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You are in the Honda Accord
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Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Sedan
#85 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [gasmizr]
Mar 17, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Thanks. I am in the market for a 4-cyl sedan with good gas mileage. Considering the Civic, Accord, Camry, & Altima. We owned 3 Hondas since 2002 and had quite less than perfect experiences with them. So, we haven't completely given up on Honda yet...but are now looking at other brands like Nissan.
As a side note, I had a 2006 Nissan Sentra for a rental while my '06 Honda Odyssey was being repaired (numerous times). The Sentra had a lot of road noise but it was a small econo car. The road shock was excellent - way better than any of my Hondas. I found myself not avoiding potholes like I do in our Hondas.
#86 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [elroy5]
Mar 17, 2007 (2:27 pm)
If you have to stop quickly on a slick road, you may reconsider that choice.
I guess this is one of those personal preference issues. I drive in snow/ice/slick roads all the time and have never had an issue. Have driven rentals with ABS and do not like it. I could have gotten it, just did not want it. I saw a very good show on this on Discovery with BMW turning ABS on and off and with an experienced driver the ABS off was better.
You did not look very hard. I have 8-way adjustable power seat in my Accord (passenger seat is power too).
I forgot on thing. I am tall and the sunroof was to close. They only offer the power seat in the EX not LX or Special Edition.
The Accord is a very nice car, the Altima was a better fit for me. I still am upset with Honda and their packages. The sunroof has been a deal breaker for me in many cars. The Camry is probably the worst for me with headroom. I just do not like to have to lean the seat back when I am driving, plus it is not safe.
#87 of 303 ABS experience
Mar 17, 2007 (2:47 pm)
I saw a very good show on this on Discovery with BMW turning ABS on and off and with an experienced driver the ABS off was better.
I found out just how valuable ABS is, when a car pulled out on me one night (on a wet road). If and when it happens to you, I hope you're ready for it.
#88 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [gasmizr]
Mar 17, 2007 (2:57 pm)
fact that I could get a power drivers seat, something you can not get in an Accord at any price, made a big difference in comfort to me. I had an Accord then went to a Civic and now to the Altima. The seats in both the Accord and Civic are the same, low with a forward tilt. They both made my right hip hurt on long trips because of the angle my foot had to be at for the gas. With the power seat in the Altima it is very comfortable and you get better thigh support. All things being equal both are nice cars but the Altima just had more comfort and a better overall package for me.
Someone should tell Honda that some power seats are slipping out... my Accord has a power seat! They have been available since the mid-1990s in the Accord, and can be seen here
Seriously though, I am surprised that Nissan would equip a car WITH a power seat and WITHOUT Anti-Lock Brakes... ABS is standard on the cheapest cars now, but not on the $20k Altima? That's one of the things that irks me about that car.
#89 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [gasmizr]
Mar 17, 2007 (6:49 pm)
have 1500 miles on the car and the mileage is getting better as it breaks in and I am now pushing it more since I am pass the break in period.
sounds good, i just went over a thousand on mine. but i doubut it has anything to do with break-in. There isn't realy a break-in period on new cars anymore.
#90 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [thegraduate]
Mar 17, 2007 (7:10 pm)
Seriously though, I am surprised that Nissan would equip a car WITH a power seat and WITHOUT Anti-Lock Brakes...
I would give up my power seats (and probably a few other things) before I would give up my ABS. I know from experience ABS works, and I don't want a car without it.
#91 of 303 I'd like to see some changes to the new Altima as well
Mar 17, 2007 (8:10 pm)
For example...a power passenger's seat on SL and optional on SE models would be nice. Adjusting rear headrest would be good too. And maybe some LEDs at the rear.
#92 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [thegraduate]
Mar 17, 2007 (9:19 pm)
I believe ABS has prevented a high number of collisions. You just don't hear about them, because people don't report accidents that didn't happen. At least two, that I would have been in.
#93 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [elroy5]
Mar 17, 2007 (9:27 pm)
Would've saved my butt from locking up when I got run off the road... I locked up, lost control, and hit a guard rail. Skidmark was 70 ft long. Stability control would've been more so useful, but ABS is a starting point for active safety. Instinct is to stand on the brake pedal when you need to stop in an emergency. When I know the road is slick, I pump my brakes in my 96 Accord (no ABS), but in an emergency, I want the ABS (considering I locked the brakes up on a sunny, dry, warm day).
#94 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [thegraduate]
Mar 17, 2007 (9:31 pm)
Let me put it this way. My 92 Accord would not have lasted 12 years, without ABS. I could hit the brakes as hard as needed, and still had steering control. People think they can stop faster without ABS, but in a panic situation, it's not likely.