1995 Nissan Altima GXE 1.8 liter from North America
If you have a 5-speed Altima GXE built in 1995, keep it, and maintain it, it will be worth it
Front brakes had to be replaced the 2nd year I owned the car, but it was under warranty, and I never had any other problems with them.
Routine maintenance kept the car trouble free until about Year 10.
Spark plugs replaced after car wouldn't re-start after Year 11.
New alternator and 2 new belts replaced after car wouldn't start Year 12.
As of August 2007, I have had this car for over 12 years, current mileage 130,000. It drives like a dream -- still smooth and very peppy. I was fairly religious about taking it into the dealer for routine maintenance, and getting regular oil changes, but now I only take it in when it has a problem.
Plan to keep it another 2 years at least, as long as they little things that go wrong don't get out of hand.
I would buy another Altima in a second, if I thought I could get the kind of quality and design that I got in the 1995 model in a newer model, but my sister and brother-in-law did NOT get it when they bought one in the later 90's. The engine did not run as smooth, they had more problems, even the door-slam sounded cheap.
The 1995 GXE (5-speed) might have been a fluke, but what a great fluke it was. I see LOT of them on the road. Nissan should figure out what they did right with that car, and just keep copying it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2007