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February 13, 2013

Class Action Lawsuit information: Nissan Transmission Failures – Altima, Maxima, and Quest Vehicles

RE: 2004-2006 MAXIMA; 2005-2006 ALTIMA; 2004-2007 QUEST

A 2005 Nissan Altima owner just wrote into my website reporting transmission problems for the past two years.  While I listed some class action lawsuit information on this in a previous article, now I found the link to the lawyers website who are handling this case.  Here is their info:

Chimicles & Tikellis
361 West Lancaster Ave
One Haverford Centre
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041
Toll Free: 866-399-2487
Voice: 610-642-8500
Fax: 610-649-3633

Attorneys for this case: Joseph G. Sauder, Benjamin F. Johns, Matthew D. Schelkopf

 

The class action lawsuit against Nissan is currently open and in the discovery stage of litigation, according to Chimicles & Tikellis’ website. Also according to their website:

The complaint alleges that Nissan Maxima (MY 2004-06), Altima (MY 2005-06), and Quest (MY 2004-07) vehicles with the 3.5 liter V6 engine and Aisin RE5F22A 5-speed automatic transmission may contain a design defect causing them to be predisposed to transmission slippage, premature clutch wear, overheating, and other problems that ultimately result in serious and expensive damage to the vehicles’ transmission.

So if you own one of these vehicles and are experiencing transmission problems, you should contact the lawyers above immediately.

 

Re: 2001-2005 ALTIMAS, PATHFINDERS, SENTRAS

In addition, there are three San Francisco Bay residents who are suing Nissan for a hidden defect that caused breakdowns for their 2002 Pathfinder, 2003 Altima and 2003 Pathfinder.  According to the article, “Jennie Anderson, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said they want to expand their suit to a class action on behalf of all Californians who bought 2001 through 2005 models of Nissan Altimas, Pathfinders or Sentras.  Read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Consumers-suit-against-Nissan-gets-reinstated-3700012.php#ixzz2KoaU9iWz

February 10, 2012

Nissan Class Actions and other unsatisfied Nissan Owners

After the Nissan Executives and Nissan Legal fail to return any of my phone calls or emails this week, I wanted to provide some more research showing Nissan overall as a company, showing it’s just not the Sentras that have a problem, so that you can make an educated decision as to “Don’t Buy Nissan” and to “Buy the Competition.”  Nissan clearly is not interested in “winning lifelong customers” looking at all this evidence and by the fact that Corporate will not return your calls or emails when you have a problem with your car.

 

Class Actions Against Nissan:

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST NISSAN RELATING TO RADIATOR AND TRANSMISSION DEFECTS IN CERTAIN VEHICLES
In 2010, Mr. Mendelsohn and Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC, filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Nissan relating to reported defects in Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra and Nissan Frontier vehicles. To date, Nissan has denied liability for this problem and continues to fight our case.
http://www.transmission-lawsuit.com/

 

NISSAN MAXIMA, ALTIMA & QUEST AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CLASS ACTION
LAWSUIT COMPLAINT

A class action lawsuit has reportedly been filed against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. (“Nissan” or “Defendants”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (styled Howard Teba v. Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., Class Action Case No. CV 12-00332) alleging, among other things, that Nissan manufactured, distributed and sold 2004 through 2006 Nissan Maxima, 2005 through
2006 Nissan Altima and 2004 through 2007 Nissan Quest vehicles equipped with automatic transmission that allegedly contained a defect that causes breakdown, transmission slips, delayed shifts, acceleration surging and/or mechanical failure, according to the Nissan Maxima, Altima & Quest Automatic Transmission class action lawsuit complaint.
http://classactionlawsuitsinthenews.com/class-action-lawsuit-complaints/nissan-maxima-altima-quest-automatic-transmission-class-action-lawsuit-complaint/

 

REPORT: NISSAN GT-R CLASS ACTION SUIT OVER TRANSMISSION FAILURES SETTLED
It was nearly a year ago when we reported on a NAGTROC forum user getting hit with a $20,000 bill to replace his toasted transmission after using Launch Control (LC1) on his GT-R….
http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/20/report-nissan-gt-r-class-action-suit-over-transmission-failures/

 

CLASS ACTION: ODOMETERS
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the auto manufacturer for allegedly making defective odometers. The lawsuit claims Nissan intentionally and negligently designed odometers in its 2004 to 2007 Nissan and Infinity models to inflate the represented distance traveled by between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent.  The inflated mileage means car owners have not received the full benefit of standard or extended warranties. The suit claims owners will also see a reduction in the resale value of their vehicles resulting from the inflated kilometers.
http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/case/nissan-canada-odometers.html

 

More complaints from Nissan owners

NISSAN SENTRA
“I bought a Nissan Sentra brand new. By the time it got to 50,000 miles, I had to replace the crank sensor, speed sensor, and mass air flow sensor. This car really sucks.” -Carmen of McCalla, AL
“My 2004 Nissan Sentra will not start. When the weather is cool, it takes over thirty minutes for the car to start if at all. One day in the winter, we had to let the car sit a whole week before it would even start to crank. We replaced the camshaft sensor 2 times within a year and a half. We spent over $800.00. Now it’s happening again less than 6 months since the last camshaft sensor replacement.”-Stephanie of Dallas, TX
“2003 Nissan Sentra 1.9 L. fuel pump has gone out twice…very hard at starting…the pressure valve in the fuel pump itself is going bad. I really believe that at 500 dollars for a fuel pump they should last longer than they are.  I would also like to talk to someone about a class action lawsuit against them. They are aware of the problem but seem to be doing nothing about it to fix it.”–Kelley of Pensacola, FL
…and many more
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/nissan_sentra.html

 

NISSAN ALTIMA – ENGINE PROBLEMS
“Now, I have a $5,000+ repair bill, needs cat converters, mass air and flower sensor (2nd in a year). They said it wasn’t covered because someone “tampered” with it….”-Jennifer of Albany, NY
“I had to have the head gasket fixed and in less than 3,000 miles, complete engine failure….” -Shirley of Stevens, PA
…and many more
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/nissan_altima_engine.html

 

2005 NISSAN MAXIMA REVIEWS
Summary: Disappointing and expensive
Summary: Don’t buy   Faults: The transmission is REALLY BAD.
Summary: A costly mess
Summary: This car is not reliable, would not buy another
http://www.carsurvey.org/reviews/nissan/maxima/2005/page-3/

 

NISSAN REFUSES TO RECALL MURANO DESPITE MAJOR CVT PROBLEMS
The common thread that has caused me not to buy the Murano is the universal serious problem with the CVT transmission and Transfer Plate which costs $4-6000 to replace when it cracks or fails, which usually occurs between 65,000 or miles. Nissan claims it is the consumer’s fault
http://perrya.hubpages.com/hub/Nissan-Refuses-to-Recall-Murano-Despite-Major-CVT-Problems

 

NISSAN SYLPHY CLUB: CAR PROBLEMS
Let me share with you all issues I faced after used Nissan Sylphy for ~2 months….
http://z10.invisionfree.com/SylphyForumMalaysia/index.php?showtopic=406

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Changing the world one post at a time

My aim is to give a truthful, accurate account of the four year nightmare of owning my Nissan Sentra and the stress, exhaustion, and anger I experienced dealing with Nissan Corp. and the three dealerships. If anyone I mention here or elsewhere on my blog wishes to email me with any comments on anything I say, or wishes to contradict or challenge anything I say, I will be more than happy to review any comments, to post your comments and then comment on them myself, or remove anything that I find out to be inaccurate.

THIS IS THE THE TRUTH ABOUT NISSAN AND HOW NISSAN CORP. AND THE DEALERSHIPS TREAT THEIR CAR OWNERS AND WHY YOU:

DON’T BUY NISSAN

BUY THE COMPETITION

February 4, 2012

Information for all car owners

I received this information yesterday from a source (which I may be able to reveal at a later date).  While I cannot verify the accuracy of this information (#1 and #2), trust me, my source is a good one.  Here is information for all car owners (my comments are in brackets):

1. All the dealerships do is try to get you through the warranty period, trying to charge you for what they can, but will replace parts under warranty whether they believe they will fix your car or not to try to get you out the door so you will put more miles on your car so that it gets “out of warranty.”  They are not there to help you, to try and fix your car properly or to aid you.   Some dealerships will go so far as to not give you a repair order so that you don’t have detailed records.

[This definitely applies to my case seeing that none of the fixes ever fixed my car.  Luckily since I work for lawyers myself, I keep very detailed records, it’s a “habit” of mine, and I would advise all car owners to do the same.  Whenever you speak to anyone at a car company (or any business for that matter nowadays whether it be your cell phone company or bank or student loan), whether it be the manufacturer or a dealership, get their full name (ask them to spell it out for you), any type of rep ID or extension #, and all their contact information including phone number, email and fax.

Sometimes the manufacturer will not give out their email as they don’t want to put things in writing and don’t want to make it easy for you to contact them, because they know that creates a legal paper trail. But usually if you can get just one person’s email, then you will know how the company does their emails.  For instance with Nissan, it’s firstname.lastname@nissan-usa.com for all the people in Consumer Affairs.  Now with the Nissan executives, it gets a little tricky  because they switch it up because they don’t want to be contacted.  And with Sage Auto who owns Universal City Nissan and Auto Nation who owns Power Nissan, there is no method to their emails.  With Sage Auto, the Service Manager is firstnamelastinitial@sageauto.com but another service advisor is firstname.lastname@sageauto.com.  With Auto Nation, the Service Manager is lastnamefirstinitial@autonation.com but then the Assistant Service manager is lastnamefirstinitial6@autonation.com (now I believe this means there are 6 people with that name, but it makes it difficult to guess that if you don’t know that).

For the VP in charge of Total Customer Satisfaction, Brad Thacker’s email is: brad.thacker@nissan-usa.com.  However Carlos Ghosen, CEO, is not carlos.ghosen@nissan-usa.com.  I know this because I’ve sent emails to Mr. Ghosen and they have been returned undeliverable and I have sent emails to Mr. Thacker and they have not been returned.  Therefore Mr. Thacker has received my emails and I believe that is legal proof.  I have also emailed other Nissan executives and they too have been returned, and I’ve tried both @nissan-usa.com and nissanusa.com.  Here is Mr. Thacker’s Facebook page by the way: http://www.facebook.com/brad.thacker

In my opinion, any company that does this, that hides contact information from the public in order so they cannot be contacted is shady.  Because if they ran a business on the up and up, there should be no problem with contacting the upper management if you are unhappy with what lower management does for you, and the upper management should be more than happy to talk to you.  Any business should be in the business of servicing its customers.   Nissan of course is not.

Anna Naraeva refused to give me her supervisor’s name saying it’s “internal information” and refused to give me Brad Thacker’s phone number saying again it’s “internal information.”  Why would the VP of Total Customer Satisfaction of Nissan not want to make his phone number available to Nissan Owners?  I am a Nissan owner and I am far from a “totally satisfied customer,” so why won’t Ms. Naraeva allow me to contact Mr. Thacker?  Luckily I’m more intelligent than Ms. Naraeva and found Mr. Thacker’s email through a quick search.  So now this just makes Ms. Naraeva and Nissan’s policies as a whole look bad and makes it seem like their business is shady and that Nissan does not care about their customers.]

2.  Even if your car is currently out of warranty, if you’ve made a request in the past for them to buy it back you may have a case.

[Make sure to make a request for buyback in writing as soon as possible, as soon as you may suspect your car is not fixable.  Do your best to get confirmation of receipt of your request, and then get in writing their answer, demand it, demand it be emailed to you or faxed.]

3. Even if you sell your car, you may still be able to go after the manufacturer for a cash settlement for all your troubles.  On March 2, 2011, precedent in CA was set in the case Martinez v. Kia Motors America, Inc

[From research I just did, Kia tried to appeal and depublish the case, but the court would not allow it, therefore the case is now ” binding legal authority.”]

4. If you have a lemon car, in an effort to get a car company to buyback or settle on your lemon, go park on a public street near the dealership and make some big signs saying your car is a lemon.  You can even print out a handout that lists all the times your car was serviced to give out to potential buyers.  Try to do this on a holiday weekend when they are having a big sale.  The dealership will hate you and may call the police, but the police can’t do anything as long as you are on public property and you are not blocking any entrance to the dealership.  If you do this enough, the dealership may help with the manufacturer in persuading them to offer a settlement, in order to get you to go away.

[Make sure to research your local laws before doing this, as I am not a lawyer and I do not know what protest laws are.  This was simply a suggestion by a source who knows car owners who have done this.  I have not tried this yet.  So it’s very important to know your local laws, possibly even call the nearest police station to the dealership and ask them, and don’t blame me if you get arrested – this is simply advice from a source, use at your own discretion.]

February 2, 2012

Heather Peters wins $9,867 in small claims court against Honda!

Just received an email that reports Heather Peters won $9,867 against American Honda Motor Corp. in CA.  Here is the judgment:  http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1109003465307-13/judgment.pdf  (I have not had a chance to review the judgement).

This is good news for Nissan Sentra owners who want to sue Nissan Motor Corp. (Gardena, CA) in small claims court for manufacturer defects on the Sentra, warranty issues, or other repair issues with their Sentras that continue to break down.

January 7, 2012

A Possible New Strategy: Small Claims Court

I may have a new legal strategy if Power Nissan fails to fix my car on the 18th time.  Small claims court.  A Honda Civic Owner took Honda to small claims court in CA, suing for $10,000 when a design defect prevented her car from getting the 50mpg that was advertised.  I’m awaiting to hear the outcome of the January 3 trial.  The great thing is, Honda could not bring a lawyer to trial, only a representative of the company.

Check out the Los Angeles Times article (or download it below) and her website:

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-honda-smallclaims-20111227,0,959031.story
http://www.wix.com/civichybrid/dontsettle#!

LA Times small claims court 122711

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