I don’t intend on getting into what it means to be “Made in America” as there are countless arguments and nuances in every position, however I heard something I thought was funny today while sitting in the service lobby at the Nissan dealership while waiting for my car to be repaired:
“About the only thing that you can drive that is truly American, is a Harley-Davidson.”
I found this ironic, because the person was referencing a motorcycle in a car dealership, but also because he was bitching about the cost of a foreign car while he obviously owned one!
Now my rants. I’ve owned a Toyota, five Hondas, a VW, and I’m now on my second Nissan. I know, I know, you could say I am powerless over cars and my life has become unmanageable. I’m getting better – I’ve held onto my current Pathfinder for over two years. But it’s been a tough two years! It’s a 2001 model that I purchased in the summer of 2005 with 45,000 miles on it – it had new brakes just put on it at the time.
Since then, I’ve put more money into this vehicle than I have maintaining all of my previous vehicles combined! Here’s where I sit so far:
- $650 – new front brakes and rotors (after the existing brakes had only 10,000 miles on them!)
- $1,150 – four new tires after one went bad – it was recommended I replace all four because it’s a 4×4
- $200 – new rear struts
- $275 – transmission solenoid repair
- $0 – new windshield after previous one began rattling when its seal broke
- $0 – reprogrammed computer after Check Engine light went on – turned out to be a service bulletin and covered under warranty
- $1,100 – six new ignition coils at 74,000 miles after Check Engine light went on with rough engine idling
- $100 – two new front stabalizer links after one broke – it was recommended I replace both
That brings me to a total of $3,475 after owning the vehicle for about two and a half years. I’ve chosen not to have the power windows repaired, which during cold weather, they barely roll up and down. All of these maintenance needs seem excessive to me, and not something I’d expected from a Nissan. I’m completely disappointed.
Oh, and while I’m at it – the gas mileage on this vehicle is terrible. I drive relatively easy, set the cruise at 60 miles per hour, and I average 15 miles per gallon on a GOOD tank.