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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#4943 of 4962 Re: Any Altima Experts? [oldfarmer50]
Mar 22, 2008 (4:56 pm)
are you sure they had the same transmissions? could be the 6.3 was on a stick, and the 7.3 on an AT.
Apr 07, 2008 (2:56 am)
Just wondering what to run in my '07 2.5. The manual talks about 5w-30 but I'm in Florida so I think most people down here use 10w-30. What are you all running?
#4945 of 4962 Re: Oil Type? [digmyregal]
Apr 07, 2008 (7:08 am)
I'd stick with the MFG's recommendation. 5W30 will still protect just as well in hot weather and while you don't needs the low temerature preformance, even on 40 or 50 degree morning, the engine still benefits.
10W30 is mainly for older cars designed for it or those with worn out piston rings. Those older cars will burn less oil at start-up with 10W30.
Many new cars even use 5W20...mainly Hondas' Mazdas and Fords. The engines are optimized for the lower viscoscity oil. I've even heard there they have problems using 10W30 because the variable valve timing requires a certain oil performance.
#4946 of 4962 Re: Oil Type? [digmyregal]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:12 am)
The best option would be to use 5W-30 synthetic oil. Thinner oils are used today due to closer machining tolerances in engines as well as to reduce the drag on moving parts, thereby increasing MPG. For the price difference, and especially if you plan to keep the car for 100k+ miles, synthetic is the best choice, and will often increas mpg by 1-2.
#4947 of 4962 Noob questions - red flags on 05 SE?
May 08, 2008 (6:56 pm)
Today I found and drove (and ALMOST bought) an '05 3.5 SE with 25K miles. The car is in great shape but there are a couple of things that are bothering me about it.
I had an '03 Maxima in the past and I think the front fenders had the vin on stickers on them. I've seen these on other Altimas too. This '05 doesn't have the stickers. There is also just a slight bit of overspray on the hood prop-rod. The car checks out clean for crashes on Auto-Check.
The other things are that the tires - Bridgestone Turanza, which are stock to my knowledge, are showing a lot of wear, less than half of thread left, I'd say, and cracking. They seem too far gone for just 25,000 miles.
The last thing will probably sound kind of weird, but the steering wheel is very worn and has that dirty look around the rim. Again, it seems excessive considering the low miles and how clean the rest of the car is.
Too many red flags? Or too much paranoia on my part?
Thanks for any opinions in advance!
#4948 of 4962 Re: Noob questions - red flags on 05 SE? [pfs1]
May 08, 2008 (7:45 pm)
Take it to a shop you trust and have them check the fluids (transmission, etc.) and get a reading on them. Also, have him check out the brakes and rotors for excessive wear.
You can check the manufacture date for the tires and see if they were possibly not original. If you don't know how to read tire dates, look it up on Google or take it to a tire shop. Poor alignment can eat up the best tires in a hurry!
Maybe the owner has unusually dirty hands...Good luck!
#4949 of 4962 Re: Noob questions - red flags on 05 SE? [pfs1]
May 09, 2008 (5:58 pm)
I was in the market 7yrs ago for used Millenias, and was driving my pristine '90 GTI (with 250,000 miles ) around to shop for these Mazdas.
I recall having looked at one 3yr old Millenia then that sounded much like you described this Altima.
I asked myself.......what kind of lazy slob would let such details get like this????
Right then & there I decided to always avoid ANY car that had signs of aftermarket radios, aftermarket wheels, dark-tinted windows & touched-up resprays. These are the types of cars owned by folks who drive like idiots (drag racing every commuter, weaving through traffic, tailgating, slamming on the brakes, stereo pumping loud crappy music)
I want a used car that is driven like I drive my own car (where brake jobs last 100k miles, clutches & trannies never need replacement), and taking good care of the interior & paint usually goes hand-in-hand with good care for the mechanical components.
Find another car that FEELS right, and is sold by a private party. You will be happier
#4950 of 4962 Re: Noob questions - red flags on 05 SE? [pfs1]
May 09, 2008 (7:40 pm)
My '06 3.5SL has done almost 25K miles and shows no signs of wear anywhere. The tires are good and the interior is perfect. It is a great car and runs like a rocket.
The car you saw likely has far more miles than the indicated mileage and if the VIN stickers are not on the fenders and you see overspray, the car has been in a serious front end wreck.
Forget this one - there are too many well cared for examples out there and the last thing you need is a FWD car thats had a major front end repair.
#4951 of 4962 bought car-40 miles later engine light came on
Jul 01, 2008 (10:36 am)
I just bought my 2006 Altima 3.5SE manual last week. drove it 40 miles and engine light came on. can i take it back, whats best course of action?
#4952 of 4962 Re: bought car-40 miles later engine light came on [kwilliams5]
Jul 01, 2008 (12:40 pm)
from your owners manual:
Malfunction indicator light
If this indicator light comes on steady or blinks
while the engine is running, it may indicate a
potential emission control malfunction.
The malfunction indicator light may also come on
steady if the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, or if
the vehicle runs out of fuel. Check to make sure
the fuel-filler cap is installed and closed tightly,
and that the vehicle has at least 3 gallons (11.4
liters) of fuel in the fuel tank.
After a few driving trips, the light should
turn off if no other potential emission control
system malfunction exists.
If this indicator light comes on steady for 20
seconds and then blinks for 10 seconds when
the engine is not running, it indicates that the
vehicle is not ready for an emission control system
inspection/maintenance test. See Readiness
for inspection/maintenance (I/M) test in the
Technical and consumer information section of
The malfunction indicator light will come on in
one of two ways:
c Malfunction indicator light on steady An
emission control system malfunction has
been detected. Check the fuel-filler cap. If
the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing, tighten
or install the cap and continue to drive the
vehicle. The light should turn off after
a few driving trips. If the light does not
turn off after a few driving trips, have the
vehicle inspected by a NISSAN dealer. You
do not need to have your vehicle towed to
c Malfunction indicator light blinkingAn engine
misfire has been detected which may
damage the emission control system. To reduce
or avoid emission control system damage:
do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH
avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.
avoid steep uphill grades.
if possible, reduce the amount of cargo
being hauled or towed.
The malfunction indicator light may stop blinking
and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected
by a NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have
your vehicle towed to the dealer.
Continued vehicle operation without having
the emission control system checked
and repaired as necessary could lead to
poor driveability, reduced fuel economy,
and possible damage to the emission control