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Nissan has issued out a recall on approximately 20,000 Altima sedans for a front suspension bolt that may not have been properly tightened during assembly of the vehicle. The bolt in question is a traverse link bolt and if not properly tightened can cause a rattling noise or vibration once its loose. In the unlikely scenario that the bolt comes out completely, the driver can experience difficulty controlling the car.
Owners will begin to be notified starting immediately and dealers are currently checking the bolts on vehicles prior to selling them. The recalled vehicles were assembled at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant.
Nissan has just unveiled pricing for its 2011 mid-size truck and traditional SUVs, along with Altima sedan; but in what seems to be a growing trend once again, even among minimum change vehicles, prices are steeper than last year. Pathfinder, one of the last remaining body-on-the-frame midsize SUVs, will now start at $27,840 (in 2WD S-trim), which represents a hike of $300 over the 2010 model. If you want a few more features, then the mid range LE will set you back $42,600!
As for the Xterra, the price bump is even more significant. The 2011 model commands a roughly $1,100 steeper price tag in base trim – up to $23,850; though in all honesty, the full-jam PRO-4X hardcore offroader – at $30,100 is still quite competitively priced, especially considering the amount of kit you get, along with the fact that true-off road offerings are harder to find these days.
Meanwhile, if mid-size pickups float your boat; the aging Frontier starts at $17,750 as a rear-wheel drive S trim truck. The 4WD SL with all the trimmings will set you back more than the Xterra PRO-4X; it’s list price is $31,630.
Along with the mid-size trucks, Nissan also announced pricing for the largely unchanged, 2011 Altima. Pricing starts at $19,900, but if you want a snazzy coupe, be prepared to fork out $22,940. And proving that being green (or beige for that matter) still isn’t cheap, the Altima Hybrid sedan will set you back $26,780 before options and taxes.
Official release after the jump: