2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE-R 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
Car has been absolutely reliable so far, and I've about 80K on the odometer. The VQ powerplant never disappoints; there is ample torque everywhere so shifting is minimal. The handling is fantastic, turn in is very sharp and mid-corner is almost neutral with slight understeer. Brakes are equally good, minal nose dive and sports car stopping distances. On the highway I usually average better than 30mpg, with 23-25mpg in the city. The 6spd manual is "stik-stik" perfect, but the throws are a little long. Pedals are placed nicely for heal toe downshifts. Performs reasonably well in the snow too, obviously winter tires are recommended.
The Engine, chassis and brakes here simply do not disappoint, yet nothing here is too overbearing to make anyone fear the daily commute.
The clutch is slightly heavy for stop and go traffic, and the 18inch wheels are very susceptible to curb rash. Also the passenger seat could use a bit more lumbar support.
We bought the Altima new and have put 106000 trouble free miles on it! The stock tires were the problem with traction that a lot of people have complained about-a good set of Yokos has taken care of that! Only problem in over 100k miles has been a crank sensor $26 part- easy to change, tires and brakes. This has been an excellent vehicle, but I tend to do the maint. needed. You cant go wrong for the price. Lots of room, power and has been very reliable. Put aftermarket ceramic brake pads on and never have to worry about the brakes again ! I live in snow belt of Roch.NY., with tire change this has been a great handling, safe family cruiser-106k and counting...
RELIABLE, cheap to maintain, lots of room, bose radio
This car was purchased after my '97 Civic was rear-ended and totaled. My family owns 4 Nissans, and we have an 03 altima, so naturally i wanted what i was familiar with. This car was a no-brainer buy, and i love driving it. The radio is great, brakes, steering etc are also phenomenal. I recommend this car to everyone!
Smooth clutch, beautiful interior (black is gorgeous!), FAST, lots of compartments to store stuff.
Make the steering wheel a little bit narrower (like in the '03), and the clutch might be a little more fun if it was like the SE-R
Purchased the car Feb. 2009 with 39,700 miles. Now has 47,400 and I'm very happy. My only complaint is the power windows on the driver door should be on the center console by my right arm. In an emergency you can't close the door and raise the window at the same time.
Power windows should be on the center console. The trunk is so large a full size spare tire would be great.
2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I just bought one with 46k miles on it. I was happy to find that it still has plenty of power. I took it on a 7 hour road trip and enjoyed how easily I could pass other cars on the highway. It also gets pretty decent gas mileage for the size of the engine. The handling could be better, it feels heavy in turns. A little disappointed with the sound system. Overall a comfortable and capable vehicle.
Power, navigation system.
Turning radius isn't great. Sportier handling/suspension. Equalizer for the CD player. Lose the spoke in the center of the steering wheel. Seats are a little hard.