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Nissan Altima



  • thanks for the clarification. I was thinking of the Maxima.
  • Hey Alpha,

    Is this going to be your next car? If this car is really as good as the pictures, I might trade in my 03 Camry. 210 Hp all of a sudden sounds kind of lame.

    Best regards.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Thanks for the question. Probably not, though, I dont quite need a midsizer yet. I'm thinking a supercharged Scion tC 5M might be very nice though. If you value the ride of your Camry more than its handling and acceleration, trading it for an Altima will be a mistake, as the Alti, while a great machine, does not have the Lexus/luxury car ride, quiet, or refinement of the Camry. Don't forget- the changes to the 2005 Altima are cosmetic, and functional only in terms of the interior layout. Suspensions have not been changed, and the 5 extra hp of the 3.5L V6 is NOT something you will feel, compared to the 2004s 245hp engine. You'll take a huge hit on your trade as well--- that said, why not consider Camry SE V6?

  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    interior upgrades are welcome and pleasing, but now we have the ugly Nissan steering wheel and the lame tiny chiclet radio button layout. metal accents are nice. door panel upgrades not bad. console was hardly upgraded? Can i put an aftermarket radio in it? Gauges are nicer now too.....climate controls are nice too.

    what does the center stack look like without the NAV screen?

    why did they mess with the front end? It was so clean and simple... Why did they keep the dumb looking tailights?

    nothing that 250hp and a 5 speed won't fix on a Saturday afternoon.......
  • gman1259gman1259 Posts: 209
    I own a 2003 Altima and love it. The pictures I looked at of the 2005 Altima's look great. However, it does not change my opinion that the 2003 Altima is a great car (including the interior). I have made a few trips up to San Jose and I can make it there from So Cal on one tank of gas, averaging 70 to 80 mph. It flys up the Grapevine. And with the exception of someone stilling it out of my driveway I have had zero problems with it.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    It looks better in the pics. I'll have to see how much better in person.
    Someone said the Camry will also get a new interior for 2005. If Toyota replaces the 90's Buick-looking interior with one similar to the 2004 Solara, the Camry will be something to look at also.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,582
    Yeah, but it looks like they changed the turn signals to red on the 2005 model. In Europe they are required to be amber, but here in the US, we have the "luxury" of being able to make them harder to differentiate from brake lights.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    I'm pretty sure the bulbs are still amber, so they will flash amber when on even though they appear red when off.
  • Although I love my 2002 Altima, i definitely think Nissan did better for 2005. Although i would never trade my Alty for an Accord, Camry, 6, or any of the competing models, they definitely had a thumbs up from me for having a nicer and better interior than my 02 Altima, especially the interior of the Accord. However, like regfootball asked already, Has anyone seen the interior without the Navigator screen? I still believe most Altimas that will be bought after 05 will be without the higher trim pics we have been seeing (without leather, without nav screen, without wood, etc) Will the lower trim be just as nice?
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    They will probably keep it as a VIC display similar to what is in the murano so The screen may be there fulltime.
  • The screen won't be there on non-navi equipped Altima's. According to the picture, it looks like maybe a storage bin will replace the screen.

  • Armchair analysts are the only ones who think the 2004 interior is "crappy", not the many satisfied Altima owners. It's not that bad, and the 05 is better. And complaints about the grille, tails, and radio controls is total subjectivity, not fact.

    The "dumb looking" taillights are certainly original, something that most of the armchair analysts demand.
  • How does the current promotional incentives work? I'm referring to the $1,500 and $500 (recent college grad, eligible within 6mths or 2yrs). I qualify for both, do i get both? And if so, does the incentives get applied before taxes or after (i think before)?

    Is there anyway I can show proof the 1500 as well as the 500 discount works before taxes? All the dealers i went told me the incentives are after, which does not make sense to me. I would appreciate if someone can help me this question.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    You are taxed on the negotiated vehicle price before rebates. From what I understand, this is dictated by least in NJ. For example, if you negotiate a selling price on a car for 15,000 and you are eligible in for 2000 of rebates, the taxable basis would be 15000. In NJ, it'd be 15000*1.06 = 15900. From there, you'd subtract out the 2000, for a total of 13900.

  • ...and some posters elsewhere have reported that it has begun to arrive at dealerships....
  • I sat in a 2005 today and noticed that Nissan isn't including the pop up center arm rest anymore. I thought this was one of the nicer features of the Altima. What do you owners think?
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,582
    I leave it in the raised position and forget about it. As long as the one in the 2005 is at the right height, no big deal.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Hey Altima Owners,

    I am going to a dealer this Saturday to order my Altima. (FINALLY)

    I have a few questions....

    1) According to, the BOSE Audio system has SAT raido compatiblity? What does that mean, does it mean that if I wanted to hook XM up into the Altima, I would only have to hook the satellite antenna to the unit?

    2) Which pkg is better, the Sports Plus pkg, or the Leather Pkg. The leather pkg. is $400 more, but you get leather. Sports Leather Pkg. would be too much.

    3) As previously mentioned, I plan on ordering my Altima mainly because I want a 5spd manual. I am wondering if there is anyway to keep up with the statis of my order?

    4) How long does it take for an ordered car to typically arrive? I wonder if the system really exists.

    Thanks in advance, I plan on ordering either an

    Altima 2.5S
    -Premium Convenience Pkg.
    -ABS pkg.


    Altima 3.5SE
    -Sport Plus Pkg. or Leather Pkg.
    -ABS pkg.

    Accessories Include:

    Splash guards
    Sunroof wind deflector
    Protection Pkg
    Fog Lights (S)
    Floor Mats

    Color Combinations Include:

    Smoke: Charcoal
    Majestic Blue: Charcoal or Frost
    Mystic Emerald: Frost
    Satin White: Charcoal
    Polished Pewter: Charcoal
    Coral Sand: Blond or Charcoal
  • Regarding the SAT, you have to get a tuner installed as well assuming it is not factoy installed. I don't know if you can select a factory installed SAT tuner yet. You get to choose XM or Sirius, so I would guess that the cars on the lot are "Sat-ready" but need a tuner. I don't know if ordering changes that.

    Regarding ordering, my example is how it works for Infiniti. I would assume the process is very similar for Nissan, and since the Altima is built in the USA, it might not take as long.

    Infiniti dealers place orders with the factory once per month, usually during the first week of the month. So, the next ordering period is in the beginning of April. Order today, order April 1, your order doesn't go in until the next ordering period (it might be 3-7 April, for example). Those April orders are for cars to be built during May. Then, they are shipped and arrive at dealerships from mid-June through July.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Why don't you repost your questions on the "questions for car dealers" on the smart shopper board. Maybe Bowke will see it. He sells Nissans.

    Be sure to bring all of these questions with you Saturday and get the answers from the dealer when you order. By the way, try to get in Friday if you can. Most lots are zoos on Saturdays.
  • miasimonmiasimon Posts: 5
    Can anyone tell me what the 2002-2003 2.5 4 cyclinder is getting in the real world. I want real world numbers. Also would be interested in what difference the a/c makes. My first tank was 22 which seems low but that is with a/c and temps above 90
  • Could anyone tell me where is the jack point at the front of the car? I want to jack up the car and put jack stands beneath the doors.

    miasimon: My recent tank was only about 20, mostly on surface road, in hilly Southern California. For my first four tanks, the best average is about 25.5 mpg. I am ok with these numbers. I had a Sentra before that, smaller engine, but about 20 mpg.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,974
    The gas milage can be bad. I've got a 1 yr old 2.5 S with 10,800 on it. Living in Queens, I often go a full tank averaging well below 30 mph and the gas can really go. Maybe I'll get 20. If I get it on the open road enough, the gas mileage will really improve. On long hauls where I've average 65-70, I've seen low 30s.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,582
    "City" mileage on the sticker is just an average and certainly not a worst-case scenario. The EPA highway rating seems to be attainable if you keep your foot out of it. I've seen 29 MPG on a tank before.
  • boyboyboyboy Posts: 5
    when do you guys think the prices on the 2004 altima se will drop? I'm trying to get one with the leather and abs/side airbag packages and i don't want to buy it now and feel like a dope in a month or two
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,582
    ...but there should be incentives on the leftover 2004 models since the revised 2005 models are out. Leather is easy to find, but good luck finding one with the abs/side airbag package.
  • ultimaultima Posts: 96
    Forget about the leather... Look for ABS and add the "aftermarket leather" (through the Dealer). Much better than Nissan's leather anyway and cheaper.

    I've given this "aftermarket leather" advice to many and ALL who've had it done agree it's MUCH better than Nissan's stock leather.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine did a camparo on 24 midsize sedans in its May edition, and the Altima SE did pretty well, placing fourth.

    The magazine based its rankings on performance, cost of ownership, available safety equipment and resale value. Kiplinger's rated the 2004 model, but added that the 2005 might be an even better buy with the improved interior and horsepower.

    Also, the magazine reports that the Altima SE's resale value after three years (54 percent) was equal to an Accord EX V-6. Impressive. The downside to the Altima according to the magazine was its lack of standard safety equipment (ABS in some models, side curtains) and no stability control system.

    By the way, the Maxima was ranked first, followed by the Camry XLE and the new Malibu (that was a surprise). The Accord was fifth, behind the Altima. Cars in the comparo could not sticker for over $30K, although a slight price allowance (about 1K) was made for the Passat GLX, which finished sixth.
  • boyboyboyboy Posts: 5
    will all nissan dealers know what "aftermarket leather" is?
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