Twice as Nice
By NOVA Shopper on
2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Brought home a second Altima (2009 2.5) in less than a year to join the 2008 3.5 sibling at home! We love these cars! Great handling, good acceleration and power, even in the I4! Got our 3.5 after testing 4 and the 2.5 after testing 6 (each time visiting 3 dealers). Learned something very valuable -- out-of-round tires cause bad vibrations/shimmy! (Result of sitting in one spot on the lot too long -- a year or so. Permanently damages the steel belt radials -- you need new tires.) Also, discovered that cars made in Canton (rather than Smyrna) seem to be better -- quieter engines and superior quality parts such as knobs/trim. Must be the QA program Canton established after a bad start.
Love the cornering -- "on rails" -- and the CVT that gives you power without sounding like a lawn mower. Seats are comfy and trip computer on the dash display alternating with temperature, mpg, etc is convenient. Home link / dimming mirror with compass is an essential tool you'll want and enjoy.
Those are some ugly wipers -- big, thick rods that do a marvelous job but look like Obie Wan's saber going across in front of you. Also, wish fog lights were available separately without the convenience pkg. And, miss the stability control and auto headlights on the 2.5 miss auto door locks on 3.5