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1997 Nissan Altima Overview

The Nissan Altima did not change for the 1997 model year. Later in the year, Nissan offered a 1997 1/2 model that included side-impact door beams to meet federal regulations. A new Altima was on tap for 1998.

The 1997 and 1997 1/2 Altima came in four trim levels: the base XE, the midrange GXE, the sporty SE, and the luxurious GLE. All Altimas in the lineup shared a 2.4 liter, 150 horsepower four cylinder engine. Fuel economy is 21/29 mpg.

Drivers like the 1997 Nissan Altima because it is a good value, gets good gas mileage, and is extremely reliable. Some drivers find that it can be cramped for larger drivers and passengers, and others have had problems with the paint chipping.

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Replaced Old Ignition Lock And Cylinder Switch

Just replaced Ignition Lock And Cylinder Switch Because the key broke off inside the truck keyhole after putting the new Ignition Lock And Cylinder Switch new new keys car won’t start just hear th...

Nissan Altima Ac Turns Off

I have a 97 Nissan Altima. The ac works fine (super cold) for for a few minutes when the engine is not hot. After a while, in city driving, it stops working. If I am driving over 75 miles an hour i...


My Air Bag Light Is Blinking Every Second, Not Every 3 Seconds On My 97 Nis...

I Have An 1997. Nissan Altima

I have an new battery and spark plugs but my car will not true over no kind of fire would turn it over to start please help me. Thank You


My 97 Altima Cranks But Won't Start. Help?

My 97 Altima manual just died as I was pulling up to a light. It cranks but sounds like it is not getting fuel. I turn the key over and I can not hear the fuel pump kick in. I replaced the fuel pump b...