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Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Sedan
#225 of 303 I am considering both of these vehicles
Jun 18, 2008 (4:29 am)
I want to trade in my Navigator and am looking at sedans. I took a test drive with the Altima 2.5 (looking to go from 8 cylinders to 4 for better fuel efficiency). I intend to test drive an Accord today. I love the LOOK of the Nissan, but am willing to test drive the accord because I used to own an accord and they make great cars.
My question to this group is maint. and repair? I know from previous ownership that the Accord runs like a clock. Never was it in the shop for anything major. Just oil changes and tires .... the normal stuff. I am wondering about the Altima. We have a 2001 Infiniti (basically Nissan) that has 188,000 miles and runs great. But, that vehicle was made in Japan. Now a days .... I don't know if the Nissans are really made in Japan.
All I know is my 2003 Navigator has cost my tons on $$ on maitenance. I had a warranty that took me to 75,000 miles so the repairs before then were more of a nuisance than a cost problem. But, after the 75,000 miles I have put over $5,000
into the Lincoln and it only has 96,0000 miles. Way to much in my opinion.
So, I want my next car to be QUALITY. Any opinions on this subject?
#226 of 303 Just got back from my test drive
Jun 18, 2008 (9:55 am)
Okay, I gave a test drive to the Honda Accord '08 EXL. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. My first surprise was to see only a 3 star rating on side rear impact while the '08 Civic had 5 stars in all categories.
Next disappointment was that the Navigation system did not have a back up camera like so many other new vehicles that I have taken for a test drive. Also, not even a back up audible sensor. Another surprise.
The one plus I saw was the 100,000 miles of maintenance free service. Only needs to do oil changes, air filter, and tires. That looked good, but I guess I am ruling the Accord out based on how I felt drving it. I wasn't "wow"ed.
I next went and test drove the Acura TL, but that is for a different forum.
I do give that a thumbs up
Now, I am going back to the Nissan dealership to test drive the Altima again. I am refining my search ....
#227 of 303 Re: I am considering both of these vehicles [wyngator]
Jun 18, 2008 (2:09 pm)
well, I'll try to answer some questions for you. first off, no, nissan doesn't import many cars from japan anymore. If I had to guess, I'd say the number of nissan imports from japan to the US is zero. most of the altima production is in the tennessee plant, with the rest being made in the mississippi plant.
maintance and repair? well, thats a tough one. I've owned three of them (still have 2) and have never had a days problem with any of them, though the altima is only a little over a year old and about 11k on it. none of my nissans have ever left me stranded, has failed to start, or been on the back of a tow truck/wrecker. 2 of the 3 nissans have NEVER been repaired for anything, and the first one never required more than 7-8 hundred in repairs in its 12yr 224k mile lifetime (still running when I got rid of it)
as for maintanence, very minimal. oil changes, tires flushes, and tune ups. all normal. But, the cvt in the new altima will cost considerably more to service (60k) than a normal auto trans would.
but, some people have had problems with nissan vehicles, and their overall quality ratings have dropped some in recent years. I would confidently buy another (and probably will in a couple years) nissan, but I would deffinitly get the extended warranty.
Jun 23, 2008 (8:07 am)
I have a close friend considering both of these cars, but has opted for the Altima. She felt the Accord actually drove better between the two, but she was instantly comfortable in the Altima (2.5S with Convenience Package) and couldn't get used to the massive Accord. She is coming from a 2001 Mustang and just can't adjust to something THAT big.
She's 5'2" and very small. I won't guess how much she weighs because I've been taught better than that!
#229 of 303 Re: A friend... [thegraduate]
Jun 23, 2008 (8:48 am)
That's the exact reason I chose the Altima. The Accord drives better, but the Altima is very easy to use, even on the first test drive (and it's still more fun to drive than the Accord, even though the Accord has a better ride overall.)
#230 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [jd10013]
Jul 05, 2008 (10:12 pm)
Attention Nissan lovers. I about to purchase a 2008 2.5SL Altima. My mechanic loves them and my older brother likes the Accord. I fancy the Nissan. But I can purchase a Honda Accord for about two thousand dollars less. *Whistles and bells on both, but Honda has stability control and Altima 4cylinder does not. Do you really feel the Nissan is worth the extra dough? I love the car and keep my cars forever. I am also concerned that Altimas are no longer made in Japan but are made in Tennessee. I would really appreciate your input. And I don't want to have buyers remorse. I have noticed that the Altima has a smoother more luxurious ride,you sit higher up,and it's sporty. The Accord is tight and you feel the bumps more but still a beautiful machine also. Thank you all!
#231 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [altimrs]
Jul 05, 2008 (10:24 pm)
I seriously doubt you can get the Accord for $2k less than a similarly equipped Altima. However, if you can, power to you... Anyway, the Altima has CVT, manual shift mode, no torque steer, more nimble handling, and it gets its advertised fuel economy. The Accord doesn't. However, the Accord does include VSC, which is definitely a plus for safety, and it is bigger. I chose the Altima. I got a great deal on my 2.5SL. You should seriously compare OTD prices of both the Altima 2.5SL and the Accord EX-L 4-cyl. If you're not comparing the out the door prices of both cars, you have no clue what kind of deal you're getting.
The ONLY number you should be looking at is the final "Out The Door" price that includes all fees, taxes, extended warranty, etc. If money is no object, though, I think the Altima is the better car.
#232 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [jd10013]
Jul 05, 2008 (10:25 pm)
Please see my message of July 5th.
#233 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [madpistol]
Jul 05, 2008 (10:51 pm)
I did get my OTD prices. EXL without Nav versus SL with Connection but no Nav. SLs with Connection are rare right now because of the July 1st law barring handheld cellphones, you know people want Bluetooth. Me, I don't even own a cellphone, but I love that stereo! The OTD price I negotiated for Altima 2008 is $27,200.00 The OTD price for EXL is $25,300.00.
Altima's will only be more expensive in the fall with no rebate, so I figure it is now or never, plus I got a decent offer on my ancient car from a private person. Money is always an object. Still I really liked driving that Altima. I guess I want a reason to justify why I am spending more money.... mean why is this car more expensive? Is it really that hot an item? And I worried if it will stand the test of time.. have over 200,000 on my current Camry and the Civic I had before got 243,000 miles before I sold it for $1500 to make the downpayment on the Camry! Btw, the reason my brother wanted me to get the Accord was because of the VSC, but I drive very conservatively. As a matter of fact, my brother said not to bother test driving a V6 as "it would be wasted on me." Thank you!
#234 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [altimrs]
Jul 05, 2008 (11:51 pm)
I traded in my 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid for a 2008 Honda Accord LX automatic. Its been a few months now. Hands down, there is no comparison. I found the accord to be a better car in all phases. Handling, Comfortability, Ride, Resale Value, and more Standard Features. If you compare the Altima 2.5S to Accord LX automatic. This is apples to apples since both are base automatics, the Accord had more power, standard features, space and better resale. The mainteance minder system in the Accord is priceless. Altima doesn't have it. Bought my LX for $20K OTD with Tire Hazard Warranty + rotations and balances for 5 years unlimited mileage.