Just got a 2005 Altima SE-R... I HATE IT!!! It is too fast, handles to well, and the styling goes above and beyond. Now I spend the majority of my time driving it, shopping for mods, and drooling over it. Thanks for ruining my life Nissan.
so now that youve had your SE-R, what are your likes and dislikes?
Had a car with a five-speed before (relevant?) and I'm having a little trouble with the 5 to 4 shift; hitting 2nd as often as not. You can tell that happened pretty quickly, but I have to think it's not doing the drivetrain a lot of good.
What kind of speed are you doing when you're doing your 5-4?
You should familiarize yourself with your car, as opposed to seeing what other people are doing and acting on it. Pay attention to your speed and RPM and what gear you are in. Know the limits of your car, and learn them slowly. After a while you should be able to determine what gear you can downshift to safely.
Downshifting Is Cheating!!!
:SOLD:Pewter Altima 02 3.5SE 5MT Sport/Leather Loaded
To buy myself a 06 350Z Enthusiast :)
:SOLD: 1997 Ext Cab XE Pick-up 2-19-06
:SOLD: 1986 KC 4x4 Pick-up 2-15-06
To buy the wife a Saturn... :(
Overall, yeah, I love my car. But then, I loved the '96 Maxima GLE I had prior to the '05 Alt SE-R, so my list is mostly based on a comparison of the two.
1. Handles great on curves
2. Sweet acceleration (makes merging onto freeways fun!)
3. Fun to drive (obviously...)
4. Lots of trunk space (I'm a photographer so I need the room to shove my equipment in and keep it out of sight)
5. Nice fuel tank capacity
6. The 60/40 split rear seats
Dislikes/Things That Need Improvement:
1. I HATE the A/C vents on it. I'm 5'3" and it seems impossible to get some air circulating without it blowing directly in my face, which I can't stand.
2. The gas gauge is hypersensitive to the point where it tells me I'm out of gas when I have almost 5 gallons left. I wish they could lower this warning to 2 or 3 gallons.
3. Though the fuel consumption is still pretty good, the Maxima I had would sometimes get 35-40mpg. I guess basically the city mileage isn't as good as what I'm used to and hasn't improved much even now that I have 15k miles on it.
4. While I love that the Bose sound comes standard with it, it's still not as good as the Bose sound/speakers in my old Maxima.
5. I wish it had a tape deck or a direct line in for an iPod (damn the '07 Altima models for having this!).
6. Considerably more noise heard in the cabin of the Altima than that of the Maxima on highways.
7. I wish I had gotten the 6 speed manual. Due to an amazing price and having been in the Los Angeles area when I bought the car, I went with the automatic with tiptronic or whatever Nissan calls it that the dealer had in stock. Now that I'm out of LA I wish it was a stick every day...
how is handling?
can you make U turn with hand break.
it seems like a huge car, and wouldn't handle well.
I wish they made smaller new generation altimas(about the size of 1993-2001, or maybe
even tiny bit smaller).
what's the point of making to Maxima size cars and naming them differently?
I think it's kind of stupid.
Don't mean to threadjack, but how are the luxury amenities inside?
I'm trying to help my dad choose a car and he either wants to buy an Acura TSX, honda accord V6, or a Nissan Altima, and his main concerns are interior comfort/quality, sportiness, fuel economy (cause he drives a nissan xterra now and hates SUV gas mileage), and reliability. What would you guys say are the strong and weak points of the altima in comparison to the TSX and accord?
nissans are generally softer cars(handling suspension everything). altima would be
best choice for older people.
I would personally chose acura tsx. it's just the best of all three.
new accords are ugly.
Honestly, I'm pretty impressed with the interior of the SER. Mine is pretty much fully loaded--the SERs come with a lot of standard upgrades that the regular Altimas don't. That said, you should look at Nissan's website and preview the '07 Altima. It looks like it's going to be really nice, but I don't know how long you can wait to get the car and I believe it's actually going to be an '07 & 1/2 (December release). My only main complaint with the SER interior is that I detest the AC/Heater, but I think part of that is because I'm 5'3" and there's no way I can angle it to keep me cool in the summer but not blast my face with gale force winds.
I agree with you, MickeyKnox, about making both the Altima & the Maxima. Five years ago there was a real difference between the two, but it seems to me that Nissan is turning the Altima into what the Maxima used to be.
Pulling a u-turn with the hand break? Hah! Okay, maybe it's possible if you have sufficient space to do so...that car has a 44' turning radius!
There is a rev limiter that prevents over revving to protect the engine from harm. This kicks in somewhere around 7000 RPM. When it does, the engine stops running until the RPM decreases to a safe limit. Below this limit, it does not effect power. I.E., 'Down on power' should not be related to the rev limiter? How many miles are on the vehicle?
Well that is definitely down on power. I bought my 2005 Smoke Grey SE-R new and now have around 24000 miles on it. It is a road rocket. Acceleration in 1st gear is so fast it is too easy to hit the rev limiter and had to train to avoid it. Stock specs for the SE-R were 0-60 in less than 5.5 secs with a top end around 140 plus. It has a sweet spot around 75 with a tendency to run up to 100 almost too easy. Mine is stock with Castrol Syntec engine oil since 10000 miles and last year I finally got around to adding a K&N cold air intake.
Back to yours, is the 'check engine' light on, and if so, what codes are presented? I think AutoZone auto parts will read these for free? Difficult to diagnose remotely. Any unusual noises from the engine? Is it running smooth? in addition to the air intake filter itself, check the air passageways for blockage. The feed to the air filter intake box is somewhat narrow and restrictive over the radiator.
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