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Been a great lease, deciding to purchase it or not
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tmac4718
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Brand new lease on 08/13/2008, now has 36k miles. Have enjoyed the car so much I'm trying to decide whether to just buy it. If it was awd it would be a no brainer. Even with brand new Toyo all seasons this year it still stinks in the winter. Car is too light and can't keep the front tires from slipping entirely too much in the winter, drove my 4wd instead. Brakes have squealed the whole time, dealer says normal. And an odd loud ping upon startup when putting in reverse. Dealer can never reproduce the ping. Other than that great car. Other peoples tranny issues concern me but still has warranty


Best Features

Bose stereo, pushbutton start, I like the CVT for highway driving, gas mileage keeps getting better and better, seating position, steering wheel positions, seats(driver better than passenger), trunk space is huge, car is quiet, smooth, no road noise. Bluetooth and phone is better than my wifes MDX. 20 gallon gas tank is sweet!


Worst Features

Brake squeal, beef up the steering feel(way to light), make the car a little bit heavier for freeway speeds and snow covered roads, make the brake and gas pedals not so sensitive. Passenger seat same as drivers.


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would'nt buy another
4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By patr1
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Leased a 2008 that will be returned in Sept, 2001. Car has 28K miles. Engine sounds like my lawnmower. Brakes sound like metal on metal. The dealer says thats normal?? Would never have another. Pushbutton start stinks, but my wife likes it. Parked the car one day turned it off, I thought. Then came out 3 hours later to find the car still running. Note: be VERY careful if you buy a car with pushbutton start and have an attched garage. People have died from carbon Monoxide poisioning because they thought the car was turned off before retiring to sleep.


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Afraid to drive
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By prettylemon
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I have a 2008 Nissan altima 4dr 2.5S. Ive taken by car in for many reasons including regular servicing.
From the 1st month i have taken the car in for whinny noises, lack of power going up hill, engine working hard when AC is on and then some.
These complaints have been with 3 dearlerships. One day while driving, I released the gas peddle to slow and press to speed up a bit and it stops. Car starts fine the problem is intermittent. problem did not show up in the diagnostic test. transmission problem was found the the day the shop was returning the car to me the first time. This time i am afraid to drive it. (what if it stops in an intersection)


Best Features

Safety equipment, 32 mpg, comfortable and roomy interior, stylish exterior


Worst Features

recall all 2008 altima 2.5S with transmission problems and replace them with new cars or give money back. Customer satisfaction comes with the mind set of doing the job right the first time and customer comes first.


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Poor shock absorbers
1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Gino
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2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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We live in a condo complex that has 5 speed bumps. The car scrapes bottom when carrying 4 passengers or if the trunk is full of personal items. Also have had problems with tire wear and more noticeable after having rotated the tires.


Best Features

Love the Bose sound system, quiet ride and its quick response.


Worst Features

Increase the strength of the shocks or suspension system.


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Drive train awful
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By Teal
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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2 sets of bearings, one tranny failure (so far), constant brake noise. Probably the least reliable vehicle I have ever owned at the age of 63 and I owned some junkers as a kid. Get the car back tomorrow after another 4 days at the dealer service. Trading it this weekend on non-Nissan product.


Worst Features

Dump the tranny for conventional gearing type. Improve the bearings and brakes.


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