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Nissan Altima Winter Driving

ddd5ddd5 Posts: 1
I am planning to purchase a 2008 Altima with the 2.5 engine w/o traction control and I live in Wisconsin. I really like the car, but I read a few posts from other message boards that said this car handles poorly in snow. Can anyone confirm that this car handles OK in snow? Do I need to purchase snow tires for this car?

Thanks in advance!
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  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    Snow tires would be preferable as traction control isn't an option on the models w/ the 2.5L engine.

    Unfortunately, I don't know how the car handles in the snow. If traction control is a must for you, the 2008 Accord comes standard with it.
  • karpediemkarpediem Posts: 46
    The stock tires are crap in the snow, it has nothing to do with not having traction control. I'm in Michigan, and had to drive it in the snow a couple times at the end of the winter, thought I was safe buying it late in the season, and it was a very very slow go. I am planning on buying some winter tires for sure....I recommend you do the same.
  • nhmtnbkrnhmtnbkr Posts: 2
    I have a 2007 3.5SE with TC and have found that the car itself handles great in snow, in large part because it's well-weighted and has great handling. The TC does prevent sliding and helped me to compensate for the crappy Bridgestone Turanza OEM tires that Nissan puts on the car, which have poor lateral edge tread and make the handling diminished in snow and heavy rain. I have a friend with the same car that put Goodyear Tripletreds on it and had great winter traction, something I'm going to do with mine too, b/c they seem to be the best all-season tire that actually gives really solild winter traction
  • I have the same problem with 2002 altima 3.5 se. I even replaced the tires but the tire store gave me the equivalent cooper tires to the bridgestone turanza tires. They are horrible in the snow in Pennsylvania. I have never driven a worst front wheel drive car in the snow and never had to put snow tires on any of my other front wheel drive cars before.

    One thing to note is these tires are speed rated tires which are not normally very good in the snow. I plan on replacing my tires next year with a non speed rated tires to see if the traction improves.
  • I agree with you guys about the stock tires... but i guess why would Nissan put quality tires on new vehicles? anyway... i took mine off because it was slipping and sliding, and snow built up so tight in the wheel well i felt like a coal miner trying to remove it with my snow brush.... so i went to Walmart and bought some new Nexum tires..all season .. awesome tire .
  • I leased a 2008 Nissan Altima V-6 and live in Michigan. This is a dangerous car on ice and snow. When traveling on a slippery surface, the car becomes dangerously unstable. It "swings" on ice, EVEN when NO acceleration! In snow it gets stuck easily(3 times in my driveway this year). I have contacted Nissan, local dealer and am in process of contacting consumers union(Consumer Report).

    I do not know whether the 4 is more stable or not. But, please for your own safety and the safety of your family, do not purchase a Nissan 2008 Altima V6 for northern climates.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    I don't think it's the car. It's the REALLY bad weather you get this year in Michigan. I had '03, '05 and now '07 Altima and it does a fine job here in the snow in PA.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    all cars slide on ice
  • I have never felt a car be more unstable than my 09 Altima- horrible horrible horrible tires for snow. Unfortunately - I'm going to just let them wear out and get much better ones when the time comes. Great car overall though....
  • You are right. I had new Goodyear tripletreads put on last week and the car is very good in snow. It is the oem cheap tires the mfg uses.
  • Don't gamble on the crappy stock tires they put on at the plant.it's not worth your safety. Put on a good set of skins. The GY tripletreads are great. It isn't even the same car with good tires.
    It really bugs me that both Nissan and Toyota are putting cheap, junky tires on their cars, just to reduce the sticker price. The same thing happened with my 2004 Highlander: I got just over 25K on stock tires before they wore out.
  • paws26paws26 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Nissan 2.5SL that had the Continental ContiPros. I made it through last winter barely, but this year the snow in Michigan started early and hasn't let up. Driving was terrifying. I didn't want to buy snow tires and go through the expense and hassle of twice yearly switches so I used tirerack.com to research better all season tires. I settled on the Yokohama AVID TRZ's. It was snowing (blizzard) on my way to the tire place and my drive there was white knuckle. It was like having a different car when I left. I've had the tires on for 3 weeks now and the snow and ice has been non-stop. I can't believe the difference in traction and slipping. These tires are awesome and they have an 80,000 mile treadware warranty. Nissan should be ashamed of themselves for putting such sub-standard dangerous tires on these cars.
  • Personally I like how the car handles in the snow when using the downshift to manage speeds (I have 2.5 CVT) -- however -- one word of caution - the ABS system handles poorly. Lots of crunching noises and I'd don't have confidence that the system is actually helping when it is engaged. ABS is a disappointment.
  • gregd1gregd1 Posts: 38
    "Personally I like how the car handles in the snow when using the downshift to manage speeds (I have 2.5 CVT) -- however -- one word of caution - the ABS system handles poorly. Lots of crunching noises and I'd don't have confidence that the system is actually helping when it is engaged. ABS is a disappointment. "

    I did not think that the 2.5 has the CVT. I thought CVT was only available on the 3.5 (v6). Anyone know if this is correct?

    thanks
  • I have the 2.5SL with CVT.
  • jona57jona57 Posts: 190
    2010 Altima with AL wheels now come with Michelin Primacy tires. MUCH better tire than past years. Check out TireRack.com rating of this tire vs previous Continental. With decent AS tires the Altima is a good car in winter driving.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    not sure about 2007 or 2008 but the 2009 2.5SL and 3.5SL came with Michelin Primacy's so it is not a new feature for 2010

    It is surprising that Nissan would put a top of the line tire on a car since typically all car manufactures put average/mediocre tires as OEM!
  • jona57jona57 Posts: 190
    Dealer may have switched 'em, but when I got my 2010 I saw at least 2 new 2009 Altima 2.5's on dealer's lot with Conti's rather than Michelins.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    The base 2.5S doesn't come w/ Michelin.
  • lshelllshell Posts: 1
    Like some of you, I have driven for years on ice and this Altima is the worst car I have ever driven on ice. I thought maybe something was wrong with my car. If you see ice ahead and make no corrections or change in acceleration it tries to swing sidways instantly? Kansas driver. I love the car otherwise. Someone is going to have a bad accident because of this.
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