2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE from North America
Absolutely love the car, would recommend it in a minute
Only two things:
- driver's side power seat control housing cracked (replaced under warranty)
- front rotors had to be replaced at 53000km.
First of all, the car is definitely a looker - no doubt about that. I suppose the bad thing is that a LOT of other people think so too so there are a lot around.
I was also considering the 2.5SL - that was until I took the SE out for a drive... and then it was all over. True, it costs more at the pump, but I like the car so much I don't really mind.
The ride is not as smooth as previous cars I've owned, but I've never owned this sporty of a car. It's raw power and handling more than make up for it. And re: torque steer... it's totally over-hyped: just don't hammer the gas while your wheels are turned sharply - but once they're straight it's a blast to let 'er rip.
Bose stereo system is wicked too!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2005
2nd Jan 2008, 11:29
You are definitely the exception to the rule.
29th Jun 2008, 05:54
I bought my 2002 Altima used in 2005 with 25000 miles on it. I haven't had any major problems until recently.
Let me start by saying I drive a lot; I have 120,000 miles on it.
There is something going on with the heating and A/C. I was told there is a clog in the core, and need to replace the core and the engine at the cost of $3000. We also bought a OBD2 reader and the catalytic converter is going. So needless to say, we will be trading it in soon.
This is my 3rd Nissan, and I will buy another. 120,000 miles is a lot of miles before major repairs.
We had a 93 Sentra that didn't go till we hit 200,000 miles, and a Frontier that blew its first clutch at 150,000. The key with Nissan is oil changes at every 2000 miles, and all recommended maintenance. I've had Dodges that I bought brand new that blew engines at 20,000 miles with regular maintenance.