I purchased my Nissan Altima GLE new, and currently have 84,400 miles on it, with plans to drive it several more years if it continues to perform well. I have been faithful with routine maintenance, and have had no problems at all. It is a comfortable, roomy sedan.
comfort-good lumbar support, nice leather interior, easy handling.
I was disappointed in this car. Have heard foriegn cars are better, and this was my first one - no more for me. Check engine light came on before we even got it home! Went round & round with the dealer who finally agreed to the repair - intake manifold gasket (exact same problem I had with my GM!) Car sits low - it will rust, even if you constantly wash it. Car is light and has a rough ride - feel every bump in the road. Exterior trim started falling off one day for no reason. Power drivers window was very sluggish. Gas mileage was horrid - I the best I got was 24mpg. I went back to GM and am happier. I get 28-30mpg consistently with my current full size GM product (V6).
Exterior is not bad looking, just sits too low.
Intake manifold gasket is a problem in these cars. Car sits too low.
After having a 98 Chevy Malibu for 2 years (First car) and repairing it at least once a month.. This little Altima is a great little car. I bought it with 50k for a steal, it is a Titanium Pearl Metallic GLE with every option but ABS. It was meant to be my college car but now i am trying to get it paid off by next year since i am now a Honda employee and have discounts. I have read complaints about the braking in wet weather, when you have a vehicle w/o ABS what do you expect? Brakes lock up when you hit them... My car stops fine.. It handles great with 16" rims, looks great with clear tail lights and tinted windows.. If you are wanting a 01 Altima.. I say GO for it!
Leather int., side air bags, moon roof, spoiler, great handling, i love how you can "whip" it into parking spots or in and out of downtown roads. My gas mileage is good on interstate.
Factory sound system, mine is definitely clear but no bass, everything else is improved in the new model, but i was not impressed with the new models build quality. I cant wait till i get my accord coupe!
I have owned Nissans since 1979. I
don't think they can be beat for
reliability/dependability. The Nissan
Altima 2001 is no exception to this,
only it's a really boring car. It's
not fun to drive: Less power, poorer
handling in wet weather, wider turning
radius, and it just looks like a
million others. It is so common
looking that you lose it in parking
lots. Save your money and buy one
that's 2002 model year after they
changed the design and made it look a
whole lot sharper. Why not have
looks, performance and dependability
instead of just dependability?
Good gas mileage. Reliable and
Fortunately for Nissan, they
redesigned this car for the next model
year, as well they should have.