Its 240-hp V-6 satisfies staffers with V-8 appetites, and its capable underpinnings excel at slicing through canyons. Its introduction changed the way Americans viewed the Japanese automaker, giving drivers a sporty alternative to the ho-hum and , while providing better quality and reliability than the only other affordable performance sedan on the market, the. It's fun to drive, has fast acceleration, looks good inside and out, and doesn't cost much at all. From the outside, the 2002 looks nothing like Altimas that have gone before. Nissan does offer an extended warranty of up to 84-months or 100,000 miles on its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles. The shift linkage on our preproduction tester felt strange, however. Lineup Nissan Altima is available in four trim levels: 2.
My car has the 3. A good call, as this model shares much of the same mechanicals engines, manual transmissions and rear suspension as the newer fourth generation car 2007-present. All models designated with 2. Wood-tone trim is also available, too. .
Compared with some of its competitors however, some of the interior plastics look and feel cheap. Not sure if that is the problem. Data Unavailable Third Leg Room in. This tells you that car is equipped with side airbags. Interior The interior is lad out in a classy retro 3 pod fashion that is also high tech and ergonomically excellent. Steering is light, too, much lighter than an Accord's, but feels very precise. Better yet, it has a V-6 option for the first time, a powerful new 3.
Some early 2002-2003 models seem to be plagued with first year build issues, things like poorly connected or placed wiring harnesses that fray and cause electrical problems, air conditioning temperature control mechanism failure, and a sticking automatic transmission shift interlock mechanism. I do all my own repairs and the way they make it drives you crazy. I have always changed the oil. I probably wouldn't buy another one. One aspect our staff can agree on, however, is handling: The Altima is a consummate highway cruiser… In our last Altima update, we had the front cupholder door and the shift boot replaced.
Better still, the four-cylinder delivers excellent fuel economy, achieving city mileage figures in the low 20s, and nearly 30 mpg on the highway. Fuel costs where reasonable had no real issue that require repair. For silent, smooth operation, a new timing chain was added, as well as a dual exhaust system. Decent Starter Car — ok looks if you treat it like a sports car the ride is good but on rhode island roads its not that good road noise is loud but the stereo helped with that and the blind spots were average. Yes Review Date: 3rd July, 2008 Faults: I bought my son a car in Dec 2005 with 57,000 miles on it. We've picked through sites like CarComplaints.
Std Std Floor Mats - L92 Port-Installed Option. I love this engine so much that I just purchased another car with the same motor Infiniti G35. I have one with over 150K and runs like new with a lot of power and no problems what so ever. Nissan says its internal benchmarks were the aforementioned Passat 1. Even the base four-cylinder packs a knockout punch. The trunk has a refined line that sets high and is set off by these high tech yet classy taillights. I wasn't sure of the 2.
The radio controls are on the steering wheel. We performed the initial 3750-mile service an oil and filter change a tad early at 3500 clicks, and as luck would have it, the front cupholder lid broke soon after. It sits on an all-new platform with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup with isolated cradle frame and extensive use of aluminum for the rear suspension. Since then the shifter itself had to be repaired as it is made of cheap pit metal. Competitive Set If you're looking for a family sedan with an abundance of luxury features as well as sport sedan-like handling, you might find the Volkswagen Passat a better fit.
The Honda Accord might be a safer bet, but its high resale and somewhat ho-hum styling and driving characteristics might be a deterrent. The only con I can think of is the amount of road noise there is when driving. Front side airbags and side curtain airbags were optional on the Altima. The brakes work well and it handles like a small car. The Altima's interior receives a major makeover touting a new instrument cluster, center stack and console. However, I can't bring myself to sell this car. It's a ton of fun to drive with the standard transmission.
But the real reason you want this car is because beneath its stylish four-door skin beats the heart of a sports car. Overall great car-if you take care of it. Failed to get data, please try again. The A4 is a bit of a stretch, but the 2. I drove one example and the clutch was unreasonably heavy.