Thank you. I need a clarification. I had a new alternator put on about 20 months ago (at about 100,000 miles) at a Nissan dealer. The problem started before that, and continued after that. (It has been happining for about four years.)
Does that change your answer?
I'm sorry. I can't remember if it started again immediately after replacing the alternator. (I replaced the alternator for a different reason, so I didn't pay attention to that.)
But I DO know that the problem STARTED before that. It progressed like this:
The backlight for the speedometer went out. It stayed out for a few drives. It came back on, on its own. Once in awhile, the tach and fuel dashboard backlights went off. That combination of events happened off and on for two years. I don't drive at night every single day, so it was hard to pinpoint exactly when it would come back on. (I live three hours away from the closest Nissan dealer, so I couldn't just drive in when it was happening.)
It has been consistently inconsistent, if that makes sense.
Regarding the after-market question: The dealer replaced my in dash radio/tape/cd player about three months after I bought the car.
Now what do you think? :)
Geez, I must need a cup of coffee!
The warning lights come on too. And the heater in my seat started acting up last winter. Sometimes it doesn't heat up, but most of the time it heats up TOO hot.
The "Service Engine Soon" started coming on about two months ago. I took the car to a local repair shop three times that day, as the light came on and went off, and his computer didn't even register that the light had been on.
Last week, the battery light, the automatic transmission fluid light, the brake fluid light and Service Engine Soon light all came on at one time. I checked all the fluids and the alternator belt, and everything was fine. I started driving again, and about five minutes later, all the lights went off and stayed off.
Now the dashboard backlight on the speedometer is off and the seat heater didn't come on.
Is it a poltergeist?
Thanks. This has been very helpful.