I bought my Altima in February 2011, after spending months searching for an affordable 5 speed car. For an 18 year old with $1000 to spend, it was the best money could buy. It had all manual amenities (windows, locks, seats) but everything worked on it. The A/C only needed a recharge, and while not the strongest or coldest, it was fine for a small car. It had 170,000 miles yet the engine ran fine. I thought for a car of it's class it had good performance. Even though my mom had a new durango, we'd often take my car for trips due to the much better gas mileage. I NEVER had to fix anything with the car, but sadly I had to sell it for tuition. Otherwise, I would run it into the ground.
PROS:Engine, performance, standard features (A/C, tachometer, folding mirrors), seat padding, trunk space, interior space (for its size), maintenance, handling, gas mileage, size
CONS:Unsychronized first and reverse gear (might be my car only), I wish the drivers seat gave a little more room, but I'm large [6'1, >290 lbs.], location of the stereo, center console space, design of the glove box
I think about getting a different
vehicle, but my 93 Altima won't let
me! I haven't spent a dollar on it
with the exception of tires, brakes,
and general maintenance. I couldn't
even change the timing belt on it,
because the rubber belt doesn't exist!
Engine is dynamite, it is quick,
responsive.............cannot get rid
Engine,engine and engine. The style is
so much better that the next version
and I see even the teenagers want one
like it, very popular used car. Air
conditioning and heating are excellent,
gas mileage very good, handles very
Somthing funky in the rear end when
going over bumps, nothing alarming,
just a creeky sound that I hear is
common. You have to be double jointed
to reach the oil filter if you want
that dirty job for yourself.