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Sucess! The engine in my 03 Altima has been repalced free of charge after I argued my case to the service manager, using the NHTSA Recall campaign and the Federal Law warranting all catalyst systems up to 80,000 miles! Thank you everyone for sharing your information, as it was crucial to my succesful engine replacement. The itnernet is one pwerful research tool!
 

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Need the Knowledge

My niece just bought a 2002 5 months ago. Beatiful Car. 75,000 miles.
But, what a big scare. 4 quarts of oil in 1 month poured in. Same situation, this was supposed to be the car that took her through college, now not sure it will take her down the street. I want to act ASAP. Please share the steps. I would be very grateful. JD
 

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I too recently just bought a 2002 altima 2.5s soon after i got it the service engine light came on so i took it to nissan, they did all he nessary recalls on it then diagonsed the problem, they took the o2 senser to check the precat and yes it was disingrating, which CAN CASUE ENGINE DAMAGE, NISSAN told me that my engine is f***ed and that i need a new one .... cough* im 18 years old where do i get 4000$. anyhow...My dad (mechanic) and me took the headers and along with the attached precat, and look at hte exhuast ports and there is no burning oil !!!
then we pulled the 02 senser back out and seen that the senser was roasted from the heat.. i was pissed becasue the mechanic had to pull that senser out to look at the precat ... why didnt he see the screwed up o2 senser ????

so anyways my dad and i cut open the precat took the stuff out of the cat and welded it back up ...which will eleminate of any chances of wrecking the engine...
nissan F***ed up and ASSUMED !!! based on bad o2 senser that i needed a new engine ...
if any of you have that stupid precat on your altima, get some headers and or gut the Cat. they start to break down after 60000 miles 80000 km or so ....and it will destroy your engine .

I would hate for anyone to go through that stressful day i had with nissan !!!


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Nissan Paid for New Engine

Sounds like there is more than one way to fix a cat. Because my nieces car was under 80,000 miles and the engine light diagnostics machine showed it was a Catalytic Converter problem, under federal law Nissan has to replace the catalytic converter system. Now because then it proves that the cat system particles were sucked back up into the engine therefore scoring the cylinder walls and caiseing the oil loss and eventually compression loss, Nissan replaced the engine too for free. Yes, for free there did the $4,800.00 job. The key points are under 80,000 miles and engine lights sensor reads and catalytic problem.
 

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mines out of warranty, if the rings where shot then they would be tons of oil in the exhaust ports which there wasnt so, my car engine is fine, my cat wasnt chunking a way it was being blown out the exhasut
 

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Same issues

Don't feel so bad, my altima recieved a brand new motor at 84,500 miles, today it has 120,000 miles on the body, so ive put 35, 500 miles on the replacement motor, since 2006, I change the oil every 2,500 miles, so far have not had any issues with the motor losing oil, I am very picky with my car maintance. Next year im buying a honda, the nissan will be sold, im sure ill find a local buyer, willing to pay $5k cash for her, ive replaced all the shocks, struts, radiator, drive belts every 10k miles, on its 3rd alternator, four new tires, what i think people are complaining about is not taking care of their cars, my car has very little or very few issues, I only drive 55mph on the highway so I am sure she will last to 200k miles.

my 2cents.
 

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Same Problem Here!!

'02 Altima w/ 114,xxx miles on it now.
All maintence done in timely manner.
I am the 2nd driver/owner, this vehicle was leased previously from brand new to 62,119 miles.
3/03 Nissan recall notification began (NHTSA Action Number PE02078( Campaign Number 03V084000)
10/24/05 62,119 miles. Car returned on lease and recall preformed
5/22/07 84,608 miles "Service Engine Soon" light comes on. Nothing found and light turned off.
7/19/09 "Service Engine Soon" light comes on, bring it in and
7/21/09 114,837 miles. Nissan tells me I need a new engine and converter, 5k !?!?!?

I haven't been able to get a hold of Nissan Consumer Affairs, hopefully tomorrow, does anyone have any advice for me? I know I probably wont be able to get anything out of talking to them other than "your warranty is up" and "we can't help you". Anyone know of lawsuits or anything?
 

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I'm attempting to reopen this recall through NHTSA, since like most other people, I experienced this issue with my 2003 Altima 2.5 S

Pre-cat was almost completely gone (was taken off my car by a local mechanic, hardly any of the...umm...filler material was left), was experiencing high oil consumption (5 quarts were almost gone in two weeks. Changed my oil in mid-July of 2010, and was getting the oil check light the beginning of August, and I had only driven about 1k miles, at most)

If there is anyone that is currently having this issue, and is getting the run around from Nissan North America (car being out of warranty, etc) send me a PM so I can bring it to the NHTSA investigator's attention.
 

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Any update on this???
Im looking at buying a 02 with this problem...

the recall was done in like 05 or 07 i cant remember off hand..

is it possible to have them replace again?

i was told to call a nissan 1800 number but there closed on the weekend..
 

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Nissan at this time, depending on how many miles you have on your car, will tell you it's a warranty issue, and if you're past the warranty, they will claim they are not responsible for it. NHTSA told me that they wouldn't most likely be able to get to this issue until the summer, because they were busy going after Toyota.

I called 3-4 times to Nissan, and got the same response, and was told by one service manager that since I had gotten over 100k miles out of the car "That I had gotten my money's worth"

One service manager admitted that it was a known issue, and that from his knowledge, the heat shield actually made the problem worse, but getting Nissan to reimburse or to fix the car at their expense was an uphill battle, even for him.

I'm not a mechanic, so I'm not even sure what really causes the issue. I've seen some claims that it's due to basically racing with the car, but I definitely don't drive like that.

Sorry for the long response...
 

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Small claims in Californ9ia Nissan Altima 2.5

I tried a local (San Diego,CA) lawfirm experienced in class action suit, but they had no interest, and simply said "good luck".

It just occurred to me that one could take Nissan to small claims (in California) if their costs of repair are under $7000. They just increased the small claims lawsuit.
Hi! Did you ever have any luck with small claims?
 

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I just bought a 2.5s @ 255000km and it's got the same issue. I don't think I'll even bother talking to Nissan about a free engine replacement, yet alone a cat pre cat replacement. Maybe I'll just get an aftermarket header.
 
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