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Nissan Altima



  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    Just because a Nav is not offered on the Altima now it doesn't mean it will never be offered. The Maxima was not offered with a Nav system when introduced and now it has one. I expect that Nissan will wait to move the Maxima up to before they add a Nav system to the Altima. I am sure a Nav system will find its way onto the Altima, but maybe after the first or second year run.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,716
    Judging from the responses to my question, I guess I was wrong about the Camry requiring premo fuel. I remember that Edmund's had some cold-starting problems with theirs when they used regular. I know that my car (Jetta VR6) runs fine on regular, even though premium is recommended. The technical explanation I have received is that the knock sensor retards timing to compensate for the difference. I have noticed no loss in power and possibly very slight (0.5 mpg) loss in gas mileage.
  • cindyvcindyv Posts: 1
    I'm considering buying a 2002 Altima. I was almost ready to buy the Civic EX until I saw pictures of this car....It looks great!!! I'm leasing my current car which expires in Oct. but I have to get a new car in Sept because I'm going to reach my mileage. I called my local Nissan dealer and asked when the new models would be avail. They said early Sept. I also asked about the price of the new 2002. He told me that the price will be about the same as the 2001. I'm on a very strict budget for this new car. What are my chances of getting this car as soon as its avail at the invoice price?
  • thebandleaderthebandleader Kernersville, NCPosts: 53
    The problem here in Northern Arizona is the Nissan dealers are awful. The one in my town in well known for shady dealings, and if you drive to Phoenix, they are like vultures; it is horrible. The largest Nissan dealership in the world is in Phoenix and it is a nightmare to even visit it. (In Arizona, Nissan outsells Toyota and Honda; from what I've heard, its one of the only, if not the only, state to do that) The Ford/Mazda dealership in my town is a nice honest Mom-Pop business which takes care of you. I LOVE the new Altima, but am not sure I can put up with the dealers... (My sister does... she's on her second Altima)
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Universal City Nissan here in LA was supposed to be the biggest Nissan dealer in America...dunno...the dealer we got our car from literally had 20 salesmen standing outside the building by the doors and lots waiting for anyone to enter...
  • mrossney1mrossney1 Posts: 2
    Forgive me if this is buried somewhere, but I didn't have time to wade through 600 messages...
    The wording on Nissan's website seems to suggest that the 5-spd will not be available with the V6. Is this correct? I've not seen any photos showing a manual and I'm getting concerned. An auto would be a big turn-off for me...
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    The 5 speed will be available for the 3.5SE, the stick shift will be available for all models, including the luxurious 2.5SL. Maybe one of the car magazines will test it in August and let us see what the interior looks like with the 5 speed stick.
  • danny25danny25 Posts: 119
    At the Altima's introduction in NY they specifically said that with the 5spd. and a v-6 the Altima is suppost to do 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. That's definately my new car.
  • bluesky999bluesky999 Posts: 253
    Re: comment on how to justify 2K for NAV, posters on other threads seem to love it on other cars, even if they don't use it that often. I tend to keep a car a long time, so 2K spread out over 10 years or more would not be a big deal. And they are cool--I've used the system in the Acura TL.

    Re: Nissan dealers--my father has a Nissan, which has been very reliable and a fun car, but the dealers were pretty bad. Personally I'll really have to get my nerve up to brave the Nissan dealer experience and deal with the low-rent looking interior I expect, if I'm going to buy the Altima. But then I'm coming from a luxury and near-luxury perspective, as I'm used to Acuras. Problem with the Acuras is that they lack excitement--that's why I'm looking at other brands.

    Looking forward to the reviews on the Altimi (that's the plural) :)
  • sarnysarny Posts: 17
    I called a dealer in the Los angeles area and they said October is the release time for the new Altima. Has anyone heard otherwise?
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    The Altima is suppose to debut sometime in September.
  • sdattasdatta Posts: 24
    I think Nissan is making a mistake by continuing the Altima name with this redesign. Since they have decided to go much further upscale, the Altima name serves as a crutch in terms of prestige and pricing because people will associate it with the previous version. They should have ditched the Altima name and strated from scratch. It would have more greatly reinforced the notion that this is really a different, more greatly improved car from the Altima.

    What do y'all think?
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    The current generation Altima may have missed a step or two, but by no means was it a complete loser. Nissan has made a move in the right direction in its complete redesign of the already identifiable name plate...Altima. Just my 2 cents.
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I thought that too for a while... stil not sure exactly how I feel about it. In my opinion, the "old" Altima was percieved as an 11/10ths Sentra for the most part... it was never a serious contender to the Accord/Camry.

    They are going to have to pour a LOT of money into advertising so that people will know tha the NEW Altima is a 100% completely different car. I hope there ad agency is up to it.
  • qin2qin2 Posts: 26
    I think it was a good move to have kept the name. Discontinuing a model kills resale value, something Nissan has learned the hardway through Infiniti. Infiniti is only 12 years old and currently only has one model that has lived through the entire life of the brand (G20 was discontinued in mid-90s), and that's the Q45. That pissed a lot of owners off, buyers like buying a car that has a name behind it. Besides, with the new Altima rumored to be priced right in line with the previous generation Altimas what's the point in changing the name?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I read an article in a car magazine (I think it was Car and Driver) awhile back. It said manufacturers have to go through alot of legal red tape to get a new name for a product on the market. That's why Chevrolet brought back their old names (Malibu, Impala) for the redesigned cars they came out with.
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    good point, I bet that had a lot to do with it.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    I am pretty sure that the resale value of the current Altima is going to hurt quite a bit too as soon as they start selling the 2002 Altima.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    The same thing could be said about the Passat when it came out in late 1997. It was so much better than the previous version, but sells still picked up, even though it kept the Passat name, and it became a real winner for VW. I expect the same thing will happen with the new 2002 Nissan Altima. The first generation Altima was better than the second gen. model, and haven't sells of the Altima been up lately?
  • speedracer3speedracer3 Posts: 650
    I also think that changing names tends to confuse the buying public. It is good to keep "well known" names even if the previous generations were not up to snuff.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Keep the Altima name.. why change names for every remodeled car? what would Ford do with its Taurus (last change the bubble years) then???

    as for resale hurt.. geez, every car with a next year change takes a hit..
  • djcunnindjcunnin Posts: 8
    check Infiniti's web site, the car is still around.
  • qin2qin2 Posts: 26
    "um, the G20 is still around"

    Reread what I said:

    "Infiniti is only 12 years old and currently only has one model that has lived through the entire life of the brand (G20 was discontinued in mid-90s)"

    I had put the G20 in brackets specificly because I thought someone would bring that up. The G20 was discontinued for 4 years in the mid-90s. So the Q45 still remains the only Infiniti model that has been consistently offered since the brand's introduction.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Check out the "All new 2002 Nissan Altima" club at yahoo!

    Toyota and Honda are about to get voted off.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Could you post a link?
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    Did anyone else notice that Nissan totally redesigned thier web sit? Very nice layout... worlds better then before.
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Yep I like their new website, I also like the new Nissan hamburger better. It's basically the same but looks cleaner.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    what I DON'T like is they dropped the coupon section of the Owner's area... man and I needed some coupons too.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Sorry the Yahoo club "All new 2002 Nissan Altima" starts on 7-25-01.

    Altima admirers, owners and dealers welcome.
  • sdattasdatta Posts: 24
    Sorry to belabor the point, but the responses beg the question, when should a car be given a new name then?

    I owned a 1994 Altima for 4 years. I know from personal experience what a great car it is for the money. But the new new Altima is bigger, more luxurious, more powerful... it's simply much better in every way than it's previous version, and is built specifically to go head-to-head with the Camry and the Accord, while the previous version was not. If this list of changes isn't extensive enough to warrent a name change then I don't know what is.

    I understand the point about name recongnition but if the Altima name is perceived to be an inferior product to the Camry and Accord with which it is supposed to compete, then name recognition will do Nissan more harm than good, in my humble opinion.

    With this all said, I think Nissan will sell the hell out of these cars nonetheless.
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