Re: Mods and warranty
Thanks for sharing with us your dealer experience.
It not only limited to Nissan or the X-Trail. ALL car manufacturers do NOT look favorably at any non OEM part that is added to the vehicle.
In saying that, had every car manufacturer started to include performance enhancement parts in their cars, the price of these cars would have been MUCH dearer to what we're paying for them now!
To this affect NO dealer is authorized to give you the green light for ANY type of modification that involves a replacement of the factory OEM part with an aftermarket one.
This is a known policy for all car manufacturers and they will be leaving themselves open to claims should anything go wrong.
Common sense and research proves that some performance modifications would not harm your car in any way, this includes air and oil filters as well as spark plugs. Had these parts been restricted to OEM only, Repco, K&N and the rest would have gone out of business
Of course Nissan would claim that the filtration process of the OEM air filter is good, but would they admit the restrictive nature of that filter OR the cost for replacement when compared to other well known and proven brands? I guess not!
In regards to the exhaust, the twin system which is a Catalytic Converter Back system has no impact whatsoever on the engine and the factory set-up. You're only changing pipes and the shape of the muffler. This has never caused any ramifications to any factory exhaust system. Again, this is a very popular mod and done by most owners (while under factory warranty)
Personally, I have done all the above modification while under warranty and had a recall carried-out as well and asked the dealer if they would prefer to receive the car with everything factory fitted to it before they can accept it. The answer was, don't worry about it, cause these modifications are OK.
The FULL exhaust system replacement which involves charging the extractors and cat. converter is a more serious one indeed and it will affect your warranty for sure should anything go wrong. I agree with the dealer about this mod, as you have started to change engine bolt-on parts.
I guess it all depends which dealer you speak to and I had a guy come back to me and say that his Nissan dealer told him that even the full exhaust replacement was OK, I said, I don't think so mate
The other important aspect of modifying your car is ensuring that your insurance company would cover it. I think this is even more important than the factory warranty.
Details about that can be found in the existing thread HERE
So in summary, I would say don't believe everything the dealer tells you even if it is what you want to hear
Do a research instead and see what other drivers running with these mods say and assess the impact on your car before implementing any mod.
As we say here on our forum:
Happy & Safe Modding!
P.S. I you do decide to wait until your warranty runs out to implement simple mods, by that time you may not have the car to drive anyway. hahahaha
Last edited by jalalski, 7/Jun/2006, 11:26 pm
7/Jun/2006, 3:23 pm