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1997 Nissan Altima Sedan

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Nissan Altima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Nissan Altima

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Luxurious, sporty, and well-constructed, the Nissan Altima is the perfect car for those who want an Infiniti, but are stuck with a Nissan budget.

  • Cons

    It will never happen, but we would still like to see a V-6 engine offered in the Altima.

  • What's New for 1997

    The 1997 models are virtually identical to 1996 models, except for the addition of new emissions equipment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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You might think twice

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Altima SE 4dr Sedan (1997.5)

I bought the '97 altima in April of '02. After the 1st 6 months of ownership, it was one thing after another. While it only broke down twice, I never really enjoyed the car w/o some lingering minor problem. The car brakes and ride were noisy from day one. The antenna quit working properly after about a year and a half. I was so happy to be rid of that car this year. My comfort and leg room was not great but I'm 6'3" so I accept certain things in life. Overall, if I had to do it all over again, I don't think I would buy it again. There are worse cars to buy for sure, but there are better. Spent over $2000 in repairs in a 2 year span.




Solid car

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Altima SE 4dr Sedan (1997.5)

I bought my Altima used in 2001 with 51,000 miles and I haven't had any major problems with it since besides normal upkeep and wear and tear. I'm satisfied with this car for the most part. My complaint is that the Altima does shift a little hard. I took it to the mechanic and he told me that the transmission was okay though and that this version of the Altima tends to do that. The other thing I noticed is the brakes squeel when the car hasn't ran for a while, but as soon as the car warms up the squeeling stops. I did have this problem looked at as well and I was told this was okay for now.



Full 1997 Nissan Altima Review

What's New for 1997

The 1997 models are virtually identical to 1996 models, except for the addition of new emissions equipment.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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