2008 Nissan Altima Coupe S 2.5

Summary:

It's a love hate relationship

Faults:

The first day I had the car, the check engine light came on and the engine started to misfire randomly. The dealer could not find which cylinder it was, so they told me it wasn't a problem. After contacting Nissan America and posting what was wrong with my car on their Facebook page, the dealer managed to find the problem.

Over a six month period, the car was at the dealer for three days out of every week. In order, they replaced the spark plugs and coil packs, exhaust, battery, negative ground wire to the battery, passenger seat airbag sensor, then finally the computer. Turns out the first owner had the same problem with the car and had the computer "re-programmed" a week after she got it. There is no longer a misfire.

The factory struts and shocks are horrible. They failed at 60000 miles and were a pain to replace. If you are thinking about replacing the shocks and struts on this car yourself, DON'T. Take it to a dealer that will allow you to buy your own replacement shocks and struts. I say dealer, because there are bushings in the back that are going to need to be replaced, and the dealer is the one with the tool to get them out and push the new ones in. Do not let them fool you into getting the Nissan shocks and struts. They do not last.

The door panels are noisy now when I play music. I have removed the panels to tighten the speaker screws, but they are still tight.

The seal on the top of the wind shield blew off and the seal on the rear window is coming out.

Tires are not cheap for this car, and you need to buy good ones or you will not stay on the road.

The accessory belt was suppose to last 100000 miles. I had to replace it because I was losing engine power and the belt was beginning to show cracks. It was not an easy job to do.

General Comments:

I do love this car. It handles better than any other car I have had, and I have had a few. The manual gear box is amazing, but it is weird to feel the over drive kick in.

It is one of the most beautiful coupes. I love having keyless entry and push to start. The power from the 2.5 inline 4 is effortless. The arm rest is the perfect place to have your elbow and throw through the gears. It's like a sleeper. I beat cars all the time. And people notice you in it.

I will have this car forever, even if it is on blocks in the garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2014

2010 Nissan Altima Coupe S 2.5

Summary:

Beautiful, reliable, super fun to drive

Faults:

Front bumper plastic comes uncoupled on driver's side.

General Comments:

I love this car! I was considering other 4 cylinder automatics, like the Accord, but the Altima Coupe sold me with lots of options. I got the 4 cylinder for fuel economy, and it totally delivers. The Accord was pricier, and did not have the styling of this Coupe. Getting one optioned out like this Altima would have been 50% more than I paid. Not worth it, considering the problems Honda has had with reliability recently.

The only complaint I have about the car is the front driver's side bumper plastic has popped out of the clips, and I had to fix it. Small potatoes, considering the rest of the package. Build quality and materials are otherwise great.

Anyone who says the CVT transmission is not a reason to get this car obviously hasn't driven one. I love the trans, and enjoy the smooth glide up to speed. Nissan offers owners a 120,000 mile replacement on the trans, if you ever have problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2014