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My 2002 Nissan Altima SE 3.5 V6 Manual FWD

BEAST MODE Speed Racer!

(Above) Stock photo of Car. This is basically how it looked before mods.  It did come gold as well.

(Below) After : )

(below) Manzo Stainless Steel Exhaust Header Downpipe $207.95

(Below) Universal Auto Car Red Fuel Saver Voltage Stabilizer Regulator $15.40

(Below) HOTSYSTEM Car 52mm Blue Digital LED Elec 0-9999 Tachometer

(Below)  I have factory 17s on the back. These are my 16’s for the front.. 1997-1999 Nissan Maxima 16…

215/55R16 91H 6.5Jx16 ET45 5×114.3

(Below) 02 NISSAN ALTIMA Emissions Vapor Evaporation Canister 149508J000 $93.71

Nissan Altima 2002 3.5
– Generation: III [2002 .. 2006]
– Power: 240 hp | 179.0 kW | 243 PS
– Engine: V6, Petrol
– Center Bore: 66.1 mm
– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts
– Thread Size: M12 x 1.25
– Trim Production: [2002 .. 2002]
Tire
Rim
PCD
Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
215/55R17 93V 7Jx17 ET45 5×114.3 2.3 / 2.1

 Mods:

  • gotta take more recent pics..

Deer catcher connected to frame by custom Leaf Spring sections. (Brush guard) able to be unbolted. Tow chain running thru it. In the middle of the brushguard the top is drilled all the way thru and the top of the bottom one – with a steel pipe thru it.

2 Orange guide poles to see where the exact corners in the front are.

Set of 6 Bosch Platinum +2 Spark Plug

Set of 6 New Ignition Coils

Front Right Side CV Shaft Axle for Nissan ALTIMA 02-06 & MAXIMA 04-06 3.5L M/T

Aftermarket spoiler

Racing pedals

shift knob and 12″ shifter extension.

Came gold. Painted it orange, then black gloss, now flat black – wet sanding between.

Factory 17 wheels on back.. Maxima 16’s on the front. Mud tires on all four.

2×6 and 2×8 boards in rear of trunk 5+, bolted thru and secured with angle steel.. Reinforcement in case car is rear-ended.

NISSAN Decal on front and back glass.

One TANAKA racing set belt.

2.5″ straight pipe exhaust that goes to like a 27″ cherry bomb, then Y pipe for dual pipes.

Carbon Fiber on side pieces between windows.

Cold Air intake.

New Battery.

All new EVAP.

Custom rear bumper.. Original inner bumper.. with 3″ pegs above it and a 3×4 big piece of angle iron on them. Drilled thru and 6″ bolts holding them together. – Going to add and connect 2 trailer lights.. and 2 reflectors..

Ripped out the rugs and insulation.. The floors are straight down to floor pan, and painted black. I got the three mats pictured for some sound and heat protection.. Also so you don’t feel all the rocks with your feet on the floor.

2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Manual Sedan
Mid-size car

2 Orange guide poles to see where the exact corners in the front are.

Set of 6 Bosch Platinum +2 Spark Plug

Front Right Side CV Shaft Axle for Nissan ALTIMA 02-06 & MAXIMA 04-06 3.5L M/T

Aftermarket spoiler

Racing pedals

shift knob and 12″ shifter extension.

Came gold. Painted it orange, then black gloss, now flat black – wet sanding between.

Factory 17 wheels on back.. Maxima 16’s on the front. Mud tires on all four.

2×6 and 2×8 boards in rear of trunk 5+, bolted thru and secured with angle steel.. Reinforcement in case car is rear-ended.

NISSAN Decal on front and back glass.

One TANAKA racing set belt.

2.5″ straight pipe exhaust that goes to like a 27″ cherry bomb, then Y pipe for dual pipes.

Carbon Fiber on side pieces between windows.

Cold Air intake.

New Battery.

All new EVAP.

Custom rear bumper.. Original inner bumper.. with 3″ pegs above it and a 3×4 big piece of angle iron on them. Drilled thru and 6″ bolts holding them together. – Going to add and connect 2 trailer lights.. and 2 reflectors..

Ripped out the rugs and insulation.. The floors are straight down to floor pan, and painted black. I got the three mats pictured for some sound and heat protection.. Also so you don’t feel all the rocks with your feet on the floor.

2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Manual Sedan
Mid-size car
MPG21 city / 26 highway
Horsepower240 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Towing capacity1,000 lbs
Engine3.5 L V6
Curb weight3,225 lbs
Dimensions192″ L x 70″ W x 58″ H
Tire sizeP215/55R17

Nissan Altima 3.5SE
A brisk vindication of the manny tranny.
AUGUST 2002 BY TONY SWAN
Nissan Altima 3.5SE
We hold this truth to be self-evident: If you call yourself a driver, it is better to shift for yourself than to allow the car to handle gear selection according to some electronic agenda of its own. This applies to those who regularly find themselves transporting progeny just as much as it does to soloists. Maybe more, in fact. It’s no secret that family guys tend to be undernourished in such indulgences as exploring the limits of adhesion, testing transient response, and, top of the list, distorting the facial muscles by tramping on the gas.

As our most recent mid-price-sedan shootout (“Concealed Carry,” December 2001) indicated, Nissan’s totally redesigned Altima falls a smidge short in some of the conventional mainstream family values. Ride quality in the sporty SE version is distinctly, um, sporty; the rear seat takes a back seat in comfort compared with contemporary competitors; the upper dash throws irritating reflections into the steeply raked windshield; and the interior appointments don’t quite measure up to the allure of the sexy exterior.

On the other hand, equipped with its first-ever V-6 engine — with 240 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque from 3.5 liters — the Altima absolutely smoked the rest of that eight-car field in the devil-take-the-hindmost categories. It was the only car to crack eight seconds in the 0-to-60 dash (7.3) and the only one to cover the quarter-mile in less than 16 seconds (15.6 at 91 mph).

This gratifying giddyap instantly raised a question: What could this little honey do if some of its energy wasn’t consumed stirring oil around inside a torque converter and the shift points were selected by the driver rather than a microchip. In other words, would the manual-transmission model be even quicker?

We availed ourselves of a 3.5SE so equipped, with a cable-actuated five-speed manual, and headed for the test track. Once there, the answer to our question — significantly quicker with a manny tranny? — quickly manifested itself: oh, yeah!

Although the Altima version of Nissan’s sweet 3.5-liter six doesn’t generate quite as much snort as the 255-hp Maxima edition, it’s hitched to a lighter car. Even though it’s grown dramatically in its recent redesign, now measuring a bit bigger than the segment-leading Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, at 3361 pounds the Altima was the second-lightest car in our eight-way showdown, and the manual transmission knocks that total down another 44 pounds.

The result is acceleration that’s not only brisk but also best in class by a margin.

Our five-speed SE test car hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, a full second quicker than the automatic, and gobbled up the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 96 mph. This is noteworthy hustle for a contemporary family sedan. Sifting through C/D’s mid-size, mid-price archives, we found that Ford’s Taurus SHO, with the 220-hp, 3.0-liter Yamaha V-6 and a five-speed manual, ripped off a 6.4-second 0-to-60 run back in 1992 (“Triple-Throwdown Four-Door Showdown,” August 1992) and tripped the quarter-mile clock in 15.1 seconds at 93 mph. More recently (November 1998), an SLP Pontiac Grand Prix GTX Ram Air (260 horsepower, 295 pound-feet from a supercharged 3.8-liter pushrod V-6) hit those same marks in 6.7 seconds and 15.1 seconds at 93 mph.

The Poncho was held back by an automatic transmission, something that’s true of almost all the other cars offering V-6 power in this class today. The exceptions are the Dodge Stratus R/T, the Hyundai Sonata, the Volkswagen Passat, and the soon-to-be-replaced Mazda 626, none of which can run with Nissan’s new family bandito.

Inevitably, there are a couple of provisos. We reported hints of torque steer in December’s automatic-equipped Altima, and that trait is more pronounced in this manual model. Also, this is not the most precise five-speed manual gearbox in our experience. The feel is a tad rubbery, and the engagements could be more precise.

Combine those demerits with ride quality that is decidedly firm, and you have a recipe for domestic disharmony if your co-head of household doesn’t place as high a priority on performance as you do.

But assessed as a placebo for the sports car that vanished shortly after your nursery decorating project was completed, this new Nissan is about as good as it gets.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $26,363 (base price: $22,889)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, Nissan engine-control system with port fuel injection
Displacement: 213 cu in, 3498cc
Power (SAE net): 240 bhp @ 5800 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 246 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 110.2 in Length: 191.5 in
Curb weight: 3317 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.1 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 27.0 sec
Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 14.8 sec @ 96 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 140 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.83 g

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city driving: 21 mpg
C/D-observed fuel economy: 19 mpg

source: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/nissan-altima-35se-short-take-road-test

Standard Engine

Engine 240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Standard Transmission

Transmission 5-speed manual w/OD

Optional Transmissions

Transmission 4-speed automatic w/OD

240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Engine liters 3.5
Cylinder configuration V-6
Horsepower 240-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque 246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
# of valves 24
Variable valve control Standard
Variable intake manifold Standard
Sequential MPI Standard
Recommended fuel premium unleaded
Aluminum cylinder block Standard
Aluminum cylinder head Standard
Ignition type electronic
Engine orientation transverse
Fuel economy city 21 mpg
Fuel economy highway 26 mpg
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 gal.

Powertrain

110-amp. alternator Standard
Battery amp hours (55Ah)
Battery-rundown protection Standard
Low emission vehicle Standard
Quasi-dual stainless steel exhaust Standard
Chrome tailpipe Standard
Axle ratio 3.81
Axle ratio 3.79
Front-wheel drive Standard

5-spd manual w/OD

Overdrive Standard

4-spd automatic w/OD

Overdrive Optional
Transmission electronic control Optional

5-speed manual w/OD

Transmission gear ratio (1st) 3.15
Transmission gear ratio (2nd) 1.84
Transmission gear ratio (3rd) 1.26
Transmission gear ratio (4th) .95
Transmission gear ratio (5th) .77
Transmission gear ratio (reverse) 2.27

4-speed automatic w/OD

Transmission gear ratio (1st) 2.79
Transmission gear ratio (2nd) 1.55
Transmission gear ratio (3rd) 1.00
Transmission gear ratio (4th) .69
Transmission gear ratio (reverse) 3.00

Suspension/Handling

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar Standard
Sport suspension Standard
Front coil springs Standard
Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar Standard
Rear coil springs Standard
Speed-sensing hydraulic power-assist rack-pinion steering Standard
Wheel locks Optional
P215/55VR17.0 BSW AS tires Standard
P215/55HR17.0 BSW AS tires Optional
Steel spare wheel Standard
17″ wheels Standard

Body Exterior Features

4 doors Standard
Power remote side-view door mirrors Standard
Power remote heated side-view door mirrors Optional
Rear wing spoiler Optional
Body-colored door handles Standard
Body-colored front and rear bumpers Standard
Front mud flaps Optional
Front and rear mud flaps Optional
Rear mud flaps Optional
Galvanized steel/aluminum body material Standard
Rocker panel extensions Optional
Chrome grille Standard
Chrome tip exhaust Standard

Convenience Features

Manual air conditioning Standard
Automatic air conditioning Optional
1st row express open/close sliding and tilting glass sunroof Optional
Sunshade Optional
Wind deflector Optional
Cruise control with steering wheel controls Standard
Power trunk/hatch/door remote release Standard
Mechanical fuel remote release Standard
Power windows with driver and passenger 1-touch down Standard
Keyfob (all doors) remote keyless entry Standard
Illuminated entry Standard
Valet function Standard
Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release Standard
Remote window controls Standard
Steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping Standard
Day-night rearview mirror Standard
Auto-dimming rearview mirror Optional
Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors Standard
Garage door transmitter Homelink
Front and rear cupholders Standard
Full floor console with covered box Standard
Mini overhead console with storage Standard
Illuminated locking glove box Standard
Driver and passenger door bins Standard
Seatback storage pockets 2
Audio media storage Standard
Covered bin instrument-panel storage Standard
Driver’s footrest Standard
Retained accessory power Standard
2 12V DC power outlets Standard
Ashtray Standard
Front lighter element(s) location Standard

Seats and Trim

Max. seating capacity of 5 Standard
Front bucket seats Standard
Driver and passenger heated-cushions Optional
Driver and passenger heated-seatbacks Optional
8-way driver seat adjustment Standard
Power reclining driver seat Standard
Manual driver lumbar support Standard
Power height-adjustable driver seat Standard
Power driver fore/aft adjustment Standard
Power driver cushion tilt Standard
4-way passenger seat adjustment Standard
Manual reclining passenger seat Standard
Manual passenger fore/aft adjustment Standard
Front center armrest with storage Standard
Rear 60-40 bench seat Standard
Rear seat fold-forward seatback Standard
Rear seat center armrest Standard
Cloth front and rear seat upholstery Standard
Leather front and rear seat upholstery Optional
Cloth door panel trim Standard
Leatherette door panel trim Optional
Full cloth headliner Standard
Carpet floor covering Standard
Metal-look instrument panel insert, console insert Standard
Simulated wood door panel insert, console insert Optional
Metal-look instrument panel insert Optional
Urethane shift knob Standard
Leather steering wheel Standard
Carpet front and rear floor mats Optional
Rubber front and rear floor mats Optional
Metal-look interior accents Standard
Carpet cargo space Standard
Carpet trunk lid/rear cargo door Optional
Cargo light Standard
Cargo net Standard

Entertainment Features

AM/FM stereo with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player Standard
Radio grade AM/FM stereo with seek-scan, 6-disc in-dash CD player Optional
Radio data system Optional
Automatic equalizer Optional
Speed-sensitive volume Standard
Steering-wheel mounted audio controls Standard
6 speakers Standard
8 Bose speakers Optional
Window grid antenna Standard

Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation Features

Aero-composite halogen headlamps Standard
Aero-composite high-intensity headlamps Optional
Front fog lights Standard
Cornering lights Standard
Variable intermittent wipers Standard
Front windshield visor strip Standard
Rear window defroster Standard
Light-tinted windows Standard
Dome light with fade Standard
Front reading lights Standard
Ignition switch light Standard
Variable instrument panel lighting Standard
Analog display Standard
Tachometer Standard
Outside-temperature display Standard
Trip computer Standard
Trip odometer Standard
Water temp. gauge Standard
In-radio display clock Standard
Oil-pressure warning Standard
Battery warning Standard
Lights-on warning Standard
Key-in-ignition warning Standard
Low-fuel warning Standard
Low-washer-fluid warning Standard
Door-ajar warning Standard
Trunk-ajar warning Standard
Brake-fluid warning Standard

Safety and Security

Four-wheel ABS brakes Optional
4 ABS channels Optional
Brake assist Optional
Four-wheel disc brakes Standard
Front ventilated disc brakes Standard
Compact spare tire Standard
Spare tire mounted inside under cargo Standard
Driver and passenger front-impact airbags Standard
Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags Optional
Curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbag Optional
Height adjustable front seatbelts Standard
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners Standard
3 point rear center seatbelt Standard
Side-impact bars Standard
Rear child safety locks Standard
Immobilizer Standard
Security system Standard
Panic alarm Standard
Driveline traction control Optional
Manual adjustable front head restraints Standard
2 fixed rear head restraints Standard

Standard Specs and Dimensions

Engine type V-6
Engine displacement 213 cu.in.
Engine horsepower 240-hp @ 5,800 rpm
Engine torque 246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves 24
Engine bore x stroke 3.8″ x 3.2″
Compression ratio 10.30 to 1
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 gal.
Fuel economy city 21 mpg
Fuel economy highway 26 mpg
Drag coefficient .32
Curb weight 3,225 lbs.
Towing capacity 1,000 lbs.
Exterior length 191.5″
Exterior body width 70.4″
Exterior height 57.9″
Wheelbase 110.2″
Front tread 61.0″
Rear tread 61.2″
Turning radius 19.4′
Front legroom 43

 

5 thoughts on “My 2002 Nissan Altima SE 3.5 V6 Manual FWD

  1. TroubleRazor

    REAR COILS FOR THIS
    Item specifics
    Condition: New Warranty: Lifetime
    Feature 2: Designed to lower stresses for longer service life Quantity Sold: sold individually
    Product Description – Invoice – 40: Coil Spring Set SKU: MOG:80555
    Application Summary – 240: NissanAltima(2002-2006),Maxima(2004-2008) Brand:
    Moog
    Interchange Part Number: 2704-248609, 277-3381, 589-1113, SMS80555, 248609 Manufacturer Part Number:
    80555
    ID – MM: 102.70 Placement on Vehicle: Rear
    Engineering Name: Coil Spring Set Free Height – MM: 286.40
    End Type 2: Tangential Fitment Type: Direct Replacement
    End Type 1: Squared Feature 1: Powder-coated to protect against corrosion
    Quantity Needed: 1; Product Description – Short – 20: Coil Spring Set
    ID – Inches: 4.04 Other Part Number: 80555, SC20373, 45H2113, 30020116, RCS20373S
    Installation Height – MM: 215.90 Installation Height – Inches: 8.50
    Free Height – Inches: 11.27 Feature 3: All coil springs are 100% load tested
    UPC:
    Does not apply

  2. TroubleRazor

    Suspension Strut and Coil Spring Assembly Front Right fits 02-06 Nissan Altima

    Brand: Monroe
    Part Number: 181426
    Item Condition: New
    Item Description: Suspension Strut and Coil Spring Assembly
    Manufacturer Brand Description: Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly
    Quantity Needed: 1;
    Fitment Notes: For Commercial Usage Refer To Product Warranty;Incls Strut, Strut Mount &Coil Spring;
    Position: Front Right

    Item Specifics:
    Marketing Description – 2000: Econo-Matic(R) strut assemblies for value priced and older model-year passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs. They include all the components required for strut replacement in a single, fully-assembled unit. This fully integrated design helps reduce installation time, eliminates the need for a spring compressor and helps ensure a complete repair. Econo-Matic strut assemblies feature nitrogen gas charging, velocity proportional valving and all-weather fluid to deliver improved comfort at an economical price.
    AAIA Part Type Description: Suspension Strut and Coil Spring Assembly
    Application Summary – 2000: 2006-2002 Nissan Altima Front Right
    Body Length: 12.810
    Body Type: B10
    Compressed Bumper Stop: No
    Compressed Length: 13.620
    Dust Shield: No
    Extended Bumper Stop: No
    Extended Hydraulic Lockout: No
    Extended Length: 20.490
    Interchange Part Number: 1332350R, 11592, M57031
    Key Search Words – 2000: Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly
    Max Year Covered: 2006
    Min Year Covered: 2002
    Most Popular Make / Model: Nissan Altima
    Most Popular Year: 2005
    Parts Pack(s): P01101
    Product Description – Abbreviated – 12: Strt Assmby
    Product Description – Extended 240: Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly
    Product Description – Invoice – 40: Econo-Matic Assembly
    Product Description – Long – 80: ECONO-MATIC STRUT ASSEMBLY
    Product Description – Short – 20: Econo-Matic Assembly
    Product Grade: Economy
    Total Part VIO: 151348
    Travel Length: 6.870

  3. TroubleRazor

    Engine & Performance
    BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.5 L BASE ENGINE TYPE Gas
    CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC) CYLINDERS V6
    HORSEPOWER 240 hp @ 5800 rpm TORQUE 246 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
    TURNING CIRCLE 38.7 ft. VALVE TIMING Variable
    VALVES 24

  4. TroubleRazor

    Car and Driver
    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/nissan-altima-35se-short-take-road-test

    As our most recent mid-price-sedan shootout (“Concealed Carry,” December 2001) indicated, Nissan’s totally redesigned Altima falls a smidge short in some of the conventional mainstream family values. Ride quality in the sporty SE version is distinctly, um, sporty; the rear seat takes a back seat in comfort compared with contemporary competitors; the upper dash throws irritating reflections into the steeply raked windshield; and the interior appointments don’t quite measure up to the allure of the sexy exterior.

    On the other hand, equipped with its first-ever V-6 engine — with 240 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque from 3.5 liters — the Altima absolutely smoked the rest of that eight-car field in the devil-take-the-hindmost categories. It was the only car to crack eight seconds in the 0-to-60 dash (7.3) and the only one to cover the quarter-mile in less than 16 seconds (15.6 at 91 mph).

  5. TroubleRazor

    Car and Driver
    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/nissan-altima-35se-short-take-road-test

    This gratifying giddyap instantly raised a question: What could this little honey do if some of its energy wasn’t consumed stirring oil around inside a torque converter and the shift points were selected by the driver rather than a microchip. In other words, would the manual-transmission model be even quicker?

    We availed ourselves of a 3.5SE so equipped, with a cable-actuated five-speed manual, and headed for the test track. Once there, the answer to our question — significantly quicker with a manny tranny? — quickly manifested itself: oh, yeah!

    Although the Altima version of Nissan’s sweet 3.5-liter six doesn’t generate quite as much snort as the 255-hp Maxima edition, it’s hitched to a lighter car. Even though it’s grown dramatically in its recent redesign, now measuring a bit bigger than the segment-leading Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, at 3361 pounds the Altima was the second-lightest car in our eight-way showdown, and the manual transmission knocks that total down another 44 pounds.

    The result is acceleration that’s not only brisk but also best in class by a margin.

    Our five-speed SE test car hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, a full second quicker than the automatic, and gobbled up the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 96 mph. This is noteworthy hustle for a contemporary family sedan. Sifting through C/D’s mid-size, mid-price archives, we found that Ford’s Taurus SHO, with the 220-hp, 3.0-liter Yamaha V-6 and a five-speed manual, ripped off a 6.4-second 0-to-60 run back in 1992 (“Triple-Throwdown Four-Door Showdown,” August 1992) and tripped the quarter-mile clock in 15.1 seconds at 93 mph. More recently (November 1998), an SLP Pontiac Grand Prix GTX Ram Air (260 horsepower, 295 pound-feet from a supercharged 3.8-liter pushrod V-6) hit those same marks in 6.7 seconds and 15.1 seconds at 93 mph.

    The Poncho was held back by an automatic transmission, something that’s true of almost all the other cars offering V-6 power in this class today. The exceptions are the Dodge Stratus R/T, the Hyundai Sonata, the Volkswagen Passat, and the soon-to-be-replaced Mazda 626, none of which can run with Nissan’s new family bandito.

    Inevitably, there are a couple of provisos. We reported hints of torque steer in December’s automatic-equipped Altima, and that trait is more pronounced in this manual model. Also, this is not the most precise five-speed manual gearbox in our experience. The feel is a tad rubbery, and the engagements could be more precise.

    Combine those demerits with ride quality that is decidedly firm, and you have a recipe for domestic disharmony if your co-head of household doesn’t place as high a priority on performance as you do.

    But assessed as a placebo for the sports car that vanished shortly after your nursery decorating project was completed, this new Nissan is about as good as it gets.

    VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

    PRICE AS TESTED: $26,363 (base price: $22,889)

    ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, Nissan engine-control system with port fuel injection
    Displacement: 213 cu in, 3498cc
    Power (SAE net): 240 bhp @ 5800 rpm
    Torque (SAE net): 246 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

    TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual

    DIMENSIONS:
    Wheelbase: 110.2 in Length: 191.5 in
    Curb weight: 3317 lb

    C/D TEST RESULTS:
    Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 16.1 sec
    Zero to 130 mph: 27.0 sec
    Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
    Standing 1/4-mile: 14.8 sec @ 96 mph
    Top speed (governor limited): 140 mph
    Braking, 70–0 mph: 180 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.83 g

    FUEL ECONOMY:
    EPA city driving: 21 mpg
    C/D-observed fuel economy: 19 mpg

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