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Feb 06, 2005 (5:50 am)
So I just got out of my 1999 Ford Ranger with 120k miles, and into a 2001 Nissan Altima with 20k miles on it. I bring it home, drive it around for a night and the next day, the engine is bucking. When I'm in park it idles very high, then very low, when I'm driving it wants to stop, then go faster, and I can't get it to go more than 45-50 miles an hour, with the pedal to the METAL, and the car is jolting when it switches gears (automatic of course, I KNEW I wanted a standard) Car is of course still under warranty, and I will take it back on Monday, just wondering if anyone has any insite as to what this could be, or if it has happened to anyone else, because I REALLY want to keep this car. I've fallen in LOVE with it, but don't want to keep a junk car that has all these problems with it.
#895 of 2710 Re: A bucking Nissan. . . [newnissanowner]
Feb 06, 2005 (5:52 am)
And I forgot to add that the check engine soon light was flickering for about 10 minutes then stayed on steadily.
Feb 06, 2005 (9:06 am)
"a junk car that has all these problems with it"
One problem, several symptoms. The only way to determine the cause is by retrieving the stored diagnostic trouble codes, but from the description I'd suspect the mass airflow sensor or a leak in the intake ducting.
#897 of 2710 Considering purchasing an Altima in 2006
Feb 07, 2005 (5:35 am)
At the present time we have a 2003 Honda 4 cylinder automatic Accord that is 24 months old with 44,000+ miles on the clock. The vehicle has been excellent in terms of quality, and my dealer is outstanding. NOW FOR THE ISSUE! The "A" pillars to the left and right of the windshield block visibility when making a left turn into a street and / or waiting at a stop sign, and looking for on-coming traffic from the right. Since the vehicle will be paid off in Feb. 2006, (with about 60,000 miles on the clock), we are considering purchasing a 2006 Nissan Altima. Does the Nissan Altima have this visibility issue? What is the quality of this vehicle? What kind of treatment can we expect from the dealer and / or the factory if we have a problem with the Altima? Is the Altima as good as, or better than, the Accord?
Feb 07, 2005 (9:27 am)
I sure hope it's something along those lines. I was thinking more along the lines of a problem with the transmission, since it bucks and almost stalls when I stop.
Having more time to drive it this morning to the dealership, I figured out that if I drive it with the overdrive off, it runs a whole lot better, but I still have the same problems. It's in the shop now and I have a loaner, so I guess I'll just wait and see what it was.
I guess saying "a junk car that has all these problems with it" was a little harsh, it's just that this is my first time buying a car from a dealer, I'm a single mother and this was SCARY. To think I paid $11,000 for a car and it's broke, is something I would rather not have going on. Thank GOD it's still under warranty.
Thanks for your help!
Feb 07, 2005 (9:45 am)
With the computerized controls on newer vehicles, sometimes a problem with one component can cause a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Post back and let us know the outcome.
#900 of 2710 Re: Considering purchasing an Altima in 2006 [gregoryc1]
Feb 07, 2005 (12:27 pm)
I've got a 2003 and can't report any visibility problems. The car has a raked stance, so the back is higher than the front which can make things disappear when backing up but it's never given me a problem once I got used to it and developed instancits for it.
Just under two years and I'm still happy with mine. I very much like the people at Koeppel Nissan in Jackson Heights, Queens. I previously had a Civic from Paragon Honda up the road from them, and was pretty underwhelmed when I went in there as a returning customer with an expiring lease.
Everybody raves about Honda dealers but I found Paragon to be arrogant. I think that dealer experience can really vary from site to site so I don't know if you can really get good info on that from an internation message board.
#901 of 2710 Re: A very weird problem my 02Altima has! [ediamiam]
Feb 07, 2005 (5:08 pm)
i have the same problem as the person who wrote this email. the only difference is my car was parked and the told me that i flooded my engine. it happend before and they replaced the starter saying that that was the cause of my car not starting. so my question is" how do you flood your engine when the car sat overnight" no one was driving it we went out to start it and it didn't for two days. then they called and told us there was nothing wrong and we could pick it up.
please some one explain it to me.
#902 of 2710 Re: A very weird problem my 02Altima has! [peachykeen]
Feb 08, 2005 (12:20 pm)
With efi, you're not supposed to be able to flood it at all.
#903 of 2710 bucking '02 altima
Feb 09, 2005 (10:37 am)
about 2 weeks ago i had my gas level real low in one of those -14 degree nights. The next day I noticed the check engine light had come on and my car would buck when idling. The bucking occurs randomly but on a daily basis. The auto shop suggested dry gas blah blah blah (which i had already done). Said he couldn't read the codes but that it had something to do with the cam something or other and i should take it to a certified nissan dealer. I'm waiting for my appointment with this guy, but in the meanwhile any ideas what this could be?