12th Jun 2005, 02:25

In my personal defense to the sexism charge, of all the females I know, 1 drives a standard and another one has a vague idea about what the wobbly stick between the seats does. This was not sexist, but an observation, just like buddy guy said, most women can't be bothered to learn how to drive stick because its not something important to them.

24th Jun 2005, 09:53

I have an Altima 3.5 SE with a manual transmission and yes I am a female. I refuse to drive a manual unless it is a truck or SUV. And all of my female friend do not know how to drive it and I won't teach them in my Altima. Are you kidding me? They would drop my engine! I love my Altima, even though I have had to have the clutch replaced already (manufacturer defect). Mine is white on taupe though. Looks good although I would have rather had the burgandy on black. All the chrome on the Altima looks so sweet with the burgangy. It's a great ride and I really don't care about sexist comments because men seem to think they can handle a manual better than a woman. I'll take on any man any day. I used to race my 200SX. I really like Nissans and for my next car I want the Grand Tourismo 350Z. Even though my Altima has beaten a few Z's. I don't race the Altima that often. It's still the best car I've owned so far.

21st Dec 2005, 02:23

I've had 2005 Altima 3.5S for 2 months so far. Completely agree on the dash squeaking. BUT, dealership can fix that crap free of charge!!! I had to go there 4 times, but they fixed two squeaking sources, and they've been pretty much successfull. As user manual states, all the rattling and squeaking is covered by the manufacturer warranty in the first year. Enjoy it!

23rd Dec 2005, 09:43

I own a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5SE and am very happy with it.

The noise that one consumer said appeared to be coming from the dash is actually coming from the cowling under the hood just in front of the windshield. This can be very easily fixed by the dealer. I believe there is a service bulletin on it.

2nd Mar 2006, 07:17

I purchased an 2005 Altima 3.5SE in Slidell, LA in July 2005 right before Hurricane Katrina hit us. The car has been excellent in terms of the engine and transmission (automatic). A couple of loose window moldings have surfaced which was easily fixed. Also, the interior rearview mirror has come loose as well. I've put a little over 10,000 miles on the car so far. The acceleration and handling is great. I purchased the sand gold color and it looks great with the sunroof, side skirts, and rear spoiler. The six speaker BOSE sound system is very good and worth the extra cost. Of course, a factory audio will never be as great as an after market one. I didn't experience any of the rattling from the dashboard or hood as other owners have mentioned.

4th Apr 2006, 13:16

LOL!!! all of the people that commented on this were women! anywayzzz the altima is a great car, very sexy looking and fun to drive.

6th Jun 2006, 16:13

I love my 2006 Altima 3.5 SE. It has so much take off power I was shocked. Haven't had any problems with Squeaking or anything actually. Mine is the Black exterior with black leather interior. I am one for the foreign cars first was a VW Jetta horrible. But I must have had a lemon people say. So looking forward to breaking it in...

6th Jun 2006, 22:19

I'm a guy and I'm fulfilling a stereotype, I don't think it makes me more manly either.

It just puts a huge grin on my face to crank up my VR6 motor and put it through all the gears. I also feel like I'm getting the most out of the car.

The facts are that most of the population, men and women don't drive sticks. For many different reasons. But for me, I just enjoy it while others think it a hassle. To each their own...

7th Jun 2006, 08:07


I meant I wasnt fulfilling a stereotype.

23rd Jul 2006, 09:45

Poor man's BMW is just a compliment. Obviously it is not a BMW...and, if you really know about cars, who wants that?? Ever try to go to Pep Boys and get a part for a BMW? Also, regarding the female comment, I have been married for almost 13 years and I am married to the greatest woman on the planet...but, c'mon, weigh-in guys... does a woman's driving style scare you, or what??

Men probably get into more accidents because of the whole risk taking and alcohol nonsense. Subtract that out and...

Does a woman's driving style scare you, or what?? There are exceptions, but I am talking about being so close to the steering wheel (men tend to have longer arms) and all of that, etc. Geez.

23rd Jul 2006, 16:48

I'm a guy and don't really care for stick. These days an auto can do just about as good as a stick. So I don't have to worry about changing gears all the time, especially in city traffic (la)

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike sticks, when I have the chance to drive a stick, I enjoy it, but auto suits me fine.

Oh and I haven't had any problems with my 2005 Altima 3.5 SE. It works great. Best car I have ever had.

9th Oct 2006, 16:13

Danger. Change the oil frequently (like 3K or less) than recommended in the manual or you may have a sludge problem that will permanently damage that engine. May be an issuie here long term.

19th Jan 2007, 00:42

OK, the car has hit 30000K's, ummm, whatever that is in miles, dash still squeaks, but anyone still interested, get the BFGoodrich KDW2's as a summer tire, nothing better. Also, aftermarket clutch, flywheel, computer, headers, exhaust, cylinder heads, camshafts, LSD, 6 speed and a decent suspension/brake package has turned the car into what it should have been in the first place, a G35 4 Door, but for more money. Save your money and buy a G35, all these mods and the car still is just a FWD car, the handling sucks, yeah its fast, but still just a FWD. Looking for a G35 6MT as we speak. Not a bad car mind you, its just that nothing beats rear wheel drive.

24th Feb 2007, 06:46

Don't even compare this car to a BMW!! My 99 740 has had so many problems with only 67,000 miles. On the other hand, I bought an 05 Altima 3.5 SE, and love it. I drive it everyday, and 92,000 miles shows it. The only thing wrong with it, is the alternator makes a loud sound. My BMW's engine rattles. I would buy another Nissan again! I am waiting for the Altima Coupe, and when it hits the pavement, I will trade my BMW. Don't compare the Altima with BMW. Big difference!