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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#43 of 700 Re: M-class resemblance [bwia]
Jul 07, 2006 (7:48 pm)
I have to disagree with you on the 98 model. Though the car was very reliable, Nissan had to ditch that design because of it's bland styling and lackluster appeal. The Second generation Altima was the shortest generation ever (4 years, compared to the 5 year gens for the 93 and 2002 Altima models) and Nissan's biggest facelift for the Altima didn't occur in 2005, but back in 2000 when they added length to the Altima and changed its front and rear designs.
Though that genearation of Altima has been good to you, Nissan did the rigth thing by dumping it because the car was too small and didn't offer a V6 engine and it's styling really didn't appeal to most consumers. The 2nd generation Altima was by far the biggest discounted Altima of any generation and proved that Nissan really needed to up the size of the 3rd generation Altima and offer styling to compete.
#44 of 700 Re: M-class resemblance [maxamillion1]
Jul 07, 2006 (8:38 pm)
The 2nd-gen Altima was about the same size as the Jetta was then. I knew the 2000 model got a facelift, but didn't know they added length. I assume the length was for visual reasons (adding on via the bumper and grille) rather than actually increasing the interior dimensions of the car?
#45 of 700 Re: M-class resemblance [maxamillion1]
Jul 07, 2006 (10:23 pm)
Maxamillion1 I think you got a few thigns backwards.
The biggest facelift for the Altima wasn't for 2005 but for 2002 when they added the V6 to the line up. The 2005 Altima had a minor facelift as well as a slight change to the interior..
Jul 08, 2006 (4:04 pm)
No you actually have it wrong. The biggest REDESIGN was the 2002 Altima. A facelift is just that, changing a few things here and there. A redesign is when the car is competely all new.
The 93 Altima was the original, by 95 the car was giving a subtle "facelift"with slightly diffrent taillights. 96 models got new wheel covers on GXE models. The 98 was the redesign, while the 2000 was the Altima's "facelift" then the 2002 was a redesign, while the 05 was a "facelift"
And actually the Altima's increased exterior dimensions did add a bit more rear leg room to the 2000 Altima as compared to the 1998-99 models.
I drive an 05 Altima (well I did, it was just totaled) and the Altima's 05 facelift was MAJOR in many aspects. For one, the car's front end is completely different and the interiors are very much different with better materials, and higher levels of fit and finish and a different design.
I sell Nissans for a living.
#47 of 700 Re: flightnurse... [maxamillion1]
Jul 08, 2006 (4:33 pm)
what year did the V6 become an option for the Altima ?
#48 of 700 2002-the first year of the third generation Altima...
Jul 08, 2006 (9:36 pm)
That you were right about my friend.
#49 of 700 Re: 2002-the first year of the third generation Altima... [maxamillion1]
Jul 08, 2006 (11:12 pm)
OK so the 2002 was a MAJOR face lift for the Altima ??
BTW, I have a 2005 Altima 3.5 SE love it.
Just took delivery of a 2007 Versa 1.8SL w/CVT very impressed with the Versa, I think Nissan has another home run of a car.
#50 of 700 2 Years and still happy!
Jul 09, 2006 (6:07 am)
Anyone shopping for an Altima and wondering if it's worth it, I have had mine now for almost 2 years. Bought the 2005 3.5 SL (may have waited for 2007 if I'd known about it)and I'm very pleased with this car.
Love the HP, interior, exterior, gas mileage and I travel A LOT so comfort is key-which it does provide. I'm looking forward to seeing the 07 model!
Only complaints (never fails, huh?): radio reception is not the best, but 6 CD in dash helps during the "worst" reception areas. Tires are a cheaper quality. Wanted compass on mirror-but wasn't available in the model. Lastly, being only 5'3"-I HATE cars that middle console isn't useable to rest my arm on when I have to push my seat so far forward. Auto makers-PLEASE remember not everyone is gifted w/height!
PS. Mom loved mine so much she just got the 2.5-she extremely happy w/it too!
#51 of 700 NO...that's not a FACELIFT...
Jul 09, 2006 (9:47 am)
That's a redesign.
If a car is put onto a COMPLETELY new platform (as the 2002 is verses the 2000), given all new engines with completely different interior and exterior dimesnions, that's a REDESIGN.
If a car is simply given a few changes to its exterior and interior, but the core body of the car remains the same, its a FACELIFT.
The 2002 Altima was a redesign, just like the 1998 model was a redesign compared to the 1993.
I'll explain this again...
1993-Was the first generation Altima..
1995-was the year it got a MINOR facelift (new taillights and slightly different grille)
1996-The Altima got new wheel covers on XE and GXE models
1998 Second Generation Altima is released. The first REDESIGN of the Altima (even though the cars shared the same profile.
2000-The year the Second generation Altima was FACELIFTED
2002-The year release of the 3rd generation Altima, and the first time EVER the Altima got a V6 (you were right about that.)
2005-The year the 3rd gen was facelifted.
2007-4th Gen Altima look similar to the current model, but the car is on a different platform, with all new mechianicals and heavily revised engines.
It's quite simple I think...
#52 of 700 Re: 2 Years and still happy! [amarkut]
Jul 09, 2006 (6:04 pm)
Angie, I may be incorrect on this, but my
2002 Maxima has the type of console that
you can raise it up higher by the push of
the button at the front. I assumed pretty
much all the current Maximas and Altimas had
this. Then, again, I may be wrong!