I see a few online--are the 2.5 and 3.5 sedans able to take the same hitch? I am likely just using this for a bike rack.
Also, this is leased. I may turn it in after that period. Can anybody say how Nissan will respond to a trailer hitch? The car does have a mild tow-rating. I assume Nissan wouldn't really care, but maybe would make me remove it?
I know nothing about hitches for our cars but i remember i've seen one installed which required removal of exhaust and drilling bunch of holes. Something dealer might not be too happy with lol.
Then again if you take it off before lease is up i'm sure noone will ever notice (except for the next owner some time down the line lol) Or just return it together with it if dealer woun't mind since it'll probably cost you more to remove it then to sell it later.
IMO, taking off the front wheel and putting the bike in the trunk or backseat would be easier.
You could do that or perhaps look into getting a roof rack and get the appropriate bike attachments. That way you can remove it before heading to the dealership and you could resell it to get some of your money back. My buddy has one on his mazda and we load that roof rack up all the time and have yet to have an issue with scratching...as long as your careful of course.
I have four bikes that I need to carry and a four bike rack that fits a Class III hitch, so the trunk won't work. I don't even know if I could do a roof and if I could it would be way pricier. The hitch-attached bike racks are absolutely excellent, but I do need a hitch. Even a Class I I could probably get an adapter.
If you have 4 bikes to carry at once, then why did you buy a damn altima? Coulda gotten a smaller SUV with a proper hitch assembly.
I just need to carry some bikes, I'm not looking to haul a 22' trailer. Towing is not a big scary monster. A typical vehicle's hitch costs in the ballpark of $150. I'm really surprised nobody here has got one on their 3.5 (at least who's seen this thread)!
You can check on amazon product info pages, it asks you to specify the exact model including engine size, but I would imagine they are the same. I installed one on my 2.5 but you are interested in 3.5. Personally, I wouldn't do it on a lease car unless you have a great relationship with your dealer, or if you are leasing another vehicle from them when your lease is up. The install instructions that came with mine had a line in bold asking for sealant to be used on holes drilled to prevent rust, so dealer may not be very happy if you installed it yourself, who knows. I don't think you will find many 4 bike racks, if at all, for the altima since it attaches to the trunk and you are limited on tongue weight.
I would disagree. Unauthorized modifications are something the dealer easily could use to penalize you. And if they are a crappy dealer, they will.
Just take the dang hitch off when it's time to turn it in. Simple as that. I just turned in a lease and they didn't even do a real inspection. All the lease paperwork says to schedule a turn in inspection, but I didn't even do that.
They wrote down the VIN# and a quick walk around and that was that.
We were looking at new vehicles one night two months prior to our lease ending, and we ended up turning in our lease two months early and into a new car within an hour. No inspection, no hassles, nothing.
The turned in leased vehicles are going right back on their lot to be sold as used.
By the way, the dealer can't penalize you for anything. The lease is through Nissan Motors, not the dealer.
If they are lazy to check, yes you can get away. What will give it up, is that you have to bend the heatshield on both sides to drill the holes, so it will never look as it did before. If they charge you for dents etc, what's stopping them to charge for drilling the trunk?
Getting a new lease from them changes everything, you are a paying customer for 3 more years.
Thanks, I'm definitely hesitant to drill into a leased vehicle. I know that the hitches for the Prius (and that car, unlike this one, has ZERO tow rating capacity, but oh well, I know hitches do fit on it ) don't require drilling so probably lean that way.
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