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2005 Nissan Altima Question: cracked manifold

 

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Nichol, 4 Cylinder, Sacramento, CA, December 28, 2010, 07:19
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Thank you in advance. Prior to Dec. 3rd I had taken my car in for recall..which was to update the computer, obviously no engine light was on or there would have been no service. Less than 2 weeks later the engine light comes on and it begins to hesitate at starting. The dealership replaces the crank system, engine mount and wiper blades..total of $599.68 including discount per service rep. Engine light is on once again and I take it in for an inspection and I was informed it is a cracked manifold.
Last I was in the dealership my miles were at 119438 and no mention of warranty renewal etc. Suddenly the manifold would be covered by the warranty if my milaege wasnt over 120000 miles. Question is: was it my responsibility to bring the milaege warranty to there attention or dealership business to discuss another warranty with me at the last service?
Question: The cracked manifold is it due to service of the engine mount?
Question: The cost of the cracked exhaust manifold is $995.91 is an estimated price quouted on paper..Is this price accurate to your knowledge?
My concern is once this issue is fixed there is going to continue to be a snow ball effect. Please advise
Thank you

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    December 28, 2010, 07:28
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    i'll address these in order. a warranty renewal is something the dealer should have discussed with you, especially if you have been a fairly loyal customer, i can tell you from personal experience, that alot of times warranty work is not prefered from the standpoint of the dealer, as it pays less per flagged hour and the manufacturer dictates the amount of hours to be flagged per repair, so the dealer makes less money.
    Second: i doubt that the manifold was cracked by the prior service, but without actually seeing the concern, i cannot say it is totally unrelated, but unlikely.
    Third: the estimate sounds close, it would be less if completed at an indipendant repair shop, using aftermarket parts.
    there shouldn't be a snow-ball effect, i guess i'm curious what codes were present that indicated a manifold issue, it would have to be p04?? code, and i would ask them to show you where the crack is, just so you can see it yourself prior to the repair.

    Thats my 2 cents worth

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    Nichol, December 28, 2010, 08:16
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    Thanks so much..your 2 cents is greatly appreciated!

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