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#1640 of 2702 94 Nissan Altima
Jun 27, 2006 (9:51 pm)
I am newbie please bear with me. I purchase a 94 Nissan Altima with manual 5 speed transmission 1998 with 23,058 miles on it. After reviewing the disucssion board this car has had every problem discussed. AT 38,000 miles I had to replace the starter I questioned the dealer about a starter going bad at 36,000+ miles and was advised some parts go bad. Replaced starter. At about 55,000 miles the clutch needed replacement this was starling as well. I previously owned a 89 Nissan Sentra and did not replace the clutch until 102,000 miles. At 65,000 or so miles the AC started making a strange noise and I was advise the air conditioner pulley was the problem. Repaired the pulley and the air conditioner worked about a year at the present time it does not work. Since I live in Seattle I decided I could live without the air conditioning. Seattle only has a few weeks hot weather that warranted the air conditioning a year. At 75,000 miles I was advise that there was oil leaking from the timing belt cover $800.00 to repair at the dealer. Did not know a good private shop or mechanic so it was repaired at the dealer. 92,000 miles it needed a new starter again. I once again question why did this vehicle seem to need so many starters. Dealer pretended they never heard of a problem with starters on the Altima's but the tow truck drivers new all about it. These Altimas are bad on starters they seem to know the problem before attempting to jump it. No problems with vehicle until 142,000 miles the distributor needed to be replaced barely got it off the freeway during rush hour. Replace distributor and 1 week later it needs another new starter replace starter. That is right this car has had 4 starters. Replace starter and one week later still having starter problems sometimes it would start and then sometimes it would not start. Demand that mechanic replace starter at no cost. (4th)starter. At the present time this vehicle has a blower problem it works on some settings and iintermittedly I now know it is the Blower Resistor Assembly thanks to this forum. I am also expericing the same problem with clock whenever I brake "Message 1198. I would like to know how to take care of this problem and the air conditioning it does not come on at all. Also I notice that the other posts indicated the same problems but at much higher mileage and this concerns me. Although I have spent far less on this Nissan than other vehicles I have owned but more than I have spent on a 87 Sentra and 89 Sentra. Any ideals or suggestions. Other than the problems listed above it seems to run well and I do wish to keep it. I do maintain the vehicle I religiously have the oil change every 3000 miles and if I suspect anything is wrong off to the shop it goes.
#1641 of 2702 Re: 2003 Altima problems [danutuc]
Jun 29, 2006 (1:03 am)
I have been screwed over by the local Nissan dealership. My car's dash lights, head lights and brake lights would pulse and the car's RPM's would go down almost to 0 as I would slow down. I wasn't limited by how fast the car went at all. I took it to the local dealership and they said the I needed to have the throttle body replaced. That repair cost me $950. I picked up the car and it didn't fix a thing! The car still has the same problem it went in there with. I took it back to Nissan the day after I picked it up from the "repair" and they checked the altinator and that is what it was. Then they wanted another $550 to fix the altinator. Needless to say, I am fighting this with Nissan.
#1642 of 2702 A/C squeal on '05
Jun 29, 2006 (10:23 am)
Our Altima seems to make a repetitive high-pitched beeping sound when the A/C is on. I'll admit, you don't really notice it if the radio is on but now that I know it's there it drives me nuts. The beep lasts a couple seconds and occurs every 20-30 seconds. Anyone else experience this or know what it could be?
#1643 of 2702 Re: A/C squeal on '05 [keeferb]
Jun 29, 2006 (11:14 am)
Belt slippage whenever the A/C compressor cycles on? It's a little early for a belt to go bad considering the car's age. The current belt may only need its tension adjusted. (Yeah, I'm guessing.) By the way, if the belt(s) on your Altima are the multi-ribbed style, vs. the older "V" style, do NOT use belt dressing on them to cure a squeal. You'll have nothing but trouble if you do.
#1644 of 2702 Re: '02 Altima engine [toynissan]
Jun 29, 2006 (1:10 pm)
So what do I do now? I havea simular problem!!
The recall for the tail hanger / ECM on my 2002 Altima was done last year. At 76K miles the check engine light came on and the catalytic converter was replaced (under warranty). At about that time I noticed that the engine started to consume oil. The dealership has done an oil consumption test and verified that it is greater than 1 qt. / 1000 miles.
Nissan’s (Corporate) response is that the engine is out of warranty. Local dealer wants documented oil change at 3000 miles interval before they will proceed further. I have the oil changed regularly (may not have the receipts) and I routinely check it – that’s how I found the problem.
Based upon what I have read I believe the pre-cat has probably failed which resulted in the engine oil consumption. How can I prove this? Ask the dealership to inspect the pre-cat (at my expense?) and to replace if necessary? What then, how can I get Nissan to accept liability for the failure?
If you would like to respond directly, my email is jvaldes’at’whoi.edu. Replace the’at’ with
#1645 of 2702 1995 Altima check engine light
Jun 30, 2006 (10:51 pm)
Was driving to pick up son from school and the check engine light came on ,drove home and the next day my altima wouldn't start. Took it to Midas they said needed a new battery and that a belt was coming off they put the battery in and made the light go off. The next morning the car wouldn't start again,took it back they said it needed a new starter, they put one in and made the light go off,the came back on once i got home. Took it back to midas they said they dont no whats wrong. Emission problems
#1646 of 2702 Re: A/C squeal on '05 [ray_h1]
Jul 01, 2006 (4:11 pm)
To me it doesn't seem like a belt squeal. It sounds more like an electronic beep that is emitted from something related to the A/C.
#1647 of 2702 Re: A/C squeal on '05 [keeferb]
Jul 01, 2006 (6:00 pm)
#1648 of 2702 Re: 2003 Altima problems [danutuc]
Jul 02, 2006 (7:41 am)
Had better luck on second trip to repair the problem. The repair shop that replaced the throttle body was a spinoff of a local nissan dealership. I was a little hesitant at first to let him work on it and after not running well after the replacemnet thought I had really made a bad decision. He asked me to bring it back in and let him have another look and turned out to be a drive shaft sensor also. He replaced it and car is running great. $31.17 part/no labor. The Nissan dealership had quoted $900+ to replace the throttle body (this guy charged $570). So at the end of the day, look around people, there's some good honest mechanic/technicians that are very capable, just have to search them out. http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com/media/townhall/webxicons/- emotorcons/emo_smiley.gif
#1649 of 2702 Re: 2003 Altima problems [bob1952]
Jul 02, 2006 (8:53 am)
And, as you found out, even the best of the honest ones don't always get the problem fully sorted out on the first try. (Current cars ain't our grampas' Model Ts.) Enter this dude's number for speed dial.