Nissan Altima Review from Philippines

1996 Nissan Altima SSS SR20

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission SR20 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres


Was my first car. I had it for only 5 months, but I loved it


Since the car was purchased: Steering needed realignment (maintenance issue), water formed inside engine due to bad fuel (car doesn't run well on shell fuels).

Since I've driven the car: hydraulic leak in power steering: needed new rack and pinion and had to seal the leak. Leak in oil distributor seal. Broken starter motor (at 12 years old).

I think it's reliable enough.

General Comments:

Very quick for a 2.0 liter car. The car was 12 years old, yet it still floored a lot of cars around. In the city in the Philippines, it's not easy to go faster than 125kph, but in this car, it was effortless.

The interior is quite nice. The ambiance rendered by the wooden trim is similar to those of slightly more luxurious cars. The seats are comfortable enough, but the suspension was ridiculous despite the soft settings common to Nissan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review