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Nissan Altima

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  • by a '00 Volvo C40, 20-30 mph. It ran a red and caught me from the rr wheel through mid-qtr panel. Boo-hoo!

    $1,200 to repair. Only a wheel cover, knuckle, arm & nut are being replaced, plus Bondo?/Primer/Repaint the panel.

    The repairs are not complete, but I agonized over fighting for a new panel. Did I do the right thing? TIA,
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a new car and you have the right to insist on OE parts. I'd push for a new panel.

    Take a magnet to the finished product. If it's bondo, the magnet won't stick. I would not accept this on a brand new Altima.

    If you have to, get your insurance company involved because they have lawyers that will protect you. My guess is if you even threaten to hire a lawyer they will quickly come to their senses.

    -juice
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I agree with Juice. You should insist on a new OEM panel. Bondo and repainting will lower your trade-in value in the future.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know if I put a magnet to the car and it didn't stick, then I would not be buying the car. That's a clue of a cheap fix. Do NOT let them do that to you! Also check about something called adjusted market value or something like that. Since your car is so new, they might give you some money because the value of your car was instantly lowered when it was hit. Check with your insurance company about it.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Our '01 Gxe makes a strange noise when accelerating lately, like a sewing machine and it gets louder as the speed increases, then gets softer as the car settles into 4th gear. When you hit the accelerator, you still hear it. Any suggestions? The car only has just over 27k on it. Sounds like the alternator or something but all the electrical stuff works fine. Help!!
    Tia all for any help.

    The Sandman
  • stebustebu Posts: 204
    You could have a bearing going and still have everything work fine. Here's a longshot to look at, check the power steering fluid level. I've had cars in the past that make a noise similiar to what you describe if the level gets a little low. It's usually, but not always at least at first, accompanied by a slightly squirmy feel to the steering in the left and right fully locked position. Just a thought.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    thanks, the steering seems just fine. Made an appointment online 2 bring the car in next week so we'll see. Only have about 85k left until warranty ends.
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    What is Bondo? A while back someone said he rented an Altima in North Carolina? Which rental company carries the 02 Altima?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I rented an Altima (a 2001 model, though) in Maryland from Budget rental cars. They have them here, as well as Maxima SEs. The Altima was a 2001 GXE model.
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    A plastic-based body filler meant for very thin applications in filling out dents. Unfortunately, some body shops may slather it on up to 1/4" thick, a real "no-no."
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    In my earlier post, I meant that I've still got about 8.5k on my original 3/36k warranty, my fingers were all screwy this mornin'!
    Checked the car when the wife got home earlier, she turned steering wheel from side to side and no noise, only when accelerating, either going straight or making turns. We'll have to wait till next week. Thanks again.

    The Sandman
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I don't live in North Carolina, but I don't stay far from there. I live in Union, South Carolina, and last week I was up in Greenville, South Carolina. I went buy Budget Rent-a-Car I believe, and they had a lot FULL of 2001 Altimas as well as 2002 Altimas and Maximas for rent and for sale. I am tempted to rent a 2002 Altima or Maxima just to drive down to Atlanta soon. I'd like to drive one for the weekend.
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    When you are near Budget again check out the price
    for a used 2002 Altima. I know they are base models. I just want to know what's the spread between a new and used.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Go to http://www.budgetcarsales.com and check on the prices of their used cars yourself. I found the website while playing around, didn't even know it existed. Good luck.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    I took my car to the dealer to complain about the wind noise coming from the sunroof - even though I didn't think it was too bad, I read on the board somewhere about this. I went because I had to get a new blower fan (it started shrieking on me) and a new airbag module (a common problem these days).

    Anyway, the difference in the wind noise after they put the new sunroof in is like night and day. My car is much quieter now. Before I could notice a big difference in the noise when I opened the sunshade as opposed to keeping it closed. Now there is no difference, it's quiet through and through.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    Thanks for the tip about the sunroof. The sunroof in my Altima also makes quite a bit of noise and I was thinking about taking it in for them to look at. What did the dealer do to fix your problem?
  • mike1qazmike1qaz Posts: 93
    My son has a 95 Altima w/160k and his cel light came on at about 120k. There is a rotary switch behind the lower panel by your right foot that if used will cause your error code to be displayed by blinking the cel light in a pattern. If you have a Haynes (or any other repair) manual, the error codes tell you the meaning and what to check. You can also clear the error after reading it to see if it will return or if it was intermittent. I cleared my sons and it hasn't returned in 40k miles. If it does return, then repair may be in order. But at least you know the code when talking to your mechanic.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have been seeing alot more Altima arond lately. How are the sales figures compared to what Nissan projected for this car? Just curious. Thanks.

    Oh, did they do anything to the interior of them yet? Someone a bunch of posts back said something about the price of the car going up like $200, and they thought that money might be used to fix up the interior a bit. Also, anything on the horizon in that respect for the 2003 models? Thanks again.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    The Altima is selling well ahead of Nissan's expectations. I believe before they went on sale, Nissan was hoping for 170-180k Altimas to be sold this year. For the last 3 months, ~19k Altimas have been sold per month, which translates to 230k per year.

    As for the interior, I've heard that newer models include better quality leather and more substantial center consoles. There are also supposed to be some minor improvements for the '03 model year.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Thanks for your response.

    Another question to that person who was T-boned in their Altima. Did you ever get it straightened out yet? Just curious. I hope you did not let them put Bond-O on your car!
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