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#3214 of 4962 TSBs and a LONG review of my 3.5 auto
Mar 28, 2002 (9:32 am)
OK first let me tell you what i have... It is a 3.5 auto with everything EXCEPT the stupid wood (that i think screams"i am old") and leather seats.... Yes i know some will say i was stupid to pay 27K(sticker) for a car that has cheap plastic interior, but i like the interior. Plus i got a real good price on my trade in...
It was made in November 2001.
Let me first insert two TSBs that i am having trouble with. I have about 3K on the car and will get these taken care of at my 3,750 mile maintainence. It isn't worth bringing it in for these things alone...
Service Bulletin Number: NTB01073A
Bulletin Sequence Number: 627
Date of Bulletin: 11/01
NHTSA Item Number: SB627437
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:COIL
Summary: SUBJECT REGARDING STATIC RADIO NOISE CAUSED BY IGNITION COILS. *JG
Service Bulletin Number: NTBO2012
Bulletin Sequence Number: 627
Date of Bulletin: 01/02
NHTSA Item Number: SB627808
Component: VISUAL SYSTEMS:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY (8/82)
Summary: SUBJECT REGARDING SUNFROOF WILL NOT CLOSE DUE TO INTERFERENCE WITH WIND DEFLECTOR.
The radio (Bose) is only OK... not worth the money but you can't avoid it if you want a sun roof. It's nice to have the in-dash CD player (6-disc) but for the money i'd like a better system. The Value package CD player in my 99 Camry sounded better. And that didn't have bose speakers... The ignition coil noise is annoying, but i have been told they can fix it easy enough.
The wind noise from the sunroof is very annoying when driving with a passenger, otherwise i just turn the radio up... That too should be easy to fix, but i'll let you know how these things get handles in about 500 miles...
Also, the auto transmission isn't really that snappy. It slips a lot under hard acceleration. Kinda like it doesn't know if it really wants to shift. I am hoping this is something that can be fixed... if not i am going to be very unhappy. The one i test drove didn't do this.... and i beat the heck out of it becuase i had read that this was a problem....
It isn't that great in snow IMO... not as good as the Camry, but then again i put tires on my camry that were all weather radials... the ones on the Altima now are relatively sporty... perhaps with tires better equiped for snow... ???
The traction control is a waste IMO... when one tire is on ice and the other on dry pavement, the tire on ice will simply spin... WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TRACTION CONTROL??? I KNOW IT IS ON, WHY ISN'T IT WORKING???
Don't get me wrong, i love the car, but some of these things need to be fixed for me to be happy with spending 27K on it...
Mar 28, 2002 (9:46 am)
Thanks for your post & the info-
I am considering the purchase of a 2002 Altima S with an automatic & the ABS Package.
My Brother in law was telling me about his 2001 Passat with the Turbo 4.....he's a VM man all the way, but say the car gets a little "loose" at the higher speeds due to the way the turbo works.
Hoping to get the Altima at about $19,000...got 3 dealers to work with by the end of May.
Mar 28, 2002 (9:47 am)
Unfortunately, those are the chances you take when you buy a first year model, bugs are inevitable, that's why it sometimes pays to wait until the manufacturer catches and fixes the glitches.
Mar 28, 2002 (11:45 am)
No biggie, if there is a TSB that means they already found a fix. Plus, if it were serious, or safety related, it would have been a recall.
#3218 of 4962 fuel economy for pda97
Mar 28, 2002 (1:17 pm)
Fuel economy is determined by several factors besides weight. The gear ratios can have an effect, and aerodynamic drag has a very large effect (especially at high speeds). Perhaps this is why the 2.5S is listed as having slightly better fuel economy than the Spec V. Also, a 5 speed Altima only weighs 250 lbs. more than the Spec-V. That's not too large a difference.
Mar 28, 2002 (1:41 pm)
Aerodynamics are not a factor in the EPA cycles. The cars are tested on dynos, so shape and frontal area are not taken into account at all.
In the real world, they matter plenty. The amount of drag increase with the square of speed.
#3220 of 4962 crash test on 2002 Altima
Mar 30, 2002 (12:02 pm)
Has anyone seen any crash test results on the 2002 Altima? Checked one out today. I checked NHTSA and the insurance institute's web site and haven't seen anything. It seems odd that some of these 2002 models have been out for awhile and no safety testing has been published. Thanks for any feedback.
#3221 of 4962 Not odd at all...
Mar 30, 2002 (1:08 pm)
...it will be months before all of the completely new models get run through the various crash test cycles. They all have been tested to meet the minimum standards of course, as that is a pre-production requirement, but the testing you refer to occurs relatively infrequently and they tend to batch together cars / trucks of a similar configuration and class when doing the tests.
#3222 of 4962 Re: Juice (Passat)
Mar 31, 2002 (11:05 am)
Naw..I'd still take the Passat. It's just a much classier vehicle. The Altimas tail lights will be out of style in a few years, things like that go in and out every 3-4 years or so. The worst thing is the interior, knock on the dash and hear hollow plastic ring.....just too cheap for me. Sure the 3.5 is fast, but for most people that doesn't make the whole car. If I wanted fast, I'd go buy a cheap American sportscar, like a Z28. The car mags choose the Passat over the Altima in head to head competition, even the Edmunds comparison picks Passat. Says the Altima's ride is too stiff, just like the Maxima SE as one reason.
As to your comment about "doubling the budget" for modifications, it'll only take a $500 chip to give the Passat more torque, equal horsepower and make it as fast as a Altima 3.5. And chipping has proven totally safe and undetectable by the dealer in the Passat. Yes, the automatic with tiptronic is slower, but the 5 speed manual with the 4 cylinder turbo is an extremely fun drive.
Mar 31, 2002 (10:05 pm)
Actually, the testing for mainstream cars such as the Altima and Camry seems overdue IMO. For example, last year, the NHTSA had already crashed the Honda Civic by the time Consumer Report's April Auto issue was on Newsstands. And the last time a Camry was redesigned (for 1997), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had that as well as the then redesigned Pontiac Grand Prix crash tested by the end of January. In addition, the IIHS just crash tested models that came out around the same time as the Altima... the Mitsu Lancer, Sube Impreza, and the Kia Sedona, for example. I personally am tired of waiting. What I really dislike is that on the NHTSA website, one of the icons still reads "BUYING A SAFER CAR 2001". UM FREKIN GET A WEB MANAGER or something.. its one thing to not have new results... but to have a banner thats outdated by 4 months is absurd.