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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2009 Nissan Altima Sedan

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CRAPPIEST Car I ever owned
3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By giorgos2
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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought the 2009 Altima in March 2009. It is by far the CRAPPIEST car I ever owned (among 10+ cars). Extremely noisy cabin, gas-alcoholic, rides uncomfortably, issues with transmission, touchy brakes, cheaply-made interior, seals already weathered, very noisy while accelerating, etc, etc. ... and not to mention the much higher insurance-premiums Nissan owners have to pay for such a piece of crap. CVT is totally worthless - it truly subtracts any little value this vehicle has. The only positive attribute I can talk about is the style of the car, and outside shape/contours, which were quite a big factor in choosing it - I still think it has a great look (as most Nissans do).


Best Features

Outside shape/contour Interior style (but not quality)


Worst Features

Will have to write a book. This car is so bad that there are no places to start making improvements.


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Worst car ever owned
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By hrl227
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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Bought 2009 Altima brand new in Nov 2009. Engine extemly loud, the rear brakes are so loud. I only have 11,000 miles on it. The engine sounds like it is going to drop to the ground at any moment. The passenger chair makes a virbrating sound. Just an awful new car. I regret buying this piece of crap. I can't wait to go back to Honda.


Best Features

dark inside interior.


Worst Features

Engine needs to be quieter.


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Touchy brakes, spongy cornering
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By richardh
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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought an 09 with 26k on it. Brakes were touchy from the start but thought they would wear-in.
No such luck. Minimal foot pressure feels like you've slammed on the brakes. Had dealer check them out. After he test drove it, said that's normal. If it is don't know how they keep selling the model.
Other complaint is extreme body roll in corners. Maybe it's just lack of seat support.
Really liked the looks and power of the car but could not live with brakes and cornering. Sold it after six months.


Best Features

Style. Back seat fold-down. Decent stereo. Good MPG. Straight ahead power


Worst Features

Fix the brakes, for Pete's sakes. Buffer suspension.


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2009 2.5 S
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By zhon
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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought this car new in October 09 and have only positive things to say about it.
Great power and acceleration for a 4cyl.
Some reviewers have stated problems with a delay on acceleration.
I have not experienced this, my car accelerates immediately and quickly.
I barely have to touch the gas.
Much more responsive than any other 4cyl I have driven, and I have driven many.
The engine did sound like a diesel when it was below freezing, but that seems to have gone away after the first 6000 miles or so.
It is no louder than any other 4cyl.
One suggestion for those concerned about problems with the CVT: read the owners manual for proper break in procedures on a new transmission.


Best Features

Intelligent Key is a nice feature. Not having to dig your keys out of your pocket when carrying items to the car is very convenient. Roomy cabin and trunk space. Fold down rear seats help when hauling larger items.


Worst Features

Folding side mirrors would be nice. Also, the MPG display over estimates gas mileage by about 2 mpg but I still get 28-29 mpg combined (display usually shows around 31 or so).


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Worst transmission, engine, and noise
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By jb68902
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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I don't actually own an Altima (thank God), however, a friend of mine has one and I honestly hate it more than any other midsized car sold in America. The car uses what I consider to be the worst transmission offered on any car, anywhere. That, combined with the engine, produces mediocre power, lazy throttle acceleration, and the absolute worst engine noise conceivable. Combine that with an EXTREMELY outdated exterior/interior, unbearable rear seats, a mediocre sound system, and a lack of joy, and you are left with what is quite possibly the worst midsized car sold today. Seriously, I hate that CVT transmission. The transmission takes what little power there is and reduces it to nothing.


Best Features

Spacious cabin.


Worst Features

Transmission, styling, engine, and handling.


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