The Nissan brand is in our DNA at Independent Motors. We have specialized in Nissans longer than any repair shop, including the local dealership. Founder and owner Bill Bender started working on Nissans (then called Datsun) in Miami in 1974, when the Datsun 240Z was one of the hottest cars to have. It dominated the race car circuit and the sports car market along with subsequent Z-car models such as the 260Z, the 280Z, and the 300ZX that actor Paul Newman raced to victory in 1985.
Another great early model was the Datsun 510, sometimes called the “poor man’s BMW.” Reliable, affordable, and fast, the Datsun 510 has a cult following to this day.
After moving to Colorado and working at several Nissan dealers, Bill founded Independent Datsun in 1983. By 1984, the business had three Nissan Master Technicians, more than any Nissan dealership in Colorado. We became widely recognized as the top Nissan repair shop in the state. As a result of our success, and the local dealership’s subsequent lack of work, Nissan Motor Corp. sued us for a trade name infringement, and we changed our name to Independent Motors.
Our senior Nissan Master Technician, Tony Madrigal, has been working on Nissans with us since 1984! All told, we have more than 225 years of collective professional automotive repair experience plus an arsenal of diagnostic tools to make sure we can repair whatever model of Nissan sedan, Nissan SUV, or Nissan truck you drive.
We’ve seen the practical and technological advances Nissan introduced in its models over the years, with everything from sophisticated engine management systems for controlling combustion to using high-tensile steel sheet for body panels as a weight-reduction measure for better fuel economy.
In fact, innovation is a way of life with this manufacturer, and smart features are constantly being introduced into models across the board, including the Nissan GT-R, the Nissan Altima, the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan Maxima, the Nissan Armada, the Nissan Frontier, the Nissan Pathfinder, the Nissan Versa, the Nissan Juke, the Nissan Murano, the Nissan Quest, the Nissan Rogue, the Nissan Sentra, and the Nissan Xterra, just to name the top sellers.
From the CVT (continuously variable transmission) introduced back in 2002 and brake override technology that’s been standard since 2005, to smart rearview mirrors that use cameras and image processing to detect moving objects and provide drivers clear views with no obstructions, Nissan has been making driving safer for years.
Nissan cars are a good investment in terms of resale value. Our owner, Bill Bender , often says Nissans may be the best value in the used car market. The Nissan Versa sedan, for instance, placed second in the Kelley Blue Book 2015 Best Resale Value Awards: Subcompact Car category. Not only is it “one of the lowest-priced new cars you can buy,” but it also “retains its value better than most other cars in the category.”
The Altima is another Nissan model that made it onto a Kelley Blue Book list, this time as one of the Best Buys of 2015: Midsize Car. The Altima, reviewers write, offers “all the ‘best-of’ benefits of a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.”
Nissan has kept up its reputation for speed. It might also be the only automaker whose stripped-down model is as cool as the Batmobile (actually, the “wickedest, most hot-rodded Batmobile ever”). That’s what Road & Track called the sight of a “naked” Nissan GT-R LMP1, and the pictures don’t lie. The GT-R made it to first and second place on Autos CheatSheet’s 15 of Nissan’s Fastest Vehicles, with Sam Becker writing: “While no official performance statistics are available from Nissan, Top Gear reports that the GT-R Nismo can accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds.”
And while the local Nissan dealership has changed owners more than a few times these past 30 years, we are still here in Boulder, and we can bring our unbeatable hands-on experience in maintenance and repair to your Nissan.
Common Nissan Repairs
As with any mechanical system, sooner or later a component is bound to wear out. The following are common repairs we find on Nissans:
- Timing belts
- Oil cooler seal and steering rack bushings that are damaged from leaks
- Exhaust manifolds
If your Nissan is having these troubles, you can rest assured that we know what to do about it. Our long experience with and knowledge about Nissans has taught us when it’s best to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and when we can save you money by finding equally durable aftermarket parts.