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#2379 of 2710 Re: 2005 nissan altima maintenance/tune up [write2diaz]
Feb 02, 2009 (4:15 pm)
You can google each separate problem or ask friends and coworkers. Problem with trying to fix problems over the net is that a symptom can have a different resolution on two different cars. If you have plenty of time you can experiment with the different answers you get. I don't have that time or expertise, so I take it to my mechanic. I do some googles on the symptoms, because on occasion I have found a loose hose or very easy to replace part. But, very seldom has this occurred. Most of the problems you listed are not in my opinion very easy to diagnose over the net. But, someone with exact same car and symptom may have a suggestion.
#2380 of 2710 2006 Altima SE-R Secondary Timing Chain Failure
Feb 03, 2009 (8:02 am)
I have a 2006 Altima SE-R that developed a whining from the engine at about 64,000 miles (warranty expires at 60,000). It starts at about 2,000 RPMs and gets louder up until about 3,000 RPMs. I took it to my local mechanic for an oil change and asked him to look into the problem. We both figured it was a bearing that went bad on a belt pulley. He took off the belt to see if he could isolate the pulley, but to his surprise the noise was still there. After some research he finds a TSB (classification EM07-001 Reference: NTB07-042 dated 7-17-07) describing the exact noise and the resolution which is to replace both secondary timing chains and tensioners. Parts are not bad at about $125 but the labor is a killer: 13 hours total repair $1,900 to $2,000.
I contact Nissan NA to ask for some assistance, they say I need a dealer to diagnose the problem. So I take it to my local dealer, pay the $110 diagnostic fee which confirms what we already know. I get back in touch with Nissan and they open a file and tell me someone will get back to me shortly. Emma calls me with a robotic scripted response that she is obviously accustomed to reciting. "After a review of your file, Nissan is not in a position to provide any financial assistance". I asked her what the decision was based on, but received no details. I offered her copies of all of the maintenance records (oil changed every 5,000 miles but not at the dealer) but she doesn't want to see them. I ask her to have a supervisor to contact me.
About 2 hours later I receive a call from the supervisor, Christopher Lucci. What a beauty! I explain the situation to him and let him know that I can supply him with the service records and let him know that this is my second Nissan and that I will be purchasing a new vehicle in 2010 so their decision will weigh heavily on whether or not I purchase another Nissan. I explain that there is no way a timing chain should fail with just over 60,000 miles and that I hope Nissan will stand behind their product. I also explain that I'm 45 years old and probably in a demographic that they want to attract. He states that as Emma stated "Nissan will not be able to provide any financial assistance and we did stand behind our product by honoring the warranty". I ask if there would any additional consideration or is this decision final. His response is that the decision is final.
So I say "thank you for your consideration, but you lost me as a future customer and I will make it my business to make sure I tell everyone I encounter not to buy a Nissan". His response "that is awesome!, it's great that we live in a country where you can do that, spread the word if you like". I said "excuse me?" He repeats it with a real smug attitude. So I respond 'with a customer service attitude like this, I think its time a start buying cars that are made in this great country, after all, they stand behind their product (GM 100K, Chrysler Lifetime). The bonehead could care less.
#2381 of 2710 Re: 2005 nissan altima maintenance/tune up [rugmankc]
Feb 03, 2009 (8:47 am)
This is quite common for Nissan and, seemingly why an extended warranty is needed. You mention Chrysler but, I've noted per consumer reports that they aren't among the most reliable nor do they have very good re-sale value. Honda/Acura,Toyota/Lexus,Subaru seem the way of the future!
#2382 of 2710 change of steering wheel...
Feb 03, 2009 (12:59 pm)
i have a 05 altima s. the steering wheel doesnt have the radio controls therefore i would like to change the steering wheel with the radio controls. does anyone know if this will give me any problems? plz write back.
#2383 of 2710 Wheels... options for 2008 Altima w/TPMS?
Feb 05, 2009 (5:43 pm)
We put Blizzak ice tires on our stock 16" alloys for the Seattle winter (worked great in our record snow-packed January).
Now that spring is almost here, I'm hoping to get a second set of 16" wheels to put our summer tires on (to avoid mounting & balance charges each year).
I was hoping to get a matching set to our existing 2008 6-spoke OEM alloys, but since it has a very common bolt pattern (5x114.3), I've considered 16" wheels from other cars (Mazda6, Ford Mustang, Mitsubishi, etc).
Would I encounter problems with hub sizing or offsets using wheels other than Nissan's????
BTW- If anyone in the Seattle/Portland area wants to sell their current Altima wheels & tires, I'd consider buying.
#2384 of 2710 2005 ALTIMA FRONT END POPPING
Feb 10, 2009 (6:10 pm)
I have 64K miles on my 05 Altimas 3.5 and, notice a popping noise coming from the front end although not noted when in a turn it normally does it at take off or while still and, turning the wheel. I've never had a lube and, hopefully I don't need CV joints already. Any ideas??
#2385 of 2710 Never again will I buy a Nissan! My car's problems- a warning for others...
Feb 10, 2009 (8:08 pm)
I have a 2002 Altima 3.5 V6 that I bought used with 84k miles on it in Jan 2007. I was the 3rd owner and this car had everything I wanted so I was excited thinking I was buying a reliable brand...WRONG! I thought maybe the person that had it before me ran it too hard but I've been reading the reports and maybe that's not the case and I'm afraid what will happen next. At about 3 months after purchase the AC went out so I took it back where I bought it and after 2 separate visits it was fixed no cost. At about a year after purchase it started doing this thing where it won't stay started when you first start it up unless you give it gas so I thought it needed a tune up so I had that done to the tune of $800 and they told me there was a recall on the headlights so they replaced them no charge and they said there was an oil leak behind the engine, but I couldn't afford to have it fixed and have yet to have it fixed (can't afford it). It does take alot of oil so I figured there was one but there was never any oil on the ground. So after the tune up I hoped the starting problem would be fixed NOPE it still does it. So a few months later the windshield washer sprayers stopped working on the passenger side and now the driver side barely works. In December 08 I had the battery replaced and again hoped that would help my starting problem and still doesn't stay started and now the lights dim quickly when the car's engine kicks in harder, it's sluggish to power when it first is started up also, and now it's doing this thing where the car will be warmed up but the heater isn't blowing warm air unless I have my foot on the gas then it heats up, but if I'm stopped at a light it starts blowing cold until I go again and I've seen others with that particular problem and it really sucks in the winter. And the other thing is when you're in stop and go traffic and you're barely pushing the brake you can hear it click in the gear shift (automatic) it's very strange. It has almost 122k miles on it now and I'm afraid it'll start that stalling out on the freeway at 65 mph thing I've read so much about or I'll have to replace the crankshaft and the motor like all these other people I've been seeing. I can't afford to dump so much money into a car and I know that's true for almost everyone. So to anyone who's thinking about buying a Nissan and haven't DON'T they may look great on the outside but under the hood they're crap, I'd rather have my FORD back and I'm not a big fan of American made cars because they're usually the ones with the problems.
#2386 of 2710 Re: Never again will I buy a Nissan! My car's problems- a warning for other
Feb 11, 2009 (6:50 pm)
Also go along with my long list above I thought of 2 more things. The driver side door will never stay open I was told by a mechanic friend that it seemed as if the clip or whatever is in there (I know next to nothing about parts sorry) to hold it seems to be broken and the inside door marker lights like to fall out of the door and they're not noticed until the door is closed on the them and they break, I've had both sides replaced a time a piece already.
#2387 of 2710 Re: Never again will I buy a Nissan! My car's problems- a warning for others... [shead_day]
Feb 11, 2009 (10:32 pm)
It is very expensive to buy new and, perhaps it's better to get rid of it or put a new engine in it.
#2388 of 2710 Re: Never again will I buy a Nissan! My car's problems- a warning for others... [shead_day]
Feb 13, 2009 (7:25 pm)
your car is a very reliable car. especially with the 3.5VQ engine in it. the most likely problem is, this car had three other owners, and 84k miles on it. buying a used car is risky enough, but one that three other people had owned and possibly abused?
and a bit of advice for the furture. people tend to sell higher milage cars becase they know there is something wrong.