The 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R stands out as a thrilling option in the mid-size sedan market, offering a perfect blend of style and performance. This edition inherits its power and style from the well-known 240SX SE-R, Sentra SE-R, and the iconic Nissan 350Z, making it a standout choice among Nissan enthusiasts.
The Altima SE-R boasts unique exterior features that contribute to its sporty and aggressive appearance. With 18″ Forged premium wheels, an aggressive front fascia, rear spoiler, and large diameter chrome dual exhaust finishers, this sedan exudes a distinct charm. The SE-R model comes in four vibrant exterior colors – Super Black, Sheer Silver, Smoke, and an SE-R exclusive Code Red.
Inside, the Altima SE-R showcases a sporty and functional design. Notable features include black leather-appointed sport seats with red or gray inserts, a three-pod center-mounted gauge package reminiscent of the Nissan Z®, and a Bose® premium audio system with 8 speakers. The three-pod gauge package includes a volt meter, oil pressure gauge, and fuel consumption gauge.
At the core of the Altima SE-R is a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine that delivers an impressive 260 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. This engine, part of the VQ engine series, features continuously variable valve timing and offers a higher level of tuning compared to other Altima models.
The SE-R model is available with a choice of a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 5-speed electronically controlled automatic with manual shift mode. Both transmissions come with a traction control system to enhance performance in various driving conditions.
Maintenance and Ownership Experience
The current owner provides detailed information about the maintenance done on the vehicle, demonstrating a commitment to its care. The car comes with a CLEAN title and has undergone significant maintenance, including the replacement of the timing belt, throttle body cleaning, rotor and pad replacements, alternator replacement, and more.
While the Altima SE-R is praised for its overall performance and aesthetics, the owner notes a couple of areas that could use attention. The grill was painted black by the previous owner and may need repainting or replacement. Additionally, the headlights could benefit from a polish due to typical Nissan headlight cloudiness.