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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#2653 of 3489 Finally got rid of my 2002 Altima 2.5S
Jul 13, 2010 (6:13 pm)
I know that this is a buying experience forum. However I am posting my experience here in hope that others will find it useful.
I have only owned Nissan vehicles till now. However Altima was worst piece of car that I bought. Its catalytic converter blew twice. First time it was at 78K mile and Nissan changed it. Second time it happened at 98 K mile. It disintegrated and engine got damaged. Nissan refused to address it saying that it is out of warranty. I could find numerous reports on similar issues e.g. in Edmunds forum and at http://forums.caranddriver.com/showthread.php?t=1627211.
I finally got rid of my 2002 car with 102,000 miles for $2500. I will never buy a Nissan again.
#2654 of 3489 Re: Finally got rid of my 2002 Altima 2.5S [dg4]
Jul 19, 2010 (3:37 pm)
Do you think Nissan may have improved it?
#2655 of 3489 Re: Finally got rid of my 2002 Altima 2.5S [onyx2005]
Jul 21, 2010 (8:01 am)
I saw bulletin board messages even for 2005 & 2006 Altimas. It looks like you will find it only when your Altima is near 80K and your catalytic converter disintegrates without warning while you are driving on a highway.
I discussed this with their customer support. Nissan is not even ready to recognize it as a problem. They just made me go to a dealer for investigation. Dealer confirmed that engine is destroyed. Nissan washed their hand saying being over 80K miles, I am out of warranty.
#2656 of 3489 Re: Am I nuts? [djjp100]
Jul 27, 2010 (8:37 pm)
Hahaha!!! What an interesting day you must have had! You are totally not nuts; car dealerships always try to rip people off. They should just sell the car in everyone's best interest. If they sold the car at a good enough price, then they wouldn't have to pay more for keeping cars on the lots, would get more incentives from the car manufacturers, keep customers happy, and most of all have loyal customers! (= Instead greed gets to them and everyone loses out...unfortunately. If you happen to live in the NJ/NY area, you can try visitng or calling Nissan of Queens, Ozone Park, NY. They do business with their customers well. They're fast, competitive, friendly, helpful, customers come in-out, for the most part with the car of their choice. Oh and btw I went around during the months of June/July and also did a lot of research and inquiries to buy a 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5S and everywhere I encountered greedy businessmen looking to make a couple (LIKE 3-5K). I don't need a new car, but I like to unnecessarily change things like fashion. I'm most likely going to wait near the end of the year when the cars go on sale and the new 2011 inventory comes in the lot. I'm really just in it for the start/stop auto button. (: ~A satisfied Nissan of Queens customer.
#2657 of 3489 Re: 2010 Atlima 2.5 (not S) [patelgo]
Jul 30, 2010 (8:46 pm)
That seems like an incredible price with the Bose audio included. I am about to buy a similar 2.5S at a dealer in Dallas, with the convenience and convenience plus but to premium audio, for 22,400 OTD. Sure wish the audio would be included for that price, but I could not negotiate that into this deal. Mine includes a $1500 rebate too.
#2658 of 3489 2010 Altima 2.5 S Conv., Conv.+, Splash, Mats
Jul 31, 2010 (10:05 pm)
Family member just bought a:
2010 Nissan Altima 2.5S Ocean Gray/Frost
Convenience Plus Pkg.
$20,518 before taxes fees, including $1500 rebate
$22,883 OTD Sacramento County, Calif.
My family member only wanted Winter Frost White or Ocean Gray with the Frost interior and the Conv. and Conv. Plus Packages. Only found 2 Ocean Gray and 1 Winter Frost White in within 250 miles of Sacramento Country.
Another family member belongs to USAA and they have a pretty competitive car buying service with really good quotes. This dealer matched another dealer who didn't have the car in stock. They couldn't believe how low the quote was.
This Nissan dealer offers an 10 year/100K mile extended powertrain warranty, but only good at that dealer; however, maintenance work need not be done at that dealer for that warranty to be valid. Dealer also offers free lifetime car washes through the automated car wash, first oil change free, free t-shirt and mug.
All told - I think the deal was very fair. Consumer Reports rates the 2010 Altima 2.5S as the highest rated entry-level family sedan and the reliability has moved up to above average. Also Nissan extended CVT warranty to 10Y/120K. This late into this generation's lifecycle, I figure Nissan has worked out all the bugs.
Aug 01, 2010 (3:51 pm)
Last week I purchased a 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5S Bright Silver with splash guards, carpet mats and aluminum kickplates for $18,309 OTD. The following is the breakup:
Car Price: $17,894.46
Dealer Service Charge: $599.00
GA Sales Tax: 1,294.54
Title + Lemon Law: $21
Cash Rebate: ($1,500)
Total OTD: $18,309
I paid cash. No financing.
#2660 of 3489 Re: 2010 Altima 2.5S [georgiaman]
Aug 02, 2010 (7:46 am)
Great deal - I should hire you to negotiate for me in the future.
#2661 of 3489 HELP! IS THIS A GOOD DEAL?
Aug 02, 2010 (10:02 am)
I was quoted the following price from a New Jersey Nissan Dealer:
Nissan Altima 2.5S - 4dr sedan
Total Price of Vehicle: $22,266.00
Sales Tax: $1558.62
Motor Vehicle Tire Fee: ($1.50 per tire) $7.50
Registration/Title Fee: $296.00
Doc. Fee 199.00
I'm thinking with the 2011 Altimas coming out next month that this price could be much better. However the 0% financing and the rebate ENDS TODAY!! Is this a deal I should take? I can afford to wait 3-4 more weeks before I need to purchase. Do you think Nissan will come out with new incentives?
#2662 of 3489 Re: 2010 Altima 2.5S [xcountryflyer]
Aug 02, 2010 (6:08 pm)
I just dealt with the dealers through e-mails only. Kept asking relentlessly for "out the door" price which most of them were reluctant to give.
If I could have waited another month or two I think I would have got an even better deal. But I needed the car urgently.