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2005 Nissan Altima
Cons: nothingThe car was an inheritance it has high mileage and I need a smaller car, economical, but useful. Love the car, but want to use it for money to pay off other bills
Pros: easy to drive
Cons: wind when it whips upall around solid great for every day car
Cons: City Mileage
Advice: Buy - Consumer Reports rates the Altima #1.I have a 2005 3.5 SE. The car is scarey fast, looks fantastic, only maintenance issue was a loose window mechanism on the drivers door, and gets fantastic mileage. Average 32 mpg on the highway at 70 mph. Best car I've had and I've owned 30+.
Pros: Amazing Fuel Efficiency
Cons: I like the whole car!
Advice: These vehicles are great for the price. At this point with my GM vehicle I had numerous problems. Customer Service with Nissan is amazing.My intentions was to go to a few dealerships. I had a few cars in mind and the Altima was one of them. I went in to the dealership and test drove this car. It was the first car of the day but my fiancee and I fell in love with this car. We got the 2.5 (fuel economy) with the special edition package. This car has all of the options I could possibly want. I owned a 2003 Olds Alero before this and what a transition! Needless to say I walked out of the dealership owning a Nissan Altima that day.
Pros: Super-smooth, super-fast and eager engine. Attractive exterior. Unusual interior design. Comfortable seats, roomy interior. Solid build quality. Well-sorted electronic systems.
Advice: An excellent vehicle at an affordable price. Fun to drive.The Altima 3.5SL is probably the finest car I’ve had at any price. The smooth and powerful drive train is perfectly matched with an excellent transmission. The chassis provides excellent handling and braking dynamics with sharp steering responses making the Altima very nimble and fun to drive. The ride is smooth, comfortable and quiet without being floaty. Inside, the cabin is roomy, comfortable and well appointed with many luxury touches. It's unusual instrumentation is illuminated in an attractive orange and the dashboard design is pleasingly different. Furnishings are constructed of soft high quality materials and are well assembled. The well placed controls operate with a feeling of quality and precision. The Bose sound system is absolutely amazing and includes a 6 CD changer. The Altima glides along with the smoothness and comportment of a luxury car. Everything is tightly constructed - there are no rattles or strange noises and the body feels as tight as a tank. Its advanced drive-by-wire throttle control system operates without hesitation, as it should. The 3.5 liter VQ motor is a wonderfully powerful engine turning this good-looking family sedan into an absolute rocket ship. Torque and power is always underfoot, and the free-revving and responsive powertrain make the Altima an absolute blast to drive! This may be an ageing design now, but it is still a very attractive and solidly built vehicle with an excellent powerplant, all for a very reasonable price.
Pros: Engine. Suspension. Looks.
Cons: Goes through the premium fuel pretty fast.
Advice: Get an SE-R if you can.Can't beat the V6. Test drive made up my mind for me. For the price, can't match the performance and styling.
Pros: The power of the engine
Cons: The useless 'instant MPG' gauge in the gauge cluster
Advice: Check the paint job before you leave. It is not Nissan's strong suit on this car.As this is the last model year for the SE-R this review is for those will buy a used one at some point. Note: The 2007 3.5L models may have the same horsepower annd engine as the 2006 SE-R but they are NOT the same car. The SE-R is the absolute best performance family sedan that you can buy for under $30K, period! You have to experience its linear acceleration, the incredible braking, and the ability to smoke most every V-8 on the road. I am in my early 50's, always wanted a sports car, and can't afford a Porsche. My wife says she has never seen my happier with a car and I've had a few, including a Lincoln LS V-8. No comparison. Yes there's torque steer and the interior is functional but go for a ride in it and you'll see why you can't stop grinning.