1997 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Solid Car

1997 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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SE (1997.5) Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Solid Car
By Cabanna on


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.

Best Features

Comfortable seating, Predictability

Worst Features

The trunk opening is too narrow! You can't fit larger items such as small furniture or even a camping cooler. The trunk space is decent but the opening is narrow. What's the point of the space if you can't use it?
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