About Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima is a mid-size car manufactured by the exceptional Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company Ltd since 1992. The first Nissan Altima was introduced in 1992 to continue the Nissan Bluebird line and compete with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the mid-size sedan American market. As one of the top selling models of Nissan and the replacement for the distinguishing Nissan Stanza, Nissan Altima has received 2002 North American Car of the Year and 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five stars. It has been produced through five generations till now.
The fourth-generation Nissan Altima (L32A 2006-2012, D32 "Coupe" 2007-2013) was unveiled at the 2006 New York Auto Show as a 4-door sedan, which was the first vehicle built at the new Nissan D platform. Then a 2-door Altima coupe was also introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. It was offered in 2.5 Base, 2.5 S, 2.5 S Special Edition, 3.5 SR and Hybrid trim levels. And the available powertrain is the 2.5 L I4 and 3.5 L V6 paired to 6-speed manual or CVT transmission. The fifth-generation Nissan Altima (L33, 2012-present) was released in 2012 as a 2013 model. 2.5 Base, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV (discontinue for 2015 model year) are available trim levels. Now, Nissan Altima is powered by 1.6 L, 2.0 L, 2.5 L I4 and 3.5 L V6 engines, and engines are all mated to CVT.
Nissan Altima Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
On the whole, Nissan Altima is an impressive vehicle. But just like any other vehicle made of steel, it could not withstand the natural wearing process. And at last, problems would appear on it:
First, CVT shuttering, vibrating, hesitating and running roughly. Based on the information collected from car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, this is the worse reported problem about Nissan Altima. Many Altima owners claimed that this transmission failure in the vehicle would also have signs such as transmission overheating, slipping, shuddering and impair engine performance at last. If you have trouble in switching gears and could hear abnormal noises, you are strongly advised to check the Altima torque converter and valve body.
Second, excessive oil consumption. This is also a very serious problem that would not only harm your pocket but also reduce your Nissan Altima's overall quality. This could be caused by different faulty auto parts such as defective oil filter. But the hard starting or inability to start, impact noises or excessively vibrating engine could be attributed to the Altima engine mount, motor and transmission mount, camshaft position sensor, ignition switch and ignition lock assembly. Once Check Engine Light is activated, please check them immediately.
The bad news is that taking reaction measure alone is not enough to have a tip-top Nissan Altima. The preventative measures such as routine maintenance before any hazards happen is essential. Some door parts such as door lock actuator as an electrical part would enable power door locks if used too much and expose your vehicle in the danger of being stolen; and the door handle could fall off of used too much. So, they should get routine maintenance. Other parts such as brake pad set, seat belt, headlight, emblem and cabin air filter, they are all critical in creating a pleasant and safe driving environment, please treat them well with regular maintenance.
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