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#158 of 687 Lemon Law
Jun 14, 2005 (3:29 pm)
I was almost killed today when the brakes of my 2004 Nissan Armada went out. It happen on my way back from lunch and I could not get my car emergency brake light to come off. The emergency brake did release but the brake light on the dash remained on. I was lucky to be near a dealership and I took it in right away. They were not surprised by this at all and they said they had the new braking kits in and that the would replace my breaks. I have been waiting for these brakes from the dealership where I purchased my car and they still had not received them. At least that the story the gave me. I was very upset so I called the GM at my dealership and he was actually very nice and apologetic. He told me that I should contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair for the State of CA which is also known as BAR. He said for me to call them and ask for the Lemon Law Arbitration Department and they will send me some forms to file for Arbitration with Nissan. He said to his knowledge that this work better than hiring an attorney for the CA Lemon Law. I let you know what happens. Until then if your brake light does not turn off be very careful drive slowly.
#160 of 687 Re: Lemon Law [lene]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 14, 2005 (8:06 pm)
An illuminated brake light can be confusing, especially if you think it just means the parking brake is engaged. But on some cars it has several meanings and apparently it meant for you to call for a tow today.
Glad to hear you're only upset and not banged up and upset!
#161 of 687 Re: Lemon Law [steve_]
Jun 14, 2005 (9:23 pm)
Brake light on, Its sounds like your brake fluid is low. Your brake pads are wearing too fast. As the pads wear the resovior for the brake fluid goes low. You have to replenish the resevoir or brake failure could occur. It almost happen to me. Though I caught it in time.
If you live in CA forget about getting an arbritrator, get a lemon law lawyer. Bypass arbrtration, its a sham and if you loose it can be used against you. Plenty of good lemon law lawyers in CALI. Go to NHTSA and complain about the brake failure.
#162 of 687 Re: Front bumper quality?? [chip88]
Jun 18, 2005 (12:38 am)
I noticed my chrome bumper the exact same as you described. Also bought mine in March (California), and noticed the chrome finish was inconsistent when washing up, in the same area. However, it is mild, and hard to tell unless you kneel down and look straight at it. At any rate, should have been better. I've been thinking it's just a little buffing out that got missed at the factory. With the right touch and tool, should be able to fix it quickly.
Oh yea, a mere 2,500 miles on this 2/2005 mfg date vehile, and the brakes are juddering. No worries. Knew this going in, and already knew about the newer brakes and warranty upon deal sign. Driving style is not-agressive. I'll put up with it for a free fix at each oil change, perhaps some of those new rotors, and that 3 year guarantee was a fair move.
#163 of 687 Re: Front bumper quality?? [camlamarca]
Jun 20, 2005 (7:59 am)
Dealership thought that buffing would require getting too deep into the chrome so they recommended replacement, we'll see...
I'm being told August before they expect to receive the new rotors, is that what you've heard??
#164 of 687 Re: Front bumper quality?? [chip88]
Jun 20, 2005 (9:01 am)
I am the "04 guy" with the same issue. My milky finish is located on the lower right side of my bumper near the towing hook. The only reason I noticed it is b/c of running into the above gentlemen in a chance encounter. We didn't know one another at the time, but the we had the Armada purchase in common and swapped our bad stories on the car. Mine was the brake chatter or warped rotors that he informed me was a common epidemic for the car and then we talked about his bumper issue. I too was giving my car it's first bath at home when I noticed the same problem with my bumper. I think most people wouldn't notice it b/c most people probably run this beast through the car wash and the area that is the problem is out of sight or under the bumper.
Since then I have spoken to the Sales Manager whom is the only one taking initiative and is helpful in fixing these issues, Nissan One whom is a total waste of time and the Service Manager whom is also a waste of time. When I brought my car into the sevice dept to show him the bumper issue, he stated that the problem was with "Oxidation." That is ridiculous. This car has 6,500 miles on it, the bumper is metal with a chrome finish and he is telling me that this is oxidation and that it is normal for the car. He got down on and scratched the "oxidation" from the bumper with his finger nail He said that I need to use a chrome cleaner to clean the bumper and I won't have that problem. Give me a friggin break. I told him about chip88's exact same issue, his dealership's help, the bad replacement bumpers being shipped, etc. He just blew it off totally.
Now the interesting thing is that the Sales Manager told me that he is aware of the chrome finish issue. The Murano's are having a big problem with the chrome finish peeling off of their front bumpers. That particular dealership has Murano bumpers in stock b/c the problem is so bad. The real kicker is that the chrome finish on the bumpers they have in stock is peeling off. If the Murano is having this issue and the Armada is having the issue, then all Nissan cars with a chrome finish is going to have this issue to some degree. It is only logical. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
#165 of 687 Re: tires [dyishii]
Jun 20, 2005 (9:12 am)
I have the brake issue on my 04 Armada. The dealer has acknowledged the issue and put me on their "List" for replacement of the rotors and pads. In the meantime, they have given me a temporary fix by turning the rotors and putting new pads on the car. They call this a "Level 2 Repair." I told them whatever, just get me the new parts when they come in b/c I am not letting them turn my rotors, lower the life of them and expect them to call it a day. As for the tire issue, my car is out of alignment for whatever reason brakes, etc. What do you suggest I tell the dealership to solve the problem b/c I don't want my tire life wearing down due to their quality control issues with the car.
#166 of 687 Re: Brakes and rattles [galvang]
Jun 20, 2005 (9:46 am)
I have the 04 Armada and I am really pissed off about finding out about all these problems after I purchased this car. This is my first new vehicle purchase for my family. I spent $45K and I feel like I have been totally had. Brand new cars are not supposed to be a problem.....I would expect this kind of crap from a used car and frankly, my used cars have all been a lot less problematic and cost me a lot less more money. I have experienced too many issues with the car already and I want to get out of it and get a real car for the money. Does anyone know of a good attorney for IL Lemon Law?
#167 of 687 Re: Brakes and rattles [wolverine13]
Jun 20, 2005 (10:17 pm)
I understand your delima. Nissan treats their customers like mushrooms.They have not been straight foreward with their customers. I am extremely disapointed with them. As you, I spent quite a bit of money on this SUV thinking I was getting japanese quality. Might as well take the ARMADA and squeez it into lemonade.
I would suggest to google it. Type "Lemon law Illinois" and you should get some reputable national LL firms. Since I can't mention their names or the law firm's name in this BB this would be the best approach. Make sure you have all the paper work and make sure you meet Illinois requirement for a lemon. Good Luck.