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2007 Nissan Altima

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  • "When passing, why not just shift it into 5th and accelerate? - if you're in manual shift mode already."

    Because in Manual mode it still remains in what feels like a locked up condition in all the gears--whereas "D" allows the engine to rev up to a higher RPM, kind of like the old switch-pitch converters in the 50's and 60's Buicks. I'm finally getting more used to Manual mode and really like it--am using it much more around town.
  • jaeger1jaeger1 Posts: 43
    If you couldn't get comfortable on the test drive, why did you buy the car?

    I have the leather package and find the seats supremely comfortable. I just logged Toronto to Vermont return road trip where I was the sole driver with less fatigue than I would haev magined possible.

    Jaeger
  • That's the problem, it was comfortable on the test drive, but has become increasingly uncomfortable the more I drive it.
  • The window sticker on my new 2.5 S with SL and Technology package lists the "Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror" and "Compass" separately. When you look for the compass in the owners manual it guides you to the review mirror. Since my rearview mirror does not have the compass I brought it back to the dealer with the window sticker and owners manual and asked them for it. The salesman brought me to the parts department and the parts department manager said they would order it for me (about 268 bux) because it should of been included and it is included under the warranty.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    The salesman brought me to the parts department and the parts department manager said they would order it for me (about 268 bux) because it should of been included and it is included under the warranty.

    That is bad business on that dealership. I would ask to talk to General Sales Manager or the General Manager of the store. If they are a reputable place they would correct the problem with no charge to you. When you think about it $268 and the hour it takes to install is no reason to loose future business from you or anyone you would potetially refer. As youy say it is on the window sticker which means you paid for it.

    After looking at your post again I realize you have the tech package. On your navigation screen their is a compass.
    So now that I think about it again. The window sticker has to state " Auto- Dimming Mirror with Compass " in order for you to qualify for that accesory. :confuse:
  • Hello, im new to this forum. I recently purchased a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL with Connection package. The car runs fine, but the only thing i'm worried about is every morning or basically anytime I start the car up after 5,6+ hours, I hear a loud metallic rattling sound in the front engine. It only lasts for a few seconds and slowly gets louder and then vanishes. The car runs great, and the sound doesn't come back until the next morning. I called the service dept and they said i'd have to leave it overnight, the guy suggested over the phone it might be the oil which has pooled up at the bottom of the reservoir moving thru the engine? I really don't know, does anyone have any ideas on what this may be?
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    This is an interesting topic. My avalon ahd incredible seats, then I went to a Camry and they were very uncomfortable. When I bought my '07 Altima with power seats and lumbar support I was and remain very happy. I'm a large guy 5'10" and about 225lbs. I'm blessed with a 26 inch inseam so obviously my legs are not long. The seat hits me perfectly at the knees and I get a lot of support. Anytime I want more back support I just increase the lumbar support. I can remember when I bought the car thinking longer legged people may have difficulty where the seats end and not having enough leg support. Perhaps there is a seat cushion you can get to enjoy the ride more. Best of luck.
  • I also have the 2.5SL with Convenience package. My car does the same thing. It's been doing it about every four days since I bought it back in May. I've taken it in twice now, and they don't know what is making that noise, nor have they been able to repeat that noise at the dealership. (Nor has anyone else complained of similar issues). They suggested I leave it overnight and for an entire day, so they can start it up every couple of hours. This way, the engine stays "cold" (no one drives it), and if they don't hear it when they start it up, they'll turn it off and try again a bit later. I'm an aircraft mechanic, and I think this recommendation is valid. I just need to get around to making another appt. Also, I was able to find a Nissan Tech bulletin on this (or similar) issue, but it only applies to specific engine models. Mine was not one of them. Of course.
  • "They suggested I leave it overnight and for an entire day, so they can start it up every couple of hours. This way, the engine stays "cold" (no one drives it), and if they don't hear it when they start it up, they'll turn it off and try again a bit later."

    I think this is counterproductive--starting it every two or three hours isn't going to prove anything. It's when the engine sits overnight--and that is usually 7-8 hours--the oil completely drains away from the bearings. When the engine is started up after this length of time is when you hear the very brief, but not good for the engine, sound. This is one of my pet-peeves about computerized engine controls. When I first start my 3.5 SE after sitting overnight, the computer instantly rips the RPM up to nearly 2,000 RPM before letting it gradually slow down to around 1,200. I've never heard bearing noise, but I know this kind of RPM on a stone-cold engine can't be good. All the surfaces are dry initially and the engine should be allowed to start at an RPM under 1,000 RPM, or at least no higher, for the first 30 or so seconds. I never start my carburetor-equipped cars with that much force but let them find the lowest RPM at which they'll run 'till at least some warmth gets into the system. I've got a little '90 Festiva with 182,000 miles on it that I use as a dinghy and on really cold mornings, it's RPM hits 2,500 and stays there for nearly a minute--I'd hate to see what's in its oil pan...
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    You don't by chance live in california do you?
  • It seems like the issue is a combination of the firmness of the seat and the pedal position - it seems like the brake pedal is too far up toward the seat from the gas pedal. The position for operating the accelerator is not comfortable for operating the brake. I have found a position that is bearable, but I still get out with a sore leg.
  • I believe I shifted at or almost 6000 rpm. I don't know anything about racing or rpms so I guess I didn't push it very much if the redline is where you need to push past.

    Concerning the trunk button located at the trunk itself. I think it is the car doors being open that seems to prevent the trunk swith from working, not the engine itself being on. I wonder why that is.
  • I drive about 3000 miles a month (2.5 S) and I have had the sore leg syndrome too. I'm going to have to get something for the seat, LOL, with all the driving I do.
  • "I believe I shifted at or almost 6000 rpm. I don't know anything about racing or rpms so I guess I didn't push it very much if the redline is where you need to push past."

    I don't know what the torque peak on this engine is, but I know it's below 6,000 RPM, so revving above that is useless--you certainly don't want to go above, or even in, redline! That's why it's REDLINE!
  • carnut21carnut21 Posts: 38
    This sounds like a heat shield somewhere on the engine. I had a Toyota Corolla that done the same sound and it was a round heat shield on the back of the engine. You might have the dealer check to see if the Altima has one.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996

    Concerning the trunk button located at the trunk itself. I think it is the car doors being open that seems to prevent the trunk swith from working, not the engine itself being on. I wonder why that is. >I believe I shifted at or almost 6000 rpm. I don't know anything about racing or rpms so I guess I didn't push it very much if the redline is where you need to push past.


    sounds like you were driving a manual tranny....

    On the trunk... If the car is in gear the trunk won't open

    If you drop the remote in the trunk with doors open the trunk won't automatically open, if the doors are locked and you drop the remote in the trunk will pop open
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    March 28 for me and 9,000 miles on it. Very pleased and get lots of looks and positive omments.
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    well, i don't have a problem trusting message boards as far as i read more than one. plus in my experience if something gets repeated independently more than certain number of times it just may be true.
    anyhow, in my case I clearly saw the variation of the quality among different cars. that combined with the obvious problems on the brand new tester didn't look right to me.
    anyway, i got me an Accord instead.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    --you certainly don't want to go above, or even in, redline! That's why it's REDLINE!

    unless you reprogram the ECM, you won't be able to. there's a rev limiter that will prevent you from reaching the redline.
  • As I have been driving my car, it seems that the issue would be solved if only the seat would go back a couple of inches more. Does anyone know if this is a possible alteration, perhaps with a custom interior shop or something like that?
  • I had the same armrest issue, had logged in this forum somewhere else in a related thread. The dealer ordered one for me and just had it replaced this week, it seems Nissan has made some change to it by adding a spring towards the back base of the unit, I think the older one didn't have the spring at the rear end. The great thing is that its covered and replaced for free so just go ahead and have it replaced.
    For reference its the whole top part/piece altoghter.
    Good Luck!

    Atif Torontonian
  • I couldn't open the trunk with the key as well, don't remember the circumstances but am gonna watch out for it now.
  • carnut21carnut21 Posts: 38
    There is a company called "Cobra", national chain I believe, that does interior modifications. Our dealer in Manchester TN uses them to add leather and they say it is cheaper than getting the Nissan option since you can get just the seats and not all the other options. I bet they could reposition the seat rails or modify slightly to give you some more room. I am assuming front to rear is what you need and not reclining. With front to rear room you might check with a local machine to see if they could help if an interior company can not.
  • Not sure if I'm too late responding to this message, but I've had my Altima for almost two months now, and it's very comfortable and reasonably priced (and from what I've heard, very reliable). My only issue is that I downgraded from my previous car, so I feel that it's a little on the boring side in terms of drive. But I get stopped a lot by people who like the look of the car. And if you purchase an '07 now, you can get a GREAT deal, since they're trying to get rid of them. And they're probably still having the financing specials (mine was 2.9% for 60 months). I was also able to get my car under invoice.
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    it is too late, but thank you :)
    i decided against Altima and got an Accord instead.
  • keithlkeithl Posts: 106
    OK I am thihnking about an 07 Altima and trying to decide between the 2.5 SL loaded or the V6 SE Loaded. I have not driven the SE yet, I drove an 3.5 SL. I really woudl prefer the 2.5 to save some gas, but a few things I am worried about; the 2.5 SL while a great little performer the SL still feels a little soft handling aand I am a tad worried about Nissan's 4cyl past, seems hit and miss. Is the V6 SE going to handle much better? Is the SE steering as numb as the SL steering. Nissan seems to have made the Altima steering real numb, one of the major things really casuing me to hesitate. Also how the MPG people are getting in the V6 vs the 2.5? I come form a TL when I get about 22MPG on average with premium, I do mostly 45 minute commute in subruban ATL with 40-45 MPH sppeds and lights. Not really city, but far from HWY.

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  • carnut21carnut21 Posts: 38
    The V6 is hard to beat. It has been in the Ward's top 10 engines for 11 or 12 years. The mileage is pretty good especially with the power. I have a aunt as well as a mother in law that have 07 Maxima's and they both love them. The 07 Altima V6 is a newer design than the Maxima but same basic engine I believe with just a few tweeks for more power. The 4 cylinder gets a little better mileage but the V6 is much more fun to drive.

    If the money is not much different, i would go the V6. My wife has an 07 Murano SL V6 and I have an 05 Frontier V6 (4.0) and we have had Zero problems. My truck get about 22-23 and is rated at 19 and 21 but I drive it easy most of the time. The Murano get 23-27 depending on how/where we drive it.

    Nothing against the I4, great engine, but the V6 is far more fun with little penalty and just asks to be driven hard when needed.

    Either way, you win!
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    I opted for the 3.5SE loaded, sticker was 30,545. Just about everything but NAV. I got rid of my '07 Camry because I didn't like the way it handled. I test drove all the Altima cars and while i liked the 2.5, it just didn't have the torque I'm used to. The 3.5 engine is a winner, especially when equipped with the CVT transmission! That is the greatest thing going IMHO. Mileage is better with the premium gas, but you can certainly spend less and it will run fine on regular, expect 27 to 30 with premium. The 2.5 says it will get over 35?!?!? It was very respectable for a 4 cyl. however in hustle. The SE handles very crisply, corners well, but not a lot of feedback. It's no Miata for sure. But very predictable, competent and smooth. You'll feel more pumps because of the stiffer suspension. The car handles very well on the highway at 80 mph. The base price is 24,500, but adding anything can run up the cost in a hurry. While the deals and low financing are strong, get the 3.5SE with some of the goodies. The premium package adds an immediate $4,400, but you get a bunch with it too. this is an awesome car and I can only hope your as satisfied as I am. Enjoy the ride!
  • Hi - I have been having the same problem as you mentioned with your Altima. I have had mine since Dec 2006 and have experienced this problem for 8 months now. Its actually at the dealership right now as I type - I have found on Nissanhelp.com there are two service bulletins regarding problem (flywheel, selenoid, starter). The mgr at the dealership tells me because I used an aftermarket oil filter at a quick lube - whatever - I then showed him the two service bulletins which he surprised and will look into it further. There are several posts regarding this and its needs to be resolved. It sounds like there is no oil in the engine at startup?? Hope we get some help with this problem.
  • keithlkeithl Posts: 106
    Yeah I had an 07 Camry Hybrid, loved the 36 MPG around town, but ride was like a sponge. I was leaning toward I4 Altima loaded, but don;t trust the I4 from Nissan and the V6 is awesome, I plan on driving SE and SL back to back this weekend and am looking at a loaded SE for just over $29K as they are clearing out the 07's and offering 2.9% !!
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