"I have had my nissan altima for about 5 years now these cars are great I have only had 2 repairs other than maintenance and that was for the muffler and axel .My fiancee bought a fairly newer vehicle (2000 model mercury) and we have had far more repair with his vehicle than mine . My next car will be a nissan Im very impressed with the durablity of this vehicle its my "trusty rusty" lol"
"I bought my 97 Altima with 83000 miles-now has 109000 miles after three years.Folks if you take care of this car it will take care of you.The good part you can work on it yourself if you know basic mechanics.Another fantastic thing about ths car is that it will always take you home-quiet engine-start in sub-zero weather-goes through high water and any snow beats any suv in bad weather-Nissan does not make cars like this anymore folks-but keep your car maintained-change the oil at least four times per year-a few sensors will go bad now and then but they are not too expensive-and you will find parts easily for this car-Ilove my car so much that I change the parts even thou they dont failas a precaution-the car talks to me-I have a magnaflow muffler on her and any thing you do the muffler tells you -serious-I would cry if I should part with this baby-so I part with you folks out there by saying -long live first generation Altimas-made for the USA only."
"I just sold my 1996 Altima GXE (bought 10/95) in 2009! I bought an Infiniti G35 almost two years ago but kept this car and liked better than G for mileage, ease of driving and low costs to maintain and insure. Never thought I'd have the car over 5-7 years but if you get one, they seem to last forever. Easy to resell too - I intend to sell the G in a few years and get another Altima! A little road noise but a great value for your money. :)"
"I have been driving a '94 Altima ever since I got my license 9 years ago. Despite my neglect, the car has been extremely reliable. I would keep it forever if it wasn't for the rust. While the automatic transmission can be at times a little reluctant to downshift, it has decent power. Overall, its been a great car."
"I bought a 1993 Altima in 2005. It was a high mileage car when I bought it and it ran wonderfully for several years until it was wrecked. It was hit from the side and the back and all the passengers were safe and the car drove away! Wonderful car, I will be purchasing another altima!"
"I owned a Toyota prior to purchasing my used nissan. I would pefer the toyota over the nissan anyday! The nissan has very cold AC but nothing special other than that. It could never compare to a Toyota."
"I bought this new in November 1993. My daughter was 2. She is now driving the car. It has 235,000 miles on it and still runs very well. The car is like that battery...it just keeps going and going. I would say that this car was better than all my Honda's which also were great cars."
"Bought my daughter a 97 after she and my two sons tried, unsucessfully, to destroy our 93, which is still soldiering on with over 160K miles and at least one dent on every surface. The 97 was continuing that unflappable tradition when it was totalled by a "Sunfire strike" in the back bumper. In its death the car demonstrated one of its most important features: occupant protection. My daughter was only slightly injured, but the Altima had its back bumper pushed into the back seat. The front doors still opened and glass was broken in only one rear door. Looking for another one to replace it. One of the best car values I've ever run across."
"for the money the 92 to 96 altimas are probably one of the best values out there. I am second owner, car now has 144k on it. No major mechanical breakdowns, just keeps going. Just drove it on a 2000 mile trip with NO problems. Gets 25 mpg! Hate to see it go but family just got bigger"
"I own a 1995 Altima GLE and have had for 12 years. My car has only required normal maintenance and repairs. I live in the midwest and it always starts. I'm buying a new Nissan this year and giving my old one to my 16 year old daughter because I know it's a trustworthy vehicle."
Cons: "turning radius definitely lacking on this model"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this 1997 Altima used with about 55,000 miles on it. We've been driving it for about 11 years now & that's a first for me! I am a driver as you can tell by the miles most cars only last me a year or two before they start falling apart. I don't mind maintenance costs on a good car but nickle and dime costs can make you crazy! We have never had this problem with this car! Last time we took it in for scheduled maintenance we thanked our mechanic for keeping it going as we had just passed the 200,000 mile mark. He smiled and said thanks! and you'll probably get another 100,000 out of her if we just keep doing what we're doing! Needless to say we love it!...and when the time does come to retire this car you can bet we'll be looking at whatever Nissan has to offer first!"
"Only have 107k on my Altima. Not too much to complain about. Only gripe I have is the steering wheel doesn't go up high enough for my legs to clear the bottom of the steering wheel as I'm getting in and out. Other than that, No problems."
"Hands down, this is the best car I have ever owned. Minimal issues with only normal wear and tear. I wish all cars lasted as long as this one. I have 199,000 miles after 15 years and I expect another 100,000 miles before major problems."
"Im amazed with my nissan altima. It just not very often that a car like this has great gas milege ( around 28+ ) and has the power when needed. I know its not the fastest car ever built and it may not look like a sports car, but it dose have some giddy up and go and has a nice clean look to it."
"I have had my Altima for 10 years & it's 12 years old - I have had to replace the tires & the battery. That's IT in 10 years. I drive in SoCal traffic daily & have taken my Altima cross country over a dozen times. All of my friends usually start having issues with their Fords & Beemers within the first few years. My car is awesome & I get numerous offers for it & it's not even for sale! My mechanic had a 97 Altima that had 280,000 miles on it & ran like a charm before it was STOLEN! No doubt by a Nissan owner wanna be..."
"I have nothing but good things to say about my Nissan Altima 1994. I bought it new and still have it after 230,000K miles. It has the original clutch, YES original. Outside of normal wear and tear the car has lasted me forever. I swear it has 9 lives! As it is older I wanted a "newer" vehicle and kept my Altima as a back up car for emergencies or when people come to visit and need a car. So, I bought a newer/used car from my step-mom with under 50K miles and in the past year I have had more problems with that car (Buick) than I care to discuss. I am about to trade in the Buick and bank on my good fortune with Nissan and buy a used 2003 model. I hope I get the same results from that purchase!"