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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
26,643 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Nissan Altima accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 142014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,643 miles


Three handles have broken off up to now . I called for service and was told the part would cost $68.00. When I came for the appointment I was given a bill for $318.00. I could barely afford the $68.00 and was shocked by the bill.

I paid because getting into the car was dangerous to passengers getting in the car. I really do need a pity party, this was really a heavy burden for me.

Shouldn't Nissan compensate for such shoddy parts.? I can't complain about my Altima , it's served me well; but having handles break off is a pain I can't afford.

- , Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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