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 3 of 5)

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problem #44

Jul 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


We are the second owners of this vehicle having purchased it in 2008. One of the reasons we purchased the car was its reputation for reliability and for the past 7 years it has lived up to its reputation. Recently, I noticed something "hanging from underneath" the car and upon examination (and to my utter amazement) found that the floor boards on both sides of the car are completely rusted through! what I really find incredulous is that, after searching on the internet, this manufacturing defect is apparently as predictable as the sun-rise!! additionally, although the vast majority of the owners of these cars have complained to Nissan North America, Nissan continues to disavow any knowledge of a problem nor any culpability. I find it disconcerting that in this day and age any vehicle, regardless of age, would show this extent of rusting. Though not a structural engineer, I would have to deduce that this defect would compromise the safety of these vehicles seeing how both the front seats and seat belts are secured to the car in this area. Not sure what to do with this car at this point. Should I sell it to some unsuspecting person? how many thousands of these cars are being driven by an owner with no knowledge that they are about to be launched into oblivion if ever in any type of a crash. This needs to be addressed by Nissan and they need to be held accountable!

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #43

Jun 012012

Altima 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Due to a design flaw in the floor board, driver and passengers side, the floors have rusted out. There was 2 drain holes on both floor boards which welcomed sand/salt to the interior of the car. I purchased the car used in 2005 from Nissan of middletown NY. They did not make me aware of the issue at the time. At some point a tar tape overlay was placed over the holes to disguise the hole from the inside. This seems deceiving to me and not remedy the problem. The vehicle has been well maintained and has no other rust on the vehicle. I fear the car to be unsafe for myself and family. These holes compromise the structure of the vehicle. I understand the age of the vehicle and still believe this to be a issue that should not be existent on many 3rd generation Altima in this day and age.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #42

Mar 222013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front passenger's side floorboard was corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the floorboard would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #41

Nov 202012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while having an oil change performed, he noticed that the under carriage of the passenger's side frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000......updated 01/14/13 the consumer stated the dealer stated they have never heard of any failures such as this. Updated 1/18/2013

- West Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #40

Oct 232012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Driver and passenger side floor pan rusted. Holes on both sides.

- North Canton, OH, USA

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problem #39

Oct 012010

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Floor pan under both driver and passenger side front footwells has completely rusted through. I'm not sure when the rust perforation occurred, as I purchased the car used in May 2012 and noticed the problem shortly thereafter.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #38

Oct 012012


  • 99,000 miles


On the underneath of the 2002 Nissan Altima the floor is rusting and creating a hole. I have been to different body shops to get an estimate and they said they have seen many Altima's with this same problem recently. When I took the car into the Nissan body shop they also said they have seen many of the Altima's with this defect.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #37

Sep 052012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floorboard had rust damage so severe that it would take very little pressure from her foot to completely go through the bottom of the vehicle. A dealer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to a body shop. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 92,000.

- Lavista, NE, USA

problem #36

Jun 292012


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front floor pans were rusted on the driver and passenger sides. The contact spoke to the manufacturer and was told to take the vehicle to a dealer and have a price quoted. The front floor panel was attached to the front seats. The contact stated that they could push their foot through the floor of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 92,834.

- Shoreham, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 152012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Discovered rust thru in passenger floor pan during routine maintenance. Car was garage kept more than 80% of time. Well maintained. No damage to this area from accidents. No immersion. Discovered on the internet that the problem common to this make and model over multiple years. Have never had a floor plan rust thru in any vehicle I have ever owned. Is a safety concern as exhaust gases may enter cabin.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #34

Aug 152012

Altima 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


My 2002 Altima, driven by my son, was being checked out for a problem with a bad tire. While up on the lift, the mechanic identified two holes in the floor pan. One is on the driver's side and one on the passenger's side, each at the location of a seat floor mount bolt. Not exactly safe. This car will not pass state of Pennsylvania safety inspection as is. I have not contacted Nissan, as that is most likely fruitless, based on the many comments I've already read on the NHTSA website. Nissan obviously has a problem with this design. Even if the car is 10 years old, the floor pan shouldn't be rotting away. The state of Pennsylvania obviously thinks this is not safe. Why doesn't the NHTSA agree" what are you guys waiting for? fatalities"

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #33

Jun 202012


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for a routine oil and brake service when the mechanic stated that there were two rusted areas on the front frame. The dealer stated that they needed to reseal the rusted areas. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty, providing no further assistance. The failure mileage was 122,000 and the current mileage was 123,000. The VIN was not available.

- Braintree , MA, USA

problem #32

Aug 212012


  • 70,460 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floor pans were rusted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The contact notified the dealer but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,460.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #31

Jul 272012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a tire specialist to have the tires rotated when he was advised that there were two holes located under the front and rear driver's side seat. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection but was not repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that they would not assist with the cost of the repair because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was not available.

- New Hope, PA, USA

problem #30

Jul 262012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Floor pans on both driver and passenger side are rusted thru to the point of the only barrier between the road and driver/passenger is the floor upholstery. In viewing Nissan forums online, this is a common problem with 2002 Nissan Altima.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #29

Jun 012012


  • 150,000 miles
Have seen a number of these vehicles with floor pans, floor boards have deteriorated to the point where seat track mounting points are loose. Years to include 2001 to 2004 this is very concerning considering some of these cars have less then 100000 miles on them.

- Downingtown, PW, USA

problem #28

May 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Passenger side floorboard rusted out, producing a basketball sized hole. The edges of the hole are appear thin and continue to rust. Dealer sent pictures following an inspection to Nissan, but Nissan refuses to assist with expensive repairs. Claims out of warranty (5 yr, 100kmiles). Incidentally, we also own a 2003 pathfinder which had a rust recall for front wheel struts which took a week to fix, and we now have both back quarter panels rusting through, and Nissan also refuses to assist with repair.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #27

Feb 212012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Rusted out floor pan on bottom of car underneath drivers feet area and front passenger feet area. Two separate large holes in floor..

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #26

Apr 062012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
While changing the serpentine belt on my Altima, I noticed an eight inch chunk of the driver's side floorpan rusting away straight through to the carpeting. I also saw the floorpan beginning to rot away on the passenger side as well. I was shocked and disappointed that a car only 10 years old would have this type of problem, especially a Nissan. Now I have to figure out how to get this repaired without breaking the bank...

- Ridgewood, NY, USA

problem #25

Apr 052012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
The Nissan Altima has severe rusting problems which will result in deterioration of the driver and passenger floor. I purchased my Altima brand new in 2002. 10 years later, my mechanic says there are holes in the driver and passenger side floorboard which will cost between $2000 and $3000. Nissan will do nothing to aid their customers.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

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