1997 Nissan Altima User Reviews

1997 Nissan Altima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Paul writes:
1997 Nissan Altima GXE Review
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Solid build quality, good fuel mileage

Cons

Dull exterior and interior, showing its age

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Good, Solid Car. — I bought the car used in late 2004 with 86,000 miles. The car currently has over 130,000. Acceleration is brisk enough with plenty of low-end grunt. Build Quality is fairly good considering its age and mileage, few trouble spots. Appearance could be better; the design is typical mid-90's, and its age is showing in the paint and body panel fitment. The interior is fairly plain, gray on gray with little trim to offset it. Cost of Ownership has been very good, after fixing some trouble spots and neglected maintenance, the car has run basically trouble-free for years. Fun Factor is subjective, but I enjoy tossing the car around and driving it hard, and it's never let me down.

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sdbrandonb writes:
1997 Nissan Altima GXE Review
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4

Pros

great gas mielage, fun to drive , quick and responsive

Cons

to small for families

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Fun Car — I like how quick it is and how much power it feels like it has, It handles very well and looks great especially when it was just washed!! I can drive forever without having to get gas and thats a good time

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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amora writes:
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reliable

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none

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Good Car — I have owned this car since 1998 and it has been sturdy, reliable, and comfortable. The paint is crap after this long, but have only had to replace tires, battery, brakes, and radiator. I would have replaced the antennae, but have to take the side rear panel off to do so.

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Damien writes:
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great on gas an handles like a dream

Cons

when it breaks down it BREAKS down

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It Is Both Fast An Has Plenty Of Space So It Wold Be Nice For A Person With A Small Familly — i didnt own this car for very long unfortunetly but for the time i did have it it was one of the best cars ive owned. mine was a 5 speed so it made it real fun to drive, it picked up speed really well an braked just as good it was super nice on the outside an the inside, with a classy look to the interior. mine was super good on gas even tho ive herd that others r not as good. but then with out warning it just stalled out an would not start up, i looked thru every thing an replaced a bunch of things an still nothing, i brought the car to nissan an even they couldnt figure out what was wrong with it. so i gave up an got rid of it. while it did run tho it was a very fun car to drive more than likely just cuz it was standerd but hey what the hell right

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Adam writes:
1997 Nissan Altima GXE Review
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Fun to drive, safe and well built.

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Coolant system seems a bit off

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Great Car Worth Driving, All Nissan's Are! — This car is fun to drive, good acceleration, and smooth shifting. The interior is nothing fancy, but its nice, the AC is really cold in ours, its great. Gets about 25-30 mpg and does well in city driving. The build quality is ok, nothing major that you wouldn't expect with a car of this age.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Adrien writes:
1997 Nissan Altima GLE Review
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long-lasting mechanic

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a little rust

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Still Not My Car — I wish that I will have it soon. It's my uncle who have it and he want to change it for a subbie outback the sooner possible. I have been in it a lot of time and the interior is clean and mechanic run very well. More than 150K kilo.

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Michael writes:
1997 Nissan Altima GLE Review
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Very sleek looks, comfortable, nice interior, reliable.

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Air intake problems kept cropping up - mostly the O2 sensor(s), and once the manifold gasket slipped, which was an expensive repair (labor to get to it was rough).

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Middle Ground Between Luxury Car And Family Sedan — I'm about ready to sell this guy, but I've been quite a proud owner during it's life. Good performance, great steering, mileage was very nice, and for a 4-cyl car, it packed a good punch when the pedal got pounded.

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Matt writes:
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Great handling, braking, and build quality.

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Steering radius is crying out for help, and CV shafts tend to go out quicker.  But hey, it's an 11-year-old car!

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97 Nissan Altima — I love this car, it could have a little more get-up and go, but besides that the brakes are more than adequate and it handles great! Solid build quality, the interior never gets boring to stare at and it is not a "surprise!" car like we all know Alfas can be. I added some H&R springs, Tokico struts, Nissan Sentra SE-R 17's, a Magnaflow muffler and K&N intake, and a Fidanza short-throw shifter, couldn't be happier!

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