I like that car so much. It has 143k miles on it, still no gasket and/or transmission problems. Besides, it is a great DIY car. There are bunch of videos on YouTube about that car, and the replacement parts are not expensive. Installing the replacements are easy as hell! I have driven that car non-stop 450 miles. The only I would concern about that car is the gas consumption. It consumes a lot for a 2.4 4 cyl car (16/22mpg). You have to be aware of a point: 98-99 and 00-01 altimas are not completely identical (the interior as well); some of the replacements are different, such as shocks.
My older sister got a newer car and gave me her 2001 Altima GXE for my first car. I've had it for about 3 months and I love it. It currently has a bit over 165k miles on it. Exterior wise it's bland and blends in very easily with traffic but it doesn't look bad. The 155 horses seem to work hard and get the job done. If I push the pedal down on the highway it picks up and has quite a bit of pep in its step. My gas mileage isn't great I get about 14-18 mpg city, but I think I have a leak. It has a brake light out, a broken seal on the front axle, and a valve cover leak but I think the valve cover problem was from my sister abusing the car. So far I'm perfectly happy and impressed with it!
Overall performance, comfortable seats, trunk space, interior storage, gas tank size.
Exterior design, build quality, more room for a tall driver
I got my license in August 2013 and I immediately began shopping for a used car, when I found this one for $4000 at a used car dealership with only 93,522 miles on it! I was sold! Since then I've gotten it up to 95,993 miles and it's been my mobile best friend since I purchased it, and I've been lucky enough to jazz it up with new air fresheners, a New York Yankees license plate frame, sports decals and fun bumper stickers.
There are so many things I love about this car, it's hard to pick a favorite. For starters, it's really simple to drive and operate, which is good for people like me. It's great on gas, I find myself being able to use a full tank in over a week which is good for being a commuter. All of my friends have praised the comfy, roomy interior with the soft cloth seats and the abundance of cup holders, and I agree with them. It's just a great car to drive and I recommend it to anyone!
This is my first car, bought it when I was in college in Arizona in 2010 for 3.5k with a 109k on it. My research said the car was worth it, and it has been so far. Had one minor issue with leaking water pump. But, the car is so easy to work on that I changed it myself and a few other things as well. Excellent performance in Arizona heat.
Now the car is in Michigan, had it shipped here. Well worth it. Thermostat is giving me some trouble but she is resilient. It took her some time but she has adopted to the cold very well. The light wait does make it skid from time to time on ice, so watch out.
But do not regret my decision not to buy a new car. This car has served me well and I love it!
Sun roof, read spoiler, very good looking. Very few of these on the road so makes me stand out.
Engine, small yet powerful. Surprises a lot of people when I put the pedal to the floor. Great driving position.
Some issues with interiors. Engine takes time to heat up in winter. The 6 CD music system is kinda cheap quality. Suspension is very soft.
Seems like a good car overall, but do a search on the "nissan altima intake manifold gasket". Many people have experienced this same problem on this particular model; some have noted the same in their reviews here. A required $600 fix mars an otherwise decent vehicle. The engine is more powerful than other 4-cyl's I've driven, but you pay for it in gas mileage.
I suggest the company act responsibly and issue a recall, but I do understand that it's just a business tradeoff: it's better for a car company to ignore the bad publicity from unreliable vehicles until it becomes more cost effective to issue a recall and salvage their reputation.
Honda was more responsible to me in this regard.
I doubt I'll ever buy Nissan again.