The problem with the brakes is allegedly that the brake pads and rotors wear out faster than normal. How fast? One complainant at Consumer Affairs said that the brakes on his new G35 needed to be replaced at 13,000 miles. He says that although Nissan told him this was normal, in his experience this was most certainly not normal.
Nissan brake problems have apparently been known about for years. In 2004, owners of the Infiniti G35 filed a lawsuit against Nissan, alleging that problems with the car's brakes significantly diminished the car's resale value. The lawsuit sought reimbursement for plaintiffs for the cost of fixing the defect.
Nissan amended its warranty for the 2003 and 2004 models to cover brake pad and rotor replacements for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever came first. However, car owners say that the defects increase the cost of owning the car well beyond that which is covered in the new warranty. Furthermore, they will have a difficult time selling their vehicle because there is not a huge market for cars that require brake pad and rotor replacement every year.
A more recent lawsuit alleges that the 2005 G35s also have the defective brakes. The 2005 models are covered for 48 months or 60,000 miles, however Nissan has allegedly denied warranty claims because the brake problems are related to "normal wear and tear." The other issue is that just because the warranty runs out, does not mean that the brake and rotor problems disappear. Defective parts do not run on the same timeline as warranties—so the car's warranty could expire but the brake problems still continue.
Most car owners would say that they could not imagine replacing their brakes after 13,000 miles. Even 19,000 miles (which is when some people say they've replaced their brakes) is too soon. After all, a person could easily drive 19,000 miles in a year, meaning that he or she would actually be replacing the brakes every year. That's a fairly large cost to take on for a vehicle that is brand new and should not have such unforeseen problems.
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Finally, the defective brakes often give off a significant squealing sound when pressure is applied to the brake pedal—an annoying and frustrating issue to deal with. Not only is the sound annoying, it is also embarrassing. Who wants to drive a car that constantly emits a squealing sound?
So, if you have a Nissan Infiniti G35, what should you do? Well, it would be wise to contact a lawyer to discuss the issue. A lawyer can let you know if you are eligible to join a class action lawsuit regarding the Nissan brake defect.