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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.
Pros: the engine
Cons: The fact that it was four door not two door
Advice: check out the red it looks that bestThe drive was cumforatble but yet starteling when i think of sporty imports i think of two door. but
Advice: check this out, you will be surprisedThe Nissan Maxima is definitely a great vehicle. For drivers looking for the comfort, conveinance and performance of a high end vehicle without the high end price this is the best. I purchased a 2001 Nissan Maxima GLE about a year ago. I have never been happier with any car than I have with this one. The Maxima looks very stylish, the vehicle rides very smoothly, performance is outstanding. The controls are easily accessable and front and rear seat comfort is impressive. The rear seat heaters can only be utilized when the front ones are on. Trunk space is generous and steering wheel mounted radio/cruise control buttons are convenient. I also installed aftermarket Stillen air intake which boosted the performance and sound. When purchasing this vehicle, make sure to see the dealer invoice, so you have a price to work off. When considering a mid size sedan, definitely check this one out!
Pros: COMFORT +STYLING+RIDE
Cons: AT NIGHT U CANT SEE THE CONTROLS ON THE STEERING WHEEL
Advice: RESAERCH SEVERAL DEALER TO GET THE BEST PRICE!!HAD A 2000 NEON THUOGHT IT WAS A GOOD CAR.....BOY WAS I WRONG ! I BOUGHT THIS CAR CAUSE MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE LOOK, BUT I SOON FOUND OUT THE COMFORT AND HANDELING IS UNBELIEVABLE ,AND THE CAR HAS BALLS FOR A 4 CYLINDER!THE BOSE STEREO WILL BLOW YOUR EARS OUT .NICE CAR A LITTLE EXPENSIVE..... BUT ISN'T EVERYTHING THATS WORTH HAVING
Pros: Xenon HID lights
Cons: there was nothing that I did not like
Advice: test drive one and see for yourselfI test drove the new 2002 Maxima GLE and I decided to buy it. The 3.5 L engine is very powerful. Car handle nice and the brake well. Purchased it fully loaded for less than $30,000. The styling of this car make it stand out. I really like the Xenon HID lights that light up the night. The car is quite rommy but being a tall driver, I could use more leg room. I have always owned domestic vehicles and the build quality of Nissan's is execellant!!!! The car exceeded my expectations...
Pros: The Supercharged engine!
Cons: extremely poor fuel economy and lack of topend power!
Advice: Be cautious if fuel economy is importantI own a 2001 S/C frontier, despite the lack of topend power, the vehicle is solid to Nissan standards. But, I firmly believe we can do better to improve the ponies under the hood and at the same time increase the fuel economy, via the supercharger.