My 2009 Altima Coupe won't start...again. I'm at a total loss as to what the problem is, and the Nissan techs at three different dealerships have given up at this point.
I originally posted about this back in 2009: Car won't start/car shuts itself off
Quick recap of that thread: battery replaced multiple times, brake switch replaced multiple times, ECM replaced, IPDM replaced, starter motor replaced, electronics like the navigation unit and CD player were replaced (thought at one point to be draining the battery), car was even disassembled in an attempt to find a wiring problem (no issues were found).
For the past year and a half, everything has been seemingly fine with the car. However, when I tried to start it yesterday (foot on brake pedal and pushed the power button), something made a loud and rapid "clicking" noise. The car then started up into "accessory" mode where the dashboard and navigation lit up. I turned it off, and then the car was completely dead after that - it wouldn't even start back up into accessory mode. I waited 10-15 minutes later and tried again - this time, only random lights on the dash came on (VDC off?). I had to jump the battery to get it to come back to life, but even then, something was definitely wrong - other random dash lights were on.
And then it died again this morning. This is with a fresh and new battery, too.
I really have no clue as to why this is happening (and neither does Nissan), so I'm hoping that someone can come up with an idea as to why this is happening. My theory is that something is draining the battery, but the problem with this theory is that just about everything about the car has been replaced at some point (see above). The car is completely stock - I don't even have a USB charger plugged into the cigarette port.
At this point, I just want to dump it and move onto another car, but I'm stuck trying to fix this first. Also, I'm not sure whether or not all of those service records will show up on a Carfax report, basically making the car unsellable...
Side note: the car is most definitely a lemon, like some posters suggested in the original thread. I went after Nissan but they refused to buy back the car. The best they were willing to do was pay a few thousand out-of-court to me and a lawyer I hired to shut up and go away.