Hey all my fellow Pathfinder owners!
I just got an update from a Nissan insider on the Pathy/QX4 recall concerning the front strut housing. It's apparently a lot worse than Nissan had first expected, and their now in a bit of a panic mode. None of this has been officially released to the public or pathfinder owners, but Dealers are in the process of being contacted in North America. So here's what I've been told:
The current recall could be retracted, and another recall issued within the next couple of months. This means that if the dealer has inspected your car and given it the KO, it's going to have to go back. As well, if your dealer gave you the excuse of "The recall doesn't apply to you because you're not located in the affected regions", you can now tell them to shove it. Nissan has determined that ALL
Pathfinders/QX4's are affected, and the year range could be extended all the way back to the first gen R50's.
If the Dealer determines that your car is unsafe for the road, then they must decide if it is deemed fixable or a write off. In the case of it being fixable, Nissan is working on a fix. This fix could POSSIBLY end up being applied to every model whether it needs repairing or not. That is still to be determined. If it is a write off, Nissan will be buying the car from you. To avoid lawsuits, they'll be giving owners "Insurance" value as apposed to "Black Book" value.
Another interesting fact (and this shows just how much Nissan is freaking, but at least they're being pro-active) is that if a Nissan Tech says your vehicle is not affected and is safe to drive, but the Strut housing collapses for example two days later, NISSAN MOTOR CO. will take full responsibility, not the Dealer.
I'll keep everyone updated on here if I receive any more info in the near future. I figured I should share some of the info with everyone on here so we can all watch out for our rides, and ourselves!
EDIT by Towncivilian:
Here are the official technical service bulletin PDFs describing the inspection procedure and repair levels:
NTB11-064h R1107 - VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN 1996-2004 PATHFINDER IN SALT STATES FRONT STRUT HOUSING CORROSION
ITB11-039h - R1109 VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN 1997-2003 QX4 IN SALT STATES FRONT STRUT HOUSING CORROSION
NTB11-066d R1108 - VOLUNTARY SERVICE CAMPAIGN 1996-2004 PATHFINDER IN NON SALT STATES FRONT STRUT HOUSING CORROSION
This links are the latest revision, dated December 29, 2013.