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Nissan Altima Hybrid Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Since u say that why not wait for the 08, it could be here any time
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I did exactly that in July with my original NY Dealer. the 07 was changed to an 08 because they stopped making the 07 prior to July 4th. The earliest I can expect it is in Sept. they tell me. We'll see.

    The only reason why I contacted Clay was the suggestion on this site.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    Lol, it was still worth a shot
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    I can tell you, having been in "the trade" myself a few years ago, that I would have shown you a little love. Not much, though. I might have thrown in floor mats or something. The thing is, for these NAH's Clay knows he can get the car sold without giving any ground to a buyer. He might have been more diplomatic, but that's the bottom line. Dealerships will give incentives if a car isn't selling well, but usually not if a car is in high demand. You're lucky to get list. Out here in California, the NAH's are selling at several thousand ABOVE MSRP, IF you can even find them. I bet Nissan corporation is really scratching their heads right now. They thought this whole hybrid thing was just a passing fad.... ;)
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I am sure you are correct. However, I am not driving 1,000 miles round trip to pay list for a 2007 car. A dealer has to do better than that. Since there is such a demand for that particular model with tech package, they should no trouble selling it locally.

    I'll wait a month for 2008 and get my few grand discount and only have to drive one hour from my home.
  • What part of CA are you in?

    I'm in the South Bay Area; I got my Tech package NAH (MSRP $32,975) for $31,020 through Carsdirect about a month ago.

    Maybe I got lucky, but they had no problem finding the exact car I wanted...
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I guess to Californians, the world begins and ends there but I am in Pennsylvania. However, I wish I had tried Car's Direct although I thought they just matched up customers with dealers. In that case, it wouldn't have helped as all the tech packages practially all went to California. But that would have been a try.
  • I was replying to hiwayman's information about CA prices. :) I realize you're in PA.

    Carsdirect does generally just match up customers with dealers, but they might also have a more effective search ability than what might be publicly available. You never know.
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    Oh Puhleeeze..."The world begins and ends there?" Cut me some slack. I'm guessing you've never been out here, and your snide remarks are just knee jerk comments of someone that has a serious inferiority complex about their area. Don't feel bad about your area. I've been there. It's absolutely beautiful. By the way, I was born and raised in the Midwest. And I didn't have ANYTHING to do with where the tech packages were sent. Give Nissan a call. I'm sure they'll listen to you. :shades:

    I was making an observation about prices out this way, and how dealerships operate. I think you'll find the dealership behaviors are pretty much universal. At the end of the day, dealerships are BUSINESSES. They need to make money. They'll try to cut you slack on vehicles that they'd like to move, but for vehicles they know they can sell to the next guy walking in the door for full price, they won't show you much love. At the end of the day, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING they do is for the bottom line. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just what it is.

    I'm in Northern California, just north of San Francisco. I was lucky, too. We got our NAH for 1000 over invoice. Immediately after we took delivery, the dealership we purchased from said, "MSRP only." We were the last ones to get a 2007 at a discount, at least at this dealership. We checked around and several dealerships in this area are putting "dealer premiums" on the NAH's, usually to the tune of about 1000 over MSRP. Of course they'll come down to MSRP without much arm twisting I would guess, but still, that means you're getting the car for MSRP.

    If I'd gotten jerked around by Clay, I would have done the same thing. The power of the wallet is a good thing. I hear there are some upgrades in 2008 that we 2007 owners will be jealous of (HID headlights, LED taillights, etc).
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I have been to California many times in the last 30 years. Oddly, Northern Cal is far more to my liking but the cost of living doesn't fit my wallet just yet.

    Actually, I'd rather be in Albuquerque.
  • Looking at the messages. FYI. 2007 NAHs are selling at our below invoice except for the technology package in the Bay Area. While the dealers in the Bay Area negotiate tough because they know that those going for the tech package have fat wallets and stock is generally limited to just a few dealers, I was able to do $450 over invoice a month ago.
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    Fat wallets? Not so much. The cost of living thins those wallets pretty quickly. However, you're probably right, but for a slightly different reason. Since we are used to paying so much more for everything out here, paying a little over MSRP for those that don't do research is not as daunting as it may be in other parts of the country. Additionally, there are so many people out here that there's a much greater chance of a dealer finding someone willing to pay more, than there would be in less populated, and less well-off parts of the country. Our cost of living is equivalent to New York City. Just like New Yorkers, we make impressive salaries in SOME cases (my own salary is, uhhhh...NOT impressive). Just like New Yorkers, we pay exhorbitant amounts of money for simple items. It all evens out.

    I think if you'd visit California, (California is A LOT more than LA and SF) you might find areas that are very much like yours, both culturally and economically. Believe it or not, all our women are not 6' tall, wear thong bikinis to PTA meetings, and wannabe movie stars. Believe it or not, we can't all afford homes in the Hollywood Hills..... For instance, I have to park my NAH in the driveway, because my garage is where my butler lives... :D
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    Additionally, the Bay Area (where I live) is the hotbed of hybrid technology, both for purchasers and for research. Priuses travel in herds around here. It actually feels pretty good to cruise around in a hybrid that ISN'T a Prius (well, at least in the body style anyway; we all know Nissan's dark secret about "their" technology). This being such an environmentally-oriented area, anything that seems EC (Environmnetally Correct) demands a premium. I wouldn't doubt for one minute, considering the culture, that we pay too much for hybrids, when compared to the rest of the country. On the other hand, if you want to buy a Hummer, they're selling at below invoice. Hummer dealers can barely GIVE the things away. :shades:
  • tomscot2tomscot2 Posts: 33
    Here in San Diego and Orange Counties the market for NAH with TECH package is very competitive. If a dealer gets one, they don't even load into their computer inventory, just put on the lot and sell it in a week. They do have 3-5 of the other NAH models on the lot and you can deal on those.

    We got our NAH with tech package for $500 below MSRP on Memorial Day Weekend. It was one of those that was not listed on the computer and even some of the sales people didn't realize that they had a Tech package NAH on the lot. We felt very lucky to get the $500.

    BTW, we love our NAH and the mileage is improving with every tank of gas.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    We don't have the NAH available here in central PA so I can't even test drive one right now. I want to see how it compares to my current Altima. Should make a good entry for the Alternate Route


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  • Finally, I get to post a message in this forum. I finally picked up my car (the second one, after the first one was sideswiped by some idiot on the way to the gas station pre-delivery :sick: ). I went through Nissan of Garden Grove in (duh) Garden Grove, CA. When it was all said and done, they did a good job, and I have to say I got a killer deal. Don't expect to get the same deal unless you work at Boeing, as I setup a discount with this particular dealer for all of our employees and retirees. I paid only $100 over invoice for my Sonoma Sunset with Blond Leather Interior, wood trimmed, sunroofed, Technology Packaged NAH. If you are a Boeing employee or retiree, I highly suggest that you go to this dealer. They put up with a lot of crap with me and my perfectionism, and I have to give them mad props for all the work they did in securing this car for me. The salesman that went through our delivery checkout was very knowledgeable about the car, and honest about the things he didn't know. Nothing worse than a guy just making up stuff on the fly, which happened to me at a Toyota Dealer once. If anyone would like the name of the sales associate that walked us through our deal, send me an email, and I'll give it to you, but I'm going to follow the rule on the forum here that says not to post salespeople names and contact information. If you live in SoCal, and are in the market for a Tech Packaged Hybrid, I heard that this dealer might have one, albeit a little banged up, that they might be willing to deal on. ;) If you're not in the market for a banged up one, or a Tech Package, they have base models in stock also. Go check em out.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    Congratulations on finally being able to pick up your car, :)

    so i assume you got a fresh one and not the banged up one, good decision. i think it's worth the wait to not get a car that was already involved in an accident

    let us know how you love your car and you can also go to to keep track of your fuel purchases and mileage (i think the number should be higher than the 33 MPG average it is now)
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    Central PA? Beautiful country! Way back in the dark ages when fuel prices were tiny and cars were huge, I had a girlfriend in the area. I always enjoyed the drive down from Massachusetts to see her.

    Well, for those that don't have the opportunity to drive an NAH, I can say that it is a far cry from a Prius, even though they share hybrid technology. The Prius has a 1.5 liter engine, and the NAH a 2.5 liter. Of course the NAH gives up gas mileage to the Prius, but having driven both a NAH and a Altima V-6, I can say that the NAH comes somewhere in between a 2.5 and a V-6. It SEEMS very close to a V-6 to me, but maybe that's just wishful thinking. At any rate, it's a fun car to drive, and the central location of the battery gives the car nice balance between front and rear. I wouldn't taunt a Z-car on a twisty road with the thing, but it IS fun and comfortable, and I can "squirt" from lane to lane in the gawdawful SF area traffic with ease.

    As we're learning to drive the NAH, we've found ways to tease the car into EV mode at speeds up to 40 MPH. It's a very delicate "dance" however, and any tiny mis-step on the accelerator brings the ICE into play. Oddly enough, in stop-n-go rush hour traffic, I find myself smiling, as I creep forward on electro-motive power. People must think I'm crazy.

    It sounds kind of silly, but one thing I wish hybrids would do would be to have an illuminated hybrid badge on the car that lights up whenever the car is in EV mode. That would drive the point home to other drivers that the car is indeed doing good things....;-) Since the cars lack that capability, maybe I'll just use one of those C02 powered horns, like they use at football games..... :shades:
  • newbee9newbee9 Posts: 1
    Considering purchase of new 2007 Altima 3.5 SE (CVT/auto). Assume pricing is better for the 2007 than the 2008 model. Can anyone tell me if there are any differences between the 2007 and 2008 Altima 3.5 SE (CVT/auto) models, i.e., style, standard equipment, quality control adjustments, or otherwise? Should I go for the 2007 because of better pricing (end of model year, $500 cash rebate) or is there some reason why I should go for the 2008? Received quote from a dealership internet manager for a jade green 2007 3.5 SE (blond cloth), no optional equipment, of $21,158 (not including destination of $625, tax and DMV). Dealer is offering cash rebate of $500 (if purchased by certain date) plus there's a national cash back rebate for the 2007 of another $500. Given that dealers are trying to get rid of the 2007's at this point, is this a good price? What do you recommend I do?
  • U hardly get much discount on Tech Pkg. but most i heard pay around or few hunder less than MSRP from nissanclub... but not like u guys dealer offer way over MSRP. Also for the Cov. PKG u'll get way below invoice. Like myself i got my like 3 month ago for 24020 which about 1200 under invoice at the same day i saw online ads. on SF which 700 cheaper than my and has few of them not just 1... also saw that on newspaper for the last couple week the Cov PKG for 24000, also today i saw on of the ads on Freeway has 1000 REDATE on hybrid,i guess this good news for who haven't gotten the Hybrid yet. Also 08 should be on the way soon why not wait if they not willing to gave u the deal u want.
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