The 1999 Nissan Altima: A Model of Quality and Reliability


G. Stolyarov II

See Mr. Stolyarov's Index of Selected Writings, Originally Published on Associated Content / Yahoo! Voices.

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Note from the Author: I was commissioned to write this product review by Associated Content (which subsequently became Yahoo! Voices) in 2007. The article has enjoyed some popularity and has received over 1,250 views to date. Due to the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I render this article permanently available on this page.

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

My experience has shown me that Japanese companies do indeed build lasting, affordable, reliable cars. I own one, and it has served me impeccably well. My 1999 Nissan Altima was actually built and rendered available for sale in 1998. Nine years and over 72,000 miles later, it still runs as smoothly as ever; nothing has malfunctioned in it, and it is simple to maintain. The 1999 Nissan Altima is a great long-term vehicle to own, and I expect it to enjoy it for many more years to come.

My Nissan Altima is a white, four-door sedan: small, but not too small. It has four doors, plenty of leg room, and a well-functioning CD player that enables me to listen to my favorite classical melodies when I drive.

The Altima is highly maneuverable and can make tight turns with relative ease. But its amazing braking speed is perhaps its most impressive aspect. People who have typically driven larger cars, vans, or SUVs have been astonished at how quickly I was able to stop my Altima, even if I pushed the brake pedal right before arriving at the intersection. An ability to stop quickly is to me an essential safety feature in a car. If something unexpected happens in front of me -- perhaps a wayward pedestrian or an abruptly-stopping vehicle -- I can avert a potentially devastating accident by braking almost immediately.

The 1999 Nissan Altima tends to keep fairly clean, irrespective of weather conditions; its body is durable, and the coating of paint stays on despite repeated scraping of ice or brushing off of leaves. I have observed virtually no rust on the car over the past nine years; it still looks as tidy and elegant as it did on the day it was purchased!

Noise is not a problem in the Altima, and the seats are comfortable. This automobile has been known to endure severe weather, including thunderstorms and large snow buildups along the road, extremely well. With cautious driving, I have not had my Altima swerve along snow or ice-covered roads, even though it does not have all-wheel drive. The view from the side and rear mirrors is excellent, and the windows are quite large in their dimensions, giving me a nice view of what is going on to my sides and rear.

While it is not an ultra-tough van or SUV, the Altima is a great choice for a mild-mannered, conservative driver like myself, who wants to avert potential trouble through foresight and constant monitoring of his surroundings. For everyday use, the 1999 Nissan Altima is a car I know I can rely on.

Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at

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