1996 Altima GXE Transmission whine

I might buy a 1996 Altima GXE which is in very good shape cosmetically but there is a noticeable “whine” from the transmission when the car is stopped and still in drive. Is this whine sound usual to the this kind car? Also the "check engine light came on when I was test driving it. The manual says it means a possible problem with the emission control? Could this be a big repair?


This vehicle is an excellent canditate for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. The $100.00 or so you pay for this service can save you thousands later.