16th Jun 2004, 23:23
I would have to disagree too. I love my `95 Altima, and even with 168,000 miles it is wonderful. It has been a great car!
18th Jun 2004, 13:23
WOW! That's a lot of miles... If these cars are as good as you say they are, I'll definately be buying one in the next few days!!!
8th Jan 2005, 17:58
I agree with you.
Here's about how mine has gone:
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Replaced Transmission at 150.000 miles
Replaced entire front end (suspension, cv joints, axles, etc)
Replaced Exhaust Manifold
Replaced Alternator Twice
Radiator in need of repair for the last 60,000 miles (tiny leak at the top)
Replaced Rear Main Seal
Replaced Clutch think that the noise was the clutch. Nope. Transmission again.
Front end needs replaced. Again.
Replaced Brakes/Rotors --showed NO signs of any wear or even GRINDING noises until AFTER the SHOE of the brake pads fell OFF my car. I had to drive home using my handbrake. JOY was that fun.
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Engine is the most solid piece of equipment I have ever seen. 195,xxx miles and STILL strong as ever.
I learned how to drive a stick shift when I was 9. I'm 21 now, so I don't see my driving being the problem here.
I've kept up with the maintenance as close to schedule as possible, even replacing spark plugs every two to three oil changes, every 6k-9k miles, replacing filters, etc. Sometimes doing the change myself, sometimes taking it in to have it done, rotating tires, etc.
It was a good car until it turned out to be a damned Lemon. I think I got the cream of the crop as far as lemons go.
Great acceleration when you need it, awesome handling, sticks to the ground very well when you're in a tight spot in heavy traffic. Turns on a dime, brakes on a dime (and without slamming them too!), and the car also looks absolutely amazing (when kept up to snuff).
I let my car go after a while. I've pretty much given up on it, which is ironic. It hasn't cost me anything more than an the two oil changes in 6 months since I stopped caring.
I'm gonna buy an Impala next, thanks to the reviews on this site :)
Altimas aren't BAD... but you need to baby them for them to last.
If I could take a Nissan Engine, Chevy or Pontiac Room and Comfort, and an M-1 Ahbram's toughness? I would buy that car. And I don't mean a Hummer2. Those are Chevy Tahoes at twice the price x.x.
4th Jun 2007, 02:24
I Disagree also I have a 1997 altima that has survived everything hit a telephone pole at 40 with the right fender, all passenger suspension was out everything was damaged an it still drove home. I spent $400.00 for all the parts, (used) and it still runs strong at 289,000 miles.
4th Jun 2007, 06:46
Wow, nothing goes wrong for 125K and you're complaining about 3 repairs. Do me a favor and add up what a $300 car payment each month will cost you vs. keeping a solid car and making a few repairs. I'm guessing you're not real good with money.
My 1997 GXE is with my son now at 189,000 and running strong in the Rocky Mountains. It's had a new alternator and a new mass airflow sensor. It gets 45,000 out of a set of cheap tires and only needs brake pads every 4 years. THAT, folks is a GOOD car!
1st Feb 2008, 15:05
I have a 1996 Nissan Altima GXE. It has been a great car. I seem to be very rough on cars, but this one can take it. I bought it with 100,000 miles on it. At 110,000 I had to replace the distributor. At 150,000 the alternator went out. At 175,000 miles, the radiator sprung a leak. Fixed all problems ourselves and spent less than $500.00. Ran till 250,000 miles, timing chain broke; caused damage to valves. My fault because never did maintenance other than to change the oil. Fixed the valves and the car is still going. Hope my next car will last this long.