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Burning oil Around 60,000 miles, my Altima started to burn oil almost within 600 miles of an oil change. My engine is now at 125K+ and I have to pour at least 1-2 quarts of oil in the engine per week. I had the dealership run at least 3 different 'Oil consumption tests' and was told the answer is to replace the engine. This wasn't what the answer I was expecting. Past problems also included one of two sensors burning, twice, front left headlight burning out almost 3 times, motor mount breaking. The vanity plate for the gear shifter even came undone, i'm wonder if this car is a true lemon the dealership doesn't want to admit in order to avoid spending 3 - 5 grand and owning upto to their mistakes?

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  • marwan420 Oct 03, 2008

    what would an estimate cost be to fix this?

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    My dealer (Sansone in NJ) said my cataletic converter was bad. they said debri from the cat got back into the engine and scrached the side of the piston walls. Since then they have replaced the engine, transmission, both cat's. Then the check engine light came on and they changed the cat again. I LOVE MY EXTENDED WARRENTEE.

  • cojoe1 Mar 04, 2009

    I Have a 2003 Altima V6 I just replaced all 3 Cats on the car but I continue to burn ateast a qt of Mobile 1/week. Also seems that the head is overheating. I spoke to a nissan specialist who said the problem is pretty common with all Altimas. He also told me to change the valve covers because the baffles trap oil and causes the head to overheat. I am confused, I just spent well over $2000. on new cats and the problem still exists. The dealer does not care so this will be my last Nissan. Back to Honda/Acura

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Yeah ive seen this a lot on the altimas!! headgaskets leak to nissans are turning into garbage 

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That sound o.k but donot really solve this problem .is there any other sollution that will help..

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    It seems the only real solution is to buy a different car NEXT time!

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The 2.5 engines are no good aftre 180 km. Change the engine. You can find a used engine 50km+- for about $1000. I am at 190Km and i am looking for a new engine.

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You have piston ring seal problems, a re-ring of the engine and new valve seals should cure the issue, but at 125,000 miles a new engine might be your best bet, contact some engine suppliers, you can get a much lower price than the dealer will ever offer for a rebuilt engine, look on the web under the heading of REBUILT JAPANESE ENGINES.

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