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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair

gasman1gasman1 Member Posts: 321
I've been buying new cars for more than 25-years. I always upgrade the tires since OEM tires are usually cheap. I normally upgrade to Michelin and get the extended road care with tire rotation and balance included. It's cheap insurance for less than $10 per tire and it makes the tires perform better and last much longer.
This is the first car that has great tires on it. Mine came with Continental ContiTouring Contacts. However, I did have a balance problem and the dealership had to send them to a very good local tire shop since they have tape wheel weights rather than the clip on type. Very nice and I'm completely happy that they would send the problem to experts rather than do it themselves.
If you notice a vibration problem at certain speeds (say 54-57mph) and it's not there at lower speeds or at higher speeds, you have a balance problem. Take it to your dealership and have the tires balanced.


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    hcm32hcm32 Member Posts: 2
    I own a 1996 Altima with appox. 120k miles. I purchased the car in 1997 as a commuter vehicle. The majority of the miles are highway miles at a near constant speed. I have changed the oil on a regular basis and received excellent service from the vehicle. Around June 1, I took the car to a local repair shop due to noise (sounded like a misaligned pulley) in the engine area. The local shop removed the valve cover and inspected the timing chain and performed a "checkout" of the car. They did not identify a cause or problem(appox cost 400.00). The noise continues to this day. Shortly thereafter(5-7k miles) the car developed a small misfire while idling. I could not detect a difference in the performance or gas mileage. Since the valve cover gasket had developed a small leak(the local dealer re used the gasket) I replaced the valve cover gasket and changed the spark plugs. The misfire at idle continued. I performed a visual inspection of hoses and wires and could not locate any loose connections or vacuum leaks. Shortly after(1 week) replacing the gasket and spark plugs the check engine light came on. I took the car to the local Nissan dealer and asked that he identify any computer codes and identify the problem. The dealer inspected the car and said the problem was due to a leaking intake gasket and he would "turn off" the check engine light. He did not provide a list of codes but stated I should have the gasket replaced in the near future since I could burn the valves on the number four cylinder due to a lean condition. Is this a reasonable cause for the slight misfire at idle? I am considering replacing the spark plug wires and oxygen sensor before spending the money at the dealer(250-300.00). Is it possible I could have a vacuum hose leak that is out of sight?
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    bckbck Member Posts: 2
    Dear hcm32,
    Thanks for writing in details about your experiences. I have the same noise coming out of the engine and one mechanic had told me that it might be due to a misaligned pulley. Did you figure out the actual source of the problem? I guess it a standard problem with all Altimas. Mine is 1998 GXE model. The noise is really bothering me now and I'm not sure if its safe to drive this car. I don't see any performance problems with the car due to this.
    Any more inputs on this subject will be highly appreciated.
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    jinvisionjinvision Member Posts: 1
    I have not had the problems that both of you have had. I have 122,000 miles on my car. Up until 2 months ago most of my car was for commuting highway miles. Now I drive in town commuting from school to school. The major repairs I have had on my car are a new alternator at 110,000 miles, and an air valve gas valve situation where the car would act like it would die if I came to a stop. It took 1,000 to replace it and the situation was solved. I hope to keep this car until the wheels fall off of it. I religiously follow the maintenance manual. Oh, I had the brakes replaced at 80,000 miles. Is it reasonable to expect that I will have this car until around 200,000 miles without too much difficulty? I am a doc student and this is important to me. By the way, my car is a 1995 GXE.
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    bckbck Member Posts: 2
    My original tires wore out after 50K. Actually, only two tires wore out on the outer edges and the other two were good enough to go for another 30k or so. My new tires are just 7k old and I've noticed that the outer edge of the rear tires are wearing out much faster. At this rate, the tires will last another 5k only. I've checked the alignment few times and they seems to be fine. What else can be the problem? Anyone experiencing the same problem?
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    semahuecsemahuec Member Posts: 2

    Nice to meet you. Recently, I bought '94 altima SE 85k.
    I'm not so good at my car. Actually, I don't have enough knowledge and I'm first here in U.S. So, please be patient and answer my questions. Help me!!!

    The problem I only have is

    1. I hear the squeaking sound when I push the
    clutch and checked the "clutch" fluid.
    There was no "clutch" fluid in fluid
    reservoir. Is this squeaking sound
    from "empty clutch fluid"?

    2. Whenever I operate the brake, I can hear the
    squeazing sound from the rear tire part.
    Is there any method to check the "brake pad"
    or "lining"? Should I exchange something(brake
    pad or lining part.)

    I also would like to know

    1.What kind of clutch fluid do you recommend?
    (brand and overall price as best)
    Is it enough that I fill up clutch fluid for
    2.Can the brake fluid be used for clutch fluid?
    3.How can I know the brake squeazing sound is
    from brake pad or lining.
    4.Which online store do you recommend for buying
    some parts and supplies(clutch fluid, etc)?

    Lots of questions. I hope you answer them.
    Thank you.
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    meca2meca2 Member Posts: 284
    I would suggest that you purchase a repair manual for this car at any bookstore
    or auto parts store. The brake fluid and the clutch fluid is the same. DOT 3 or 4.
    The brake pads are on the front wheels and on an SE the rear might have drum brakes.
    These have brake shoes. The clutch might have a leaky slave cylinder, the part that
    actuates the clutch. I would go to the dealer and get the shoes and pads. I have for years
    and they seem to work the best. The fluid you can purchase at any auto parts store
    ask any person that works there for a good quality fluid. Please keep end mind that
    good brakes save lives. Good luck.
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    meca2meca2 Member Posts: 284
    hcm32, I have a 95 Altima. and have done all the service since new which has been
    very little than change the engine oil. You can check the codes your self if you want.
    The computer that shows the codes is behind a small plastic cover by the drivers
    right foot. You turn the screw in the direction it says and with the engine running
    or what is says to do and the codes are on 2 LED lights. One red and one green.
    The spark plug wires might help but if the gasket is leaking you will burn a valve
    and it might take out both O2 sencers. There is a O2 sencer aft the cat-converter.
    Some people complaned about noise maybe pullies?? I have found that the belts
    them-selfves are very noisy. The first time I took it in for warrenty they changed both
    alt. belt and a/c belt and I change both at 60K. They still make a small noise on start-up
    Cheers.. Steve
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    jv9jv9 Member Posts: 1
    I have a 95 Altima GXE. Bought it used at 26K miles. At 30K, the air bag controller unit went. Luckily, it was still under warranty. Now, at 65K, the unit went again. It's a $650 part. This unit should last the life of the car, right? I think it's ridiculous that I should need 3 air bag controller units within 65,000 miles! The dealer will knock 10% off the price, but will not help us deal with Nissan. How do I contact Nissan and what kind of luck can I expect? Any tips?
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    jonib2jonib2 Member Posts: 1
    It's been helpful to read all of your posts. I have a '94 Altima GXE w/ 102,000 miles that I bought used. With the exception of leaking oil in the gasket area, I've had good no costly problems other than routine maintenance replacements. However, I'm now looking at several costly repairs. The lip on the radiator went and luckily there was just enough edge to re-attach the hose for a short-term fix, but will need to replace. My mechanic also suspects the head gasket needs replacing. I just replaced the serpentine belt and front brakes due to wear and will need to replace rear brakes by inspection. As one of you indicated, I seem to be going through tires like water; although I sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic with the same edge wear in both commuting directions. Also, the ride is getting rougher and particularly in this cold weather, I'm questioning the stamina of the shocks. At this point am wondering if I should hang on to it, or trade it in for a newer model? I'd like to hear from someone as to longevity of the body (rust), clutch, and engine. It seems I will need to replace everything else.
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    lonewolf1207lonewolf1207 Member Posts: 3
    I am looking to replace original tires with something with better snow traction. I do not want tospend a lot of money and do not drive neet H rated tires. This is my mom's car and she does not drive fast, but she needs to get to and from work and in MN meens good snow traction.

    I would appresiate any input. Thanks,
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    timbo69timbo69 Member Posts: 1
    Just wanted to chime in with my Altima experience.

    I have a 98 SE that I bought new in Nov 97. Now have 78,000 miles on it, about 50/50 highway and city miles. Never had a problem with this car to this point. Regular oil changes and that's about it. Changed tires once, just changed the front brakes, belts and head gasket, and spark plugs. This has been a great car and averages 24 MPG.
    Knock on wood!
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    dshenmdyndshenmdyn Member Posts: 34

    I have a 98 Nissan Altima SE with original Firestone tires. I bought it about 2.5 years ago and it has 30,000 mile on it now.

    Recently I noticed all four tires has quite some wearing, and stopping distance is getting longer. Today I actually had a small accident in which I rear ended a car in front of me resulting in a small dent on that cars rear bumper (luckily, everyone was fine and the small dent was the only damage). There was small rain and it took me much longer than I expected to stop to avoid the accident.

    I followed all the recommended service every 3750 miles and rotate the tires following the 7500 miles recommendation. The tires seem to be wearing evenly (does not seems to be caused by mis-alignment).

    Anybody has any advice on usually how long original tires can last? (under normal driving conditions. I am in SF bay area, the traffic is very bad during weekdays, and a lot stop-and-go, but I mostly only dirve the car during weekend with little traffic). Thanks.
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    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    It really depends on the quality of the tire they put on there in the first place....and also the type of car and its weight. Tough question to answer.

    Best I could say that you get what you pay for, and that the tires on a Ford Escort are not, of course, going to match those on a BMW for quality; also front drive cars will probably eat tires more quickly, especially on fairly powerful cars (lots of weight and stress on the "driving" tire up front).

    I wouldn't complain if I got 30K on a set of tires...I mean, you can stretch it, but really, the last 1/4 "legal" life of a tire might not be the best for safety....

    Some high performance cars get as little as 8,000 miles on a set of very expensive tires, so be grateful! My Saab turbo rarely went more than 8,000 miles on the front tires of medium quality.
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    yolandadoweryyolandadowery Member Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2000 Altima in September 2000.
    While listening to the Cd player I noticed the sound fading in/out when I listened to a CD with the volume 3 notches pass the halfway mark.

    I took it back to Nissan and they replaced the radio finally. The same problem exist.

    They say the radio is designed to turn the volume down when it's played at a certain volume for a period of time to avoid blowing the speakers.
    I can appreciate that but that's not what my radio is doing. They kept my car for 5 days and that's what they came up with . I not happy. I trying to find out if anyone else has ever had a problem like this. I would like to get Nissan to correct this problem before to much time passes.
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    ctparkerctparker Member Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 Nissan Altima with about 47,000 miles. I'm needing to do some normal maintenance--new tires and battery. Does anyone have any good suggestions on brands and models of tires that have worked for you? I am wanting a tire that performs well in snow and rain and wears well. Also does anyone know if a Penske battery is good?
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    altimaxaltimax Member Posts: 1
    just prchase a 01 gxe and after approx 80 miles i began hearing a cruchlike noise coming fm the rear drivers side when starting or startng sharply. ( the noise sounds exactly like the noise you hear when you open the door locks w/ the auto door lock). the noise is starting to annoy me and i just want it corrected. the service dept heard the noise and did not know what it was. i have a second service appt and the car doesnt even have 140 miles on it yet. aside fm that i love everything else about the car. i just want to know if you heard of anyone else having this problem and how it was corrected. i was told that because the car was brand new t would work out little creaks byitself is this true . please help
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    joe229joe229 Member Posts: 2
    About 1 year ago, I disabled the passenger side air bag on my 95 Altima by disconnecting the connection accessed thru the top of the glove box. This caused the 'air bag' light on the dash to flash, as I expected. Now, I am preparing to sell the car. I have reconnected the connection, but the light on the dash continues to flash. I have followed the procedure to clear the codes on the ECM, this made no difference. I'm assuming the code needs to be cleared on the Air Bag control module. Any ideas???? Thanks
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    rowmathrowmath Member Posts: 1
    I have been told my 96 Altima with 90k miles has a leak around the oil pump. The replacement parts are about $9. Because of the location of the pump the labor will be about $900. I was told by the service department at my Nissan dealer that this repair is common on the Altima. Anyone have any feedback on this? Thanks.
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    capt2duckcapt2duck Member Posts: 1
    Don't laugh, this is the procedure. With drivers door open, locate the position of the dome light switch on the pillar at the drivers side. Remember where it is by feel.

    With key off Sit in drivers seat. Open door. Turn key to ON position (not start). Reach down with index finger of left hand to door light switch. Depress and release door light switch 5 times within 7 seconds. Close door turn ignition to off. Wait about 1 minute. Turn ignition key to start and start as normal. If there is NO problem with air bag circuits light should come on steady for about 7 seconds and then go out. Problem is either with air bag sensors or wiring 95% of time. Rarely module.

    This procedure may not work first time. Cleared mine (97 ALTIMA) on second try) TWICE in 45K miles. Both times as below.

    The problem usually occurs if battery voltage goes very low but not disconnected. (Light on overnight etc.) Or a hard crank, no start and then re crank right away.

    You can prevent it from happening again by turning key to on position when starting, wait until electric fuel pump stops pumping and then start car. By this time the Air Bag computer has completed it's check and light is out.
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    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Now how exactly does the dealer know the oil pump has a "leak"? I really want to hear this! Maybe they mean front crankcase seal or ?????
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    andy2470andy2470 Member Posts: 9
    I have a 96 Altima GXE with 138,000 miles which is mostly highway miles. I wish I could say that I have not had many problems but right now I am completely disgusted with this car. As I type this reply the car is DEAD. The distributor has gone bad and I don't know exactly the cost for repair but I have heard it is $700. The distributor on this car has a high failure rate. I have also had numerous problems with the check engine light. It goes off and on every 1000 miles or so. The first time I had this problem it was an oxygen sensor. The second time was a knock sensor(EXPENSIVE). Now it is on for a catalyst problem. I have a power steering leak and the valve cover gasket is leaking. I have had two front brake replacements in three years and now it needs a third. I have replaced the alternator once and the battery twice in three years. I have had to replace the NV axles already ($300). I have also replaced FOUR wheel covers because Nissan wheels covers are FLIMSY and either break easily or fall off the car and are lost. I can't wait until I can bid this car FAREWELL! I have not abused this car so that is not the cause of the numerous problems I am having.
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    chefboyrpchefboyrp Member Posts: 1
    Does anyone know what the most likely cause would be for the Check Engine light to illuminate on a 95 Altima GXE?
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    shmangshmang Member Posts: 297
    Read the previous post... It could either be the O2 sensor or the knock sensor if you engine runs OK(well at least it sounds normal.) otherwise, that is a bad thing....
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    nivbonivbo Member Posts: 1
    Can you give me some advice on what problems I may encounter with this vehicle in the next 20-30,000 miles? I'm looking for a reliable car to own about a year. This one's being sold by owner for $7000. It's clean with 80,000 miles on it, this second owner picked up from dealer who got it back at the end of a lease. I've read the other posts about problems with the oil pumps, distributor, airbag controller light and head gasket...makes me wonder what I'm in for! We had great luck with a '82 Stanza-had it 9 years, and a 93 maxima-had it 7 years, so we thought we'd check out the Altima.
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    shmangshmang Member Posts: 297
    Well, from my experience, Altima is a reliable car (especially a fairly low mileage one, they might have some problem if it is a high mileage-which is true for any cars.)

    If I were you, I would try to find a 95 with lower miles (i.e. around 60k miles) that will cost you almost the same (about 7-8k depends on the condition of the car.)
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    andy2470andy2470 Member Posts: 9
    As I mentioned in a previous post my Altima is currently dead due to a failed distributor. This I have found out is a common Altima problem. If yours fails here is what I suggest you do. Do NOT go to the Nissan dealer for this part. They will happily sell it to your for $450. If you have friends who are mechanically inclined then purchase the Hayes repair manual which contains step by step instructions for distributor replacement. In order to get the part without breaking the bank you will need to go to a parts store such as AutoZone, Napa or Pep Boys but in this case you may have to wait a few days for the distributor to be shipped in. One parts store I called could not get the distributor I needed which by the way was $134 because this is a nationwide problem with this car and the part has been on backorder for thirteen weeks. I was able to find it at another store for $154 and it will be here in three days. If your Altima stalls in traffic and acts as if it is running out of gas when it is not then you are in trouble. Sometimes this will be mistaken for a bad fuel pump. The car may straighten itself out for a few days but don't be fooled like I was. IT WILL FAIL and when it does the car is DEAD until the distributor is replaced.
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    hoser7hoser7 Member Posts: 3
    Read your post on bad Altima distributors... what year is your Altima? Any idea the years this may affect?
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    bli1bli1 Member Posts: 1
    My 94 Altima (78K) has same problem. It all started 2 weeks ago. It was finally dead last week. I have it towed to PepBoy's, they said a seal in the distributor cracked, so the oil leaked into the distributor and caused problem. They checked almost every store around, and nobody has it on stock. The Nissan does have plenty, but they charge $460 for the distributor that you should be able to get for $142. I checked around myself, one guy told me he had a lady looking for it last week too. And she need 50 of them. Anyway, my car is running again, since mechanics cleaned the oil in the distributor. But just like you said, it can strike again any time. And it seems there is no place in this world that I can find that damn distributor tomorrow. I am so frastrated that I was going to buy a new car tomorrow. Anyway, I have a lot of problem with this car too. Especially in the past three months. I have to use rental car to work twice in the past three months. Just like you, I have front brake and wheel cover problem too.I also have to change battery twice in three years. I guess none of us will buy an Altima again...
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    magicwandmagicwand Member Posts: 1
    I have an oil leak problem which requires me to pour in a bottle of motor oil a month. Brought it to two dealerships and both gave estimate of $800 -$900. Mostly it's labor because they say it's a leak in the timing cover and they have to take the engine apart. I was told Nissan experimented with a new sealant in models made 94-96(?) and it fails on a lot of Altimas. I was wondering if this is the cause of the distributor failures andy2470 and bli1 mentioned?

    I also replaced wheel cover twice. Bad!
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    vu2000vu2000 Member Posts: 58
    Hi, I have a 98 Altima GXE automatic owned since new. I have been hearing a "creaking" possibly metallic sounding noise coming from the engine compartment intermittently after the car is started after parking over several hours. This noise is only heard when the temperature is at or below 50F. And this noise is only heard when the transmission is shifted into drive or reverse after start up. Also this noise only lasts about 5 minutes after start up. I have checked the fan and power steering belts and they appeared to be on tight. I have bought the car to two different Nissan dealership, but they did not hear the noise and dismiss it. Again this noise is intermittent and after the car is parked over a few hours. I would appreciate any help.
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    vu2000vu2000 Member Posts: 58
    By the way, the car had 38,000 miles and no known engine problems. Thanks.
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    shmangshmang Member Posts: 297
    Regarding the noise, I would suspect it is the valve. When the car is cold(as you mentioned, it happens only when below 50F), the valve will tap a little bit (especially when a valve adjustment is required). When the car is new, you would not have that problem, b/c even it is cold the valve clearance is still in tolerance, but after like 30k miles, a valve adjustment is recommended. If you don't do it, maybe it will be OK for a while (but you will hear those noise when the engine is cold), and at certain time, the valve get more wear and tear, it start to leak, then, you need to have them re-worked or you will have compression problem or leaking.

    Hope this helps.
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    sandman46sandman46 Member Posts: 1,798
    The windows in our Alty move around a bit in their casings. Does anyone have any info on this problem, I'm taking it into the dealer on the 4th of April to check this out and I think I read somewhere that there is an easy fix for this problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks all.
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    saharanutsaharanut Member Posts: 134
    My radio in my Altima has quit working...
    its is gettting power but no sound.
    I cannot figure out how to get the radio out..
    I have another factory radio to replace it(2000 Fontier)
    Can someone help me?

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    vu2000vu2000 Member Posts: 58
    Thank you, I will ask my local mechanic to look at it and adjust the valves if necessary.
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    johnse6johnse6 Member Posts: 1
    The gas gauge on my car has stopped working. Does anyone know if this a "normal" problem, and how much it will cost to fix?
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    nychucknychuck Member Posts: 1
    I own a 99Altima GXE with 37,000 miles. Ever since I purchase this car new I feel like it has had a excessive amount of wind noise, particularly when you go over 40 MPH. I mean when this car is on the highway, it sounds like there is a huge wind storm outside. Funny thing is that it has never has a water leak. Gone to dealer with my problem. Hasn't been fixed and now the warranty period is up. Anyone else have this problem with the Altima ?
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    taintedblutaintedblu Member Posts: 2
    I have a 98 Altmia GLE (34K miles) and the service engine soon light is now on. The engine runs just as well as before. What danger do I have in waiting a week or so before getting it looked at? From What I read it is likely an O2 sensor - but what exactly does that mean.

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    r34r34 Member Posts: 178

    I tried your procedure 4-5 times and the airbag light is gone now ! Thanks a lot for your help. It saves me $600-$700.

    Actually, the airbag light flashed at a slower speed for the first couple tries.

    I will bring my car to Nissan to double-check the airbag control module.
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    2000altima2000altima Member Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2000 Altima GXE used with 13,500 mi in May 2000. I've taken it to the dealer at least 4 times for the rattling in the windows and the wind noise. I know they're counting the miles - I have 31,110 on it now and soon they'll get some $ from me for my visits. They've replaced the regulators and "made adjustments" but I still hear the rattling and it always sounds like I need to put the windows up when on the highway (and I'm NOT a speed demon).

    I'm looking at getting out of this car after only 1 year. My last car ('93 Mazda Protege') was bumped from the rear, tapped in the front and had dents and dings from tree limbs during a storm and NEVER skipped a beat. It was in good condition after 7 years and 121,000 mil and I sold it because surgery forced me to stop driving a 5 speed. My aunt had great service from her Stanza and I tried a move to Nissan. However small, rattling windows and wind noise are a constant distraction and I'm tired of catching the shuttle, missing and having to make up time at work to pick up and drop off my car, and/or having to catch rides on a car that I pay every month for. You'd think that after calling the manufacturer, the dealer's mechanics could get it right. A "jack leg" couldn't have done any worse.

    Thanks for allowing me to vent.
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    altima2001altima2001 Member Posts: 1
    I recently bought a 2001 Altima GXE.But after only
    800 miles,the service engine soon light goes on.
    Do I need to get to get my car looked into and what are the likely problems/faults with the engine?
    Please advise.
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    inkyinky Member Posts: 370
    Check out the new 2002 altima on Auto.com
    This puppy is totally new. Base engine is 180 hp 2.5 l and optional one is 3.5 l 240 hp V-6. What a change. This engine makes way into maxima also but with 260 HP! It looks really good in the photos.
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    cassie6cassie6 Member Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Altima and the side mirrors have become faded and discolored and no longer match the pearl beige paint. Any help would be appreciated.
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    robg63robg63 Member Posts: 2
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    sandman46sandman46 Member Posts: 1,798
    Took our Alty in for a check on the windows and alignment last week and they said the loose windows were normal. I disagree so will take it to another dealer soon. They said we get a free alignment during the first year so they did it and it seems not to pull to the right as much. They broke one of the screw caps on the hub cap and didn't tell me. When the car came out to me, I noticed it. They said it cracked and after a fuss with the service manager, he replaced the whole hub cap. He got real ugly about it though! I asked him why it wasn't written down on the receipt or told to me about the so called cracked hub. He could not answer me! A piece of advice, check your Alty's all around after the dealer works on them!
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    tims63tims63 Member Posts: 14
    Just saw some of the messages on distributors. My car died last weekend-- thought it was the battery. I replaced the battery and the car has started fine. However, the check engine light came on after I put in the new battery. I thought maybe the old battery had triggered something to set off the light. I took the car to my dealer who performed a diagnostic and told me I needed to replace the distributor--$625. I called my local mechanic (who I trust) and he told me I'm better off going to the dealer. He said he'd have to order the part from Nissan and they'd mark it up so that it was more expensive for him to do the repair. What am I missing, here? I can't believe my mechanic would tell me to go to the dealer for $625 if he could make money on the job for say $350 ($140 part plus labor). Are these replacement distributors to which you refer good replacements for the Nissan distributors?
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    zhiyuanyanzhiyuanyan Member Posts: 2
    Hi, all,

    I have very little experience with Altima and I can definitely use some expert's opinion about this problem.

    I am looking to buy a 96 Nissan Altima SE. When I test drove the car on the highway, it (the whole car not the steering wheel) vibrated when the speed is over 70mph. I thought maybe it is the front alignment. But the car just had its scheduled maintenance service at Car-X and the folks at Car-X said the front alignment checked
    out fine. Later I took the car to the Nissan dealer in Savoy for a buyer's check. They say the reason for that is the right front wheel is bent. If this is right, then it's no big deal. I am
    just worried something more serious is wrong with the car. Is this common to Altimas? Should I be worried about this?

    Thank you
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    alcanalcan Member Posts: 2,550
    Put the spare on the right front and road test it again. Doesn't matter if it's a spacesaver spare. A bent right front wheel on any car is as common as high curbs.
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    fishbookfishbook Member Posts: 5
    Hi Guys,

    I bought this car used at about 100k. It's been running great for 4 months until recently this annoying thing comes up. During idling, the rpm keeps shifting between about 600 to 900. It's like 3 seconds on 600 and then 2 seconds on 900, which brings bigger noise, and then back to 600. But I don't detect any change on mileage. A rookie here, I thank you in advance for any advice.
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