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CVT gone at 50k. Wheel bearings at 40k, radio
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By elijahwww
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Overall, this car was not a good choice for my wife. She had very annoying issues with it almost immediately with the automatic light shutoff and battery dying on her at the airport. In 2009 she used AAA 7 times. In 2011 we replaced wheel bearings, exhaust shield came loose, and radio would become unresponsive on random occasions - light would dim and volume controls would only cycle 6 and 7.
Then in 2012 at 51k, the tranny goes. Yes, Nissan came through and forked over $5k towards replacing it as well as some other outstanding recall and emmision problems. Thanks for that. From a simple, cheap car all she wanted was decent reliability, at least up to a respectable 80k. But tranny at 51k. No


Best Features

It fits my son's car seat much better than our BMW 335. We can actually have a family ride with both adults at the front.


Worst Features

The car blows cold air for way too long while it's warming up. The doors lock with keyless entry only when all the doors are shut. Just check what the Germans did and plagiarize.


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5 years, 60k miles
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By stevewaclo
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2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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Noticed only one other review for a Coupe with some miles on it, so thought I'd share my experience. Took delivery in January of '08 and other than a broken limit strap on the driver door, the car has been flawless. Fuel economy on the V6 has been as high as 32 @ 70 (Hwy, measured several times at fill-up and around 20 in town with combined in the low 20's. Although designed for premium, I've used regular. Performance is excellent with some torque steer on hard launch. One track day, with VDC off, was a hoot. Excellent for long trips and plenty of room for skis, with the back seats down. Plus, it takes someone who knows the car to know an '08 from the current model.


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Styling, performance and handling are excellent. Roomy interior, comfortable heated leather seats, automatic dual climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 6disk Bose sound have made for enjoyable travels. HID headlamps and LED lamps in the mirrors improve safety and visibility. Seldom use the sun roof but it's there when I want it. Keyless entry and push-button start are a major convenience.


Worst Features

Long reach back the seat belts and some interior finishes could have been softer plastic. Dual mass flywheel makes for somewhat abrupt clutch take up and easy stalls. Rear visibility is sketchy...use a spotter or get a back-up camera :-).


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So Many Problems
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By stormchaser32
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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When we first purchased the car, we had no issues until the 15K mark and car would not start.
Brake sensor issue.
Another 15K, stopped to get gas in Alabama, car would not start.
Brake sensor again. Trip to Florida and a loud whining noise, Transmission replaced 60K.
After getting the maintenance, they stated that it will be fine.
Whining brakes are annoying and the leather on the console is torn...not covered by warranty.
Also, center console is very loose.
Now the radio will not power on.
Drive about 15 miles and then press the push start w/o foot on brake, radio comes back on.
Problems and will not own another Nissan


Best Features

The get up and go is nice.


Worst Features

I would want a way to start the car when the brake sensor is not working.


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Love the Car
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By queenb63
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2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I bought my 2008, 3.5 SE coupe new, it has great looks and ALOT of get up & go. I don't have 20,000 miles on it yet, planning on selling it to go with a bigger car will miss it when its gone...


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Power


Worst Features

It does have a blind spot but I also have a convertible that has them so I'm use to looking over my shoulder.


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altima issues
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By islander12
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Any issues that I have have with my 2009 Altima i just had to google and found them very quickly online.
Three issues, Push start, transmission and leak in the moon roof all were listed as a problem.
Nissan covered all repairs except for the moonroof.
Disappointing because only had 36000 miles as of 2012 and bought the car based on consumer reports.


Best Features

I love having all the controls at my fingertips and bluetooth capability.


Worst Features

Seriously, issue recalls if known problems exist.


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