2013 Nissan Altima
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Good so far

by from Middle of Nowhere, Utah on December 30, 2012

2.5 S, over a month of ownership and over 2,000 miles. This is the replacement for our dependable but recall prone (28 recalls during ownership) 12 year-old minivan. PROS: Good ride, comfy seats, lar...
2.5 S, over a month of ownership and over 2,000 miles. This is the replacement for our dependable but recall prone (28 recalls during ownership) 12 year-old minivan. PROS: Good ride, comfy seats, large trunk, excellent highway gas mileage (39 mpg driving a steady 70 mph), quiet interior at speed, warms up quickly in very cold weather, stability and traction control nice during inclement weather, good pedal/seat/wheel relationship, remote start is nice to have, long range for key fob, good ingress/egress both front and rear. CONS: Lousy city/urban gas mileage (25 mpg), speakers aren't great, if the front seats are slid far back your elbow hits the B-pillar. This is the first vehicle I've had with a CVT. If driven with a gentle throttle foot, WOW, this is nice. But when getting on and off the gas hard, the tranny seems to get a bit confused and either hangs onto rev for quite a while or drops revs and then rebounds up. Not a problem, just a bit different compared to what I am accustomed. May just be the computer trying to figure me out. We do not have the lurching as others have noted, nor do we have the booming engine noise at low rpm. Speed through the main road in town is 30 mph and the engine is barely turning over 1250 rpm and all we have is smooth sailing. We did have a loud power steering pump, but that went away after the first 1,000 miles; the only unusual noise we have is a high pitched whine (like a turbocharger winding down) for a few seconds after the engine is turned off. The only explanation I have is this might be the high-pressure pump for the transmission. The only other concern I have is our car is an August build. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), structural changes have been made already during this model year starting with the November and later builds (http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1738&seriesid=280). I don't know what this means other than a change was made and the IIHS recommends the Altima as a top safety pick only after November builds, but one may want to check the build date (driver side door jam) and get the November and later builds. Overall, we love the ride, seats, handling (kind of sports car like), overall fuel economy, looks, and the quiet cabin. We looked at over 20 different cars and were down to this and the Accord and chose the Altima. I would recommend this car, noting the build date.
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2013 Altima 2.5SL Nice Looking Not A Smooth Ride

by from Chicago, IL on December 13, 2012

Having driven the 2013 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 5,000 miles now I have some things to say. I have taken the car back to the dealer to address some issues. They are as follows: 1) Acceleration through 1,40...
Having driven the 2013 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 5,000 miles now I have some things to say. I have taken the car back to the dealer to address some issues. They are as follows: 1) Acceleration through 1,400 rpms is rough, the transmission seems to struggle creating a noticeable rumbling/vibrating sound which you can hear in the car. The dealer says that is normal for the 4 cyl. 2) The power steering assist motor is loud and you can hear a whirring sound inside the car. The dealer says that is normal. 3) Sitting at a stop light the car sometimes vibrates and shakes not violently but enough to notice. I drove a 2009 Altima SL 4 cyl. for 3 years and loved its smooth ride so much I was sold on the new model?s better looks but now I miss the 2009?s smooth ride. The gas milage is better and it does ride smooth under and over the 1,400 rpm range. One mechanic suggested I use premium gas to alleviate the vibration/rumbling around 1,400 rpm but that did not help. The issues above take away from the positive features of the car. For Nissan the issues above should be unacceptable and should be fixed.
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About to be returned under Lemon Law

by from Appleton, WI on March 17, 2013

This is the 3rd Nissan vehicle I've owned and is by far the most disappointing. I purcahsed the 2.5l S model after much research into other vehicles in the mid-size category. I needed a car large enou...
This is the 3rd Nissan vehicle I've owned and is by far the most disappointing. I purcahsed the 2.5l S model after much research into other vehicles in the mid-size category. I needed a car large enough to transport my 2 young children as well as get decent gas milage since I travel 70-80 miles round trip minimum each day. The advetised 38mpg highway was a major motivator into my purcahse. I purcahsed the vehicle with under 250 miles on the clock about 5 months ago. Since then I have had nothing but issues with it. From the get go, I knew something was up when I started getting 28mpg on a tank of fuel with about 440 highway miles out of the 480 miles to tank fill up. Around 1000 miles the vehicle started having starting issues. There are two situations that will randolmy occur with my car: 1-The car turns over vary hard and struggles to start as if the can is low on fuel. This happens at any fuel level. 2-The car turns over but fails to start. The computer times out after a short time to keep the starter from buring out. Again, fuel level is not a culprit. To date the vehicle has been in for service 5 times for the issues above, and has stumped the Nissan service crews (both local and national). I now have a computer modual installed under my seat to log all driving conditions until it happens again. I have recently filed my paperwork for Lemon Law and am now negotiating the return of the car to Nissan North America. I have been told this is only happening with my vehicle but then again, isn't that the definition of a lemon. That coupled with the issue of actual gas mileage has pushed me to look for other brands. Other issues I have found with the car: -The sun visors are usless. They are very short and do not help if you need to move them to the door window locations. -The low idle / low speed vibration that others are complaining about is annoying and seems to be getting worse as time goes on. -The plastic bumpers are very frail at tempertures around freezing. I hit a small snow/ice chunk at about 10 miles an hour and it put a huge 12" crack in the front bumper. -The blower fan has needed cleaning twice now for small leaves getting in past the cabin filter. (Apparently a cabin filter isn't supposed to filter out leaves?! It makes me wonder how much it's actually doing if leaves can get by it. But I've been told by the service department that "It happens all the time.") Besides that, the car is ok. The seats are comfortable and child car seats fit decent (both front and rear facing). But the issues I've had with the gas mileage and the starting issues are enough to make me stray away from another Nissan purcahse. Which is disappointing because the Altima had so much to offer.
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very happy with our purchase

by from york, s.c. on April 20, 2013

we like the Nissan Altima sv and we especially like the gas milage. Lifetime powertrain warranty is a deal maker.
we like the Nissan Altima sv and we especially like the gas milage. Lifetime powertrain warranty is a deal maker.
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Would not Recommend Ever!

by from Miami, FL on January 2, 2014

I've had this car for 13 months already and I'm on my 4th set of brakes. For the first 20 minutes of driving, all I hear is a very loud screeching sound that can be heard over the radio and with the w...
I've had this car for 13 months already and I'm on my 4th set of brakes. For the first 20 minutes of driving, all I hear is a very loud screeching sound that can be heard over the radio and with the windows up. The dealership keeps telling me it's normal to hear my brakes screeching. This is not my first car, so hearing this is very irritating. If it were true, everyone in Miami would have the same issue and all you would hear in the streets were screeching brakes. I'm going next week to get rid of this piece of junk and go over to a reliable brand who know how to really make a car.
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first nissan

by from Rochester, NY on November 24, 2013

This is an update from 03/2013. Purchased in Nov 2012, it now has 13,000 miles. It has been to the dealer 5 times in the past 12 months. My biggest complaint has been the engine vibration. The serpent...
This is an update from 03/2013. Purchased in Nov 2012, it now has 13,000 miles. It has been to the dealer 5 times in the past 12 months. My biggest complaint has been the engine vibration. The serpentine belt, tensioner and part of the exhaust were replaced months ago which seemed to helped. That was a temporary fix. Last week the alternator was replaced which seems to be the new fix for the engine vibration. This definitely has improved the vibration level, however has not totally solved the problem. The power steering pump has an incessant whine which is supposed to be normal for the 2013 Altima. I guess that means that they don't have a fix for the problem. At high speeds the Altima has a tendency to wander more than any vehicle I have owned in the past. I am betting these problems will be addressed on the 2014 Altima, however the 2013 owners will have to live with these issues. If you are going to buy an Altima, wait for the 2014's and DO NOT BUY A 2013.
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Don't do it

by from Twinsburg, OH on March 22, 2014

I bought this car brand new in Nov 2012. Within months I had a bad front wheel bearing - had to get a rental....a few months later bad back wheel bearing, had o get another rental. Months later again,...
I bought this car brand new in Nov 2012. Within months I had a bad front wheel bearing - had to get a rental....a few months later bad back wheel bearing, had o get another rental. Months later again, the car is revving up to 3000 RPMs when I'm going down hill and there are knocking sounds underneath. Also hearing rattling in the dash. Black interior with pets or life in general is a BAD idea, always looks dirty. Never again.....I will trade it in as soon as I don't get hit too hard on the trade in.
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Good so far

by from Winston Salem, NC on March 19, 2014

This is the first Altima I have owner, but did rent one for an extended trip and enjoyed the car and the ride. I have driven a Cadillac since 1989 and this is the first time I have taken the plunge fo...
This is the first Altima I have owner, but did rent one for an extended trip and enjoyed the car and the ride. I have driven a Cadillac since 1989 and this is the first time I have taken the plunge for what I thought would be a smaller car. I have been plesantly surprised by the room and the performance. The only disappointment is the amount of road noise. It's not extreme but definitely not the quite ride of the more expensive cars. Love the gas mileage and the spacious cabin, head room and back seat space. Only time will tell, all 4 of the cadillacs I owned had close to 200,000 miles when they were retired from service. All were still running great, so others were able to continue driving them.
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2013 Altima 3.5 SL - Poor Man's Maxima

by from Cherry Hill, NJ on September 25, 2012

I wanted to buy a Maxima with all the bells and whistles, but even with the VPP supplier discount I was way over budget. I then drove the 2013 Altima 3.5 SL and was blown away with the comfort, perfor...
I wanted to buy a Maxima with all the bells and whistles, but even with the VPP supplier discount I was way over budget. I then drove the 2013 Altima 3.5 SL and was blown away with the comfort, performance and value. Nissan claims they will sell nine 2.5s for every one 3.5, but I found the 2.5 noisy and non-responsive at the high end. The 3.5 was smooth and seemed to perform better than the 270 HP that they claim. I added the tech package and most of the "port installed" options, and still came in at UNDER $30K with my VPP discount. I don't know how Nissan can offer this much car for so little money, but I am glad they did. This is my first Nissan, but it won't be my last.
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Wonderful car

by from CA on September 19, 2012

Bought a new 2013 Altima SV couple of weeks ago and enjoying it thoroughly. Outstanding car, very comfortable smooth power delivery and very responsive throttle. Getting 40-41 MPG on the highway 30-31...
Bought a new 2013 Altima SV couple of weeks ago and enjoying it thoroughly. Outstanding car, very comfortable smooth power delivery and very responsive throttle. Getting 40-41 MPG on the highway 30-31 for my mixed commute (which equals or is better than that of many small cars!). Some people have reported "vague" steering but I experienced no problems at all -- if I release the wheel on flat straight stretch, the car stays in the lane for a good long while. When you accelerate hard, you do hear the engine revving up but I find that reassuring and not bothersome. There is no noise when accelerating more gently. This is the first automatic I've owned and I find the CVT wonderfully smooth and responsive. Lots of nice touches, e.g. after turning off the engine power is still available to close the windows!
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