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Nissan Altima



  • by a '00 Volvo C40, 20-30 mph. It ran a red and caught me from the rr wheel through mid-qtr panel. Boo-hoo!

    $1,200 to repair. Only a wheel cover, knuckle, arm & nut are being replaced, plus Bondo?/Primer/Repaint the panel.

    The repairs are not complete, but I agonized over fighting for a new panel. Did I do the right thing? TIA,
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a new car and you have the right to insist on OE parts. I'd push for a new panel.

    Take a magnet to the finished product. If it's bondo, the magnet won't stick. I would not accept this on a brand new Altima.

    If you have to, get your insurance company involved because they have lawyers that will protect you. My guess is if you even threaten to hire a lawyer they will quickly come to their senses.

  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I agree with Juice. You should insist on a new OEM panel. Bondo and repainting will lower your trade-in value in the future.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know if I put a magnet to the car and it didn't stick, then I would not be buying the car. That's a clue of a cheap fix. Do NOT let them do that to you! Also check about something called adjusted market value or something like that. Since your car is so new, they might give you some money because the value of your car was instantly lowered when it was hit. Check with your insurance company about it.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Our '01 Gxe makes a strange noise when accelerating lately, like a sewing machine and it gets louder as the speed increases, then gets softer as the car settles into 4th gear. When you hit the accelerator, you still hear it. Any suggestions? The car only has just over 27k on it. Sounds like the alternator or something but all the electrical stuff works fine. Help!!
    Tia all for any help.

    The Sandman
  • stebustebu Posts: 204
    You could have a bearing going and still have everything work fine. Here's a longshot to look at, check the power steering fluid level. I've had cars in the past that make a noise similiar to what you describe if the level gets a little low. It's usually, but not always at least at first, accompanied by a slightly squirmy feel to the steering in the left and right fully locked position. Just a thought.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    thanks, the steering seems just fine. Made an appointment online 2 bring the car in next week so we'll see. Only have about 85k left until warranty ends.
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    What is Bondo? A while back someone said he rented an Altima in North Carolina? Which rental company carries the 02 Altima?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I rented an Altima (a 2001 model, though) in Maryland from Budget rental cars. They have them here, as well as Maxima SEs. The Altima was a 2001 GXE model.
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    A plastic-based body filler meant for very thin applications in filling out dents. Unfortunately, some body shops may slather it on up to 1/4" thick, a real "no-no."
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    In my earlier post, I meant that I've still got about 8.5k on my original 3/36k warranty, my fingers were all screwy this mornin'!
    Checked the car when the wife got home earlier, she turned steering wheel from side to side and no noise, only when accelerating, either going straight or making turns. We'll have to wait till next week. Thanks again.

    The Sandman
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I don't live in North Carolina, but I don't stay far from there. I live in Union, South Carolina, and last week I was up in Greenville, South Carolina. I went buy Budget Rent-a-Car I believe, and they had a lot FULL of 2001 Altimas as well as 2002 Altimas and Maximas for rent and for sale. I am tempted to rent a 2002 Altima or Maxima just to drive down to Atlanta soon. I'd like to drive one for the weekend.
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    When you are near Budget again check out the price
    for a used 2002 Altima. I know they are base models. I just want to know what's the spread between a new and used.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Go to and check on the prices of their used cars yourself. I found the website while playing around, didn't even know it existed. Good luck.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    I took my car to the dealer to complain about the wind noise coming from the sunroof - even though I didn't think it was too bad, I read on the board somewhere about this. I went because I had to get a new blower fan (it started shrieking on me) and a new airbag module (a common problem these days).

    Anyway, the difference in the wind noise after they put the new sunroof in is like night and day. My car is much quieter now. Before I could notice a big difference in the noise when I opened the sunshade as opposed to keeping it closed. Now there is no difference, it's quiet through and through.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    Thanks for the tip about the sunroof. The sunroof in my Altima also makes quite a bit of noise and I was thinking about taking it in for them to look at. What did the dealer do to fix your problem?
  • mike1qazmike1qaz Posts: 93
    My son has a 95 Altima w/160k and his cel light came on at about 120k. There is a rotary switch behind the lower panel by your right foot that if used will cause your error code to be displayed by blinking the cel light in a pattern. If you have a Haynes (or any other repair) manual, the error codes tell you the meaning and what to check. You can also clear the error after reading it to see if it will return or if it was intermittent. I cleared my sons and it hasn't returned in 40k miles. If it does return, then repair may be in order. But at least you know the code when talking to your mechanic.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have been seeing alot more Altima arond lately. How are the sales figures compared to what Nissan projected for this car? Just curious. Thanks.

    Oh, did they do anything to the interior of them yet? Someone a bunch of posts back said something about the price of the car going up like $200, and they thought that money might be used to fix up the interior a bit. Also, anything on the horizon in that respect for the 2003 models? Thanks again.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    The Altima is selling well ahead of Nissan's expectations. I believe before they went on sale, Nissan was hoping for 170-180k Altimas to be sold this year. For the last 3 months, ~19k Altimas have been sold per month, which translates to 230k per year.

    As for the interior, I've heard that newer models include better quality leather and more substantial center consoles. There are also supposed to be some minor improvements for the '03 model year.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Thanks for your response.

    Another question to that person who was T-boned in their Altima. Did you ever get it straightened out yet? Just curious. I hope you did not let them put Bond-O on your car!
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    I think they replaced the sunroof assembly (whatever that means). I looked at the cost - it was a $650 job. Covered under warranty of course.

    Much quieter highway ride. Enjoy!
  • phillyguy3phillyguy3 Posts: 88
    The 2.5SL which comes with leather interior has already changed for 02's. The old perforated leather has been replced by the solid leather in models produced in Mid-May and thereafter. As for further changes in 03's, there will be some additional changes but Nissan is keeping this under wraps until most 02's are gone.
    I was made aware of this when I placed my order last week for the 02 with the new leather.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Turns out the idler pulley went out on the Altim but it's covered by warranty. Let's hope they fixed it right and that annoying noise is gone!
    BTW, what is an idler pulley?

    The Sandman
  • pbhattipbhatti Posts: 87
    This was posted on freshalloy about the 2003 Altima:

    Trim Level
    * 2.5 SL trim level is a new package (2.5 SL Package)

    Mechanical Feature
    * Improved 3.5-liter V6 engine (3.5 SE)
    - Horsepower increased

    Exterior Features
    * Two new colors available:
    - Sonoma Sunset
    - Crystal Blue
    * Nouveau Ruby and Opal Blue Metallic no longer available

    Interior Features
    * Rear coat hooks
    * Padded, cloth cover on front center armrest
    (leather on leather-equipped models)
    * Bright titanium-tinted interior accent colors
    * Improved texture quality on specific interior pieces
    * New charcoal-color seat fabric
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I was on the net checking prices in the Baltimore area for the heck of it, and I found the Altimas going for near or over sticker price at Fitzgerald Auto Mall ( I was totally shocked. What are experiences with prices here? Just wondering if this car really is selling close to MSRP or not.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I bought my Altima back in December, but even back then I got it for $500 above invoice. I would guess they are selling for about the same amount now. Check CarsDirect and see what kind of prices they offer; I'll bet they're somewhere around $500-$1000 over invoice.

    On a completely unrelated note, I took my car in this morning to have the airbag sensor recall done. It took only 45 minutes to get it done, just enough time for a nice breakfast at the cafe next door. I wasn't even late for work.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    Check ...

    it looks like they are selling them from 200 under invoice to 300 over invoice.
  • phillyguy3phillyguy3 Posts: 88
    My wife's 2.5SL just came in. It is equiped with Continental All Season tires. I noticed some 2.5's on the dealers lot had Bridgestone Turanzas. Anyone had experience with either of these tires? How would you rate them for noise,comfort,traction,handling? I have a few days left for delivery and could ask the dealer to swap them if justified.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Of these two tires alone, I would go with the Turanzas if you have a choice. The Contis are not awful, but their quality control [runout either laterally or vertically] can sometimes be spotty. And they will wear faster than the BS...
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    Is anyone reading this page?
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