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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,342 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 112014


  • 221,947 miles


TL - the contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima equipped with dunlop, tire line: Sports 7000, and tire size 215/60R16. The contact stated that when driving the vehicle would shake shimmy and sway. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and the diagnosis was the tires was feathering. The contact mentioned the tires had a bump in the tired. The tires were not replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage of the tires was unavailable and the vehicle was 221,947.

- Adelphi, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 172009


  • miles
I just want to let someone know that I travel back in forth to work every week and there were major bumps in the road and it tore up my tires. I pay a lot of money for my tires and I had to replace them which costs me alot of money and not only that my rims are bent up. The air started coming out the tires which meant the rim was bent and there was a lot of repair that needed to be done. I had to repair this out of my money and I don' T have extra money to spend out like that.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #9

Feb 292008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,818 miles
1. vehicle's exhaust pipe hanger caught bag of debris from the road and felt like the car was falling apart in the rear. Debris was removed by discount tires after purchasing new wheels and tires. 2. service engine warning light is on. Engine has reduced power and it causes the engine to stop running without warning during operation, with vibrating noises. Nissan states that the cam sensor with crank sensor is faulty and should be replaced. Apparently it is under recall and they want us to pay for a recalled item. 3. engine long block was replaced on 2/14/06 because of catastrophic engine failure, and the engine continues to have problems with vibrating and sluggishness. 4. rear engine mount replaced in 11/03/04 as recommended. Now, passenger upper mount was recommended to be changed on 3/14/08. 5. air conditioning is blowing hot air and we replaced air conditioning high side compressor and oil recharged system in 6/01/07, as recommended. As of today 3/30/08 air conditioning is blowing hot air again. We purchased new wheels, tires and brakes because of the vibration in the car and steering column with low sounding noise. We have consistently taken our car in for maintenance, recalls and additional mechanical problems with very minimal resolutions. Thank you.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Feb 052007


  • miles


2002 Altima with tire problems. * two tires on the consuemr's vehicle recently had blowouts. The most recent blowout caused the vehicle to jump and island and damage two other tires on the vehicle. The consuerm is concerned that these tires may not be appropriate for this vehicle (nexxon tires)

- 99999, DC, USA

problem #7

Apr 212004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 Nissan, Altima that came with continential tires. The tires size is 200/65-16's. they have 28K wear on them. I took the car to the dealer because I noticed that my car was pulling to the right. After an alignment, the car is pulling to the left. Now the dealer is telling me that its my tires, that I need to replace the 2 front tires because of wear. This seems out of line to me because I have never had tires wear to the point that they need to be replace to put my car in alignment. I believe these tires should wear (they get normal highway and neighborhood use) for at least 45K-50K before needing to be replaced. What is wrong with this picture?

- Manassas, VA, USA

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problem #6

Apr 012004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer experienced an ongoing problem with the original equipment Continental tires on her 2002 Nissan Altima. The consumer stated there was a traction problem with the tires regardless of the road surface conditions.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #5

Jan 022004


  • 48,000 miles


The vehicle's tires hydroplane frequently on wet surfaces. The dealer states that the tread was not designed to disburse water.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 272003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
My right front Bridgestone turanza EL42 (P205/65R16) tire came off the rim as a whole while driving northbound on the garden state parkway. My car violently turned right and began heading southbound against oncoming traffic, the right side of my car then smashed into the guardrail at 70 mph and spun into the local traffic lanes on the otherside of the highway.

- Rumson, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 312003


  • miles
There were problems with tire equipment on 2002 Nissan Altima. The left rear and right rear tire developed a defect high on the wall. There were no foreign objects in the road to cause a total loss of pressure. The consumer would like to be reimburse for the replacement of the tires.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 242003

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had unusual tire blowout/separation driving at city speeds not greater than 40mph. Did not run over nail or glass or have puncture.hese were brand new tires with less than 1000 miles on them. Bought from big O. Continental P205 65 R16 94T. The tire had to be completely replaced.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 262002


  • miles
Driver side rear tire blewout at 70mph on I-85 in atlanta, ga on July 26, 2002, at approx 4:30pm. No accident or injury, as I was able to keep control of the car. A Continental tire dealer examined the tire and said there was no sign of a puncture or damage from road hazard. The dealer could not determine why the tire failed. The failur was a seperation of the tread from the side walls. The dealer contacted Continental and they agreed to replace the tire at no charge.

- Forest, VA, USA

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