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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
122,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint vehicle (1 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012013

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles


Paint job is literally falling off the car in multiple places. Hood, roof, trunk lid Never had this happen to a car before. Never had to paint a car. Only has 125k miles!

Only solution is complete paint job by someone competent, not Nissan. Dealer does not care. Will never buy a Nissan again, this is my first. I normally own VWs and Fords for 200k miles or more, never had this kind of POS before.

Also burns oil, ruins catalytic converters, and trunk lid won't close correctly.

- , Monument, CO, USA

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