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Nissan Altima

speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
edited September 23 in Nissan
Let's start with some pics then specs.


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More shots here: http://www.nissannews.com/

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??

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Comments

  • 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

    www.autoshowny.com
  • 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 tirerack.com 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.

    Ed
  • 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.
  • gooniesgoonies Posts: 24
    hi all after reading and watching the edmunds video i decided to trade in my brand spanking new 2000 sentra se w/ pp for the new altima. i might still consider the audi a4 but for now its the new altima cause im sure i will get a better deal. now my questions is by the time the new altima comes out i would still owe about 10,000k on the sentra. do i lose out big when i trade in a car that isn't paid for? what happens to the money that i already put in? im sorry im a newbie but i really do need some advice. also im willing to pony up abuot five grand more upon signing the new deal. thanx all
  • dettimdettim Posts: 9
    Goonies, If you look at the Edmunds used car prices it shows that a 2000 Sentra SE will be worth the following.

    Trade in value: $9,851

    Sell yourself: $10,722

    Hope that helps!
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    No, the Nissan quote from a few places said the V6 would come in the low 20's. Starting a 4 cylinder car at 20k is an insult. And would be suicide. Heck one can can a get a fully outfitted Accord for 25k, so why would any Camcord buyer switch to the altima if it's priced the same or higher?

    Nissan generally undercuts competition. Look at the Sentra GXE, which is about a $1000-2000 cheaper than a Civic EX when fully outfitted.

    As far as what I've seen and read, Nissan is gunning for the Camcord and they can't expect to blow them away selling the car for the same price. It won't happen. It's suicide.
  • viktoria_rviktoria_r Posts: 103
    it's true that altima is more powerful (40 hp more than current accord v-6 if i am not mistaken), but it is yet unproven. IMO, when you are spending a substantial amount of money, you want good reliability record, too. as for manual transmission - i don't care for one. i used to drive cars with manual and in my mind manual is just associated with times when i did not have money for anything but barebone econobox, but it's just me. i don't know where and why one REALLY needs to be able to go 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and how often. Of course it's nice to know that a car can do it, but the novelty of knowing it wears off pretty soon. i think it is well known that enthusiasts do not comprise a big market, and will not determine success or failure of a mass-market car.
    I like the looks of the car, they said to have also increased interior volume, and, hopefully, comfort level. If nissan managed to do it for less than CAmCord, great! But if nissan assumes that it can beat CamCord just by offering little more hp for more money, they should think again. they should try to beat in both aspects - more hp and amenities for less $$$. so lets wait and see.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    All v-6's are not created alike and the Altima's is much more powerful than the current Accord. If Altima can match the Accord in price, it has an available 5-speed tranny and 240 hp, it will appeal to the enthusiast driver who needs a sedan. 0-60 in 6.3 vs 8 seconds is a huge difference.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    When I was shopping for a car I was looking for a good V6. I tried the Camry V6, the Accord V6 and the Maxima. Well guess what, the Maxima was the most expensive of the three cars and I chose it!..not because of the price, but because it was hoot to drive and had a much better engine that the competition. The V6 on the Altima IS head over heels better than Camry and Accord, and so will the I4...so even if the the Altima is slightly more expensive it will still be a worthy competitor.
  • viktoria_rviktoria_r Posts: 103
    it's true that altima is more powerful (40 hp more than current accord v-6 if i am not mistaken), but it is yet unproven. IMO, when you are spending a substantial amount of money, you want good reliability record, too. as for manual transmission - i don't care for one. i used to drive cars with manual and in my mind manual is just associated with times when i did not have money for anything but barebone econobox. i don't really know where and why one needs to be able to go 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and how often does one REALLY need to do it. it's nice to know that a car can do it, but... i think it is well known that enthusiasts do not comprise a big market. IMO, if nissan assumes that it can beat CamCord by offering little more hp but for more money, they should think again. they should try to beat in both aspects - more hp and amenities for less price.
  • raychuang00raychuang00 Posts: 541
    After looking at the new 2002 Nissan Altima, I think Nissan has a winner right here!

    It appears that the 2002 Altima is built off the same platform the new Primera, but has a totally different body design. At least it's not over-styled like the Primera is.

    Even the L-4 engine (rated at 180 bhp) is going to be a blast to drive. Hopefully, Nissan will offer a five-speed automatic as the auto transmission on the SL (L-4) and SE (V-6) models.

    By the way, I've heard that the Primera will become the replacement for the Infiniti G20 in about a year's time; I think the G20 replacement should sport the same 180 bhp L-4 engine the new Altima will have.
  • jgts1jgts1 Posts: 32
    0-60 in a flash, my car does 0-60 in 4.0sec- and I'm ready for more power....the Altima should be a great car, especially with the 5spd, if they offer a 17inch wheel option (I haven't read up on it yet)- that would nice as well.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The 2.5 four is an all new engine so its reliability is a bit uncertain, but the 3.5 V-6 is already a proven engine. It is basically a bored out version of the Maxima's 3.0 and is already being used in the Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4. There should be no concerns of reliability with the V-6. As for price, Nissan has already stated they do not intend to make the new Altima a car that sells on value alone (like the current one does), so expect prices to go up to Accord and Camry range. To think Nissan will offer a car that has a bigger, more powerful engine and more safety features than the current Maxima, Camry, and Accord at a significantly cheaper price is ludicrous. A current fully loaded four banger Altima GLE stickers for 21K for heaven's sake. Let's be realistic people! 24-25K for a fully optioned V-6 Altima would be plenty fair considering the flagship Maxima costs around 28-30K for the same features.
    IMO, the Altima is one of the best looking sedans I have seen in a long time. Outstanding job Nissan! It's so sporty looking, yet elegant. Huge departure from Nissan's typical dowdy funky styling. And thank you Nissan for building a mainstream sedan that excites the enthusiast and stays far away from the godawful world of blandness that Honda and Toyota are stuck in.
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