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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    --"...but waiting to fill up the oil and top up the gas is ludicrous at best and should not be tolerated..."--

    Just a hypothetical question to chew on, but what would be your thoughts after boarding a budget trans-oceanic flight and see a notice stitched onto the seat back ahead of you that states, "Budja-Lines prides itself on reducing costs wherever possible to deliver the lowest airfares in the industry. To that end our latest maintenance procedures have been streamlined to check the lubricating oil levels in our airplane engines twice per year. Welcome aboard and enjoy your flight!"
  • :confuse: yes...that exactly what i meant...sorry...any help you can offer would be greatly apreciated...
  • herk01herk01 Posts: 1
    Sounds very familiar, I too am on my third visit to the dealer with my '02 Altima for stalling issues and they hook it up to the computer and everything is fine. I want them to replace the crack shaft sensors again but thus far they won't. Any developments withe your since July
  • jmachojmacho Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Altima which I purchased recently. Upon purchase, I did a major tune up replacing the cap, rotor, plugs, wires, and fuel filter which were all original.

    My problem is a real puzzler- The car exhibits an occasional hesitation- usually very brief and it appears to occur traveling at highway speeds only after driving for an hour or so. Occurs in both dry or wet weather and very infrequently up until a recent trip. I do not notice any hesitation while driving around town. Car starts and runs fine with no idle or acceleration problem. This weekend while driving in the rain after 1 hour the hesitation became much worse with bucking that continued until we stopped for lunch. Did not see any drop on the tach and no CE light. After 1/2 hour stop (still raining) got back into traffic and I did not notice any hesitation for the remander 1/2 hour drive home. Again- noticed at highway speeds- usually after an hour or so, appears to occur more so while going up a hill (with or without any downshifting from the auto trans) and until recently very infrequently- any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I did reseat everything and the cap looked OK
  • penizzlepenizzle Posts: 104
    Did you replace the spark plugs when you did the tune up? If not, you need to do that.The minor hesitation may be caused by some or one minor vacumm leak. If there aren't any vacumm leaks, check the fuel pressure when the car hesitates.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408

    I've moved a couple of posts over to the topic created especially to discuss Altima engine failures and oil burning issues:

    Here's your link, for those of you looking for your posts.

    Nissan Engine Failures

    Mr. Shiftright


  • valvvalv Posts: 10
    I am terrified. Last week I bought a brand new '06 2.5 S. Reading all this info about recalls, and already having my car in the shop. Yes! 3 days after taking a delivery I discovered a water in the trunk, in the jack storage compartment that was heavily leaking down on the ground. I took pictures and brought to the dealership. Three days later - no word. I guess I'll give it another 2-3 days before calling a lawyer and pushing for either refund or replacement.
    Regarding your phrase regarding overcoming "bad car dealer": I don't believe (no offense) there is a "good car dealer". I had an internet quotes on hand and they still tryed to get me. Good thing I do my home work before shopping. I actually walked out two dealerships because both salesmen and the manager were liars. :mad:
  • joshuasjoshuas Posts: 1
    Looks like God never directed you to a dictionary though!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    I have no idea what Jesus would do, but I will have to start deleting posts unless people make an effort to remain civil in their discourse.


  • I have the same exact problem with my car, about 4 months ago and I had to have the fuel injector replaced that cost me 500.00 plus, now after 4 months the problem has happened again. Now I am going to have to take it back to the shop again, but when that same excat thimg happened it was my fuel injector.
  • 97 Altima GXE, 282K miles. Still have original engine, transmission and starter. Love to zoom around Chicago town.
  • I have the same problem with an 02. Have you found a solution yet?
  • I traded in my 2003 Nissan Altima SE for a Honda Civic SI a few weeks ago. I hated getting rid of the SE, because I loved driving it. However, I did have some annoying problems. 1. Gas sensor valve went after 3 months, replaced under warranty with free loaner. 2. Had to replace the front struts (both sides) 3 times! Why is that? I never had a car that I even had to replace struts on before. I only had 24,000 miles on the car at the time. Also, while the VQ engine was powerful and smooth at low RPM, passing while at speed seemed to stress out the engine for some reason. Also, the interior plastics and center arm rest were low quality. Anyone who owns one will agree with me on that. Nissan needs to improve quality control.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    Weren't you aware of the interior plastics issue before you signed the purchase contract?
  • Hi;
    I just bought a 96' Nissan Altima Recently. I fount out that sometimes my speedo needle won't move only if I kept on press the button to reset the milleage then it started to move, or only if I go up to 40 MPH then the speedo moved. Can someone tell me what's wrong with my car and how can I fix it? Or how much will it be to fix this problem? Thanks for your help.
  • I had this problem with my Infiniti I35 last year. Dealer replaced window motor and it has been working normal ever since.
  • how much did you pay for it?
  • Replacement under warranty - car was at 57K miles. The job description on the receipt likes this: "C/S driver side window goes up and drops down 1/4 of the way. Driver side window motor failing. Replaced Driver side window motor". I guess you should call a couple Nissan dealers and ask them specifically about the job of replacing window motor. They will give you a quote for labor and part. Hope this will help.
  • I have a 2000 Altima SE and I've had the same problem. It began a few months ago with an occasional "check engine" light, but only recently began idling very rough. It's gotten worse and worse by the day and finally got to the point that my car began dying when stopping suddenly, or making turns at low speeds. I've been trying to figure this out for a while and then I saw your message. I like to think that I can fix things on my own, so I never took mine to the shop because it's warranty is no longer active and I don't want to pay the outrageous amounts of money that a most shops would want to charge. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to check the mass airflow sensor, and if it works, I owe you one hell of a, "thank-you!". I'll be in touch.
  • I have a 2002 2.5s and you wouldnt believe that as we speak I'm having the Head of the motor taken off becuase of excessive oil loss. I have 120,000 miles but its because I drive alot. But what are miles when it comes to a nissan, so you think. Well about 2 weeks ago I had a Air Mass Flow Meter replaced, 500.00 not covered. Well the next week I look and see that there was no oil on the dip stick, not even close to an oil change yet. Well I went and had the oil done and the next day I was low 2qts. When I started the car there was tons of white smoke coming out of the exhaust. Well the antifreze was fine. Im telling you right now, it seems everyone i talk to does not see any oil on the ground, its internal. That means when the time comes for you it will mean taking the head off and looking inside the motor. They seem to think its a lower engine problem, pistons, rings. They dont think its simple like the head gasket. I think Im gonna be replacing the engine. Im sick!!!!! I called Nissan and of course they said nothing. We need to have more people complain because this is a major issue with there cars, especially with that year. I will let you know what the verdict is, but in the meantime keep a close eye on the level because its internal and it will burn the motor out. I will keep in touch.
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