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Old 07-29-2001, 04:36 PM   #16
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i agree, the press is only told so much, and until they drive the car, they cant tell us any more. My family is aquite intrigued, and if my uncle collects his 150 grand worth of share money, he finds the 2002 Altima quite attractive.
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Old 08-25-2001, 11:32 AM   #17
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Thumbs down I'm not impressed

I think because of all the hype Nissan has been putting out about the new Altima being a TOTAL KNOCKOUT and supposedly being "best in class" for interior quality, etc. when I finally saw the car in person, I was disappointed.

For a supposedly sporty car, it is way too big. I like small sporty cars and the Altima isn't small. The tail lights look terrible on dark colored cars, while the lights look pretty good on silver cars.

But it's the interior that bothers me most. The cost cutting is very evident. The hard plastic of many different textures just doesn't cut it in a world of VWs and Toyotas.

This is not the knockout I was expecting. It's just another average car.
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Old 08-26-2001, 11:54 AM   #18
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I hear you on this one, but perhaps we shouldn't go just by appearance. Nissan intended to have the Altima fill the role of the Maxima, and compete with cars like Camry and Accord. This is why it's so big. The Maxima will eventually move on up to another class, to keep it from conflicting with the new Altima's sales (perhaps Avalon size), and this action will be parallel with the course of the Pathfinder, which will soon find its way higher and away from the Xterra. Cheap plastics are always painful, but many automakers are doing the same. Even almighty Toyota put the same hard paneling in the new Celica, but check it out: the price dropped between models a LOT (compare the older GT and the new GT).

Every company wants to make their own noise, and I don't blame Nissan, especially with changes happening within the structure of the company itself. But the real focus should be aimed towards Nissan's "lead class by power" statement. They really are living up to their expectations in this aspect, and it's quite amazing. They finally broke the mold of the 3.0 liter average V6 size for a japanese mid-sized sedan with the 3.5 liter VQ. And that 2.5 liter QR is no weakling either. I would much rather have the new 4-cylinder Altima engine rather than the 4-cylinder Accord engines (which are pretty potent, themselves).

But the body design is still a bit iffy...
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Old 08-26-2001, 12:16 PM   #19
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Best in class power is great when you are talking about sports sedans. But from stories in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, Altima is Nissan's make or break car. If this is actually the case, Nissan will find out that best in class power really isn't a concern of a family with small children or even less to single mothers who will be shopping for this size of car.

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Right. Perhaps they are taking it a bit too far with the power deal; not all cars need that sort of power. Maybe they are simply trying to get the consumers attention through a different approach, but it could fall through. But lucky for me, I fit in the category of persons appealing towards sportier models. Maybe Nissan will work out the kinks with the interior when they perform the next facelift in a few years, so that other folks will find it more appealing. Too bad they didn't get it all right from the start.
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Old 08-27-2001, 10:25 PM   #21
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The cost-cutting in the interior, is inexcusable. It is its worst trait.

However, 0-60 in 6.3 seconds is WAYYYYYY better than the competition. It is family car, but it can haul ass. It should appeal to drivers with families, a large, neglected group.

It needs some work on the interior, and I'll bet that it will be fixed somewhat next year.:licker:
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Good call. It's like the media: Sex sells. So does speed.
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Old 10-31-2001, 02:50 PM   #23
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i saw an article in CAR and Driver. i never really cared for Nissans, and i would rather have several other cars than that in that class, but it isn't bad -- for a Nissan
Just wondering..... what do you drive?
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For a car this good I was suprise Honda LX Accord V6 and Camry V6 was able to edge it in the december issue of C/D.
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Thumbs up I agree with Car and Driver

Many months ago when I test drove the Accord, Altima and Camry, I posted on FreshAlloy.com that I thought the Accord was best overall, followed by Camry and then Altima. It's nice someone agreed!
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Old 11-10-2001, 11:15 AM   #26
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I havent gotten the december issue yet, I will have to check it out ASAP. But can you get a Camry or Accord with a 5 speed and 240hp??
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Sometimes having the most hp doesn't mean you have the best product. Accord doesn't lead everything but does everything well enough to take top.
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You can't get Accord or Camry with 240hp and 5 speed. New Camry have 40hp deficit and was still able to edge Altima.
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I'll have to wait until I see the article.

PS: I think the Altima needs to be lowered, or at least a lower front fender, its kinda high-up.
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I think Altima looks wonderful.
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