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#2725 of 4184 A few questions for a new owner...
Jul 19, 2005 (8:38 pm)
Hi everyone, I just bought a 2002 GLE with 25000 miles on it. The car is in great shape and I feel I got a good deal on the sale. However I have warped rotors and the car acts like its out of alighnment. Both issues are covered by the independent dealer I bought the car from. The dealer is going to resurface the rotors and they swear the alignment is dead on. I have a few questions:
1. I am a pretty good mechanic. Should I just spend the $150 - 200 on a new set of rotors and pads and just forget about the warpage hassle? All the dealer will do is resurface the rotors and slap it back together. I know on our Jeep that Chrysler had a "fix" $400 later and the issue is solved! Does Nissan have any suggestions?
2. Does anyone experience the alignment issue? Ive checked everything I can think of including tire pressure. ITS NOT STRAIT!!
3. Should I spend the money on an extended warranty or not? We bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee 2 years ago and the warranty is almost paid for itself. Any thoughts on this one? It sounds as though the Maximas are plagued with all sorts of ECM and other electical issues.
Any help or insight would be greatly appreicated. Thanks in advance.
#2726 of 4184 Re: A few questions for a new owner... [2k2gle]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:58 am)
Myself, I would not get the extended warranty. Maximas don't have the kinds of problems Jeeps do as a rule (check out the owner satisfaction bars at the top of this page; CR also gives Maxima tops in reliability). Remember, under "Problems and Solutions" you're seeing the people who have problems; they are not necessarily representative of all Maxima owners. A few Maximas have had electrical issues, just like a few cars of other makes, but CR surveys do not report extensive problems. I have a 2001 GLE with 50,000 miles that has been completely trouble-free. It still has the orginal rotors and brakes. In fact, orginal everything! If your rotors are warped I would take it to a Nissan dealer and have them fix them. If it's done right you'll probably have a very long life with the new ones. If it's just a surface fix, you'll continue to have problems. Ditto the alignment problem. If your dealer insists there's no problem he can't possibly address it.
#2727 of 4184 Re: Want to buy a USED Nissan Altima....need help [pat517]
Jul 20, 2005 (6:48 am)
This car does not have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. What year is it? When I was shopping for a used Altima for my mother-in-law, I ran into TWO cars that had their timing chaings replaced. I think that this is unusual, since normally chains last the life of the engine, but I don't know if this engine is prone to timing chain problems (I highly doubt it). Can you describe the noise?
#2728 of 4184 Re: Want to buy a USED Nissan Altima....need help [just_phil]
Jul 20, 2005 (12:42 pm)
The noise sounded like that of a Honda Civic like a racecar...as I gave it more gas it would get louder....maybe the exhaust is leaking or the muffler....a friend told. It also started on Neutral instead of Park....the owner said it is a safety feature. That sound pretty strange to me...I spoke to a friend of mine and he told me that they must of worked on the transmission when putting it back together the switch to start the car switch over to neutral instead of Park......I am deciding otherwise now.....so I think I am going to a dealer for a used car instead for a Nissa Altima or a Jetta...do you have any suggestions...which is better? Thanks....Pat
#2729 of 4184 Re: Want to buy a USED Nissan Altima....need help [pat517]
Jul 20, 2005 (1:40 pm)
The noise is probably the exhaust - likely to be rusted. Depending on where the hole is, could be expensive to repair. Try to get the seller to fix it, maybe?
Speaking of the neutral switch, those go bad if you spill coke in the shifter, but I don't have an opinion on why it would work in N and not in P.
A used Jetta is probably going to be much less reliable than the same year/mileage Altima. What year is it, by the way?
Also, it's always a good idea to take a used car to a mechanic you trust, so that he can inspect it for a nominal fee.
#2730 of 4184 Re: Want to buy a USED Nissan Altima....need help [just_phil]
Jul 20, 2005 (2:27 pm)
The Altima is a 2000 at 84000K....I wanted to either get a JETTA 2002 at a dealer or a Altima with a newer body....My Brand new Toyota Camry SE 2005 (didn't even made 10,000 on it) was stolen 2x this May... so I wanted to try something different and realiable like Camry's are but I don't have any experience in on the history of other cars....while I was surfing on this site....I saw that the new 2005 Altima was giving people issues with a noise and vibration while driving for long periods of time even on smooth roads..... I want a used car with a newer model....I saw a JETTA 1999 and I loved it but it had a bad paint job from a repair side panel.....
I have some friends that are mechanics but they are not available at the moment I am looking at the cars for sale...I call them thought and try to explain the problem that the car may have....it's better to have them there at the location....but you have to catch them on their time if you know what I mean....
What kind of a car fo you have?
#2731 of 4184 Please help - Service Engine light drives me nut!
Jul 20, 2005 (5:26 pm)
I have a 2000 Maxima with only 43K miles on it.
The Service Engine Soon (SES) light has come on and off with code 420 since Sept 2004.
My non-dealer mechanic had replace O2 sensor and Mass air flow, but none seems to fix the problem. I had spent about $300 on this problem already.
My questions are:
1. What problem could this be?
2. Should I sent to dealer instead to fix the problem?
3. Should I keep driving it?
Your advice is much appreciated since I read a lot of similar problems.
#2732 of 4184 Re: Want to buy a USED Nissan Altima....need help [pat517]
Jul 21, 2005 (6:29 am)
2000 was, I believe, the last year of the 2nd generation Altima, so they should be as reliable as it gets.
I drive a 1997 Maxima SE with 195k miles. The only major thing that ever broke (other than the usual wear and tear items) is the starter. If you can find a 97-99 Maxima in good condition with decent mileage, it should last you a long time.
#2733 of 4184 shattered front bulb.
Jul 22, 2005 (6:09 pm)
I replaced my front headlight bulb in my '99 maxima no problem, but couldn't get out the parts of the old bulb that blew out and shattered, so now I have pieces of broken bulb in the front lens cover.
I don't know how to remove the front headlight lens cover to remove the pieces of the broken bulb and I can't get to it from inside the engine compartment. Any suggestions?
Jul 25, 2005 (2:47 am)
have had problem for a while. history: check engine light comes on starts running rough has a miss. Happens off and on always same cylinder. finnally after not clearing up i figured out that the injector was bad, problem went a way for about 3 months. showed up on a different cylinder, same exact symptoms. wondering if i'm chasing wrong problem or is this something i'll be changing out on other cylinders because of age mileage....1994/90,000mi.