2003 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: I Would Have Gone With the Hon
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2003 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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I Would Have Gone With the Honda Accord
By YSSMAN on

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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

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This was the second Altima we had in our family, the first being a '96. I'm glad I was not the one who bought the car, because I hated it. Simply put, the interior of the car is one of the worst I have seen in a long time, far worse than any interior you have seen in a GM product. Sure, it was purchased on a great deal, but the combination of mouse-fur seats and Tupperware plastics was a huge letdown. Too bad the car didn't have a manual transmission, as I'm sure it would have been fun to drive with some involvement. Still, I'm glad I didn't spend the money on the car...

Best Features

The engine is a great one, but I think it is the ONLY good feature on the car. The 160HP rating is great, but when matched to the 4-speed automatic, it sucks some life out. The suspension was okay as well, but I would buy an SE or SE-R before I would go with a 2.5S again...

Worst Features

Someone needs to fix the interior. I understand Nissan is doing so with the next Altima, a good thing, but they still fall behind even when compared to the cheaper and smaller Jetta and Golf. These plastics belong in the fridge, not in a car. Oh, and the NVH levels could be controled a bit better.
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