BLACK LIGHTNING… My Speed Racer!
(Above) Stock photo of Car. This is basically how it looked before mods. It did come gold as well.
(Below) After : )
Nissan Altima 2002 3.5
|215/55R17 93V||7Jx17 ET45||5×114.3||2.3 / 2.1|
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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
EPA city driving: 21 mpg
C/D-observed fuel economy: 19 mpg
|Engine||240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)|
|Transmission||5-speed manual w/OD|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic w/OD|
240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
|Horsepower||240-hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm|
|# of valves||24|
|Variable valve control||Standard|
|Variable intake manifold||Standard|
|Recommended fuel||premium unleaded|
|Aluminum cylinder block||Standard|
|Aluminum cylinder head||Standard|
|Fuel economy city||21 mpg|
|Fuel economy highway||26 mpg|
|Fuel tank capacity||20.0 gal.|
|Battery amp hours||(55Ah)|
|Low emission vehicle||Standard|
|Quasi-dual stainless steel exhaust||Standard|
5-spd manual w/OD
4-spd automatic w/OD
|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|
|Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar||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|
|P215/55VR17.0 BSW AS tires||Standard|
|P215/55HR17.0 BSW AS tires||Optional|
|Steel spare wheel||Standard|
Body Exterior Features
|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 tip exhaust||Standard|
|Manual air conditioning||Standard|
|Automatic air conditioning||Optional|
|1st row express open/close sliding and tilting glass sunroof||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|
|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|
|Retained accessory power||Standard|
|2 12V DC power outlets||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|
|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|
|Steering-wheel mounted audio controls||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|
|Variable intermittent wipers||Standard|
|Front windshield visor strip||Standard|
|Rear window defroster||Standard|
|Dome light with fade||Standard|
|Front reading lights||Standard|
|Ignition switch light||Standard|
|Variable instrument panel lighting||Standard|
|Water temp. gauge||Standard|
|In-radio display clock||Standard|
Safety and Security
|Four-wheel ABS brakes||Optional|
|4 ABS channels||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|
|Rear child safety locks||Standard|
|Driveline traction control||Optional|
|Manual adjustable front head restraints||Standard|
|2 fixed rear head restraints||Standard|
Standard Specs and Dimensions
|Engine displacement||213 cu.in.|
|Engine horsepower||240-hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Engine torque||246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm|
|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|
|Curb weight||3,225 lbs.|
|Towing capacity||1,000 lbs.|
|Exterior body width||70.4″|
|Front shoulder room||56.7″|
|Rear shoulder room||56.1″|
|Passenger volume||103.2 cu.ft.|
|Interior cargo volume||15.6 cu.ft.|
|Maximum interior cargo volume||15.6 cu.ft.|
TRADE for a 4×4 Manual Truck…
147K Miles now.. As it is my daily driver.
Zero Rust.. Perfect Frame/Body..
Drives great in ice, snow, rain, gravel..
Its Flat Black now.. Not Black gloss Pics are a little old..
*Has a custom brush guard bracket welded to frame using 2 leaf spring sections.
-See pic of it with brushguard and without. (Bolt on/off)
*Includes brush guard…
*AND 4 wide racing tires.. Not on it..
The 4 on it are all seasons with good tread.. Good in snow.
*8 Tires total..
*New Coils/Struts and Shocks 2 years ago.
*Cold Air intake
*NISSAN Decal on front and back glass.
*3″ straight pipe exhaust (resonator and 2 factory muffler Delete)…..
That goes to a cherry bomb, then dynomax superturbo muffler, then Y pipe for two, 2 1/2 inch dual pipes. 5″ at the back..
* New Battery.
*All new EVAP.
*Custom Rear Brake light assembly.. (2 Trailor lights).. Uses the factory wire for the stock spoiler brake light.
KBB Fair: $2,133.. Good: 2,452… Very good 2,758… Excellent 2,949..
2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Manual Sedan
Model: 2002 Nissan Altima
MPG: 21 city / 26 highway
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Towing capacity: 1,000 lbs
Engine: 3.5 L V6
Curb weight: 3,225 lbs
Dimensions: 192″ L x 70″ W x 58″ H
Tire size: P215/55R17