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Nissan Altima



  • motokichimotokichi Posts: 48
    Judging by what we know about the new Altima, it should be a successful car. You can take a great car and call it whatever, and it will still sell (at the right price). Just look at the Accord and Civic of today, they are nothing like the original but they have kept their names over many model changes and they have somewhat of a reputation.
    On the other hand, Acura dropped the Legend name and struggled. They are making the same mistake with the Integra.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    If every time a car gets a "major" overhaul just as the maxima will soon get (avalon size), should millions of dollars be spent on getting that new name into consumers head?

    I don't think so, I like Altima anyway. Nissan has made a good decision to stick with Altima for many reasons.

    Now lets see if first year of production produces any service recalls.
  • a_l_hubcapsa_l_hubcaps Posts: 518
    Maybe this is off-topic, but you guys have me thinking about automotive name changes in general. I've noticed that some companies hold very tightly to their classic names, such as Buick (Century, Regal, LeSabre, Park Ave) and Cadillac (DeVille, Seville, Eldorado), while others seem all too eager to change names. Since I tend to be a nostalgic person, I usually dislike the idea of automotive name changes. Some that specifically stand out to me as stupid and unnecessary include the Pontiac Montana (formerly Trans Sport, which was a much cooler name in my opinion) and Toyota Echo (replaced the Tercel, which I think was a better and more recognized name). Call me crazy, but I wouldn't mind if the Avalon were rechristened Cressida. My opinion: use new names for truly NEW cars that have no real predecessors (Rendezvous, Aztek, Avalanche, Highlander, Escape, etc.) and use classic names for cars with obvious roots. As for the Altima question, I'm glad to see the Altima name being reused on the new car. But for that matter, they could have chosen to do something really unexpected...2002 Nissan Stanza, anyone? :-)

    -Andrew L
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    then sales will really suffer if they give the Alty the Stanza name...
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    From the the LA times:

    Also good hint on the pricing. Sounds impressive.

  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    BTW, what all will we find out after this Friday, when the Embargo is off, Pricing, mpg?
  • har1bushhar1bush Posts: 207
    the whole article more or less sounded like a typical propaganda.... but those price estimates sound true along with everyone's predictions. Let's just wait until these reviewers actually get to test the car for some real evaluations and conclusions.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Guess my reading skills must be off. It seems the car was driven.
  • har1bushhar1bush Posts: 207
    they could have driven the car... sure... it says a couple things about comparing the I-4 and the V6, but I'm saying they havent put anything to a real test -- 0-60, braking, handling, etc. etc. Plus, there arent any constructive criticisms and the article sounds something like someone from Nissan could have written.
  • jochijochi Posts: 18
    Actually, the article did mention that the 4-cyl. would be in the back of the pack going up a steep hill. Not much criticism, but hardly Nissan propaganda. Plus there was another article in the LA Times about Nissan's revival in the States, and it states that Nissan has a reputation for suspect reliability. Most will attest that this assesment is not right. In fact, some will know that the Maxima's reliability is in fact better than the Camcords. So suggesting that the articles were written by Nissan seems kinda silly.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    because they have embargoed all driving impressions until the 27th. It would be pretty silly of Nissan to break their own embargo. Actually LA times DID break the embargo by publishing driving impressions of the car before the embargo date. Allright LA times!
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    It's been a while since I visited the Nissan site but I thought the future driven section on the 2002 Altima was really well done. It certainly makes me even more interested in actually seeing one of these at my local dealer.

    They may actually pry the 95 Maxima with 180,000 miles on it out of my ownership as a trade on one of these:)I had planned on keeping it for at least another few years.
  • ajacatajacat Posts: 63
    OH man, I'm so depressed, I feel betrayed although I suppose I should have expected it. The MPG numbers are *so stinky*. I thought somehow Nissan would pull two 20-something nos. out of that V-6--after all, the *avalon* does -- and make the perfect car, designed exactly to my dream, that I could buy guilt free. As my DH says, anyone can make a 240 hp that gets 18/23 (or whatever it was, acc. to the LA Times). The trick would be to get it up like the Avalon. I don't want to hear that the Alt will do things the Avalon can't. I want it all.

    I just don't see how I can buy it now, with that wretched city MPG. We wail on SUV owners for numbers that aren't always that much worse, and the Highlander is better, actually. I've been whining to my husband all day...

    I guess it's just a matter of hours 'til we see the real figures. Ack.

    In sorrow,
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Why are you worried about the MPG even before the numbers are announced? There is nothing to talk about until real numbers are released.
  • qin2qin2 Posts: 26
    "OH man, I'm so depressed, I feel betrayed although I suppose I should have expected it. The MPG numbers are *so stinky*."

    What are you talking about? No numbers have been released..
  • danny25danny25 Posts: 119
    In the LA Times article they estimated that the mpg for the 4 cyl would be 21/27, and for the V-6 18/25. If I remembered correctly.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    The LA Times writers were taking a wild guess. There are no official numbers.
  • Where should I look for 2002 Altima true facts and numbers after 27th. Accelaration, MPG, etc.???
  • ajacatajacat Posts: 63
    Yeah, I know they're guesstimates, and of course I was looking at the V-6--the only one I'm interested in. I somehow expected nos. like the 4-cyl ones for the V-6--even the Regal can get 19-29, w/a 240.

    I sure hope the estimates are way low (I saw an even lower estimate in another preview I found online--don't remember the site--18 hwy??? must be a misprint--I'm guessing they meant 18 city just like the LA Times).

    If anyone sees the real EPA nos. (I checked nissannews and they haven't updated it yet), please post. Probably sounds strange but half of my DH's and my heart is in a fast fun car and the other half is in a Prius, and a third half is in a station wagon--is there a demographic for bleeding-heart family racers? :)

  • paduccipaducci Posts: 9
    like everyone, i'm anxiously awaiting the 02 altima...especially the SE. i am putting off going gung ho for a subaru wrx in anticipation of the late august release of the altima.
    question is, if i decide i want this car, which i probably will, and if the price is within reason, which it should be,.....will i be able to get it without waiting a month...or maybe even much longer??? i sure as heck hope not, i'd like to have it in a week or two after test driving.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Altima will be plenty full. Take your pick and name your price.

    If the dealer gives you any crap tell them you are strongly considering Accord and Camry.

    If Nissan wants to sell 180,000 units they need to move these cars out the door quickly.

    In this price range there are many nice cars available its a buyers market.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    where are the driving impressions?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    The 27th embargo date simply means that all of the press people who were invited to drive the car at the offical intro are now free to publish their impressions. What did you think, they were going to run down the street shouting at the top of their lungs? You want to read about it, then you get the next issue of Autoweek, Car & Driver, Road & Track, Automobile, etc. ad nauseum, either at the newsrack or online. The first of these with a publication date closest to today will be the next weekly issue of Autoweek, which should be in my [or your] mailbox today or tomorrow.

    Embargo dates are imposed after these mass introduction deals so that no individual publication gets the scoop on everyone else...but that doesn't mean that each pub's individual issue date isn't going to be a factor. You want the quickest, look for it in Autoweek either in the upcoming issue [dated 7/30] or the one after that. Then all of the monthlies should have it in the Sept issues, that go on sale later next week.
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    I am sure you'll have to wait for the magazines to publish driving impressions, but I am sure folks like Freshalloy will publish something soon, they have already driven the car. I am surprised it is not posted already.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    The "all new 2002 Nissan Altima" club is open.

    Post your photos.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Just put up a review of the 2002 Nissan Altima
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    That's not a review. It's a damn brochure.
  • I find many of their review are neutral. Not much bad to say, doesn't help anyone make a decision.
  • jagat1jagat1 Posts: 31
    I'm impressed with Nissan's strides to improve it's image and one of the testaments to this is the all new Altima.

    Features of the new Altima include an aluminum hood & trunk, 180hp 2.5 4-banger/240hp 3.5 V6, aluminum suspension components, multilink rear ala Skyline......Great car. But ABS is OPTIONAL! I can't believe it!

    How can Nissan omit such a safety feature? ABS is not a new technology. And it's not that expensive anymore for it not to be a standard feature on cars nowadays. Mercedes Benz, the progenitor for all car trends pioneered this safety feature decades ago. Nowadays, it's a common feature/standard among other car brands (VW's, Audi, BMW, Volvo, Subaru, etc.). Sheesh! Even a basic VW New Beetle GL has ABS!

    Looks like Nissan still has a lot to learn making safe cars to drive, IMO.
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