Almost had serious accident caused by
my 94 Altima engine distributor
problem in Nov. 2002. The 94 Nissan
Altima has high failure rate of its
engine distributor. If your car is
among those, the distributor could
cause the engine to stall ALL of
sudden when you are driving. The
immediate results will be, the power
steering stops working,
the foot brake stops working. I had to
pull the hand break HARD to avoid a
After spent $550 to replace a new
distributor. The car has been running
Good Acceleration. Fun to drive.
1) Often wipe and clean the
distributor area, because the 94
Altima distributor could have engine
oil leak into the distributor to
disable the computer chip inside.
2) If the engine starts to have light
chocking, check the car ASAP. Mention
the distributor issue to the mechanics.
Its been 10 years since I bought my
altima. Never I had mechanical trouble
or any mishaps. Take good care of it
and it will take good care of you.
Reliable and dependable vehicle. Low
maintenance and considerable gas
mileage. Very good acceleration and
braking. Quick response on turning.
Comfortable and high class interior.
Quality and stylish exterior.
I purchased this Nissan about 18
months ago with slightly less than
100K miles on it. The first day I had
it the alternator broke. 3 months
later the starter went bad. I had a
nice break for about 10 months, but
after that the distributor broke. 3
months later the alternator broke
again. 2 months after I had the
alternator fixed, the cables for the
alternator broke(this was probably the
initial problem when my 2nd alternator
went, but I still was charged $300 for
a new alternator.) I purchased the car
for $4600 and have already put at
least $2500 into it in just a year and
the few times it's actually running
it's an alright car to drive.
I'm constantly expecting my next wait
for the tow truck and expensive repair
bill. That's more of a complaint than
a suggested improvement. The
improvement would be the reliability.
My altima is definitely a great quality
car in its class. I've had very few
problems, and hope it will keep going
for several more years. Wet, dry, hot
or cold climates do not seem to put any
additional strain on it. Mine is a
4cyl, and the 6cyl would help add
power, but the fuel economy has been a
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