Nissan Altima Accessories and Modifications
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Let me say thank you first for every post you made. Those were really helpful to me for choosing a vehicle I want to buy. I finally made up my mind and am about to buy 2007 Altima within a week. Before signing the papers, I have this one last question I'd like to ask about packages & options.
I tried real hard to squiz 3.5SE into my butget but it seems like I need to downsize to 2.5S. In that case, can I still add VDC package on 2.5S? According to nissanusa home, it's not possible. I don't even know if I really need that but I just heard it's good to have. Maybe I better ask what VDC is exactly for? or is it worth to buy?
Also, can anyone explain to me the differnce between Xtronic CVT vs. Trantion Control System, and ABS vs. ABLS(Limited Slip)?
You may think it's a stupid question but I really need your advices. Thank you very much.
Good luck -
PS. have no complain for my 4-cyil anymore, it's way more than good enough for me.
ABS: You only can have ABS option on the 2.5. ABS gives you the auto release of any one brake right before it locks up therefore you can brake hard without losing control due to any tire(tires) slipping form locking up. It actually do better than what you can humanly do in panic braking and combined with avoidance steering. An aircraft then to race car then to consumer car feature.
ABLS: appologize I have never heard that term. Traditioanl limited slip is a internal design in the rear driving axle to constantly make the two tires almost lock up to turn at the same speed as if they are linked together on a single shaft as in a toy car. That was more evently force the power to both tires thereby limiting the chance of slipping one tire on a race track or just on snow.
Traction Control System is automatic (usually electronic these days)cutting off some gas and/or some will also automatically tap the brake on whichever drive wheel that is slipping due to power beign more than what the tire friction can hold on whatever surface it is on to bring it back to not slipping. It is intelligently taking away the power which is causing it to slip. You benefit from much less screw up or tire slip from too much gas on snow/ice/rain; and when it is hard acceleration on dry ground, you are less likely to break away. In theory,it is not a feature for serious hot rods.
Stability System, which Nissan call VDC is mostly for saving our behind from our non-professional screw up especially entering turn too fast by bad judgment or beleiving we can mke it; or from panic steering manuever at high enough speed. I don't think it can save you if you are grossly over the limit. Not a race car feature but life saver, roll over saver, etc. and it is for fools like you and me, especially the fools who can afford a expensive fast car but not sense what he/she is doing. It is basically of higher electronic intelligence. It will sense you are gradually loosing in your front tire(tires) or your rear tires,the former is technically called understeering/'plowing' and the latter is oversteering/'sliding or whatever' and till use a combo of cutting gas/power and braking the appropriate tire(s) to 'pull' you (try to)back to not losing to gain overall control as well as hope to manage to have reduce you overall speed to under the limit.... the TV will describe this as roll over protection. It is basically recovery from sliding into the ditch or from swing/rolling into a roll over. I don't take this a snow feature.
So, by now, you have brake w/ more control, accelerate w/ more control, recover from turning out of control.
CVT has nothing to do with your trying to control your 4 legs on the road. It is a theoretically more ideal transmission which gives you infinite gears Vs the automatic or manual. It is basically a metal bell which can flex like a round robber belt and wrap around two pulleys. Think of one beign like the front sprockets of your 10 speed bike and one is the gear sprockets on the back wheel your bike. The belt is like the chain. Visualize that somehow the belt can climb up and down the pulley as if you move up & done those gears when you shift but now it is stepless. Good benefit is shown on the better gas mileage in driving conditions w/ road speed changes here and there but not necessarily cruising at 70 on a lonely Texas Hwy.
Anyway, your choice of the 2.5SL is a pretty good compromise for some comfort, some fun, but not driving needing the car to save your behind because TCS and the optional VDC are only on the 3.5 and 3.5SE respectively based on my understanding.
I drove a friend's car last week and needed to go to home depot in an unknown part of town... it was then that I realized how addicted I was to my navigation. If you take trips or enjoying new parts of town, it's incredible.
It was a no-brainer finding the next cracker barrel on my I-95 trip.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!! Spolier is not my love.
Anyone has a Dark Slate color trunk lid with NO spoiler to swap for one w/ a spoiler from a Brand New Dark Slate 07 3.5 SE? Prefer someone in any state bordering Iowa/Illinois becasue anything beyond driving distance is prohibiting.
Even a 2.5 model will work but each of us will have to cover ourselves for the model number logo. I will keep my chrome piece above license plate.
In all cases, I will take your third brake light if removable and the spoiler itself has that fancy brake light built in.
Thanks in advance.
but speaking of warning lights, I had one come on the other day for low windshield wiper fluid. can't help but wonder what else the car will warn me about.