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2013 and earlier Nissan Altima Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Here's the invoice price for the options. It doesn't say what the invoice base price is, I would like to know that too - does anyone know what the invoice price for a 2.5S CVT is?
  • nascar9900nascar9900 Posts: 48
    MSRP has gone up by about $300 since Memorial Day. A rough estimate is that INV went up about $200, or $19392 + 200 ~ $19600.
  • jkh713jkh713 Posts: 4
    I am eligible for the Nissan VPP C and wondering if I will come out ahead using this, because I read that upgrade options are covered at invoice. Has anyone used this program? If so could you share your eperience.
  • hey Mitch it is Marco just getting back to you that is ausam how fast wher you going. Like I said it is a grate car I am not just saying that to brag or say sum thing in this foram over and over. that was grate gas Milage you got ausam. What color is your car not shore if you said the color in a pryar posting keep us updated thankyou for reading Marco.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Yeah.. $20133 is a bit much, given the current incentives. When I bought, I paid something like $20,200, but I didn't take the cash incentives; I went with 1.9% APR.

    So, lets assume the price has gone up $300. So we're at $20,500.
    But.. subtract $1000 if you're taking the 3.9% APR, $1250 if you're not. (btw, you'll save more in interest than $250, so I'd take the 3.9/$1000 combo) so you're at $19,500ish, $19,250 if you're a cash buyer.

    And that was for a deal that I did in early January- the climate now is far better in favor of the buyer, so you shouldn't have to pay any MORE than $19,500 before taxes, title, and license plates.
    Don't forget to ask for each dealer's doc fee when you get a quote as well; I had doc fees range from $0 (where I bought) up to $600 when I got quotes. Some of those dealers are sneaky!

    Invoice on the Convenience Package is around $850, I believe. It's not a terribly expensive addition and well worth it- the power seat alone is probably worth the upgrade for me.

    Good Luck!
  • voisinvoisin Posts: 5
    According to NADA Guides the Invoice is at $19663 for the Base. Invoice for the Conveniece PKG $911. So + Destination $660. Im looking at $21234 I'll probly go with the 3.9 intrest rate with -$1000 dallor rebate. + the VPP program -$564

    Im looking at $19670

    If i could get it for $19000 that would be grate
  • Hey Marco, Nice to hear from you again. I was cruisin' at approx. 40 MPH that's the speed limit on rural Maine roads mostly. I'm not sure if shifting into 6th at 10 MPH with the CVT will hurt anything, But the Mpg's go from 26-37+. And the Motor didn't seem to lag.

    My 2008 2.5s CVT automatic. is Pebble Beach exterior, with Blonde on the interior. Splash Gaurds and Cloth mats front rear, and trunk.

    The car was bought for my wife, But I love driving it, And my Summer car is a Solstice.

    I just love the feel of the wheel. And for $17,615 how can you beat a Car like that with all the Toys.

    Just a note, I hit 40 MPG during the trip, But the stop lights brought the MPG's down before I got home.

    Now what Color is your Altima, or do you have one in the works?

  • voisinvoisin Posts: 5
    Hay mitch that sound interesting are you sure that does not hurt the transmition.
    and if you left it in auto does it go to six

    one more ? how you got that car for 17k please fill me in
  • pmlboypmlboy Posts: 8
    I tried the manual shifting in my recent trip to San Francisco from Santa Clara (around 45 miles one-way). I noticed that the RPM surely drops down when I moved to the 6th gear, however, I also found that at similar speeds in auto mode, the RPM was also similar. My mileage is still poor, it remained at 23 mpg. My car is driven 1000 miles, though mostly in short trips from my home to office. I don't know whether I need to reset the counter.
  • 2008 Altima
    SE (V6) 3.5
    Technology Package w/ VDC
    fully loaded with everything
    MSRP: $33,040
    Agreed-on Price: $28,684
    Financing: 3.9% AND $1,000 Rebate
    College Grad Bonus : $500
    Final Financed Price - $27,184 + ttl
    Sound good?
  • voisinvoisin Posts: 5
    that sounds pritty good
  • jayb3jayb3 Posts: 1
    HI mandi78
    Can you tell me the spicific details of your car with options. Which car dealership did you go to? Im looking for the sale 2.5 with SL package and my budget is about 21k. I live in CT as well.. So i would really appreciate you telling me the dealership that offered you this.

    thanks J
  • wyngatorwyngator Posts: 29
    Hi all,

    I am going to be shopping for a new vehicle. I am going to get rid of my 2003 Lincoln Navigator. I am ready for a sedan again (fewer kids to lug around).

    I love the look of the Altima. I test drove the 2.5 (wanting good fuel economy). I think I would like to get the 2.5 S with SL package. Also, looking for technology package since I had similiar in my Lincoln. Any idea what the pricing should be?

    I see that most that have these add ons do so on the 3.5 model. I did not drive the 3.5 ... perhaps I should? I was just drawn to the great gas mileage of the 2.5 after having my 8 cyl guzzler for the past 5 years.

    I just found this forum and love the input of experienced buyers and owners. Thanks ..... also, FYI .... I was thinking of Hybrid but cannot get here in Florida so that is not an option unfortunately.

  • Hey voison,

    I don't know if it will hurt the tranny, But when you go into manual mode at 10 mph, and RESET the economy button to zero, shift up to 6th and don't push the car hard you do get 37+ MPG. I used the cruise as much as I could at 40 MPH.

    The car was with $1,750 rebates plus the dealer discounted his profit after I walked away 3 times. :)

    The $17,615 price was before they added the $349.00 dealer prep cost, So the total cost before all the horrible Maine taxes was $17,964.

  • lovenavylovenavy Posts: 15
    i saw local socal dealership has used 08 altima that has 268 miles on the odometer for
    $21,615. i offered $21,000 out the door. the next day, i received an email from the internet director for $20,948. i'm surprised, not that it $52 less than my offering, also i get quick response. do you think it's a great price? or there a catch there.
  • Is it the 2.5S CVT Automatic?

  • lovenavylovenavy Posts: 15
    yes. it's a 2.5 CVT.
  • Seems too high, with the Rebates on a New 2.5S you should not pay more than $18,000 just my opinion.

  • Laurie,

    I'd suggest you test drive both the four and six cylinders. I definitely felt that the four had plenty of power, but I found the engine noise significantly less and while I figured it cost be around 3 grand more for the engine and about 4-5 mpg, for me it was worth it. My hearing is a bit on the sensitive side, so it meant more to me, and I have to say I am truly enjoying the Bose sound system more than I would with the louder four. I treated myself, and although I bought it in March and with gas now over $4 a gallon, I still would go with the six. I have to believe Nissan could do a better sound soundproofing the four. Drive an Acura TSX and see how quiet that four is.
  • stup123stup123 Posts: 10
    21k ..I think its 1k above the target.
    Since you ar net savvy(going by the fact that you are on this forum), you should be able to get it for that price

    Simple math:
    invoice should be 20k, 1K incentive now + Taxes= 20,500..Haggle it by a few since there are a couple of hundred miles on it

    My 2 cents

    I'd mail another dealer and ask him to beat this price
  • stup123stup123 Posts: 10
    You should be looking at $23,500 OTD.So start $1000 - $1500 less than that to start with and you should be able to wind it up at that price
    (thats for 2.5SL)
    But I'd suggest that you take the connection package..with just SL mp3 wont play which I learnt the hard way..3 days after buying
    The sales person said that mp3 works without connection and all he's say now is that he is sorry and he cant do much about it.For $1000 I'm stuck with my car that doesnt have MP3
  • matty3imatty3i Posts: 4

    I am in upstate NY (Albany) and was wondering what is a good price for the mentioned car before any rebates, etc.

    Is below invoice possible? Any info is appreciated. Also, any great dealers within 100 miles who are known for low pricing?


  • wyngatorwyngator Posts: 29
    Thanks for your insight. I really should test drive the 6 cylinder. Also, I will have to really try to pay attention to the engine sounds. As I recall the salesman was playing the radio the entire drive so I really didn't listen to the engine. I was just adjusting to the feel of riding a bit lower to the ground. After 5 years of SUV driving, that was a bit of an adjustment ... but one that I am looking forward to.

    Actually, I did drive an Acura TSX 2009 a few days after driving the 4 cylinder Altima. I wish I had posted and received this input before doing so. I just remember that the Acura was a bit smaller, but it was very plush inside. I had to accompany my friend for her TL's 36,000 mile service so while we were there I decided to test drive the TSX. Again, that salesman played the radio ..... I wonder why they all do that? Are they trying to drown out the sound of the vehicle? LOL ... who knows.

    I just HATE car shopping and the 5 minute test drive you do with the salesman in the car with you really doesn't give you a chance to *try* the car.


    ...Laurie :shades:
  • wyngatorwyngator Posts: 29
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post. I appreciate having those bottom line numbers. As I have mentioned in earlier post .... I just HATE buying a car because of having to "haggle" over the price. Having concrete numbers like that make it more bearable.

    Yes, you are correct about the connection package. As I understand it .... I would be required to purchase the connection package simply because I want the technology package. So, I have several add ons to the 2.5 Altima ... the SL upgrade, the connection package and the technology package.

    I see a TMV price listed on Edmunds for the technology package $ 1,898
    connection package $ 949

    So, that would plunk about another $ 2,850.00 on top of that cost.

    Funny, according to Edmunds the cost of the 2.5 Sedan is $ 20,127 for a TMV price.

    Then, they say to add an additional $ 3,653.00 for SL package.

    They are suggesting a total price of $ 26,627 for a good price to get the 2.5 SL Altima 4 door with those extras that I mentioned.

    I have been doing a lot of internet reading today :) So - I would be paying almost $ 27,000 for a 4 cylinder Nissan Altima.

    I guess I need to think about what other sedans I could get for that money. I want reliability .... that is why I thought of the Nissan.

    I used to own an old Datsun B210 (ran forever); then I owned a Honda Accord (again ran like a clock). I bought a mini van (Mercury Villiager -which had the Nissan Quest Engine) and that was very reliable also. My Lincoln Navigator has been nothing but headaches .... always something .... I want to go back to the Nissan or Honda family. Oh, we currently have an Infiniti I 30 with 187,000 miles on it. Another dependable vehicle .... I am just wanting to try to own "quality" again.

    Thanks again to you "experts" for your input. It really helps me!

    ,,,Laurie :shades:
  • stup123stup123 Posts: 10
    All the best

    the standard complaint with Altima is Nissan's annoying structure of options packages. I think with Accord or camry basic model you get features like power seats,windows,mp3 player..the same for Altima costs a lot

    At $27k I'd buy a camry xle(I had a 2008 camry which had an accident ,so i bought my altima.. camry had better miles/gallon but altima ride feels better)
  • nascar9900nascar9900 Posts: 48
    For those who have used the internet to research availability of a desired vehicle - which has the more accurate vehicle count:
    - The dealer's actual website?
    - Nissan's corporate website for the dealer?

    Sometimes when I check for a certain vehicle, the dealer's local website may show no availability, but I can find the vehicle on the lot - indicating the Nissan corporate website is more accurate.

    Any shoppers or dealers/salesmen know?
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    What is the auxillary plug for if you can't plug an MP3 into it without the connection package? Is this a problem with which mp3 player is used or does it just not work? That is an incredible deception if that is the case. One of the major things I want to gain in my new car is an mp3 plug that works so I don't need to be in the 6 disc changer business anymore.
  • nascar9900nascar9900 Posts: 48
    I think he means the standard CD player will not play CDs when the music is encoded in the MP3 format. Therefore, the standard CD player can only play about 16 songs per CD, versus the Bose that handles over 100 on a CD when using MP3 compressed music.

    You are correct, an MP3 player can be plugged into the AUX input of either the base of Bose radio.
  • madaktmadakt Posts: 3
    Hi all,

    1st time post ... but big time reader of Edmund's Forums.

    I'm visiting Houston to help my baby sister to buy an Altima Coupe. I asked her to deal with the local dealerships via the internet to narrow down the playing field. On Friday, she got what seems as an exceptional deal ...

    Altima Coupe 2.5S CVT (Fabric Interior)
    + Convenience Package
    + Moonroof
    + 3.9% Financing
    + about 80 miles on the car

    All for $23000 out the door (inclusive of TTL & destination). With my approx.calculations ... this is about $1200 below invoice!! :surprise:

    Can you all let me know if this can be real? I haven't seen similar deals on the forum.

  • stup123stup123 Posts: 10
    the dealership is conning you.

    You should be able to get SL for another $500 more(note that there is $1000 cash back to customers now)

    Actual invoice - $1000 +Tax +TTL(ard $150) should be the price you should be looking at
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