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It's a car by Allison from North Carolina on 11/06/2010. Trim: 1998 Nissan Altima GXE, Owned 1 year.
Pros: My Altima has about 175000 miles on it right now and is still trucking along. I have a manual, and I get great performance from the car as well as gas mileage of 28 or so in town and up to 34 on the highway (but typically closer to 32)--and I drive it kind of hard. I'm the umpteenth owner, but the car's engine is still solid; it idles well, it accelerates smoothly, and there aren't any weird noises. Also the body style is such that it's still pretty classy, even though the car is now twelve years old. I also learned to drive a manual with this car, so that's nice too.
Cons: At about 155000, the transmission went out, and I had to get a used one installed for about $1600. The AC has never worked for me (I got it at 153000), and I would need to replace the compressor to get it fixed. The brakes squeak despite there being nothing wrong with them (as told to me by two different mechanics), and the driver's side visor falls out randomly while I'm driving. It doesn't even scare me anymore. When driving, there is a lot of wind noise and a good deal of rattling, and the ride is kind of bumpy. Also the volume knob on the radio works very erratically (sometimes you turn it up and it turns down, sometimes the volume just changes while you're driving).
Overall review: This is a great point A to point B car. I keep her around because I drive from Durham to Atlanta every weekend and the gas mileage is great. (And because I can't afford a newer car yet so I have to rationalize keeping this one.) I fully expect her to get to 250 or 300000 miles, but I kind of hope she's with someone else by then because I'm not sure how pleasant the driving experience will be.
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