Nissan Altima SE 1993 Workshop Service Repair Manual Download Having driven the Nissan Altima in the SE sports form, we tried it in the top-of-the-line, luxury GLE version.
The GLE gets the nod, if for no other reason than it comes with 15-inch, all-season radial tires as standard, and the SE comes with “summer tires.” When moisture grips the road, you want all-season radials, not low-profile, high-performance summer tires, designed for speed.
As with the SE, the 1993 GLE is wider, roomier and quieter than the Stanza, which the Altima replaces. The GLE’s four-wheel independent suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars also means good road manners.
The GLE comes with the same 16-valve, 2.4-liter, 150-h.p., 4-cylinder engine as the SE, but only with a four-speed automatic transmission. The SE comes with a five-speed manual. The engine offers good pep, but it’s not a powerhouse. Still, the engine/transmission is relatively quiet. The car is spared the squeaks and rattles that plagued the Stanza. The mileage rating is 21 m.p.g. city/29 highway.
Nissan Altima SE 1993 Workshop Service Repair Manual Download
Nissan bills Altima as a midsize sedan, yet it’s built on a 103.1-inch wheelbase and is 180.5 inches long. The midsize Honda Accord, by comparison, is built on a 107.1-inch wheelbase and is 185.2 inches long. In our opinion, Altima is a compact, like the Chevrolet Corsica, which is built on a 103.4-inch wheelbase and is 183.4 inches long.
If you’ve been swayed by those TV commercials featuring the glass balancing act on Altima’s hood, take note of two things: The car is on a platform to level the front end so the glasses will balance on what is a sharply sloping hood, and the + stating that prices start at about $13,000 doesn’t mention that the top-of-the-line GLE, which with the automatic, starts at $18,349. The baseXE model, with a five-speed manual, starts at $13,000.
What counts most is that Altima is proving to be a success for Nissan. Nissan has said it will boost Altima output in the first quarter to help meet demand.