How Long Do Nissan Altimas Last? And How Much Mileage Can You Put On One?

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How long do Nissan Altimas last? This is a good question to ask yourself when buying any car. If like a large portion of the workforce, a sedan is your car of choice for your day-to-day, then it’s an even more important question.

 

After all, you don’t want your car to break down on your way to that important meeting. On top of that, you want your investment to last until it makes financial sense to get a new car.

 

While fuel economy and after-sales costs get the most attention, a car's lifespan is equally important.

 

With that in mind, let’s try to quantify how long you can expect your Altima to get you around.

How long should a car last?

As you might expect, cars are always improving, especially regarding reliability and safety. So, what’s a good maximum mileage or lifespan if a car is a constantly moving target?

 

What also makes estimating this tricky is that we don’t have the benefit of time to tell how long new models can last.

 

To give you an idea, according to the Department of Transportation, the average age of all cars on the road was 8.4 years in 1995. In 2015, the average age was closer to 11.5 years.

 

So, with modern improvements, it’s reasonable to expect a new Altima to last even longer than that. However, this doesn’t necessarily count for secondhand models.

 

We also generally consider 200,000 miles to be a huge milestone in the life of a car. Consumer Reports projects a car that lasts 200,000 miles (or 15 years on average) can save you $30,000.

 

However, some cars have been known to last 300,000 or even 400,000 miles with proper care.

How long do Nissan Altimas last that are on the road now?

So, the question is, can the Nissan Altima at least beat the average? The first Altima launched in 1992 with a new version almost every year, giving us a good range to analyze.

 

Generally, Japanese car brands like Nissan, Toyota, and Subaru are known for their reliability and longevity. That means our expectations are quite high as well.

 

Going by anecdotal evidence and looking for secondhand listings on car buying and selling sites, it seems like Nissan Altimas should have no trouble reaching 200,000 miles. Many owners report their cars still running ‘like the day they bought it' that have gone beyond this point.

 

If you really do some digging, you’ll even find owners with Altimas in running condition over 300,000.

 

Cars.com even lists one 2009 Nissan Altima with a whopping mileage of 433,338!

 

Most Altimas found online with this kind of high mileage are models from the mid-’90s to mid-2000s. However, we did manage to find one 2018 Altima with 363,857 miles on the odometer already.

 

The Nissan Altima has also received plenty of praise from voices in the industry. The 2017 and 2018 Altima got an 81 and 84 J.D. Power Rating, respectively. As a model, it also regularly features on top car lists from publications like Autotrader and Automobile magazine.

Tips for making your Nissan Altima last longer

On top of wondering how long do Nissan Altimas last, you might also be wondering if there’s anything you can do to make one last longer. First, let’s look at the factors that can affect the lifespan of your car:

  • How much you drive per day/at a time.

  • Whether you drive in the city or highway.

  • How well you drive in terms of smooth gear transitions, etc.

  • Any accidents you have in the car and their severity.

  • The luck of the draw. Sometimes, very rarely, you simply get a defective model, and there’s not much you can do about it.

 

Although there are many more factors involved, these are probably the most important to keep your car in running condition:

  • Check your oil at every opportunity and change regularly. The same goes for filters.

  • Never skip or delay an appointment with your car’s servicing center for too long according to your servicing schedule. 

  • Don’t buy cheap or non-standard parts.

  • Be proactive when it comes to paying attention to any symptoms like strange noises or sensations, not to mention warning lights.

  • Clean your engine regularly to remove dirt and grime.

 

You can find some more car care tips here.

Take care of your Nissan Altima, and it will take care of you

By all accounts, the Nissan Altima seems to be a reliable car compared to its contemporaries. While it’s impossible to definitively tell how long do Nissan Altimas last, the available evidence seems to suggest a well-cared-for Altima should take you to 200,000 miles or more than 10 years. Anything beyond that comes down to how you care for your car.
 

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