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Nissan Altima Sedan 2008-2009



  • karpediemkarpediem Posts: 46
    You are right about the Nissan engineers. From what I have seen in both my Altima and '06 Xterra, their stock intakes are very well made. I still have aftermarket intakes for both of them. They both result in minimal horsepower gain, that you really can't "feel", but they do allow for better airflow and I have seen slight increases in mpg.

    I do have to disagree with you on the sound though. With the stock intake when you get on the gas, you hear the car rev up and it sounds like a weinie car...thanks to the 4cyl. Throw on the SRI, and you get a much lower tone, somewhat throaty, and not near as "weinie." This can cause a lower mpg though, because you find yourself wanting to hear that beautiful sound, so you get on it a little more often. ;)

    Also, it's a heck of a lot easier to see when the filter is dirty, and clean the filter. (don't have to buy new ones)

    I've gotten aftermarket intakes on my last 3 cars, and will continue to get them on all my future cars.
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    Is there any after market grill or front fascia that gets rid of the stupid looking fog light plastic inserts? If not that, are there any after market fog light systems for the altima that look better than the factory lights?
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    That is a really nice front end kit. I doubt it would be cheaper than actually getting the fog lamps though. Definitely will keep an eye on it though.
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    It would be nice if they made some kind of custom body pieces to attach via the fog light holes to smooth out the front end like you see on rally cars sometimes. Cheaper and would get the job done. No more ugly.
  • Can any one tell me if there is difference in ride of SL and S model of Nissal Altima 08 ? I have 08 SL and i feel ride is rough .. any one have similar experience?
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    the 4 cylinders all have the soft ride. The 3.5 SE has the stiffer suspension from what I have read. If what you have feels stiff, it doesn't get "less stiff"
  • sirreddsirsirreddsir Posts: 6
    I picked up my new '08 Altima (2.5 S, stationary mirrors) earlier this week, and thus far, it's great.

    However, I have noticed (similar to comments posted in some other threads around here) that when I get the car moving over 30-35mph, I hear a high pitched whistling from outside the car. If the windows are up, you can't really hear it... but with the windows down, even just a little bit, it's loud enough to be very obnoxious. The pitch changes with the speed and the gusts of wind, so it must be a gap or hole somewhere that's making the sound.

    Do other people have this problem, and what have you done about it? I suppose I'll bring it back over to the service department and see what they have to say... but before I do, any advice on what to call this problem would be greatly appreciated.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I have owned an 08 Altima 2.5SL sedan since early January (South Carolina, where its warm and I drive a lot with the windows down), and I have never noticed anything like you described. I am fairly particular about squeaks and rattles, and I'm pretty sure that I would have noticed a sound like that...

    Sorry I couldn't be more helpful...
  • Ya mind is 2.5SL , it has stiffer suspension .. you can feel road as it is and on high speed it has vibration too .. i tried other 2.5SL and they had vibration too. Not sure if this is a design flaw in 08 ALtima 2.5 SL ?
  • jjk20jjk20 Posts: 13
    I am trying to find out if the '08 Altima SE 3.5 comes standard with "brake assist"? Edmunds' comparison page of features lists it as standard but it is not listed in the Altima brochure and it is not listed on the car's window sticker. I called the Nissan consumer affairs # but they do not see it listed.
    Does anyone know? Thank you!
  • angiezangiez Posts: 2
    I also have an '08 and have the same noise. High pitch noise with windows down. It is driving me crazy!
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I can't figure out why some have this noise and some don't.

    Do you have a sunroof? If so, is the noise the same with it open, tilted or closed?
    Are all the windows completely open when you hear it, or only the front?

    I have a pretty good ear for car noises, but I swear I haven't heard anything like what you all describe here...maybe I'm just lucky...
  • elron1elron1 Posts: 3
    Does anyone have any knowledge that the 3.5 V6 requires/recommends using only high octane fuel? I was told that you must use it for performance and if you do not want to spend the extra money for the gas, you are better off staying with the 2.5.
  • karpediemkarpediem Posts: 46
    To get the best performance and fuel mileage for the V6 they say to use premiumm you can however use regular unleaded and be perfectly fine. You will lose a little mpg and maybe 15 - 20hp.....which is still plenty more than my little 2.5.
  • elron1elron1 Posts: 3
    Thanks for your reply. I have the 2.5 which I have been happy with, although wouldf like the extra power. A friend is looking into getting the 3.5 and I advised him to first check out the octane requirement. Thanks again.
  • angiezangiez Posts: 2
    I don't have a sunroof. When I hear the noise, I have the driver's window slightly down. It sounds like a wheel bearing to me. I hear it at all speeds; of course, not as much on the highway because of the highway noise.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I'll try to duplicate your conditions and see what I hear...
  • motov8motov8 Posts: 1
    "The MOST important thing is that you have this 2008 car serviced ONLY by a dealer while it is still in warranty! They know exactly what kind of oil to use in order to conform to warranty requirements!"

    This is certainly NOT TRUE!
    Your warranty will be honored by any Nissan dealer and the factory simply by documenting any service performed by yourself or by an independent mechanic.
    Any warranty requirement that dictates specific products or services be used on your car must be provided free of charge by the manufacturer. For further info read up on the Magnusson-Moss Act.

    Read your owners manual to see if there are any restrictions on type of mechanics used. Most manufacturers merely state the independent mechanic must be ASCE certified, or something like that.
  • My dealer told me it was fine to use a local shop to service my 2008 Altima, since the dealer was 40 miles away from my home. My maintenance shop did ask me to buy a supply of Nissan oil filters from the dealer. They have had some issues with non-Nissan brand oil filters. That was easy to do since they are inexpensive easy for me to keep on hand. The shop had no problem supplying the oil, and other standard servicing supplies.
  • adcz94adcz94 Posts: 11
    i am planning to buy a 08 Altima 2.5 S with SL package in Nashville. The best quote i have right now is 22240+tax. With tax the total should be just below 24400. I know this is a very good price but with 09 Altimas coming in should I try and bargain some more ?
    If anyone just recently purchased an Altima i would love to know what you paid for similar options.

    thanks in advance
  • bamamombamamom Posts: 3
    "I put a buy back on that car, but nissan wants no part of that, " Would you explain to me what that means? I have a 2007 with 6700 miles using 2 qts oil every 1k miles. Dealer wants to replace motor......
  • Try Nicholasville KY , i had purchased SL with connection package for 23k a year back but with rebates now you should get SL for 21k
  • texmigueltexmiguel Posts: 4
    I have an '08 Altima sedan and understand that the TPS system is standard on all 08's sold nationwide in the US.

    TPS tire pressure sensor equipped :)
  • milkman1milkman1 Posts: 80
    Might be time to start a new 2009 forum. I was looking at the price sheet. Looks like the connection package goes up in price, but SL price comes down. Might be a better deal for those SL with connection package types.
  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    Well, here I am, writing about my problems with my '08 Altima 2.5 SL. What's sad is I've only had it for about a year now, and the list of problems is driving me nuts! Here's what I've experienced so far:

    1. Brakes were squealing and shuttering under any sort of brake pressure.
    Solution: Brake rotors had to be rotated and brake pads replaced at around 11k miles

    2. Annoying rattle coming from rear right door panel.
    No solution yet.

    3. Loud "Thunk" noise coming from under the hood at 1-2 minute intervals during driving and idling.
    No solution yet.

    4. (just found this today) When starting the car from a cold start, the rear right exhaust (sounds like it's coming from inside the muffler) makes a metallic rattling noise. It sounds like either something is loose or something is stuck in the muffler.
    No solution yet.

    I'm calling the dealer in the morning. I'm also really tempted to start looking for a new car. While the car drives just fine, it seems like everything is going wrong with it. What's even worse is that I only have a little over 16k miles on the car, and I was planning on keeping this car for at least 4-5 years. Now I'm not so sure anymore.

    I wish I had bought an Accord. :sick:
  • madpistolmadpistol Posts: 126
    Just got my car back from the dealer with 2 out of 3 problems fixed.

    They replaced the right rear door panel, so the rattle is now gone!

    They also replaced the right rear muffler, so the exhaust rattle is gone too!!!

    For some reason, I think most of the rattles were stemming those areas, because on the way home from the dealer (roughly 30 minutes) I heard no rattles or squeaks in the car!

    My faith in Nissan is restored for the time being. Maybe it won't show up again.
  • jim321jim321 Posts: 1
    I have the same "thunk" noise as many of you coming from under the car. You hear it while idling or after the car is off. After 6 trips to the dealer, they replaced almost the whole muffler system with no luck. With help from a friend and an hour under the car, I figured it out to be the heat shield over the muffler system expanding and contracting. The dealer tightened it up and now 80% of the noise is gone. It's going in again!
  • YES!
    Mine just started doing that a few weeks ago! I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it, or if there was a real problem!

    So, you say it's the heat shield over the muffler... and that if they tighten it, that should fix it? I'll make note of that, and next time I bring it in, I'll let them know.

    Thank You!
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