1994 Nissan Altima Reviews - Page 7 of 10

1994 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L DOHC KA24DE from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L DOHC KA24DE Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

I love driving this car!

Faults:

The distributor is a constant issue with the 2.4L motor. the O-ring in the head tends to go bad causing oil to get into the distributor.

The fuel injectors also have a problem when the o-rings go bad over time causing the motor to flood itself.

The center console armrest is very uncomfortable because of it being made out of plastic and not being padded.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable to drive.

The automatic trans is a little sluggish if you want a quick response from the car, but overall I have never had any problems with it.

The car is very quick however at the 150hp rating at the crank for a 4door family car made back in the early 90's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2003

11th Jul 2004, 14:42

May I ask what did you do about your distributor problem?

18th Mar 2006, 20:10

Yes, I'd also like to know whether Nissan admitted any repair liability or fix for this seemingly common problem of the o ring leaking or going bad on the Altima?

Also, is there only one o ring on the entire distributor?

Is there anyway one can access an entire schematic of a distributor from one of these items?

Is there anywhere I could get a pictorial instruction on how to change this o ring. I have an actual Nissan Factory manul and there isn't even a picture of the distributor in the entire 500 page manual. Not even a mention of how to change this o ring, or even a hint that this could lead to a problem.

1994 Nissan Altima from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Great as long as you don't try to drive it

Faults:

This car continues to stall and stagger after many visits to two garages and an extensive repair bill.

O2 sensor replaced three times.

Will prematurely accelerate.

Brakes replaced and has been grinding since the first week after repair.

General Comments:

This car is super comfortable, stylish and decadent, that's where it ends. My repair bills have been up-wards or 4000, on a single problem that has yet to be fixed. This is a true lemon.

I purchased this car in 2002 and was thrilled, it was the most luxurious car I've owned. We had our three month honeymoon period before the first problems. The car would loose power while cruising, the problem compounded and snow balled and it wasn't long before it was stalling at street lights, and minutes after turning the ignition switch, It then started to stall while driving.

During this progress of problems the car was in the garage no less than four times, the last trip the mechanic tole me that it appears to be in excellent condition he couldn't find a problem, Yet they persisted. On to garage two, two visits same story. The mechanic at garage #2 was presented before hand with the work orders for the work previously done. This Morning while driving to work it stalled in the middle of the street, Tomorrow I buy a new car and This time it won't be an Altima. All other problems are minor compared to this one.

Did I get a lemon or is it the make of the car? To be honest I'm to tired to make that decision, I'm through with Altimas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th October, 2003

3rd Jan 2004, 04:47

I have had the same problem with our car just recently.

We replaced the alternator and the battery, but it's still losing power.

27th Feb 2004, 07:08

My car is doing the same thing, and I think it's the distributor... there are sensors in there, as well as the cap and rotor that seem to go on altimas.

If not, check the fuel pump or filter?

I dunno if that helps.

1994 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Laser

Summary:

Excellent, low-maintenance, cost-efficient car

Faults:

One of the fuel injectors went. Replaced with a used one and have had no problems since then. (80,000 miles)

Power antenna tries to move antenna, but the slight bend in the antenna have caused the motor to simply continually run and make loud noises. Disconnected the motor and radio works well. (128,000 miles)

General Comments:

Collectively, as a family, this is the best car for the money we have owned in 30 years of driving.

While our other cars have undergone rebuilt engines and transmissions, the Altima has had no major problems whatsoever and performs better at such a high mileage (129,000) than our domestic cars at lower mileages.

At 129,000 miles, there is no burning or loss of oil, which means that the cylinders are not wearing at all.

This is simply a phenomenal car with regards to maintenance and price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 32 reviews