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Nissan Altima, Sedan
Aug 14, 2001 (5:36 pm)
the 2002's just came out today at selected dealers near you.
what it looks like is each car going to have its niche...and each may really help all of us save money. "fine, i'm going to buy an altima! (to the saleman)". the altima looks much more edgy and more of a bargain (we hope). but the articles also mention how loud the engine gets at high revs. sounds like a typical nissan engine. but, it'll get you to the next stoplight much faster!
the camry is much more subdued in styling, and you'll blend in just fine. its engine is not going to win any races, but it'll be the smooth, quiet, and dependable toyota engine people buy it for.
what makes me leery about buying another nissan is that I always get the same response from the dealers ... "The car was designed that way." Sorry, but a car with a transmission that buzzes and shifts hard, and suspension that clunks is crap in my opinion. But that's also the nature of 1st-run cars (ala 1996 Pathfinder)
anyways, i'm waiting to get my paws on the wheel and see which one pleases me!
p.s. those taillights on the altima are terrible! the camry wins in the grille and taillights for looks. that's my story and i'm sticking to it.
Aug 14, 2001 (6:25 pm)
I am in Chicago, IL. Camry's will be officially launched on August 17. One month from today Altima is here and I can make my decision.
If I buy the Camry I will be one of a million people who own one a few years from now. I purchased the Maxima in 2000 partly because Accords were everywhere and I wanted something a little bigger.
Either way Altima or Camry I will be in good shape.
#963 of 4962 One quick point
Aug 14, 2001 (10:19 pm)
about the Altima vs. Camcord pricing debate. The magazine reviews I've read (3 so far) about the 02 Altima all stated that they will be priced about the same as the Camcords and that the Altima will prove to be a compelling alternative. So for what it's worth, the "experts" feel that the Altima doesn't have to undercut in order to see a lot of Altimas. Many buyers will recognize the Altima as the better value.
#964 of 4962 Tim Hooligan-- Huh?
Aug 15, 2001 (6:46 am)
"also mention how loud the engine gets at high revs. sounds like a typical nissan engine"
Your typical Nissan engine is loud?. What a broad generalization!. The VQ engine in the Maxima/Altima V6 is quiet and buttery smooth and it is superior to anything that Honda or Toyota make.
Aug 15, 2001 (10:00 am)
So the Altima SE may only produce 235 hp! I won't even look at one now!
#967 of 4962 Old news on HP
Aug 15, 2001 (10:40 am)
Several car magazines have recently said the Altima with the 4 cylinder will have 175 and for sure 240 on the V6. Nissan never officially said 180 and the car is a month from official launch. I don't think Nissan needs to apologize for anything.
As for the Q45 it can produce 340 HP no is questing that. 0-60 times are about .05 slower than previously stated according to most companies that have tested the Q.
To get a 0-60 in 5.9 seconds they must of had 2 gallons a premium fuel in the tank and ran the car 100 times. The Lexus GS400 claimed 5.7 seconds and the new GS430 claims 5.8 when it is supposed to have more power. More power but a fraction slower, thats weird. Most magazines as of late said 6.0 to 60 (MT Sept issue)for the new GS.
Who cares that 180 OR 175 HP anyone buying a 4 banger to race is not that serious. If Nissan lowers the 240 HP on the 2002 Altima before the release date then it still is ok buy me. Either way Camry and Accord will be seeing my tail lights.
Aug 15, 2001 (11:19 am)
Actually, Nissan did state 180hp for the 4-cyl and 240 for the V6 (http://www.nissandriven.com/vehicles/FutureVehicleDetails/0,9437,517,00.html). That's official to me.
Regardless, I agree that 175-180 or 235-240 is no big deal other than marketing/bragging rights. I'll be looking for a family sedan late this year/early next year and the Altima will be on my short list.
#969 of 4962 philwang66
Aug 15, 2001 (11:29 am)
I see your point, however as a business person in the telecom business I know that anything up until full production and release date nothing is 100%.
Nissan driven may have claimed that, but worldwide the car will no be exactly the same as far as HP goes due to emissions. Just something to think about
Aug 15, 2001 (11:58 am)
My only point was that I would consider NissanDriven an "official" source of Nissan information. I agree with everything else you're saying... Certainly, this is a "paper" difference as the engines haven't changed. It will have no impact on whether I wind up liking/disliking the car.
On another note, I'm not terribly fond of the looks of the center console in the photos I've seen so far. Specifically, I don't like the rounded sides of the stereo controls. Other than that, I think its a sharp looking car. Hopefully, the interior will look/feel better in person. No pricing information available yet?