have 03 model drives well, 45k ON clock, however last month start not good, but still drives well , now wont start hardly at all, 1st diagnosis over phone from nissan , straight away said timing chain stretched , 2nd diag at garage said camshaft sensor , replaced that £100 , still wont start well, got out auto tec guy out , diagnosed A1/B1 curcuit to cam position sensor , back to garage , now says still timing chain stretcch , no idea who to believe , as its £1000 for chain,but car stiil drives well, no loss of power or stalling just hard to start , what do we do, is it safe to drive ?have no noise from chain at all,
I have owned my Almera from new - it had four miles when I picked it up. It has towed a small caravan with no trouble for a couple of years. The only problem is a delay when turning the key - the ignition lights take five seconds when cold, but when above 7 degrees, there is no problem, the lights come straight on. How weird is that? If anyone has any ideas, contact firstname.lastname@example.org please.
I owned a Y Reg Almera 1.5s in "bright" Blue.
I now own a 05 reg Toyota Yaris.
This is the reason(s) why: From my first service, I started to hear a squeel, possibly brakes. I was told this was carbon dust! Then, with less the 13,000 on the clock, I was told both my front tyres need replacing. I asked for the tracking to be sorted. I was even told the "my car's manufacturing run" had an inferior batch of Bridgestones. By the time I traded in my Almera, for my present Yaris,(at 28,000+) I was on my 3rd set of front tyres.
Also the brake squeeling almost caused a major accident. After driving six miles to my local bank I felt heat coming from the area of the front brakes. A local self-employed mechanic looked at them and they fell apart in his hands.
Nissan did nothing, as it was a bank holiday and I didn't have the bits for them to send to Nissan HQ in Sunderland.
The previous car I owned was a Nissan Micra. It was a brilliant wee car...the Almera was the complete opposite.
I bought my almera brand new, and after 24.000 miles i needed a new timing chain,at a cost of £903, AND £75 to diagnose. I have found the car to be very reliable, although because of the chain trouble i would not buy another nissan
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