2005 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Very fun car. Reliability ca

2005 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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3.5 SE Sedan (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Very fun car. Reliability can be so-so though.
By ace340 on


2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


I purchased this car used in 2009.
I have the 3.5 SE trim with pretty much all available addons. This car is very fast and handles extremely well, its a slick car. Good interior too, although getting a little dated in 2014.

Unfortunately my reliability has been so-so and I've had to shell out some expensive repairs.
Timing chain, Two O2 sensors, Crankshaft positioning sensor, Catalytic converter (OUCH!). I have 86k miles too, mostly freeway driving.

When this car is up and running its a blast to drive, but reliability can be really spotty sometimes. The car does rattle sometimes too when driving, but nothing too alarming with the music on.

Best Features

Good looks, very strong acceleration, excellent handling, comfortable interior, roomy!

Worst Features

MPG could be a little better, I get about 25-27 MPG with VERY conservative highway driving. Requires premium gas for best performance. Reliability is suspect sometimes, some rattles in the interior, paint scratches and chips very easily.
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