14th Aug 2010, 18:58

I can't believe so many people are having the same problems I am! I just bought a 2003 Nissan Altima from a friend of mine. He said nothing was wrong with it. Well maybe 3 days after I got it, I had to get on the interstate, because I was going out of town, and out of the blue, it jerked and the check engine light came on, and it lost just about all its power. I had to drive REALLY slow all the way home. Took it to a Nissan dealer, and they said the cam shaft and drive shaft sensors needed to be replaced. And the alternator. They told me the alternator and the labor of putting it in would be like $380. I went to an auto parts store, and got one myself, and let the dealer put it in. That saved me $100.

It worked fine for a while. But now if you're sitting in the car with it on, it'll just shut off and won't crank back up. It takes forever for it to crank. And I was in a drive thru today, and the radio went off twice (this was while I was on my lunch break), so I decided to take my food back to work and eat it there. Thank God I did, because when I got back to work and parked the car (with it still on), 10 seconds later, it shut off.

Does anybody know what the problem is? I have no clue. I'm a girl and don't want to get rid of it, but it's really aggravating LOL.

26th Aug 2010, 19:17

2006 Altima, wow I have not ever had a problem with mine until the other day. I thought I had been hit in the rear end, but the car just jumped really hard. Then today on my way home from work, I get off the interstate and yield right, and it started jumping like a rabbit. It would almost go dead, and then start back. Finally I took my foot off the gas and then pressed the gas again, and she kept running. I have no idea what the problem could be, but I will take it to a relative and find out what he says.

Has anyone had this happen???

12th Sep 2010, 14:34

I know you guys are talking about the Altima, but I have the Nissan Maxima, and it jerks all the time. I was told it was a knock sensor... then it would run fine one minute, then the next would not start up, then about 1 hr ago ALL my lights came on and speed gauge and rpm starts jumping going nuts! So I pull over, turn it off, and it won't start, then I get a jump because my battery has been replaced 2 times, and I think maybe a bad connection. It starts right up, then 5 seconds later when I take off, starts jerking and won't go past 5 miles an hr.

Reading all of your stories really scares me, because it seems like no matter what we replace, the car itself is defective, and I have no $$ to even attempt to fix it, and no one to help me...

Ugh I hate you Nissan; I really think we need to figure out how to address this. Obviously there is something wrong with the way they made these cars! No matter the year or model!

2nd Nov 2010, 20:10

I bought a 03 Altima in August, 09 with 73K miles on it. Within a few days, I had to take it back to have work done because the service engine light came on. They changed out some O2 sensors and a canister that is part of the exhaust system. The check engine light went on again recently, I took it in and they now say that the catalytic converter "separated", causing the engine to fail and that it will need a $5500 engine. Of course the warranty isn't going to cover it. They need to recall this car!

9th Nov 2010, 16:53

I have owned a 2003 Altima S (130K miles) for nearly 4 years now, and I haven't had a problem until about 6 months ago when the cam position sensor went. It cost me $70 to tow the car, and another $90 to get the sensor fixed. Yesterday I went to start my car, and it tried to start, but ultimately the car stalled and then I tried cranking it over. No luck. The day before, I had moved my car in and out of the garage, and this must have done it. My mechanic told me that the engine was flooded, and I should hold my gas pedal all the way to the floor to let enough air in for it to start. I had it towed for $70.00, diagnosed for $70, and my mechanic recommended spark plugs for another $100.00. I am beginning to think I need to get rid of this car before something major goes wrong.

A couple of side notes.

When my car wouldn't start, it sounded like the starter was just spinning. I was told the engine had a compression value of around 50. The car needs about 125 to start.

They also gave me a service bulletin that tells me how to start my car.

I never knew I needed and instruction manual on how to start my car. This is crazy.

Now if I have a slight problem starting it, I have to hold the gas pedal down a third of the way down, and if I flood the engine again, I have to hold the pedal all the way down.

I will say my wife has a 2006 Altima, and it's beginning to have starting troubles too. I might just sell these and buy something I can count on.

14th Nov 2010, 02:10

Same problem, starter would turn, tried pressing down on the gas, but the car doesn't start. Sadly it hasn't started for exactly a week now. I'm only 19, and I need major assistance.

1st Jan 2011, 12:25

Wow this is incredible. I got my car when I was 16 and paid 8k for it (sticker price 10k). It had over 100,000 miles. We drove it off the lot, and in less than a week, the check engine light came on, and took it back to the dealership; they cut it off.

Well a couple months down the road, my car does a weird jerking, and then stalls out when I'm slowing down and coming to a stop. Well this kept happening, and eventually the car started stalling in the middle of the road and at stop signs, lights etc, and the car just started not cutting back on. We took it to the Nissan dealership, and they fixed numerous things replaced under recall, including new headlights.

Well next the car kept doing the same exact thing. Next we got the motor rebuilt, well sure enough, a couple months later the car started jerking again. I forgot to mention the car was guzzling oil. That problem was fixed with the engine being rebuild. Well just got it back after 2 weeks.

They fixed the body module. $1,045. Well still hasn't fixed the problem. I got the car back yesterday, and before the day was over, the car started jerking extremely bad or hesitating. So Nissan = awful performance, and also customer service. Oh, yeah we still don't know what the problem is.

I am trying to talk my parents into selling the car. I am 18 now with a little sister that is 17, and she got her Jeep when she was 16, and has driven her car twice as much as me.