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Nissan Altima



  • joanne2joanne2 Posts: 1
    Trying to purchase a Altima 3.5 SL, vin is listed as an SE, insurance companies (several) wont budge. Dealer sweating me on the purchase tells me no big deal. Love the car, but don't feel comfortable buying it until info is corrected. Any ideas feed back?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    Ask them what in the VIN makes it an SE instead of an SL. From what I've seen of VINs, they don't get that specific. Look at a 2.5S, an SL, and an SE. The only difference in the first 8 characters is character #4 which is A for the 2.5 and B for the 3.5.
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Maybe their computers are out of date and 3.5 automatically means SE to them. There was no V6 SL until this year.
    Engine probably matters more in calculating rates than trim package anyway.
  • I have a 2003 2.5s and I live in Arizona and a/c is always on and mostly city driving stop and go and have an auto. My best tank in town has been 22.5 with some freeway in there and my worst 20. Does this seem normal. Also my best tank ever on highway and freeway mixed has beeen 27.5 in 105+ temps with a/c going the whole way and average speed of 75 or so. What are others getting with the 4 cylinder and automatic
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    but I still love the car overall....

    I just wish Nissan would get there act together on the fuel economy of the I4. It has some good power though
  • gjeangjean Posts: 3
    I keep track of all the fuel for my 2.5S 2004 Altima and am very happy with the mileage. The vehicle only has a little over 7000 miles on it so the mileage has not stabilized. To date the worst mileage per tank has been 25.47 MPG; the best has been 31.07 MPG with an overall average of 28.38 MPG since I purchased it. May want to either change your driving habits or have the dealer check it out.
  • Do you live in a flat area. What part of the country are you from? In Arizona I have so far only had the car when it has been hot over 90 at the very least so a/c going all the time and my car is an auto. Probably when the a/c is off or the temps come down to the usual 65-75 that we have down here I will get more like what you get. All cars in Az get less then other parts of the country due to the heat.
  • gjeangjean Posts: 3
    Yea, Arizona might make a difference. I live in Louisiana but drive frequently to Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas. Those states are not as flat as LA but not like Arizona. Over half of my driving is interstate with cruise set around 73 MPH. And yes, the air conditioner is used all the time. Hope your mileage gets better, with gas prices as high as they are every little bit helps. Keep an eye on the tire pressure, low pressure eats tires and gas. I also use Mobil 1 oil and this helps. My gas mileage improved over 1 MPG since I switched at 5000 miles.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Full of hills and what not. My trip computer says 24.9 all the time...No matter where I drive it.
  • who bought or currently looking for a New Altima considering the Pontiac G6 too, I am wondering if you feel they are compeitors, i know the G^ will not have Xenon or Nav, but its got a 3.9L with 240 hp and big torque down low with DOD to counter the VVT in the altima.

    Is anyone considering test driving the two side by side? You know, with the incentives sure to come out, meybe its worth looking at.

    I just wanted to know what you thought of the Altima, relating to the new Pontiac, thanks.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Like you, I am interested in the G6, but I don't think the 240 hp version will be out until later in the model year.

    I wouldn't count on huge incentives right away, either.

    The "old-tech" V6 in the Pontiac does make a ton of low-end torque, which is great, and it should get excellent gas mileage based on what it does in the Chevy Malibu.

    The Altima's V-6 is no question the better overall engine, though. But, the SE and SL V-6 Altimas do run pretty high up the price chart, and that's where Pontiac may steal some Altima sales.
  • An Altima V6 is for $23,100 base. The G6 GT with only 200 hp (but Malibu fuel economy) will be about that.

    Are Nissan dealers price-inflating?

    BTW is anyone interested in the G6 coup and hard-top(!) convertable??? I wonder if Nissan will offer something like that, and basically would it make you trade your altima for a pontiac, or the other way around?

    So is the Altima a really good car, i mean compared to the cars you had before???
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Consider that the $24K base price (about the cheapest you can get one for after destination) for the V-6 Altima does not include anti-lock brakes, side airbags, a sunroof or any luxury upgrades you may be interested in. That's how the Altima can climb to over $30K.

    Not so interested in a coupe, but a G-6 or Altima convertible would rock.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    But the interior is SUB-PAR IMO...

    The interior was the reason I didn't buy an 02-04 ALtima...if the 05 hadn't gotten a new interior, I would have bought an Accord.

    But the new G6 should give Nissan a run for the money though.

    It is damn nice looking and looks a lot like the current Altima
  • samjacksamjack Posts: 1
    My 1996 Altima GXE which until recently used to give me 300 miles per tankful recently dropped to roughly about 200 to 210 miles per tankful while driving in the city. I fill about 12 gallons per tank.

    I have couple hundred dollars wasted with the dealer so far having them check my car with zero result and a standard answer 'no issues' with the recommendation that I am free to check with a different dealer.

    Any suggestion before I loose more?The car just has 45 K miles and is sparingly used with timely maintenance. Appreciate your help.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,376
    I suspect carbon buildup due to incomplete combustion from short city trips. Try running some fuel injector cleaner through the next fill-up. It would also help to take the car on a nice long drive (30 minutes or more) on the highway in a lower gear (probably second gear). The second part is known as the Italian tuneup.
  • I think that the car salesman was trying to give me some crap. I went to test the drive the 2005 altima 3.5SL, and I noticed that the dealership has installed some additional things: alarm system, pinstripes, and some other junk. I asked the salesman why the dealership installed an alarm system when the car already has one. He replied "the factory alarm system only unlocks and locks the doors". Now maybe I'm wrong but I assume that any basic alarm system does more than lock and unlock doors, otherwise it would be called remote unlock/lock feature. What is the functionality of the factory alarm system on this car? Is it a pretty good system?

    Also, how do I handle dealers that install other stuff? I DO NOT want any extra stuff. Should I tell them take the stuff and then I buy? Or should say I will buy it but since I don't wanted I will not pay for that stuff, or I will pay a much cheaper price. By the way, that extra stuff came up to $1000, I know that the alarm system and pinstripes can be purchased cheaper than that!!
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    From the Nissan website Altima section:

    "Vehicle Security System
     The Vehicle Security System flashes the headlights and sounds the horn if there's any attempt to open the doors or hood without a key, or remove key cylinders. You can also push the panic button on the keyfob to sound the alarm for 20 seconds."

    Looks like an alarm system to me. Your dealer is just trying to line his pockets with your hard earned cash.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,376
    They might order you a car without the dealer added stuff, but when I see a lot full of cars with dealer added spoilers, pinstripes, mop-n-glow, and alarms, I write them off and find another dealer. Life's too short!
  • my Altima 97 has a button that disables the O/D (overdrive. I am wondering if in city driving that will help for better millage .
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,376
    It won't hurt to try, but if the transmission is electronically controlled, it probably won't help your mileage. If it's working properly it won't upshift until it needs to, and if you press on the gas it will downshift for better acceleration.
  • I am currently looking to purchase a new car. I'm looking at 2004's and hoping to get a good deal on one. I have done a lot of research and have narrowed it down to 4. I want a car that is comfortable, safe, gets good gas mileage, powerful, quiet, looks nice, and drives well. I was hoping you all could give some much appreciated advice/feedback and if you have/had one of the cars listed below, how much you paid for it and likes/dislikes/problems! I have it narrowed down to:

    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2
    2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS
    2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
    2004 Toyota Camry LE V6

    I have only driven the GT2. I plan on test driving the others very soon.

  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    How long are you planning to keep the car? If less than 5 years, then you'll get killed on the depreciation with the Malibu and Grand Prix. The Japanese brands are likely to have better long term reliability also. Nothing really wrong with any of them. It all depends on which one you like the best.
  • I plan on keeping the car at least 5 years, if not longer.

  • They are GONE...the 05s came out in like February. I got my 05 in March.
  • Both Accord and Camry have ABS and side airbags standard, Altima is cheaping out on the ABS, and side airbags.

    For safety's sake, don't buy Altima
  • but only the Accord makes Side airbags and curtains standard, for MY 05 anyway.

    And it is true, it is EXTREMELY hard to find an Altima with ABS/SAB.

    It should DEFINATELY be standard.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,376
    ...and the lack of them would have been a deal-breaker. Wish they would add stability control.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,028
    I have a 2003 2.5S with just under 16k. It's recently developed a problem where the engine emits a squeaking noise on first start up in the morning. The sound is definitely coming from the front of the engine. As the car warms up, the squeaking quiets down but I am not sure if it goes away all together. I haven't noticed any degradation in engine performance.

    Since it's summer, the car is not getting overly cold so I'm worried that something may not be getting lubricated correctly. Has anyone encountered this problem or heard about a TSB on this?

    Any info will be greatly appreciated.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,376
    See my reply in the "Problems and solutions" topic.
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