I bought my '98 GXE in 2004 with 50k miles, and it has been great every single mile. I now have 160k miles. The car drives great in the rain and snow. The car is comfortable, economical, and simple to...
I bought my '98 GXE in 2004 with 50k miles, and it has been great every single mile. I now have 160k miles. The car drives great in the rain and snow. The car is comfortable, economical, and simple to repair.
I've had only minor repairs done on the car. Over the 8 years, so far I've had to have the following work done:
-Replaced the radiator, which had a crack at the plastic portion. $175, done at a local shop.
-Resealed the power steering pump, which had a small leak. $5. done myself.
-Replaced the windshield wiper motor. $40, done myself.
-Replaced the blower motor resistor because the heater/AC only worked on HI or OFF. $37, done myself.
-Replaced both front lower control arms after getting a knocking when braking/accelerating. $300 each, done at a local shop.
-Replaced a CV half shaft, $200, done at local shop.
Other than the above repairs, the rest has been oil changes, coolant changes, transmission fluid changes, filters, brakes, and tires. I haven't even had to replace the battery yet... It's the original Nissan battery that came with the car when I bought it.
The bad control arms are probably due more to the pothole-laden roads here in the Northeast than poor workmanship.
The engine (valve train) is a bit noisy when I first start it up on cold winter mornings, but after about 5 seconds of running, the lifters quiet right down.
The car has good pickup for a 4-cylinder with an automatic, rides well on our harsh roads, and the interior is simple and well-designed. The white paint is excellent, and the body and undercarriage has absolutely no rust. I hope to keep the car until I get to at least 200,000 miles.