I purchased the car with 90K and it now
has over 140K. No major problems to
report thus far. The engine has several
small oil leaks, which is normal for
aging cars. The transmission is showing
signs of wear on initial start up, no
big deal. I've replaced the CV boots,
front brakes, tires, shocks, muffler,
antenna, engine mounts, tie rod ends,
and performed all scheduled maintenance.
The engine and transmission perform
well, and the suspension and steering
are sold. It's a very well built car
that requires a relatively small amount
of maintenace and age related componet
This car is very easy to work on, and is
great for the home mechanic.
The car performs better with 195/60-15
tires than the standard 205/60-15. The
change in section width and height
improves steering response and improves
acceleration, with no noticeable loss in
Bought the car two years ago with 95000
miles on it. Drove it for two years
with no problems. Recently though, it's
begun to fall apart. Oil leak around
timing belt cover (a common problem with
this engine--be sure to check before you
buy), exhaust pipe melted through gas
tank (someone removed the heat shield),
and fuel system is acting up. I'd be
sure to check for the oil leak and the
heat shield between the exhaust pipe and
gas tank. We were very lucky to not
catch fire or explode.
Gas mileage was awesome. 80 mph on
interstate w/a.c. cranked still got me
39 mpg. I do have the 5spd. manual
though. Interior is nice. Fairly roomy
Paint is falling off, some rust
developing over rear wheel, fix the oil
leak (design issue), re-route exhaust to
get it farther away from gas tank.
I live in New Zealand and own the
equivalent version of the Altima except
with the 2 litre engine. It is a very
comfortable car with some of the best
seats in the car industry. The interior
is well designed and after 9 years
still looks modern. Its also very
reliable, no major problems except a
leak in the boot which was fixed in due
course. Now up to 75000mls since new
and still going. Don't know about the
2.4 version but the 2.0 litre version
lacks gusts and is lethargic.
Spacious boot, wicked sound system and
comfortable seats. Good legroom in the
back and woodgrain looks stylish.
Leather is soft and attractive
Please more horsepower and torque!
Wheels that could fill the whell arches
would be good as well.
Basically I bought a lemon. Make sure
you get yours checked out before you buy
it. Everything leaks. I've spent over
$1000 fixing stuff that was broken or
worn out before I got it. It looks a
little nicer than it actually is. It
still needs another $700+ more parts and
labor. It is cheaper than a new car though.
The engine is pretty strong. Mileage
isn't horrible if I stay off the gas
pedal. It looks reasonably nice.
There are three recalls on my car. The
glove box is tiny. The seats need more
lower back support. The trunk
passthrough is too small for almost
I picked up a 95 altima because it
was much cheaper than a used accord and
i was impressed by my friends. I've been
driving for a year now and my car hasn't
given me any major problems. For the
first few months i drove it fast and
hard and it faired perfectly. It handles
well, has a comfortable interior and can
seat five people in a pinch.
The only repairs done to the car
were new brakes (my fault) and new axles
(salted roads). The cars themselves hold
well on their own but i would suggest
anyone looking to buy one used have the
electrical system checked out. Tailights
have a habit of fading or turning off
when your brake lights turn on because of
Cruise control located on the shifter is
a nice touch. As is the insane amount of
power from the 2.4 litre 4. 150 doesn't
seem like a lot but the car is fairly
light. The wood trim peice across the
dash is a great upscale touch.
Standard four wheel disc with abs. I
have slid into the same intersection
four times because my wheels locked up.
More supportive seats. The biggest
improvement i believe they could make
would be a 60/40 folding rear seatback
instead of the rear armrest acting at
the pass through.