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Pros: styling and performance
Cons: dash center
Advice: excellent car for family and daily commutesMahhhvelous.The 175hp four cyl. engine is surprisingly powerful.Performance and handling are super.More interrior room than Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.Head turning good looks,comfort and horsepower/torque make the car a serious contender.All this for less money than the Camry and Accord.Anyone looking for a midsize four door sedan do yourself a favor and try the Altima.You will be pleasantly surprised.
Cons: problems with electrical and airbag
Advice: do your homework - wait a year too newpurchased 9/2001 had car for 600 miles went into shop for 22 days for airbag module.went in again 1/2002 for same problem. It is still at the dealer. Also ignition noise in radio
Pros: Performance..this car is incredibly quick for its size
Cons: Sunroof operation and associated wind noise
Advice: Take a test drive and be amazed!!At 6'1' I was amazed that the salesman at 6'3' was able to sit behind me, even with the seat all the way back. The spaciousness of the vehicle is tremendous from the interior all the way to the trunk. The vehicle has tremendous power and can get you into the traffice flow quickly and without any effort. The Altima has been redesigned and will definitely be a class leader.
Cons: interior plastics
Advice: Buy it!!The car looks great! Drives like a luxury car. handles like a sports car. I love my Altima. If your in the market for a midsize sedan such as a camry or an accord. Test drive an alitma!!
Pros: the tail lights
Cons: the cheap interior
Advice: dealers won't haggle to much on the priceI was very impressed with the vehicles outside appearance, but after getting inside and looking around I would say Nissan has a long way to go as far as the interior is concerned. The dash and controls are very 'plasticy' and cheap, I was very un-impressed overall with the vehicle.
Advice: Too much of a high PriceExcellent Car. It was cheated out of the car of the year for 2002.
Pros: The powerful Bose stereo system.
Cons: The fact that the controls on the steering wheel are not at all visible at night.
Advice: Don't step on the gas too hard when at a standstill as the tires are not grippy and you tend to burn some rubber before finally taking off.Prior to owning this car I owned a 2001 Lexus LS430 (I sold due to possibility of layoff). The Altima I chose was a 2.5SL black on black. Although the Altima and the Lexus are in two totally different classes, I must say that I was pleasantly surprise with the ride and quality of a car in this price range ($22k). Also, to be quite honest, I thought the Bose stereo system outperformed the Mark Levison stereo system in the Lexus. Furthermore, this car is a great everyday car which definately proves its worth in terms of fuel efficiency and appearance. One disappointment was that the add-ons (leather, floormats, alloy wheels, etc.) were way too expensive compared to the quality of materials used. However, the quick pickup (180+ torque) more than made up for that. Unfortunately, the engine was a bit noisy (spoiled from the Lexus I think) when revved above the 3000rpm mark. Some sound damping in the cabin interior wouldn't hurt and would only help this car edge out the best selling Accord and Camry. Finally, though I have every intention to purchasing a Lexus once again, I would no doubt purchase another Altima to use as a secondary car in the years to come.