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Nissan Altima

speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
Let's start with some pics then specs.




More shots here:

Now the specs

Layout/Body: Front engine, front-wheel drive, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with dual exhaust 240 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 180 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque


Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic with gate-style shifter

Drive Configuration: Front-wheel drive Available Traction Control (V6 with automatic transmission)

Suspension: front: Independent strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar

rear: Multi-link independent with stabilizer bar

Brakes: Power-assisted front vented discs/rear solid disc Available ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist

Wheels and Tires: 4 cylinder — 16-inch steel or aluminum-alloy wheels, P205/65R16 tires

V6 — 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, P215/55R17 tires


Wheelbase: 110.2 inches

Length: 191.5 inches

Width: 70.4 inches

Height: 57.9 inches

Interior Volume: 103.3 cubic feet/15.6 cubic feet


Safety: Dual front supplemental air bags with dual stage inflators, LATCH child seat safety system; available front seat side-impact supplemental air bags and side curtain supplemental air bags

Other: All-new distinctive, aggressive exterior design; sculpted interior with distinctive interior "environments," 3-gauge instrument panel with trip computer, available 150-watt Bose® audio system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer; four trim levels — 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SE

Personally, I think this car is a knockout in looks, performace and features. What do you guys think??



  • I saw one post about how the Philly area has 01 Maximas below invoice. Has anyone else seen/heard any speculation about the 02 Altima's impact on the pricing for an 01 or even an 02 maxima? I guess it may depend on what the Altima comes in at on price but thought I'd ask.
  • a car that small bein changed into that is great, what is teh price, this should be if teh weight is low be one hell of a fast car, thsi shoudl eb faster than the max accord, or anyother car in its class, what is teh starting price
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    No prices from Nissan yet but GET THIS:

    According to Nissan the Altima V6 5 speed will rocket to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds!...the automatic 7.2 seconds. Can you say CamCord killer?, for that matter the Maxima is not that fast!.
  • jmaxejmaxe Posts: 198
    Look here are some more great pics
  • dettimdettim Posts: 9
    I was at the Nissan Dealer letting my wife test drive the Maxima SE 5 speed 2 weeks ago when the sales guy tried to get me to buy. I told him we were going to buy a Maxima SE before the end of the year but I wanted to wait and see the new Altima. I told him that this would drive down the price for a 2001 SE and I could get a better price. The salesman then tried to get me to buy the SE and offered me a fully loaded (heated leather seats etc...) for invoice. I told him thanks but I wanted to wait to see the Altima(he said it was going to be smaller than the Maxima)........Wow!!!! I'm glad I waited.... thank you Nissan....It's much better than I had anticipated.....My wife says she is in "love".... I can't wait till Sept. to test drive this car...of course I will wait till the ferver dies down and I can buy it for a good price! I hope I can wait!!!
  • tgo63tgo63 Posts: 16
    we have y2k accord and 98 escort in our family, both five speed. After I saw a preview of a new altima I definitely want one! Nissan has one new customer. I considered purchasing Maxima but I like the specs and looks of 2002 altima better. Only price will decide which engine we will get, transmission of course will be five speed.
  • dettimdettim Posts: 9
    After looking at Nissan's news site, I see that it says nothing about a sunroof option for the new '02 Altima. Does anyone think they'll have that as an option for the V6 SE?
  • BobL242BobL242 Posts: 29
    Does anyone know how much headroom is in the 2002 altima?
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    because if it is not, Nissan will lose some of its customers, especially me, I don't want a car without a sunroof.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    I am sure there will be a sunroof!...don't worry!
  • toddmichtoddmich Posts: 8
    I know on one of the pictures I saw yesterday there was a sunroof...I believe it was the video of the New York Car show that I saw one with a sunroof..Nice looking car!
  • j_colemanj_coleman Posts: 143
    I don't want a car with a sunroof!

    I went to to see how much those P215/55R17 tires would cost and they don't have any that size. Any ideas? It's something I usually consider before making a purchase...
  • ed571ed571 Posts: 6
    The car is a beaut, no doubt. I am in. Hopefully the $ stays around 18k-24k. Surefire winner then. I was going to buy the 01 Max SE but thats on hold for now. Imagine the incentives Nissan is going to push out for the current Atima & Maximas later this summer. There is a ton of Maximas for sale around me here in Philly. I'd estimate 300 just sitting on the lots within 5 miles of me and their being offered under invoice and not moving at all.

  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Does that mean that the maxima will go bigger in 2003?
    The altima will have a wheelbase longer than the midsize GM cars.
    The 2002 Altima seems almost to good to be true.
  • arnolsarnols Posts: 7
    Not as much as the current Altima, but still. The front looks like the new Civic (which is seriously less attractive than the old one) and the back like a Cadillac STS (gulp..). I guess the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    Yes...the Maxima will be bigger in 2003...probably a full size car. eeeeck!.
  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    What's with the FWD? Sorry, 246lb-ft of torque with a manual tranny routed the front wheels is not my idea of fun.
  • dettimdettim Posts: 9
    The low $20K pricing was taken out of context - that price actually refers to the base model 4-cylinder. But hopefully the V6 will be in the $25K range.
  • eagle30eagle30 Posts: 28
    I am still saving my dollars for the Pathfinder,all because there are no sedans out there I like. Then comes along the 2002 Altima, my first impressions was UM! this is sharp. Shoot Fire, now I have to consider the Altima as a possibility. This really looks like a winner, I just hope we do not have go throught that crap this is a HOT! Vehicle so we getting $2,500 over invoice. I will once again walk away so quickly, in search of a fair price. Nice job Nissan, make us happy, give us an affordable vehicle.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    The front (when staring straight into the grille) looks like the new Lexus SC430)

    the rear reminds of Olds Aurora, Chrysler 300M, and a little bit Monte Carlo (must be those taillights)

    Overall it looks like a Lexus GS.
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