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#3014 of 4962 Buying a used High Mileage Altima
Feb 18, 2002 (10:45 am)
We have a 1995 Altima SE 5 speed that we bought new. It currently has only 51,000 miles of use. I know of another another person whose Altima of the same year has over 130,000. I believe that the engines are capable of easily going over 200,000 mile with proper care and feeding. I would be more concerned with the peripheral equipment. The only major complaints I have with my Altima are with the sunroof and squeaks/rattles. The sunroof causes wind noise even when closed and rattles when going over bumps. The whole car has loosened up over time so there are various squeaks and rattles emanating from the dashboard, seats and under the car. That said I would not be afraid of throwing a suitcase in the trunk and driving cross country. The car inspires confidence and after driving the 2002 Altima I can see no compelling reason to trade in my 95 for a few more years. The car is still A BLAST TO DRIVE, and looks almost as good as it did new. A well cared for older Altima with high miles might make a good purchase if the price was fair but I'd keep in mind that you will potentially be making some fairly expensive repairs in the near future. If you can do your own work then the cost would be significantly less than if you had to take the Altima back to Nissan. Rick
Feb 18, 2002 (2:16 pm)
My fiancee has a 93 Altima GLE with 105,000 miles on it, and that thing is a rock. She doesn't even take care of it that well and the thing just keeps going and going.
Kind of like that dang pink bunny!
#3016 of 4962 timfarago-thanks for the post
Feb 19, 2002 (12:36 pm)
I am looking at the 2002 Altima S, the Camry LE & the Accord LX.
I checked out the Camry today....the interior seemed nicer than the Altima...the cars are close in price for the options that I want ( ABS, Automatic transmission ). Just got the Consumer Reports 2002 Buying Guide in the mail...not much on the Altima for 2002 due to the makeover.
Just wondering how the Altima will stack up against the Camry in 5 years as far as trade-in value/blue book value goes.....
Also the Altima horsepower is higher in the 2.5 liter than the 2.4 liter Camry, but Camry mpg is 3 higher on the highway.
Would like to hear from other 2002 Altima S owners if they post here....thanks in adavnce.
Feb 19, 2002 (12:44 pm)
Keep in mind EPA highway tests do not ever exceed 60mph. I bet real world figures are within 1 mpg.
#3018 of 4962 Altima, Camry, Accord
Feb 19, 2002 (1:41 pm)
Having driven Camcords (granted I haven't driven the new Camry) and the Altima I would run with the Altima in terms of driving dynamics. I think the Altima had the better styling of these three cars (can't get over the Camry's odd styling). In terms of resale value the Camry and Accord have the edge over the Altima. In the "interior" department I think the Camry and Accord win. You really can't go wrong with any of these cars, it really comes down to preferences. If you haven't already, drive them all and get the car that gets your juices flowing. Here's how they would rank in my book.
#3019 of 4962 speedracer3-thanks for the post
Feb 19, 2002 (1:50 pm)
Feb 19, 2002 (4:01 pm)
how can you rank the Camry if you havent driven the redesigned model?
elmoblatch- for a comparo on the cars you are looking at, check the January 02 issue of Consumer Reports, not the buying guide.
their rank went as follows:
Camry LE 4
Accord EX 4
(it should be noted they they all fininshed at the top or near the top of their category).
Feb 19, 2002 (7:49 pm)
I rank the Camry so low because I can't stand the styling. I know how Camrys drive, I've owned them before and although they are a good appliance, they are mind numbing to drive (maybe the new SE is a little better in the "fun" dept).
#3022 of 4962 speedracer thanks for the tip !!!!!
Feb 20, 2002 (12:49 pm)
I was wondering if CR had compared those cars.....I just signed up for CR...will have to get a copy of the Jan 02 issue.
Just looked at a 2002 Accord LX. The one in the showroom had a power seat & a dead battery...the salesman I told about this did not make any effort to get the problem fixed or offer to get the keys for another car....must be he met his quota for the month.
#3023 of 4962 alpa1 thanks for your post about the Consumer Reports link-
Feb 20, 2002 (12:52 pm)