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#65 of 2710 2001 Altima Surges
Oct 24, 2002 (1:52 pm)
I just recently purchased a 2001 altima GXE with only 28.5k miles. Beatiful car, however, I seem to be having problems. When I am on about 39 or 40 mph, it seems to surge. Like it is choking. Just slightly. Not hard, but enough to become annoying. The nissan service manager says that this is normal becuase it is going into over drive and all altima gxe does this around the same speed. Is this true?
#66 of 2710 Post #64 -- Altima Engine / New Design
Oct 24, 2002 (5:47 pm)
My understanding is the engine in the 2002/2003 Altima is the exact same engine they've been using in the Maxima for years.
#67 of 2710 ultima - Altima engine
Oct 25, 2002 (5:51 am)
The V6 in the Altima is pretty much the same as the one used in the Maxima for years, but the 4-cylinder is brand new. I think that is what abpelch1 was referring to.
Oct 25, 2002 (9:15 am)
Yes, I was referring to the 4cyl engine as being a new design. I would consider buying a 6cyl this year, as that engine is proven and has been given many accolades by the press. However, I cannot find a 6cyl Altima equipped as I want. Seems all SE models are loaded & more $$$ than I can afford.
#69 of 2710 Vibration in the 2.5 S
Oct 28, 2002 (3:46 pm)
I was the writer of post # 32 regarding vibration in the 2.5 Altimas. Since I traded my car back in March with 5,400 miles on it, I've had the opportunity to drive two other 2.5 automatics. One belonged to a friend of mine who wasn't aware I wasn't happy with mine and the other was a rental through Budget Rent A Car of Las Vegas. Folks, they all vibrate the same, one just as much as the other. It has to be the design of the car. In this day and age and with the capabilities of Nissan, it's really unacceptable. My car was checked by two different dealerships, both said it was operating within spec and the first dealership that checked it added "but if that vibration bothers you, we can bump the idle speed up a bit but that may give you a whole other set of problems." The service tech at the second dealership said "man, these things are as smooth as glass". I then had him get in and start it up and put it in drive (a/c off) and he sat there with a clueless look on his face until I said, "don't you feel that.....all through the steering wheel, the brake pedal, the seat..." then turned the a/c on and it worsened. "Oh that, well, they all do that, it's the four cylinder design, now the V6 won't do that." I switched it off and said, so much for it being "smooth as glass". At that moment, I knew I didn't want the car so I traded that afternoon for an Impala LS that I'm very happy with. Each time I see a 2.5, I think about my car. I'm sorry these cars are like this, again beautiful cars to look at, but highly overrated. If you must have an Altima, get the V6 or better yet, go for a Maxima if you can.
#70 of 2710 01' Nissan Ultima pulls to the right
Oct 31, 2002 (4:53 am)
Greetings, I am considering purchasing a 01' Altima GXE LE. I drove it last night and it pulls to the right a lot. The owner just had 4 new tires installed and the alignment was checked. He told me that Nissan's are known for their "pulling to the right". I do understand that some cars have torque steer that will pull them to the right, but it was doing it when I was just cruising along. Does this sound like something is wrong or is this true of Nissan's? Or did the alignment guy screw up?
#71 of 2710 amontemagni
Oct 31, 2002 (6:30 am)
Torque steer happens only under acceleration. If the car you drove was pulling to the right while cruising at a steady speed, there is something wrong with the car. The alignment might be off, or one of the tires might have less tread than the others. If an alignment doesn't fix the problem, try swapping the two front tires left-to-right. If the car then pulls the other way, you know it is the tires.
#72 of 2710 02' Altima 2.5 S and ContiTouring tires.
Oct 31, 2002 (1:19 pm)
Mine are coming off! I have had 2 sets on my car in 4200 miles. Both sets are/were junk. Nissan has graciously agreed to put the Turanzas on at no charge. Woohoo! If they are good enough tires for the new BMW 7, they are good enough for me.
Oct 31, 2002 (5:54 pm)
Got A 03 3.5 SE altima 3 weeks ago. Love the car but the automatic A.C. has broken twice already. The first time was said to be a bad hose. My wife is taking it in tommorow morning to see whats wrong now. This is my first foreign car purchase. I am a little disapointed with this car because I read that all Japanese cars are so reliable. I hope that it gets fixed. Steve
#74 of 2710 In response to #73
Nov 03, 2002 (5:54 am)
I am sorry to hear that. Sounds like a bit of bad luck to tell the truth. I have owned Nissans for many years and so have my fiance and family as a whole.6 Nissans as a family total. Never have we had such an experience of the same mechanism failing not only twice but so close to the purchase date. When at the dealer, make a point that is the second time, and totally unacceptable. They should put their best guys on it and ensure that it doesnt happen again. I hope this experience doesnt taint your view of Nissan, I think you will be very happy over the many years as it runs flawlessly.