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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
64,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Nissan Altima engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 212010

Altima SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


Bought this car brand new in 2002. Never had any major problems until two months ago. . It started with the engine making a loud noise. Took the car to the dealership and was told that I had a blown head gasket in the 3rd cylinder. I have had this car serviced faithfully according to the manual. After paying $1400.00 to get the car repaired, and was told the it should be fine because I have kept the car maintain. This weekend I took a trip to New Jersey and on the way back the car started making a roaring noise and started slowing down. Thank God I was right at an exit. made it to a store and the car shut down. Lift the hood up and the reservoir tank was bubbling like a hot pot of water.

Call and tow truck and had it towed to a Nissan dealer. They called and said the motor had locked down. Cost anywhere from $5000 to $6000 to repair. I am so D___M mad. After seeing that I wasn't the only with the problems I got even madder. Nissan knowing that they have this problem and will not do anything. I am willing to join the fight with you guys. I've already added my name to the lawsuit. Who has that kind of money? I lost my job 7 months ago and been looking for work. I can't even do that now because I don't have a car. The car still looks good though. Guess I can take my rims off and sell them. Nissan you will never have to worry about me ever again!!!!!!!!!

- , Albemarle, NC, USA

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