1998 Nissan Altima Overview


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Average User Score

3.95 stars

Based on 15 reviews

Great Car, No Real Downfalls by Dean
 — I love the 1998 Nissan Altima! When built, it had the most powerful engine in it's class, and you can definitely tell that when you drive it... except when you run the air conditioner. :-P Braking ... Read More
Love It by portricheyracer
 — nothing bad i can say about this car i love it. its been a great first car the only reason for wanting to get rid of it is its not my style. ive had for about 3 weeks and its a blast to drive! and not... Read More
White Nissan Altima by Derek
 — Originally a California car. Car never let me down. Had to replace a leaking valve cover gasket (existing problem) then right before I sold it, it needed new brakes and it needed the alternator rebuil... Read More

1998 Nissan Altima Overview

Overall User Score

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1998 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima was all new for the 1998 model year. It was drastically restyled, featuring a longer, leaner look compared to the previous rounded appearance. The suspension and drive train were revised, and passengers got more legroom in the back. By this point, the Altima was Nissan's number one vehicle.

The 1998 Altima came in four trim levels: the base XE, the midrange GXE, the sporty SE, and the luxurious GLE. The GXE was the most popular model, and the GLE came standard with leather seating and a power driver's seat. All Altimas in the lineup shared a 2.4 liter, 150 horsepower four cylinder engine. Fuel economy is 21/29 mpg.

Drivers like the 1998 Nissan Altima because it is a good value. They say it gets good gas mileage, has plenty of available amenities, and have a surprising amount of power for a four cylinder. Some drivers find the seats to be uncomfortable, and the Altima's new look is often criticized.


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Nissan Altima Questions


Where Is The Speed Sensor On My 1998 Nissan Altima Gle?

My "service engine soon" light came on and I stopped at AutoZone. I received 2 codes on my Altima. 1. Code P0325 - Knock Sensor 2. Code P500 Speed sensor circuit fault There are 2 different part...

7 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)
Nancy Crumley

1998 Altima-had To Boost Battery After Work..drove 2 Miles And Lost All Pow...

5 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Dsgb Peach

I Just Changed My Starter In My 98 Nissan Altima And It Still Will Not Star...

18 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

Why Would My Car Keep Over Heating Even After I Changed The Spark Plugs And...

Ive changed the valve cover gasket and still oil is leaking threw where the spark plus are

131 views with 2 answers (last answer 8 months ago)

Nissan Altima Throws Code P 505

98 Altima had total engine rebuilt. Head was warped, machined smoothed, runs great. Now engine light on, throws code P 505 and needs Ca. smog cert. Tech said it will be about $400.00. He let me kn...

56 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)