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#838 of 2710 Exhaust Problems
Dec 02, 2004 (11:06 am)
I have a 1997 Nissan Altima. I purchased the car last year as a student. Recently, the car which was running great suddenly started making a loud "boom" noise and when I took to Amoco Car repair they said that the exhaust pipe was rusting off and I needed to replace it. they quoted something around 600$ for this.
Is there a better way/ cheaper way to do it?
Since I dont use the car that much and it already has 125K miles on it (built in 1997) I was wondering if anyone could advice me of an efficient and cheap way to do it? If you guys feel that replacing the exhaust shall be the best way please feel free to say so.
Thanks a lot!
#841 of 2710 2000 Altima 2.5L - Strange rattle noise under driver side area
Dec 02, 2004 (2:27 pm)
Has anyone noticed a strange intermittent rattle type noise when you brake or make a turn? this noise is located right below the feet area driver side.
I took the car in to the dealership but they said nothing is located underneath the driver side. it's almost if a bolt or something is loose underneath that area.
anyone have similar problem and know what it is?
#842 of 2710 Re: Something Loose Under Carpet [rg_toronto]
Dec 02, 2004 (2:32 pm)
this may be the same problem I am having. does it sound like a rattle noise or at least something you can feel directly under the driver side feet?
what did you noise sound like? how do I go about getting this fixed if the dealership keeps saying they can't find anything?
#843 of 2710 Re: Exhaust Problems [sujeet13]
Dec 03, 2004 (6:14 am)
If it's rusted, it's rusted. There is really no way around replacing it other than to shop around. See if any exhaust specialists in your area are advertising specials. Be aware, that when you see something advertsied especially cheap, it's usually from the catilytic (sp?) converter back. If your pipes are rusted up to the manifold, you won't get off that cheap.
#844 of 2710 Re: Exhaust Problems [gsemike]
Dec 03, 2004 (7:28 am)
I very much appreciate your input.
#845 of 2710 Engine gone
Dec 03, 2004 (1:46 pm)
Have 1997 Nissan Altima. It did not start a couple of times, and once while driving, all the lights came on, the engine slowed down, and the steering froze. Being a woman and driving kids to school, I got concerned, and took it to be checked out. Rather than taking it to the dealer, took it to Goodyear Service.
First, they said I needed a new distributor cap,coil, ignition coil, spark plugs, etc. Cost was $900. Now after installing all these, they tell me that the engine valves are gone, and they could not find that out earlier since there was no spark.
Their explanation is that the distributor was burnt, filled with oil, and that got the valves hot, and burnt two out, while the other two have low compression. Bottom line, they are now telling me that I need a new engine, and getting a new head will end up blowing the old engine.
Is this baloney? Am I being taken for a ride? Am I better off getting a new car? This one has $137K miles on it, and has run great till now. Estimates for a rebuilt engine is $2500 - $3500.
#846 of 2710 Re: Engine gone [tdavis1]
Dec 03, 2004 (7:53 pm)
Time to take it somewhere for a second opinion... I find it hard to believe the engine is worn out after 137,000 miles, as long as it got serviced every 7500 or so...
#847 of 2710 Nissan Altima 98 - Problems
Dec 04, 2004 (9:18 am)
I have a Nissan Altima 1998 with about 58000 miles.
I had an oil change done at a dealership in March 2004 and the car was running fine. However from June 28th through August 28th, I did not drive the car. When I started the car then, the oil light was on. The engine was also making a knocking noise. I took the car to a different dealership than the one that I got the oil change done earlier. They did a oil change, told me that I had very less oil and the person who did the previous oil change did not crush a oil plug when doing the oil change which led to a oil leak. Once I started driving the car after the oil change, I noticed the car had no power and I needed to accelerate a lot. I took the car back to the second dealer and they did diagnostic tests on the car and told me that the engine had internal damage (because of the oil leak) and had low compression and that the engine would need to be replaced ($ 2450). I took the car to the dealer that did the oil change in March and looked at the car and told me that the engine is fine but I have a timing problem. They said that they made a temporary fix by realigning the distributor but would need to remove the timing cover to figure what really was wrong. The cost of removing the timing cover would be $ 650 and then they could figure out what the problem is.
I guess I do not know which dealer to trust since both are giving conflicting opinions about the problem. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and they could not help me much.
I would appreciate it if anyone could provide me with some input on this.