Nissan Altima – Wikicars

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Nissan Altima

Recent Changes

The Nissan Altima gets a completely new look for 2007; one that bears a closer resemblance to the Nissan Maxima. From push-button ignition, CVT transmission, touch-screen navigation. and Bluetooth hands-free phone systems, the Altima is not only exhibits sleeker designs on the outside, but an innovative interior, as well. Nissan just previewed the Altima Coupe at the 2006 LA Auto Show.

Being released as a 2008 model the Altima Coupe is set to compete with the Toyota Camry Solara. the Honda Accord coupe and the Pontiac G6 Coupe.

Styles and Major Options

The Nissan Altima comes in four styles:

2.5 S . offers a 2.5 Liter 175-hp engine, 16 inch wheels, CD stereo, 6 speed manual transmission, and 6 standard airbags.

2.5 SL . offers a 2.5 Liter 175-hp engine, CVT transmission, power heated leather seats, automatic headlights, sunroof, 16 inch alloy wheels, and a CD changer.

3.5 SE . offers a 3.5 Liter 270-hp V6 engine, sport tuned suspension, traction control, ABS. 17 alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights and power drivers seat.

3.5 SL . adds the amenities above with standard CVT, Xenon headlights, sunroof, Bluetooth, Bose premium sound, XM or Sirius satellite radio, power heated leather seats, and dual zone automatic climate control.

Gas Mileage


Consumer Reports gave the 2007 Altima an above-average rating in reliability for the 4-cylinder engine, and an average rating for the V6.

Nissan Altima

Automotive Information Systems (AIS) gives the 2006 Altima a 5 out of 5 rating on reliability.

AIS flags moderate to significant problems with the engines in the 2002-2003 Altimas (Third Generation Altimas). The Mass Air Flow Sensor, Crankshaft Position Sensor and Camshaft Position Sensor occasionally fail, which can result in drivability problems. The respective cost of replacement is roughly $500, $100 and $50.

AIS otherwise reports infrequent problems with low repair costs for the Altima.

RECALL ALERT: Nissan Recalling MY’09 Altimas over faulty Alloy Wheels

RECALL ALERT: On Oct 15 2008, Nissan issued a recall affecting 200,000 Nissans including 140,000 2007 and 2008 Altimas due to a faulty front passenger side airbag sensor that could fail to detect the presence of a passenger, thus, preventing the deployment of the airbag. Owners are urged to contact 1-800-647-7261 or their nearest dealer to get the system replace free of charge. [3]

RECALL ALERT: On Sep 22 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall campaign (ID #09V358000) involving 26,398 MY 2009 – 2010 Nissan Altima and Maximas due to out-of-spec suspension components that may cause an accident. Specifically, the upper front strut insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position. The recall is scheduled to start on October 5 2009 and Nissan dealerships will be replacing both left and right side strut insulators at no charge to the customer. [4]


Crash test ratings are currently unavailable.

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