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Nissan Altima Sedan 2008-2009



  • adcz94adcz94 Posts: 11
    i am planning to buy a 08 Altima 2.5 S with SL package in Nashville. The best quote i have right now is 22240+tax. With tax the total should be just below 24400. I know this is a very good price but with 09 Altimas coming in should I try and bargain some more ?
    If anyone just recently purchased an Altima i would love to know what you paid for similar options.

    thanks in advance
  • bamamombamamom Posts: 3
    "I put a buy back on that car, but nissan wants no part of that, " Would you explain to me what that means? I have a 2007 with 6700 miles using 2 qts oil every 1k miles. Dealer wants to replace motor......
  • Try Nicholasville KY , i had purchased SL with connection package for 23k a year back but with rebates now you should get SL for 21k
  • texmigueltexmiguel Posts: 4
    I have an '08 Altima sedan and understand that the TPS system is standard on all 08's sold nationwide in the US.

    TPS tire pressure sensor equipped :)
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    Might be time to start a new 2009 forum. I was looking at the price sheet. Looks like the connection package goes up in price, but SL price comes down. Might be a better deal for those SL with connection package types.
  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    Well, here I am, writing about my problems with my '08 Altima 2.5 SL. What's sad is I've only had it for about a year now, and the list of problems is driving me nuts! Here's what I've experienced so far:

    1. Brakes were squealing and shuttering under any sort of brake pressure.
    Solution: Brake rotors had to be rotated and brake pads replaced at around 11k miles

    2. Annoying rattle coming from rear right door panel.
    No solution yet.

    3. Loud "Thunk" noise coming from under the hood at 1-2 minute intervals during driving and idling.
    No solution yet.

    4. (just found this today) When starting the car from a cold start, the rear right exhaust (sounds like it's coming from inside the muffler) makes a metallic rattling noise. It sounds like either something is loose or something is stuck in the muffler.
    No solution yet.

    I'm calling the dealer in the morning. I'm also really tempted to start looking for a new car. While the car drives just fine, it seems like everything is going wrong with it. What's even worse is that I only have a little over 16k miles on the car, and I was planning on keeping this car for at least 4-5 years. Now I'm not so sure anymore.

    I wish I had bought an Accord. :sick:
  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    Just got my car back from the dealer with 2 out of 3 problems fixed.

    They replaced the right rear door panel, so the rattle is now gone!

    They also replaced the right rear muffler, so the exhaust rattle is gone too!!!

    For some reason, I think most of the rattles were stemming those areas, because on the way home from the dealer (roughly 30 minutes) I heard no rattles or squeaks in the car!

    My faith in Nissan is restored for the time being. Maybe it won't show up again.
  • jim321jim321 Posts: 1
    I have the same "thunk" noise as many of you coming from under the car. You hear it while idling or after the car is off. After 6 trips to the dealer, they replaced almost the whole muffler system with no luck. With help from a friend and an hour under the car, I figured it out to be the heat shield over the muffler system expanding and contracting. The dealer tightened it up and now 80% of the noise is gone. It's going in again!
  • YES!
    Mine just started doing that a few weeks ago! I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it, or if there was a real problem!

    So, you say it's the heat shield over the muffler... and that if they tighten it, that should fix it? I'll make note of that, and next time I bring it in, I'll let them know.

    Thank You!
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  • cj7375cj7375 Posts: 15
    which car is less noisy on the road - Altima 2008 or Accord 2008 ?
  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    After driving both, I'd say the Altima is a touch quieter in virtually all conditions. I think the 3.5SE is a little louder though, due to the 17" wheels and stiffer suspension.
  • Need to know which one is good Nissan Dealer in Dallas TX area ? I am Need to service my car. Please share your good / bad experiences.
  • I have a 2008 nissan altima 2.5sl. I have it for almost two years now and while I do like my car there has been nothing, but problems. Nothing major, but little things that can be annoying. All my past problems such as rattling in the front of my car and the air bag problems have all been fixed by recall, but now I have more problems. My brakes are squeaking and have been for a long time and I only have almost 15k miles. My emergency brake light goes on while I drive and shuts off when I brake. I don't get why the emergency brake light goes on when I don't touch it and is shut off when I push on the regular brake. My car also when i accelerate makes a chirping sound which is really annoying. I might be driving a 2008 altima, but I sometimes feel like im driving an old piece of garbage. When i first got my car my drivers seat made squake noises so when i went in for an oil change I brought it to their attention and nothing was done. Whenever I go in for service I always tell them about these problems, but unfortunatly while you are their for service its not like they are using your car like you do on a regular basis. They don't fix it cause they cant see whats wrong, but for me I drive everyday and spend more time and the problems always occur for me never for them while its being serviced. This is so frustrating and its my first car and I feel like its time for a new one. Please if anyone else has these problems or something similar reply and let me know what they did for yours.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    1. brake noise is normal. unless its very loud that is. things like brake dust and normal wear will cause noises. on top of that, most cars nowadays use thinner lighter rotors that don't dissipate the heat as well. and no, it isn't a cost savings thing. car manufactures try to save every pound they can off the car to improve mileage

    2. If your emergency brake light comes on, then there is a 99% chance is simply needs adjusting. not common, but also no unusual for 15k miles.

    3. the seat squirm is a common complaint that has something to do with the seat rails. I'm pretty sure that Nissan has a fix for it, and maybe even a recall. look here link title for more info.
  • OK, I hear your pain. Hear mine. All warranty so far. 1. At about 3K miles, after much complaining about the engine being too noisy, course and agricultural sounding, it was replaced. Still pretty offensive to me, but runs fine. 2. An obvious 3 inch razor knife cut (while dealer removed plastic?) was found on the right rear headrest only visible from outside the car. As the dealer felt that I could have done this (?) they did a (very good) repair. 3. The headliner began peeling off all along the rear window. Replaced. 4. The cruise control was out of adjustment and stuck a couple times, refusing to disengage without almost "locking up" the brakes. Scary. 5. The radio display LED's fade in and out and the replacement is on back-order (maybe not just me!) 6. The lumbar support refuses to inflate all the way. Will discuss when radio comes in. 7. At an almost exact speed of 50 mph, the right side mirror makes a very annoying "whistle" above or below 50 it stops. The dealer said there were similar issues on older Pathfinders and they'd watch there intranet for a "fix". In hot or cold weather, not a problem, the window is up. Spring or Fall is annoying. Nothing yet.

    If I accelerate at 2000 rpm the CVT allows me to keep up or leave traffic just fine (no tire smoke of course), then the course engine note isn't so offensive and I'm getting great mileage. If problems would cease, I'd really like the vehicle. Cheers!
  • Well apparently I am not the only one ready to trade this car in already. Bought mine about a year and a half ago and it ran great.. for 4 months.

    I got it with 10k miles (should have been a sign I guess) from a dealership. I just hit the 36k mile mark 2 days ago so I suppose I am out of the factory bumper to bumper warranty but I have an additional 2 year 100k mile warranty in addition to factory so I will hopefully be good..

    Got the car last may, problems really started around November maybe.

    1) September or so I got a rattle in my door (door panel vibrating against the plastic at the A-pillar.. I just stuck a piece of cloth in there and never got around to fixing it.

    2) December or so brake rotors suddenly warped. I was working and never had time to bring it in while the dealership was open so I got it in around April maybe.

    3) While getting brakes turned, I mentioned my power seat wasn't really working (occasionally the recline feature wouldn't work) so they ordered the part.

    4) brought it in to get the seat frame replaced and they were sent the wrong part so after a day w/o the car it hadn't been fixed.. in the mean time they tore my steering wheel leather.

    5) Had the seat replaced when the correct part came in, steering wheel then ordered. (apparently the recall airbag part was fixed around this time as well)

    6) Steering wheel replaced and now squeeks when i turn it, figured it may be because its new so i left it to see if it would go away, it didn't (sounds like the back of the wheel is rubbing the steering collumn).

    7) Drivers side door mirror vibrates and rattles whenever there is any music on and I can hear it over just about any volume level of music.

    8) 2 days ago the radio suddenly dimmed until I could barely see it, gave the dash a couple taps and it came back (has been on and off like that since it started, but seems dim all the time)

    9) airbag light just came on (flashing all the time).

    I really hope they dont give me too much grief about the 36000 miles when i bring it in for the airbag/radio. Plan on mentioning the mirror rattle, steering wheel, and maybe door rattle as well. I cant wait to get out of this car...
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    the raido they might, but the airbag (like your seatbelts) probably has a separate warranty. I don't think it's lifetime like a seatbelt, but should be longer than the bumper to bumper.
  • I am removed my stock low end radio from my 2008 2.5SL to install a kenwood Navigation system. Because It would take a while I started my car and the air bag light is flashing. I reinstalled the stock system to see if this would eliminate it and it did not. My Kenwood is completly installed and working perfect but the Light is still flashing. It still has a factory warrentee but will they give heartache over the Kenwood.

    Or is there something I can do to fix it. I dont know where to start.
    TIA Bob
  • Hi,

    I have a nissan altima 2009 new car. The milage is already 2300 miles.
    My question is that shall I change oil at 3000 miles?

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