Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan

1997 Nissan Altima
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1997 Nissan Altima


  • 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.


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

Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan for Sale

Nissan Altima 1997 GXE 4dr Sedan
233,918 miles
Used 1997
Nissan Altima
Imperial Auto of Fredericksburg
53.4 mi away
Est.Loan: $51/mo
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Dealer Notes
**SOLD AS-IS**POWER WINDOWS**POWER LOCKS** for more information contact us directly at 540-891-6611. - Power Steering| Power Mirrors| Tachometer| Tilt Steering Wheel| Driver Airbag| Passenger Airbag| Rear Defogger| Intermittent Wipers| AM/FM| Cloth Interior Surface| Center Console| Child Proof Door Locks| Cup Holders| Remote Fuel Door| Vanity Mirrors - Contact IMPERIAL AUTO Sales at 540-891-6611 or for more information. -

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Edmunds' Expert Review

vehicle overview

Talk about a runaway success. The Altima is quite a popular car, with hundreds of thousands of the jelly-bean-shaped sedans sold since its 1993 introduction. Its predecessor, the Nissan Stanza, was a practically invisible car to consumers, and we can't help but wonder whether the name change or Nissan's expensive advertising campaign touting the Altima as an affordable luxury car dictated the tides of change.

What we do know is that the Altima has the right mix of good looks, sedan capability, spunky personality and affordable price that Honda and Toyota used to make the Accord and Camry best-sellers. The Altima is a fun car, and plays the roles of pedestrian family hauler and pseudo-sport sedan with equal aplomb. Heavily subsidized national lease deals on the GXE trim level haven't hurt sales either, and virtually guarantee an excellent used Altima market in the near future.

This year, the Altima is a carryover; the only change being to the emissions equipment.

If you shop smart, the Nissan GXE is a great buy. It can be outfitted with all sorts of goodies and remain well under $20,000. Watch out for the SE and GLE, though, the price of those cars has been rising, and is getting uncomfortably close to Nissan Maxima territory.

1997 Highlights

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

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Nissan Altima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Decent car with maintenance issues
The Altima was very reliable early on, but as it aged, needed many more costly repairs and fixes. At ten years and less than 100,000, it has cost $600-1500 per year for the last five years to keep it running (not including tires!). My mechanic says there a few fundamental design flaws that show as this car ages that are costly (because they are labor intensive) to fix.
Very Satisfied owner
Very satisfied owner,04/02/2010
I purchased my Nissan Altima 97 with little over 8000 miles. It currently has 286,437 miles on it. The car has treated me very well even though I didn't take care care of it. It still runs just as good as it did when I bought it. i haven't had to do very much work on it thus far. Just minor repairs and regular tune ups. I have driven it literally all over the country due to being in the army.
Great Buy
I bought my Altima used at 37,000 miles in 2001 and it's still going strong at 130,000, though it's needed some major repair. I've had to replace the alternator (at 75k), one CV axle and the other will need replacement soon, the switch for the power windows and locks, and the clutch a year ago. Those are the only $200 plus repairs done in 7 years though, which is a bargain compared to the repair work other models need in that amount of time. The interior doesn't hold up well however; the vents on the dash are popping up, a sun visor fell off while I was driving, and the speedometer sticks sometimes. The fabric is cheap and stains easy.
Reliable & Fun But Unsafe!
The integrity of the motor and many of the other parts are top notch. If you are looking for a base vehicle to fix to street race, this would be a great one. With that said, I was in an accident with this vehicle. The car was totaled and I had a head injury, which has left me with some brain damage. There isn't ABS on this vehicle and the air bag didn't deploy. There were fairly new Bridgestones on the car, so I can't blame it on the tires. Luckily the seat belt locked or else I wouldn't be writing this review!
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Features & Specs

21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
150 hp @ 5600 rpm
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
150 hp @ 5600 rpm
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
150 hp @ 5600 rpm
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
150 hp @ 5600 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 1997 Nissan Altima
Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan Overview

The Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan is offered in the following styles: GXE 4dr Sedan (1997.5), GLE 4dr Sedan (1997.5), XE 4dr Sedan (1997.5), SE 4dr Sedan (1997.5), XE 4dr Sedan, GXE 4dr Sedan, SE 4dr Sedan, and GLE 4dr Sedan.

What's a good price on a Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan?

Save up to $69 on one of 1 Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $2,495 as of11/14/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from3.4 to 3.4 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan trim styles:

  • The Used 1997 Nissan Altima Sedan GXE is priced between $2,495 and$2,495 with odometer readings between 233918 and233918 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 1997 Nissan Altima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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