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2008 Nissan Altima Sedan

4dr Sdn V6 Man 3.5 SE

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  • $24,470 original MSRP
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2008 Nissan Altima Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Nissan Altima Sedan

With styling that bears some resemblance to the much more expensive Infiniti G37 coupe, the new 2008 Nissan Altima coupe ranks as one of the most distinctive mid-size two doors, with a sportier character than competitors like the Toyota Solara and Chrysler Sebring.

What's new for 2008?

A new coupe body style--slightly smaller in size and lighter in weight, with unique styling inside and out--joins the Nissan Altima line for 2008.

Model Strengths

  • Powerful engines
  • well-balanced ride and handling
  • unique interior
  • fuel economy (four-cylinder)
  • stylish new coupe body style.

Model Review

Nissan's Altima is now available in two different body styles for 2008: a four-door sedan, or a new two-door coupe. The coupe models share mechanicals and much of their interior appointments with the sedan, but they're four inches shorter and 2.5 inches lower in profile than the sedan, with unique sheetmetal and sportier styling.

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Review: 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe

Source: MSN Autos

The first coupe version of Nissan's sporty sedan may be the next best thing for those who can't afford the Infiniti G37 coupe from Nissan's luxury Infiniti division.

While it's essentially an abbreviated version of the front-wheel-drive Altima sedan, the 2008 coupe looks sportier and is 2.5 inches lower and 7.1 inches shorter overall. Its agility is heightened by a firmer suspension, lighter weight and a 4-inch-shorter wheelbase.

The Altima sedan was revamped for 2007, but the coupe looks edgier, with such items as a steeply raked windshield. It shares no body panels with the family oriented sedan, except for an aluminum hood.

Style Over Practicality
The coupe has been styled mainly for younger (and youthful-minded) Americans who don't mind giving up the practicality of the sedan, which also comes in gasoline/electric hybrid form. Most Altima coupe buyers probably will be more interested in style and value than in practicality.

Although considerably different than the largely unchanged Altima sedan, the coupe doesn't give up much in the way of creature comforts or safety. However, a long-legged person behind a driver won't have as much legroom as a tall adult behind the front passenger.

Long, Heavy Doors
Long, heavy doors aren't for tight parking spots, but the interior is quiet and provides lots of room up front in deeply bolstered seats. Backlit gauges can be quickly read, and the large sound system and climate controls are well-placed for easy use. The interior looks good despite some marginal trim pieces.

The trunk has a rather high, narrow opening, but is fairly large. Its interior lid has no pull-down area or handle to help close it without getting hands dirty on outside sheet metal. At least the lid is lined to dampen road noise and avoid an unfinished appearance.

Pulling two release straps allows one to flip forward the rear seatbacks for more cargo space, but the pass-through opening between the trunk and rear-seat area is just moderately large.

Sleek Appearance
The car's front end looks rather blunt, despite its fairly aggressive-looking grille and fascia, but the sloping roofline and shapely tail provide an overall sleek look.

The coupe comes in a base, but fairly well-equipped $20,490 2.5 S trim level with a 6-speed manual transmission and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional.

The higher-line 3.5 SE coupe has more equipment and a 3.5-liter 270-horepower V6 that shoots power through a manual gearbox or CVT. It lists at $24,890 with the manual transmission.

The CVT costs $500 extra for both S and SE, giving the top coupe a $25,390 list price.

World-Class Engine
I drove the 3.5 SE with the manual gearbox and V6, which is a smooth, world-class engine. It propels the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with the manual, which shifts slickly and works with a light, but long-throw, clutch

The V6 provides an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway with the manual and approximately 22 and 28 with the CVT.

The 4-cylinder coupe is lively enough and provides 26 mpg in the city and 35 on highways with the manual. Economy with the efficient CVT transmission is about the same with either the 4-cylinder or V6.

Front-Wheel-Drive Drawback
The Altima tempts one to drive it in a sporty manner, but it looks sportier than it really is because its front-wheel-drive design gives it some torque steer and doesn't provide the balance of the Infiniti "G" coupe's rear- or all-wheel drive.

Still, the Altima coupe can be driven quickly-although its fast steering is rather numb, with excessive power assist in town and a synthetic feel at highways speeds. However, the steering design dampens most of the torque steer.

Good Roadability
The ride is supple, handling is sure and the brakes provide short stopping distances, with good pedal feel.

A prop rod holds the heavy hood open when fluid levels need to be checked in the nicely designed engine compartment.

The reasonably priced Altima coupe is a solid, no-fuss "daily driver" that shouldn't keep anyone awake at night worrying about monthly payments for it.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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