I just came back from the stealership to get my oil changed along with a free multi point inspection(coupon). I had to get a new battery and get my power steering fluid changed. I'm at 35k exactly.
New battery? Already? (Nissan warranty covered some of this, but was still 75 bucks)
Power steering fluid? Did any of you have to change this? They said it was "dirty"
Overall, cost me 190 bucks.
Well changing your battery depends on how you use it. Do you start and turn off your car a lot? Do you put your car on ACC and leave it for a long time (although our cars shut off automatically after a certain amount of time when they are set to ACC). It no, then it should have still been good. I have batteries in my cars that have lasted 5 years.
Now power steering fluid, that sounds fishy. It shouldnt need to be changed on a 2 year old car, however your warranty might require that you change it at certain intervals. I have a 79 chevy truck and I havent changed the power steering fluid in over 6 years, and it is still clean. The only reason I changed it was because I completely rebuilt the truck, otherwise it would probably be the same fluid.
The only reason I ever go to my dealership is to have the oil changed (free oil changes for life, woot woot) or if something breaks under warranty. other than that, I stay the hell away.
I think you was robbed. a battery should last more than 2 years unless your driving in harsh temperature conditions, or have a lot of stereo equipment hooked up.
as for powersteering fluid, there is no way in hell it should need replacing after only 2 years. that's one of the biggest scams out there.
never go to a dealership except for freebies, warranty, or recall work. they will ALWAYS be more expensive than a private shop, and will always try to get every penny out of you that they can. the best thing you can do is find a good, honest shop near you and stick with it. unlike most dealerships, most shops treat their regulars very well, and never take advantage of them for fear of loosing a good, regular customer.
After talking with some friends, the battery situation sounds legit. I did a lot of driving in harsh weather conditions... 2 summers in palm springs(110+) and a couple weeks in the snow.
Lately, in the mornings, I could hear what I think is my power steering pump when I drive out of my parking spot. I never said anything to them about it. I wonder if this was the dirty fluid?
Thanks guys. I feel like I got reamed.
Your battery probably did need to be replaced then, however they probably still over charged, as all dealerships do.
As for your power steering fluid, I honestly doubt it was dirty enough to change after 2 years, especially on a new car. You were probably hearing the pump because it was cold, not because it was dirty. Id say find a shop you can trust, or learn to change it yourself. Dealerships suck
Speaking of batteries, what kind or type of battery to get for the 07-08 Altimas? Does it matter what cranking amps or brand you get? I've never had to change a battery before. I guess it's because I'm always getting a new car every few years, lol.
to the OP : IMO nissan took you for a little ride , nut you live you learn .
nissan batteries suck . i leased my last altima and a month before i had to give it back the battery died on me . IMO get a duralast gold from autozone , they come with 3 year free replacement and for the 5 years after that it gets pro-rated .
as for power steering fluid , get a 99 cent store turkey baster and suck out most of the power steering fluid then fill back up with new fluid , drive the car for 500 miles and repeat . after this you'll be good for 1-2 more years . as regular maintenance (once a year) you can use a cheap turkey baster to suck out most of the power steering fluid (in the reservoir) and just refill it back up with new fluid , then you'll know you always have good power steering fluid .
Last edited by jimnolimit; 06-06-2010 at 10:58 AM.
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