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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Nissan Altima engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 12 of 12)

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problem #8

Mar 082004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle shuts down a highway speed without warning. Dealer is not able to duplicate the problem. The consumer made many attempts to notify representative. Vehicle stalled 4 times at highway speeds.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 012003

Altima 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The engine check light illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to change the oxygen sensor, but the dealer refused to replace the oxygen sensor because this vehicle was not included in the recall.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #6

May 112003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles
While driving, my 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S has stalled and left me in the middle of traffic lanes. This has happened 3 different times (including once being stalled on railroad tracks). My local dealership refuses to co-operate with me, telling me one time that it was the "cam sensor, " another I was told "the vehicle was flooded, " and the last time I got no assistance (including no loaner vehicle!). the dealership claims that these problems are caused by my actions (as though I am unable to operate a vehicle correctly). I am considering taking legal action, as this vehicle is unsafe for me and others around me. I was never notified of the latest recall until researching online few weeks ago (3 months after the recall was issued), I now have an appointment to have this situation remedied next week. I hope to get the excessive use of oil situation solved as well. I am appalled at the lack of customer service that Nissan and the affiliated Nissan dealerships afford their clients that shell out upwards of $25,000 for one of their death traps!

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 152003

Altima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When applying brakes vehicle shuts off without warning.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 092003

Altima

  • miles
The cam sensor located in the engine compartment without warning. The light appear on the dashboard while driving she heard a poppying noise underneath the vehicle. The vehicle shut down no power no brakes, steering. Please fill in additional information. Dealer is aware of the problem

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 312003

Altima

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,100 miles
While traveling on highway in passing lane, engine light and brake light came on and vehicle lost all power, steering and brakes. Vehicle started again and broke down 3 more times before arriving at dealership. Very dangerous situation. Dealership would not supply loaner vehicle, left without vehicle and dealership does not know if or when vehicle will be repaired. Vehicle has 14000 miles and oil was changed about 200 miles ago.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282003

Altima

  • 5,000 miles
While driving approximately 60mph on highway engine stalled, almost causing consumer to have a collision.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 272002

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
While traveling 70mph on highway and without prior warning engine check light appeared on dashboard, indicating that vehicle caught on fire. The dealership was aware of the problem. There was a sudden loss of power, there was also a clicking sound as if it were coming from the fuel injection system, the oil light, and the light had illuminated.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

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