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By semaj422000
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2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car used in 2006 with 13k miles on it. Now has over 65k. Has been wrecked 3 times - once fairly seriously (gotta love ATL drivers). Despite that has absolutely no mechanical problems and has never been to the shop for anything other than routine maintenance. I opted for the manual b/c its more fun for me to drive and improves gas mileage. It also has leather (vinyl?) interior. Gets awesome gas mileage and is quite peppy for a 4cyl thanks to the manual tranny. Excellent leg room. Rear passengers are comfy even with the seat all the way back.


Best Features

Manual transmission - has a little purr as RPM return to zero. 6 speaker audio system. Steering wheel mounted controls.


Worst Features

None. Its exactly what it should be. There are higher models available for more features.


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So Far, Super Car
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By KYBruce
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2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan w/SL Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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We found this on ebay. Had 45k on it and paid $9900. Can get over 30MPG on hwy. Bose 6CD sounds great. My wife likes the light emerald green color. Leather htd seats are very comfortable. Have always owned Hondas, and this is first Nissan, and so far impressed. The engine is smooth and seems more like 6 cyl. Only negative is this car should have std ABS and side airbags (which ours does not) Would certainly recommend!


Best Features

Bose CD, seats, exterior styling and dash layout, good acceleration and gas mileage, large trunk, lots of leg room


Worst Features

2005 models should have had ABS and side airbags standard. Nissan cheaped out, but has since added these


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Follow-up After 2 Years: Still Good
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By David K
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2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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It has been two years since I bought my used Altima, and I'm not loving it any less. Mileage is now at 73K and the car is asking for new brakes and shocks soon. Also, strangely, a motor mount bushing cracked. A few annoyances: Turning radius is too large, brake interlock in auto trans. clicks loudly when coming to a stop, and sometimes hard 1-2 downshifts. Now that I have the bad out of the way, none of the above prevents me from endorsing this car. Car is still comfy, stylish and sporting. Beyond one trim piece cracking, materials quality is satisfactory.


Best Features

Roomy, interior cubbies, good all-around visibility, reliability, telescoping wheel, fob op. roll down windows, sportiness, big trunk.


Worst Features

A moot point since it's a used car. Safety (ABS, side airbags, trac./stab. control) and entertainment offerings (NAV & AUX port) are lacking compared to newer cars. Nothing the refreshed '07 and later Altimas or the aftermarket haven't addressed for people who can't live without such things.


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Engine Won't Last
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By Rob
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2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Loved driving the 3.5SE...for four years and 67,000 miles. Then the timing chain began whining. Nissan covered the $2,400 repair since it was a known issue (see Technical Service Bulletin). 8 months and 12,000 miles later, I noticed my oil level was low. Seeing no leaks, I tracked the oil level over the next couple of months. At 89,000 miles, dealer determined that engine was burning 1 1/2 quarts of oil every 1,000 miles! Offered to replace engine for $6,600 my cost. Nissan refuses assistance since they already took care of timing chain (to me, kind of irrelevant now). This on a car with all scheduled maintenance receipts. Better have an extended warranty or dump car before it's junk.


Best Features

Styling, ride, performance, roominess.


Worst Features

Fix the engine. Improve turning radius.


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Unsatisfied after 3 years
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By Steven
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2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I just traded in my Altima after 3 years and 57,000 miles because of a few fairly large issues in my opinion: 1) Loud Road Noise 2) Rough ride over bumps 3) Replaced front breaks at 35,000 miles 4) Replaced back breaks at 45,000 miles 5) Replaced bent rim at 35,000 miles 6) Replaced battery at 56,000 miles 7) Very wide turning radius If you want a FUN car to drive, this car will do it for you. The 3.5 engine is simply unbelievable. It's also a very attractive car. However, if you're looking for ride quality, steer completely clear of this vehicle because you will be very disappointed.


Best Features

By far, my favorite thing about this car is the world class engine. Other things: 1) Folding back seat for hauling things 2) Convenient controls / dashboard 3) Auto one-touch up/down windows 4) Mixed am/fm radio presets


Worst Features

1) Improve durability of the braking system! 2) Improve road noise 3) Improve ride quality / suspension 4) Reduce turning radius (seriously, this is ridiculously large and seems like nitpicking, but it makes u-turns dangerous)


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