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Old 09-06-2008, 06:48 PM
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Unhappy 2002 Altima 2.5s Floor Rust Hole

My question is, does anyone have similar issues, I kept feeling a draft and road noise, I ended up pulling up the carpet, and found a football sized rust hole, this car is not old. I suspect a defect from the manuf. Can someone help me with some advice, either legal or civil going after nissan for poor putting together a car? Whats funny the rest of the car is fine except for this one spot. This car has 116k miles, on its 2nd motor, has had quite a bit of work done to this car. I feel the manuf, needs to check this out, I could understand if the car was 15 years old and rusting but not 6 yrs old and already has a hole large enough you can put your foot through the hole. I will gladly show pictures of the rust hole to anyone who wants to see this.
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Check your vehicle warranty manual - the warranty for rust and corrosion is pretty long, I think it's 10 years/unlimited miles. If so, take it to a dealer and start the warranty process.
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JM I found two rust holes under the floor of my 02 Altima, just a few weeks ago in fact. Like you I find this highly unusual and unacceptable for a 6 year old car, so I went to see the dealer. They told me the warranty for perforation is 5 years so I had no recourse. I then called Nissan and they told me the same thing. The estimate to repair the holes is around 2g.

Since the car is still fairly recent I decided to dig a little deeper and it would appear that this is a common problem on 02 and 03 Altimas. Altima Rust Shocker! - NissanForums.com :: Nissan Forum

My next course of action is to call Nissan back and escalate my complaint. I will send letters to car magazines and other media sources to try and shed some light on the situation, and I urge you, and anyone else you contact with this problem, to do the same. It seems clear that this is a design flaw and the manufacturer should be held accountable, and the more people that come forward with complaints, the better our chances are. Good luck!
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ever take your cars to the beach? There has to be a catalyst that has caused your rust issues.



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I live in Quebec, I drive through 6 months of salt slush per year, as I have with every other car I have ever owned. There's plenty of catalyst here, but for a floor to rust through in 6 years is unreasonable even in this climate. If I were alone then I could accept that maybe something went wrong in my case but this is a big issue with this generation of Altima.

Apparently there is a hollow section in the floor under the passenger and driver's seats which allows moisture to collect over the years and causes premature rusting. In my mind this constitutes a design flaw and should be rectified by the manufacture as a show of good faith.
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shouldve gotten the procoat unit. LOL!

But seriously, read through the warranty in the manual. Might find an answer there.



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WELL, since this is so commmon, im switching back to buying an american made car, like a bonneville again, screw the japs and their trash, this is the 2nd nissan that has been crap, what a waste of my hard earned money to just go out and pay cash for a rust bucket, This car gets a bath twice a week, rare if its driven in the winter time. I hope nissan goes out of business! Everyone really needs to check their cars out, if their not rusting down below i bet anything if you up your carpet inside i bet anything you will find rust holes in the pans.
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Just posted one pic in my profile of the rust hole.

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My rear driver side door has a small rust spot along the window trip area. I have no idea how the hell it got there but if my door falls off, Nissan is going to be labeled as garbage...just like how I label saturns.



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sand an paint? ohhhhh you could rinolinings the underside of your car!!!!

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Have you guys not noticed How unbelievably thin and shitty the metal is on the o2

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Man, I'm glad I've never driven my Altima in salt. I'll continue to let my '85 Caprice take the abuse, as it only gets holes in the body panels, not the floor.
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Im wondering, do all altimas have that black rubber stuff on the underbody???
That should of prevented this from happening.


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Mine was bare thin tin. I sprayed the entire under side with rubberized undercoating when it was new

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Mine was bare thin tin. I sprayed the entire under side with rubberized undercoating when it was new
Mine came with it though.
Maybe 05+ altimas have it.


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