Can we tell a story on this forum?
Well, as some of you who have been so great to respond to my problem with heater not working and coolant being forced back into the overflow bottle, you need to know I finally took it to the local dealer. I bought this car at this dealer in 2002 and never took it to them after that because of the terrible service department and manager they had. Recently the dealership was sold and now a new manager has been hired, so I decided to give them another try. Unfortunately they do not have certified Nissan mechanics. When I asked who was their best mechanic and his qualifications they said he had worked on mazda for many years. What the crap is that? They are charging me 79 bucks and yesterday when I dropped by to check on the car they said they could not find anything wrong. Said they did not think it was the gasket or water pump or heater core. Tried to tell me it was the radiator and I needed a new one but when I told them I had already pressure checked the system they changed their minds about the radiator. I had them crank the car and run the heater which did not get hot the whole time we stood there and waited and then I showed them the coolant had backed up to the top of the bottle. The shade tree (I am one also) thinks it is the thermostat I bought at Auto Zone (installed two within the last six months) and so they are installing an OEM today for 22 bucks extra. I figured if I owed them 79 bucks for doing nothing then I could add 22 on to get the factory stat. I hope this works. Either way the car is coming home. One cannot have doubts about the mechanic that works on your vehicle. It is the same as having doubts about there being a Santa Claus!
Followup: Had a used motor with 30000 on it installed. Running great again. 1200 dollars for engine and installation. Not bad. Should get at least 100000 or more out of it.
2002 Nissan Sentra 1.8 267,000 miles Used 30,000 mile motor installed at 220,000
Last edited by wmw; 09-28-2010 at 06:16 PM.