Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Upstate NY
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In 2004 I bought a new Malibu Maxx and it served me well for over 10 years in upstate NY. I rarely washed it (just the occasional automatic wash) and it had almost no rust. So, why bother washing? Finally I traded in the Maxx for my 2015 Altima. The Altima is just a different sort of vehicle, much easier to love than the practical hatchback Maxx. I decided to try out some specialty products (Zaino) and spent 4 hours. The result provides a totally different experience than an auto wash. My Altima feels like silk, and all I have to do is wipe off the dust (which I do, every day).
I don't change my own oil. During the warranty period I will probably get oil changes at a Nissan dealer. It will cost me a little more than DIY, like $10-20 extra every 5000 miles. I won't spend $200 on a detail job.
No one has mentioned on this thread that automated car washes can cause minor scratching and other paint degradation (and the no-touch types use harsh chemicals). I try to use cotton rags without sewn borders to avoid the possible scratch. As it happens, there is a DIY car wash less than one mile from my house, that is heated during winter (I mean, no automated brushes, just a hose). I'm excited that I can keep my Altima silky all year.
2015 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL, purchased new 9/19/14, Pomoco Nissan, Hampton, VA - History: 2004 Chevy Malibu Maxx, 1996 Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Caravan, Eagle Premier, Dodge Omni, 1970 Dodge Dart, 1973 Ford Pinto