I own a 1998 Altima SE. It has been the best car I have owned so far. Yes the stock brake rotors warp easily, but aftermarket ones are much better. I have over 80,000 miles on it. All I can say is that if you have to rebuild the engine after 50,000 miles, your maintenance schedule may need to be changed. The 24kade engine in the altima is virtually bullet proof and should go well over 200,000 miles with out a rebuild.
I own a 1995 Nissan Altima. I have 325,000 miles on the car and have had no problems.
My 1998 Nissan Altima is by far the best car I have ever. Great has mileage, good power... great economic car. The only problems I have had with the car was the power steering pump went out at about 280,000 miles (cheap fix) and unfortunately the transmission just went out. I have never been so upset about a car breaking down on me. I am even considering just getting the transmission rebuilt and selling my Buick. I love Nissans!
I have a 1999 Nissan Altima.
The right CV boot has split 3 times.
I have 87,000 miles on it and the motor mounts were shot and replaced.
Both tie rods were worn and replaced, so the alignment could be done.
I have had brake noise, but used to it now.
It has a "squeak" or "crunching" noise when I back out of a driveway or go over a "hump" or "bump". It also has a "thump" noise when I backup and hit the brakes.
Except for the drivers side sun visor spring breaking, so it won't stay up, it has given me good service.