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Nissan Altima, Sedan
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!
#53 of 700 Re: NO...that's not a FACELIFT... [maxamillion1]
Jul 09, 2006 (6:19 pm)
Omigod, I've finally come across someone
that can tell the minor differences between
a particular model car spanning between
1993 and 2007! I am very impressed,
Maxamillion. I have to tell you, in my last
three purchases of Nissans in the past 11
years, not one salesman had the knowledge of
the cars like you do. You see, I happen to
be the same way. I can differentiate the
year models of various cars just by certain
minor exterior changes and interior changes,
i.e., like the Pathfinders starting from
the year, say, '92-'93, having a totally new
dashboard in the '94-'95 models, redesigned
in '96, refreshed in 2000; more horsepower
in 2001. That is so cool! I have to say,
I test drove a 2005 Murano last July and I
happened to get a salesman who knew less
about the car than I did. Now, mind you,
I don't sell cars, but I love 'em. I kind
of felt bad for the guy, as he was an older
gentleman and I think he was fairly new.
Needless to say, I don't think he's still
employed at the local Tampa Bay Nissan
I hope I can get someone as knowledgeable as
you when I shop for my new purchase because
that is truly refreshing!
By the way, I can't wait to see the 2007
Altima. I used to drive a '95 Altima GLE.
It was the purplish-blue color (Can't
remember the name of the color right now),
but I used to get so many complements on that
color. People would come up to me at the
car wash with the most popular question:
"Is it purple or is it blue?" LOL.
It was a very reliable car also.
Jul 09, 2006 (7:55 pm)
I've been in love with Nissan's since the 2000 Maxima debuted.
#55 of 700 Re: NO...that's not a FACELIFT... [maxamillion1]
Jul 09, 2006 (8:36 pm)
We have a 2005 SE 3.5 w/Auto, safety package and sport package. Today, went to the dealer I got my Versa from and informed them we want a 2007 SE. Should be in 2 months...