"1997 nissan altima XE white with dark gray fabric interior . As my first car it was very reliable coming from Nevada to California twice, and is most interesting car I ve come across in a while.
Even with Emission problems/Check engine light on the car will be reliable for the basic A to B commute.
GAS SAVER!!! $30 fills the tank
There are lots and lots of info. online specifically for the 1997 nissan altima for things like common problems and solutions, maintenance and repair and a plethora of parts new and used and great mechanics that wont break put a dent in your finances for fixing these cars. You can save a lot of money by doing a little research.
Emissions seem to be a common problem for models 93-97 which has to do with passing smog checks and is needed for DMV registration.
This car is unfortunately on the list of commonly stolen cars and my car was randomly stolen but recovered with no serious damage or broken windows. How did the thieves get in the car and steal it? I have no earthly idea. If you own one or plan to make sure you GET Comp insuranace coverage. People try to tell other people not to get it and its a waste but look at what happened to me?...And I did not have Comp coverage. You live and learn."
"The Altima has been very costly for me to maintain as living in the desert tends to dry out bushings, hoses, cv boots, and motor mounts. Also, electrical components, alternator, distributor and starter will fail at high mileage. Tip: Go aftermarket anywhere else, but buy factory new or refurbished for electrical components. A/C going still strong. Overall, this car has been very reliable for city driving it's fun to drive, handles effectively, with fair to good MPG."