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Nissan Altima Owners: Meet the Members



  • dhanushdhanush Posts: 1
    Greetings all,

    I bought my car on Mar 1, 2002. Made long trip around 322 miles. After couple of hours, When I started my Altima, it started showing Service Engine Soon'. I took the car to the dealer on monday, Technician told me that my car needs a new ECM (Engine Control Module), which has a new computer program. He told me that he need to get from factory. I am waiting for that...

    I searched on internet to find more details, appreantly ECM gets, controls engine. Could be located near or under radio system.

    Also My car making occasional hissing noise from right side of the car.. Probably I think about that later...

    Apart from that, so far trying to be happy.
  • housethouset Posts: 36
    I just got my 2002 Sheer Silver Altima 2.5 S this past week with Auto, C&C, Autodim Mirror, Fogs, and the usual and mats and splash guards. I have 500 miles and love it. I have had 3 different people say it looks like an executive should be driving. MPG are low around Mid 20's, hopefully that improves.
  • salsarevsalsarev Posts: 8
    I bought my 02 3.2 Altima in December. I have about 8300 miles on it. I love this car! However, I have one complaint. There is a squeak in the driver's seat...I think it's coming from the seat belt. Took it to the dealer, and of course, it wouldn't squeak! Any similar complaints from other owners? Thanks.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I'm having the same problem! My driver's seat squeaks quite a bit, and I haven't been able to figure out why or where it's coming from. I thought it was the seat belt at first, but now I think it's the seat.
  • khoner13khoner13 Posts: 2
    I purchased an SL at the end of February,02. Fully loaded with all options in Polished Pewter, I just love this car. I am averaging about 23.8 for the first 2,100 miles. Polished Pewter
  • Today I bought a 2002 Altima 2.5 S. The color is Polished Pewter and it's incredible!

  • theok70theok70 Posts: 2
    Just got a new 02 3.5 Altima with abs but no sunroof. The dealer mentioned they could add an aftermarket sunroof. Any opinions? Does it weaken the integrity and stability of the Chassis? Anyone have this done? TIA
  • ling1403ling1403 Posts: 3
    I have a 4 cyl. auto. 2.5s. Have any of you experienced some tapping noise under the engine hood? It is like a noise from pulsation of chain or belt. It is not so noticible when the car is running, but in idling condition, it is very noticible. I took the car to a Nissan dealer, but what I heard was simply 'normal'.
    Any of you know how to erase it?
    Any comment will be appreciated so much.
  • carnut_robcarnut_rob Posts: 6
    Hey ling1403, I have only had my 2.5 S since Saturday and I haven't noticed any tapping noise whatsoever. It could be related to the type of gas that you put in the car.

  • I just traded in my 2000 Olds Alero for a 2002 Altima S. I was heartbroken that I had to get rid of my Alero, but due to it's problems (tierod, struts, rotors replaced before 25,000 miles) I thought I should get rid of it. It was a choice between the Altima and a Passat. The Passat's are nice in my opinion but the inside looks cheap. The Altima has a classier look and I am praying it is more reliable that my Alero. I wanted the convenience package with a sunroof and they only had gold in those options at the dealer so I took the gold. I would have preferred the seafoam color but it doesn't come in a lighter color interior (my dog's fur is blonde!). I also would have loved the V6 but I didn't want to pay an extra 4-5K for it. I got the car for $21K.
  • I have had my gold Altima for 2 months. The vibration at 60-75 mph are unbearable. I am taking it back to the dealer next week. Has anyone else had this problem? My first trip to the dealer due to this problem, I noticed I was not alone (3 other cars in due to vibrations).

    I hope it can be fixed quick (its a four year lease).
  • What was the reponse from the dealer? Just in case mine does the same thing. Thanks!
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "vibration", but ours had a steering wheel shimmy between 45-55 mph. It turned out that the front wheels needed to be re-balanced. Voila, problem solved. There are other similar posts with the same cure.
  • Hello. I bought my '00 Altima SE back in Feb. 2000. I have never had any problems with the car. I just turned 72K miles. I drive 54 miles one way to the office daily. The car has been very reliable but I am ready to get rid of it for a used Saab 9-3. Does anyone think I can get $8,000 on a trade with the high mileage?
  • Hi Ling, I have a 03 2.5S Alta. I hear what I consider to be a knocking sound. I had a 02 Sentra, 1.8, didn't have that sound. I think its the 2.5 engine or a lack of sound insulation. I notice the knock at stop signs, when the car isn't powered up.
  • Got a 03 altima 3.5 SE. Love the car, but the automatic ac has went out 2 times in the 3 weeks that I have had this car. Was told that it had a bad hose the first time. My wife is taking it back again tommorow. This is the first foreign make of car I have ever owned and I thought that the quality of these cars was superior. I`m wondering now. For a car that stickered at 27,900 I thought I would get more. I hope that I can get it straitened out.
  • Ling and Piecekeeper- I bought my 2.5s about a month ago and i also have that annoying knocking/vibration/pulsation sound when sitting at idle with radio off and windows up, can't hear it when the windows are down or from outside the car. I brought it into the dealer and they said it was normal, they even had me drive another new 2.5s (had 75 miles on odo) and it had the same exact sound. I plan on having them check it again at my first oil change. At this point i have 2000 miles on the car and no other problems worth mentioning, but i'd sure like to know where that
    noise comes from. i'll pass on any new info i get.
  • I just purchased this used car and love it! It has 56,568 miles on it. I had a 1972 VW Beetle Bug and after completely restoring it...gave it to my son for his FUN in the SUN! I BABY all my cars with TLC. I did buy a 3 year warranty on this Nissan. Is there anything I should do outside of oil change and winterize at this point? NEW TIRES -- no problem. Any suggestions or advice you may offer on how to keep my "toy-boy" running smoothly will be appreciated. I did put the highest octane level gas in the tank. Thanks!
  • cjs2002cjs2002 Posts: 341
    I'd just thought that I'd save ya'll some grief and warn you about some things that I've discovered in all my research into the 02 - 03 Altima... PLEASE don't go out and install an aftermarket sunroof... according to my friend who works at a nissan dealership ... aftermarket things like sunroofs and remote start plays hell with the new altimas electrical systems.. (trust me when you have problems with aftermarket stuff the dealership never wants to fix it... ) just givin a fair warning...
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