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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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,514 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 lights problems

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Jan 102005

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The driver side halogen headlight would work intermittingly before finally going out for good. When I brought the car to the dealer, I was informed that the back of the halogen headlamp was plastic had the headlamp overheated which melted the plastic back to the headlamp causing the lamp to blow. I was told that a NHTSA service bulletin was issued regarding this matter but no recall has been issued therefore it would not be covered by the dealer or my warranty. This is clearly a manufactures defect and a recall notice should be issued. It cost me over $300 to replace the entire halogen housing unit. The passanger side headlamp blew and was replaced 6 months earlier. I was told the re[lacement halogen housing unit is now metal and will not melt. This is now the eleventh complaint about this problem. How many complaints will it take before a recall notice is issued?

- East Greenbush, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 052004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The front headlights constantly short out. Dealer replaced headlamps 8 times, but problem recurred.

- Greensburg, LA, USA

problem #11

Jan 052005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,253 miles
The headlight failed on my 2002 Nissan Altima while I was driving. The dealership informed me that the entire headlamp assembly would have to be replaced on the car, and that it was no longer covered under warranty because it was over 35K miles. The car only has 38K miles on the odometer, and the headlight assembly should not have failed.

- Alloway , NJ, USA

problem #10

Jan 082005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I am experiencing problems with my headlights. I was told by a tech from bill hood Nissan that there was a malfunction problem with my headlights but I would have to pay the costs to repair it. I was also told that there had been several complaints regarding the 2002 Nissan Altima headlights. I made a complaint with Nissan and I was told that they were not going to issue a recall.

- Greensburg, LA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Passenger side headlamp low beam failed within 20 months of purchase and two months latter the driver side headlamp low beam failed. It is almost impossible to replace the light bulbs by yourself. Took the car to the dealer (under waranty) and replaced light bulbs and now one of the horns doesn't work. Replacement of the bulbs is so difficult that the dealer damaged one of the light assembies and had to replace it all.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #8

Sep 172004

Altima

  • miles
Problem with head lights on/off, as if a shortage. The consumer was told that something was loose inside of the headlight.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 112004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,037 miles

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

Passenger side low beam headlight not working on 2002 Altima. Took it to the dealer and was told that the bulb was melting the fixture and the entire fixture needs replaced at a cost of over $300. This is a safety hazard and at least 6 other complaints have been filed.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 152004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,155 miles
Low beam bulb inoperative due to defective ground plate inside right headlight assembly. I replaced the right headlight assembly on Aug 15, 2004. On Sept 4, 2004, the right low beam light bulb quit working. I took the headlight assembly out and noticed the ground wire going to the low beam bulb had "melted". the old headlight that I replaced also had a "melted" ground wire. This is a possilbe fire hazard. I contacted my local Nissan dealer and was given technical bulletin, classification: EL03-008A, reference: Ntb03-089A, dated: October 2, 2003. The ground plate costs around $11 if you put it in. This is a defect on Nissan's part. They should recall these headlight assembly at their cost.

- Nesbit, MS, USA

problem #5

Jul 132004

Altima

  • 85,000 miles
Due to the burned wires front driver's side headlights became inoperative. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 202004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,990 miles
On 6/20/04 both headlights in my 2002 Altima burnt out at night. The bulbs became so hot they burnt through the headlight assembly. Even though Nissan knew about these problems with the Altima this is not considered a safety issue. You must buy a light kit to fix the problem or a new headlight assembly.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 092004

Altima

  • 44,000 miles

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

Intermittently while driving at any speed headlights failed.

- Marcellus, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 022004

(reported on)

Altima

  • 32,000 miles
Headlights blew out. This was caused by the bulb burning out the assembly board, per the dealership.

- Mexia, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 092003

Altima 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left head light assembly - defect- light bulb continues to blow out when turned on.

- Houston, TX, USA

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