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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair

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  • Only 2.5 are effected. To check your VIN# go to nissanusa.com, there is a link for recalls etc, check your VIN, but as with any new car, don't push the car for at least the first couple hundred miles, and check fluidlevels before recommended services to identify problems before Nissan discovers them when it is too late. Forget the salesmen, go straight to the Service Manager, he knows the cars, the salesman knows how to sell and 'calm rough water'. The recall info is all over the web.
  • amarkutamarkut Posts: 5
    bigboi,

    I'd say a big YES you should be worried IF you had one of the defective cars due to the defective "part" can cause a fire. But you should be 99.9% a o.k. My dealership here in Indy, which is VERY reputable, said they were told by Nissan Corp. to pull ALL the cars that same evening it was announced off the lots-they could not sell them. (this is back in early June)

    As for the serial #, bascially it is to track when the car was actually built. I appologize for the lack of memory, but I believe it affected 06 models manufactured from Dec.05-I think April 06 (?).

    You might want to do some research on the sepcific maufactured time frame on the internet-but I could bet your car is fine.
  • amarkutamarkut Posts: 5
    Yes, I'm referring to the 2.5-not sure what bigboi purchased; however. Again, I feel he has nothing to worry about. Also, jmaxwell is correct-it's the VIN#. Not sure why I said serial number-sorry about that.
  • I checked Nissan's site and they say it affects VIN #s
    1N4*L11D*6N366397 - 369129. My VIN# starts with 41****. I am supposed to pick up the car later today but my parents told me that I should call the dealer and cancel my car since it states in the article that they should stop selling ALL Altimas. I just dont want to receive a recall letter in the mail later and have problems.

    What do you suggest?
  • sheri_gosheri_go Posts: 1
    My rear seatbelts periodically get stuck and can not be used. I have one that has been stuck for 4 months and one that has been stuck for 2 months. My 3rd back seat belt got stuck a couple of days ago but i was able to dis-lodge it. I have 2 children who have to sit back there and right now they are both sitting in the same seat. Has anyone had this problem before or have any idea what i can do about it? Please help me out as my children are riding unsafely in my car. Thanx
  • eddieeeddiee Posts: 25
    We just had the front rotors replaced after 20,000 miles on our 2005 Altima. There was bad front end shimmy when the brakes were applied. Luckily the dealer replaced them under warranty. There must have been little pad wear since they didn't replace the pads. The service manager said that this is not the first instance of early rotor warping. She said the calipers were fine. We also had 2 instances where we left the car parked for a week+ when going on vacation and the pads seized to the rotors. The car would not move. I had to apply a lot of gas (not fun backing out of a garage) and eventually the brakes freed with a loud bang. I know it's not unusual for light rust to appear when the car is parked for a while (which will burn off soon with no damage) but I have never had the pads seize before with any vehicle.

    Have others encountered premature rotor warping or pads seizing? I have heard that OEM rotors are typically crap so I will probably replace these with non-Nissan parts when these rotors go. Our previous 96 Camry went 85,000 miles before replacing the front pads and the rotors were still good (just needed turning). I didn't replace the rotors to save a few bucks because we were selling it.
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    Because your car "isn't" one of the VIN#'s afffected, don't think you're in the clear. Mine isn't, and it's eating more oil than what is conceived to be normal. This shocked me when I checked the oil with 800 more miles before the next scheduled oil change (it was bone dry) and the service manager who checked it when I took it in - it was again lower (but not empty) than it should've been. I now have to follow the procedure of driving it for 700 miles and take it in three times to monitor oil consumption. So keep tabs on your car

    :lemon:
  • If you’re having second thoughts about the deal then you should back out of it. The idea of possibly having to replace an engine on a brand new car with a used or refurbished one is just plain ridiculous. If I were in your shoes I wouldn’t think twice about canceling now than regretting it latter.

    JV
  • bperkbperk Posts: 38
    All, Firstly lets all be aware that Nissan has carefully crafted this as a "TSB" and NOT a recall. Here is the link to the "TSB" http://www.nissanhelp.com/Ownership/Bulletins/Nissan/2006/NTB06-045.htm

    If it were a recall there would be a line out the door because they would be fessing up to a truly defective component and would have to replace 85K+ engines.

    Secondly, read the TSB very carefully. If you go in to the svc dept with just a LOW level oil range they will simply check for noise, top it off with oil, and send you on your way. My advise, dont go in until the oil does not reach the dip stick, monitor it carefully and then as soon as you see this level head to the dealer becasue now according to the TSB you can start the process of checking every 700 miles and then get the new engine. Again read this TSB very carefully..It took me a few reads to finally understand the loop hole they crafted. My car is burning oil, its on the LOW indicator after 2200 miles on the dipstick but Im wtg until it does not register at all otherwise they will say it does not qualify (Nissan,not the dealer because Nissan has to authorize the engine replacement). Good luck all.
  • altimaedaltimaed Posts: 2
    :confuse: For the past 6 months I have been fighting with this. I had both Cam & Crank Sensors replace at the same time 4 months ago since it was a recall. Well guess what, it still is doing the same thing, loss of power, stalling and check Engine Light flashing. Has anyone experienced the same problem as me. Everytime I take the car to a Nissan Dealer they tell me there are no error codes in the comupter and they can't duplicate the problem. Any advice is helpful at this point!
  • bperkbperk Posts: 38
    I eventulally spoke to the General Manager of the dealership and informed him of the "Offer" his finance manager made to me. His reply was that there must have been some misunderstanding on the matter. I assured him that there was no "Misunderstanding", I know what I heard and I believe I know what he was trying to do. I even looked this guy dead in the the eye and said "What, you want me to void mt 3yr36k warranty for another $1,200 off the vechile". Anyway, I also sent a duplicate letter to Nissan Consumer Affairs, lot of good that will do. But either way, Im determined to uncover some shify goings on with this guy if I can. Its a shame because I really like the service department.
  • Call Nissan North America direct, give them your VIN# and get your answer from them directly, do not trust your Sales person to have the correct answer for you, that's not his job...I'd call them, ask them what they want you to do, see if the answer suits you and if not, then take other action...other than that, there are a lot of Altima 2.5's that weren't affected (those that were built after May 2006) yours may be one of those and you have no probs, but check with Nissan direct...
  • jpgoldmanjpgoldman Posts: 1
    I had a problem where my car would stall while I was driving, which was most inconvenient. I paid $193 to replace the crankshaft position sensor in March. I've had no problems since, but if that was supposed to be a recall, I will be most displeased.
  • ruby02ruby02 Posts: 2
    There was in fact a recall on both those parts. Take the recall notice and go back to the dealer. You should be reimbursed.

    LJ :)
  • wwjcdo55wwjcdo55 Posts: 10
    It seems i am finally getting somewhere toward getting my Altima repaired. I took it to dealer today for 1st time concerning oil issue. Service manager treated me very well. He said bring it back two more times for oil issue. On 3rd time he would order a new engine (not rebuilt) He seemed to be a very trusting man ! A former law enforcement officer and a straight forward guy. He told me a way to check engine to verify serial number for peace of mind ! My wife's car and she about flipped when she found out i had already talked with an attorney. Now we both feel better about the whole issue.
  • altimaedaltimaed Posts: 2
    Alright! I just got my car back from my Nissan Dealership for the 3rd time. Once again they could not find any error codes stored in the computer and could not duplicate the problem which is Engine light flashes on and off, loss of power, at idle car seems like it is going to stall. Still Nissan could not find any errors in the computer they will not fix anything on my car. I hate wasting my time at the dealership anymore when I KNOW something is wrong but they seem to never be able to figure it out. Is there anyone here that has had or is having the same problem I am experiencing. I am affraid from some of the stories I have read that my car will shut down on the interstate going 65. Help please!
  • In the same boat and need some answers or opinions what would be the best to do. Proceed in getting the car, even though the problems affected only certain cars or scrap the whole idea. Really like the 06 altima se-r. Don't want a bunch of problems in the end.
  • wwjcdo55wwjcdo55 Posts: 10
    All i can say is that my dealer sent a number of Altima's back . Due to the problems with the 2.5 litre engine. The problem being heavy oil consumption with certain engines manufactored 1st quarter of this year. Naturally i purchased one of those cars in late May. 10 days later got a letter from Nissan stateing how for me to react to this problem. They told me to check oil every 700 miles. Add what oil to fill back to full. Finally i took car back to dealer and now i am letting him handle the total situation. Said i had 2 more times to bring back then he would order a new engine and call when it came in for him to swap out.He did state he would give me a loaner until the engine swap was made. He assured me it would be a new engine not a rebuilt. He stated i would be able to tell from serial number stamped on block. But from the number of cars sent back from around the country i think i possibly could still receive a engine from another car that was took out and rebuilt. To be put back in my new Nissan. Please do not get me wrong my wife and I love the car. Just worried about the outcome. But Nissan has warrented the engine for 100,000 miles. Now i have heard of many past the 200,000 mark. Will my Altima make it ? That remains to be seen. So i would get the vin number off the car and do some checking with Nissan myself. I personally dont trust the sales department of the dealership i purchased mind at. It's the 2.5 Altima S model.
  • I would trust the fact that this prob only affects the 2.5...I'd love the 3.5 se-r ...I had a 2.5 with a prob, I fought it with the Better Business Bureau, and got a new engine without having to play the outrageous game of checking my oil every 700 miles..what an insult...If anything, I'd tell anyone buying a new car or car for that matter, read this from msnbc: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) manages and tracks all U.S. recalls. It maintains an extensive, detailed database of all problems, which consumers can use to find out if a vehicle they own or are considering buying has a recall associated with it.
  • txbeatztxbeatz Posts: 3
    My 1994 altima a/c only blows on setting #4. 1,2 and 3 dont blow anything at all. someone told me it could be just the knob but i doubt that. another person told me there is a common problem with a peice that is in between the knob and the fan.

    anyone have any ideas? im in texas and its hot and dont want to run #4 all the time lol
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