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#1411 of 2702 Re: Bad A.C.? [stevebun]
Feb 01, 2006 (7:58 am)
Stevebun , Nissan has changed over the last 10 years. Only 20 % of the cars have japan parts like the engine and Transmission everything else is american. My Uncle has a 90 altima and never had a major problem with the car and infact he have not even changed the timing yet the car has 185K and still get 20mpg.I Have a 2000 Altima Gle and I have not had any Major problems Just regular maintance But it does burn alot of gas.
#1412 of 2702 Re: Burning smell [ewe2]
Feb 01, 2006 (10:26 am)
Windows fog up instantly when you put the defroster on.: I think it's because the system blows moisture from outside before the AC takes effect. I don't see anything wrong with that.
The AC comes on and won't shut off.: it's by design. Once you set it to defroster, it will turn on the AC until you power off the engine. You may see it as a bad design. But the system is working as designed.
The burning smell from the back.: that's something I haven't had with my 03 (it's 72k now ...).
The excessive acceleration.: isn't this a feature? You may not like it, but I think that is the design.
Rattles galore.: yeah, I have this, since the car got 60k.
Who knows what happen to Nissan's quality control ... they're going south.
#1413 of 2702 Re: Starting Issues [justtina]
Feb 01, 2006 (1:14 pm)
I am having the same problem with my 2005 Altima. I sat in my garage yesterday morning with the dealership on the phone. They told me that my battery was bad. I told them that a battery should last for more than 6 months and 15,000 miles. He told me to have it towed to him and they would pay for it ONLY if it was something that was covered under warrenty. I then kept the key turned for at least one minute and it slowly started. The service guy told me that you have to hold the key for a few seconds sometimes to get cars to start. I guess he thinks that just because I am a woman that I am also an idiot. I am taking it to a different Nissan service department tomorrow. I have also had the car in twice to have the weather strips on the top replaced. They came off during a car wash. What a piece of crap and it is my problem for the next 4 1/2 years.
#1414 of 2702 Re: Stalling and Stumbling [silver58]
Feb 01, 2006 (7:17 pm)
I have a 97 altima and having same problem. Can you tell me what had to be done to correct problem. Buy a new part, clean old part, etc. Thanks.
#1415 of 2702 Re: Engine Shuts-down completely while driving [joebro04]
Feb 02, 2006 (12:08 pm)
I have a similar problems with my Altima with the engine shutting off and replace fuel filter, coil, and spark plug wires. In addition, I have no heat, the car blower works, but still no heat. I noticed that the spark plug wires on two of the four wires are almost cemented to the spark plug or burnt into the well of the spark plugs.
#1416 of 2702 Re: '02 Altima engine burning oil [watt57]
Feb 02, 2006 (1:57 pm)
I have a 2003 Nissan Altima and I'm experiencing the exact same problem that you have identified. I'm currently at 111k (coincidentally) and two month ago my manifold, O2 sensor, gasket and bearing were all replaced. The oil seems to be disappearing faster than I can put it in. The dealership is telling me that the engine has to be stripped down (which will cost a lot of money) and then put back together after the problem is identified (again another fee). The dealership told me that Nissan may or may not pay for this repair since I'm not under warranty. Can you please tell me how you ended up dealing with this problem. I have a friend that had a oil consumption problem with his Sentra R which has the same engine as the Altima. He was able to convince Nissan to replace the engine free of charge, but he was still under warranty. My warranty has expired and I don't plan on paying for a problem that I don't believe I caused. I would like to be able to prove that this was a problem that existed while I was still under warranty. I truly believe that Nissan is aware of this problem. I received a recall notice for a different problem but suspiciously has similar remedies. This recall does not mention the oil consumption problem that you showed in yours. It reads exactly as follow:
Summary: ON CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE 2.5 LITER ENGINE, THE EXHAUST PIPE HANGER PIN MAY CATCH DEBRIS FROM THE ROAD THAT COULD BE IGNITED BY CONTACT WITH THE MAIN CATALYST. Consequence: THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE PROTRUDING PORTION OF THE EXHAUST PIPE HANGER PIN. IN ADDITION TO THE CORRECTIVE ACTION, IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE EVENT OF POOR OR IMPROPER MAINTENANCE THAT COULD RESULT IN OIL SPILLAGE, HEAT SHIELD(S) WILL BE INSTALLED ON THE PRE-CATALYST AND EXHAUST TUBE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
If you can give me any advice or tell me how you handled your problem it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
#1417 of 2702 Re: Burning smell [winsan]
Feb 04, 2006 (12:09 pm)
"Who knows what happen to Nissan's quality control ... they're going south."
Short answer? Nissan QC is determined by parent company Renault. Furthermore, the French government has a stake in Renault.
#1418 of 2702 Thumping noise coming from front of car
Feb 05, 2006 (6:17 am)
About a month ago I took my 2003 Altima SE to the dealer because of a "thumping" noise coming from the front. It happened when driving on uneven roads, but not all the time. They replaced both front struts and I brought the car home. Within one day I started hearing another noise from the front end, this time more like a rattling noise in the glove box area. I have checked in the glove box, opened the hood looking for something loose, etc. Nothing. I am taking the car in tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will get fixed this time. Other than this, I love this car. Especially the power and handling. I will let you know what happens when I get the car back.
Feb 06, 2006 (1:08 pm)
I took my car in this morning to get the noise taken care of. It seems the right front strut gasket came unsealed which was causing the noise. The lubricated it and resealed it correctly. No more noise. (hopefully!)
#1420 of 2702 Re: Thumping noise [carfanatic007]
Feb 06, 2006 (6:50 pm)
Having to go back a second time is frustrating, but it's confidence building when the second visit turns out to be something minor and quickly remedied. We'll keep our collective fingers crossed for ya'!