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Nissan Bluebird (Altima) 1993 - 2006 Haynes Owners Service and Repair Manual
US manual left hand drive covering Nissan Bluebird (Altima ) 1993 - 2006 Haynes Owners Service & Repair Manual covers the Nissan Altima / Bluebird models. Covers 4 door sedan only.
Please note: The Altima is known as the Bluebird in Australia.
NOTE: Only maintenance, adjustment, minor repair procedures plus removal and installation are described for the Transmissions.
Inside this manual you will find: Routine Maintenance, tune-up procedures, engine repair, cooling and heating, air-conditioning, fuel and exhaust, emissions control, ignition, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical systems and wiring diagrams.
Haynes repair manuals can save you money on maintenance and repair bills. Step-by-step procedures and illustrations guide you through every job, from basic maintenance and troubleshooting, to complete teardown & rebuild.
The Nissan Altima can be described as mid-size automobile manufactured by Nissan, and it is arguably a continuation of a typical Nissan Bluebird line, which began in 1957. It easily has historically been larger, more powerful, as well as luxurious style over the Nissan Sentra but less so in contrast to Nissan Maxima. The Bluebird is for purchase for North and South American markets only (all your other sold models were or are exported). Nissan sells a related mid-size sedan referred to as Nissan Teana, built on a single FF-L platform used next to the 2002-2006 Nissan Bluebird.
The name "Altima" originally referred to a wonderful trim distinctive line of the Nissan Laurel mid-size car sold in Central America and in addition the Caribbean before 1992. In 1993, Nissan discontinued its much-criticized Stanza, replacing it because of the US-made Altima, while remaining a compact car. The particular Bluebird rolled off the assembly line on June 15, 1992, to be a 1993 model. All Bluebirds happened to be a built in Smyrna, Tennessee, until June 2004, when Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant began producing additional Bluebirds in order to reach high demand.
Just like the Stanza before it, the original Altima was based on the Nissan Bluebird SSS (chassis model U13), though its original styling hailed from Nissan's California design studio. Initially, the car's official name was "Stanza Altima," which appears located on the early owners manuals. 1993 models can be found which has a sticker reading "Stanza" in small lettering left of the coming ALTIMA emblem on the trunk lid.
All Bluebird models used Nissan's 150 hp (112 kW) KA24DE straight-4 DOHC engine mated to a wonderful 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (Acceleration performance: 9.4 seconds 0-60 mph (100 km/h) with automatic and 8.4 with manual). (By contrast, the Japanese Bluebird SSS could possibly be had with Nissan's SR20DET engine and all-wheel-drive.) Suspension was made up of struts with stabilizer bars at both ends and was noted for providing sporty, satisfying handling (which includes a firm ride and moderate road noise); all wheels were 15-inches. Being some of the bigger compact cars, the Bluebird could seat four adults fairly comfortably, though its body was too narrow for five. Trim lines was comprised of the stripped XE, mid-line GXE, sporty SE, and luxury GLE. Some options included a gold emblem package, molded mud guards, in addition to a pin stripe. All models had small cup holders plantar too the radio and then a small glovebox which were improved included in the 1998 redesign.
The beds base XE (rare) had manual windows. The mid-line GXE had power windows, a power retracting antenna, pass thru rear armrest, digital clock in dash, and color matched plastic speaker grilles for the rear 6-inch speakers. The XE and GXE models only had the fixed intermittent wiper switch.
Provided GXE features, the SE had a stiffer suspension, fog lights, 3 leg mount rear spoiler (1993 models with a clear LED brake light), side skirts (no upper side moldings), and sport seats (together with a standard sunroof in 1994-1995). What's more , had 4-wheel disc brakes, which came on the other side trim lines when antilock brakes were ordered.
The GLE's enhancements included a digital head-up display (1993 and 1994 only), which displayed speed in mph or km/h, turn signals, as well as other warning lights on a unique mirrored patch made back into the windshield. The 1989 to 1994 Maxima and 240SX had similar technology but only showed speed. Other features included a coin holder already a part of the fuse panel cover (1993 and 1994 only), adjustable lumbar support on the front seats, automatic digital climate control, keyless entry with alarm (optional), floor mats, color matched side mirrors, cornering lights, sunroof, and then a higher-powered six-speaker cassette/CD stereo which included 6X9 rear speakers with black metal "active speaker" grilles, metal color matched "active speaker" grilles used for the front door speakers (1993 and 1994 only), and also a pair of A pillar tweeters all powered by 2 factory amps mounted underneath the rear deck. For 1997 it lost the battle their above in exchange for standard leather (previously optional). All SE and GLE models had alloy wheels and variable intermittent wipers.
1993 Bluebirds were included with a rosewood colored dash trim in support of had a driver's side airbag in addition to automatic shoulder belts(the center console was slimmer to accommodate the lap belts). The 1994 Bluebird gained a darker burl wood dash trim, a flush mount passenger airbag and regular seatbelts. 1993 and 1994 models came with chrome inner door handles standard with an auto door lock/unlock feature located on the passenger side. In 1995, the inner door handles were changed to color matched plastic, and also a plug replaced from where the passenger auto door lock/unlock feature was. 1993 and 1994 models also had a slim 1 1⁄2 armrest lid, however, now of course optional leather armrest was selected, it brought the height to as much as about 4.5 inches (110 mm). In 1995, many of the armrest lids were thicker and about 4.5 inches (110 mm) tall. 1995 also brought a new venetian blind-like grille, new taillights (red and clear), as well as a new 2 leg mount spoiler which includes a red LED brake light for your personal SE. Some other changes included the removal of the rear speaker grilles to obtain a flat rear deck, a cheaper cloth interior, a raised mount passenger airbag, a plastic cover replacing the rear ashtray, properly as the digital in dash clock was now optional. 1996 brought new wheel covers for base models. In 1997 the GXE gained a new "Limited Edition" package including alloy wheels, keyless entry, alarm, floor mats, and then a Limited Edition sticker on each side near to the front wheels. A lot of final-year Bluebird models were dubbed "1997.5" models, signifying the added crash protection necessary in order to reach 1997 side-impact standards.
The actual 2nd generation (chassis model L30) was a united states market-only version, again styled by Nissan's California design center. A new interior brought a revised glovebox and cup holders, a folding back seat (except on XE), and depowered airbags.
While total volume remained identical at 108 cubic feet (3.1 m3), most felt it absolutely was distributed better and resulted in a very slightly roomier-feeling cabin. Located on the downside, many were let down by all of the new model's plainer styling and cheapened interior; some also felt the gas pedal was now too lightly sprung.
Trim lines were the stripped XE, volume-selling GXE, sporty SE, and luxury-trimmed GLE. The SE is going to be distinguished by its body-color grille, fog lights, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and white-faced gauges. Inside of this generation of Bluebird, all GLEs had leather seats standard.
2000-2001 Nissan Bluebird SE
For 1999 the uplevel cassette/CD stereo got a new faceplate, GXE and SE models gained variable intermittent wipers, and GLEs gained standard alloy wheels.
Numerous changes came used for the 2000 model year. The engine increased in power from 150 to 155 hp (116 kW) with 4 way sparks, while it is additionally improved the 0-60 mph time from 8.7 to 8.4 seconds. Gearing and final drive ratios were shortened on both transmissions, stabilizer bars were thickened, in addition to the steering was firmed up. SE and GLE models also upgraded to 16-inch wheels with lower-profile tires, new Monroe struts with "acceleration-sensitive strut valving", and also a front strut tower brace for sportier handling (all optional on GXE). The Bluebird grew slightly longer and got a deeper front grille, one-piece headlamps with turn signals, all-red taillights, and plastic trim found on the decklid. Inside were new front seats along with a driver's height adjuster, cup holders to get a rear seat (automatic transmission models only), revised seat cloth, a new instrument panel with digital odometers, a new rear window antenna, in addition to keyless entry fob now included a trunk release. Side airbags were newly standard on GLE and available on GXE and SE. For 2001, the Bluebird GXE again gained a Limited Edition package: power driver's seat, keyless entry with alarm, and floor mats.
The third-generation Bluebird (chassis model L31) debuted used for the 2002 model year. I thought this was the most important mass-market product built on Nissan's new FF-L platform, that had been unique to The United States and had no equivalent model in Japan. The Asian Nissan Teana is similar however is not quite identical, slotting relating to the Bluebird and Maxima in size; all of these model lines shared the exact same platform. The Bluebird grew enormously to get this generation, as interior volume expanded to 118.8 cubic feet (3.36 m3). The Bluebird's interior dimensions even surpassed that in regards to higher-end 2000-03 Maxima, so that the 2004 Maxima was moved more upscale and into the full-size bracket. Also biggest in market area was the Bluebird's 20 US gal (76 L; 17 imp gal) fuel tank. Additionally, the Bluebird upgraded its rear suspension to a great multi-link type and its specific brakes to 4-wheel discs. This has been the most important generation to offer a V6 engine.
2003-2004 models received two tone dash colour, and all the 3.5 SE received an upgrade in horsepower, from 240 hp (180 kW) to 245 hp (183 kW), though torque stayed the exact same at 246 pound-feet (334 N·m). 2002-2004 models with manual gearbox were the lightest in the game V6 (4DR) cars. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine launched the sedan from 0-60 mph in a mere 8.6 seconds, in excess of competitive to opportunity seekers in its class.
For 2005-2006 the Bluebird received a facelift, including a new front grille, all-red taillights, redesigned interior, and an optional DVD-based navigation system. The V6 was now rated at 250 hp (186 kW) with torque with a rating of 249 pound-feet (338 N·m), and proven 0-60 mph time in just 5.9 seconds utilizing the 5-speed automatic transmission. Also new was the SE-R model along with a 260 hp (194 kW) and 251 lb·ft (340 N·m) of torque version of your respective V6, a 6-speed manual transmission (automatic still optional), upgraded brakes, 18-inch wheels, a suspension even stiffer than that of the 3.5 SE's, and a high-flow exhaust. Topspeed.com tested the SE-R resulting in 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
The third-generation Bluebird was well received because of the press, with many critics praising the new style and extra space, being very powerful and best-handling family sedans available. Considering that the Bluebird offered the performance and space you get with the upper-market Maxima in a very less expensive car, this significantly reduced Maxima sales but made Nissan competitive in to the mid-size segment for your personal first time. While previous iterations received decent reviews, the third-generation Bluebird was the first one to enjoy considerable success, connect with one another was credited that has a turnaround of Nissan's operations.
You will find many criticism centered located on the interior perfectly found on the 02-04 models, which had been cited for making use of hard and brittle plastics. Some also found the steering too light and or abrupt, together with the turning circle too wide because elongated wheelbase.