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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.
Pros: I love all the accessories and the supercharged engine...price too!
Cons: The gas mileage is low, but that's to be expected.
Advice: Test drive this one last...you'll never go back to the other dealerships.I was looking for a vehicle that could support my active lifestyle. I own a boat and love being outdoors. This SUV emcompasses all the features that I was looking for in a rugged go-anywhere vehicle. It's very roomy, nimble, and with the supercharged engine suprisingly quick. The accessories are what really makes this vehicle special. I can throw all the wetsuits, skis, and tubes on the roof and they are all dry when I get home. All I can say is take it for a test drive. You won't be disappointed!!
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
Advice: Compare it with the upper end cars first - then go test drive a Maxima - then you will see how great this car is.I drive a lot of cars throughout the year, if you want a car that is just as good as a Lexus for a lot less money this is your car. You cannot go wrong.
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.
Pros: Overall quality
Cons: Front wheel drive and dull appearance
Advice: Bargain aggressively, they are not selling as fast as they would likeIt's always a compromise when you purchase a car, be it price, performance or any of your favorite features. I think 2002 Maxima is a good compromise. The 2004 version is going to be even better with rear wheel drive and added power, but you have to wait for 2 more years. I managed to negotiate for the GLE for $1000 below invoice before the $1000 factory rebate because dealership feared that Maxima will sit in the lot with new design of Altima.
Cons: torque steer
Advice: Unless you want the prestige of an Acura or Infiniti or etc.The only 2 less than stellar aspects of this car are (1) fairly boring (and a little odd) styling and (2) torque steering that can be severe. The plus side to issue number one is that the car can be picked out in a crowd... (+ or - ... you make the call...). The plus to item 2 is that the Maxima is one of the fastest sedan/sport sedans on the market. My other car is a Miata. While the Maxima handling is not nearly as responsive as the Miata, it's far superior to both the Camry and Accord, and easily in the same league as the Infiniti I35 and Acura TL-S. The only sport sedan I drove that had discernibly better handling characteristics was the BMW 328i... For MANY thousand more dollars. An added note: The first car I drove at the Nissan dealership was the 2001 Maxima GLE. Frankly, the car was less than inspiring. The 2002 model is a distinct step up in several areas. OK... One more note: I drove the new Altima, maxed out. Power and handling are comparable to, but, IMHO, not quite up to the Maxima standards. While it listed for a couple of grand less than the maxed out Maxima, the salesman couldn't discount it as much because Altimas are selling so well. Just my opinion... If you're offered the same dollar deal between these 2 cars... The top of the line Altima is not nearly as nice (especially the interior!!!) as the top of the line Maxima.