2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5 litre from North America
Good car, stands up on long drives
Bought used off-lease from Nissan dealer at 89,000 km.
Transmission required replacing at approx. 150,000 (slipping 1 to 2 shift - first gear to second always a bit jerky with this tranny).
Steer yoke went in second year year - relatively cheap, quick to fix.
Foam strips on radiator housing under hood disappeared in second year - can't replace without replacing housing (totally ridiculous).
Followed routine maintenance schedule to the letter and continue to do so.
Catalytic converter needs replacing (212,000 km). Not burning any oil, top marks on e-test up to this point. Never ever used oil or gas additives (except methyl hydrate in winter.
Seems that you spend a lot on brakes on this car; both routine servicing and rotor/pad replacements, and my driving is almost all highway with little braking involved ($'s).
The original tires (Continental) were not a good choice - both for handling, mileage, but most of all road noise - switched to Michelin Primacy MX4's - much, much quieter, safer, more precise steering and now use winter tires in winter (Blizzaks but will switch to X-Ice soon).
Fuel mileage fair to good for a 4-banger (I'm averaging 9.8 to 10.1 litre/100 km on hr 120 km/h trips), but this engine compromises more for power vs. mileage in its displacement class. Power more than adequate for a 2.5 litre.
Not burning a drop of oil at 212,000 km - going strong so far.
I'm a big guy and it's got adequate room - comfortable on long trips - really appreciate the power adjustable driver's seat - only thing I'd change is a bit more lateral support.
I can live with the all plastic interior for the price. Centre console hinges snapped (I put too much weight on it - my fault).
Tons of rear leg room - much better than Camry/Accord.
Price/value point is definitely superior to Camry/Accord (and they're both excellent cars as well).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2009