By scottfl17 on
2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
This was my first new car purchase and thought I made the right choice. I was wrong. There are some major problems I have with this car. The main one being the engine. It is loud, noisy, buzzy, does not get good fuel economy. I am going getting 19-21 mpg city and that is driving as conservative as possible, I don't even want to know what it would be if I drove aggressive. The CVT may have been a good idea at the time but it's not. During hard acceleration the constant rev of the rpm is annoying and loud, the acceleration is not smooth, sort of feels like you're on a roller coaster, going up hills decelerates very quickly even though the pressure remains constant on the pedal.
Crash rating is good, look are pretty good on the outside.
better gas mileage and interior cloth quality, lose the CVT transmission, put better tires on this car - not eggs, learn how to make a defrost system (can't turn on A/C while on defrost), firm up the rear suspension - with 2 people in the back or anything in the trunk this car bottoms out over bumps