2008 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Reconsider before buying 6-spd

2008 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 S Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Reconsider before buying 6-spd manual
By dont_buy_the_6-speed on


2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


I have owned this car for 10 months and it drove superb when I first purchased it, but the Edmunds.com editor was correct when he says that the 6-speed manual transmission should be avoided. In the winter, the gears began to grind, crunch, pop. I tried a dealer recommended synthetic oil and it helps slightly but even in the summer there is considerable gear grinding. Master clutch cylinder had silent recall; clutch pedal made reverberating "socket-wrench" sound until this was replaced. Nissan consumer affairs lacks technical knowledge and unhelpful and would not offer any suggestions to correct gear-grinding, it seems to be a common problem so please avoid 6-spd and go with the CVT

Best Features

Gas mileage close to 28 MPG (lots of stop & go city driving), great style and peppy performance, quiet and smooth ride, very nice sound system with deep bass, smart key feature with key-less ignition and entry is my favorite part of the car and something that I will greatly miss when i trade it in

Worst Features

I can't over emphasize how cautious to be about the 6 speed manual. First few months I had no problems but it is the worst feeling shift I have ever experienced (compared to Honda Accord, Mazda, Toyota). I recommend the car otherwise. I am trading in for a Santa Fe since I no longer enjoy shifting
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