Last post on Jun 07, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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#104 of 113 I just bought...
May 12, 2013 (1:13 pm)
I just bought a new 2013 Altima SV with the convenience package (build date April 2013). So far so good. My only hesitation was the amount of velour type cloth in the vehicle. But so far, it hasn't been an issue and I wonder if Nissan put any type of stain resistance into the cloth?? Took it on a short 15 mile stretch of the interstate where it got 38.1 mpg at 73mph. For a not even broken in vehicle, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
May 12, 2013 (2:02 pm)
Very informative fuel economy account. I liked the bases you covered.
May 14, 2013 (6:56 am)
Does anybody know if a full size spare tire will fit into the spare tire wheel well? I am not a fan of compact donuts and typical buy a cheap steel rim and OE tire for use as a valid spare tire.
#107 of 113 Re: spare tire [rick2456]
May 14, 2013 (7:31 am)
If you are happy with the OE tires, and plan to invest in one, and assuming you have 4 alloys, why not invest in the extra alloy? This would enable you to do tire rotation sequence involving the spare, which pays back eventually, and has two other benefits too. You don't end up with a new, but old rubber spare that may not match replacement tires in future. Also, by default of being regularly integrated during tire rotations, it is kept aired up. Not an issue if you check your spare often, but few owners/garages do.
Since OEM alloys can be quite expensive, consider first trying to find one at a wrecker. The key here though, is to ensure that whatever caused the wreck, did not injure or bend the wheel in any way. Most 20 to 30 mph front write-off collisions usually spare most rear parts like a rim and tire.
#108 of 113 Re: spare tire [gimmestdtranny]
May 15, 2013 (4:26 am)
Thanks, but I don't plan on using it in my tire rotation. I just don't like using those temporary donut tires in the event of a tire failure, etc. I just wanted to know if anybody knew if the full size tire would fit into the spare tire well. Otherwise, I have to pull the tire off and check it myself. Something I would rather not do.
#109 of 113 Re: spare tire [rick2456]
May 15, 2013 (7:59 am)
Well, in that case either call your dealer, they should know, or just measure the outside circumference of one of your full sized ones. And measure the overall depth. In looking at the wheel well, if it has the height and diameter, it's pretty much a sure thing that the centre convex area where the donut is bolted down will also accept the full size.
#110 of 113 Re: spare tire [gimmestdtranny]
May 16, 2013 (4:48 am)
Sadly, the dealer didn't know. I did what you did and it does look like it will fit in the well. But just to be on the safe side, I will pull a tire off and double check before purchasing a spare wheel/tire. Thanks.
#111 of 113 Re: spare tire [rick2456]
May 21, 2013 (10:06 am)
Hey, you're quite welcome..so how did you make out? Is it a fit?
#112 of 113 Banging noise when stopping.
Jun 05, 2013 (6:29 pm)
My 2013 3.5 SL makes a banging noise when I stop. It sounds like it's coming from the back of the car. The technician says it's devices floating in the gas tank to make to fuel gauge more accurate. It does sound like he might be right because the rollback bang is kind of delayed like it is floating as opposed to something that is rolling around in the trunk. Does anyone else experience this?
#113 of 113 2013 SV
Jun 07, 2013 (12:05 pm)
I had a 2011 Maxima S that I bought new in January 2011. I loved driving that car; but, I didn't love owning that car. The back seat was cramped, the trunk is on the smallish side, the driver's leg room is a little tight and paying for premium unleaded got really old. I traded it 2 weeks ago on a new Altima 2.5 SV. Yes, I miss the V6 at times, but I really enjoy the car, otherwise. The first thing my 14 year old said when he sat in the back seat the first time was "Wow, this is a nice back seat." Loading baseball equipment into the trunk is easier with more room. I still have Intelligent Key, rear air vents and automatic climate control; but, now I have rear view camera, remote start and satellite radio--all things I now use every day. The extra 10 mpg on regular unleaded gas is nice, as well.
Nissan did a nice job of upping the luxury feel and apparent build quality of the new Altima. The dash material and construction is solid like the Maxima's. The interior is quiet with no squeaks or rattles. It feels like it was put together very well.
I know it's still early, but I am happy with my purchase and I look forward to driving it for years to come.