Here's the downside of that scenario...
Originally Posted by newtomit
Let's assume you buy the Nissan and it's a decent car. But a year from now it starts acting up when you drive it. You pull out onto a major roadway and step on the gas to get up to speed. But the engine RPMs just bounce around and you can barely get the car going 30 mph...and you almost get rear-ended in the process. You also start noticing the car has trouble maintaining speed going up a hill. Eventually these scenarios start happening more often. By now, your warranty is gone and the car is almost un-driveable.
Like thousands of other Nissan owners, you find out that you need a new CVT. Your options are limited. You can roll the dice on a used salvage yard Nissan CVT (but it's probably junk, too), you might get lucky and find a shop to rebuild it for a few grand (and maybe get a 1 year 12,000 mile warranty on the rebuild)...or you can pay Nissan $5,000 to put in a new/remanufactured CVT. None of those are good options.
This exact scenario happened to a guy I work with. The only thing that saved his butt was that he bought one of those over-priced third-party extended warranties with the car...and it actually paid to put a new $5K transmission in his Sentra. Right after that they cancelled his policy for some reason. Now he's looking to sell the car because he figures in another 40-50K miles it will start doing the same thing.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 51.9 mpg (US) ... 22.1 km/L ... 4.5 L/100 km ... 62.3 mpg (Imp)