Found 11th Nov 2008
Well after having the ignition coils changed on my car four times as the initial garage I took it to was sure it was that that was causing the problem, I was still left with the initial problem which they weren't able to locate so I sent it to the Nissan Main Dealer today who have just charged me £230 to tell me that I have a problem with the timing chain and tension which will cost me £1040 for parts and labour!!!! Ouch, for a W reg Nissan Almera, that really hurts!

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and I bet 90% of that cost is labour, chains and tensioners is a BIG job, but this is a dealer quote, have you tried shopping around for quotes? Also, no offence, but how much is the car worth?

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sell for spares I reckon.

most people rip you off i needed a timing belt for my car so i thought i would call around £230 was the cheapest quote after around 10 phone calls, luckly my firends other half did it for me he charged me £130, dunno how garages can justify the prices they charge

So £1270 to fix a 9 year old car. If you spend that money on your car, be prepared to keep it for a long , long time so that it pays for the repairs you have done. I bought a car at the auctions and ended up paying £1400 to get it on the road as it failed a MOT. Still driving it today and 2 years later I need a new clutch. Looks like I won't be driving a newer car anytime soon!

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Car is probably only worth a grand at the most. Ugh, doesn't help that we are due to move house next week - expense at a time we can least afford.

Trouble is I won't be able to trade it in now even will I?

fruityloops;3434942

Car is probably only worth a grand at the most. Ugh, doesn't help that … Car is probably only worth a grand at the most. Ugh, doesn't help that we are due to move house next week - expense at a time we can least afford.Trouble is I won't be able to trade it in now even will I?



Unlikely, but you should get a decent scrap price for it depending on where you are, prices are reportedly £250 per ton in some areas. If you've got the space to strip it for spares I'd imagine theres an Almeria owners forum whos members will welcome a car ripe for the plucking.

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chrishill;3436716

Unlikely, but you should get a decent scrap price for it depending on … Unlikely, but you should get a decent scrap price for it depending on where you are, prices are reportedly £250 per ton in some areas. If you've got the space to strip it for spares I'd imagine theres an Almeria owners forum whos members will welcome a car ripe for the plucking.



Really? I think I might drive it for a few more months and then do it when it gives up the ghost. Drives fine at the moment with the exception of a few hesitations on heavy excelaration.

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fruityloops;3439251

Really? I think I might drive it for a few more months and then do it … Really? I think I might drive it for a few more months and then do it when it gives up the ghost. Drives fine at the moment with the exception of a few hesitations on heavy excelaration.


if it drives fine then why not just sell on whilst you can get a reasonable price? or maybe a car auction

Get yourself to a local specialist, they will be 1/2 the price of a dealer !

fruityloops;3439251

Really? I think I might drive it for a few more months and then do it … Really? I think I might drive it for a few more months and then do it when it gives up the ghost. Drives fine at the moment with the exception of a few hesitations on heavy excelaration.



Ah, I didn't realise it was still driving! Sounds a bit odd though... if the chains/tensioners go its the same as the cambelt snapping so the car shouldn't move at all.

You say you've had the ignition coils changed? have you also had the sparkplugs, leads, distributor cap and rotor-arm changed? How does the car start in the morning? first turn or does it struggle a bit?

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No, starts first turn, foot off the accelerator. Other than the slight hesitation whilst driving, doesn't seem to be anything wrong at all. The light was off again when I drove it today. Sparkplugs, etc all showed up fine on Nissan's testing yesterday (and only had changed when serviced in August).

have you had the oxygen sensor checked yet??

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Cleaned the throttle body out? If you take the air (filter) box off or the air hose you'll see a load of black soot. It should be sparkling clean so clean it.

The timing belt should be done every 4yrs cost me £75 for a bosch trained garage. Had tensioners and belt done plus how suspension changed by mate for £150 excluding the suspension parts inclusive of the cambelt kit. But this was for a 12yr old golf.
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