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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
96,767 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not replaced yet (3 reports)
2000 Nissan Altima cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 112011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


Seriously, I bought a 2000 Nissan Altima GXE from a reputable dealer in Oregon. As soon as I got it, the check engine light came on. I took it back to the dealership twice. They re-set the light but didn't fix the problem. They said, 'We think it's the nox sensor' but we don't know and our guess will cost you $550. I took it to another mechanic in town after the car started sputtering and died on me about 30 times in the middle of the road. Car died at intersections specifically when it idled. And the A.C. would kill the engine too. In the summer, it's unbearable without a.c. So this mechanic charged me $133 for new spark plugs. He said, "Oh it's running fine." One week later, same problems.

I currently have the car in the shop for the 5th time. This mechanic said it's the intake manifold gasket. He ripped the engine out and replaced it. My cost so far is $625. He was getting ready to give the car back, then it died again. It's still in the shop, and the mechanic can't figure out how to fix it. Stupid car. I'm a journalist, so I don't make very much money. I can't afford these car repairs. Nissans suck. Don't buy them...

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #2

Jun 022008

Altima 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,300 miles

I also had a leaking valve cover that was replaced in addition to my fuel injection being cleaned twice all this with out-of-pocket expense until I read these complaints and they mirrored the problems I was having.

With new spark plugs and wiring, clean as a whistle fuel injectors and a new intake manifold gasket I should be whistling dixie for sometime, but I won't hold my breathe. Nissan, you dropped the ball on this one and your lack of concern for so many identical complaints makes it obvious that you DO NOT want your older customers back. TOO BAD!

- , Oak Park, `MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007

(reported on)

Altima GXE 16V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Intake manifold gasket leak, car shakes and stalls while driving or stopping for the red light.

- , Carson, CA, USA

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