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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,647 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #64

Apr 092015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


Took my car in for an oil change at my Nissan dealership to find out that both front passenger and driver floor boards were rotted out.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #63

Apr 012011


  • miles
Was doing work under my car and noticed the floorboard on my car rotted out on the driver side and crumbled in my hand. Had to cut out the bad section that had rust on it and rivet in a piece of galvanized sheet metal to replace it. Would like to see Nissan held accountable for this more and more common problem for the safety of those drivers who aren't aware of this or have the means to fix it themselves.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #62

Mar 022015


  • 165,000 miles
I discovered around this date that my drivers side and passenger side floorboards are rusted out and almost have holes all the way through the floorboard.

- Morehead`, KY, USA

problem #61

Mar 042014


  • 82,000 miles


Body and frame of car rusted out leaving a 6-inch by 10-inch hole in the floorboard. The rust hole is located under the driver's seat, on the frame, and around the jack reinforcement. The hole, deemed a structural flaw, is the reason the car failed its safety inspection in Virginia. The estimated prices to repair the hole ranged from $2,500 to $5,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #60

Apr 032015


  • 96,000 miles
My dad recently informed me that he saw a story on the news about Nissan Altima's and rusted out floorboards. Sure enough, my floorboards on the driver and passenger sides are in bad shape. Especially the driver side. The car looks like new otherwise. I am the original owner and have taken my car to state line Nissan for all maintenance. Nobody there ever told me that this was happening under my car. I looked online and found quite a few Nissan Altima owners with the same problem. Some of the complaints go back 5 years. It is clear that Nissan knows about this design flaw and wants to avoid a costly recall. I went to hendrick collision center in merriam Kansas who are in the Nissan network for repairs. It will take 10 days and cost $3,232.38. I then took the car to Santa Fe body Inc. Which is an independent body shop. They have already done some other Altima's and charge $500 per side for $1000. They cut out the rusted area and replace it with sheet metal. This will take 1-2 days. The NHTSA needs to force Nissan into a recall as it is a design flaw and safety issue. People are driving around in cars not knowing that the floor below them is rusting all the way through. I feel Nissan should pay for this repair since it is a design flaw. My mom lives 5 minutes away and has a 1995 Nissan Altima without this floorboard problem.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

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problem #59

Dec 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floorboards were completely rusted. The dealer diagnosed that the floorboards needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Raytown , MO, USA

problem #58

Dec 112013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


A section of the floor-pan under the front driver and passenger feet rusted completely out. Both holes look identical a rectangular hole just forward of the seats between the frame ridge and the rocker panel about 16 inches long.and 4 inches wide.

- De Forest, WI, USA

problem #57

Jun 122014


  • 116,001 miles
Passenger side floor board completely rotted out. I bought my car 2 1/2 years ago (purchased in 2012) from a Nissan dealer and they put a inspection sticker on my car which it should of never got one. I looked under the car at the time of the sale but I didn't see any holes because they popped riveted a plate to cover the damage and painted it so it looked like nothing was wrong. I just recently brought my car in for service and the plate fell off and you can see my carpet from the outside of the car. Granted my car is 12 years old but the rust is so bad that it looks like a 30 year old car.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #56

May 012014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 97,876 miles
Purchased car used from Nissan dealer in 2005 with 33,936 miles on it. Although I live in the midwest and am exposed to road salt, I very seldom drive my car in the winter, if at all. For the past several months I've noticed "orange" spots on the garage floor where I park. At first I thought it was a fluid leak, however, when my husband went to change the oil we noticed a hole, 3-4" in diameter, on the driver's side floor board, where the opener for the fuel compartment is located. Upon further examination, we observed a rusted area approximately 2ft X 1ft waiting to break through. Now, if this is not a safety hazard I don't know what is. I currently have a rag stuck in the hole to avoid any road debris from hitting me and fumes from entering the passenger compartment. After researching this issue I discovered that this is a common problem with the 2005 model year, but mine is a 2002. This may indicate Nissan has been allowed to sell this defective product for a much longer period of time. I have owned several vehicles over my lifetime, which I keep as long as possible, and have never encountered a situation like this. It's been my understanding that automobile manufacturers had remedied this problem years ago ! please, someone, make Nissan accountable !

- Curtice, OH, USA

problem #55

May 122014


  • 117 miles
The vehicles floor boards on both passenger and driver are rusting and there is a whole that you can see the ground. I have done research and have seen hundreds of vehicles in the same year as mine having this same issue. Nissan can blame it on salt all they want, but how is it that other vehicles don't have this issue? I think it's an issue with the car itself, it just doesn't make sense. This needs to be a recall.

- Sanborn, NY, USA

problem #54

Mar 172014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I took my car in for 100,000 basic tune-up estimate. I have had no serious issues with the motor, nor with the body or reliability of this vehicle. I pointed out to the mechanic a piece of metal was hanging from the undercarriage of my passenger side and asked him if it was from my exhaust. He checked further and indicated with shock and surprise that "no, it was from my undercarriage", "the hole appearing before me contained my interior carpet". I screamed in horror! literally, I did yell out of frustration and fear as I have small dogs and when I travel, I have one that does get on the floor and sniff around. He could have easily fallen through if the carpet was not secure! I was in shock and actually still am and don't know what I am going to do with my car. I am sad because it was a good car. I wanted to drive it until 200,000 miles because the engine still has the ability to get up and go! since Monday I've frequented many websites and have seen this has been an ongoing issue with many 2002 Nissan Altima owners and find it very sad that the motor and body of a car outstand the actual framework. This makes me feel really safe on the road today. What are we putting on our roads in the winter, acid" I keep my car clean too. I'm not a person with a lot of money so I am in limbo right now. I'm hoping you can help" thank you.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #53

Dec 022013


  • 93,000 miles
Front floorboards both driver and passenger are entirely rusted away. Area adjacent to the outer sill about 14 inches in length and 9 inches in width has no structure remaining. Affected area appears to have consisted of two thin sheets of mild steel.

- Hillsville, VA, USA

problem #52

Nov 232013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 94,385 miles
While inspecting my vehicle I noticed on both the driver and passenger sides there is an excessive amount of rot under the vehicle. While inspecting further and lifting the carpet from the front floor boards it has rotted through to the inside of the vehicle. Upon searching the internet I've found this to be a huge issue over the years and would like feedback.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #51

Sep 172008

Altima 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
During a safety inspection I was recently shown two large holes in the floor pan of the car that have obviously been rusting for quite a long time. I was advised that this is a safety concern because of the extent of the damage and their locations under the driver and passenger seats. Further research on the internet has proven this is a common problem for all the Altima of this era. The inspection shop also told me that they have seen it many times before on Altima. Nissan is not receptive to any complains about this problem from what I have read and it's clearly a generic problem with this car. Since this problem obviously started a long time ago with no one noticing it I have made an estimate as to the date and mileage when it may have first been noticeable. The car currently has 72000 miles on it.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #50

Oct 092013


  • 98,026 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that an independent mechanic informed him that the under carriage was corroded near the front passenger's side floor board. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,026.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #49

Oct 022013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the floorboards were rusted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN and failure mileage was unavailable.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #48

Sep 222012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
On above date fount that there was substantial rust on the driver and front passenger floorboards. There is no other rust on the vehicle due to car being garage-kept at home. Rust is completely through the floorboard on the passenger side in a few small areas. Cost to repair at one body shop is $2303. Estimator at shop stated that this should not be happening to a car that is this old and with the mileage it has. Have found on the internet that this is a common problem with Altima from 2002 to at least 2006 model years. My wife and I have been the only owners of this vehicle. Nissan dealer has been used for multiple repairs and oil changes and never indicated the rust problem which is visible under the car (they do a safety inspection of the vehicle as part of their normal service procedure when they have pointed out other issues with the vehicle over the years). I take my car to the Nissan dealer in chantilly, va.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #47

Aug 052013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 118,200 miles
Just purchased this used car from a dealer in il. Car overall seemed to be in good overall condition for it's age no visible rust or issues noted during test drive or my basic oversight of the vehicle including checking fluids, hoses belts tires etc... I took the car to my local mechanic as it was in need of some routine maintenance work and it was discovered the floorboards on both the passenger and driver side were completed rotted out in some spots the carpet is the only thing covering the hole. This is a dangerous condition I was told because it can lead to fumes in the vehicle or possibly the whole pan falling out, worse case weakening the structural integrity of the entire vehicle. The mechanic suggested I take the car back but since I bought the car used and "as is" I did not think I had a recourse. I called the dealer anyway where I purchased it from about the issue and asked why this issue was not disclosed to me he said too bad you signed the papers it's a done deal sue us if you want your money back and said he had to "go". I am now stuck with this car and trying to get it mechanic tells me he cannot give me an estimate to fix it until he takes the seats, carpet and center console out to see the extent of the damage and what needs to be repaired, time and material. I have no idea what this repair will cost but he told me it will take 3 hours of labor just to get to the floor to see the extent of the damage. Apparently this is a known issue that Nissan has never acknowledged for 2002-2006. This is my first Nissan my next new car was to be a Nissan as well, I don't think so any longer. Help!

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #46

Jul 112013


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact noticed that the under carriage of the vehicle was severely rusted near the front driver's side wheel area. Additionally, the front driver's side floorboard area also exhibited severe rust and corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #45

Jul 172013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there were two holes in the floor boards. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

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