1997 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America


Greatest decision I made


Brakes always squeak and begin to grind not long after I or someone else changes them.

Changed the alternator in 2002 after a long trip from North Carolina to Indiana.

Battery changed twice.

General Comments:

The car is a wonderful buy. I felt it had a lot of miles when I bought it, but we drove from North Carolina to Indianapolis, Indiana and the car did very well. The trip was taken when the car registered 96,000 miles and I certainly would not think twice to take the trip again now at 136,000 miles.

When I test drove the car I didn't like it very much, but boy it grew on me very quickly. I'm very glad my husband talked me into buying it. Now he's been trying to get me to buy a new car but I just can't seem to let go of my Altima. If I do buy a new car it will difinitely be an Altima, just a newer version. (V-6 anyone!)

The interior is still in great shape, I have three children so that in itself is a feat and definite plus!

The trunk is very large and can hold three umbrella strollers and $120 worth of groceries and numerous other things, yet another plus!

The performance of the car is great! Good pickup on take off, smooth shifting transmission, and great gas mileage! I would definitely recommend this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2004

1997 Nissan Altima GXE from North America


One tough mutha'


The drivers side visor broke off. (Regular use)

The gear selector panel broke. (My fault)

Transmission starting to shift at higher RPM's. That started around 90,000 miles. Which is good considering how hard I drove it for the first two years. Not much of a concern though.

Had to replace both CV axles around 80,000 miles from a tear in the boot.

Airbag light came on around 80,000 miles.

General Comments:

Had to get new tires and brakes around 80,000 miles.

Handles well. (Does well off-road too:)

Front-wheel drive does well in the snow.

The car gets around 20 MPG town and 32 MPG highway.

The gas take holds 13 to 13.5 gallons.

Interior is still in good condition minus the cigarette burns and soda stains.

I have not changed the oil for about 10,000 miles and it still runs very well.

Faster than a Honda Civic and handles better than a Chevrolet Corvette.

It has been rear ended, t-boned, slid sidewards into a snowbank (My fault), high-centered on a snowbank (Girlfriends fault), and the only thing wrong is a chipped bumper.

This is one tough car. Perfect for a new driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

30th Jun 2004, 03:25

Change the oil! If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. An oil change at Walmart, for example, is 10 bucks or so, if you can afford an Altima I think you could come up with 10 bucks to have the oil changed.

20th Dec 2005, 18:48

Why change the oil? Mom and Dad will surely buy him another car when he breaks this one.

1997 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America


Boring, but reliable and cheap to operate


Some work had to be done on the emissions control systems (twice). I think it was a sensor of some sort. Covered under warranty.

Cup holders broken.

General Comments:

I got this car after totaling my 95 Maxima. It was a sort of penance for me, since the Altima is anything, but exciting.

I've had to do very little to the car except change some normal wear items (struts at 90000, plugs, etc).

This thing also gets 35 MPG on the highway!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

1st Jun 2004, 06:20

About the sensors, when they were broken, did any of them cause an extremely rough idle? I recently had to put an intake gasket on a 97 GXE. It cause the #3 cylinder to mis fire and the check engine light to come on.