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#50 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [hiwayman]
Jul 26, 2007 (9:19 pm)
Thank you, Hiwayman for a very informative description of your experience with the new Altima Hybrid. I am really starting to get excited about a hybrid vehicle now that the
Altima Hybrid is out. Right now I'm driving a
2007 Lexus RX350, my first Toyota/Lexus product
after driving Nissan products for the past ten years.
While there has been a lot of nice things to
have in my RX and the treatment at the Lexus
dealership has been fantastic( just mainly going in for oil changes and tire rotations
right now), I still miss driving a Nissan.
My previous car was a 2002 Nissan Maxima. I loved that car. It was totaled in an accident;
thus, I thought I'd try something different and
got the Lexus. I still get nostalgic when I
see the 2002 Maximas on the road and I still
love what Nissan keeps producing, although I
do love those Lexus interiors also. The only
negative thing I would say about having a Nissan at this point is that the service guys that I have dealt with in the past(Again, mainly just oil changes and tire rotations with
the Maxima also) have been less than stellar.
To put it bluntly, these guys were just a bunch
of grumps! It's a different story with my service advisor at Lexus. He's great to deal with.
But now I've been reading about the Nissan Altima Hybrid and how it offers a little bit more sport with great gas mileage. That really
is my cup of tea! So when my lease is up in
three years, maybe the Altima Hybrid will be available in Florida so I can seriously consider buying one!
#51 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [maximafan]
Jul 27, 2007 (7:38 am)
Thanks for your kudos! I am reasonably agnostic when it comes to branding. I just look for value (well, OK, and cool cars). The difference between the Lexus dealership and the Nissan dealership isn't particularly surprising, since Lexuses (or is that Lexii?) are at the top of the heap for luxury and service experience. But then again, look what you paid for the two cars (even if you did lease). Lexus is all about service and support. Nissan is too, but they aren't driven to excellence to quite the same degree Lexus is. If possible, I'd try another Nissan dealership when the time comes. My own dealership, here in Northern California is excellent. The service writers are patient and polite and get the work done quickly. There is a big wall of awards on the wall in the show room, and they deserve them.
I must say that I live in a very well-to-do area, and have several friends who own Lexus cars. I've ridden in them and driven them. While I wouldn't be so bold as to put an Altima in the same stratum as Lexus, I have to say that, for the money, it's a very nice car. It's the first Nissan car I've owned (I also have a small, very basic pickup truck). I am VERY pleased with the car. It is well made, well-engineered, and a good performer. I'm sold on Nissan! Oddly enough, if you look at the new Maximas, there is only a very small difference between the two models. I've heard rumors that the Maxima line is to be discontinued and the Altima put in it's place (you'll note that base-model Nissans are appearing at the bottom of the food chain..which may be an indicator that this is about to happen).
#52 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [hiwayman]
Jul 27, 2007 (8:19 am)
Maxima is unneeded. It is doesn't offer much you can't get on the Altima and if they try to take it further upmarket to differentiate it from the Altima, then it is stepping on Infiniti.
All they can do is try to make it bigger and softer like an Avalon for buyers who want a $30-35K highway cruiser with a roomier back seat and will not be cross shopping against the sporty G35. Maybe they can call it the "Maxima Armarda" or something and give it a chrome grill and wood steering wheel.
Just dump it.
#53 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [jaxs1]
Jul 27, 2007 (9:01 am)
"Maxima Armada"...now THAT is FUNNY! You're right though. when we were shopping for the NAH I sat in a Maxima, just out of curiosity. I actually like the interior of the NAH better, and the bodies are so similar it takes a careful look to see the differences. I've never been much of one for the wood accents and other "luxury" cues. It's not a sailboat. It's a friggin' CAR. Maybe if I could afford a Mercedes Maybach I'd feel differently....
#54 of 76 6 weeks into my NAH
Aug 04, 2007 (3:56 pm)
I'm thrilled with this car. It handles beautifully, quiet, smooth ride, not a single glitch yet. I've only filled the tank twice, and mileage was 34 mpg on the first tank, and 35 mpg on the second. Lots better than my old Camry. I give this car 2 green thumbs-up.
#55 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [hiwayman]
Aug 06, 2007 (6:34 pm)
It's kind of sad what's happened to the evolution of the Maxima over the past four years. The Altima came along and just seemed to have the right combinations of everything that buyers wanted with great pricing. There
is a few creature comforts that the 2004 to current Maximas do have though that you can't get on the Altima, such as memory seats and power folding mirrors. I do like my memory seats!!
#56 of 76 purchased out-of-state
Aug 28, 2007 (5:01 pm)
I bought my new 2007 NAH on July 31, and picked it up on Aug 4 from Clay Nissan in Norwood, MA. I live in Arlington, VA. My salesman Ron Scotch graciously picked me up at the Amtrak station, brought me to the dealership, and made the entire purchasing experience nearly painless. The only real issue I am currently facing is state sales tax. Virginia DMV does not coordinate with Massachusetts DMV to reconcile the taxes I have paid in MA, so I have currently paid both MA and VA state taxes. I am in communication with Clay Nissan to have them cut me a check for the MA taxes that they were required by MA DMV to collect. I am hoping that they will cut me the check, which totaled over $1500.00.
Does anybody have any advice regarding out-of-state car purchases, DMV, taxes, etc.?
Aug 29, 2007 (12:45 am)
that suxk... i though u only paid tax on you own state when u brought car out of state cause u not even rigster on that state.
#58 of 76 Re: Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Drive - Give us Your Report! [hiwayman]
Aug 29, 2007 (5:43 am)
My brother just bought a Altima Hybrid, and loves it as well. BTW . . . I am sure all of you know that the Altima Hybrid is built at Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee plant, not in Japan. I just returned from a business trip to Alabama, and saw truck after truck in Tennessee carrying new Altimas. See link below:
#59 of 76 Re: purchased out-of-state [mrav8r]
Aug 29, 2007 (5:53 am)
I think it's a lot easier if you were transferring plates. then they can allow you to drive off the lot without needing to register the car in mass (which is where you would be paying to tax).
don't worry, i'm sure clay will cut you a check, just make sure to follow up on it