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Nissan Altima Engine Failures



  • Bigtuna! hey, i'm in the same situation as you and i'm trying to take nissan and get them to replace my car... do you have any info you could give me... what happened, case number... anythign that i could use to help me win over my own case?
    Any help would be appreciated
  • could you give me advice on what exactly you did to win your case. I bought this 2002 car used back in Sept 2006, and I am having the same problem with the oil, my extended warranty is telling me that I have to take the car into the dealership have them break the engine down, then call the warranty company to have them come look at it and declare that the engine is bad, so I have to pay 1100 for Nissan to break the engine down when they know this is a problem already? what do I do? any suggestions??
  • Do you guys know whether it appears on the vehicle's CarFax document that Nissan put a rebuilt engine in the car?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    No, it's not considered a liability to value for one thing, on a car of that type, and for another it's not a matter of public record, which is where CARFAX gets its info.

    I would think, given the bad PR on this problem, that a buyer would want to see a rebuilt engine in there as a matter of record.


  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    not going through this myself, but i can tell you a rebuilt engine is just as good as a new one. the only difference is, the engine block is not brand new. The pistons, rings, cam, crank and everything else are. The engine block is essentialy a big, hollowed out chunk of cast iron. thats why they can be reused. they don't wear out (the parts inside it do)and can be reconditioned to a like new state.
  • kwk1kwk1 Posts: 39
    I'd say the pistons are re-usable as well.
    So long as the cylinder walls are just honed, and not bored. The crank could be machined as well, just depends on the cost difference to Nissan I suppose.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    yes that's right, as long as the cylinders are not bored out, the block would be as good as new...maybe even better, because it is now "seasoned" with use and isn't going to move around much anymore. But I wouldn't take a bored block with oversize pistons....modern engines only give you one overbore (at best) so that could mean trouble down the road.


  • kwk1kwk1 Posts: 39
    You're absolutely right!
    I forgot, we're not in the seventies...LOL!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Some modern engine makers actually forbid score the cylinders, you throw that engine away....


  • fpj2fpj2 Posts: 3
    Well my mom bought a 2002 Nissan Altima and has to add 1qt every 1000 miles. The car only has 37,000 miles and she bought it used. The service people are telling her that GM says 1 qt every 1000 miles is normal wear. Bull!!!! What a mess. My Toyota Tacoma has 120,000 with no adding between oil changes. They are giving her the runaround. Ultimately they need to do the buyback because at this point its a POS and will always be a POS. Any advise will be appreciated.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Don't buy used cars. And if you absolutly must, take it to a mechanic to have it throughly inspected before you buy it. If the seller won't agree to that, then he's trying to hide something. My suggestion to you would be the same. take it to a mechanic and have it checked out. A car shouldn't need a quart every 1000 miles. a quart every oil change (3000) is considered acceptable, but anything more indicates a problem. However, It could just be a bad gasket or something and not necessarily burring it. But, a mechanic can check all that and do a compression check on the cylinders to see what kind of shape the rings are in.
  • alpine1alpine1 Posts: 51
    I had a car (not Nissan) that used 1 quart every 900 mile. the dealer said it we dealer said that was normal. Long story short - the catalytic converter clogged due to burnt oil, the car stalled, had to be towed, etc.
  • dkopeskydkopesky Posts: 3
    I am looking at a 2005 Altima 2.5 that was bought back under the lemon law for excessive engine wear and oil consumption. Nissan put a new (not rebuilt) 2.5 engine in the car. I can buy this car with 20,000 miles, new engine and full warranty for over $2,000 less than a similar car. How much of a risk am I taking - it still has 40,000 miles under warranty? I would assume the engine would be a newer build without the earlier issues.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    What's the number and options on the car? I don't think anyone can tell you if it's a good deal w/o knowing the number (selling price).
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I'd say minimal risk, especially if they'll give you full waranty on it. Nissan builds some of the best engines out there. there was a problem with some 2.5 I4 engines, but that problem was quickly corrected.
  • dkopeskydkopesky Posts: 3
    I ended up buying a 2006 2.5 S Special Edition from a different dealer for the same price ($15,900)- they came down from asking price of $16,900. It has 26,000 miles and a new engine but does not have the LEMON tag on the title that the other one did. This one was a rental that had the engine replaced as part of the recall it was not a buyback. I have been pleasantly surprised with the mileage it is better than the EPA ratings so far using the trip computer.
  • grampy49grampy49 Posts: 3
    I'm not sure if you still visit this sight, but, I am about to go thru the BBB arbitration on my 2006 nissan I wanted more information on the mugninson act I and can't pull anything up online just checking to see if it is spelled correctly or if you have any other information on it available. a quick response is needed.
  • meyrick007meyrick007 Posts: 23
    hello... i know its been a while since u posted this msg... but i also i have a 2002 nissan altima and it is burning oil like crazy!!! i googled this issue and it seems like there are many nissan altima owners who are experiencing this issue... i think all altima should gather together and start a class action lawsuit..... i got my altima repaired by replacing the whole engine and it cost me $1500.... really disappointed....
  • Anyone that has a Nissan Altima 2.5L that is under warrenty, make sure you document and save all the maintenance records on your vehicle. Even if it's just adding a quart of oil, record it. Nissan does not make it easy to get manufaturing problems fixed.

    My oil light came on before the first oil change, then again before the second oil change. I was slow in getting it in to service this issue, now they are caliming it is my poor maintenace that caused the engine problems.

    I have a 2005 Altima with 32,000 miles on it, still under warranty, and I have to pay $3,000 out of pocket to replace the engine that never worked right with a rebult engine. I hope the rebuilt engine works better.
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