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#171 of 685 Re: THREAD FOR ACTION! Nissan Altima 2002 oil burning/engine failure [ken75]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:52 am)
Any not aware of any design changes for the 2008, if fact the 2006 is now showing engine problems, the same engine that is in the 2002-3-4-5-6-7. I have 3 of these-(1) 2002 and (2) 2003 in this family, and we like the car. Only the 2002 has hit the 80,000 mile mark when all the problems surface. Nissan had not returned any of my calls, and I call routinely. The dealer has been simpathetic but "oh well the car has miles on it and these things happen". Some of the service men working for the dealership in town, it's rumored, that there are several engines being replaced at a cost to the customer of $4000.00 each. Of course, Nissan is very closed mouth about this. I think this is a crime! I reported my problems to Nissan North America, Consumer Affairs, the National investagative division for auto recalls, and the attorney general in my state. I am looking for a class action filing against Nissan on this problem. They are already in a class action for another issue. I wish you well. Enjoy the car while you can.
#172 of 685 Re: THREAD FOR ACTION! Nissan Altima 2002 oil burning/engine failure [isileli]
Jan 24, 2008 (8:07 am)
I would like to keep my 3 Nissans also, but do we take the chance? Look at the recalls on the 2006 motors. These are the same one used in the 2002-3-4-5-6. What can you expect? I chose to repair the 2002 that was down, I had to.I am looking for a Toyota or Honda to replace it. The other 2 Nissans will be gone before fall. And I have purchased Nissan most of my life, from the days of the Datsun (300,000 miles) and I sold it. But never again. This family will be going to a more reliable auto.
#174 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [czander]
Jan 25, 2008 (10:03 am)
I have a 2002 Altima S as well. I have had unexplained oil consumption and was told that I needed the valve cover gasket replaced. I did that. Then my Piston # 3 was misfiring. I had my #3 coilpack and plugs replaced. Piston #3 kept misfiring. Was told by another mechanic that I should have had a Nissan coil pack and platinum plugs put in. I did that. Piston #3 still misfiring. Was told that the piston is fine, no scoring, no water coming through. Compression is fine. had the ECM re-programmed and then got a surge problem. Had Nissan re-program the idle. So far, surge problem gone but not the misfiring. No one can seem to find the problem! The Nissan dealership won't even look at my car, ever since I told them the probs. they just say to get a new engine! I used to love this car, but not anymore. I will NEVER buy another Nissan again.
#175 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [laura19]
Jan 25, 2008 (6:31 pm)
I'd go to another dealership. I doubt there is anything major wrong, and you certainly don't need a new engine. To the best of my knowledge, a misfire means the piston is in the wrong place when the plug fires. usually its a sensor or something that cause that. It can, however, be quite a pain and quite time consuming to track down. It sounds as if the dealership your dealing with simply doesn't want to take the time.
You say its an 02, which would make it just barely 6 yrs old. Is it still under warranty? even if you bought it used, most of the extended warranties transfer to the next owner.
anyhow, find yourself a good mechanic who knows how to properly diagnose a car.
#176 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [jd10013]
Jan 26, 2008 (8:16 am)
Thanks for the input jd1003. My car is no longer under warranty. I have been looking for different mechanics and found this particular one who, I guess, I want to stay with since he seems up-front and honest, but cannot seem to fix the prob. The other 4 mechanics I went to could not fix the prob either. I have high mileage on the car (116K), bought it at 39K and have taken very good care of it. I thought Nissans were supposed to give longevity. BUT, not this make/model. Could this simply be either sensor or electrical? That's kind of what I think (and have been all along), but who am I - not a mechanic! My hands are tied here... Has anyone else had this same prob? Help!!!
#177 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [laura19]
Jan 26, 2008 (2:25 pm)
nissans usually do last a long time, but you never know with any car. I knew somebody who had the exact same problem with a chevy blazer or something. they eventually got it to go away, but it took forever, and they don't know what did it because they replaced a lot of stuff.
my advice would be to take it to a garage that specialized in foreign cars, or another nissan dealership. It's most likely something in the electrical system, and electrical problems are a pain in the arse to track down.
#178 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [jd10013]
Jan 27, 2008 (7:13 am)
Thanks jd. It's so frustrating. The current mechanic I am using is supposed to be a foreign specialist. Imagine? Yeah, I'm hoping that's it's only mechanical. The funny thing is that every time a mechanic "fixes" the prob (or so they think) it runs absolutely great and then I get my hands on it and it craps out. I've recently named my car "Christine". Starting to creep me out! LOL (just have to have some humor here - going nuts!)
#179 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [laura19]
Jan 27, 2008 (9:59 am)
Being able to properly diagnose a problem is what separates a good mechanic from the rest. Any mechanic can fix something on a car. but, only the good ones can track the problem down and find out what it is..
#180 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima with "THE" oil problem [jd10013]
Jan 27, 2008 (4:09 pm)
So true.... I actually meant to say in my last posting that I hope it's electrical (not mechanical) LOL I guess I haven't found that "good" mechanic yet. Looking in the South Shore, MA area. Can anyone recommed a good mechanic?