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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 032003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles


About 2 months after purchasing my new 2002 Altima I took my car into the dealer because there was clanking noises coming from the engine which I noticed especially when turning the wheel. The dealer said I needed new motor mounts. After the mounts were replaced I still heard the noise. I took the car back into the dealer and because I could not simulate the problem, the dealer would not look at the car. I then found that I could simulate the problem by turing my steering wheel to the left while the car was stopped, then accelerating. It sounded like there were rocks rolling around in the left front wheel area. The dealer said I had a loose wheel nut and fixed the problem, although many mechanics I have spoken to since then have said the symptoms sounded like a bad cv boot. My car is now 18 months old and about a week ago I noticed that my car was not responding to my key fob correctly and I have come out to my car twice and the front windows are down. On Saturday my car would not start. I tried jumping the car and that did not work. The dealer said they would have it towed since it is under warranty but I would have to wait until Monday. I tried starting the car Sunday and again today and nothing happened. When the tow truck came the tow guy said the car sounded flooded. He turned the key, pressed the gas it after a ton of smoke came out of the exhaust, the car started. I had the car towed to the dealer only to have them tell me that the problem is probably the timing and because I did not take the car to them at 15,000 miles to have the timing checked, it is not covered under the warranty and I am responsible for the reparis and tow charge. I researched this site and found out that there is a recall on a part that causes the car not to start. It is at the dealer right now and they have not told me what the problem is, but they will have to keep it over night.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

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