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May 14, 2003 (8:24 pm)
Having owned 3 nissans, along with suv's truck from the big three, I would recommend the the new Altima with the 4 banger. Plenty of power, good mileage, death and taxes reliable. Having owned 1 Altima, and 2 sentra's , the Altima has never even had a light bulb break since buying new in 1996, 97 model. 95k, only an o2 sensor, but they are only suppose to last 50-70k anyway. So for looks, good resale value, Altima has them all beat. ??????? there is nothing to compare it to??? unless its smaller or bigger? the 03 Altima has a lot of room. 1st sentra bought for 900 bucks, drove it for 179k, no problems, except rust. 2nd sentra same thing 119k, rusting, sold for 600 bucks, 97 altima, no rust!!!! they built these cars with similar primer under paint, so chips don't show up, neat little things, big three has a lot to do!!! styleing is not there.
#524 of 2710 PCV valve replacement
May 16, 2003 (11:29 am)
According to my Nissan dealer you should not have to replace your PCV valve for routine maintenance . I had wanted to change it on my 98 altima as I've done with past cars, but the dealer mentioned that Nissan does not require this part to be changed/replaced. JFT26- if you insist on replacing it I recommend that you purchase a OEM part.
#525 of 2710 PCV Valve Replacement - 98 Altima
May 22, 2003 (9:30 am)
To GinoC1 ............. Thank you. I will follow your advice.
#526 of 2710 Service engine soon light
Jun 05, 2003 (8:33 pm)
I have a 98 Altima GXE automatic with 83K miles. The service engine soon light just started coming on 3 weeks ago. This car was just inspected and passed emission test with flying colors. The guy at the DMV said his computer could not make heads or tail of the car's computer error code. This service engine soon light would go off after I filled up with gas(the car, not me) and reappear after the gas rank is down to 70% full. I had changed the fuel filter and new belts 11 months ago, also new platinum tipped spark plugs 2 years ago. Other than this annoying light, the car is running perfectly fine. Does anyone have any suggestion to what is going on with the car. Thanks.
Jun 06, 2003 (2:15 am)
Post the trouble code. Probably an evaporative emission control code.
#528 of 2710 Fuel Intake Problems
Jun 06, 2003 (9:57 am)
I have a 1998 Nissan Altima Sedan GSE with 76,000 miles on it. Recently, I have had some problems filling up my gas tank. I fill it up for like 4/5 bucks and it stops, sometimes some gas even comes out from the intake, it's scary. I've had the purge valve, filler tubes, and gas tank replaced, costing nearly $1,000 and the problem came back. What can I do? I'd hate to take it back to the mechanic and spend more money.
#529 of 2710 02, 03 problems
Jun 08, 2003 (12:16 pm)
I dropped by Altimas.net and read about some 02 & 03 owners who have had some major Altima problems, like the engine stalling while driving. There was also a recall for something that could cause a fire!
This concerns me so I was just wondering if the Alt owners here at Edmunds think these are just a few isolated cases, or if Nissan uses inferior parts and manufacturing methods? Do you think the last group of 03's and the 04's will be better choices?
Jun 08, 2003 (3:57 pm)
I've had my '03 Altima for almost a year now and I can give you an update on it. The only problem I've experienced with my car is a slight vibration in the steering wheel. Overall, this car has been trouble free. The power this car has for a 4 cylinder is amazing and I'm getting 27 mpg in mixed driving. This is just my two cents. I know a friend of mine at work who has an '02 Altima and he hasn't experienced any problems with his car either.
Jun 08, 2003 (10:22 pm)
I'm on Altimas.net almost daily... out of over 128,000 posts, I'm sure you're going to find individuals with problems -- as I'm sure you'll find folks who've had problems with the Camry, Accord, Mazda 6, etc. Most folks on Altimas.net -- myself included -- absolutely LOVE our cars.
Example: If you check out SafetyAlerts.com you'll find recalls on both the 2003 Accord and Altima, but this does not mean either car is bad overall.
I've had my Altima since 2002 and not had even one problem and I'm sure there are plenty of Accord owners who've also not had any problems.
Once again... Go test-drive, negotiate, etc. an Altima, Accord, Camry, Mazda 6, Passat, etc. That will better help you make your decision.