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So far so good
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By Snoopy62
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have owned this car new since August, 2003 and there have been minor problems all except for the radiator tank cracking and having to be replaced. Minor problems like the hood support rod, whe I put it up to check the oil and snapped the rod into the holder under the hood, the hook part snapped off. Luckily the dealer had them in stock. This was int he cold weather so maybe it was the plastic got too rigiid otherwise I would have to hold up the hood by hand. Computer had to be reprogrammed twice after a recall. The original Continental tires stink and I finally got michelins after the second set of continentals. They only lasted 23k each set. 32 mpg on the highway using Cruise control!


Best Features

Body style, Original Nissan fog lamps added and it makes a big difference.


Worst Features

a little better interior


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Excellent All-Around Vehicle
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By Trevor
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car used 2 years ago, and it has yet to disappoint me. It now has 107k miles and no problems. Very good acceleration and handling, great turn radius, extremely smooth ride and very spacious seating area. I love the eye catching rear light design, it hypnotizes people that drive behind me. Decent gas mileage, and nice features, overall a very satisfying vehicle. Although the "bose" sound system is a bit disappointing, and the microchip key costs over $100 to make a duplicate.


Best Features

Acceleration, smooth ride, spacious seating, rear lights.


Worst Features

Include a more powerful sound system, remove the microchip design from the key.


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Good but with its faults
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By Ivan
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2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


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The interior is cheap and pretty ugly. The turning radius is worse than a Ford Explorer. The cabin pressure is set up so that with the front two windows down theres alot of wind and pressure (compared to my 96 Maxima) but ok with all four windows down. The steering wheel is off to the left a bit and my seat seems to be facing slightly to the left, either way its not straightforward and it makes driving a bit uncomfortable. That last part is my real pet peeve. The circular dashboard is annoying too. Basically the whole interior stinks but I've had it since 52,000 miles (67 now) and no major repairs needed so far, its pretty fast, handles well (except for u-turns) and ok to look at.


Best Features

Speed, reliability, gas consumption (as compared to my previous Titan).


Worst Features

Whole interior. Needs better upholstery and needs to put steering wheel directly in front of driver seat (no weird angles).


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awesome
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By margie
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I loved my Altima. I only had it 7 months but it drove so smooth, was fast and handled curves very well. I no longer have it, it was totaled after a serious accident I had. I survived but my beautiful Altima did not. It was the best vehicle I had ever had.


Best Features

All the hands-on controls, the sleek style and the driving is smooth. You don't realize you're driving fast.


Worst Features

Nothing-I loved my Altima.


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Nissan Altima 3.5l SE Review
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By bunk22
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2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I purchased my Altima with the intent of it being my daily driver, 60 miles a day. Previously owned an 04 Maxima and loved the 3.5l engine. The Altima had 47,XXX miles when I bought it and 2.5 years later has 81,XXX miles. It is the A4 model with all leather interior. I change the oil every 4000 miles, rotate the tires and keep it in great shape. The engine is great, very good power to pass traffic or easily accelerate onto a freeway. The engine still runs beautifully; the car handles great; the interior leather looks awesome for 81K miles (though I do take great care of it). My only complaint in 2.5 years is that my 6- disc CD player just gave out.


Best Features

The 3.5l v-6 motor is my favorite thing. Granted I drive a Tahoe and a C6 Corvette but still the motor in the Altima. The quality of leather is my second favorite thing. Sure, not BMW quality but better than my much more expensive C6 Corvette.


Worst Features

The plastic headlights are fading, even with my dedicated care. The 6- disc CD player giving out is also a cause for concern. It has the Bose sound system afterall.


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