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#126 of 2710 Airbag Light On - Microprocessor question
Feb 03, 2003 (6:45 pm)
Hi. I had a light accident a few years ago, when some car cut me while turning left. Since that moment, although the dealer says that the car has been "fixed", I have a recurrent problem with the air-bag light - for no reason whatsoever, from time to time (every month, I'd say) it goes on (blinking). It's most annoying, and the only solution has been to go to the dealer (again and again !) and pay about 25$ for the "computer reset". They say that the computer has NO error code, and they don't know what might be the reason for this behaviour - it might be some wiring problem, but they haven't been able to detect it. But, some time ago, a mechanic at the dealer didn't even bother taking the car into the garage - he reset it on the street, by using some sequence of brake-pedal pressing and door-switch pressing, something like "press the brakes once, then manually press on the door-switch three times in quick sequence, then again press the brakes once, and again the door-switch three times"... this is just an example. That guy didn't want to tell me what the trick was. So my question is: does anybody know these trick ? I'm really tired to spend time and money for my monthly "ritual" two-hours trip to the dealer. I have tried other mechanics, but they said that this is very specific to Nissan and I should go to the dealer, which is the only one to have that knowledge from the manufacturer.
PS. Altima 1995, which otherwise runs just fine.
#127 of 2710 Seat heaters...
Feb 18, 2003 (11:29 am)
In my 3.5SE, the seat heaters only generate heat once someone is sitting in them. I don't know if this is normal or not. The electrical obviously works, as the seats get toasty when sitting in them, but if I start the car for 10 minutes in the morning and then get into it, they are not already heated. Never having had heated seats before, I don't know if this is how they should work. Any comments would be appreciated.
#128 of 2710 Vibration,balancing problem (Sauron666)
Mar 10, 2003 (2:09 pm)
I own a 2002 3.5 and have had it in for repairs around 10 times and have had 16 new tire (Bridgestone Tauranza tires) and 4 new rims put on. Have also been speaking with Nissan trying to get the problem fixed. It shakes between 50-75 mph, you can see the steering wheel shake and also feel it in the floor and seat. We are just waiting for some paperwork then we are going to file for the lemon law. would like to here if where (Sauron666) is on your car and the lemon law. and any advise anyone has would be great!!!
#129 of 2710 02 Altima 2.5 SE Fire
Mar 24, 2003 (6:58 am)
I'm tying to find out if any one has had a car fire in the engine area. My wife Altima engine area had a fire on Friday. she was driving and was told by some people driving behind her. There was no light on the dash and the car was running when she stop. I looks like it was in the air cleaner area. I tying to find out if this is a problem before I call Nissan to reported. We like the and before I buy a new one I want to make sure this is not a problem.
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#130 of 2710 Installing a Disc Changer in 2003 Altima
Mar 26, 2003 (6:34 am)
Has anyone installed an external disc changer in a 02/3 Altima? I just a 2.5S. I like the factory sterio so I'd like to install an external disc changer that will play through it.
If you've done this, please let me know how you laid it out. Where did the unit go and where did the controls go?
Thanks for your hlep
#131 of 2710 Altima 03 3.5 Front Wheel Problems
Mar 27, 2003 (5:11 pm)
I have a 2003 Altima 2003 3.5 SE with 7.5k miles. I've been 'dancing' with my dealer about a shimmy in the front end between 55-70 MPH.
They balanced and 'road force' balanced the tires 3 times, then replaced two of them (one came in worse than OEM and we waited a week for that replacement). Even with two new tires, all within 'Nissan spec' for road force, the front end shimmies badly at highway speeds. We are soon approaching Nissan about this directly and wanted to know how many other 02-03 Altima drivers have this problem? BTW, tires are the 17" Bridgestone Turanza's. Please respond, especially if you found a successful solution! Thanks.
#132 of 2710 Is the dealer telling me the truth?
Mar 27, 2003 (11:01 pm)
I have bought an '03 Altima 2.5S, and found out that the re-circulation light automatically turned off when the air flow control dial was turned to "floor". The dealer tells me it is so by design. I would understand the automatic turn-off when the dial is turned to "defog" or "defog & floor" in order to let the outside air in.
But, I don't think, when the heater's working, it is not necessary to automatically turn off the re-circulation.
Can anyone who owns an 03 Altima 2.5S verify my dealer's claim?
#133 of 2710 20 gallons my butt!
Mar 29, 2003 (9:20 am)
'03 Altima 3.5S specs claim a 20 gallon tank, but I've never been able to squeeze more than 16.5 in it, even on dead "E". Anybody else experience this? Is it really 20 gals? Can I have the gauge re-calibrated?
#134 of 2710 Re: Is the dealer telling me the truth?
Mar 31, 2003 (6:37 pm)
The dealer was telling the truth (this time). Nissan added this feature to keep the vehicle from flash fogging the windshield. Previously, when the driver changed mode from the defrost position (or def/foot - both of which forces AC on and fresh air) to foot position, the window would re-fog (with AC off in Recirc mode).
FYI - for '03, another added feature is the compressor stays engaged, anytime after def or def/foot mode is used (until the next key off). This may help explain some of the fuel economy questions - although it would have little effect with low head pressure during colder weather.
#135 of 2710 Respond to 02 Altima 2.5 S w. Many problems by truby92
Apr 01, 2003 (11:01 am)
Truby, have you called a LL Attorney? They still may be able to help. I am pushing my car through LL (and then getting rid of it so I am here bc I will be gettig an Altima) right now. It's been in the shop for a trunk leak 4 times now. The manufacturer may not buy the car back, but they may offer me several thousand dollars for my inconvienence and to settle as no fault of their own. In other words, to shut me up ! PLUS I get a higher up factory rep who will be flown out to personally correct the problem which the lawyer knows needs to be done, but the service people haven't bothered to go as far as to get it fixed completely. So all in all, I win no matter what and it doesn't cost me anything if I don't get anything excpet the car fixed.
You may want to call one anyways and have them look over your case.
Good luck, I know it sucks.