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2013 and earlier Nissan Altima Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • jrubjrub Posts: 12
    just to correct ya, isnt it Radiant Silver;-)....i just picked up my SE 3.5 same color. All the bells and whistles SE Premium package, except for the NAV system. 3yr lease 399 month.
  • Radiant, brilliant, refulgent.... one of those.. :P

    Yes I am pretty sure you are right.. it's Radiant.
    Maybe I should have got the 3.5SE with Prem package.. hmm..sounds about the same.. oh well.. still love it! :D
  • mexcarmexcar Posts: 21
    Has anyone seen pricing on the 2008 Altima Coupe? Or packages/options?
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    If you go the Nissan site and build up a 3.5 SE, there is an $ 4400 MSRP option called Premium package and there is a $2700 Leather package.

    Do anyone know for a fact & not deducing/guessing from the specification link on the site that:
    1) The $2700 Leather package is actually orderable & not a mistake.
    2) If the $2700 includes sunroof?
    3) If the $2700 includes rear passenger air vent?
    4) If the $2700 includes the fog lights?
    5) If the $2700 includes the 6 CD stereo system?
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    For friends who has purchased the 3.2SE:

    I took a 3.2 SE w/ manual 6 out today on the highway and on a real full acceleration from 0 through first and second gears, the two front times was doing a left-right-left-right-... number on me at a frequency of a few flip-flops per second overpowering any attempt to hold it down with the steering wheel. Not very scary but unpleasant. Same experience.

    Rolling along quietly on lower gears at 2000 RPM or so & low speed on flat road, there is a noticeable if looking for it, rumbling noise/feedback as if the wheel is bent or the rear tire(s)are a 'square' tire. Anyone notice that?

    This is NOT bad mouthing thsi G3 Altima. I will end up buying one but I was wishing it is more exciting. I had a 2003 2.5SL and I remembered the exciting styling made me feel I must have the car. I did. This round, I have to continue to talk myself to see the light and why this is still the better choice. This car is just not 'sexy'. Anyway, I also try a 2.5 today. The engine sound on the 2.5 w/ CVT I took out today was distinctively louder and harsher when you push the car on medium accelerate(although it will purr quietly the same when cruising on light throttle). This rigid chassis clearly make you feel the car is more an extension of yourself and gives more feel than the spongy & undefined feel of the previous Altima when you twist and turn it. However, neither the 2.5 or 3.5 gives me a sense that it is precision engineering material. The styling, outside or inside...the whole car is just NOT carrying a distinctive character/flow....a sign of no dominant designer, weak artistic touch, it is not Japanese, not European, not American although it has the hint of American design's 'unnaturalness' touch to it , and also more like something which is pieced together w/ things contributed by different people; somewhat like 'consensus results in mediocre'. Just too intentional & somewhat awkward. However, the design is still quite a lot better than the Camry especailly w/ Camry's 'after market' look/approach of doing the ground effect. On the mechanical side,again, the Altima just does not give me a feel that it is a precision engineering piece, still a little raw. Well,will learn to like it.
  • jrubjrub Posts: 12
    May I suggest taking out another one for a test drive. Maybe you got one that was "a little off" I have the automatic 3.5, err not 3.2, so maybe I cant relate casue of the manual tranni. I also had the 2003 SL 2.5 and I have no idea what you are talking about. The car doesnt pull. I gun the car ALL the time and dont notice anything significant. Now, lets talk about regular city dirving. I found the steering very easy, 10x better than the 03. The 3.5 and 2.5 are like night and day, cant compare. Its like comparing prime rib to a hamburger.
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    Thanks jrub. 3.2 is my 'late night typo'.

    For friends who has purchased the 3.2SE:

    The left-right-left-right-...flip-flop really surprised me. It was like you take the steering wheel and jerk it left and right just a little repeatedly but is is definitely due to the torque on the two wheels. I couldn't tame it with the wheel and it stopped once I let off the gas a little. Your CVT/automatic may have transitioned/dampened things a little versus the the solid 1st gear of a stick shift.

    The city driving is too easy and light, way to easy, for a sport sedan feel and I am sure, we all will get used to and forget about it. One reason I will go stick is to give BACK myself something to do and feel, even though that clutch pedal is way too light.

    The 2.5 engine is 2.5. Any 4-banger when pushed hum loudly. that is why I am going 3.2 this round. HOWEVER, on the 07, this hum is MUCH more harsh and noticeable. Harsh is the undescripable quality/characteristics of the noise and that is humanly annoying. On the 07, it is as if there is a hole on the firewall or the hood is removed. Also, the 03 has developed a 'valve ticking like' sound on light acceleration due to the injection system which Nissan had a investigation out nationwide to hunt down the mysterious cause and I have yet heard of any fix or explanation. This time, I don't want the repeat. You pay reasonable enough money not that this is expected to be a luxury car but you don't to be reminded by the sound once is a while that your engine is really out there in front of your face or something is not right while a Jetta, Camry or Accord does not do that.
  • Leather package will include:
    Leather seats
    Leather steering wheel
    Drivers Power Lumbar
    Auto Climate Control
    Homelink
    Metallic Trim
    Heated Seats
    Auto dimming mirror w/compass
    ....Thats it no sunroof, no fog lights, no 6 disc cd
    And if you think about, $4400 for the bigger package is not bad....to put in perspective a xenon headlight bulb is around $300 and a whole light unit is around $1,000. So take $2,000 just for the head light assemblies. Then ad the leather, BOSE* 6 Disc, and all those other goodies! ;)
  • There will probably be nothing on the 2007 Altima for awhile. They are selling like crazy, I can't believe dealers are even moving on these things, so new, and so great they don't need too. I highly doubt anything will come off them until the end of the year, if that's even necessary.
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Hmmm, that's curious. Where are they selling like crazy? I've only seen one 2007 Altima on the road in the Pittsburgh area, and the 4 Nissan dealers closest to me have over 90 :surprise: 2007 Altimas in stock. I've been checking the inventory for one of those dealers and they have had 32 2007 Altimas looking for a home for more than a week now.

    I'm one of those waiting for some incentives to kick in. I will probably buy this spring, and am hoping that Nissan will kick in some "monetary assistance". ;)
  • tictac3tictac3 Posts: 78
    In the Philadelphia region there are incentives on the '07 Altima. Looked at a 3.5SE w/ cvt, sport pkg, flaps, mats and emergency kit. List at $25.3. Dealer disc of $1200 and factory cash of $1200. $399/mo w/$1000 up front. Dealer is still making about $1200.
  • Well, I appologize we are selling them like crazy in the midwest....we finally were able to keep some up here. And personally I believe the car is worth every dollar. Nissan's Altima and Sentra are good bang for the buck!
  • Dealer Discount is not incentives from the manufactor, that is the dealer taking their own hit. And Nissan nationally does not state any incentives for 2007 Altima. Check out the web site WWW.NISSANUSA.COM Dealers will tell you whatever you want to hear. Trust me I sell cars!
  • tictac3tictac3 Posts: 78
    Rev2:
    Dealer stated $1200 discount and $1200 factory assistance on 3 yr Altima 3.5 lease. Also, $1120 assistance on a 24 month lease. By the way, do you sell Nissans?
  • jrubjrub Posts: 12
    If this is the case, the dealer I bought from made 0. Maybe cause it was the last day of the year for them jan 2 and they wanted to get another UNIT in.
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    Thanks rev2please. Are you just pasting in the description of that spec from the build your car link? Do you know for a fact that it is a orderable spec. My 03 Altima experience was that no sunroof was allowed on the site but not after my order was sent in!!! Cause me $700 for a little glass window which I open only three times a year and each for a few minutes. On the other hand, I REALLY REALLY hate the 'line breaking' spoiler (unless someone tell me I can remove it without leaving holes on the trunk lid) & I plan to spend the $900 for the overpriced VDC. The Xenon bulb to me is not as practical a feature because it does not add any distance although it feels brighter and more desirable to me is the VDC (or VSC? whatever Nissan call their Stability sys). The Bose 6 disc is basically the same system I had on my '03 2.5SL, good feature but the sound was just boring, unlively, not brilliant to be impressive. These days with the IPOD, the 6 disc is really not much of a feature but if the Bose is now a different amplifying system and diff speaker system for lively sound, the additional speakers may be worth something but I don't beleive so. If I throw in the VDC and the $4400, I am can start to consider another class of vehicle. Tough case. It will be easier if Nissan offers just a little more option combo.
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    Thanks rev2please. Are you just pasting in the description of that spec from the build your car link? Do you know for a fact that it is a orderable spec. My 03 Altima experience was that no sunroof was allowed on the site but not after my order was sent in!!! Cause me $700 for a little glass window which I open only three times a year and each for a few minutes. On the other hand, I REALLY REALLY hate the 'line breaking' spoiler (unless someone tell me I can remove it without leaving holes on the trunk lid) & I plan to spend the $900 for the overpriced VDC. The Xenon bulb to me is not as practical a feature because it does not add any distance although it feels brighter and more desirable to me is the VDC (or VSC? whatever Nissan call their Stability sys). The Bose 6 disc is basically the same system I had on my '03 2.5SL, good feature but the sound was just boring, unlively, not brilliant to be impressive. These days with the IPOD, the 6 disc is really not much of a feature but if the Bose is now a different amplifying system and diff speaker system for lively sound, the additional speakers may be worth something but I don't beleive so. If I throw in the VDC and the $4400, I am can start to consider another class of vehicle. Tough case. It will be easier if Nissan offers just a little more option combo.
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    tictac3. What is the MSRP? What is the residue value on the lease for the 3.5 as a % of the final purchasing price?

    I figure any dealer can slash out easily on a higher spec or 3.5 $2000 and go from their. With inflated MSRP which is priced in comparison to competitive product's MSRP, and it is perceived/theoretical list price and it can be any big spread from Nissan's real cost (depending on how good a job the designers do in cost cutting designs, etc.) or the real net of any 'volume discount' to the dealer. Then you have the few hundred dollars of prep which is more like $100 dollars in variable cost. I am not surprised that the dealer can shave off another 1500 or so unwillingly but no blood yet. If you wait for months & after the 06 are all cleared out, the Nissan incentive will eventually come along and to shave off the 1500 will be easier?
  • 2.5 SL Pebble beach with floor mat $23.5 + TTL in Seattle area.
  • No I do know for a fact how these cars are packaged. What besides VDC are you looking for, they you have to have. Maybe I can help you with this delimma.
  • Most non luxury cars, don't have a $2000 mark-up unless you go to a huge truck or SUV.
  • tictac3tictac3 Posts: 78
    3.5SE w/ cvt, sport pkg, flaps, mats and emergency kit. List at $25.3. Dealer disc of $1200 and "factory lease-cash" of $1200. 36-month lease; 15K miles per; 61% residual. $399/mo with $1000 due at inception
  • You can believe what you want to believe, I just talk to a Nissan Manager and there are no factory incentives. Dealers are doing what they want not nissan!
  • Good evening! I have been quoted a lease price of $325 f/39 mos on a 2007 3.5 SE (automatic) base model, no extras. That quote is including a $3000 down payment. Is this a good deal? They originally quoted me $389. After reading some posts, it just seems like a lot of people are getting payments just a little higher with much less down.... I am new to both buying/leasing - please help! S. Dozier
  • jrubjrub Posts: 12
    how many places have you called or went to? i had one dealer telling me 360 on the base with first month and plates down.
  • I've been to one today... and I'm contacting several in the morning to see if I can get some competition going...
  • tictac3tictac3 Posts: 78
    Way too high! I was quoted last night $402/mo for an SE 3.5 w/ cvt, sport pkg, mats, flaps and emergency kit. The lease is for 36 months and 15k miles per year. Quote includes PA 9% tax. NO MONEY UP FRONT!! Same lease for 48 months is $353/mo. I live in suburban Philly area.
  • hey, sdozier wich dealership you got that quote from? where in Pa u have 9% tax, i thought it was 6-7%?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,179
    3% extra on lease payments in PA..

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  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    sdozier82, the only gauge and the only variable partially under your influence is the final selling price you have negotiated despite what anybody try to make you think otherwise.

    Here is why. That is the price. After that, if you are taking the Nissan lease, the residue value used to calculate your monthly payment is a constant set by Nissan & the dealer cannot alter. The 'interest rate'(kind of) used to calculate the financing is also set by Nissan and the dealer does not change. The TTL is not massaagable. The mileage per year and the numbre of year are calculated per a fixed formula.

    You get it now, when you compare among dealers, it is the final selling price.

    Things which can further affect that value but artificially is whatever is external you use to reduce that, namely with your own cash up front or/and the value of your trade in. Your trade in has more or less a set blue book trade in value. If the dealer give you less that that, he will give you more discount on the new car to make you feel better. If you feel better by getting a higher trade in value,he will reduce the discount on the new car. So, walk in without talking about trade-in or you already check your blue book value value so that you can always weed out the fog and know what the real final sellign price of the car is. If your mind can only understand the monthly payment amount, then you are at full mercy of the dealer. The dealer can use all the variables to come up with a payment value you like, and if not achievable, they will persuade you to put in some down payment until all the figure jives but the last thing they will do is to reduce the price a cent or give you one more sent for the trade in value. Bottom line is, you can't figure out the final selling price (adjusted by the higher or lower than blue book figure amount), you can't compare apples to apples.

    If you cannot get very close to invoice at least, you are not getting a good enough deal in theory but you may be not the type who fuzz over the last few hundred dollar & may just say deal when you get somewhere half way between MSRP and invoice.
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