The issues with the Altima:
The major mechanical issue was with the timing chain guides breaking. The timing chain is a $1,500 repair, but for this engine (k24), it is well worth repairing rather than replacing. Make sure the parts are purchased from Nissan.
For manual transmissions, make sure the clutch kit is also purchased from Nissan.
The alternator died around 220k.
Timing chain was replaced at 215,000k due to a broken guide.
The Altima is, hands down, one of the best cars ever built. I put over 300k miles on this vehicle.
I said if I ever sold the Altima, I would blog on this site, because I reviewed this site before I purchased the Altima in 2004.
I am an African American young man from Memphis. I purchased the Altima in 2004 at the age of 19, one week before my 20th birthday, with 122k miles. I put many highway miles on the Altima. Everywhere I went, it took me. When the car reached around 300k, it was still being put on the highway, taking me on long trips.
This car was never abused by me. I kept the oil changed, using full synthetic at around 200k.
The Altima never lost any power, the engine ran and sounded great, just like it did when I first purchased it at 122k.
Treat the Altima well, but don't be afraid to drive it. Keep the inside of the engine clean and lubricated with good synthetic oil.
Just like any machine, this car has broken down quite a few times, but it is truly one of the BEST built vehicles ever.
I owned this car from age 19 to age 30. This car has seen me through many life changes and taken me on many trips with friends and family.
Goodbye Ole Gal... (Altima)
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