Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Here's a disturbing trend for the 2002 Nissan Altima: the engine starts burning oil like crazy, the catalytic converter goes bad, the head gasket blows and eventually the entire engine needs replacement. Sound familiar? Like a script from a horror film, these Altimas seem doomed to fail around 95k miles.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. reinstall door handles (3 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012013

Altima 4S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


WHY is this NOT part of a recall???? I see tons of these vehicles (and even a Nissan Murano!!) with the exact same problem - broken door handle. Why should I have to pay for this after purchasing the vehicle when this is obviously a design flaw????!!!! GTH Nissan.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 132014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I can't believe what cheap plastic handles are on my great Nissan Altima. This is not only very inconvenient but painful, physically and economically I just had to call AAA Road service to get me into my car in my driveway because a second door handle snapped off. Now I can afford to get my driver side door handle replaced and when I tried to get into my car this AM, the back door driver side second handle just broke off! I am down to two door handles and that is definitely a safety risk, too.

- , Arundel, ME, USA

problem #1

Dec 032013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I can't believe what a cheap plastic handle is on my great Nissan Altima. This is not only very inconvenient but painful, physically and economically I am a senior citizen on a restricted budget and it is very hard for me to get the door open from the passenger's side and harder still to afford getting it fixed. I had to make a choice of getting my windshield replaced or getting this fixed on the week I finally could afford to get it done.

- , Arundel, ME, USA

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