oh yeah, the Impala!!! I forgot. How is the quality of the interior in that car?
you're right the sentra was built in Smyrna. I think part of the reason for the cheaper plastic has something to do with Nissan's new cost savings plan w/ it's suppliers. Since they are are paying the supplier less money, the supplier is providing cheaper materials. The new Altima still has to be better built than a car made in 1994 i would think.
I just drove my car in to work today ~30 miles... it was a very comfortable drive, the doors stayed in tact and none of the control knobs fell off.
Millenia isn't too expensive, because it's carried $4000-6000 rebates at times. It was when it was new, and by the time prices came down it had lost its luster.
Back to Nissan, Carlos "le cost cutter" Ghosn can be blamed for that. Though honestly I thought the interior was fine. I guess I'm more impressed by the hardware (240hp, 17" alloys, 4 wheel discs) as opposed to the software (seat fabrics and interior materials).
Hmm, $24,000 for a loaded 4-cylinder, $28,500 for a loaded V-6. I'm sure it's a much improved car, but that's serious cash for an Altima.
The only problem with Nissans being upgraded big-time is it just kills the Infiniti sub-brand. The G20 is the smallest, least sophisticated car Nissan sells in North America, including the Sentra. That's just plain embarrassing. The I35 is smaller and slower than the Altima. The Q45 is competitive, but the point of a premium car is to create a prestige halo for the cheaper products . . . and that just isn't happening.
Why would you trade an 2002 Altima for the upcoming G35? Based on the next Skyline or not, the styling looks pretty much the same to me, and has the same engine.
Like so many people who have posted before me, I waited in anticipation for the new Altima SE. When I was finally ready to seriously shop, this was the first car on my list(despite all the interior bashing). So I test drove an SE with everything. It drove better than I had even expected. However, it's true...the interior isn't much better than that of a Neon! After that there was no way I could pay close to sticker. Before I left I test drove the 02 Maxima SE w/everything but the Nav unit. It drove better, interior was ten times nicer, and I got it for $300 UNDER invoice. Saving close to $2k over what I would have spent for a fully loaded Altima SE. So for my 2cents, you can spend less and get a heck of a lot more car.
#1802 of 4962 Had my 2.5 S 5spd for 3 weeks now
Oct 18, 2001 (1:50 pm)
I haven't posted for about two weeks. In that time I have taken two long trips. One from Albany to the Maine coast and one to NYC (Queens).
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAR
Taking back roads to and in Maine the car was a blast. the engine revs easily the 5spd is smooth (except as I will note below) and the suspension is great. In NYC driving the car performed wonderfully, zipping through lane changes and stopping on a dime.
On the trip to NYC I had three other adults and all of our luggage for a three day trip. What a huge trunk. We were all comfortable and the 4cyl had no problem accelerating briskly with the load.
I can not complain about the interior as I have previously always driven GM. I have no squeaks or rattles and personally love the styling. I don't think the material is noticably cheaper than comperable import cars. I happen to like the dash and gauge layout.
I do have 2 complaints
My 5spd has a tendency to catch going into 2nd gear. It only happens when the car is moving and seems to be getting better. I notice it most when the car is cold. Iwill have it checked out at the 3k service. I will admit Honda's 5spd is better, but their engine isn't.
The fuel gage is non-linear. When it reads almost empty there is 5 gal. left - that's over 150 miles on the highway.
btw I got 32-33 mpg on the expressway and 30 on easy secondary road driving in the city it was 25mpg - 2200 miles logged so far.
P.S. ran my numbers again I paid about $600 over invoice maybe you all should shop in Albany.
"Hmm, $24,000 for a loaded 4-cylinder, $28,500 for a loaded V-6. I'm sure it's a much improved car, but that's serious cash for an Altima."
You guys should come up and buy your Altimas in Canada. Up here, a loaded SL is $29,000 Cdn and fully-loaded automatic SE is only $32,800 CDN. Using a 1.55 exchange rate, that's about $18,700 USD and $21,200 USD respectively.