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#2399 of 2710 2003 Nissan Altima - Mileage
Mar 06, 2009 (2:38 am)
I have a Nissan altima 2003 model, bought this couple of months ago. it has 37K miles on it. for some reason am not getting a good mileage on this one at all.the max is around 16mpg.other thing is i dont drive much on this one. very few times do i travel on interstates.its mainly used for city use. even then, i would expect any thing around 20+ mpg. any known issues with car ??
#2400 of 2710 Re: 2003 Nissan Altima - Mileage [madhusudan]
Mar 06, 2009 (6:20 am)
Mine was bought new. I get the same crappy local mileage you do, but on the highway, I get around 33. My low mileage for local driving depends upon how and where I go (That is normal). I use an honest repair shop and have talked to them about a tune up. They told me that this is a typical complaint from others (not altimas) and is due to the gasoline blend these days, methanol, etc. and to save my money. Also said with those platinum plugs, I should be able to go 100,000 miles before changing them.
Stay away from jackrabbitt starts. Think about how much it takes for an engine to start from a stop and get up yo speed you are looking for. I try to time my stopping for lights by slowing down or coasting to them. I am now at 70k miles and think the 03 is perhaps the best altima nissan produced. You hardly ever see them up or sale.
Mar 11, 2009 (10:59 am)
The cabin Climate Control fan in my '05 Altima has been making a clicking noise at all speeds. A number of things could be wrong with it, but it sounds like it's rubbing against something.
Would it be an easy DIY job for me to look at it, or should I take it to the dealer? If I were to look at it, how would I get to it?
It's the only thing in the car that's making noise and it's driving me up the wall.
Mar 11, 2009 (1:19 pm)
thee days of car dealers not making sales (I will bet they have to go "check with the general manager", the oldest rtick in the book, I am sure that there is tremendous pressure on service departments to find work." If I were you, absent of a good local repair shop, I would tun the volume up on my radio, Good luck.
#2403 of 2710 2009 Altima SL Seat discomfort
Mar 11, 2009 (4:35 pm)
Has anyone out there experienced seat discomfort with the 09 Altima SL? Specifically the lack of support the lower back has on the driver side? Seems like the seat gives way too much and my back is sore after 20 mins of driving. The lumbar support really doesnt help since it is just pushing in all the way at the bottom. Seems like the seat from about half way down caves in...
Anyone else feel this or is it just me? Thanks
#2404 of 2710 Re: Noisy clickling fan [altimadude00]
Mar 12, 2009 (8:50 am)
My 94 has a similar noise. If I reach around the right side of my center console and reach directly up under the dash I can feel what seems to be a relay clicking and I can feel the click. Will have my mechanic look at it. He thinKs it may be the fan motor.
#2405 of 2710 What year Altima to buy??
Apr 06, 2009 (12:04 pm)
Helping my son make decisions. He will spend $12,000 to 15,000 on a used car. He really likes the Altima and can get a 2006 with mid-high 30,000 miles for about 12k. He can get a 2008 with mid 20,000 mileage for 15k+. These are all pretty entry level cars without upgrades.
I vote for the 2008 because it had warranty left on it and comes with lots of airbags and ABS. Some of the 2006's have ABS, but not side airbags. He is 19 and could care less about safety.
He will (without a doubt) be putting bigger rims on it, I've heard him mention 20's, 18's minimum. He WILL be putting in a sub, amp and head unit (wants some DVD thing). So there is no point in getting one with upgraded sound and steering wheel controls.
This stuff will void out parts of his warranty, right? Making the warranty on the '08 less of an issue.
Altima redesigned in 2007? Is that year one to stay away from? I had told him re-design years are usually bad. I have an 06 Murano that is great (really low miles though) and read horror stories on the early model years, that is why I am afraid of the 2007. SHould we be afraid of the '07? 2007 would give him a little warranty...I like the idea of him getting the "newer" design for value, but the '06 has a nice price! (most of the cars with good prices are fleet or rentals)
OR, he hasn't looked at the Accord. HOw does that compare safety wise, price wise?
#2406 of 2710 Re: What year Altima to buy?? [whitall]
Apr 06, 2009 (12:17 pm)
I have a 2003 Altima. This car is well put together. It is hard to find one in the classified sections. This ought to be a pretty good time for him to buy. It is tricky with used cars. The old adage is that people don't want to get rid of cars they are pleased with. If you are going to consider fleet rentals, why not go to an auction with someone who knows about cars. I think, nowadays, you could actually check with your local bank and find out what they are doing with their company cars. They are usually maintained well.
#2407 of 2710 Re: What year Altima to buy?? [whitall]
Apr 06, 2009 (1:04 pm)
I vote for the 2008 Altima.
I own a 1995 Altima bought new that now has 287,000 miles on it( still runs great and everything works on it ) and I have a 2008 Altima that will be 2 years old in Nov , has 20,000 on it now.
I love that car. My aunt had a 2006 and had multiple problems with it, you may want to check this forum for 2006 problems.
The 08 also drives, and handles better than the 06. If you test drive both models, I think you will see a difference in the response of the engine and handling.