Nissan Frontier Forum banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I totally forgot about bringing in a second hand Frontier to a Nissan dealership because the dealership would do anything just to keep your business and knows that a used vehicle out of warranty is an easy way to keep me going to them and having me pay out of pocket to keep my Frontier going.

So for anyone who are just owning a second hand vehicle and does not understand how sales tactics work. Especially if you just got your license, or a newly enlisted military member. Do not take your used Frontier to a car dealership to get it fixed.

I took my Frontier to the dealership twice and my requests of getting what I needed fixed was circumvented and they totally did something that I didn't ask them to work on. My mistake is that I say yes all the time and just take someone's word for it.

If your used vehicle is your only method of transportation to work and you can't afford to get a new car like me, ask a friend to pick you up on the way to work or take a transit. Then, work on it yourself.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,480 Posts
Maybe you should go to a different dealership, or stop saying "yes" all the time?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
583 Posts
Unfortunately dealerships are there to make money first and service cars a very far second. i have little faith in my nissan dealership too. they said first oil change is free. guess what, no thanks. they proved their ignorance in the 2 hours i lost purchasing it (salesman no clue how 4x4 works, manager told lies, another manager failed to listen to me) and i'd prefer them not ever touch it. I pray i won't ever have to take it back for any warranty work.
My advice is to never go to a dealership unless you HAVE to (warranty work, special ECU programming needed, TPMS?) etc ... even if they do you right, you will also pay more than anywhere else...

looking forward to reading the details of what happened...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,480 Posts
Unfortunately dealerships are there to make money first and service cars a very far second. i have little faith in my nissan dealership too. they said first oil change is free. guess what, no thanks. they proved their ignorance in the 2 hours i lost purchasing it (salesman no clue how 4x4 works, manager told lies, another manager failed to listen to me) and i'd prefer them not ever touch it. I pray i won't ever have to take it back for any warranty work.
My advice is to never go to a dealership unless you HAVE to (warranty work, special ECU programming needed, TPMS?) etc ... even if they do you right, you will also pay more than anywhere else...

looking forward to reading the details of what happened...
Always get it in writing
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,880 Posts
For me here are the rules about going to the dealership, especially with a used car:

1) Don't go to the dealership.
2) See rule #1
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
190 Posts
Nissan dealership horror stories! Fun!

I used to have a '98 Q45. It was a pretty great car. The heat quit working, looked like a heater core issue. Took it to the local Nissan dealer. Took them a long time and charged me a whole bunch of money to pull the dash and replace the core, but when I got it back the heater was working. Few months later it's summer. Running the AC all the time (this is Georgia). Somebody takes a ride with me...hey why is your floor all wet? I'm like what?? So I start looking over on the passenger side, carpet is soaked, musta been accumulating for a while, mold everywhere. Pulled the carpet out of the whole damn car to clean (water had slid all around underneath it), start investigating. Water clearly coming from the AC...what could it be? Well, you google that set of symptoms and you'll see "clogged condensation line". I check under the hood...there's no condensation line?? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. Google again. Find pictures. Check again. No AC drain line. WTF? Then I notice a weird black knob around the area where condensation line should be. Those jacka$$es had rolled the drip line hose up into a ball and stuffed it into the firewall. I don't know whether they did that on purpose so I'd have to bring it back for more service, or if they were just really that dumb but either way I will never ever go back to that dealership.

...or any other Nissan dealership lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
583 Posts
For me here are the rules about going to the dealership, especially with a used car:

1) Don't go to the dealership.
2) See rule #1

i do have to say though that BUYING a used vehicle you will usually get shafted less at a dealership. not pricewise (ha!), but quality wise. there are SO MANY shady flip lots around here on the same street as the dealerships. and they don't have to abide by the same laws about selling crappy used cars that dealerships are held to as far as maintenance done. so if i do buy a used car in the future (very likely) i will probably spend little more and buy from a dealership. almost every used car i've purchased (ive purchased over 10) that were from some generic lot, had issues. nothing serious, but something. The few I bought from dealerships never had any real problems.

Nissan dealership horror stories! Fun!

I used to have a '98 Q45. It was a pretty great car. The heat quit working, looked like a heater core issue. Took it to the local Nissan dealer. Took them a long time and charged me a whole bunch of money to pull the dash and replace the core, but when I got it back the heater was working. Few months later it's summer. Running the AC all the time (this is Georgia). Somebody takes a ride with me...hey why is your floor all wet? I'm like what?? So I start looking over on the passenger side, carpet is soaked, musta been accumulating for a while, mold everywhere. Pulled the carpet out of the whole damn car to clean (water had slid all around underneath it), start investigating. Water clearly coming from the AC...what could it be? Well, you google that set of symptoms and you'll see "clogged condensation line". I check under the hood...there's no condensation line?? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. Google again. Find pictures. Check again. No AC drain line. WTF? Then I notice a weird black knob around the area where condensation line should be. Those jacka$$es had rolled the drip line hose up into a ball and stuffed it into the firewall. I don't know whether they did that on purpose so I'd have to bring it back for more service, or if they were just really that dumb but either way I will never ever go back to that dealership.

...or any other Nissan dealership lol
that's crazy. the worst part is even if you take it back they'd never admit to doing it. i drove a car through a big puddle once super slow and a ton of water got in somehow, had like an inch of water on the floor. it's game over, that mold smell never goes away, the car is ruined. i guess unless you replaced the carpet and scrubbed the whole floor under it maybe. i sold that car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
190 Posts
Yeah, especially since it had been *months*. Problem was, it was winter, so I'm not gonna be running the AC for a while. Hence I won't find that problem for a while.

Tell you what I did- I left the entire carpet in the sun for many days (drove around on bare floors with just the floormats). It zapped all mold and smell. Cleaned the rest by hand, vacuumed the water out with a shop vac and dried with towels. Had to take every single seat out of the car as I went. The only nice part of the story is that it was a really simple fix- just unroll the stupid hose. Lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,174 Posts
I totally forgot about bringing in a second hand Frontier to a Nissan dealership because the dealership would do anything just to keep your business and knows that a used vehicle out of warranty is an easy way to keep me going to them and having me pay out of pocket to keep my Frontier going.

So for anyone who are just owning a second hand vehicle and does not understand how sales tactics work. Especially if you just got your license, or a newly enlisted military member. Do not take your used Frontier to a car dealership to get it fixed.

I took my Frontier to the dealership twice and my requests of getting what I needed fixed was circumvented and they totally did something that I didn't ask them to work on. My mistake is that I say yes all the time and just take someone's word for it.

If your used vehicle is your only method of transportation to work and you can't afford to get a new car like me, ask a friend to pick you up on the way to work or take a transit. Then, work on it yourself.

What happened? If you did not give them permission then you should not have to pay. Just because you just yes before does not mean it is yes everytime.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
266 Posts
Took my Frontier into Burien Nissan for an oil change...

They changed the oil and filter, and charged me nothing... They even cleaned up the skid plate when they were done.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
On advice from people I trust I drove 110 miles from my home to Ft Collins Colorado to Tynan’s Nissan... I had a great buying experience from this multi-generational family run dealership, will be taking my business to them exclusively. Highly recommend.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
338 Posts
I bring my vehicles for the dealer for oil changes. They are cheaper and more convenient than DIY. But the inspection is really the icing on the cake. Yeah I know it's not a full inspection and they probably don't look very hard but so far my dealer has been great. I bring cars in for oil then they tell me what else is wrong like axles, brakes, belts, filters etc. I then go home and fix them myself with rock auto parts. This is much easier than me trying to inspect and keep up on two vehicle on my own.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,884 Posts
wayman2015 is in Yuma Arizona. So he really has no option of another dealer.

I suggested a local shop with ASE certified mechanics. Dealers motive is to generate income, and service departments generate a ton of this.

Neither of my two Frontiers (1998 and 2004) has ever been serviced by a dealership; myself and an independent shop I trust do it all.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,480 Posts
I bring my vehicles for the dealer for oil changes. They are cheaper and more convenient than DIY. But the inspection is really the icing on the cake. Yeah I know it's not a full inspection and they probably don't look very hard but so far my dealer has been great. I bring cars in for oil then they tell me what else is wrong like axles, brakes, belts, filters etc. I then go home and fix them myself with rock auto parts. This is much easier than me trying to inspect and keep up on two vehicle on my own.
Everything except how long it actually takes from the time you bring your truck to the dealership to the time you drive out.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top