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Good Dependable Automobile
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By RodR7679
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1998 Nissan Altima SE 4dr Sedan


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Excellent car. This car was dependable even at 15 degrees below 0 F and handled good even in snowy winter driving.


Best Features

The automatic transmission with the 2.4L I4 DOHC 16V FI Engine provided good power and acceleration. Excellent visibility all around from the drivers seat. No blind spots!


Worst Features

ABS would have been nice. Also would have liked disc brakes for the rear wheels.


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Good Alternative to Accord and Camry
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By Donna (TX)
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1998 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan


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For less money than the Accord and Camry, you're getting a car with similar reliability and build quality. I owned this car for 5 years and never had any, even minor, problems. Service only involved regular oil changes and such. The car did have a horrible turning radius for its size.


Best Features

Sun roof, sound system.


Worst Features

Better turning radius.


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Good Reliable Transportation
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By Tim
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1998 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan


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My '98 GLE has 90,000 miles on it and I have owned it since 22,000 mi. It has treated me very well. It's not a sports car or SUV, but just sound, comfortable transportation. The car has been very reliable with no major maintenance at all. It seems to be well designed and will likely go to our daughter for many years to come. Previously had a 1983 VW Jetta that was awesome & was concerned that the Altima wouldn't measure up, but it has. Overall very good.


Best Features

Comfortable, well built, and reliable. Good climate control system, spacious trunk with fold-down seats.


Worst Features

So-so styling, lot of road noise, some windshield noise. Some appurtenances have broken (sun visor mount broke, center console opening lever spring broke). Not super mileage, but not bad.


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Runs awesome
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By Matt
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1998 Nissan Altima GLE 4dr Sedan


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I have 83,000 miles on this car and it has served me well through college. Many people said I had the nicest car they've seen on campus although mine wasn't the newest or best by any means. The interior of the car is unlike what you see in cars of this price range nowadays. The drive is ok, it's enough to get you by. The wind/road noise is not what I would expect in a near luxury car - you can solve this by simple soundproofing. The Clarion sound system - standard on the GLE, is extremely clear and balanced - although the front is tuned a little shrill [might be the Boston Acoustics that I have there now] once you get some decent speakers on it. Better car than the competition by far.


Best Features

Strong OEM Clarion stereo, good enough acceleration, nice styling, decent design, good paint [you need to keep it waxed like any other car], high quality interior, solid feel, alloys on 98 look good, maintains a brand new look for almost the life of the car


Worst Features

Fix the stripping in the windows to fit correctly, beef up acceleration just a tad, NOISE PROOF THE CAR!!, wear polarized sunglasses while driving or else you WILL see a glare in the windshield, make speakers STANDARD size - not 6.75", can't stand this. get rid of weird noise in the trunk


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ALTIMA NISSAN: excellent car
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By Ruth
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1998 Nissan Altima GXE 4dr Sedan


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Found a little skid in the front tires on wet uphill surfaces. Otherwise, a perfect car; never ever a mechanical problem. Not once. A fantastic machine.


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