1998 Nissan Altima Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1998 Nissan Altima 2.4L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carGMC Sierra

Summary:

A good car overall, but far from great!

Faults:

Has occasional electrical glitches. The clock has froze on 2 occasions and sometimes the lights go out for a second or two. Car handles poorly in any winds, slippery conditions or at high speeds. Terrible gear ratios on the manual transmission and very sloppy shifting. Seats very uncomfortable on long trips.

General Comments:

This car is well built structurally and mechanically. Very user friendly cabin controls. Not the best mileage for a 4 cylinder. Could use more power. I absolutely hate the transmission and shifter in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2005

1998 Nissan Altima GXE 24. L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 24. L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles

Summary:

A solid car with excellent value and reliability

Faults:

The clutch Burned out after 110,000 miles, but I think the previous owner slipped the clutch too much or jammed it into gear from first to second without the proper rpm. When I drive it too hard I can smell clutch burning.

Other than that it seems fine other than new clunk that I think is from sloppy mechanic work on a transmission bracket or something like that.

General Comments:

This is a great highway car with good reliability, comfort and performance. Actually it is very quick and will exceed the speedometer post without much effort, not that you'd want to do that since it doesn't have a performance suspension and you could get into serious trouble at that speed.

It is also good around town, but I'd get the automatic if I did it over again just for ease of use. You don't need the speed the manual gives you with this package.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

1998 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L 4 cylinder. from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45600 miles
Most recent distance68100 miles

Summary:

All things considered, it was a good car

Faults:

The only thing I had to replace while I owned the car were the brakes.

A few minor squeaks and rattles while driving.

General Comments:

Overall, I thought that this was a good car.

A few minor issues here and there did not detract from the experience of owning the car.

I would consider the purchase of another Nissan in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2005

1998 Nissan Altima SE 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Faults:

Replaced idle pulley at 124,000 miles.($400.00 dollars at delarship)

Replaced radiator at about 130,000 miles.($150.00 for radiator, my uncle installed it for free)

Replaced right CV joint around 145,000.($130.00 parts and labor)

Replaced breaks for the first time at 147,000.($100.00 for breaks and installation)

Driver side window rattles sometimes.(I dont worry about it, it's not that annoying)

General Comments:

I received my 1998 Nissan Altima SE as an early graduation gift in the summer of 2002. (The salesman tried to persuade my mom to give me a Mitsubishi Mirage that had just below 100,000 miles on it.... yea right)

The Altima had 93,000 miles on it when I got it.

After three years of me owning the car, it has 150,000 miles on it(57,000 miles I put on it myself).

I've only had to perform regular maintenance on the car and fix items that went out because of normal wear and tear.

My car rides great and is almost silent while idling. My Altima still handles well, especially for a car of its age. Often people cannot believe my car is seven years old simply because of its excellent physical condition (interior and exterior) and because of how quiet the engine runs. I am so greatful that my mom decided to give me a Nissan Altima before I graduated. Some of my friends have cars such as the Ford Focus, Tarus, and many other American made cars. Their cars have a substantial amount of miles less than mine, but for some reason my Nissan Altima runs, sounds, and looks better than their cars..... go figure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

1998 Nissan Altima XE 2.4L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance91000 kilometres

Summary:

Great and reliable car

Faults:

Engine light went up twice in the first year.

General Comments:

I got the car quite cheap. The car is a bit weak in acceleration. The noise is a bit worse than other. However there is almost no problem at all except the engine light which is covered by warranty. The fuel efficiency is on par with the manufacturer estimate.

I really like this car, the look is unique and not many people drove Altima back then. The more I see it, the more I like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 26 reviews