I had good experience with my 1993 Nissan Altima despite its age. I drove in all weather, snow, ice, mountains, forests and was impressed with its performance for an ordinary 2 wheel drive car. This is the first generation of this model, which I believe is one of the best ones built by Nissan.
Reliability, powerful enough with manual transmission.
I had to replace fuel pump twice within one year. Also, the ignition switch wears off quickly having poor contact. this needs to be improved. It is hard to find replacement part, even aftermarket one.
I bought this car from a priest for $7,800 w/ 78,000 miles. This car also had the on screen display (which puts your speed on the windshield). This car was great. I sold it in 2002 w/ 124,000 miles b/c I wanted a 4wd for the snow. For approx. 50,000 miles and 5 years, the car was wonderful. There was nothing out of the ordinary. Excellent & always reliable.However, when I was selling it, they found a $1,000 oil leak that was "normal for Altimas." Either way - the oil leak was minor and the car was fantastic. It was my first & certainly won't be my last. Nissan is great & I plan on getting the 350z Roadster. I will be a customer for life.
Reliable - Great car - I loved the on screen display (puts the speedometer on the windshield). Excellent - & it looked great with the 5 spoke alloy wheels & the wood trim. All around - great, fast, reliable car.
Purchased this car from the Nissan
dealership as the 2nd owner for only
$5500 with 99K miles on it. The first
owner had the extended 100K mile
warranty and bought a new Maxima.
It's been a little over 2 year's and i
have doubled the vehicle mileage to
200K miles and the thing still goes
strong. The engine is great. Runs
like a champ and starts every time.
Have had problems though. The timing
chain went bad around 142K and was
expensive at $1100. WARNING. Make
sure the timing chain is fixed
preferebly by Nissan as a shade tree
job can end up costing you a lot more
in the long run.
I love the interior design ie
leather/wood. Makes you feel like
you've bought something like an ES
300. The drive isn't bad at all
either. As long as the tires are good
and the vehicle is aligned properly
you could do 90mph all day with no
prob except for law enforcement.
I really hated the cupholders. Right
in front of the radio. I wish they
didn't blow up the new Altima and the
98 version is not very attractive.
Plus, why no retained power
accessories (radio, windows)?
I have had the pleasure of driving this
vehicle for 10 years now and it has
shown me nothing but good times. I have
made sure I have kept up with the
maintenance and thusly have had little
or noe problem. It is sneaky fast often
underestimated for its
accelaration.Even to this day it still
has enough power to have fun with.I
still enjoy driving it everyday.
My favorite features are the sound
system and the heads up display.Also
can I say it again the acceleration.One
other thing is that once you are going
about 50mph the transition to pass is
too fun to ignore.
The only thing I can say is that the ac
crapped out about 2 years ago.Maybe
could use a little bit bogger of a pass
thru from the trunk to the back seat.
Radiator Leakage: The plastic radiator
seam opened up near the cap, requiring
new radiator @ 110K.
Power Antenna: Stopped working @ 115K.
Am/Fm/Cd dash lights no longer work
Water Pump: Original corroded and
damaged belts too @ 125K.
Distributor: Changed at 144K.
Timing chain noise: Fixed at 145K
Power steering hose leakage at all of
the joins around 130K
Reflective speedometer at windshild,
more leg room, power, handling is one
of the best I know of
PCV should be as easy to replace as in
the most other car designs. (Dealer
charges $250 for this replacement.)
Similarly, the overall design of the
engine is such that the simple DIY
replaceble stuff is surprisingly made
difficult and complicated leading to