2003 Nissan Altima User Reviews

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    2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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    Car Of The House — I love the horsepower in this vehicle. The interior is what I hate on it right now. I am jealous of all the 07s on the road.

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    2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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    Fast And Sleek — Vehicle 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M) Review The power of the 4 cyl engine is like other 6 cyl. The gas mileage, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg city with the a/c on, is unbelievable. It's comfortable. The sound system sounds great and the only time it's been in the shop was to have a fan belt replaced. Favorite Features Power with great gas mileage. Suggested Improvements None.

    Pros: Fast
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    BOSE system
    Leather interior
    Sunroof

    Cons: Car Alarm keeps ringing off the hook
    People keep rubbing up against my bumpers

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    2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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    Good Buy In A Price Range Of 20k — For a four cylinder car, it would be one of the best car. Definitely better than accord and camry.

    Pros: Sterio system, Pick

    Cons: Turning Radius

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    2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL Review
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    Looks Great, Performes Great — 2.5sl 4cilender 5 speed transmition acceleration powerfull 185hp for 2.5 245hp for 3.5

    Pros: comfortable smooth fast ride

    Cons: should be made rear wheel not front wheel drive

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    2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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    Like The Car But Reliability Wise It Has Trouble — Bought this as a lease return at 120k kms and replaced the engine at 144k. I have since had check engine light on several times. I am considering going domestic.

    Pros: Fast and comfortable has most things that people want

    Cons: Reliabiility on expensive stuff.

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    2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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    Very Good Buy Overall. — If you're looking for something in this size, compare it to an Accord or Camry and you'll see it comes with more standard equipment and a more powerful engine for about the same price.

    Pros: Standard equipment, power

    Cons: Needs better tires for better handling!

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    2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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    Economical, Reliable, & Fun Family Sedan — I feel like I'm in an actual sports car rather than a lower-end four-speed 245hp 3.5L V6 car (Aside from the torque-steer). 0-60 time is around 5.5 seconds, quarter of a mile time is around 14.2. Really quick. I have had no major problems and I am very satisfied in my Nissan Altima. I have a heavy foot but still have no major problems though this is a FWD vehicle. The car is eleven years old with 132,000 miles at the time of this review (updated May 2014) and it's still going strong! Good acceleration and braking. The exterior is very nice, fast, and sporty looking. The interior is (cheap) sporty looking with wood grain accents but the dash started cracking about four years ago of the time of this review (updated May 2014) and I'm a person who keeps up with my possessions so I was kind of surprised when I noticed it. Fuel Economy is around 23 miles City and 36 miles Highway MPG. I use Premium Unleaded 93 Octane gas. I would say this car isn't all that expensive to keep up with as long as maintenance is maintained as scheduled; however I have had constant sensor & major oil consumption problems, which I think has finally been resolved. This is a nice car I would recommend it to anyone who wants a spiffy family sedan at a low price for what the car is capable of. (My Nissan Altima 3.5 SE was $31,000 brand new.)

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: - Fuel Economy
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    - Base Price

    Cons: - Major oil consumption
    - FWD. Should be RWD or AWD. (I guess that is why Nissan made the Infiniti G35/G37 which are RWD and AWD.)
    - Automatic version is a 4-Speed. Should be at least 5 or 6-Speed.
    - If you do not like fast cars, this isn't the one for you.
    - Repair costs can become rather expensive.
    - Poor turning radius
    - Road noises >>>ANNOYING!

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    2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Review
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    Green Altima — I liked the mpg but thats about all because like I said im not a big fan on driving cars. but it is a nice littlw car and would be great as a family car or a beginner car for some one.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: good on gas saves me lots of money

    Cons: its a car and Iv never been a big fan on driving cars

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    2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Review
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    Inexpensive, "four-door Sports-car" Like Nissan Calls The Maxima Lol — The way this car drives, I feel like I'm in a high end sports car rather than a lower-end 245hp 3.5L V6. Nissan 350Z and this car drives very similar to me which is a plus for this car being that it is a Family Sedan and not a sports car like the 350Z although the 350Z is much ruffer on the road with slightly stiffer suspensions. I have done as quick as 4.9 seconds from 0-60! Which is very quick for a none high-end car with V6; not to mention that this is the fastest car in its class. The slowest 0-60 run I've done was 6.1 seconds and that was a rainy day! I have had no major problems and I am very satisfied in my Nissan Altima. I floor it all of the time in this car and still have no major problems though this is a FWD vehicle. The car is eight years old with 105,000 miles at the time of this review (March 2011) and it's still going strong! Good acceleration and braking. The exterior is very nice, fast, and sporty looking but I kind of wish I had the SE-R model. I thought about Upgrading to SE-R in 2006 but never got around to it I guess I'm content enough with this one lol. Now, they don't even make the SE-R anymore, which sucks because Nissan only made them for two years. The interior is sporty looking with wood grain accents but the dash started cracking about a year ago of the time of this review (March 2011) and I'm a person who keeps up with my things so I was kind of surprised when I noticed it(has been fixed since then). I get about 20 City and 30 Highway MPG. Maintenance cost me about $2500 a year on average and that includes gasoline in which I use premium 93 Octane. I would say this car isn't all that expensive to keep up with as long as maintenance is maintained as scheduled; however I have had constant sensor problems in which I hope is finally resolved. This is a nice car I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fast family sedan at a low price for what the car is capable of. My Nissan Altima 3.5 SE was $31,000 brand new.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: One of the Fastest(if not the fastest) midsize sedan in its class.

    Cons: If you don't like fast cars, this isn't the one for you. Repair costs can become pricey. This car also has a poor turning radius and loud outside road noises that you can hear from inside of the car.>>>ANNOYING!

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Nissan Altima Reviews

    Economic And Family Car By Hajjaj

    it's nice great care.. beautiful look.. great power with 3.5L & technology package, economic and family car with a beautiful appearance Car drive great and generally it's in a great technology.. Excel... Read More

    Good Value, Good Looks, Everyday Driver With No Frills Or Spills By Dusek

    This is my 4th Altima. Fit and finish are good for price point 4 door sedan. Overall usage of vehicle is daily driver commute. Gets an average of 30-32 mpg with a range of approx 500 miles on 1 full ... Read More

    2012 Nissan Altima Reviews

    You Definitely Get More Than You Paid For By ixica777

    Excellent mid size sedan to use for business and private purpose, not the best looking kid in the block but definitely one of the most comfortable vehicles, add a really low price to it and you got yo... Read More

    Nice Car By bearball

    i like it has good gas mileage and very comfortable. the back up monitor is a bit small. the tech is not as nice as newer models. being a 4 cylinder it is not as peppy as say, a 6 cylinder. overall go... Read More

    2011 Nissan Altima Reviews

    Simple Reliable Daily-driver, Ut Dont Expect Much If You Love Your Autos. By James

    This vehicle would have benefited greatly from a more refined interior. I suppose the 2.5 S model is not going to come with all the bells and whistles, however, from a design stance, its rather plain-... Read More

    Stylish, Sporty And Reliable By Sherr

    I love the styling of this car, inside and out. You just cannot beat the price for such a nice looking car that also has a sporty feel. I really like everything about this car and will hate to see i... Read More

    2010 Nissan Altima Reviews

    All Around Great Car For Anyone! By leannegail

    I loved everything about this car! First car I ever owned and I have had it for 3 years now and never once did I have to put it in the shop unless it was for general maintenance (oil change brakes etc... Read More

    Great Car By daniimcd

    This is my second car, but the first car I have ever bought. I feel a though i made a great decision in purchasing this car as my first. The car has GREAT fuel economy which I was amazed with consider... Read More

    2009 Nissan Altima Reviews

    Great Fuel Savings, Nice Style , Small Truck By mbifalco

    Excellent fuel mileage , more power than most Hybrids , has same 2.5 engine as non-Hybrid and electric engine makes it faster from 0-60 than the non-hybrids. Nice leather, the trunk is small but worka... Read More

    Gas Saver! By crimeserginip1

    I love the fact that the 18 gallon tank averages 530 miles! Also, it is super reliable and inexpensive to maintain! This car is extremely comfortable and great to drive around in! Super economic that ... Read More

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