Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Stephen asks: I’m looking at a 2013 Nissan Altima SV with 82k miles on it for $8,200. My understanding is that this year and model has transmission problems. Should I simply stay away from this car, or what should I look for to avoid a lemon?
My reply: You didn’t mention whether the Altima you’re looking at has the four cylinder engine or the V6. Both, however, are paired with a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission and the good news is that Nissan provides a special 10 year, 120,000 mile warranty extension on this transmission (see here for more details).
So – assuming the rest of the car checks out (have you had it inspected by a competent third-party mechanic you trust?) and the price is reasonable given the miles/condition and so on – I would not be overly concerned about the transmission as any problems ought to be covered by Nissan through 2023 and for the next 38,000 miles.
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