First off i would like to thank Nissan for selling me this POS car. Out of the 3 new cars i've purchased, i've never had so many problems as i do with the craptima. Done ranting.
2006 3.5 se 5sp auto altima 38k miles No mods.
Car has rough idle so i brought it to the dealership...They charge me $100 to diagnose it and they came up with P0081 Intake Timing valve Bank 2 is bad. I inquire as to why it goes bad and they tell me because i didn't maintain the car properly. ie oil change, air filter. They ask me when i get my oil change i said 6kmiles.(btw use Mobil1 syn 0w-40) Immediately they bark at me..."oil changes is at 3k miles sir, your waiting too long to do it". Ok ass, but i don't fall under severe service so according to nissan i am good until 7.5k miles for oil changes. Anyways he just goes on how its my fault the part went bad because of my lack of maintain...
My car is well maintained ass. Denied for warranty work. I asked if covered under powertrain, NO. Said it was emissions. Than i said it would be covered under emissions part of warranty, NO.
1) Would intake Timing valve cause rough idle? What does it do? Any problems if i drive with a bad intake timing valve solenoid, cause the rough idle is livable ($500 what the stealership wants to charge me)?
2) Does anyone know where its located? Any thoughts what would cause this to go bad besides mechanical failure?
3) There are 2 banks...if one failed due to non mechanical reasons would it make sense to replace the other bank too?
Thanks for your help guys...