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Hi All.
I’ve just had a phone call from my local garage who say after 3 weeks they cannot fix my pride and joy and it’d cost thousands to try!…
I don’t want to give up on her, I love her and they say I’ve caused it due to lack of use lately (been super ill so not been able to drive 6 months) but took her round block.
Sometimes she’s fine but more and more she’s been delaying and stalling when I kickdown. Sometimes she cuts out. I can drive her on the flat and there’s “a knack to it” how to not kickdown but I live on top of The Pennines! I’ve spent a fortune on her getting her in this good condition she’s never let me down.
Is there anyway the garage is wrong? I am totally 100% uneducated with mechanics - Anybody know where/what I can do? Anyone else had this? Any experts close to me? I’ve told the garage I’ll go bring her home next week now. I’ve thrown her up for sale but now I’m changing my mind looking for a miracle
Thanks, Rick from Halifax
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Automatic transmissions are very specialised and beyond the understanding of most general mechanics. You are fortunate to be close to one of the countries leading specialists, and I would suggest you seek their advice...

Thank you that’s very kind of you - yes they are close! Have you used them? I’m taking it this problem isn’t jumping out then as something common you guys have had?
I’m picking it up after the weekend and will drive it home but just on the lesser steep 60mph roads up to me!!!
 

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Thank you that’s very kind of you - yes they are close! Have you used them? I’m taking it this problem isn’t jumping out then as something common you guys have had?
I’m picking it up after the weekend and will drive it home but just on the lesser steep 60mph roads up to me!!!
I have used them historically but not for a Nissan. I don't have an auto so can't really comment, nor have I seen similar issues to yours on this forum.
 

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It appears you have a fault code on by the dash mil yellow warning light. I would start from there and see what it is. It could be something as simple as a lambda (o2) sensor or MAF sensor.
I would say that garage you went to is ****. That is **** poor advice imo. How can they have the car for 3 weeks then they have not even got a clue what is wrong with it then even worst to say it would cost thousands. Plain and simple they could NOT be bothered
 

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It appears you have a fault code on by the dash mil yellow warning light. I would start from there and see what it is. It could be something as simple as a lambda (o2) sensor or MAF sensor.
I would say that garage you went to is *. That is * poor advice imo. How can they have the car for 3 weeks then they have not even got a clue what is wrong with it then even worst to say it would cost thousands. Plain and simple they could NOT be bothered
Hi it’s never had any error codes or lights on and I know it’s not the lambada sent as I’ve had that done for about a year ago - Thank you for coming back to me
 

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You say you haven't used the car for 6 months .Do you still have the old fuel in the tank and not filled up since parking it up and taking it to the garage . Put say 20 litres of fresh fuel in to boost what is left in there. Be better if you could drain old fuel out and put fresh in .But anyway go for the Higher octane one like SHELL V power 99 Octane .The fuel might have gone a bit stale and lost it's highs affecting performance - kickdown ..Worth a try but disregard this if you have filled with fresh fuel .Also have you proof that the garage changed the fluid in the Automatic gearbox and filter if it has one.
 

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You say you haven't used the car for 6 months .Do you still have the old fuel in the tank and not filled up since parking it up and taking it to the garage . Put say 20 litres of fresh fuel in to boost what is left in there. Be better if you could drain old fuel out and put fresh in .But anyway go for the Higher octane one like SHELL V power 99 Octane .The fuel might have gone a bit stale and lost it's highs affecting performance - kickdown ..Worth a try but disregard this if you have filled with fresh fuel .Also have you proof that the garage changed the fluid in the Automatic gearbox and filter if it has one.
Hi - I’ve used to just got within a mile of the house every few weeks - then when I went further it started happening. But 90% it’s not been used I tried just once a week.
I will deffo fill the rest of the tank up with that top shell fuel on my way home from the garage.
I filled it out to the max before all this started happening so it’s definitely got old fuel in it maybe 3/4 left so I’ll put a quarter or as much as I can in of the new type.
Don’t know about that fluid I could ask them I guess when I pick it up I know the flush the engine and that worked for a bit when it first started happening that one journey time sorry I’ve only just remembered they didn’t take it in before now and it was fine for that week after the engine flush but obviously I’ve hardly used again since then
Thank you for coming back to me I’d honestly forgotten they took it in that one time and flushed it that must’ve been maybe in July when it had its MOT. And service - my neighbour sorted it all for me
 

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I would nto say old fuel has anything to do with it. I have petrol in one of my cars, mk5 Escort and it was filled up around May 2020, it still starts. I have left it one time more than 3 months without starting.
 

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I think I have misunderstood the op. Is the issue that the gearbox doesn't change down gear under heavy acceleration (this is called kickdown) or is the issue that the engine is unresponsive when you accelerate hard?
 

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I think I have misunderstood the op. Is the issue that the gearbox doesn't change down gear under heavy acceleration (this is called kickdown) or is the issue that the engine is unresponsive when you accelerate hard?
It sounds strange but it seems to be a bit of both but kickdown seems to be the biggest thing that makes it happen I can happily cruise up to 30 miles an hour-ish as long as I don’t kick down but when I then try and kick down with any struggle for a hill or something like that that’s when it starts happening
 

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That motor looks to be in incredibly good condition.
Does the engine run and rev when the car is in neutral? If yes, then it is most probably not engine related.
Is it possible to shift using the gear selector?
I am not a motor mechanic but just thinking it could need the filter cleaning/replacing in the auto gearbox. Or could it be an issue with one of the sensors in the gearbox, i.e. need to check for any fault codes. Would try taking it to the garage as per the link above to see if they can give any better idea.
 
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