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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#4488 of 4962 No Altima for me....
Aug 01, 2003 (8:24 am)
I drive a 2001 Nissan Sentra right now....It was my First Nissan and I was looking forward to upgrading to the New Altima....Unfortunately, My mind has changed since I have not received good service from any of the Dealers out here on my Sentra. There are three dealers in the City and they all jacked me around to the point that I am too frusterated to go through it again with another Nissan. Its too bad because I do really like the car (altima), however what good is it if you can't rely on your dealer. I was going through the Lemon Aid guide (author: Phil Edmonston), and the Altima was a Recommended vehicle, but replacements parts are expected to be costly and all major servicing to be done only by Authorized Nissan Dealers.
#4489 of 4962 Lemon Aid Guide / Phil Edmonston
Aug 01, 2003 (10:20 am)
Respectfully, I went to Phil Edmonston's (Lemon Aid Guide) website...
Yes, the Altima is mentioned -- as is the Accord, Camry, and all kinds of cars from Ford, GM, etc.
Moreover, the site states the Altima tires are hard to find and "...won't be available at Nissan dealers until mid-2003."
First, who buys tires from the DEALER anyway?
Second, I KNOW the Tire Rack (www.tirerack.com) has had the OEM tires since at least Jan, 2002.
Thus, I don't know if I'd make my car buying decisions based on the "Lemon Aid Guide". Your experience with Nissan Dealers in your area, however, is a separate issue -- and I can't say I blame you for being ticked-off enough not to buy because of that experience.
I, however, have had pretty good luck with Santa Monica Nissan here in Los Angeles -- but then again, I've not had anything go wrong... Just had to take the car back to them for the aftermarket leather and the airbag sensor notice they sent me.
#4490 of 4962 Done With Toyota
Aug 01, 2003 (10:31 am)
Boy did I make a mistake! I chose the Camry over the Altima, and can't wait to get rid of that junk! After numerous rattles, squeaks, shifting seats, recalls and leaks - I am finally selling that thing. Looking to buy an 03 Altima SL in Maryland / DC area. Any good suggestions or things that I should be aware of? I should have known better - the Altima's 4 cylinder has about the same as my Camry's V6!
#4491 of 4962 Altima or ???
Aug 01, 2003 (11:21 am)
Personally, many folks who purchased the 4-cyl Altima (to save gas) have later wished they got the V6. There isn't that much of a differnce in the mileage, and -- while Nissan "suggests" running PREMIUM gas -- I've run mine on 89 without ANY problems... If you're going to "hod rod" around, though, then Premium gas is the way to go.
Also, if you don't need the ROOM of the Altima, I'd also suggest you look at (in no particular order):
- Accord Coupe
- Mazda 6
- Acura TSX
- Used G35
- Used Maxima
Aug 02, 2003 (5:47 pm)
I am one who has no regrets about not getting the V6. I came to the Altima 4 cyl. from a V6 Galant which I felt had more than enough power (190hp). Driving the 4 cyl. Altima I find the performance every bit as good and the engine is actually quieter.
Obviously the V6 is faster but its a lot more expensive too. I love my 2.5S and see no reason for an engine upgrade.
Aug 06, 2003 (5:27 am)
Well...I guess most of the problems I have been experiencing with my Sentra are as a result of an accident I had with the car the first year we had it.
To make a long story short, I ran into a curb (brakes locked), which cause about $5000 damage to the front driver side (wheel, drive shaft, fender, light assembly, hood, the whole nine yards). Although Nissan did a fine job at fixing my car (4 weeks later with no rental), a lot of issue are creeping out of the wood work right now....especially tranmission thunking when the auto shifts from second to third.
Accident aside, most of my issues are more on the idea that my dealer(s) charges me $25 per problem they cannot reproduce. This doesn't seem right to me. Are US Nissan Dealers like this? The last time I took my car in, I tried Walkley Nissan in Ottawa to have my brakes inspected and to have a couple of warrenty items looked at. The car sat on the lot from 7:30am to 4:30pm without being addressed. This was discovered when I called to see it if was ready to be picked up at around 3pm. Basically I was charge $40 for the inspection, non of the warrenty work was done, and was given an estimate of $600 for front rotor and pad replacement even though the rotors were only 1 year old with 15,000 KM on them. Sounds Fishy doesn't it? Well after a llong debate with the service manager, I took the car back in the next day, and had agreed on new pads, machined rotors (dealer claimed they were warped) and a brake cleaning for about $100 (no labour costs). He treated me right, but is this something I would have to deal with each and every time I take my car in? A friend also has a nissan and takes it to them for servicing and its not uncommon for them to not get around to his vehicle on the same day.
Sorry...I'll stop venting now.
Aug 06, 2003 (12:51 pm)
Sorry to hear about your experience... Personally, I NEVER go to the Dealer for mechanical problems -- always found it to be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to go to a regular auto repair shop.
I've always just asked friends if they know of a good mechanic/repair shop they've been to and had a good experience with.
I've got a GREAT mechanic I've used for the past 5 years -- never any problems and easily HALF the cost of going to the Dealer (Note: I've got more than one vehicle).
Again... Sorry for your experience -- you're right, sounds they were trying to milk you for cash. I had to change a Rotor on my Nissan Truck, and it only cost me around $100.
Aug 20, 2003 (6:27 pm)
Does anyone know when the 2004's will arrive in showrooms? I'm thinking about getting a 2003 and want to take advantage of "clearance pricing".