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Posted: 11/21/2003 4:32:28 PM EDT
Can't afford it really, but couldn't afford not to.

2003 Altima S, certified pre-owned, 20,300 miles.

Book $18,000ish

Paid $16,400 plus $1,370 for a bumper to bumper warranty that covers 6 years or an additional 80,000 miles.

Total cost out the door $19,100.

My other option was a 2004 Altima S at invoice cost, $18,806 plus tax, title and registration for around $20,500 and only a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty.

Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:35:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2003 4:44:12 PM EDT by Pangea]
The fish isn't supposed to see the hook. Only the bait.

Edited to add " hey they have 'em listed in The Shotgun News for $15,000". You got ripped off! LOL
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:37:25 PM EDT
Happy to hear it Bro
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:38:19 PM EDT
Is it a 3.5L?
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:38:42 PM EDT
They are nice little cars.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:38:47 PM EDT
should have bought a dodge neon
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:40:27 PM EDT
That's a great car. Congratulations!
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:41:41 PM EDT
I really like that car. Enjoy driving it!
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:42:46 PM EDT
2.5 liter 175 hp 4 cylinder... but damn she has some get up and go!
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:44:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2003 4:45:51 PM EDT by einnor1040]

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
should have bought a dodge neon




The neons are nice, but that Nissan will be runnin long after the Dodge has bit the dirt.

They build those Altimas about a mile from my house.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:46:12 PM EDT
LOL, I'm 6'3 and down to 270... the Neon was not an option, unless I bought two and mounted them on my feet!
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:47:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:49:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:51:34 PM EDT
i was joking about the neon


a good friend of mine bought one new in 99 or so and it's falling apart alread with well under 100k on it


Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:51:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
yep the Altimas are pretty good, my dad has a 2003 as well. The 3.5L's are damn pocket rockets but eat more gas.

Have you seen those Pathfinder Armada's yet?
www.nissanusa.com/m/cma/i/4ar/4arm_gal_big03.jpg

like them
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:51:55 PM EDT
Cool car...when ya gettin' the spoiler and big pipe put on it?
There's WAY too many cars that's name ends with an A, but yours is one of the better ones.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 4:56:11 PM EDT
The Armada is frickin HUGE! 13 miles to a gallon.... doh!

I'm a little nervous about another $19,000 in debt but I just keep telling myself there should be nearly no maintenance costs for the next 6 years...
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 5:56:04 PM EDT
6yrs/80,000 miles you must not get out much.

I have the same problem as you. 6'2" and headroom is a plus, or just gotta recline the driver's seat to see under the roof line.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 6:03:25 PM EDT
Good Luck and congrats on the new addition
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 6:25:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2003 6:26:30 PM EDT by HiramRanger]

Originally Posted By David_Hineline:
6yrs/80,000 miles you must not get out much.

I have the same problem as you. 6'2" and headroom is a plus, or just gotta recline the driver's seat to see under the roof line.



Yeah, but that was the best offer they had. Beats 3 years, 36 months.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 6:47:20 PM EDT
U guys are crazy.

New cars are too much.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 6:55:06 PM EDT
Nice car Hiram. I hope it's a 4x4 so it'll handle the mud of GunStock 2004.

J/K

Congrats!



Micha­el
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 11:11:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 11:21:24 PM EDT
I don't wanna sound gay but your rump will be in a smooth ride from here on.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 12:52:03 AM EDT
[knocks on wood]I have a 96 Maxima with 115,000 miles on it and it is still maintence free.[/knocks on wood]
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 1:00:39 AM EDT
Why would a MAN buy a chick car?
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 4:56:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/22/2003 4:58:34 AM EDT by HiramRanger]

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
Why would a MAN buy a chick car?



LOL, the Altima is a chick car? At least I didn't buy a Beetle or a Cabriolet...

I bought it because:
1. All reliability reports from CR, to JD Powers to Edmunds say it is an awesome car.

2. I know I got a screaming deal on it.

3. My fat ass fits comfortably in it.

4. She drives real nice.

5. I drive my cars into the ground, currently I'm driving my 91 Buick Regal that we bought in 92. This puppy will last.

6. Well, just to annoy you...
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 6:46:25 AM EDT
Congrats on the new (new to you) car.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 7:05:59 AM EDT
Wow, people still buy cars?


Why not buy a truck?
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 10:23:49 AM EDT
No V6 and you bought an extended warrenty?
You are going to miss the V6, and as far as the extended warrenty goes, well, that's $1,300 plus out the window.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 10:42:57 AM EDT

as far as the extended warrenty goes, well, that's $1,300 plus out the window

Exactly. Consumer Reports also considers extended warranties a BIG waste of money.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 10:58:54 AM EDT
Congrats on yer new chick car HiramRanger!

j/k - That phukin company (Nissan) has me spoiled rotten too. Very smart choice!
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 8:48:47 AM EDT
Concerning the 80,000 mile warranty, are you absolutely sure its for 80,000 additional miles and not just 80,000 miles total?
The reason I ask is alot of times dealers confuse people into thinking the former when in truth the warranty is only the latter.
Definitely worth checking into.

Congratulations on the new purchase though.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:22:40 AM EDT
Funny thing you broke down and got a car, while my car broke down on me...
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 11:50:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 3:35:11 PM EDT
who had the car before you, hopefully it came off a lease and not a rental
20K is definately preowned
Average yearly mileage is 10K-15K

good luck dude
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 4:15:27 PM EDT
Well, I am currently looking into buying a new car myself. I will be spending about the same dollars and will have no problem spending an extra $1600 on an extended warrenty.

Remember, it's only wasted money if I never need to use it...but then again I will have piece of mind. AFter all. I have payed over $2000 in the last 3-4 years in car insurance and I never had to use that either. So by some of your guys thinking that was a waste of mind also.

Piece of mind is always worth the money.

Sgtar15
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 4:27:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sgtar15:
Piece of mind is always worth the money.



It would be so nice to give people peace of mind by banning scary looking weapons.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 4:56:38 PM EDT

ProfessorEvil:
It would be so nice to give people peace of mind by banning scary looking weapons.



They did.



Don't you feel better now?
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 7:41:18 PM EDT
on used cars u can buy aftermarket warranties that kick in after the factory ends for much less than the dealers
GE capital and some other ones are real good
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 6:11:04 AM EDT
Some warranties will refund the money if you don't have a claim during the period. My Credit Union has one like that. It's hip. As long as your happy go nuts!
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 6:45:59 AM EDT
It was a corporate fleet vehicle and the garage has done all the work on it - oil changes and such. I don't consider the extended warranty to be a waste of money. $1,300 is less than the cost of a tranny. My Buick's tranny shit out at 80,000 miles and cost $1,800 to fix. My fear was making payments beyond the warranty period and be stuck putting the payment in plus maintenance costs. It is an additional 80,000 miles. You can read the details on Nissan USA's website it is the Gold preferred warranty package. This other extended warranties. Who services them? Do you have to lay out the money for the repair and then be reimbursed? Do they pick and choose what shop can do the work? Are there enough locations authorized to do the work? With Nissan's warranty I go to any Nissan dealer, hand them the card and covered work is done, end of story. Anyway, this is how I could afford to do it. My father, who buys a half-dozen vehicles a year for his business, green-lighted the purchase. Had he even hesitated I would have backed off. Somebody has to explain to me how a certified and warrantied vehicle to 100,000 miles was the wrong choice over a new vehicle with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty that cost more.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:13:43 AM EDT
I hate car payment too. I was looking at one of those in the parking lot on fri. Nice looking [beer]
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:16:17 AM EDT
I'm happy for you. You made a nice choice, Nissan Altimas are pretty tough cars. I had one of their previous generation Altimas and put 136,000 miles without a hitch. Only problem I had was with some acid rain & paint oxidation. But I think all 2002 & up Nissans have a water based paint that helps with these issues. I just bought new Accord LX for $17,100. I'm paying $269/month for 5-years. My Dad's Accord lasted him 13-years and NOTHING went wrong on it. Dodge Neon...please! I worked for Daimler/Chrysler years ago. Believe me, I would'nt drive one if they gave it to me. Nothing like a THREE-SPEED transmission on the highway! Dodge is out of touch with reality!
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:57:05 AM EDT
As the owner of a 'Man' car, a 1965 Pontiac Tempest, I salute you on your choice. I love my car dearly, but I envy your lack of maintenance and more than 11 miles to the gallon. Congradulations!
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:12:28 AM EDT
Nice car, HR! I had a Nissan Pathfinder and it was bulletproof. Had something like 130k on it when I got rid of it, and I would have kept it, but when it was made (1990) they used a lot of recycled metal for auto bodies and failure to prepare the metal properly led to lots of rust problems later. So, although it ran great, the body was starting to look a little rough. I sold it before it got TOO bad, and got a Jeep Liberty. I love the Jeep, but still miss the Pathfinder sometimes. I worked for a guy who had an older Altima that had very high miles and went forever. He recently traded in for a new one.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 8:18:50 AM EDT
That is a sweet car. Looks like the one Lil drives. Highs this week 80 - 81, lows 67-68. What's the weather up north? Gerry
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 9:24:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ger42: That is a sweet car. Looks like the one Lil drives. Highs this week 80 - 81, lows 67-68. What's the weather up north? Gerry
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The weather is a brisk eat $hit, followed by extended periods of drop dead Mother Scrumper... with a long term forecast of you're a world class salad tosser! [;)] Hope you and Lil are doing well, please visit soon!
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