Well, Chrysler is no longer an American company, and Ford's cars are horrid,
much worse than anything except maybe the Koreans.
I also assure you that for somebody on a beer budget, a Maxima is very much
a real car. Otherwise, I'd be happy to take suggestions for my next ride.
Show me a sports sedan, priced in the mid/low-20s, that has the ride,
interior quality, and guts that my Nissan has. I would have loved to
seriously looked at a CTS, but they're just too expensive.
On Sat, 06 Sep 2003 02:29:08 GMT, Joseph Oberlander
too cold, and the computer flooded the engine.
Also, the recent recall due to a screw up in the computer regarding the
pre-catalyst could allow particles to enter the combustion chamber.
Worst case scenario is the engine has to be replaced.
I was in my friends Altima, and the ride quality reminded me of a
What's to like about 175HP? What's to like about an interior worse
than a Chevy? What's to like about goofy tail lights and cheap rear
door machining? What's to like about a rear beam axle? What's to
like about the champion of torque-steer?
You have to be kidding. It's not great, but it's better than a
Chevy. Shoot, Ford is better than Chevy. Only Hyundai was cheaper
than GM's econoboxes.
Changed for 2004. New exterior, new lights. Same underneath,
but now looks like a small A4.
Since it's FWD, no big deal either way.
It has the stiffest body of any car in its class, so I think
they figured it out pretty well. Honestly, go test-drive one
and see how well it moves and handles. Test the SE-R Spec V
also - huge improvement - like a hopped up Civic without any work.
We got the previous one (Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique). Didn't sell well --
too small inside for its price range, too conservative in its styling. Since
the Focus has the same, or more, interior room, Ford decided to drop it in the
On basis do you make your judgment?
I had a Ghia version. Quite well appointed and well screwed together. As
it was the booted version (i.e. with trunk) I found it very boring to look
at. I refer the hatchback.
NB: To reply directly replace "nospam" with "schmetterling"
As an ex-owner of a '98 Cavalier, you've got to be joking. The Altima is a
far superior car in every conceivable way, interior included.
Also, Altimas use a fully independent rear suspension. The rear beam axle
is long gone.
I can also assure you that the torque steer is only a big deal to auto
reviewers and people who don't actually own the cars. Most of us learn to
deal with it about 2 hours after taking delivery, if not during the test
drive itself. Since I actually know how to drive, I don't find it to be a
Rear door machining? Now, you're nitpicking. What do YOU drive, so I can
put it on my list of Maxima-killing sports sedans?
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