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Kickin' Altima by Nissan Roller of PA on 12/21/2011. Trim: 1995 Nissan Altima GXE, Owned 1 year.
Pros: The KA24DE engine on this car is very reliable and durable. It has plenty of pep for a 4 cylinder car, and the 5 speed makes it a joy to drive. My car is smooth and has never left me stranded. Powerful A/C and heater, easy to handle, and is simply fun to drive. Powered antenna is nice that way it won't get damaged when the car is parked. Cruise control, power windows, door locks, and mirrors were all standard on this car too. The quality of the car is pretty darn good I think for a 17 year old car. No hard plastic everywhere. Put good winter tires on her and she drives/handles as if the ground was dry during snowy conditions. Gas mileage is good too, even with the air on.
Cons: Since it is an older car some parts are hard to find. Right now my tranny is leaking gear oil causing it to not shift smoothly like it use to, but I will be getting that fixed soon. Wish it was a little bit more quiet but its honestly not that bad. Just about every GXE model I see has a sunroof except mine :( and I also wish mine had a spoiler on it, but I could always put one on myself.
Overall review: My mom actually bought this car back in '98 and and gave it to me when I became old enough to drive. I am so happy to have it as my first car. The only major replacement was the timing chain and guides but it wasn't completely necessary to do. I was just tired of hearing it rattle and hit the valve cover all the time. The car only has 117,000 miles so I am pushing for at least 200,000 miles before I trade it in on a new Altima. This car is my baby I take care of it just as if it were brand new. I am a Nissan Altima fan for life.
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