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Nissan Maxima: Stolen Headlights!!

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  • rmdrmd Posts: 3
    I JUST LEASED A RX IN APRIL AND NOW THERE IS A HIGH DEMAND FOR THE HEADLIGHTS I CAN'T DRIVE MY TRUCK ANYWHERE. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW I CAN GET OUT OF THIS LEASE WITHOUT MESSING UP MY CREDIT. I HAVE THE DATA DOTS AND THIEVES STILL TRIED TO TAKE MY LIGHTS. THEY LEFT ME WITH 850.00 DAMAGE TO MY BUMPER. WE NEED TO DEMAND CAR MANUFACTURES STOP PUTTING THESE DAMN LIGHTS ON THESE CARS!!!!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I seriously recommend turning off your CAPS LOCK - people either tend to ignore messages written in ALL CAPS or become irritated by them especially when they appear in tandem, i.e. ALL CAPS will not help you make your case.

    Best wishes,

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  • gtwgtw Posts: 46
    Anyone know how to do this?
  • syms1syms1 Posts: 3
    I traded in my 2003 Maxima SE in January 2004 for a new Toyota Solara without xenons and I now sleep much better. Most upscale new cars including BMW, Nissan,Lexus,Infiniti,Acura,etc. have these desirable xenons. Most Toyota models do not including my Solara. Trade in values on Maximas are very low and insurance rates are astronomical, especially here in NJ. A class action lawsuit against Nissan by the State of NJ is still pending. Most of my friends and neighbors with these upscale cars are at their wits end since many of them are least and cannot be turned in without a significant loss.As long as there is no concrete solution to this recurring problem I would avoid Xenons at any cost....no matter how nice the car is. It isnt worth the cost or aggravation.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    On 10/15/2005, I posted a letter about the latest round of
    HID thefts on the Maxima's. It's not just singular to the NJ area. My daughter was in Texas when they got ours.

    Well for all of the prospective Infiniti M buyers out there beware: My wife got hers ripped off in a private gated doctors office this morning. This, on a $58,000 vehicle. They took the whole front-end off(bumper,grille, and light assemblies)

    I think that either the DOT or the FTC should get involved and question these automakers on why these parts can be stolen with nothing more than a screwdriver. I hope I'm not the only one who works hard enough to throw $60K a vehicle only to have something like this happen. Not only do you have to go through all this but rest assured your insurance premiums will rise dramatically.

    Total damage to the M-45: $4953.98.

    Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up on what's happening with these headlights on other makes. However, the most cases involve Nissans. Looks like I'll be shopping other makes next year.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    Now Infinitis are getting broken into with screw drivers in the keyhole. :cry:

    vchisari, "Infiniti FX45 / FX35" #2974, 3 Jan 2006 2:49 pm

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  • Over on a competing automotive website the owner of a late model Nissan Maxima writes in with a problem that must be Nissan's solution to this problem.

    The owner had a headlight bulb burn out in his Maxima and was told by the dealer that in order to replace it it would be necessary to first remove the front bumper (I imagine he means the bumper fascia) at a cost of $250.00, mostly for the labor involved, in order to get access to the bulb to replace it.

    The mechanic at the website says he checked with Nissan and that this is indeed now the Nissan-approved method of replacing the bulb. Kind of hard to believe, though it might slow down some thieves.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    "Owners of Nissan Maximas whose headlights were stolen between December 2002 and November 2003 will share in part of a $325,000 payment the company is making to New Jersey to settle a lawsuit the state brought over the thefts."

    Nissan pays $325,000 to settle stolen headlight issue (Straightline)

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  • I was thinking of buying my friends 2003 Maxima. He lives in Wisconsin and they have had no problems with the lights getting stolen. I live in Illinois. Does anyone know how often these lights are getting stolen in Illinois/Wisconsin or if there is anyway for me to get this data? Is this primarily an East Cost issue? Thanks.
  • Unhappy is an understatement.The data dots are a joke. Had them installed after lights were stolen the first time. Less than 90 days later lights were stolen with more damaged to the car.I am getting rid of the car.
    I am also leasing my car, I was informed by the leasing company that I could sell the car or Lexus could buy it back and pay the termination fee. I contacted the main lexus office and have requested that they buy back the car, pay the difference in payoff and blue book value.
    A class action law suit is definitely needed. They don't have solution to this problem.
    Contact your leasing company directly and explain situation and that you want to get out of lease. Also call the 1800 lexus number and file a complaint
  • This theft thing is getting out of hand. My RX330 was hit 3 times in less than a year. Twice with me and once with the previous owner !!!.

    So, I guess the DOT and the extra bracket doesn't help much ?? what else can we do ?? Who can we complain to ? I called Lexus customer experience and they told me its only a problem in my State (NJ). They wouldn't do anything.
  • pernaperna Posts: 533
    I was thinking of buying my friends 2003 Maxima. He lives in Wisconsin and they have had no problems with the lights getting stolen. I live in Illinois. Does anyone know how often these lights are getting stolen in Illinois/Wisconsin or if there is anyway for me to get this data? Is this primarily an East Cost issue? Thanks.

    I live in Grand RApids, Michigan, and have owned an '03 Maxima since 03/03. Never had anyone screw with the headlights, and I posted in this thread back in May that my dealership had never seen this happen. This is still the case.

    Wisconsin? I'd say buy the Max and enjoy one of the best cars on the road. :shades:
  • watsonruwatsonru Posts: 3
    Your retailers of HID headlamps are charging too high. I know China manufacturers can export HID headlamps at price only US$100.00 per set FOB Shanghai, China, with small shipping :blush: charges.
  • DAVID VS GOLIATH
    2002 NISSAN MAXIMA
    I’ve had my headlights stolen three times, the stolen headlights are only part of the problem the real problem is how easy it is to get into the Nissan Maxima. Due to the design of how the door handle is attached to the door, with a flat head screwdriver the thieves pop out the driver side door handle to get to the electronics which allows them to lower your windows, unlock your doors and disarm the factory alarm so they can get into your vehicle and pop open the hood to get to the headlights without damaging them and taking what ever else you may have in your vehicle. This is more then a headlight problem, it is a flaw in the design of this vehicle. And Nissan is unwilling to except responsibility. Shame on you Nissan, you have lost one more loyal customer.

    I urge everyone that has or had this problem to call Nissan and file a complaint 1-800-647-7261 and just don’t stop there file a complaint with the Consumer Reports www.consumerreports.org and the Better Business Burrow www.bbb.com anyone you think that can help us little guys with this problem. :mad:
  • tristan1tristan1 Posts: 39
    Just bought my wife a new 2006 SE with HID's and I'm wondering if 04-06 headlights are getting stolen too. :confuse:
  • You shouldn't have much problems with headlights being stolen from a 04-06 Maxima. The 04-06 model years isn't as popular as the 00-03 model years and a majority of the 04-06 models come with HIDs.

    Remember also, the headlights from a 04-06 and 00-03 are not interchangable (but they still could retrofit the projectors; requires more work, etc).
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    The only model of the 2004-2006 Maxima that
    has HID's is the SE's with the "driver
    preferred package" and The SL's.

    That being said, I have not heard anything
    about the '04-'06's having problems with
    stolen HID's. I have read several pages back
    in this forum of Infiniti's and Lexus RX's
    having their headlights stolen.

    I still can't get over the fact that this
    problem is pretty much a regional thing,
    i.e., the northeast/NJ/NY area and some
    areas of South Florida(Miami) and possibly
    the Texas cities. I live in the Tampa Bay
    Area and there's been no such reports of
    HID theft particular to 2002-2003 Maximas.
    I drive a 2002 Maxima. Right now, I'd
    better knock on wood since I have less than
    a year left on my lease.
  • tristan1tristan1 Posts: 39
    Maybe thieves just could'nt tell which one got HID's and which does not. They tried to take the one's out of my pacifica but end up just damaging my hood, bumper and headlights.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Texas cities? Have not heard of any problems in the San Antonio area....
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Check Post #189 and #199, both posts are
    from "blkhemi". I believe this was in the
    Austin, TX area. Hopefully, you and I can
    rest easily in our towns on this issue.
  • The Maxima 2002 fix is get the nose,brackets,grill,foglights,head lights,wire harnesses from the 2001 and put it on your 2002.The 2001 headlights from the AE version look the best(also get the clips)Nobody bothers with the 2001!Costed me like $2K the first time now nobody cares about my car.
    And a big screw you goes out to the worthless trash that are so poor they have to STEAL from people.HID kits are available for $200 on ebay,you poor sorry [non-permissible content removed] excuses for people(you know who you are NJ,NYC slum people with your HONDAS with the wings and loud muffler cars.LOOSERS!!!!!!!!
    My maxima is STILL 10 times better than your POS.
  • klarkmanklarkman Posts: 3
    It's still REAL bad here in South Florida. Here's the results of a Google news search on Maxima Headlights:

    POLICE REPORT
    Miami Herald, FL - Jul 23, 2006
    ... Headlights valued at $2,500 were stolen from a 2002 Nissan Maxima at an apartment in the 1900 block of Northwest 207th Street between 1 and 6 am July 6. ...

    Miami Herald, FL - Jul 6, 2006
    ... A thief stole both headlights from a 2003 Nissan Maxima parked in the 800 block of East 39th Place between 11 pm June 21 and 6 am June 22. ...

    Miami Herald, FL - Jul 2, 2006
    ... Nissans targeted: Someone stole both headlights from Lynette Dunn's 2002 Nissan Maxima while it was parked in the 8300 block of Missionwood Circle between 1:45 ...

    Miami Herald, FL - Jun 25, 2006
    ... Headlights stolen: A thief stole both headlights from a woman's 2003 Nissan Maxima at Chesterbrook Academy, 1250 SW 160th Ave., between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm ...

    Miami Herald, FL - Jun 22, 2006
    Two headlights and electrical wires valued at $1,600 were found missing from a 2003 Nissan Maxima in the 11700 block of Southwest 93rd Terrace. ...
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    Well, as of 7/24/06 at approximately 6:15 p.m.,
    my 2002 Maxima appears to have been totaled
    due to a young college kid running right
    through a stop sign. I'm still stunned as I
    write this. I haven't been able to sleep
    because I keep running through my head how
    the accident happened and if I could have done
    something more to prevent it. Both airbags
    deployed, the front end looks pretty bad and
    the windshield is all cracked. I'm not sure
    how I ended up with four bleeding fingers on
    the right hand and the left hand is swollen
    in the knuckle area and I have a small
    egg-sized welt on the forearm near the elbow.

    I'm pretty sore all over with some contusions
    on my stomach and my left upper thigh, but
    other than that, I'm fine. Sick about the
    Max though. I guess I won't be worrying about
    the possibility of my xenon's getting stolen
    anymore.
  • lol..sorry to laugh at your misfortunes, but if u all would've just brought it to the dealers and asked them for the renforcement brackets, they would give them to you, but if u dont ask they wont put it in, cuz how do u think they're making money, people who get their lights stolen, go back to the dealer and replace them, but when the replace your hood and lights, the dont give u a reenforcment bracket, so your lights can get stolen again, and u can again, bring it back to them and have them fix it. and for those people that think they're ok with the 04-06 model....better not be to sure of that..the only reason thieves havent gotten to the 04-06 models, is because the computer box that runs those HID's arent placed with the head lights them self, like the 01-03 models, that's why 01-03 are so easy to steal, if i were u all, i would just trade in my car. lol. honestly, because replacing those lights everytime they get stolen, is aaaalot of money. about 3 grand the most, replace the head lights, and the hood. heads lights are about 400 - 500 brand new, and hood is about another 3 to 400, plus the labor...but hey, thats what u have insurence for.........take my advice, go get yourself a new car, all the new lexus and bmw's, have reenforced headlights, and the computer is rewired to sit far away from the head light where they cant get to it...just put it this way, if u have a car 03 and under, with HID's (Xenon headlights), ur in for a big suprise when u wake up..nissan, acuras, honda, domestice or imported. doesnt matter if there's a will there's a way. and these street racing kids now days will steal anything to make their car's look nice......
  • lol, word to the wise, take my advice, they know which ones to take. and ur chrystler looks like a lexus, so those dumb kids probably didnt even know what they were doing. i work for an autobody garadge, and let me tell you the only cars that i havent seen come in with stolen HID's are mercadese benz, that's because their computer is mounted to the fire wall. but i've seen saab's, hondas, nissans, navigators, etc, had to fix them all, and its not cheap either. hears and idea, make your own reenforcment brackets, with aluminum metal and a couple of bolts, and some caulking, all these things u can find at home depot.
  • hey smart guy...lol...do u honestly think theives are that stupid? you do kno who these theives are right..majority of these theives are your local mechanics, at your local lexus or honda or nissan deals, where do u think these kids get these ideas, i mean if their smart enough to figure out a way to take your headlights right from under you. and getting away with it every 9 out of 10 times, what makes u think they wont know anything about your car..and just to remind u, they do know that your car has HID's you have clear tazor tail light with the silver ring instead of full black housing with the red and white circle....the way to find HID is to look for the silver RING in the tail light....smart guy, think again, u just down graded your car for nothing........that was worthless and a waste of time.......
  • tristan1tristan1 Posts: 39
    I do have brackets on the pacifica that's why they could not take my headlights. They try to pull/yank everything they could but end up ripping my bumper, cracked the lens and scratched my fender. The mechanic said it would have less damage if it was'nt for the bracket. I got the mercury switch under the hood and siren mounted deep inside. So, once they popped the hood alarm goes off.
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    Looks like the theft problem has been moved from the tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT) to Florida and elsewhere. Since Nissan put in the reinforcement brackets and datadots in 2005, HID thefts have subsided significantly, at least in the tri-state.
    Based on statistics and history, it appears that these [non-permissible content removed] thieves have learned to tell the difference between a "fixed" car and a "naked" car, and tried to avoid wasting their time on fixed cars.

    Having said that, however, if Nissan wants to avoid being sued (again), it better offer the reinforcement and datadot fix nationwide. The cost to Nissan is probably around $50 per car, not including labor charges. It is well worth the nominal costs to Nissan vis-a-vis the expensive legal bills in defending lawsuits.
  • haro4meharo4me Posts: 1
    are those thefts still crazy for the Maxima xenon headlight recently in NYC? My friend told me that xenon headlight is getting cheaper now. Around $200-300. Is it true?
  • I GOT THE DATA DOT INSTALLED ON MY RX AND THEY STILL TRIED TO GET MY LIGHTS SO I AM TRYING TO GET RID OF MY CAR ASAP. MY BUMPER WAS ON THE GROUND WHEN I CAME OUTSIDE THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE IN THE MORNING. SO THIS DATA DOT IS A WASTE OF TIME.

    Social security office is where the low lifes are ,that was your mistake.Who would take a lexus there?DONT DO IT.
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