Originally Posted by jr's3800
All I can say is that Nissians are great cars... But I Also have never cared for the interior of those cars... And 30K is a bit spendy on an Altima... Even in Canadian dollars... They have good reliable engines... But once you hit 100,000 miles than they can have problems, that will bankrupt a person trying to have it repaired.... My buddy has a blown head gasket in his and the shop ( Non Dealer ) wants $1800 at the least to repair it... If there are any other problems it will be $2200.... I told him it would be easier to just replace the engine with a low milage engine... Its a royal PITA to repair a head gasket problem on a Nissian engine... If he wants to spend the money than that his option... But I agree with Jim.... The Aurora, or say a bonneville, or something of that nature would be better... I would rather have a honda or Toyota over a Nissian.... But thats my preference...
My family, currently owning a Bonneville (sig!), '98 Altima, and '85 Cressida, I must say, the Altima is a very boring car... jack of all trades, master of none. The Bonneville would be the "gangster car", the leader of the "mafia" look. The Altima would be the daily belly button car. The Cressida, well, amazing, it'* the ideal luxury-touring car, better than a Bonny IMO.
However, this is the previous-generation Altima I'm talking about. No V6, and my model is the GXE, the value/bang for buck model which probably went for under $20,000 US brand new. It has 161,000km (a hair under 100,000 miles)... it runs like a top still, good low end from the 2.4L KA24DE, but tends to be thrashy up high, somewhat like my 3800. The new Altimas are even better, but the interiors have sort of gone more el-cheapo, but it'* not just cheap plastic, it'* more like styled cheap plastic
By the way, the motor in my Altima is the same motor as the dearly departed 240SX
I don't think head gaskets would be too hard on my car, considering it'* an FWD I4
Personally, I wouldn't go for a 2000ish Maxima. Well, they're great cars and all, but you're down 0.5L, and about 15hp.
Stay away from 2002 Altimas, considering it'* a first-year car... and you know how first year cars have their problems, no matter what manufacturer... **** wait, my '98 is a first year car