By John Buller on
Vehicle1997 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan
ReviewBought Champagne GLE on a whim after
Honda dealer jerked me around buying my
3rd Honda. Never drove a Nissan before,
and Altima seemed like a big step up
from Civic EX. Mfg was paying Mass
excise tax for life of lease, that was
swaying factor. Car itself, while
comfy, wasn't much fun to drive, and
economy was dreadful. Too small an
engine dragging around a porker. Dealer
brochure showed a 97 with auto climate
control and CD, ended up with a
decontented 97.5 with manual A/C and no
Best FeaturesSolid, decent leather, comfortable seats, trunk room. Champagne ext with palomino leather int looked sharp, ez to keep clean. Others like it more than I did. Marlboro Nissan great dealer; added a ten changer CD at no cost when car came through without one.
Worst FeaturesLose weight, bigger engine, handling, even for GLE could use less novocain in the shocks. Base radio awful, seats need more support.
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