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You are in the Nissan Altima
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Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Sedan
#240 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [busiris]
Jul 06, 2008 (3:46 pm)
Well, I have always been as crucial as to just pull on the door handles to see exactly how well they are made when looking at cars. It is small little details like that, that makes the overall car quality. That is alot to remember for a company, it comes from overall look, gaps, paint, to the feel and texture of everything. It is the smaller details that add up to an overall feel of the car, all those details add up to how a car feels, and holds up with every mile. This does not necessarily mean spending more money, but rather choosing the right parts, and seeing that they work together well.
So that is something to think about when you look at your next new car, pull the door handles, shut the doors, close the trunk, look at the engine. These details make a difference for me, it tells me that they cared about everything, all the way down to the door switches.
#241 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [busiris]
Jul 06, 2008 (4:26 pm)
Where did you buy your Altima and how long ago? In Calif you will not find a 2.5SLAltima with Connection for $25,000 OTD. Not any more. If you or anyone else can, I will be glad to admit I am wrong. Just point me in the right direction. I've contacted numerous dealerships over the last two months. SL with Connection is rare right now because of Calif new law banning hand held cells and because they are getting ready with the 2009s. Maybe you can get dark colors but black is not for me. Please if you know of something out there let me know. I am tired.
#242 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [bvdj84]
Jul 06, 2008 (4:32 pm)
Sorry I think I am responding to madpistol. But you are right about those door handles. They are both great cars but that Nissan is a dream. I mean...I feel happy when I drive it. With the Accord it is more like a going to work feeling. Maybe because I commuted so many years in a Civic with 242,000 miles on it!
#243 of 303 Re: They don't make what I want [altimrs]
Jul 06, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I see. It's different on the west coast apparently. I live in Alabama, and I got one dealer to quote $24,565 and one quoted $24,600. Both were OTD prices on nearly identical 2.5 SL's w/ connection pkg. Funny enough, the lower priced one had more on it, but it was all cosmetic stuff; the cars were essentially the same
. I'm sorry to hear about the new cell phone law in California. The 2.5 SL's w/ connection pkg is fairly rare by itself, but seeing as bluetooth could be a huge asset now, it would make them pretty difficult to find. I bet this is the last generation of cars that bluetooth is a high-grade option. Next generation, it will more than likely be mainstream technology due to demand for it. I would also be willing to wager that there will be more 2009 Altima SL's due to the inclusion of bluetooth. Nissan/Honda/Toyota needs to capitalize on these markets due to demand for technology like this.
#244 of 303 Buy now or pay later?
Jul 06, 2008 (8:03 pm)
I really want to buy that Nissan. I am thinking the price will only go up for the 2009 for this package and no rebate. I cannot see the advantage of waiting. It is the right color and has everything I want. This car was selling about $1000 cheaper in June but now they are as scarce as hen's teeth. Do you think I should go ahead and make the plunge or is there some advantage in waiting that I haven't thought about?I figured you were from the south with a name like mad pistol...plus the good price for the car! Thanks again partner.
Btw what color/interior/year is your Altima and how do you like it so far? Bye for now.
#245 of 303 Re: Buy now or pay later? [altimrs]
Jul 06, 2008 (8:13 pm)
I, too, am from the south...South Carolina, in fact. And, here, Hondas are evidently considered a bit more "elite" and the dealers are reluctant to deal as much as the Nissan dealers. Nissans are cheaper here than comparable Hondas and Camry's, too.
Maybe its because they are made in Mississippi, or maybe there are differences to CA cars that increase their prices significantly.
I purchases a 2.5SL in January (fully loaded with all options) and couldn't be happier. Good luck!
#246 of 303 Re: Buy now or pay later? [altimrs]
Jul 07, 2008 (6:10 am)
I am thinking the price will only go up for the 2009 for this package and no rebate. I cannot see the advantage of waiting. It is the right color and has everything I want.
Yes, if you need the car now, you should buy it now. The '08 might get a little cheaper in another 1 or 2 months but you might not be able to find the exact car you want. I don't think you will see a big incentive on the '09 until Feb. or March of next years.
#247 of 303 Re: Buy now or pay later? [gooddeal2]
Jul 07, 2008 (7:08 am)
Thank you gooddeal2. Btw are you a Nissan dealer? Ha!Ha! jk
#248 of 303 Re: Buy now or pay later? [altimrs]
Jul 07, 2008 (8:36 am)
Actually, the name madpistol stems back to a game I used to play online, and it honestly has nothing to do with me living in the south. I wonder sometimes if I would do better in the north.
I own a Silver 2008 Altima 2.5 SL w/ Connection pkg. It's only available with a black interior (very sporty and luxurious looking.) I purchased it in late April and have put over 5000 miles on it. It's driven like a dream so far. I'll even admit that I liked the '08 Accord EX quite a bit, but I think the Altima is a better car this generation. Assuming you get a good price on it, it's tough to beat. You can always get a Sonata for about $3k less, but this car is so much more fun on the road!
Let us know what you come up with. If you can't get the Nissan dealer to drop the price down below the Accord, either go to another Nissan dealer (if that's even possible), or buy the Accord. Both the Altima and Accord are fabulous cars this generation.
#249 of 303 Re: Buy now or pay later? [altimrs]
Jul 07, 2008 (11:25 am)
Thank you gooddeal2. Btw are you a Nissan dealer?
Haha, nope, I just try to share my opinion here. If you like to trade in cars within 2 or 3 years like me, getting '09 is not a bad idea.