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#51 of 68 Re: 2005 Altima Reliability [jd10013]
Jun 22, 2009 (3:30 pm)
You are correct, the engine problem is getting blown out of proportion by people hear; every car manufacture has at least 1 or 2 cars out of every 100 that are defective mechanically, technically, etc; those 1 or 2 people who get those vehicles come on hear and bad mouth an entire brand based on their bad experience; I have several relatives that have several pass generation altimas with over 120k miles on them who have had no major mechanical/technical problems with the altima other than normal maintenance; I drive a 08 Acura TL and had several technical and quality (build-quality) problem has soon as I got the vehicle and Acura is suppose to be one of the best quality/reliable cars up there with lexus yet I had problems yet I don't put acura down as a brand because I have had another acura with no problems what so ever and they do make pretty nice vehicles yet people come on and bad mouth nissan like they are crap; I test drove both a 2009 3.5SL Altima and a 2010 Camry XLE V6 last week and felt the build-quality and materials in the altima were far superior than the camry; in the camry, the buttons felt flimsy and there were gaps in body panels, lose body panels, and rattles during the test drive; I saw none of this in the altima; since 2007, nissan has come a long way with the altima and I feel the altima has surpassed the camry and is very close to quality to the accord; I think that when the redesigned 2012 altima comes, it will be even better than this one
#52 of 68 Current and Past Altima Quality and Reliability
Jun 22, 2009 (3:37 pm)
I do agree that the 6th generation altima (02-06) had some pretty lousy build quality in regards to material quality and gaps but I would say about 95% of that has been addressed in the current 7th generation altima (07-11); that is probably why Car and Driver named the altima 2nd in a mid-size family sedan test comparison last year between the accord, camry, and malibu; they even said that the altima build quality and material quality where 2nd only to the accord; I think when the 8th generation redesigned altima comes out in 2012, Nissan will take the altima even further making it on par with the accord;
#53 of 68 Re: Current and Past Altima Quality and Reliability [smarty666]
Aug 03, 2009 (5:02 pm)
my apologies, I meant the altima is in its fourth generation now and when the 5th generation redesigned altima comes out in 2012
#54 of 68 2000 Altima solid as a rock
Aug 10, 2009 (4:37 pm)
My 2000 2.5 XLE still going at 270,000 miles. Replaced altenator, PCV valve, that's about it, other than normal wear and tear items. Still going strong and getting 34 mpg on the highway. I'm no mechanic, I do oil/filter changes and minor stuff myself, but other maintenance only as needed. Great car, and is the main reason I bought an 09. I understand that the 2002-2003 Altimas had issues, and I would probably be highly upset if that had happened to me.
#55 of 68 Re: 2000 Altima solid as a rock [freezed]
Aug 11, 2009 (2:21 pm)
it happens. it was the first use of the QR25DE engine. hopefully for nissan they've worked out all the bugs now.
#56 of 68 Cold engine fast idle too high!
Dec 13, 2009 (11:31 am)
We drive a 2007 Altima 3.5 SE, purchase second hand with 26000 km. When the engine is first started the RPM rev's to 2500 then drops to 2000 until warmed up then drops to 750. We have complained about this problem and had scan's done and nothing comes up in the scan. We feel the engine should not be revving this high on cold start up as it causes premature engine wear. Is there some place that could reprogram the ECU to lower the cold start up idle?
#57 of 68 Re: Cold engine fast idle too high! [251lister]
Jan 12, 2010 (9:52 am)
I believe that is actually intentional. We live in Minnesota and my 07 3.5SL does something very similar. I have always used Synthetic Oil to maintain lubrication to the engine even on cold starts and actually think that this is a by-product of an emissions control requirement as it allows the engine to warm faster when it is in its most lean run period.
#58 of 68 Re: Long Term Reliability of Nissan Altima [bitpoh]
Jul 25, 2010 (2:38 pm)
1998 Altima with 255,000 miles. In the 12 years I've had it, excluding tires and front brake pads the only issues I've has was replacing a CV boot on one axle ($108) and a pulley came off on the serpentine belt($30). Couple of light bulbs also. Do oil changes about 4,500 miles, replace coolant and transmission every 30K and thats about it. Hope to make it to 300K in about 2 1/2 years.
#59 of 68 Re: Long Term Reliability of Nissan Altima [nick87]
Feb 25, 2011 (3:58 pm)
I have a 1998 Altima I bought 10 years ago when it had less than 40,000 miles. It now has more than 222,000 miles. It's been an amazing car. I never gave it a tune up in all that time. Just this week, after driving more than 180,000 miles, a spark plug went bad and my car got a tuneup. The mechanic said it sure was a quiet running motor. Bravo to Altima for this highly reliable car. I've done little to it in 10 years.
#60 of 68 Should I buy this used 2003 3.5L SE?
Mar 28, 2011 (4:12 am)