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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#3435 of 4962 Nissan should really focus on safety....
May 08, 2002 (9:13 pm)
...because of the recent crash test scores! I don't care if Honda and Toyota don't offer ABS standard on their cars, Nissan should set an example for the big Japanese manuafacturers and make ABS standard. When Nissan begans adding little nifty safety and convenience features standard while keeping a good price, they will beat Toyota and Honda at their own game. Now if Toyota and Honda were to make ABS standard on all of their cars, Nissan would follow suit. It shouldn't be that way though. Performance is nice, but it's not everything. Nissan needs to take a good look at "refining" the new Altima.
Here are my suggestions:
1) Make ABS standard
2) Redesign the entire interior,and use better material.
3) Add adjustable rear headrest(the new Mazda6, Camry and probably the new Accord have this feature.)
4) Add a V6/Luxury variant.
5) Add a power passenger's seat(afterall, this new Altima costs as much as last year's Maxima, and the Maxima came with a power passenger seat if you ordered leather.)
6) Fix the gas release button, add it to the door where the trunk release is found
7) Make clear taillights optional.(They look OKAY, but I prefer red ones.)
8) Add Frost leather to the mix
9) Add blond leather to Seascape and Opal Blue. Wasn't Blond available with Opal on the 2001 Altima?
10) Give the SE sportier-looking rims
Do not get me wrong, I still love and want the Altima, but the more I look, the more I want the Mazda6. The Altima is bigger and better looking, but the new 6 seems superior in areas where the Altima lacks. (Interior material/craftmanship) I mean right now I drive a 1992 Honda Accord DX(the Basic Accord) and it has better material than even the top of the line Altima. I can't help but complain! It's a shame that Nissan would do some of the stupid things they do!
Also, why can't I get a fully loaded Altima 3.5SE with manual transmission and ABS. In order to get the Altima with ABS and Leather, the sunroof option is deleted! That is so stupid IMO. Does Nissan not want to make a sale. My goodness, that is really dumb,it almost makes you want to choose the Maxima.......
I wish Nissan did like Honda
Basic, like an Accord LX, power driver's seat, ABS
Power sunroof(Maybe make it optional), Bose audio, sunshade, convenience pkg.
Leather upholstery, power sunroof(maybe make it optional),power front seats with heaters, automatic climate control(the 4cylinder Camry has it.), ABS
Just like the 2.5S plus the V6(similar to the Accord LXV6) Options:Sunroof, Xenons, BOSE
The way it is now,only with ABS standard, maybe even make the BOSE standard.Add power passenger's seat with leather.
3.5SLE: The V6 SL, added stability control, real wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, power passenger's seat.
Here are the options for each model:
2.5S: NO options
2.5SX: Power sunroof, BOSE audio
2.5SL: Power sunroof
3.5SX: Power sunroof, BOSe audio, Xenons
3.5SE: Power sunroof, Xenons, Leather pkg.(which includes dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power passenger's seat.)
3.5SLE: Power sunroof
With minimal options like these, Nissan would save comsumers money, and it would cut down on the manuafacturing cost, thus saving them money. This is all my opinon though.
My perfect Altima:
Nissan Altima 3.5SLE, 5spd manual with Power sunroof
Noveau Ruby w/Blond, Frost or Charcoal
Satin White w/ Blond, Frost or Charcoal
Opal Blue w/ Blond, Frost or Charcoal
Mystic Emerald w/ Blond, Frost or Charcoal
Seascape w/Blond, Frost or Charcoal
Velvet Beige w/ Blond
Polished Pewter w/ Blond,Frost or Charcoal
May 09, 2002 (5:04 am)
"I wish Nissan did like Honda"
Or maybe Nissan could just start making Honda's
May 09, 2002 (6:02 am)
It's too costly to make a moonroof an a-la-carte option on that many models. Dealers would have to stock a dozen variants of the car. Besides, the aftermarket can serve that purpose - it's easy to add a moonroof to any car. A local ASC certified shop said they'd install a 17"x30" ASC power roof, one touch open/close with a lifetime warranty, for just $895.
But I agree about ABS, because that's not something easily added. It should be standard, at least on the S models and up.
Not like Honda, though. I was just pointing out you can't get a 5 speed with ABS for much less than $20k. Honda needs to make ABS standard too, or at least offer it on LX and SE models with 5 speeds.
May 09, 2002 (6:46 am)
2001 Xterra 4x4 with less than 36000 miles.
A good price on Nissan Gold Preferred would be 833.00.
#3439 of 4962 question about 2001 Altima
May 09, 2002 (4:03 pm)
I recently bought a 2001 Altima GXE which had about 15K miles at the time. A couple of weeks ago I started hearing a rattling/vibrating noise which sounds like it's coming from the under the hood or dash (can't tell exactly which). I usually hear it when I'm at a stopped in traffic. I've checked for loose hoses, etc. under the hood but can't find anything. I don't think it's a big deal but it's annoying the heck out of me. Has anyone had this problem or any suggestions on what else I can check out myself. I want to avoid taking it in if possible.
May 09, 2002 (4:59 pm)
It's warranty work.
#3441 of 4962 Felist - grab the Altima, but sell Cougar yourself
May 09, 2002 (6:17 pm)
I had priced Altimas and it looks like the quote you got is very good. I also had a '99 Cougar, 24k miles, loaded with everything except sunroof, perfect shape. Dealer will put it on his lot at about $11.5K (it was a lease return). Dealer claims '99 Cougars are in demand, and the ones I see advertised cluster around $11,500 to $11,995.
I ended up buying a 2002 Solara SE, much quieter and smoother than the Altima.
May 09, 2002 (7:25 pm)
Maybe not major but htis is how it starts and spreads. Paint just chipped of the front end of my Altima close to the head lights and it's starting to rust. Doesn't the warrenty cover this?
Please I need advice quick.
May 10, 2002 (4:56 am)
It's not a question of whether it's warranty work or not. It's just an inconvenience to take time out of my day to take it to the shop if it's something simple that I can do myself.
May 10, 2002 (6:22 am)
Try this - pop the hood with the engine idling and try to trace the problem. Wearing gloves, grab onto different parts and pieces and see if that gets the rattle to stop. If so, you found the source.
Dealers have "ears", really headphones with sensitive microphones to trace the source.
That rust is a bad sign, shouldn't the steel be galvanized? A warranty probably only covers perforation, though. I'd get naval jelly and clean it carefully, then wash it and apply touch-up paint. Do this ASAP to prevent any more surface rust.