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Posted: Jun 05 2019 at 6:25am | IP Logged Quote Abby514

Hello, I am in the process of investigating a 5 year long issue with bad mildew/mold smell in our truck that we have not been able to resolve. Tried everything known to man and nothing works. (detail shop cleaning for one week, no critters found, sprayed AC system vents with Ozium, plus numerous other things). We are concluding that it may be an issue with a defect with the truck but Nissan says its not. They are offering to trade it in on a new truck. We have already been in contact with Nissan consumer affairs about this issue. The owner of the dealership says it a critter in the firewall and has offered to fix it for free. Isn't a firewall sealed? Does a critter smell last for 5 years? We don't believe it's a critter because it has already been thoroughly combed for that at the detail shop. We really like our truck and it has been maintained on schedule at the dealer. New tires and runs like new. I believe the smell has effected my husbands health because of the mold getting into his lungs. I seldom ride in the truck for that reason. We don't want to lose $3,000 on trading it in when we can get that much more selling it outright, ($7,000 vs $10,000) but can't sell it until the smell is fixed. Anyone have any similar issues like this or any suggestions for us other than what we are already doing? Thank you!
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Posted: Jun 05 2019 at 10:49pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

Abby514 wrote:
Hello, I am in the process of
investigating a 5 year long issue with bad mildew/mold
smell in our truck that we have not been able to
resolve. Tried everything known to man and nothing
works. (detail shop cleaning for one week, no critters
found, sprayed AC system vents with Ozium, plus
numerous other things). We are concluding that it may
be an issue with a defect with the truck but Nissan
says its not. They are offering to trade it in on a
new truck. We have already been in contact with Nissan
consumer affairs about this issue. The owner of the
dealership says it a critter in the firewall and has
offered to fix it for free. Isn't a firewall sealed?
Does a critter smell last for 5 years? We don't
believe it's a critter because it has already been
thoroughly combed for that at the detail shop. We
really like our truck and it has been maintained on
schedule at the dealer. New tires and runs like new. I
believe the smell has effected my husbands health
because of the mold getting into his lungs. I seldom
ride in the truck for that reason. We don't want to
lose $3,000 on trading it in when we can get that much
more selling it outright, ($7,000 vs $10,000) but
can't sell it until the smell is fixed. Anyone have
any similar issues like this or any suggestions for us
other than what we are already doing? Thank you!


Abby,

5 year's !!! That's way too long to be whineing about
a problem with your Truck.

At this point I would get an Attorney's Opinion or
Bite the 3K Bullet and get the New Truck before the
3rd Generation come's out, with new bug's to contend
with.

The Attorney may be able to Whittle the 3K $
difference down,, but the Attorney has got to be paid
too, which will probably begin with a 1K $ Retainer
Fee.

Don't get me wrong 3K $'s is a lot for the Average
Person,, but in the Scheme of Thing's, 3K $'s and a
Brand New Truck, especially after Driveing the Truck
for 5 year's is really just a Wash. So bite the
Bullet and swap for a Brand Spanking New Truck while
the offer is on the Table, and move on.

Regards,

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Posted: Jun 06 2019 at 4:17pm | IP Logged Quote Abby514

Thank you for your feedback.   I know we need to do something because my husband should not be breathing that mold anymore. He is nose blind so that's why it's gone on so long. I won't ride in it myself. Nor will anyone else. He has a chronic cough and I believe and highly suspect it's from breathing mold in the truck all these years! I still believe there is a manufacturers defect somewhere and am in communication with Nissan corporate about that but getting no where so far. Thanks.
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Posted: Jun 06 2019 at 7:40pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

Abby514 wrote:
Thank you for your feedback.   I know
we need to do something because my husband should not
be breathing that mold anymore. He is nose blind so
that's why it's gone on so long. I won't ride in it
myself. Nor will anyone else. He has a chronic cough
and I believe and highly suspect it's from breathing
mold in the truck all these years! I still believe
there is a manufacturers defect somewhere and am in
communication with Nissan corporate about that but
getting no where so far. Thanks.


Abby,

Well maybe that's the way that Your Husband like's it
with no one else rideing in the Truck with him.

Maybe he put a Stinky Bomb in the Truck and will
remove it,, when he get's ready to sell it.

I'm afraid that you are fighting a loseing Battle when
your husband is the Driver, and he doesn't want to
take any action.

You want to address this Problem, and He doesn't
really want to do what it take's to deal with a
remedy. On the other hand,, maybe he know's what the
problem is and that's the game he is playing.

Who know's but 5 year's and still dealing with the
problem,, just doesn't make much sense to me!!   Let
Your Husband deal with it,, if he really want's to.

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Posted: Jun 06 2019 at 8:29pm | IP Logged Quote Abby514

You are wrong. My husband always wants me to ride in his truck but I
wonít because of the smell. I would only ride short distances after
spraying the inside down with febreze.   He used to get mad at me for
that. Like I said, he has almost no sense of smell and didnít realize it
was so bad. It actually took other people to tell him besides me that
they would not ride in his truck either before he realized how serious it
really was. Plus we now finally are connecting the dots and highly
suspect that his chronic cough is caused by breathing this mold and
mildew. He wants to rectify the problem as much as I do and we are
trying very hard to do just that!
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Posted: Jun 07 2019 at 1:04am | IP Logged Quote Rubble

Abby514 wrote:
You are wrong. My husband always
wants me to ride in his truck but I
wonít because of the smell. I would only ride short
distances after
spraying the inside down with febreze.   He used to
get mad at me for
that. Like I said, he has almost no sense of smell and
didnít realize it
was so bad. It actually took other people to tell him
besides me that
they would not ride in his truck either before he
realized how serious it
really was. Plus we now finally are connecting the
dots and highly
suspect that his chronic cough is caused by breathing
this mold and
mildew. He wants to rectify the problem as much as I
do and we are
trying very hard to do just that!


Abby,

OK. If it was me,, I would take it to a Nissan
Dealership and either let them do what it take's to
find out what the problem is or take the offer to
Trade for a Brand New Truck.

If you decide to Trade for a Brand New Truck,, I would
do this Very Soon,, as many are saying that the New
3rd Generation Frontier is Coming in 2020. With most
any 1st year Model,, there are Bug's to be worked out.
On the 2nd Generation it took Nissan 5 year's to get
the major bug's worked out.

So far on my '13,, I haven't had any BAD problem's
since New. I did have a Latch on the Suicide
passenger door that Stuck,, and Nissan Replaced it,
which is a Rather Small Repair, but it cost me around
200 $'s for this. I don't remember the exact cost,,
but seem's like that was the amount with Labor and New
Latch. This is also something that might be going on
with your Truck,, as it might be overlooked by the
casual observer.

I'm guessing on Your Frontier that it has a leak
somewhere that nobody has found. When I have a
problem with my Nissan Truck,, that I don't have time
to do,, or don't have the experience to do,, that's
what I do,, I take it to a Nissan Dealership. The
Nissan Dealership may do it themselve's or they may
take it to a Specialist that they are Associated with.
The Leak could be coming from several area's, ie
Windshild, Roof, Door's, Back body seam's, Firewall,,
and the list go's on and on includeing the AC Drain
being Stopped up or partially stopped up. I had that
to happen on the '93 Nissan Hardbody that I drove for
20 year's, which was simple for me to clear out,, by
sticking a wire up the drain hose. It might be the
Cabin Filter's are clogged up with debris or even a
critter nest. Just so many thing's it could be,,
that's why I recommend letting the Dealership find the
problem. It may even mean letting the Nissan Master
Tech drive the Truck for a week or 2, so be prepared
to do whatever it take's for a Successful Repair.

Now this may cost you some expense as well,, so here
we go again,, with the 3K $ Difference that you've
spoken about. This is something that you and Your
Husband will have to sit down and avaluate which is
the Safer Bet and the Least amount of money for you
guy's to spend.

If it were me,, I would probly pay the 3K $ Difference
and get in a Brand New Frontier Now,, before the New
Model come's out.

I expect that there will be a RUN on the Generation
2's when the Generation 3's start coming in to the
Dealership's.

No matter how you go about it,, It's probably going to
cost you some money now,, unless Nissan agree's to
pay,, which I doubt,, but they might.

I do know how a Mildew, Moldy odor is though. I had a
bad mildew/moldy odor coming from the Bathroom in my
New Built House. It was some debris- Wood chip's/saw
dust that was in the Bathtub drain,, that I had to get
clear. All kind's of thought's went through my mind,
ie leaking drain, etc etc,, but it was just a simple
partial clog.

I know you guy's like your Frontier,, and it is only 8
year's old,, but sometime's We just have to Letgo in
order to relieve the Stress and move on.

That's my best advice whatever it is worth.

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Posted: Jun 07 2019 at 5:56am | IP Logged Quote Abby514

Thank you Barney for your detailed response. We have a lot to think about and decide. You are right that this has caused us a lot of stress and we need to get this behind us. You gave some very helpful advice and I really appreciate your taking the time. I will keep you updated on how all this turns out. I am hoping that Nissan will do the right thing and work with us on this. So far, the people at the dealership have been very nice in wanting to help us. But what help they end up giving us remains to be seen. Again, will keep you updated when this is resolved and disclose HOW it was resolved so the world can see! Ha. Ha.   
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