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Old 02-14-2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Scion tC or Altima Coupe?

I'm getting a new car in the next week or so, I have been doing a lot of research and test drives in the past few days and have narrowed my search down to two cars. Like the title says, I'm looking at a 2008 scion tC and a slightly used nissan altima coupe 2.5 (2000 miles on it). I have managed to get both vehicles down to virtually the same price but I am having trouble deciding between the two.

In my mind they are both great cars, but the altima is the base model and doesnt come with a lot of options, while the tC comes standard with a few more bells and whistles. I really don't know which to get so I thought I'd pick your brains and see what some of you might choose.

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:03 AM   #2
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I have a 2000 Altima with 140K miles on it and it runs great. I have done a lot of maintainence, but it's still solid and averages 25mpg.

The scion... eh. it's ok.

I like the altima personally, but a few bells and whistles do go a long way... power windows, a nice stereo, etc. If you take passengers frequently then I would go with the 4-door altima.
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agree, ive ridden in a couple tc's and they are ok, but altimas feel a bit nicer.
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:48 AM   #4
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I have a 2000 Altima with 140K miles on it and it runs great. I have done a lot of maintainence, but it's still solid and averages 25mpg.

The scion... eh. it's ok.

I like the altima personally, but a few bells and whistles do go a long way... power windows, a nice stereo, etc. If you take passengers frequently then I would go with the 4-door altima.
Both have power windows and good stereos...the only options that the tC has that the altima coupe doesnt have are a sunroof, alloy wheels, and stereo controls on the steering wheel (i know I'm weird, but that's a big plus for me haha). Everything else is pretty similar. My family has owned a 4-door altima a few years ago and we were very satisfied with it. Although I'd be getting the 2-door, I just feel like for the same price, it's a lot of car for the money. I still love the tC though....ugh this is hard!
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Scion TC, its more sporty
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nissan they have been around longer and have a good idea what they r doing plus they dont die they just run forever
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nissan they have been around longer and have a good idea what they r doing plus they dont die they just run forever
ah, true on the surface. but the scion truly is just a rebadged toyota.

though i really like the looks of the altima coupes. and the tc is everywhere. for me, with two cars being dead even, that'd win me over. the altima is still the new thing, lol.
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