1997 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: you might think twice

1997 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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

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you might think twice
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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.

Best Features

wood grain paneling; controls easy to reach

Worst Features

bumpy ride, loud brakes, cupholders are in a poor position next to audio system
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