mud or snow. I have driven standard transmission vehicles all my life including some very high performance vehicles. Never a clutch problem. My last vehicle was a 2001 Frontier with 100K miles, no problems. I bought the Xterra new in March of 2008. 5K miles later the clutch went. The dealer replaced it. At 9K miles it went again. Same problem (seems clutch came apart). Dealer replace it again. At 11K miles I had the clutch wear checked. It had 70% left (not really very good for 2K miles). Yesterday I had it checked again at 15.8K miles. 15% left. The dealer quoted me $2300 to fix. I ordered a Jim Wolfe assembly. Dealer quoted $1100 to install it. I checked a local transmission shop. $300 and they resurface the flywheel. No more Nissan. Either the service/engineering is incompetent or the parts are inferior or some combination. I wrote them and received no satisfaction. I look forward to the Wolfe clutch assembly.
#135 of 202 Join Xterra with a bad clutch facebook page
Aug 10, 2010 (10:10 am)
Hi everyone. We started a facebook page about this issue. I would urge you all to join it so that we can build our numbers and organize in such a way that it is easier to communicate and share information/updates, etc. I live in Maryland, and had an uncle who is a lawyer look into our problem. He took my specific case to his firm, who unfortunately lost interest in the case when they saw that I *may* have driven in the snow for 50 feet with my emergency brake on when my clutch failed. The sad part is I don't know if that was the case - I have never forgotten to take my brake off. Regardless, I mentioned it to the dealership and lost all chance at getting warranty coverage. I believe that at some point we will have enough numbers to be heard, and some lawyer or firm will see the merit in a class action suit against Nissan. So let's all keep in touch so we can mobilize when that time comes.
Anyone who hasn't done it should definitely register their clutch failure on the NHTSA. There are dozens of complaints about that fuel gauge that failed and that is likely why it eventually got recalled. There are only a few clutch failure reports, so it looks like it is rare. I know from this site that it is NOT rare. Let's get the numbers up!
Facebook page : I have a Nissan Xterra with a Bad Clutch
#136 of 202 Can't Facebook
Aug 10, 2010 (3:58 pm)
I want to put my voice in with all the dissatisfied Xterra owners, but I quit Facebook months ago because of their lousy security and crass commercialization. Are there any other forums out there??
#137 of 202 Re: Can't Facebook [richsmit]
Aug 10, 2010 (6:21 pm)
Are there any other forums out there??
Yes, there are and you're already here!
And, yes, we'd prefer to stay on the topic of the Nissan Xterra clutch problem rather than discussing other automotive sites.
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#138 of 202 Picked up my Xterra at the dealer
Aug 11, 2010 (1:35 pm)
Cost $2106.28. The dealer gave me the 1-800 Nissan number to complain, which I did, and I am supposed to hear back within one business day. The arbitration with the BBB is the next step ( judging from what I hear here, Nissan does not give their customers their money back ). I test drove the car with the mechanic who did the clutch work, and he said the clutches should last 60-70000 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot to me. My Toyota pickup has 145000 miles, no problem with the clutch. Why would I have TWO clutches go bad in less than 28000 miles ? I have been driving manual vehicles for 40 years, and this is the first problem I have ever had. I'll keep you all updated...
#139 of 202 Got a Call from Nissan
Aug 11, 2010 (8:04 pm)
A lady from (customer affairs??) Nissan called me less than 4 hours after I called in my original complaint, and took the same info the first guy (1-800-NISSAN1) did.She tells me she will contact me by next Wednesday (7 days) with an answer. I specifically told her I want to be re-imbursed for my $2100 ( until I mentioned this, she apparently had no idea?). I faxed her my original receipt from the dealer, and she acknowledged receiving my e-mail to Nissan North America yesterday. I appear to be in their system! I told her I intend to go to the BBB arbitration if I do not receive satisfaction from them. I am logging all this info, along with the stuff the dealer service rep and mechanic told me, just in case. I don't think a Class Action Suit is advisable, as the victims rarely get more than a $50 credit towards a new car, the car company never admits its mistake, and the lawyers on both sides get rich (cynical, I know, but....). I'll keep you advised.