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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace struts, mounts, and shocks (2 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022010

Altima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


I bought this 02 Altima brand new. Since I have had this car, I have had to replace the calipers, rotors, struts twice, two different sensors, upper and lower radiator hoses, belts twice.. This was all before I hit 98,000 miles...

PLEASE... I can't tell you how many batteries I have gone through. I have noticed many people were having trouble with burning oil and I am surprised I didn't have that problem, but at 98,000 I got rid of it and bought a Honda...

I have owned Nissan's for most of my life, but I doubt I will buy another one... Sorry Nissan, you have majorly dropped the ball...

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 042010

Altima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Leaks from both from front struts and rear shocks - required replacement with only 70,000 miles - this is ridiculous! I had this problem as well as the intake manifold gasket oil leak at the same time. Total bill for repairs - $1500.00!

- , Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

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