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The engine is using/burning an unusual amount of oil and somehow is affecting the catalytic converter.The mechanic says even if we replace the converter to pass emissions test that in another year or so, it will happen again.He says some 2001 Altimas just have this problem.Have you heard of this and is there any solution?

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Sounds like the piston rings are gone you may need to over haul your engine the oil it is burning is plugging up the converter

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