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Nissan Altima Hybrid



  • We've had this car for 1 month. A week ago my husband noticed that the car was making a very high idling noise when the car would change from gas/electric or vice versa. This only happened when the car was at a stop. I noticed this also and the car would sputter too. He took the car to the dealership and drove it with the service manager but of course it didn't make that noise. The manager said to keep an eye on the car and keep a log and if problems persist to come back. Well it happened a few times this weekend and today when my husband was driving it.
    He took the car to the dealership and it was idling so loud that everyone in the parking turned around. The mechanics and service manager were surprised to see this happening. Apparently this has never happend before. So we have a rental car so they can see what the problem is.

    Anyone have any suggestions on what the root of the problem is?
  • jsyarussjsyaruss Posts: 50
    This is similar to the behavior of my NAH last week. Revving too high -- occasionally revving up and down even when in gear (though it didn't move the car when it was doing that). And a shudder when the gas engine shut off.

    The tech said that the idle speed was too high (1200 vs. 1000). No explanation for why it would have happened after 2 weeks of flawless driving.

    In any case, after the adjustment (done twice as i mentioned on another thread) all is well and the car is smooth as can be. I hope yours turns out to be as simple a fix! good luck!
  • Anyone know if the iPhone works alright with the Altima's bluetooth?
  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    Be very careful! Just because the car has the bluetooth feature, do not assume that the feature will work with most phones. I am having a lot of problems with my blackberry, some are "approved" some are not. I also checked into the Palm Pilots, some will work some do not. I have already had the control unit replaced, the bluetooth feature can only be used when the car is motionless and perfectly quiet. The microphone picks up way too much background noise and/or my voice comes across very muffled. No one can understand what I am saying. I will have to bring the car back again; I don;t know what they will do to correct it all I know is that it is not very usable. The speakers work fine, no problem hearing voice when I am called, but the opposite is not true.
  • Thanks for the heads up.

    Do you happen to know where to find out which phones are "approved"? The bluetooth is kind of an important factor living in Los Angeles with the new cell-phone law.
  • EXACTLY. That is the only time when I actually forgot and left the car on. It started to rain and I had to run out, jump in, start up, close the windows, forgot and left the car on.

    I will NEVER put the windows down with the key. I will ALWAYS need to "button-up" the car by closing all the windows immediately and the button on the key ought to do this.
  • pego99pego99 Posts: 5
    Let's say my 12v battery is dead and the high voltage battery is not dead say fully charged. Does this mean that the car cannot "start". Or can it start on the high voltage battery? Perhaps the engine ignition needs the 12 volts etc. Can someone explain how this all works? Thanks.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    "Let's say my 12v battery is dead and the high voltage battery is not dead say fully charged. Does this mean that the car cannot "start". Or can it start on the high voltage battery? Perhaps the engine ignition needs the 12 volts etc. Can someone explain how this all works? Thanks. "

    It should be in the owner's manual.

    The 12v battery powers up the electronics so that the hybrid battery can spin the engine to start it.

    Jump starting is simply a matter of connecting jumper cables to the terminals, just like a regular car. Some hybrids have jump terminals in the front, with the 12v battery itself somewhere in the back of the vehicles. Other cars (like my FEH) have the battery under the hood.
  • pego99pego99 Posts: 5
    I know where the jumper connection is under the hood from the manual but it is not clear what happens since the engine does not run when in park. So the car is in park and I connect the jumper cable and what? How do I know when I can disconnect the cables shift to drive and go?
  • Be very careful when jumping your 12v battery. Two of the terminals are not in the usual places. My battery died before I could drive my new hybrid off the lot, and the techs showed me how to jump it. Definitely read your owners manual carefully, because it can cause a real problem if you don't.

    If your car is new and the battery dies more than once, return it to the dealer... they replaced my battery, because it's a known issue that the 12v batteries tend to die if they sit for too long. Apparently, all the technology in the car is a drain on the 12v even when the car is off. As a result, the dealers' cars die pretty often and they have portable jumping units they carry around... I bought one on Amazon to carry in my trunk, just in case. But since they've replaced the 12v, it's been fine.
  • quickreplyquickreply Posts: 27
    I'm not sure this is a bug or not. After I push the on/off button to shut of my NAH, then open my door to get out, I get the ding, ding chime like I left the lights on or something. The lights are NOT on, the vehicle is definitely OFF, so I'm not sure why I get it. Is the emergency brake required or something?

    I've search the manual, but didn't find anything. Not a deal break, just annoying. Most everytime I open the door, I hear the ding ding and end up checking my lights and making sure my car is really off - they always are.

    Thanks in advance.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    i just think that happens sometimes.
  • karolpl7karolpl7 Posts: 40
    Yes, it's annoying, it may serve as a reminder to take the keys with you. If you keep your keys inside the keyhole and take them out the beeping will stop (you took your keys, no need for alert then).

    If I open the door and hear that chime I just press the door sensor (so the car thinks you closed the door) and presto, the noise stops! It will also lock your steering wheel btw, which is normal.

  • newgs300newgs300 Posts: 3
    It is annoying, and I think it happens when you shut it off and open the almost simultaneously. If you shut it off then wait a beat or two before opening the door it won't do it. It seems to need a second or two to recognize that it is shut off.
  • pego99pego99 Posts: 5
    My wife got 150K on her last 1998 Altima. Up until now I had Maxima's and got over 100K with each one. And I really like the new Altima Hybrid but worried about how much more complicated the hybrid system is. All the voltage converters and hybrid control systems and the fancy gearing and high power electric motors and motor-generators. Can this stuff really last like my past Nissans? At least the warranty is longer on the hybrid system and high voltage battery.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    expect 100,000 miles out of it, buy i'm banking on my car to go 125k easily. the electric motors and motor generators are really no-maintenance items. i would think about it this electric motor is pretty much powered by magnets (relatively stress free) whereas an engine goes though millions of tiny explosions (pretty high stress). and these aren't cheap fan motors either, they are high quality motors. i think the motor is the least of your worries.

    i would worry about the battery first (which has 100k warranty), and then the voltage converters second.

    you also have to figure that no car company would warranty a car only to the point where they think things will fail (it would cost them too much if even 25% of their engines failed before the warranty period was over). powertrain warranties usually go to 5 yr/60,000 mile and most engines do double that easily (100% more). the NAH has a 8 yr/100,000 mile so you would figure it's designed for at least 25% more miles than it's warrantied for, 125,000 miles.

    just my logic
  • pego99pego99 Posts: 5
    My Verizon LG Dare works perfectly with the Altima Hybrid.
  • ecr72ecr72 Posts: 9
    I've had my charge level both above 3/4 and below 1/4. If you don't have any mountial passes around, it's doubtful you'll get the charge meter above 3/4. On a trip to Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago, we had a long windy downhill that I was able to just coast down. Lots of charging going on and the meter maxed out at the high side. We reached the bottom of the hill and had to stop at a light. When the light turned green, I was able to accelerate faster than normal while keeping it in EV mode. It was so nice, felt natural to get up and go without babying the gas pedal. Of course the meter dropped to 3/4ths range fairly quickly and it was back to normal.

    As far ad the meter going below 1/4, that's easy. Just sit in line at a long drive-thru line with the AC running and after a while the battery will get to the bottom of the blue range and the gas engine will kick on to run the accessories and charge the battery.

    These are obviously not normal conditions. Normal driving the meter is always between 1/4-3/4.
  • Thanks ecr72,

    Very interesting report. Much appreciated.
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