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#351 of 2710 Nissan Altima 1993 stalls intermittently at traffic lights
Jul 03, 2002 (4:33 pm)
I have a 1993 Altima with 95K miles on it. No problems so far except for the last few months it has started to stall sometimes at a traffic light. There is no regularity. If I start it up, it gets going again. It has stalled after a few minutes and also after it has been on the interstate--so no pattern there.
It has had all the major service. The dealer says they would have to guess but a fuel filter tune-up and tune-up are first things to be done.
Jul 03, 2002 (6:45 pm)
Inspect the ducting between the mass air flow sensor and the throttle body carefully for any cracks, splits, or other damage that would allow unmetered air to enter the engine.
#353 of 2710 2002 Altima SE 3.5 computer/speedo accuracy
Jul 04, 2002 (12:35 am)
I've been following Edmunds test of the Altima 3.5. I think they may be a little charitable in some instances (or perhaps just easily impressed).
Re: mpg - Over the last 2 months Edmunds has been averaging about 21.4 mpg. There doesn't seem to be any way to converse with the editor here, so am wondering if they are getting this figure from the computer or from a spreadsheet?
I have 5300 miles on mine (automatic trans) and track gas use via a spreadsheet. My driving is 80% highway and most of the time average between 70-85 mph since I have a reverse commute of 50 miles in the San Francisco Bay Area. My computer readout for the last 2100 miles is 21.1 mpg. BUT, the actual number is 19.28 mpg. On the last fillup, I got 18.41 mpg - a 12.77% error from the computer number of 21.1. I wonder if Nissan purposely designed the computer to read higher mpg figuring that most people will believe the computer and will therefore think they are getting higher gas mileage?
At least with this car, the computer and speedo are highly inaccurate.
Using a GPS device and also checking against one of those mobile road radar displays, the speedo is off anywhere between 4-11 mph at a variety of speeds. I'd like to see Edmunds do a check of their car with a GPS unit or on the dyno to see if they have the same problem.
I tried to take this up with Nissan but despite the "customer excellence" pap they spew in their ads and warranty booklet, they basically told me to get lost and that I could file a complaint with the BBB if I wasn't happy.
There doesn't seem to be any real standard of accuracy on instrumentation. Perhaps this is something else the government should look into.
Jul 05, 2002 (11:10 am)
I have a 1994 Nissan Altima (110K miles) with a problem similar to yours. The engine stalls occasionally after deceleration at the moment it should stabilizes at the idle speed. Some time it does not stall but goes in the sub 500 rpm and get back to its normal idle speed. Once the idle speed is reached, it remains stable. I already checked the On-Board-Self-Diagnostic codes but there is nothing there. I called the dealer and he does not know anything about this problem and does not have any idea where to start seaching... I check in the Altima Servile Manual and I found a diagnostic procedure that seams to be related to my problem. This is the "procedure 14 - Engine stalls after decelerating" on page EF&EC79. I have not had the chance to give it a try but according to this procedure the IAC valve-ACC Valve could be the cause. Does anybody have a better idea?
Jul 06, 2002 (2:19 pm)
My Altima did the same thing a month ago immediately after a major tune up. I figure it was a fuel injection problem so I bought some octane booster (same as fuel injection cleaner except its a "finer" grade) at a local gas station before filling up with some premium. Worked fine, no stalls at traffic lights or when decelerating. But to be safe, I followed up with a couple more fillups with octane booster and everything seems fine now. Wouldn't hurt to try it, octane booster costs less than a couple dollars.
#356 of 2710 94 Stalls ...
Jul 06, 2002 (6:05 pm)
I tried the octane booster today, just in case, before driving a couple hundred miles. It is much easier to do then starting to check the AAC valve located under the intake. But this problem is not frequent and it might take a long time before I can really validate a fix. It could do it on 10 traffic lights in a row and not do it for 6 months. But this problem is slowly getting worst and I now see it about once per month.
#357 of 2710 94 altima with high mileage, should I buy it
Jul 11, 2002 (5:42 pm)
I am planning to buy a 94 altima with 127 k miles on it. It is a fully loaded machine with all the features and also it is cheap. But my only concern is that it is slightly high on mileage. What should I do?????
#358 of 2710 94 altima with high mileage...Answer
Jul 12, 2002 (4:58 am)
What should I do??? You should buy...unless the price is too high. I bought my Altima 94 when it was new and I now have 110K miles on it. This is a very good car and I believe that 110K miles is about half of its active live. After 110K miles the engine still behave like a new one. It does not burn of leak oil. When I change the oil I get back more than 3 liter and a half of old oil from the 4 liters that I put 7500 miles before. Beside oil, prestone, tires, spark plugs and air filter the only things that I changed on it are: the gas filter, the battrie (last month only), the link kits (4X $20us) and the front brake pads twice (not even the disks yet). Things that I have replaced are: the rear brakes, the pipes and muffler (one pipe was replaced after 2 years under warranty), clutch, chucks, distributor cap and wires, booth on driving shafts... and many other things. I am starting to see small spots of rust on the left side near the rear wheel. But I live in Quebec and we have a lot of salt on the road and I always park my car in the warm garage so it is not a surprise. So I hope that it helps you.
#359 of 2710 94 altima with high mileage...
Jul 12, 2002 (5:19 am)
I am being asked for a price of 3600 for it. Is it too high????
#360 of 2710 94 altima with high mileage...
Jul 12, 2002 (2:12 pm)
In my previous text it should have been written "Things that I have NOT replaced..." instead of "Things that I have replaced...". BTW there is no timing belt, there is a timing chain instead that should last more than 200K miles. For the price it is hard to say because it depends on the area. Here in Montréal, it would sell in a range of 3000$ to 5000$ us dollars.