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Nov 27, 2007 (5:40 pm)
Oh Welcome to the Wonderful World of Nissan Altima. We own a 2003 Altima - purchased brand new.
I had same problem ...... I took it to the Nissan Dealership where we purchased the car - complaining, complaining, complaining. The Nissan Dearlership blew us off. The Altima was (still) riding like a BuCkeT.
Finally, I took the car to a very reputable Tire Store. Guess what - Struts were bad & the Inner Tie-Rod also.
Most of my miles on my Altima are freeway - I currently have 73k Why would the car ride like I had been driving it "Off Road"
So many trips to the Nissan Dealership - Broken Motor Mount, Cat Convertor, Exhaust Manifold, etc. etc. etc. Yes, the Nissan Dealership has repaired all the "Issues" - What a joke. Not only the hassle of wondering when your Altima is going to "break-down" How long the Nissan Dealership will jerk you around - until you insist NISSAN fix your car.
My advise DUMP the Nissan Altima while you can! We are covered until 11/2008 w/ extended warranty. If we could sell our Nissan Altima with a clean conscience - we would.
#2118 of 2710 Hard time starting 96 Altima
Dec 02, 2007 (7:03 am)
This car won't start unless we park it in the garage overnight and even then, it takes a while to get it going and must be warmed up for a while before we can drive it.
It has a new battery, alternator, wires, plugs, and cap/rotor. Nothing seems to have helped.
Runs great once it warms up.
Anyone know what is wrong with it?
#2119 of 2710 Re: Hard time starting 96 Altima [magnum8]
Dec 02, 2007 (8:49 pm)
We really need full information to be of help to you. You have not mentioned anything about the service history, or the number of miles on the vehicle. I assume since it is a 1996, it probably has high miles, maybe 150K miles. If it has recieved all scheduled service and been maintained well, the engine should be in satisfactory shape. Are there any signs of oil burning, smoking, steaming, ever any overheating, ect?
When it is hard to start, is this in cold weather? Does the engine turn over well and the engine just not start or does the engine just turn over sluggishly?
Is the engine in good general health, meaning having good cylinder compressions?
You made no mention of the fuel system, has the fuel filter been changed? You should add a bottle of fuel additive, like STP Gas Treatment, to the gas tank at every oil change. Are the spark plugs clean and dry and burning with a good color (light tan insulator)? Make sure the inside of the Distributor and Cap stay clean and dry (no oil or water).
If the ignition system is known to be good, I would check the fuel system next. Any check engine lights on? Any diagnostic codes? You might need to clean or replace the Idle Air Control Solenoid, or Throttle Body, or MAF Sensor, or Crankshaft Sensor, or Camshaft Sensor, etc.
These are just a few things to start looking at.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
Dec 03, 2007 (11:27 am)
I had all 4 brakes replaced last year at about 25k miles and now at the annual inspection (30k miles) they say I need 4 new brakes again.
Any help or suggestions/reasons this may happen?
#2121 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [erolbaskurt]
Dec 03, 2007 (11:33 am)
The only reason that comes to mind for brakes wearing out in 5k miles is that they were never really replaced. As in, you were charged, but no work was done. Also, what exactly what was replaced? Just the pads, or rotors and pads?
#2122 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [erolbaskurt]
Dec 03, 2007 (11:38 am)
Something does not seem right. Either your environment or you or a combination of the factors make it SUPER hard on the brakes. The last "brake" job may have not done correctly. In addition, so called economy cars such as Civic, Corolla , etc, have been known to use quick wearing pads, shoes, rotors and drums for a hosts of reasons: one example would be cost lowering and control.
#2123 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [dude10]
Dec 03, 2007 (11:51 am)
I need to verify to the invoice and reply to your question.
Thanks for your response, you may be right, we were not very comfortable with the place that did the work...to begin with....
#2124 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [ruking1]
Dec 03, 2007 (11:56 am)
Thanks for your response.
Carol (my fiance) drives the car only to work which is around the block and to local shopping only so I dont think it is the type of driving....
I will find out more tonight.
#2125 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [dude10]
Dec 03, 2007 (12:29 pm)
That sounds about right. especially rear brakes, they last forever. about 70% of your braking is done on the front.
#2126 of 2710 Re: Brake replacement [erolbaskurt]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:44 am)
The problem here is not just the brakes, but the place that did the work and put the brakes on. You did not give us any history. Where was the work done, at a dealer or local garage? Obviously their work was well below par. They may not have even put any need brakes on! What did they say they did to your car, what does your receipt say? New Pads front and rear? What type pads? DId they resurface the rotors or put on new ones, or did they do nothing at all to the rotors? Did they rebuild or replace the front and rear caliphers? How much did this "brake job" cost you?
No matter what, I would take the car back down there and insist that they make the job right at no cost to you!
E.D. in Sunny Florida