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#43 of 111 Potential transaxle issue - pre-recall warning
Oct 04, 2012 (9:44 am)
My wife and I bought a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL in May. It lurched and shuddered when coasting (no pedals pressed) between 30 and 40 mph, especially when going uphill. We took it to the dealership we purchased it from and picked it up today after 3 tries to fix and it being out of commission for 17 straight days. They replaced the entire transaxle on our new car. The dealership has said that the true issue was a programming issue in the transaxle that should be fixed with a recall, taking it to a dealership to reprogram the TCM (transaxle control module?) maybe. They tried to give us the car back last Friday, after replacing the transaxle, but they knocked a "boot" off when they re-installed the drive shaft causing excessive road noise even at very low speeds. Suffice to say, our car was somewhat of an experiment in this recall getting a new transaxle instead of just reprogramming the existing one. So if you have not heard of a recall (I still haven't even though the dealership said "thousands" of cars have reported the same issue), be aware of the issue and take it to a dealership to get the TCM reprogrammed asap if yours has the same issue.
Other than not having the car for 1/8 of the time we've owned it, we love the car. Even with the recent issues, I do not wish I had bought a different car.
#44 of 111 issues
Oct 04, 2012 (7:14 pm)
I purchased a 2.5 SV. MPG's have been 31 3 times and 34.5 one time. I have 2000 miles. I have felt the "wandering" in the straight line driving. I had the lurching issue a few times. I thought it was just me and was waiting to see how often it occurred. Overall I love the car so far.
#45 of 111 Re: Anyone Drive the '13 Altima Yet? [growing_credit]
Oct 06, 2012 (3:51 am)
I can't find out how to reset the averge fuel consumption on my 2013 Altima. Can you help, please?
#46 of 111 Re: Anyone Drive the '13 Altima Yet? [fasteddiechu]
Oct 06, 2012 (4:29 pm)
While the fuel economy is displayed just hold the same button in for a few seconds and it will reset.
#47 of 111 Re: mpg is not in line with company claims [aatish]
Oct 06, 2012 (11:36 pm)
You should call Nissan's consumer services and register your complain. That's what I did. I am still trying to chase down the Nissan specialist who has been assigned my case. It has been a very frustrating experience with Nissan North America. I had purchased this vehicle based on Its 27 city MPG claim but I have been getting 17-18 max.
#48 of 111 Re: 2013 altima MPG Average [victomofnissan]
Oct 14, 2012 (7:41 am)
I purchased a 2013 3.5L. I have just over 5500 hwy miles & I am averaging 31-33.8 mpg. Almost all my driving is hwy miles. I found using the cruise control helps a lot. I drive apprx 4 miles over the speed limit, so it isn't being babied while driving.
#49 of 111 Re: I feel drifting & wandering, move side to side [aaattt]
Oct 16, 2012 (4:05 pm)
You are not imagining this wandering, side to side action. I just bought a 2013
3.5 Altima, and have spoken to the dealer several times now. This "action"
happens at high speed 60- on up mainly. It is unsafe and hard to keep it in a
straight line. Even my husband who has many years of driving trucks, said there
is something wrong. We have been told it is because of the new requirement for
electronic steering. No adjustment can be made. I can not control the car on
freeway speeds without severe side to side motion. I do think there will be
a recall because of this issue. If you can not steer the car, there is a serious
problem, and unacceptable to us.
#50 of 111 Re: I feel drifting & wandering, move side to side [cal24mo]
Oct 17, 2012 (3:28 pm)
Electirc steering is a choice by auto makers to improve MPG. I do not believe it is required. I think the dealer is giving you the runaround on that point.
#51 of 111 Re: I feel drifting & wandering, move side to side [seolbro]
Oct 17, 2012 (3:44 pm)
I'm not a big fan of electric steering assist but it shouldn't wander as described.
#52 of 111 Mpg in line with company claim
Oct 19, 2012 (11:45 am)
This is my 4th tank and so far from my last two fill ups I've averaged 27.8 and 28.2 mpg and my 90% of driving is city driving. I try to be as light footed as I can so that could be one of the factor. I've 2.5 SL