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#680 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [emgr]
Nov 14, 2007 (1:51 pm)
I've had mine for about 4 months, for reference.
The switch is noticeable, but not dramatically so. The car doesn't make major jerks when it turns on or off, but you can usually feel it. Frankly, I prefer it this way--coming from driving a manual prior to this car, it lets me keep "in tune" with the car similar to how shifting did previously.
The complaint I do have is more when the car is stationary (ie, at a stoplight), particularly when the car is warming up. Sometimes, the engine will turn on (again, often when the car is warming up) and it seems like they didn't do a good job of engineering the switch when the car isn't moving; it feels like the car wants to start going immediately and doesn't realize for a split second that it should be in "neutral", so the car jerks briefly. It's a fairly minor complaint, I guess, but it'd be one thing I would hope they'd improve in the 2008 or 2009 models.
I'm overall extremely happy with the car. I've averaged around 33-34 mpg, with a range of 31-36, while generally driving normally (not pulsing and gliding or similar tricks). I love the feature set the Tech package comes with. If I had to make my list of complaints, I'd say the one listed above, the common complaint that the trunk is too small and also that the build quality on the interior roof is sub-par, as I've gotten a number of occasional rattles from the roof area. That's really about it, though.
#681 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [bcp01scu05]
Nov 14, 2007 (2:02 pm)
are you sure the rattle isn't your sunglasses? that's mine
#682 of 730 Re: Picked up my hybrid today... [karolpl7]
Nov 14, 2007 (6:42 pm)
I just recently added the Altima hybrid to my list of potential cars to buy later this year. Hadn't been on my list, but at the recent auto show here in Sacramento, sat in one and loved the thing.
Agreed that the inside looks a lot nicer than the Camry and that the leather quality betters Camry as well. Have been reading many posts and reviews which indicate that its ride is much more to my liking than the Camry as well.
I don't fault people for going with the Camry hybrid. It too is an excellent choice, but for me, if I go hybrid, I'll probably go in Nissan's direction. Then, we'll be an all-hybrid family as my wife owns the Prius.
Your review was excellent and made me more excited about the possibility.
#683 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [bcp01scu05]
Nov 14, 2007 (7:51 pm)
I would agree about the small rattle/jerk when the car is stationary and the engine decides to come on all of a sudden (heat is on and the battery is very low). That does catch you by surprise sometimes, but that's also due to the fact that you expect the car to continue to be totally silent. If you stand on a traffic light, have all windows closed and music off... it's dead silent.
The 'rattle' is hard to notice once you drive. I often look for the 'EV' sign if the car is going electric or gas.
Car is so quiet you can sneak up on people around you. I did it to a friend today, he was amazed.
I think the 'rattle' (which you can't feel 90% of the time anyway) is a small price to pay.
#684 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [karolpl7]
Nov 14, 2007 (8:02 pm)
That's very good to know. I think I have read the Camry does the same but less noticeable on some.
#685 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [karolpl7]
Nov 15, 2007 (6:55 am)
i don't get a rattle (besides my sunglasses)
my chairs squeaks but my car never rattles
#686 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [langjie]
Nov 15, 2007 (10:01 am)
the hors does sound when locking the car. However, as I discovered, if the car is running it will lock, but will not give the horn sound.
#687 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [frankied]
Nov 15, 2007 (11:19 am)
ok, cool, good to know!
#688 of 730 I would like to know more from owners
Nov 15, 2007 (12:10 pm)
As a future owner of an Altima Hybrid with Tech in about 3 to 3 weeks (I hope), what you do you like most and least? probably this belongs in another thread but I will ask it here and let the mods move it if they want.
#689 of 730 Re: The NISSAN Hybrid ALTIMA [langjie]
Nov 15, 2007 (1:15 pm)
Not unless I've somehow managed to store my sunglasses above the rear passenger seat when I otherwise thought they were in front of my eyes!
My sunglasses (when in the cubby above the center console) do also rattle occasionally, but not to the point where it's an annoyance.