>Unless you can figure out how to get another country's team to >fix it.
Nikon USA seems to be pretty bad. Although I would never send my gear to a 3rd party, it is possible to send it to another Nikon facility.
Nikon France seems to be quite good at fixing the problem. Same for Nikon Netherlands. They will do it if you ask them, but it will be done out of warranty as Nikon USA is the only one responsible for that.
For the time being, I'll try to be patient and stick with Nikon USA. But something I'll never do after this experience, is sending them something that work. So, I'll keep my lenses...