By on July 30, 2007

img_0598.jpgI test drove Nissan’s 2008 Altima Coupe 2.5 S on a sunny summer morning in Denton. Keen to clock the whip’s curb appeal, I stunted and flossed around the University of North Texas campus, stopping to pose (the car) in front of the school’s giant beetle larva-inspired fine arts auditorium. Blurry-eyed students of the Fast and the Furious generation yawned as they made their way to classes. And yet the Altima Coupe’s flying off dealer lots. Does that mean this car’s sex appeal is designed for people who like to wear sensible shoes? Uh-huh. 

In fact, Nissan’s Coupe is aimed at the same buyers who favor the understated Infiniti G35 two-door. No surprise there. From its apostrophe-shaped front light clusters, to the rear window’s distinctive blocky form, to the car’s powerful rear haunches, the Altima coupe is a G Mini-Me. Only minor cosmetic touches differentiate the models: the grille (a black honeycomb borne by two chrome wings) and the rear (rounded taillights framing a big busy butt). Otherwise, same deal.

img_0576.jpgClimbing into the Coupe brings back memories of the days when Rupert Holmes ruled radio waves and sweaty polyester-clad drivers piloted 280ZXs into discothèque parking lots. Unlike modern SUV-inspired upright seating positions, you slip into the Altima Coupe’s front seat like you’re climbing into bed, extending your feet onto the well-placed pedals. Despite a wheelbase that’s only four-inches shorter than the four-door Altima, the lowered roof (2.5”) means adults will find precious little comfort in the Coupe’s rear confines.

In the spirit of Acura’s recently departed RSX, the Coupe’s dashboard is a model of functional minimalism; every dial and control is positioned with classical precision. As the Coupe’s cockpit is identical to the sedan’s– save some aluminum-look bits on the steering wheel and center stack– the two-door isn’t exactly the sine qua non of automotive luxury. In case you missed the point, the official website hawks “handy seat control levers” and “generous cup-holders.” 

img_0607.jpgTick the 2.5 S’ $5100 Premium Package and Dr. Bose’s handiwork supplies the Gen X-requisite aural shock and awe. The nine speaker, two woofer, digital audio system– complete with XM Satellite Radio, speed-sensitive volume control and an iPod input jack– sounds like the leather seats feel: a grade above economy class, but a cut-price curtain away from first. The extra wedge qualifies you for the [optional] $2k sat nav system, which further obfuscates the Coupe’s proletarian roots.

Starting the Coupe is as easy as ordering supplies from Staples; you bring the powerplant to life by pushing a none-too-subtle red button on the dash beside the steering column. The willing 2.5-liter engine revs to life with all the authority of an economical four cylinder, which indeed it is. While the mpg is suitably elevated (23/31), the power certainly isn’t. 

img_0584.jpgAccording to Nissan’s literature, the 16-valve DOHC mill cranks out 175hp and 180ft.-lbs. of torque. In real life, the Coupe’s mechanical stableyard feels a good twenty horses shy of that total. Blame the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission. While the shiftless non-cog swapper quickly and accurately finds the right gear ratio in most situations, it quickly and accurately finds the right gear ratio in most situations. In other words, the mpg bias sucks the fun right out of the system.

There's a manual override that simulates shift points, affording enthusiasts the opportunity to wring additional rpm-age from the Coupe’s four banger. But it offers the same sort of dynamic feedback as Atari’s Hard Drivin’.

img_0621.jpgTo test the new metal’s mettle, I headed to the country, to frolic where ribbons of blacktop divide fields of fattening Angus cattle. I discovered that the Coupe’s body roll is well controlled. The steering and chassis responses may be dumbed down from the 3.5 version, but the 2.5 S is still a willing dance partner. In fact, the two-door Altima feels as perky and flickable as any modern Honda. Push too hard and you'll discover massive, howling front-wheel drive-induced understeer.

That’s right, front wheel-drive. While the Altima Coupe looks like a traditional sports car, it’s an imposter: a Pulsar NX in Infiniti G clothing. On the plus side, the 2.5 S doesn’t quite put enough power to the half-shafts to require intrusive [over-boosted] power steering countermeasures to control torque steer. But it still lacks Zen-like fluidity in the bendy bits.   

img_0590.jpgThis is not good. While the Altima Coupe’s sheetmetal promises casual on-lookers a poor-man’s Infiniti, when push comes to shove, Nissan’s two-door delivers a driving experience that makes a sporting driver long for a Ford Mustang GT or Honda Civic Si.

Again, Coupe sales say what ARE you talking about? Even so, as Jim Croce warned, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape. Nissan’s G35 look-alike is a tear in Infiniti’s fabric that’s bound to cheapen the upmarket brand. More to the point, the Altima Coupe 2.5 is a superb sporting (if not sports) car up to a point. Beyond that, not.

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41 Comments on “Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5 S Review...”

  • avatar

    Do you think that the “optional” (as far as availability goes) six-speed manual might have made the 4-cyl a bit more willing?
    Also, those aren’t the stock wheels (which don’t fill the cavernous wheel wells at all). Thirdly: I thought that Nissan had taken measures to eliminate torque steer; testers of the V6 Sedan claim that it’s reasonably well-controlled. Thanks for the review!

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    shaker:Do you think that the “optional” (as far as availability goes) six-speed manual might have made the 4-cyl a bit more willing? Yes

    Also, those aren’t the stock wheels (which don’t fill the cavernous wheel wells at all). No they aren’t.

    Thirdly: I thought that Nissan had taken measures to eliminate torque steer; testers of the V6 Sedan claim that it’s reasonably well-controlled. I have read critiques of the 3.5 SE have indicated that the power steering lacks precision because is over boosted to coounteract the torque steer. I did not find that to be the case with the four-cylinder.

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    Jeff in Canada

    Just this past weekend I took delivery of a Niagara Grey 2.5 S with the 6 speed. Although not as much of a powerhouse as the 3.5 V6, I assure you, it is an exciting drive with the superb 6 spd. I thank myself for opting for the litre-less engine the first time I go to fill up, (which will be a while, considering the gigantic 76L fuel tank.)
    I’ll mention two shortcomings that the readers may be interested in. The wheel wells are HUGE, I could fit 22’s in there with room to spare. Also, the trunk is rather small, even for a coupe. Blame the aformentioned fuel tank.

    That aside, the styling pros more than makes up for these few cons. A baby G driving the wrong wheels and great mileage is an acceptable member of the family.

  • avatar

    “In the spirit of Acura’s recently departed RDX, the Coupe’s dashboard is a model of functional minimalism; every dial and control is positioned with classical precision.”

    I think you mean the RSX, as the RDX (cute-ute) was just introduced. Otherwise, nice review.

  • avatar

    Okay, cars are now whips. I get it. But what’s “the extra wedge?” (Just asking.)

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    WCM:”I have read critiques of the 3.5 SE have indicated that the power steering lacks precision because is over boosted to coounteract the torque steer. I did not find that to be the case with the four-cylinder.”
    Thanks for the clarification! Jeff in Canada: How’s the pedal position in the 6-Speed? The CVT that I sat in seemed to have an oversized brake pedal that made the “go” pedal a bit tight. And yes, the trunk is small and high, as the spare tire is under the floor (IIRC), but the rear seats fold, so that helps.

  • avatar

    The title of this review says you tested the 3.5 S… the dissonance this created had me all garbled the whole way through. I do declare, we need a fix!

    Also, fine review, CVT just doesn’t seem right in a sporty coupe, however.

  • avatar

    Underpowered + howling front tires + CVT tranny = four stars?

  • avatar

    This looks like Nissan’s answer to “Why did Toyota quit selling the Celica?” Toward the end of its life, Toyota seemed to lose their way on this car, and customers stayed away…

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    I don’t get this car. Apart from the coupe looks its just an Altima sedan that has had most of its practicality removed. If Nissan really wanted to offer entry level thrills then may a 4 cyl RWD successor to the 240SX would have probably been a better bet.

    That said, you can’t argue with sales.

  • avatar
    Jeff in Canada

    The pedal position feels fine, the pedals are a proper size, and spaced/staggered properly for good heel-toe shifts. Clutch takeup is short, and light.
    The shifter movement is “ok”, but not the best. Nice short, positive throws, but not as precise as the feel of my previous Mazda3 GT. Still prefered to a VW (ie, zero feel).

    The tires are the weak link in the handling chain. My 2.5S has 215/60TR16 all seasons. Very quiet, zero road noise, but loads of understeer when pushed. Next spring I’ll be opting for a set of 18 or 19’s with good summer rubber, that should make a big difference in the handling, because you can feel the chassis can take much more, but the tires give up the ghost so early.

    I think Nissan is missing the mark on a new 240SX, but I don’t think the market is large enough to warrant a unique platform and drivetrain, certainly not in NA. They tried to fill the gap with the Sentra SER, but it’s a swing, and a miss in my opinion.

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    I’m confused, the review reads like 3 stars, so what’s the 4th star for?

  • avatar

    4 stars for a boring, understeering, cramped, underpowered wanna-be sport coupe with a CVT?? Hello??? Does the stick version get 5/5?

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    It’s obvious that the Altima Coupe is not a hard-core sports car. It’s a pleasant, reasonably economical sporty car. A decent all-rounder for people like me, who simply don’t want a four-door sedan. Period.

    It seems to me that a 2.5-liter version with the manual transmission would be a great daily driver for anyone old enough to feel silly in tuner cars. And, believe me, that age is not as high as many might believe.

    No, the Altima Coupe is not perfect. But neither was the Acura RSX (in a different way). And neither is the Civic Si or V6 Mustang. It all depends on the balance you personally are looking for.

    IMHO, a car like the Altima Coupe is a more-faithful interpretation or the original Pony Car formula (and more appropriate for our times) than the current retro-revival Mustang and forthcoming Camaro and Challenger.

  • avatar

    Thanks, Jeff (in Canada). You’re right; the 2.5S begs for aftermarket (less comfortable?) shoes; the 17’s (which are still too small, but an improvement) are only available with the V6 (which has too much power for a front-driver, IMHO). I’m interested in this car, but it would take some tweaking to get it “right”.
    phil: The impression that I get from the article is that it’s a good 8/10ths car; is that not 4-Stars? ;-)

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    doktorno, dolo54, phil: Why 4 stars?

    The car looks like a serious sports car although it isn’t. This disparity is newsworthy, so I expended a lot of digital ink on it.

    However, the performance shortcomings are only likely to be a problem for committed pistonheads. For the masses that want an economical, good looking, perky driving car at a relatively low cost, it’s a decent option.

  • avatar

    Its a FWD coupe with an NA 4, what did you expect? While I agree its looks too similar to the G37 its an attractive looking coupe targeted at a demographic that doesn’t care about RWD or big power. For more power there is always the VQ-6 and I’m sure that would be a tad more sporting.

    Who do you think buys all the V6 Mustangs? People who would be better off buying V6 Altima Coupes or Mitsubishi Eclipes as FWD for the uninitated is safer than RWD.

  • avatar

    Just because it looks sporty doesn’t mean it’s trying to be a sports car (and failing). It’s just trying to look good. Like the Accord coupe, it’s a “nice” car for commuting or what not, for people who just want something spacious and good looking enough to be proud of – dynamics never enter the equation.

    It’s not a G37 because there’s already a G37. It’s not a 240SX because its buyers want something big and plush, and no one bought one when it was available. It’s not a 350Z because sports cars scare people, and sell in small numbers… and there’s already a 350Z. It’s just an Altima, don’t ask it to be something else.

  • avatar
    Jeff in Canada

    Compare this car to an Accord or maybe an Eclipse. This has more style, inside and out, and a superior powertrain to those competitors. It’s not trying to be an RSX/Celica/Mustang. And I think the fact that the RSX and Celica are now dead speaks for that market drive.

    I’m not passing the Altima coupe off as a ‘Sports” car, it is however a ‘sporty’ car. I didn’t opt for the 6 cyl, my 5.0L Mustang can take care of my performance itch.

    A comfortable, sporty, daily driver with a little more style and substance is all this car is, nothing more.
    Compared to it’s competition, 5 out of 5 stars!

  • avatar

    I think William got it mostly right. This car has a lot going for it. But it’s not a sports car. Nissan already has the G37 and Z for that. This is for people who don’t want a sports car, but want to look like they are driving a sports car.
    It’s certainly one of the nicest looking vehicles in its price range, owing in large part to G-like proportions.
    I would never buy one, but ideally, I wouldn’t buy the Sedan either. They are both great looking, but I’m a wagon-minded kind of guy, and in the same way the Coupe sacrifices much of the functionality of the Sedan for looks, I would rather have an uglier (by certain standards) Wagon that was even more functional.

  • avatar

    I think you guys are missing the point. A car can be fun to drive and not be a sportscar. See: Early to mid 90’s Toyota Celica, Scion TC(a reinterpretation of that Celica) and Honda Prelude. There is a market for cars that are fun to drive, yet practical, comfortable, and spacious enough for the daily grind and to live with as an only car.

  • avatar
    Megan Benoit

    When the G37 comes out, no one will even think of cross shopping the two. Apart from similar styling, they’re worlds apart.

    I really see this one as the sort of car a guy gets when he graduates from college and has his first job, and can finally get rid of that old beater. Fun and adult-ish, without screaming ‘ricer’.

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    July 30th, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I don’t get this car. Apart from the coupe looks its just an Altima sedan that has had most of its practicality removed. If Nissan really wanted to offer entry level thrills then may a 4 cyl RWD successor to the 240SX would have probably been a better bet.

    Only if it were an improvemnt on the previous 240SX. I owned a red, ’94, 240SX SE; a sexy car that got plenty of attention. However, it was anything but a sports car to drive. It was a big let down, performance wise, following the ’87 RX7 I had before it. Poor handling and only accpetable acceleration. Certainly not a car that made me look for a reason to take it through the winding mountain roads between Sonoma and Napa Counties. As a dependable, fuel efficient, stylish car, it was a hit (hmmm kinda’ sounds like the new Altima 2.5S in the review above).

  • avatar

    For what it’s worth, you have to see the car in person – it has really “sexy” lines (in a more masculine sense than a Solara), and the front end is subtly different than the sedan. The seating position is low, but it feels less cramped than an SI (You lose 1.5″ headroom with the sunroof, though). Also, the windshield looks as if it can be cleaned without need for a pole duster (sic).

  • avatar

    I think Jeff in Canada and Shaker have hit this on the head (with obvious help and clarification from William).

    The issue here is that it looks like a sportscar but is merely “sporty”. When you think of who “should” be cross shopping this car, Accord coupe, Solara (fugly), they are getting MUCH sexier car with similar driving dynamics. Is that a problem?

  • avatar

    Judged for what it is, the Altima Coupe is an excellent product. It is neither a pure sports car nor a high-performance GT. Condemning it for falling short of those standards is missing the point. It’s a stylish, sporty, fun-to-drive Coupe that delivers a modicum of practicality in the mix.

    About the 6-speed – I drive the 6sp. 3.5SE sedan and while I would always choose three pedals and an honest-to-goodness shifter over any automatic granny tranny, I’ve got to say this gearbox falls well short of “superb” as described by someone earlier. It’s somewhere between “good” and “pretty good” but it won’t be causing Honda engineers to lose any sleep at all.

  • avatar

    Atari’s “Hard Drivin\'” – man…brings back haunting memories. As a comparison, wasn’t the other zero feedback Atari racer “Night Driver?” The one with the strange purple screen with the blocks for road shoulders? I guess Pole Position at least tried by adding some skidding…
    (wiping old age tears away)
    I just don’t get it when it comes to CVTs. The first CVT I drove was a 2003 Mini Cooper. I wanted to test drive a stick shift, but Minis in the DC-area were hard to come by and the dealer only had one with a CVT. It is too strange of a sensation when the engine revs try to balance power and economy and the car just feels like it has a broken clutch. I also found that it only works (well) in engines that tend to be quiet and smooth because if a ragged and loud engine halts at 6000 rpms, it sounds like nails in a blender.
    I might be in the minority, but I have always owned cars with stick shifts. I can’t stand CVTs, and given the choice of one of the new style DSG/automated manual (what???) transmissions or a smooth MX-5/S2000/RSX clutch/stick action, give me the three pedals on the floor.
    The Maxima was taken off of the “cars to consider” list the second Nissan ditched the manual transmission on the 3.5SE and gave it the one and only CVT.
    Is there actual real-world proof that CVTs get the same real-world mileage as a normal stick shift?
    Heck, if I had the means, I’d beg the Italian car companies to give me a real gated shift and not some “F1” transmission.
    Done ranting – I hope for Nissan’s future that the CVT push doesn’t backfire in terms of reliability and satisfied customers.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    Hmmm… when I was reading this, I kept on thinking about the Honda Accord and Scion TC. The Honda is a head-on competitor while the TC is one rung below.

    If folks want a bit more luxury with their sport, they’ll go with the Accord. If they want to go a step lower in the sport(y) coupe world, they’ll go for a TC. The Solara will belong to the pure luxury/androgyny crowd while the Eclipse will belong to whoever is one payment away from the repo man.

    As for me, I’ll take a wagon and 30+ mpg’s any day of the week.

  • avatar


    A devoted manual driver probably won’t ever like a CVT, if only because it doesn’t give you the visceral control over the machine provided by the stick. As you know, it gives you even less direct control over shifts than you have with an auto. Why would there be an attraction?

    Generally accepted wisdom is that drivers get better mileage with a modern automatic than with a stick. This is a case where the computer will beat you at the efficiency game every time. Cars with CVTs are supposed to (and, in tests, do) get better mileage than an automatic. That’s the main reason Nissan is pushing it, if I recall correctly. (I don’t have references for any of the assertions in this paragraph, though. Googling may provide.)

    I don’t doubt that a CVT requires an excellent engine and adequate sound isolation for a nice experience. Nissan has both, though maybe not in all models. I’d personally drop the Maxima from consideration because the Accord has more rear legroom and drives better, not because of the CVT.

  • avatar

    how do nippons kill teutons? simple. they offer better packaged car for the same money.They don`t offer the most powerful, but the most pragmatic. They offer stylish and PPROPORTINATE designs. does this coupe threatens bmw 330? no, but it eats bmw 320 at breakfast, because costs less, is more powerful for the money and better packaged.Merc clk 230? you got it right. Will eat for lunch. the same reasons. plus this nissan looks pure coupe, not a 2 door derivative of a sedan. unlike bimmers, audis, or mercs. Ser, would you like audi a4 for dinner? germans lack up to date appearance and pure coupe looks in this segment. all their latest models look like some tuned up derivatives from mid 90s even having those brilliantly finished interiors.( count out bimmer anyway). and damn don`t ask power and cvt from one vehicle. they were never born to be married. that`s why they have 6-speed under the sleeve.

  • avatar

    I don’t get this car. Apart from the coupe looks its just an Altima sedan that has had most of its practicality removed.

    My understanding is that it is intended to be marketed to singles, young marrieds without children and empty-nesters looking to downsize. It should be especially attractive to women who want something a step up from the Sentra, and that looks sporty but that doesn’t give up too much comfort.

    It definitely competes with the Accord Coupe, which will be redesigned for 2008, and also the Toyota Camry Solara (big seller with the ladies). But I keep hearing that that Solara will be cancelled at the end of 2008 and there will be no replacement for it. There was supposed to have been a Ford Fusion coupe, but who knows what happened to that?

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    God, would I love to know what happened to plans for a Fusion coupe (assuming they were real in the first place). Can you imagine that car with Ford’s new 3.5-liter V6 and a manual transmission? For 25K or less? And how about 180hp out of the four-cylinder version (or 200hp with turbo)? Any of these options would be the proverbial poor-man’s BMW 3 Series (front drive or not). If I knew Ford had this vehicle in the pipeline, I’d wait around for it. If anyone has any kind of knowledge about whether this project is still alive, PLEASE give us a hint!

    But, as it is, I would seriously consider a 2.5-liter Altima coupe with manual transmission. I’ll also take a look at the new Accord coupe in the fall. Any of these cars would make perfect daily drivers for me. I can always keep my Ranger pickup and a hard-core sports car on the side for when I need them.

  • avatar

    MAybe it is just me, but I don’e see the appeal of this car without a 6 cyl engine. For the money of the 2.5 4 cyl, it seems as if the mazda 3 is a better all around compromise unless you have to have two doors. Another thumbs down for CVT, my buddy had a 1 year old murano with less than 15k that needs a new tranmission. That is ridiculous, especially since he isn’t beating up the car.

  • avatar

    Now I read that Nissan has done little to change a design flaw with the 2.5 — a “pre-cat” converter in the exhaust manifold can disintegrate and get sucked back into the engine (valve overlap version of EGR); the ceramic particles score the cylinder walls, causing increased oil consumption and eventual engine failure… Oh, well, better opt for the V6.

  • avatar
    H Man

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I just HAVE to reply to the Atari Hard Drivin’ reference. I loved that game as a teen, especially the follow up “Race Drivin\'”. If you were really good, you could add time to your clock and play indefinitely. My longest game was 4 and a half hours. On that rock hard seat.

    And I was 15 and had never driven a car.

  • avatar

    This car appeals to me because it looks “sporty” enough but not something a 19 yr old kid would like. There are cars I would never buy because I don’t want every idiot on the road trying to race me

  • avatar

    While they may be “flying off the lots” today, I am not convinced the Altima Coupe is a long term winner in terms of sales. It looks great, but the market positioning will be tough.

    At the low end, the Scion is a much stronger value than the 2.5. And with the 3.5, leather and Bose, you push past $30K quickly, which puts you in 328 and G37 territory. Don’t check too many boxes on the options list, and maybe you are talking mid to high 20’s, which competes with the RX-8, poorly.

    I do think Nissan will steal some sales from the Accord coupe, Sebring and Solara, though, but not more than 40K per annum.

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    I don’t think it’s really competing with those cars. Different qualities and purposes. It’s probably not going to be grabbing any RSX refugees. It will however pick up previous buyers of the Solara once it bows out. Now all it needs is a convertible version. I do agree that initial sales success doesn’t mean much for a style based car like this. Sometimes, people only buy them when they’re “hot” and then move on after a few model years.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    I make no predictions about the annual sales or long-term success of the Altima Coupe. Lord knows, most Americans have REALLY bad taste when it comes to vehicles. Just look at what clogs the highways and byways around you each day.

    But I agree with Nephre in that the Altima Coupe isn’t trying to compete with cars like the 328. Just try to find a BMW dealer that will actually sell you one of those for under 35K. Same goes for the G37. There’ll still be a big gap between a loaded Altima Coupe and a “stripped” 328 or G37.

    The RX-8? Well, yes, you can actually pick up one of those for about 25K. That’s because no one is buying them anymore. That’s because they gulp gasoline like an F-22 on afterburner. Try 18-19 mpg on the highway – at best. They also use oil (about a quart every 3 thousand miles). And you have to remove the engine cover to add that oil. The RX-8 is also a very low car that makes entry and exit less than convenient. That may not matter to enthusiasts like us. But mainstream car buyers won’t and don’t like it. The RX-8 is a real sports car. I don’t think the Altima Coupe will be cross-shopped against any of the above vehicles.

    The Accord coupe, G6 coupe and Solara? Sure. Think of the people who buy those cars and you’ll have your Altima Coupe customer. Again, not a real sports car, but a sporty, comfortable and reasonably economical daily driver for adults.

  • avatar
    Terry Parkhurst

    Yes, the Altima is a decent front-drive automobile. But a reason that Acura might have dropped its RSX is that with the popularity of drifting at a fevered pitch, front engine/rear drive automobiles are having a new day.

    As the highly esteemed Peter Brock said at a recent dinner for Nissan enthusists, what Nissan needs to do is bring out an autombile comparable to the vintage Datsun 510 (circa 1971-’73); which was the same car that John Morton, driving for Peter’s Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) used to knock Alfa-Romeo’s venerable GTV out of the SCCA championship for 2.5 litre cars.

    The Datsun 510 was known as the “poor man’s BMW” for its similarities, including its engine, to the original “pocket-rocket,” the BMW 2002 (a model number, not the year to those who are unfamilar with vintage BMWs). Given the prices of BMWs, and yet the lust with which those just acquiring credit have for them, it sure seems that Peter Brock is, once again, right on the money.

  • avatar

    I will say this, I own a 02 altima 2.5 5 speed and I have to say this, the clutch sucks in this car, specially from a sports car company “Shift” logo.. It never had a consistant clutch take up…I have other 5 speed cars ie..1985 celica GTS and a 97 turbo Eclispe and I have better clutch response, also the master clutch cylinder and the slave cylinder gave out at 80k,at the same time no less, the engine ,while no power house compared to the 3.5 does have enough torque to spin the tires with no problem and I get very respectable gas mileage. I do like my Altima, except for the fact of the precats on these car are poorly made and causes engines to self destruct, the 2.5 engine was considered to be one of the ten best engines made..too bad for us cutomers, there ought of be a recall for all the Altima owners!

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