So I have been googling around for a while and it seems that no one has had this problem before (on any message board--ever).
I was driving my 2001 Altima GXE the other day, when the engine suddenly cut off and would not restart. No sputter, no hesitation, just a sudden death. The car will crank fine but not start. I had it towed approximately 1 mile back to my house and during that time (ignition on, with headlights and hazards) the battery managed to completely drain itself. I did some diagnostic work and I have determined that I'm getting no spark. I replaced the distributor, assuming that the coil pack was faulty, and it has not resolved the problem.
When the ignition is turned on there is an odd sound from the transmission (At the bottom. It seems to originate inside the transmission oil pan) that sounds like a buzzing (almost like a welding arc). Whatever it is, it's drawing lots of power because the battery drains rapidly when the ignition is in the 'on' position. Inside the cabin fuse box, the ignition fuse has no power flowing to it. No fuses or relays are blowing, my OBDII code reader is reporting no faults, the problem persists with both my key and my wife's spare key, and I am officially out of ideas on how to proceed.
Does anyone have an idea of what might be going on here?