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Nissan Altima Hybrid Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    continental contisports. i think 35 is the recommended pressure. i forget the maximum but i think it's around 45 psi
  • They aren't selling the hybrid in Minnesota, so I ordered it at the nearest dealer I could find. That was in Albany,New York. Picked it up in mid June, drove back to the TwinCities and have been in love with it since. It is a quality vehicle, and I have lots of new and used car experience, including the purchase of a Riveria - my last american car. Mileage is great, I am filling the tank once a month, and find the anger and stress of visiting a gas station is greatly reduced. I would buy this car again in a second. One funny experience I had driving the car to Minnesota, stopping one night in Indiana. There was a lot to learn about the car and so when I parked the car for the evening and unloaded suitcase etc. I did not have the radio on - unusual. Locked the doors, (the horn did not sound) which surprised me, but checked in for the night. In the morning there was a trail of water under the car, which I discovered was from the air conditioning - - the car had been running all night. As it was silent, this taught me to always check to be sure I have turned it off. It still took less than two tanks of gas to get from New York to Minnesota. And, the stereo (Bose) is the best I have ever heard- even my wife who does not care about music likes it and allows me to have it on louder than I have in previous vehicles. Buy one!
    :shades:
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    the horn does sound now though...right? lock+unlock on the keyfob for 3 seconds?
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    Wow ! Now that's what I call devotion and determination. It is not available yet in PA either so I went 60 miles into NY and ordered mine. I hope to have it in a few weeks. We'll see.

    Frankied, how do do you find the switch between electric and gas? Is is noticable as some of the mags have suggested?
  • I've had mine for about 4 months, for reference.

    The switch is noticeable, but not dramatically so. The car doesn't make major jerks when it turns on or off, but you can usually feel it. Frankly, I prefer it this way--coming from driving a manual prior to this car, it lets me keep "in tune" with the car similar to how shifting did previously.

    The complaint I do have is more when the car is stationary (ie, at a stoplight), particularly when the car is warming up. Sometimes, the engine will turn on (again, often when the car is warming up) and it seems like they didn't do a good job of engineering the switch when the car isn't moving; it feels like the car wants to start going immediately and doesn't realize for a split second that it should be in "neutral", so the car jerks briefly. It's a fairly minor complaint, I guess, but it'd be one thing I would hope they'd improve in the 2008 or 2009 models.

    I'm overall extremely happy with the car. I've averaged around 33-34 mpg, with a range of 31-36, while generally driving normally (not pulsing and gliding or similar tricks). I love the feature set the Tech package comes with. If I had to make my list of complaints, I'd say the one listed above, the common complaint that the trunk is too small and also that the build quality on the interior roof is sub-par, as I've gotten a number of occasional rattles from the roof area. That's really about it, though.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    are you sure the rattle isn't your sunglasses? that's mine
  • keitha3keitha3 Posts: 124
    I just recently added the Altima hybrid to my list of potential cars to buy later this year. Hadn't been on my list, but at the recent auto show here in Sacramento, sat in one and loved the thing.

    Agreed that the inside looks a lot nicer than the Camry and that the leather quality betters Camry as well. Have been reading many posts and reviews which indicate that its ride is much more to my liking than the Camry as well.

    I don't fault people for going with the Camry hybrid. It too is an excellent choice, but for me, if I go hybrid, I'll probably go in Nissan's direction. Then, we'll be an all-hybrid family as my wife owns the Prius.

    Your review was excellent and made me more excited about the possibility.
  • I would agree about the small rattle/jerk when the car is stationary and the engine decides to come on all of a sudden (heat is on and the battery is very low). That does catch you by surprise sometimes, but that's also due to the fact that you expect the car to continue to be totally silent. If you stand on a traffic light, have all windows closed and music off... it's dead silent.
    The 'rattle' is hard to notice once you drive. I often look for the 'EV' sign if the car is going electric or gas.

    Car is so quiet you can sneak up on people around you. I did it to a friend today, he was amazed.

    I think the 'rattle' (which you can't feel 90% of the time anyway) is a small price to pay.
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    That's very good to know. I think I have read the Camry does the same but less noticeable on some.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    i don't get a rattle (besides my sunglasses)

    my chairs squeaks but my car never rattles
  • Yes,
    the hors does sound when locking the car. However, as I discovered, if the car is running it will lock, but will not give the horn sound. :) :)
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    ok, cool, good to know!
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    As a future owner of an Altima Hybrid with Tech in about 3 to 3 weeks (I hope), what you do you like most and least? probably this belongs in another thread but I will ask it here and let the mods move it if they want.
  • Not unless I've somehow managed to store my sunglasses above the rear passenger seat when I otherwise thought they were in front of my eyes! :)

    My sunglasses (when in the cubby above the center console) do also rattle occasionally, but not to the point where it's an annoyance.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    ok, i'll listen for it, but i don't think i've ever heard rattles from back there
  • We've had our NAH since mid-August. It has almost 8K on it now. We got the full-boat Tech package with leather. Passed on the kick panels and wind deflector (dealer told us they weren't worth the money oddly enough). The two things that took some getting used to were 1. The slight (VERY slight) shudder when the engine starts at a stop light. 2. The sensitivity of the gas pedal.

    The shudder is really, really nothing of any significance. It probably wouldn't spill a brimming cup of water in a cup holder more than a drop or two. It's just something that's odd for people who are used to feeling vibrations of an idling engine at a stop. If a full-on gas engine did that bump, you wouldn't even pay attention to it. It's just weird to go from dead silent (other than the quiet whir of some cooling fans, to a slight vibration.

    The sensitivity of the gas pedal (we were used to drivng a big, V-6 SUV) just took some getting used to. At first, when we were driving, the car was constantly surging, until we realized it was our driving style. Keep a steady foot on the gas, and the car stays steady as she goes.

    Overall, the only complaint we have (a minor one) other than the shoe-box sized trunk, is the environmental (cooling/heating) system for the car. It tries to be too smart, and sometimes does things you don't want it to do, and can't figure out how to stop. Not really sure if that's a bug in the controls, or if we're just stoopid.

    We went to a party the other night. Pulled up at friends' house to find a brand new BMW 5 series sitting there with the dealer tags still on it. We traded sitting in each other's car. I'll take the Altima, thank you very much. The beemer drivers were oddly silent after sitting in our car. The only thing they could say is they liked the lines of their beemer better. OK. I'll give them that. They're styled very well. But the NAH is no slouch. Looks pretty cool. My only wish is that they'd extended the wing on the trunk over the headlights like the old 80's era Supra wings. The short wing makes the car look kind of clunky from the rear. I actually like the Altimas WITHOUT the wing, better, but you get the wing when you get the tech package, so eveyrone knows you've got the top drawer stuff, I guess...
  • I am likely going to buy a new NAH, and I want to get all the bells and whistles. Looks like few if any 2007s exist. Any experience with Carsdirect.com? What are some of the latest best prices out there? Is the government tax incentive still in effect?
  • langjielangjie Posts: 247
    no new 2007 nah's exist with all the bells and whistles...you need to get a 2008
  • I went through Carsdirect and had a great experience, although I would suggest knowing exactly what you want (since there's no test drive involved, etc), and you will probably have to give them two color choices. I was able to get my first choice, though.
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    Without calling the dealer daily, is there a way to track a new Altima order before delivery?

    I have the Vin number.
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