2006 Nissan Altima Special Edition from North America
Good car, questionable reliability
This car was recalled 1 week after we bought it for engine oil problems, and possibility of engine fires. The dealer and Nissan North America did not have a recall plan in place for nearly 12 months. Their advice was "keep checking the oil, and put a quart in if it's down". We ended up checking the oil level every gas fill up. Only had to add three quarters over 12 months and 20k miles of driving.
Car refused to start 2 months into owning it, dealer could not figure out why. Did an oil change (and charged $40), started just fine.
Dealer finally got a refurbished engine from Nissan North America and installed it over 2 days into the 12 months old car with a 100k mile warranty.
Or local dealer was not very friendly nor helpful with the ordeal - so we chose to trade it in for a 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon.
Good car overall, I'm sure the new 2007 and 2008's have resolved any recall issues. Saddened to hear from out dealer that Nissan will not be offering any more Hybrids.
I don't think we'll be buying a Nissan again. Toyota, Honda, VW or BMW from now on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th August, 2008
21st Dec 2008, 08:22
Do you call a car that won't start until the oil is changed and one that had a used engine installed at a year old, a good car? What is your definition of a bad car? Many of the car companies think it is fair to install used parts into new cars with defects. I really hope nothing goes wrong with my Honda, as I would fight them putting anything used into it when I bought a new car to begin with. If their quality doesn't hold up you should get brand new parts under warranty. We had an Isuzu Trooper and the transmission blew at 58K and they put a brand new one in it... not refurbished junk.