1995 Nissan Altima

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1995 Nissan Altima

NEW FOR 1995

Minor exterior tweaks to the grille, taillights and wheels are the only changes for this attractive compact from Tennessee.

56 Total User Reviews

Average Rating

By Vivek Sharma on May 22 @ 2:26 pm
Altima Sucks
Poor Mileage, uncomfortable, poor grip etc..

By shmang on July 23 @ 4:00 am
Altima GXE
This is the best value car ever. With the reliability and space for such a low price, it makes the Accord and Camry stupid.

By mcuriel on April 14 @ 1:50 am
Altimas are Reliable & Fun to drive!
I loved this car! I love it so much I named him Mikey! It was recently totalled and I'm very sad to see him go. I had him for almost 4 years and he never once broke down on me.

By Steve Miller on November 20 @ 5:26 pm
Great car for the value
After 7 years of ownership, this car is solid, performs good with a roomy interior. The build quality is excellent.

By jeepskate40 on October 25 @ 3:00 am
Altima GLE
bought this car used with 103,000 miles. It has been a workhorse and a daily driver. outstanding quality and fun to drive. It now has 120,000 and going strong.

By FooFoo on June 17 @ 11:00 am
Excellent in Reliability
This car is great. Fun to drive, although it is 7 years already, but the exterior and the interior materials are durable, like new.

By Monir on April 25 @ 11:00 am
Altima Review
Great Car! It runs well. It's reliable and I have never had a problem with it.

By RGAZ on August 24 @ 11:00 am
Best money spent on a car.
Great car. Great mileage for its size. I get consistantly 30mpg in mixed driving with the 5 speed. Very spirited driver. A small upgrade in tires made the handling supurb. The sport seats are a great option. very reliable. I have 90K miles and only normal maintenance. Replacement parts cost is lower than domestics, Honda, and Toyota.

By jordan647 on January 27 @ 11:00 am
Great car! I bought this car in April and I have driven it one month. Everything is great!

By offset_98 on January 27 @ 11:00 am
Just a Champ
I have had this car now for 7 years and I'm at 150,000 miles. The car still runs strong and is ready to go every time I get into it. I had some major service done at 120,000 (seals, exhaust, clutch, tires) and now I'm going to take it on a cross country trip. With a new job lined up in sales the car is going to push 45k+ miles a year...I plan to get 250k - 300k on it!!

By Lori Barnwell on April 15 @ 11:00 am
Beautiful Car!
I have only had it a little while but it is so fun to drive. It gets good gas miles and is is in wonderful condition.

By All4Altima on November 17 @ 11:00 am
Go For the Altima GLE
Love my Altima GLE that I had for over 7 years. It was very reliable, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It had great acceleration and pick-up when I needed it. Had power-everything, and was loaded with extra options. Most people thought it was a 2000 model because the exterior still shines. Built great for top value.

By Tim Burris on September 25 @ 11:00 am
Tim's Car
This car has been an excellent car. The only gripe I have about it is knee room on the drivers side.

By Rick752 on August 21 @ 11:00 am
Altima is "best in class"
Bought mine used 4 years ago (my 4th Nissan) and it's now got 80k on it. Only normal maintainence has been needed except for alternator replacement. This is an excellent used car buy! The car is "rock-solid" reliable with plenty of power for its class coupled with decent gas mileage. One of the best things about Nissans in general is the durability of their suspension parts .... and this car is no different. The car still rides like new with no thumps or rattles and nothing underneath has ever been replaced. 15" wheels in 1995 was a nice touch and gives a nice stable ride. The car is just very "comfortable" to drive.

By JMT on September 29 @ 11:00 am
A great, reliable car
I bought this car used in late 1997 and have since put @ 70k miles on it. Extremely reliable, only repairs have been standard brakes, replace wheels etc. Although comfortable with power windows, the car is relatively low on frills. It drives well enough, but the automatic is extremely sluggish. My biggest gripes are lack of acceleration and not great handling, but that's not what you buy it for. For a comfortable, reliable decent looking car, it is perfect. The AC has even held up without any maintenance.

By rayb on May 4 @ 11:00 am
Nice and reliable
Great design in 1995. Contemporary. Broke the box look of the camry's and accords. Nice interior with wood trim. Reliable Engine. Nice fit and finish.

By PoorWalt on October 25 @ 11:00 am
One Sweet Ride
I love my Altima GXE, its extremely fuel efficient with a smooth ride. The 5-speed shift is also very smooth.

By Atima lover on May 19 @ 11:00 am
Great car!
I bought this car new in 1994 and now have 191k miles on it. It still gets over 30mpg, and the only problems I have had are the typical replaceable wearouts you get with any car. It is extremely fun to drive (it ranks right up there with a 1973 VW Super Beetle!), comfortable, reliable, and inexpensive to keep up.

By dumbo on November 23 @ 3:00 am
GXE - An AWFUL care w/ auto tranny
This car is just plain awful with an automatic tranny. (SLOW!) I am constantly overriding the auto. because it refuses to shift down unless the car is absolutely floored! The gas mileage is also very poor - 22 mpg for a 4-banger?! The back seat is small (though it may not look like it, it really is), 3 adults fit like sardines. Not to mention that the check engine light has come on ever since we bought this car. We've had it repaired 3 times and finally have accepted that it is going to stay on, like it or not. I have a VERY hard time looking at Nissan again after this pathetic excuse for a car. My Civic is a MUCH better car (and 1 year older).

By koij on July 4 @ 3:00 am
altima from hell
boutght the car in 1997 i've spent thousands of dollars doing repair after repair after repair

By MartyC on November 20 @ 3:00 am
Love my GLE
I love this car. It has been good to me since day 1. No major problems. Just the routine maintenance. Got it with 46000 miles. Now pushing 123000 miles. I've done 110+ mph in this baby! I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a reliable car. Just make sure you do your scheduled maintenance.

By CinnamonRed1 on May 12 @ 3:00 am
I named mine too!!
I LOVE my Altima. It was a one year program car that has been an extremely reliable, very comfortable little car. I love her so much I nicknamed her "Luckey". She just turned over and the only two repairs we've had were a relay on the wiring harness, and the altenator--all of which you can do yourself on this well designed vehicle. (we bought a used harness at a salvage yard for pennies on the dealership). If you put 15 inch Eagle GA's she rides like a luxury car!! I can't wait for my next one!!!!!

By tryan30 on November 27 @ 3:00 am
Altima is the Ultimate!!!
Great car with a 5-speed; Fun to drive, Extremely Reliable, and it gets Great Gas Mileage! I got the car new in '95 when I was in college. I had a deposit down on an Accord, but when I saw the Altima on the show room floor I was sold! Now at 115k mi, the only problems I have ever had are a failed alternater (60k mi) and 3 failed O2 sensors. I just put the 2nd set of new tires on, WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I had a vibration in the front end at high speed that I thought was a bad wheel bearing, but the brand new perfectly balanced tires have solved the problem.

By 95altma on October 30 @ 3:00 am
Looks can be diciveing
Im not really sure what happand with my Altima, because its been horrible since Day 1!And I find this very odd because I have 3 Other relatives who have ALtimas and theres have been trouble free, thats the whole reason I purchased mine, thinking mine would be as reliable as theres. Ive spent Thousands of dollars to keep this car running. I have to admit this car does have a beautiful exterior, and I still love the way it looks, its just the Reliablity Sucks!! I have to admit though, even with the problems ive had with it, it runs better than alota cars out there, like for example my aunts 2002 Kia Rio. :-)

By nissancar95 on January 24 @ 3:00 am
Great Car for the Money
Owned car for 8 years with 115000 miles on the odo. Interior in in perfect condition and exterior is also in good condition except the paint has started to chip off the front bumper facia. Engine runs perfectly. Only replaced brake pads, shoes, battery, starter, alternator and a couple of sensors. Cruise Control quit at 100k, no problem since car does not do trip duties anymore. AC is almost too cold. Actually had passengers feel burned by how cold the AC blows.

By on December 20 @ 3:00 am
Great Value
No major problems. Fun to drive. Good gas mileage.

By mocha70 on January 31 @ 3:00 am
My first real car
I have had minimal repair, except for regular wear and tear like brakes and shocks and struts (living in NY that will happen) and a new battery. The car has been very reliable and has low mileage for an 8-year old car.

By chang10is on April 27 @ 11:00 am
Best bang for buck, but still lacking...
I purchased my GXE Altima from another owner 3 years ago. For its cost, the Altima is a clear winner for value. It is reliable (no problems at all yet), has a very nice engine, and gives the driver a good feel of the road. Most of the controls have a fairly nice feel, as build quality is good overall. Despite the a rattle in my car and some of the plastic nobs on the factory stereo falling off, the Altima definitely has the American cars in this class beat in build quality and reliability. However, it still trails behind the compact and midsize sedans of Honda and Toyota on in this area.

By kerplunk on January 21 @ 11:00 am
Decent blend
This car is a decent blend of economy, performace and luxury. I bought mine used and abused. The dealer was nice enough to clean it up, but I found all of the little flaws since. The seats need more lower back support. The engine leaks (this engine is notorious) oil and water (soon to be fixed). A couple of minor electrical glitches. I think it will need new injectors at about 100,000 miles. 4th speed only works with OD off. The transmission is a tiny bit fast to upshift with OD on. There was a story on one of those "news" shows about the passenger airbag injuring people. There was a recall on the automatic gear selector lever.

By fmcool on December 14 @ 11:00 am
Higly Reliable, low maintenance
Highly reliable car, low maintenance even after 8 yrs, great performance, good looks

By Old_user on August 13 @ 11:00 am
Good used car
Brought this car in 1995 with approx 57000 miles. The only problem that I can think of is the "check engine" light coming on at 90000 miles. The mechanic had to replace the entire solenoid-valve-sensor system. Cost me approx $325. Other than that I have found this care to give me only 25 MPG, whether it is highway or off highway. Otherwise has been a very reliable conservative car to use. The facotry stereo system without the CD leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I had to replace the alternator at around 100000 miles.

By Troy V on July 16 @ 11:00 am
It's been good to me!
Bought with 2 miles, now has 127,000. No major mechanical problems with it. Only had to unwillingly replace the starter and a set of spark plug cables. Original brakes lasted 75k miles, battery for 95k. The A/C went out a 3 years ago. Struts now need replaced. The car still runs strong! Still quick, & economical, get around 29-31 mpg. No engine leaks, and it easily passes smog testing. Not a rattle in it to this day. With interest rates so low now, time has come to give it up. Believe me, I'm going to miss it. Sure it'll make a good car for somebody.

By PRATT on December 1 @ 11:00 am
95 Altima
Purchased car new. It is now 8 years old and has 150K. Still looks great w/the exception of paint wear on the sides. Have had to put a new starter, alternator and break pads. Otherwise routine maintenance. A/C is cold and like new. Have gone thru several visors and hubcaps. Prone to falling off.

By VicYess on February 22 @ 11:00 am
Vic's 95 SE
After driving American sedans for most of my life, I bought something that was fun to drive. I really wanted a Camary SE, but it would have been $4,500 more--not woth the difference

By RADIOGUY on April 5 @ 11:00 am
My 95 GXE
I bought the car with 91,000 miles on it. My aunt had a 93 alty and said it was one of the best cars she owned. Ive only had to replace an O2 sensor underneath the vehicle which was about $200. I also took care of the airbag recall, the minute i saw it on ABC world news. Everything else I've spend have been modifications. I added the SE alloy rims on it (didnt like the dorky hub caps) and i also put on the stock spoiler. It looks really good and it adds a more sportier look to it. The cars got 96,000 miles on it and its running great. Only thing wrong is the front bumper is chipping paint around the turn signals. Its been a great first car for me.

By Dvragan on January 21 @ 3:00 am
Decent vehicle
Bought this car with 125K after I wrecked my 96 GXE. No rust, nice interior execept for broken visor and terrible glove compartment. Excellent power, but gas economy suffers. Engine light came on butcleaned the EGR valve and that took care of that. I don't feel this car model handles well at all on wet or snowy roads, but overall it's a very good value. No leaks or rattles. No problems whatsoever.

By neogenesisfool on June 30 @ 3:00 am
Great Honda/Toyota Alternative
I picked up a 95 altima because it was much cheaper than a used accord and i was impressed by my friends. I've been driving for a year now and my car hasn't given me any major problems. For the first few months i drove it fast and hard and it faired perfectly. It handles well, has a comfortable interior and can seat five people in a pinch. The only repairs done to the car were new brakes (my fault) and new axles (salted roads). The cars themselves hold well on their own but i would suggest anyone looking to buy one used have the electrical system checked out. Tailights have a habit of fading or turning off when your brake lights turn on because of bad wiring.

By Nassinotua on June 20 @ 3:00 am
Basically I bought a lemon. Make sure you get yours checked out before you buy it. Everything leaks. I've spent over $1000 fixing stuff that was broken or worn out before I got it. It looks a little nicer than it actually is. It still needs another $700+ more parts and labor. It is cheaper than a new car though.

By Joe N.Z. on March 22 @ 11:00 am
Loving my Bluebird
I live in New Zealand and own the equivalent version of the Altima except with the 2 litre engine. It is a very comfortable car with some of the best seats in the car industry. The interior is well designed and after 9 years still looks modern. Its also very reliable, no major problems except a leak in the boot which was fixed in due course. Now up to 75000mls since new and still going. Don't know about the 2.4 version but the 2.0 litre version lacks gusts and is lethargic.

By savethematches on September 16 @ 11:00 am
It was good for a while . . .
Bought the car two years ago with 95000 miles on it. Drove it for two years with no problems. Recently though, it's begun to fall apart. Oil leak around timing belt cover (a common problem with this engine--be sure to check before you buy), exhaust pipe melted through gas tank (someone removed the heat shield), and fuel system is acting up. I'd be sure to check for the oil leak and the heat shield between the exhaust pipe and gas tank. We were very lucky to not catch fire or explode.

By Alias761 on December 18 @ 11:00 am
solid used car
I purchased the car with 90K and it now has over 140K. No major problems to report thus far. The engine has several small oil leaks, which is normal for aging cars. The transmission is showing signs of wear on initial start up, no big deal. I've replaced the CV boots, front brakes, tires, shocks, muffler, antenna, engine mounts, tie rod ends, and performed all scheduled maintenance. The engine and transmission perform well, and the suspension and steering are sold. It's a very well built car that requires a relatively small amount of maintenace and age related componet replacement.

By snbnadeau on June 14 @ 11:00 am
extremely reliable
my wife bought this car when it was two years old with 45K miles on it, and it's been our family car and now it's my commuter car. It now has almost 120K and still runs great. The engine is one of the best mixes of power, fuel economy and reliability. No major unexpected repairs, only had to Jerry-Rig the power antenna to be permanently in the up position (plastic gears in the antenna motor started to wear and chatter, extremely loud, over $300 for a new motor). Don't go cheap with replacement tires on this car, good tires improve ride comfort substantially.

By Afrodisiac1985 on December 4 @ 6:23 am
Love my car!
I bought this car because of the Nissan name plate and I was not disappointed at all. It starts without hesitation everyday, even in cold weather. It now has 148000 miles on the odometer and the performance is still great for a automobile this old. Loved it so much that I bought a 2003 Altima. Gas mileage is a little low, only 245 miles per tank. The only problems that I've had have been sqeaky brakes that never seem to be quiet with any repair,a check engine light that pops on when nothing is wrong with the car, and recently a very bad oil leak that I have gotten repaired twice($500 each repair!)that seems to come back every couple of months.But I would still recommend this car to anyone!

By AbigailJean on December 28 @ 1:16 pm
1995 Nissan Altima
I do like my car! I find it comfortable and generally a reliable car. There was an oil leak (O-Ring) which required removing the engine, I had a problem with it stalling which turned out to be the ignition module and distributor rotor, CV Boots/Axle's needed replaced at about 110,000 miles, the alternator and radiator both needed replacing at about 130000 miles and most recently the timing chain started rattling around and the motor mounts broke. I think I'm actually going to get the timing chain replaced and fix the motor mounts too. Repairs cost about what the car is worth but like I said I like the car and I do feel like it will run a good bit longer with these repairs.

By manuel sanchez on April 28 @ 7:23 pm
too much car for what a pay for.
i am super happy with my car because i pay 3400 in 2003 in california. I have travel a lot of miles and i am really happy because i trust it and i haven't spend much money i mean it is really cheap. i am really happy. I can not explain it with words. i haven't broken down. i have spend money only on service, tires and gas, in two years and i have travel to san antonio, amarillo, el paso, alburquerque new mexico ,las vegas etc.

By roger on September 8 @ 6:56 pm
reliable used car
very reliable. Two repairs (less than $400) in 10 years of high usage.

By KIMBERLY on September 18 @ 5:06 am
Hello, I bought this car about a year and a half ago. When I bought it, it had 165k on it. It now has 190k and it's still running. I've replaced a few things on it. I replaced the radiator, alternator, and a battery. Spark plugs and all the basic little things on it. When the radiator and alternator were replaced I found out that they were actually the original parts. These cars are very excellent and they are very reliable. I would recommend purchasing one. You will be satisfied. It is also a very fast car. It speeds up quickly. I've gotten it to go the maximum of 120.

By the74impala on July 4 @ 8:43 am
Had it since it was new
Just got done replacing the auto trans tonight. About 250K total. Replaced the engine at ~140K. There was a noise coming from the timing chain area, and it was going to cost the same to replace with a used motor, or replace the chain. Also have gone through 5 distributors, 6 O2 sensors, and can't solve the leak in the P/S system. I find the front seats to be pretty much unbearable on long trips. Even with all this trouble, at least I don't have car payments. I would not buy another one, thats for sure.

By Dave on October 5 @ 10:03 pm
Workhorse should be this Nissan's name!
I have had this Nissan for over six years. It has been a reliable car for me. The engine has held up very well which makes it possible to replace the parts that have worn out with age. I have had Nissans since 1980. They seem to have a problem with their AC. On my cars, the AC has stopped working on three out of five Nissans. With cruise control and power windows, this car has been a great second car for my family! A real workhorse! I drive it to work everyday. It has kept the miles off my newer model cars.

By Raq217 on December 18 @ 8:26 am
Good while it lasted.
I bought this car with 130,000 miles on it. In the year and a half since I've owned it I have put as much in repairs into it than I paid for the thing. An alternator, a starter, all new brakes, new exhaust pipe and muffler, and it still isn't running right. Even with regular maintenance this car is a lemon. Occasionally it just doesn't start, with no explanation. Also, the ABS light lit up and the car wouldn't start for days. I bought the car with the impression that Nissans were reliable.

By Eddy on November 3 @ 9:53 am
1995 Nissan Altima GXE
I purchased my Nissan Altima in 1997 and it had 26k miles on it. The engine has never had any major repairs done to it and i just went over 190k. I love this car and will have a hard time getting another car. I have had some work done over the years like the distributor, water pump, oil seal on under side of engine, struts, brakes, joints, drive axles etc. I use penzoil oil in the engine and always change it every three thousand miles. It has never been wrecked and I have driven from New York to Texas and made stops in Arkansas and Tennessee. I have taken it up and down the east coast and have been well pleased with it over the years. Thank you Nissan you have built one tough car!!Eddy

By Mike on November 29 @ 12:30 pm
The most reliable car i've ever owned
I bought my car used in 2001. I've now had it for 8 years. This has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. Has 133k miles now and still gets 30+ mpg hwy. No Major repairs have been needed, only routine maintenance. I've seen identical cars with well over 200k miles on them and still run fine. Would definitely recommend an altima to anyone who wants a reliable, economical car that is easy and inexpensive to maintain.

By JamesDB on March 12 @ 6:20 pm
Amazing car
I bought this car for $2,000 about 4 or 5 years ago at about 80K miles on it. For the first 3 years I drove it like a sports car. I have hit the max speed and stayed going that fast for most drives to work for like the first 2 years of owning it. It never gave me any reason to doubt it. I would hit corners real fast and always pushed it to its limits. That was when I was younger I have since then driven much more respectfully. But I went complete repair free for about 3 1/2 years. Only problems to this date was a stalling issue, which turned out to be my distributor. Also replaced water pump. But that was it. I still drive it to this very day with 150K miles on it. It's a beast machine.

By johnny on February 22 @ 11:00 am
I purchased this car for 200 dollars. I had to put in a new radiator and starter, before it would drive. After that I drove it out to California, which was a 2000 mile drive. The alternator went out on the trip there.I had it for about 6 months after that and it had no problems and I was happy with it. Then the problems started. I had to replace the half-shafts. The check engine light came on with no explanation for it ever being found. The air bag light would flicker on and off. The power steering leaked, as did the oil. Then the alternator went bad again. Then the transmission started slipping. Then the exhaust rusted out. Everything was replaced until the engine itself went bad.I gave up.

By 4g63attack on February 19 @ 12:56 pm
free car
Who can say no to a free car? When I got this car it seriously needed some TLC. The previous owners didn't take care of it. So I when ahead and did all the maintenance on it, but it still some parts to be replace like axle, suspension bushing, tires. Other then that the car runs pretty good.

By desertalt on July 9 @ 11:42 am
Reliable Altima
Bought at 75,000mi. Had some expensive repairs but overall been happy with the ride and reliability. My suggestion for anyone owning this car is to keep up regular maintenance from the dealership. The dealership is more expensive, but they know what they are doing and won't charge for services you don't need. This car had an oil leak that was expensive and require the engine to be removed. The alternator, distributor and radiator belts and hoses were replaced. Power steering rack and pinion, hoses, CV boots engine mounts replaced. I probably wouldn't have taken this route again as the repairs added up to what new car payments would be, but I have a decent car now and enjoy it.

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