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#2576 of 2710 2006 Nissan Altima 2,5V
Aug 06, 2010 (8:58 am)
My wife tells me that her A/C starts when she starts the car but then only blows hot air after she starts driving. Took it in, and had Freon re-charged and problem still occurred. Then noticed that it was the compressor that would start (spinning) when the car starts, cold air blows through the vents in the car and then the compressor stops spinning, blowing hot air. It's so hot outside and my wife reminds me daily that when she drives to work every day, she is a ball of sweat with or without the windows up or down because of the air starting for a sec, then just blowing hot air, even though it's FULL of Freon. Has anyone experienced this or do you know what could cause it to start and stop? An A/C switch maybe?
Aug 14, 2010 (12:14 am)
Okay. SO, about a month ago, a was in an accident that totaled my 98 explorer. Since i've been looking for something cheap and reliable (for at least 2-3 years) so i can save up. A friend of mine's father-in-law is selling his 97 Altima and they told me about it today and i'm going to see it on tuesday....
It has some cosmetic damage, supposedly it runs great it was his daily driver, he just purchased a newer car and it has around 175K miles on it.
I've looked at a few reviews, and most of the people that have these cars love them. Supposedly they run great but are a lil loud which is nothing i'm not used to ( my explorer had a whining rear end) and have a cup holder malfunction, which would just be the end of my world, j/k. They say that they are fairly cheap to maintain....
What im interested in is WHAT i have to maintain. Please don't be afraid to tell me because im getting it for disgustingly cheap price, so i'm preparing to have to do SOME repairs. The "time-fer's" i call them. time fer a new alternator, time fer a new rear end, ( im used to it, i had a ford. ) AT what mileage does it actually blow up? you know?
#2578 of 2710 Re: Should i buy it?? [ridereddes]
Aug 14, 2010 (4:02 am)
If it is anything like my 2002 the answer is yes. I have 105,000 miles on my Altima and only maintence besides oil chgs has been brakes. One of the best vehicles I have ever owned.
#2579 of 2710 Re: Should i buy it?? [ridereddes]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 14, 2010 (7:05 am)
At those high miles, I personally would just do a standard safety check (brakes, tires, etc), oil & filter, fuel filter, check your belts and hoses, and if the coolant or brake fluid are very dirty, flush and replace those. Couple hunnert bucks, tops.
I wouldn't sink any real money into this car, as it is, statistically, at the end of its life---so anything could go at any time. This is not to disparage the car in any way--it's just at the end of a modern car's natural predicted lifespan.
Can a 80 year old man play tennis? Sure, some can. Would you be surprised if he collapsed on the court? Probably not. So the same applies here IMO. Keep your expectations realistic.
#2580 of 2710 Re: Should i buy it?? [ridereddes]
Aug 14, 2010 (9:20 am)
REMEMBER YOU ARE BUYING ASIS/WHEREIS.So if you feel that you were not given the full story, should you decide to go to court, you will probably lose. a friend and family often find themselves in this situation. As was pointed out, old is old, so anything may happen on day one. You can best protect your interests by spending the 00 bucks or so for sa mechanic to look it over.
Aug 14, 2010 (8:47 pm)
i am going to have boyfriend look over it, he is a mechanic. Thanks for giving me those things to check out.
it's my first.... not ford lol. My dad only buys ford, so this is a stretch in his dept. But my boyfriend works on foreign cars all day, he says he can check it out. On my explorer i knew what was coming you know? I'll definitely as him on tuesday ( the father-in-law ) if there is anything comin up or if he has done any repairs in the past.
Aug 15, 2010 (4:51 am)
I hope your bf is licensed. There are lots of stupid judges who, in the event of litigation,would not accept findings. I think yours is a practicably approach. If not the bf, who else can you trust?
#2583 of 2710 Re: Should i buy it?? [ridereddes]
Aug 15, 2010 (5:38 am)
Hi, Just saw your message, I have a 95 Altima purchased new I now have 297,973 miles on it. Best car I ever had, I have replaced the alternator, battery,fuel pump, water pump, and distributor, has the original exhaust on it.
I keep the oil changed every 3-4000 miles. Still has great pick up, heat , air work great, I believe the 95-97 altima's were the best made. I also have a 2010 now, but still drive my 95 alot. If this guy kept the oil changed and basic maintenance up, it has alot of life left. My Nissan mechanic has told me keeping the oil changed is the key to life !
#2584 of 2710 2009 Altima 2.5 SL - Paint Stick Doesn't Match Car Colour
Aug 19, 2010 (8:11 am)
I had a few scrapes and scratches on my right lower portion of my front bumper so the last time I went to service my car, I picked up one of those double ended paint sticks (colour and clear coat) from the dealers parts dept. Went home, cleaned the bumper area, shook the stick for a couple of minutes and started to apply the paint. My car's colour is the Satin White but the paint from the stick was so glossy white that I thought it had to be the wrong paint. Went back to the dealer and showed the results to to the parts dept...they verified the paint stick was the correct one...they said when I apply the Clear Coat from the stick, the paint match will be a lot closer.
Well, I tried that but the difference is still very noticeable. Now, I've used these paint sticks on other cars and other colours and I realize that they are usually not a perfect match but this difference was really glaring. My car's colour looked almost cream colour when compared to the paint stick's white.
Any oe else runn into something like this when touching up their cars ??
Aug 19, 2010 (9:03 am)
You are playing with a job best left to a reasonably priced body shop. Even da Vinci couldn't apply the paint stick without it running or looking lousy. Beware. There is a "as seen as on TV" commercial that pushes a magic stick that gets scratches out. It doesn't work. You can read all about it if you ever see it on a "complaints" site.