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2007 Nissan Altima

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  • I, too, was somewhat skeptical about "Carcinoma" Sunset being a limited production color--I've seen too many of that hue in the past.
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    I happen to have an old G3/'03 Altima brochure & looked at it yesterday. Vow, they had many exciting & wilder colors then, too many but it is exciting & not peacock. This round, they only offer G38, Audi, BMW, type plain colors. That is way too far a swing in the opposite direction. Something in between in terms of enough conservative colors and enough choices of exciting colors/shift is what I wish to see. If some self-acclaimed genius or consulting firm sells the idea that offering upscale brand's colors will crank up the upscale perception of the Altima & resale value, I think they have lost the business and market instinct to position this car a little. In combo with the body design, performance, it has no distinctive character any more; therefore no image any more. I can't define this car any more. It is now, not a 'better value Audi', not a 'better VW', not something with more distinctive character by itself to be convert customer of Camry or Accord. If they think the model loyal customer will go for a more mature looking Altima,don;'t forget, some do not want to grow up that way or else we will go to the Maxima. It is also not distinctively sportier in look & then supported by performance, therefore it is not preceived as sportier. It has no mean look to it in any way,a nd how can you have any touch of sportier perception. It is just not much of anything at the end. It is just like the KFC's whatever bowl they call it. Toss in a bunch of uncomplimenting things and offer as a creative product!!! It is just not exciting!!!
  • I'm happy to report that I'm a new owner of a Sedona Red 2007 Altima 3.5 SL with tech. I sure do love my gadgets. :)

    I got a DVD with the car giving a tour of it's features and I noticed something odd. They showed the control panel with switches for turn off traction control and VDC. My car only has the VDC switch. Reading the Nissan site they say that traction control is standard with all 6 cylinder Altimas, which mine is. So, what happened to my switch?
  • I posted the question on the FreshAlloy Forum as well and got an answer to my TCS switch question. The VDC and TCS systems are closely related so there is only one switch to turn off both systems. VDC includes TCS so you'll only get a "VDC Off" switch. If you don't have VDC then you'll have a "TDC Off" switch.

    Since the DVD shows both switches I gather this is a recent change to the car.
  • alex34alex34 Posts: 8
    thanks for the answer, i had posted the question earlier and could not find an answer anywhere.

    how come some dealers give out DVD's with the cars? i never got one.
  • I got a nice zippered binder for the manuals as well as full paper copies of the current navigation, owners, warranty and service manuals. The DVD didn't have anything particularly special and was just a run through how the various features on the car worked.

    As for why you didn't get one, I really don't know. I bought an SL but a SE with leather and nav should actually be a bit more expensive. Perhaps they got tired of me pestering them with questions. ;)
  • I really like the interior and exterior of the 07's, very nice car.
  • I'm enjoying the car as well although I'm still trying to find a comfortable position for the driver seat on long drives. It feels like the lumbar support is too low. Instead of applying pressure to the small of my back it is positioned at my tailbone.
  • I have noticed that the DVD is in the glove compartment on my 3.5 SE--I just assumed they were put in from the factory, sort of a supplement to the 9,377 page owner's manual. Maybe someone had sticky fingers...
  • Now that you mention it, I think my DVD was in the glove box as well. If you didn't get it, no big loss. A ten minute tour from the salesman will do the same thing pretty much.
  • phx08phx08 Posts: 8
    I'm interested in the 2007 Altima 2.5 S what kind of pricing do you guys think that i can get on the car?
  • Can anyone that has purchased a 3.5 SE or SL share their experiences inside the cabin? I'm curious to know how contained road and engine noise is. Today I drove a 3.5SL Maxima and found the cabin to be very peaceful and quiet. I than drove a 3.5SE Altima and was a bit disappointed in the cabin noise. Do SL's have more sound insulation, or maybe the Maxima's do.

    I would appreciate any and all input, as I have decided to buy one or the other - but would rather spend less and get the Altima ;)
  • lili1lili1 Posts: 44
    I look at it from two different perspective after road testing and have yet own one.

    1)Hearing the engine noise. You are not into 2.5. The 2.5 is really bad from the noiseness of the engine itself on even moderate acceleration and then the firwall area insulation. The 3.5 is much quieter on moderate acceleration due to its power but the firewall I will say beign the same in all models SE, SL, still make it a little nosier.

    2)The cabin's own insulation from the wind noise, road noise from starting from the anything associated with the 4 tires and its suspension, exhaust, etc. After teh car is born, the remidy is added insulation materials. I had the previous generation Altima before and its cushioning and insulation being minimal as a start did not help. This 07 does not appear to have invest much more money in that and it is a little noisy compare to the Maxima or Avalon or even the Camry.

    I don't know what is the dBa comparison BUT nothing mean more than actually driving to compare them all. Besides, it is not only the loadness but also the quality of the noise. Noise that you don't like makes you feel uncomfy even if not that loud!!! So, I will say, trust your ears.

    You drove the 3.5SE Altima. You may also have been influened by the added road/bump noise from the harsh/sportier suspension (shock and bigger anti-roll bars) on the SE as well as the bigger diameter wheel w/ teh higher aspect ratio tire therefore much less cushy. I found the SE indeed noisier and somehow a mismatch if I give it leather interior.

    With this kind of brand new platform not evolved from an existing one, it is still raw and unrefined because money is eaten up by doing all sorts of new things. I don't feel they will have spend what they should in the noise area. It is obvious. Audi is an Audi. Infinite is an Infinite. This is merely an American design Lego from computers and not w/ a lot of the fine touch of art of engineering.
  • Having had a new '02 Altima in the family, I loved the way it drove & still do. I actually like the overly induced torque steer. However, the car is a pile of junk. The latest issue being; the car now shuts off for no apparent reason and for no apparent cause (at least no one can can figure out why) needless to say it can't be driven long distances anymore. I never believed that old notion that you should never buy a car the first year it is released but now I do. From what I understand, only the 02-04 ones suffer from serious quality problems. I have friends with the 05/06s and they swear by the Altima's reliability. (Give it time?)

    NOW ON TO THE 2007... I fell in love with the '07 and wanted one but was uneasy about how high the CVT reved all the time (it always seemed to hover around 6k rpm during normal acceleration). Tell me this, is it bad in the longrun for an engine to rev this high all the time?

    I figured since the engines were all essentially carryovers, that the problems we had with our '02 would have been worked out.

    However, I have noticed a quite a lot of 07s being towed into dealerships. I saw somone at my carwash with an '07 and asked how she liked it. 'Love it' she said, but, the electrical system failed on her once and the car would not start (the car was less than 500 miles old)she said the dealer kept it over-night and the next day it started like nothing happened, and they never figured out what had occured. Looks like a whole NEW set of problems.
  • "NOW ON TO THE 2007... I fell in love with the '07 and wanted one but was uneasy about how high the CVT reved all the time (it always seemed to hover around 6k rpm during normal acceleration). Tell me this, is it bad in the longrun for an engine to rev this high all the time?"

    This would be in a 2.5, right? I have an '07 3.5 SE and it sometimes gets close to 4,000 RPM, but never over. On a 2.5, it would probably have to rev higher because of less torque--2.5 is only 150 cubic inches--that's only 10 more than the 1960 Falcon's smaller engine. It's not the fact of its being a CVT--it's just the transmission doing its job--a four- or five-speed would be down-shifting all the time to accommodate the lesser availability of torque. I'm amazed at the performance that today is gotten out of what 35-40 years ago would be considered tiny engines. The smallest standard engine in full-size cars was usually at least 4.0 litres--of course I'm aware of all the advancements in engine design over the years making this possible, but it is still interesting.
  • "Can anyone that has purchased a 3.5 SE or SL share their experiences inside the cabin? I'm curious to know how contained road and engine noise is. Today I drove a 3.5SL Maxima and found the cabin to be very peaceful and quiet."

    Actually, if a person from 300 years ago was placed in one of these cars, they'd think they'd gone straight to Heaven without having to pass "GO". ;) I've found mine wonderful, but I'm easy to please--I do notice one little thing that is really not a bother--when the AC is "On" and I'm sitting at a light, I can actually hear the compressor compressing. What is especially nice about it is that it compresses ALL THE TIME and is not sitting there going on/off/on/off/on/off/click/click/click/click like the majority of other cars sitting in traffic that suffer from what has been a commonplace in automotive air-conditioning systems over the past 25 years--the horrible cycling compressor, which, even in the most sophisticated systems harks back to nothing less than the heart of a 1959 Frigiking under-the-dash unit. And all the new cars do not share this feature (a variable displacement compressor)--several weeks before purchasing the Altima, I drove an '07 Mazadaspeed 3 and it was blatant in its manifestation of cycling--"muggy lapses" and all.

    "I than drove a 3.5SE Altima and was a bit disappointed in the cabin noise."

    This is what I call "progress-induced disappointment". Our cars have achieved such a wonderful level of refinement that even the slightest intrusion of noise causes annoyance. Imagine the thrill experienced by a 40-50 year old person in 1955, fully familiar with the antiquated jalopies of 1946, or even 1952, getting to experience their new Oldsmobile Super 88 replete with high-compression V-8, Hydra-Matic, power steering, power brakes, air-conditioning, power windows, et al. Everything over the past 50 years has really just been a variation on the same themes. They're the ones who had the most fun.
  • "This would be in a 2.5, right? I have an '07 3.5 SE and it sometimes gets close to 4,000 RPM, but never over. On a 2.5, it would probably have to rev higher because of less torque--2.5 is only 150 cubic inches--that's only 10 more than the 1960 Falcon's smaller engine."

    I have a 2.5 and I've never seen it rev just over 4000 - and that was accelerating a cold car in cold weather (not sure if that makes any difference).
  • ggs2ggs2 Posts: 18
    i purchased a 2007 altima se 3.5 two weeks ago and have not noticed cabin noise being a problem. there have been a couple of things that need to be addressed like the center console that will not latch. i'm still trying to get used to having more interior space than i'm accustomed to. i usually like the cockpit feel which this car does not have. my biggest complaint with the car is probably with the leather seats which seem a little too firm and could also use more bolster support on the sides. this car is plenty powerful though and i hope it will have typical nissan reliability. i now have about 850 miles on the car and no problems other than console
  • "I have a 2.5 and I've never seen it rev just over 4000 - and that was accelerating a cold car in cold weather (not sure if that makes any difference)."

    6,000 RPM did seem high, even for a 2.5. The first CVT I ever drove was a Saturn about three years ago and it would rev to 6,000 RPM if floored, but then it's only 2.2 litres.
  • Thanks for the reply. I realize the noise issue may seem trivial, but I drive 1500 miles a week for work, and my car has unfortunately become an office. With the huge amount of miles I put on the car I cannot justify spending in the Infiniti/Lexus/BMW range. Nissan sedans are my favorite, though the Avalon is making me look even harder.
    Thanks again...
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