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#1196 of 2710 2002 Altima 2.5 S Transmission Problem and Nissan's Service
Sep 27, 2005 (2:10 am)
I really think Nissan has a very big realiability problem. I like their new designs but it doesn't last long. My mother's 2002 Altima 2.5 S has been at the dealership's service department for over a month now and here's how it all started. We took the car to the service department for it's regular scheduled maintenance. On the way to the dealership, the engine just stalled after stepping on the accelerator from a red light. It started immediately, but it had a wierd sound as if it's was going to stall again. When we arrived at the dealership, I mentioned the stalling to the service department representatives and we were told that the'll look into the problem, along with the scheduled maintenance. Then she also stated a recall for the headlamps, which can also be done on the same day, and that everything should be done within 6 hours. We came back after 6 hours just to find out that we cannot bring the car home because the car is not safe to drive! It turned out that the torque converter was malfunctioning and it requires a new transmission. They told us that the car would be fixed within 4 days. So came Friday, end of the week, and we received a phone call saying that the car isn't fixed yet. What they didn't tell us that their service department went on fire the day before! So my mother's car had been sitting on the parking lot for nothing. They wouldn't want us to take the car to another dealership for repairs since they insisted that they would fix it within a few days. So we waited for another week just to get a phone call from them saying that they would transfer the service to an another dealership in town. Now at the second dealership's service department, they did their own diagnostic test on my mom's Altima and told us that everything's fine and that they couldn't duplicate the problem! The same old line service department people are known to say. So we took the car home, hoping that there isn't any problem at all. But, big mistake. The car stalled again while my mom was pulling the car out of the driveway. This time, the car was completely undriveable. We then called a tow truck and brought the car back to the dealership that misdiagnosed the problem. They ended up ordering a new transmission, just what the first dealership did.
A 3 year old car with 29K miles should not have this kind of mechanical problem. Like I said, Nissan has a huge realiability problem, along with service department people avoiding huge repairs on vehicles that actually do need repairs. We are worried that the problem could go back so we're trading it in for a 2005 Honda Accord once the car has been fixed. I have a 1997 Honda Civic with 156K+ miles on it and it still runs fine, no mechanical problems whatsoever--that's realiability. Our huge lesson here, never ever buy a Nissan. And since Infiniti is Nissan's luxury line, you have to think twice about getting an Infiniti as well.
#1197 of 2710 Re: Rear Metallic Sound [jackllo]
Sep 28, 2005 (5:09 am)
Thanks in advance that you posted this problem. I was in the dealership and almost tried to buy 2005 Ultima 2.5 S. I should think twice to buy this car and I will bring the issue to the attention of their management.
#1198 of 2710 Brake Light / Tail Light / Clock Display Problem
Sep 28, 2005 (8:03 pm)
My '94 Altima has 110K miles on it and runs great. Never had more than minor problems with it, and very few of those. Lately, I've been replacing tail light lamps and scratching my head. First noticed my in-dash clock display sometimes dims or totally goes out when I apply the brakes. This is in the day when I don't have my headlamps turned on; when my headlights are on, braking doesn't seem to affect the clock display. When I go to replace tail lamps, they will often be hot to the touch, even though they had appeared burned-out. With new bulbs in place, they don't glow with a uniform brightness. I've been told from time to time from people behind me that when I brake the tail light on one side or the other goes out altogether. I've never messed with any of the wiring, nor had any mishaps. . . Any ideas?
#1199 of 2710 Re: 2005 3.5 smoke [moss2]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:23 am)
I purchased a 2005 Altima 3.5 three weeks ago with 11 miles on it. Within two days there was billowing clouds of blue-white smoke pouring out the back when I stepped on the gas. Took it back to dealer, they were great, gave me a free rental and called Nissan to get OK on what to do. Nissan said replace the entire engine. That work will be finished today and I hope the problem is solved, but after reading these forums on similar problems with the 3.5 engine, I hope they aren't all lemons. It has shaken my confidence in Nissan. We owned a 1997 altima and never had any problem, which is why we bought another one.
#1200 of 2710 Re: Dashboard Light & Radio not working [harper7]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:59 am)
There is a little knob to the left of the steering wheel, very close to the door. This knob is the dimmer for the dashboard light when the exterior lights are on. Yours are probably turned all the way off, and that's why when you turn on the exterior lights, the dashboard lights go dark. Turn the knob in the opposite direction when the exterior lights are on, and you should now see them come on.
#1201 of 2710 97 Altima vehicle speed sensor (VSS) location
Oct 01, 2005 (3:52 pm)
Anyone have any experience with the VSS, such as its location. I know its on the transmission but not sure where. Keep getting VSS error code in ECM. comes and goes, thinking a bad/loose connection etc. thanks in advance.
#1202 of 2710 Re: Dashboard Light & Radio not working [normand76]
Oct 02, 2005 (3:20 pm)
i have a 98 altima and i have the same problem, i tried playing with the dimmer and the lights still not working, i also tried checking the fuses but they all seem ok, any ideas?
#1203 of 2710 95 Altima engine still "surging"
Oct 04, 2005 (7:39 am)
Haven't received any responses to my previous posting and I'm still hoping someone may have some sort of idea as to what's going on. When the weather is cold and I start my '95 altima in the mornings, it will die unless you hold your foot down on the gas pedal for about 15-30 seconds. During this period, well, the only way I can think of to describe it is a "surge" although I'm not sure this is the correct term, the engine surges and revs and the whole car shakes. It then smooths out and I don't have any other problems with it. The colder the weather, the more pronounced the issue. Sometimes it feels like the whole car is going to shake to pieces. Other than that, it's treated me great for the last two years (aside from the notorious blower resistor issue.) Thanks.
#1204 of 2710 Re: engine knocking [sadatx]
Oct 04, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Did you find anything out about the engine knocking? I have had my 2005 Altima to the dealer twice for this problem. The dealer told me that it is supposed to sound like that. I don't like it. I plan to take it to another dealer to have it checked. Is this a common problem with these cars?
#1205 of 2710 Re: mungar60 [afty]
Oct 05, 2005 (7:45 am)
hey sir I'm gar an i was just wondering what happen with your oil problem cause I brought a brand new 2003 Nissan Altima 2 year ago. Now at a lil over 25,000 miles It stated having engine trouble blowing out white smoke. I took it in to the dealer where I brought the car. The dealer told me i have sludge in the engine and it came from lack of maintenance. I show them receipts where I did get the maintenance done and The Nissan Dealer and Nissan refuses to fix my car.