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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

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If there is someone out there that is enterprising who could develop a bolt on bushing they probably would be able to sell quite a few of them as it sounds like this part fails fairly often...
This is the first case reported here in 7 years. I wouldnt say fairly often.


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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

I know viet broke his, but hard launches with the twin turbo's was probably a contributing factor :P somehow I think I'll be breaking mine soon too

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

Add another to the list.......Just had my '03 FX35 serviced recently and while the car was at the dealership I mentioned to them that I could hear a click coming from the drivers side rear suspension, you could also feel it when accelerating from a stop position. Turns out that the rear k-member bushing leaked out all the fluid and apparently the whole assembly needs to be replaced. Dealership quoted me just under $1600 for parts and labor! Haven't had it fixed yet, not completely convinced that by not having it fixed, its doing other damage to the vehicle. FYI, just hit 100k miles too.

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

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Add another to the list.......Just had my '03 FX35 serviced recently and while the car was at the dealership I mentioned to them that I could hear a click coming from the drivers side rear suspension, you could also feel it when accelerating from a stop position. Turns out that the rear k-member bushing leaked out all the fluid and apparently the whole assembly needs to be replaced. Dealership quoted me just under $1600 for parts and labor! Haven't had it fixed yet, not completely convinced that by not having it fixed, its doing other damage to the vehicle. FYI, just hit 100k miles too.
If you do, buy it online:
http://www.infinitipartsusa.com/partloc ... atalogid=0

$668.06 retail, $542.80 on the website. Some dealers even charge over retail, way over retail in some items. So even with shipping it's probably a steal.

As John said, ~$500 to install at a local shop.

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

Can't see having it repaired at the dealer for $1600. I am going to have the local shop I use sometimes take a look at it and give me a quote. If it comes back at around $1000, I might get it done, but I am in no hurry as I don't think it is damaging the rest of the suspension.

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

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I know viet broke his, but hard launches with the twin turbo's was probably a contributing factor :P somehow I think I'll be breaking mine soon too
I wish mine was broken... Sigh...

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

Earmarking for the link to the part, as I have this issue as well.
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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

same here and dealer quoted me $1700 parts and labor.
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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

I still thing that there has to be an easier solution than to pull the whole thing out...

If anyone has done anywork under these and/or poked around while their car was up on the rack it looks like if someone would creat a a bushing bypass (I like the sound of that - very medical sounding) it sould work.

Here is what I am thinking. The current setup is a liquid filled bushing with the hollow, open rod coming out from the center of the bushing... picture the rear diff having a hollow rod coming off the back of it that is rested in the middle of the bushing - which keeps it from moving about too much. if you could slide another rod into the middle of the existing rod that has a bushing on the other side of it and then attach that to the rear suspension it should do the job... to make things easier there are already a few predrilled holes in the suspension member - so a properly crafted part with all the holes lined up could be installed in aobut 10 minutes once the car was up on the lift...

I hate to say I hope more of these parts fail - but I hope more of these fail so that someone creates a simple fix...

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Re: Bad Rear Suspension Member - 2003 FX AWD - Help!

If you decide to get the OEM part, see if the dealer will price match the Infinitipartsusa.com price. I did that with our Murano (FWD) when we needed to replace our leaking high pressure steering hose. I asked if they price matched and they yes, just as long as I provided a print out from nissanparts2u.com with the price and part#. I saved on the shipping when the dealer special ordered it. I looked up the high pressure power steering hose for the FX (before we got rid of the murano and into the FX) and it was actually cheaper than the Murano's for some odd reason hence another reason we got the FX =D.

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