First, the good parts. This car handled the corners really well (like a sports car). The steering was also good and the a/c vents were flat with a vertical dashboard that brought more air to your knees when you needed it (unlike the newer cars with their aerodynamic dashboards). Mine also came in a deep teal that looked best in the evenings. Now the bad. The rear seat wasn't made to fold down to allow for more storage space. It didn't come with ABS brakes (the SE and GLE do) so stopping ability in snow and ice was horrible. The ride was fairly stiff and without sound insulation rough roads would produce a lot of noise. The cruise control would cause the car to jerk you 2 or 3 times just accelerating up a small hill because it wouldn't constantly stay in lower gear until getting over the hill (so using the overdrive button on the automatic shifter was used a lot to stop this problem). No one seemed to know how to fix the A/C for summer use. Bottom line. Get the GLE for the standard automatic transmission and the SE for the standard manual transmission but either one should be used for a second car since cargo space isn't there best feature or maybe as a gift for a high schooler. These were reliable front wheel drive cars (at least until the year 2000 and on) so 1997's to 1999's were good choices and the standard V6 engines (no whimpy 4 cylinders available) had 190 horsepower which was plenty of power without causing any torque steer that the newer maximas and altimas (with there too powerful V6's) have a constant problem with!
Got this car from a friend 18 months ago, car was sitting for a year. This car has 268,000 miles on it and you could walk by it and not know that the engine was running. Installed new brakes and rotors and a paint job. Car now looks and run like new. Love the car, very reliable and the gas mileage is excellent for a 6 cylinder. Step on the gas and this car will launch you in a new dimension. The ride is tight, well it is a 4 door sport car after all. This car is fun to drive and if you plan to lend it to someone be certain to advise them on the quick throttle response. They could get a whiplash on take off.
Flawless engine and transmission performance, and comfortable ride.
I've had a lot of cars, and this was by far the most comfortable vehicle I've ever had. I was the third owner and at 136K miles, it was totaled after being t-boned but still drives great (wow!). I had a problem with my airbag light flashing, but didn't worry about it. Smoothest ride EVER - great for road trips, and fine in my old neighborhood with street dips. No little annoyances like in so many other vehicles. Keep up with maintenance, and you'll be so happy with this car. Highly recommend.
Large trunk, smooth ride, good get-up on onto highway, comfortable seats, rear window defrost, good sound, seat warmers, automatic windows, sunroof.
Keyless entry, MP3 hookups, more durable leather on bucket seats (leather shows very bad damage on my vehicle).
This car was purchased from my sister at 245k and it sat around for 6 months prior to that. In my mind I didn't expect to much out of it because of it was a foreign car (Chevy born and raised) but this car truly did surprise me. The handling was a little shifty but the power of the V6 held its own against a Mustang I must say. This is a solid, well built car with a great ride and excellent power. Even though it sad around for 6 months, once the cob webs were blown off, she shined like a diamond performance wise. The only problems I've faced is repair cost and what others have done to it.
Love the power, the ride is very smooth and is easy to stand all day.
Easier repairs, changing the oil was hassle because of the plastic guarding around the engine. Also, if parts were a little cheaper, I think I'd have it made (i.e: 30 bucks for the sway bar linkage)