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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#2548 of 4962 Altima impressions
Dec 08, 2001 (4:55 pm)
After my son totaled my car I had to do some quick shopping. Since there is a Nissan-Toyota- Honda-Dodge Dealer within a few miles of my house it was my first and last stop. I fell in love with the Altima! I bought a loaded 3.5SE, automatic (my SO does not drive a standard, but I really didn't mind that much) with everything except the HIDs. Got it for a few thousand under MSRP with no serious haggling. The dealer was courteous and didn't try to insult me with various tacked on charges.
I enjoy the car tremendously. It accelerates and handles nicely, looks sharp and I like the ergonomics of the controls. I don't find the interior distasteful at all. The car was purchased mainly based on emotions, without comparisons to other makes but I must say that I really enjoy driving this car and in my book, that's what makes it worth the money to me. I sometimes feel like an idiot because I find this grin plastered on my face when I quickly merge into traffic, or find myself doing 75 through the mountains of New Hampshire. I'm sure that its worth depends on where you're coming from. I moved up from a 1993 Plymouth Duster with 172K miles. If I had previously owned a Camry or Accord I would probably have a different viewpoint. Bottomline - the perfect car is the one that you feel great about, enjoy driving, and aren't ashamed to have your friends see you in it!
#2549 of 4962 Need help from any & all
Dec 09, 2001 (8:00 am)
Hi - 1st time on. I've learned a lot just by reading - and some are quite humorous! Need all the help I can get on my 1st purchase if anyone would be so kind; my '89 Mit.Galant just gave up. Narrowed it down to Altima S 4 cyl. automatic basic - nice! Lots of ?, biggest is what's the lowest $ anyone's gotten and how do I get there?
Co-worker said dad paid a chunk of cash & got $3,000 off MSRP - way below invoice (shoulda asked on what!), stick to my guns. Standard fare on the Altima seems to be $500 over invoice ($250 best). Got bolder w. last couple of dealers & told them I had a friend in the bus. & knew dealers actually pay 10-15% under invoice + holdback, I want to pay $750 under invoice (or options) - already quoted $500 under. Also, would put down $10,000 cash. I was told to take the deal! Guess it's not going to happen w. a car so new & hot/cost a lot to redesign & market (TMV is $150 below MSRP). Still, I was told to try - gotta try right? Best dealer finan. was 5.5%, home eq. 4.75/1yr. then prime.
Can anyone tell me what's lowest/fair and any tips? Above includes destination & advertising - anything else to expect besides tax/tags, what's the doc. fee & how much? Also any dealers - I'm in No. NJ/tri-state area, willing to travel a bit. Boss suggested try before Christmas/New Years, they'll want to get their #'s up then - just what I need - more stress.
I'd greatly appreciate anyone's help.
#2550 of 4962 You can actually get the car BELOW invoice!
Dec 09, 2001 (9:31 am)
The best I have seen so far in my area is invoice, but the problem is, we don't have many Altimas around here with ABS. If you are able to get this car below invoice, GET IT!! Some people are still paying around 1000 to 1500 below MSRP. Good luck with your purchase!
Dec 10, 2001 (6:36 am)
Gerry: congrats. Given how happy you are, you surely made the right choice.
Didn't take long for discounts to appear, as we thought.
#2552 of 4962 should I get a warranty?
Dec 10, 2001 (8:16 am)
I'm going to buy a new Altima this week but the one thing I'm not sure of it the extended warranty. I think the dealer wants $1200 for another 3 years on a Nissan warranty. Do you think it's worth it?
Dec 10, 2001 (9:20 am)
Extended Warranties are a ripoff, especially when you get them from a dealer. My advice, save your money.
#2554 of 4962 Other side of warranties
Dec 10, 2001 (10:03 am)
Our dealership runs a average of 12000.00 dollars per month on warranty claims.
You may want to negociate the price on it.
Always buy the Pre-ferred Package so everything is covered.
Should be able to get a Gold-Preferred program for 60 months/75000 for 850.00.
Takes care of all your components including belts and hoses.
Also receive roadside service,rental car,towing.
#2555 of 4962 can't you
Dec 10, 2001 (10:08 am)
Can't you add the warranty later? At least that's what I was told by my Nissan dealer. I'd wait and see how the car does before springing for the warranty. If it seems troublesome after a year or two, go ahead and buy the warranty.
Dec 10, 2001 (10:19 am)
Usually if it's still under the original warranty, you can.
Dec 10, 2001 (10:32 am)
I've used both a manufacturer and after market warranty in the past and the manufacturer warranty always seems easier to use. Maybe I'll tell the guy to make the price $800 or something like that.