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Nissan Altima



  • I think it is a pretty stupid idea to send out something like that after 911. When my daughter handled over to me, I asked everybody to stay away until I find out where it came from. It just looks bioharzadous to me.
  • What are you talking about canyoncrest?
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I think they should have just given us brochures in nice little packages instead of sending those large containers. The money used to do this could have been spent on the inteior and it's mateials.
  • Any word yet on those missing VIN #'s?
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,936
    I too received the Rx looking package. I think the promotion is a clever one although I had to be cautious about opening the package with all this talk about anthrax and bio terrorism. I guess good intentions do not always materialize as planned.

    I like the new Altima, (Version 3.0) but I belive it should be a new line with a different name (sic Exulta). I was disappointed that Nissan discontinued Version 2.0.(i.e. 1998-2001) of the Altima. This car had a niche market just below the Accord and the Camry, which was reasonably affordable. I had a 1998 Altima GXE which was an excellent alternative to the CamCord. That car was quick off the line and nimble in traffic and performed well as a second family car.

    With the resurrection of the Nissan/Datsun 300ZX, Nissan had the opportunity to have a potent line-up of performance automobiles. Altima--Exulta--Maxima--300ZX.

    My five cents (inflation you know).
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    Wow. Nice.

    I got so excited I forgot to look at a few things:

    what is the brand and the rating of the tires?

    are the brakes on 3.5 SE better than those on 4-cylinder models? What size are they?

    Is there any electronic speed governor?

    PS I did not notice the "hole in the carpet" gas door opener. But my wife Lexus RX300 also has a hole in the carpet design.

    I still do like my 300M a lot though. I like its heated, 8-way power seats for the driver and the passenger with seat/mirror/radio memory for the driver, linked into the key fob.

    It is going to be a tough choice for me.
  • Sorry to see you're having the same VIN problem - I won't have any updates until Tuesday when I return to work and talk to him. Would hate to call him just to see what his VIN status is .. will post update then. Good luck resolving your problem. Is the insurance company asking for a deposit from you as well?
  • What's going on with the pricing of the Altima? Are they still trying to charge sticker?

    Kind of crazy... the Maxima is going for invoice on Carsdirect, while the Altima is $100 over sticker on
  • No word yet on the VIN #'s. So far the insurance company hasn't asked for an increase on our premium-YET. Our rep wont be in till tomorrow so we wont know anything till then. Please keep us informed when you hear something. However if anyone can answer this-" Why are dealerships allowed to "sell" cars or even put them on the market ready to "drive", if the VIN #'s aren't updated in the insurance systems? People should not be allowed to drive these cars off the lot unless they are properly insured. This should have been taken care of. Shame on Nissan for allowing this.
  • mckaguemckague Posts: 24
    I agree with bwia that Nissan should have chosen a new name. That might have taken some of the sting out of the mid $20k price tag. I've heard the question "~$26,000 for an Altima?" exclaimed in disbelief quite a few times.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    any V6 auto owners here? Can you report on your 0-60 experiences?
  • anyone know why it is hard to find a 3.5SE with 5 speed manual? Is Nissan not making much of them? I want one with fully loaded, but I can seem to find any in bay area. I left my phone # to two dealers about 2 weeks ago, and they haven't call me yet.
  • Motor Trend clocked the SE 5 speed at 0-60 time of 6.28 secs and 1/4 mile 14.72 secs @ 96mph. I'd venture to say that you are looking at the low 7's with an auto.
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    I think about 5-10% of Altima production is going to be the 5-speed V6, so that's probably why you're having a hard time finding one. I'm in the market for one as well, and around here (Boston) I've seen several. Each dealer I've talked seems to have one or two. Then again, manual transmission cars sell pretty well in Boston for some reason.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    low 7's, that's what I am guesstimating. Damn, I wish it was mid 6 with auto.
  • gtspecgtspec Posts: 55
    I'm in the market for either a 2002 1.8T Passat or a 2002 2.5S Altima. I went to both dealers and test drove the cars, performance wise they are all pretty good (Altima slightly better). However, interior wise Passat is much better! I know Passat is a safer car, and Altima is a more reliable car, but I can't really decide which one should I buy (I MUST make my decision this week for some personal reasons). Can any one offer their opinions on either car? THANKS a lot!
  • It really is a matter of personal choice but here are some things to consider. If you keep cars for a long time I would stay away from the Passat simply because the cost of ownership is high, and reliability is less than stellar. If you are leasing and the warranty covers the lease period then it really doesn't matter. It is a tough choice, they are both good cars.

    Good luck!

  • I'm seriously considering getting a new 2002 2.5 SL Altima. Currently I drive a '96 with over 130,000 miles and in great condition. Looking for a bigger car and the new altima looks great. Anyone know of below invoice deals around and/or 0% financing?
  • I went to my dealer today to get my test drive coupon validated. I already tested an auto V6, and a 5 speed SL, but I decided to go ahead and try a 2.5S 4 cylinder auto. Not too bad, but I prefer the 5 speed :)

    I asked them about their inventory, and they said all their cars are still being allocated by Nissan. The official release date of the Altima isn't until this weekend anyway. he said after that, they'd probably be able to start ordering cars that they want to stock, but that prices could stay at MSRP for awhile. Five people apparently bought new Altimas this past Saturday alone...geez :/

  • pbhattipbhatti Posts: 87
    actually on motortrend tv they got 0-60 of 5.9 seconds and 1/4 mile of 14.4 @ 100 mph. i'm expecting the maxima to get 5.7 or 5.8
  • hawks1hawks1 Posts: 57
    Test drove a 2.5S automatic today and was very impressed with this car - great acceleration for a four banger! Also, this car handled exceptionally well on both local roads and the interstate. Suspension was supple yet not harsh and the 4-speed auto tranny was buttery smooth on both up and down shiftings. Engine was only turning about 2400 rpm's at 70mph so tall gearing will obviously mean good gas mileage. Plenty of torque at the lower and mid-range rpm's. The dealer had no V-6 to drive but I can imagine it must be a rocket. So impressed with the 2.5's performance that I may forget about buying the V-6. The only downer with this car was the quality of the interior - they could have definitely used better materials. All in all, otherwise very impressed though. Nissan has hit, if not a homerun, certainly a triple with this car. Going to pass on the Camry I was looking at. -- Does anyone know if the V-6 requires premium grade fuel? The 4 cylinder can use 87 octane.
  • qin2qin2 Posts: 26
    It wasn't Motortrend's television show that got those times pbhatti, it was Motorweek.

    Look here for screenshots of that show:

  • Nissan says it's recommended to use premium fuel in the V6 to get the full power out of it. If you use lower grade, you'll just get lower performance.

    You're right though - that 4 cylinder packs a punch. When I drove the auto 2.5S today, going up an interstate bridge felt like I was in a V6...the engine wasn't straining, nothing...I may decide to get a 2.5SL 5 speed because it has loads of power, uses 87 octane fuel, and gets pretty darn good mileage at 23 city/29 highway. My V6 Saturn only gets 21/26 :/

  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    It's nice to know you own a car that can do this with a professional driver, but most people can expect to squeeze 6.5-6.8 if there good.
  • I do not have times for the 4, but the 6 will sprint to 60 in 6.3 manual and 7.2 auto. BUT think about this...for all those performance nuts out there like myself. This engine is the same engine that will produce 300 hp in the upcoming 350Z and I35. I am willing to say that with a little tinkering and an after market upgrade or three you could be looking at 0-60's in the mid 5's and 1/4's around 13.8-14.2 @ 98-109+ mph provided you launch correctly and managed to get the 300 horses out of it.
    I don't know, there is something about it that tells me this is the next car. Reminds of my '92 Taurus SHO days...god I loved that car!!!
    My question though is what is the top end of the new Altima? I had a '95 Altima 5-spd whose top end was supposed to be 120 yet with a K&N and after market exhaust I saw 135 or for those of you who still own this car I saw "Unleaded Fuel Only." I loved it and it gave me 120k trouble free give you an idea if you have never owned one of these on how reliable they sister is still driving it with almost 150k miles on it. Oh yeah, it needed service...once...for 2 oil seals about 5k ago. Not bad. I only hope to be able to say the same about this one...IF MY DEALER WILL EVER FIND ONE FOR ME!!!!!!
  • mckaguemckague Posts: 24
    For the most part, it isn't really a matter of being good to get these numbers, it's a matter of willing to be abusive. I'd bet good money that, in order to get a 0-60 of 5.9 sec out of the Altima, those folks were dumping the clutch with a good number of revs built up. Not a practice I would recommend with a cat you plan on keeping for a while. Still, it's a darn fast car.
  • Motorweek's 0-60 times are usually higher than anybody elses, so I was stunned when I saw they had better numbers than Motor Trend. 5.9 seconds for a family sedan is awesome, you can literally race a Porsche Boxter with the Altima!. I guess you can call the Altima "mom's taxi on steroids" :)
  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    The actual times you see don't really matter, in my opinion. What does matter is how they compare to other cars' numbers from the same publication. In a vacuum, a 5.9 sec 0-60 doesn't mean a whole lot to me. But when you consider that the same publication got a 6.9 for the RSX-S, a 6.6 for the TL-S, and a 5.6 for the Subaru WRX, that gives a pretty good indication of the acceleration of the Altima. Pretty darn fast.
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