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Nissan Altima, Sedan
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Nov 17, 2011 (5:01 pm)
A nice rep with Nissan Regional Consumer Affairs says that unfortunately my warranty doesn't cover rust after 5 years. I must presume to have been negligent in the maintenance of my car or Nissan would at least consider helping with the cost to repair? The only problem I have with that assumption is that everything on my car is still like new except premature rusting through the floorboards on both the Driver's side and Passenger side of my 2005 Altima 3.5 SE with 67,000 mi! I explained I've diligently maintained this vehicle with the hopes of it lasting for years based on the reputation of imported cars. It's been garaged during most inclement weather since I have an old beater pickup to drive in the snow or rain. I explained how shocked I was when I saw all the complaints, forums, and blogs regarding this issue. There seems to be a problem either with the material (Durasteel) or the manufacturing process of all the Gen 3 and 4 Altimas that allows water to infiltrate between the metal on the floorboards causing premature rust through. There are plastic plugs that apparently become dislodged or are not installed correctly. Nissan will not accept any responsibility or help with the repairs. Nissan has been required to extend the warranty on the rear subframe so they already know there is a huge issue with the metals they're using. I'm going to continue to watch as I anticipate a class-action lawsuit soon. Regardless, I will never own another Nissan. Buyer Beware, you may be getting a "Flintstone" mobile! Especially in the Snowbelt states...Please visit www.nissanforums.com or Google "Altima Rust" if your still seriously considering throwing your money away.
If you're another unfortunate soul facing a costly repair, please call Nissan Consumer Affairs 800-647-7261 8-5 in your timezone and let them know they have a problem. Right now they've "never heard of this before!"
#2646 of 2710 Potential owner - Interior noise?
Nov 18, 2011 (5:37 am)
Let me start by admitting I'm am an anal whacko when it comes to squeaks, creaks, rattles, and buzzes in my cars and I'll chase everyone relentlessly with felt pads or silicone spray.
I will be in the market shortly for a late-model sedan and the Altima is on my shortlist. What are owner's experinces out there? Is the Altima for me? Thanks!
#2647 of 2710 Engine squeaks with in Drive & A/C is on
Nov 22, 2011 (12:37 pm)
Hi, I have a 2005 Altima that whenever I turn on the car, put it in drive and turn on the A/C, it starts to squeak. I changed the only belt that the car has and that didn't work. I spray the belt and that helps, but it always comes back. The sound doesn't happen if the A/C is off or if I'm in neutral. I'd like to fix that noise. Hope someone can shed some light on this problem. Thanks.
Nov 22, 2011 (12:54 pm)
Get some rubbing alcohol clean off all the pulleys, make sure the belt is tight and that should take care of it.
#2649 of 2710 Re: Engine squeaks with in Drive & A/C is on [miaminissan1]
Nov 24, 2011 (4:26 pm)
My wife has a 2004 and when ac on and you are in drive it squeaks real bad when a say a stop sign. Now im not a mechanic but after careful observations i realize that the motor mounts where bad causing the motor to shift back an inch or two when the car was in drive. This was causing the belt to become extremely lose causing it to squeal.
#2650 of 2710 '09 Nissan Altima shakes at 80+ mph
Nov 26, 2011 (9:31 pm)
Any idea why my '09 Altima Sedan shakes when going over 80mph? It doesn't feel like a wheel balance issue, but it could be. I just bought the car used and didn't get it up to that speed during test drives.
The car has 19k miles on it and the salesman told me that they had put new tires on it. I thought that seemed early for tires, but just thought "BONUS" that I got new tires. Now it seems that it must be a symptom of a problem. I did read about brake issues on the '07 and '08 models, but Consumer Reports had good ratings on this car.
I am going back to the dealer on Monday (bought last Monday) and will ask the dealer about it, but I am beginning to not trust any auto sales or repair people. I also just noticed that the center console on the car is loose. It appears that the bolts in the rear of the console have been removed.
If anyone has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate hearing them.
#2651 of 2710 Re: 02 2.5S Starting Problem [ylew]
Nov 27, 2011 (8:00 am)
I had this problem several times.Parkit and let it stand overnight. I solved it with a new battery and buyiNG an inexpseNSIVE spray can forremoving teminal acid buil yp. Watch out, they walk among us. When I had the same proobem on a trip to New Jersey, the nISSAN dealer said I needed a new radiTOR.!!!!tHY PUT ONE IN AT NO COST TO ME, UNDER WARRANTY.
#2652 of 2710 Re: '09 Nissan Altima shakes at 80+ mph [danf67]
Nov 27, 2011 (8:08 am)
ANOTHER GREAT REASON FOR BUYING TIRES AT COSTCO. wHY? tire Shelf life is important and, because costco moves their inventory rapidly. My console is lose and I see a Phillips head screw needing tightening. Oh, radials have to have thetread facyng the same directioon, so, if they did not install the tires properly, I woul bet that is the cause of your problem
#2653 of 2710 Vibrations & other issues
Dec 01, 2011 (12:29 pm)
I own a "certified pre-owned" 2005 Altima S w/auto which came with 20,001 miles and lots of rust in the engine compartment and inside the seating bolts.
Currently, every time I get it "fixed" for routine maintenance, something else comes up.
I had the steering column components replaced since the steering wheel was shaking but now there's vibration through the floor & gas/brake pedals at hwy speeds when it wasn't there before. Now I have to bring my car back into the dealership to fix the rear seat latch which doesn't work and to see what it can do about the vibration.
I already bought all 4 new tires and brakes ~2 months ago with the tires balanced and 4 wheel alignment at a decent local tire store. Everything was FINE then!
No matter what I do, there's always something "wrong" with the car.
I've noticed SO many people stating about vibrations in their car. WTH is going on with Nissan's cars?! You fix the tires, fix the brakes, balance/rotate the tires, get an alignment, fix the steering column, fix the suspension components, fix the struts... WTH should be fixed next?!
Nissan really has a Quality Control issue and owners like us are paying DEARLY for it!
Thank good my car still has some warranty remaining. When it runs out next year, I'll probably trade it in for a BETTER car!
Remember that Nissan Altimas are built entirely in the USA with many components made in North America. Maybe it should be brought BACK to Japan so the quality would improve!!
Dec 07, 2011 (9:09 am)
My girlfriend has this car it has 180,000 miles on it and upon starting it yesterday morning its missing at an idle and when you put a load on the engine pretty bad the previous day the car was running fine. When going up hill its really struggling and seems to be burning a lot more gas than it should be and you can smell gas when its running. I took it and put it on a diagnostic machine and the only codes that popped up where camshaft position sensor. I replaced this on the car and it help well... none so someone told me to change the crankshaft position sensor which is the same part just lower on the engine (harder to get to) so Im going to try that this evening and it may very well fix the problem, but just doesnt really sound to me like that could be the problem but im no mechanic. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?