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:
97,302 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #89

Oct 132016


  • 125,000 miles


Purchased a 2003 Altima, 1 owner car for my 16 year old daughter. After having car for about 9 months noticed metal rusted material in the driveway under the passenger side of the car. Inspected and found a hole the size of my fist going all the way through. Ended up replacing most all of the passenger side floor pan due to a major safety issue. If not for the carpet the passenger could have placed their foot through the area. Have talked to others at body shops and found this is a problem with the Altima from 2003-2006. Not a cheap fix either.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #88

Jan 012015


  • 131,000 miles
The floor boards rotted out, just found out about it, give it a few more months. I can become fred flintstone and start pushing my car around when the camshaft/crankshaft sensor goes out again. Both sensors have been replaced and still had not corrected the problem. Brought the car in today and was told there are no recalls for your car. That's interesting when you can't go anywhere and you are sitting at a light with traffic behind you. That's were meet the flintstones comes in, using foot power to move the car.

- Hazelwood, MO, USA

problem #87

Oct 152016


  • 50,000 miles
Floorboards on drivers and passengers side is completely rusted thru. It is my 82 year old mothers car, which she bought new. The car has always been garage kept and taken care of meticulously by me and is in mint condition. No rust what so ever on the car (except the floorboards) and has only 50,000 miles.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #86

Jun 012016


  • 130,000 miles


Rusting undercarriage on passenger and driver side

- Jamesburg, NJ, USA

problem #85

Aug 082016


  • miles
Floorboard is rusted through

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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problem #84

May 192016


  • miles
Floor boards are completely rusting through, and it seems this is a problem typical with Nissan vehicles built in this time frame. I fear this will affect safety, and potentially lead to increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

- Omro, WI, USA

problem #83

May 022016


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 10 mph, the floor rusted and fell out the vehicle. The dealer stated that the floor panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #82

Mar 312016


  • 140,000 miles
Takata recall - the driver seat door is almost falling off of its hinges. Takata recall - there is corrosion under the car from rusting, making major holes under the car

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #81

Feb 122016


  • 590,000 miles
Both the driver side and passenger side floorboards are heavily rotting out. The passenger side seat is even moving.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #80

Dec 212015


  • 149,000 miles
The underside of vehicle on the passenger and driver's side floorboard area has rusted through completely through to the inside carpeting. Upon researching, it appears to be a common defect that Nissan refuses to acknowledge. There is significant area of deterioration on both sides of underbody of vehicle.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #79

Dec 112015


  • 75,000 miles


There is a large hole in the passenger side floor board, completely rusted through to the interior carpet.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #78

Oct 062010


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed a piece of the frame hanging down underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the front and passenger side frame were completely rusted and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #77

Nov 022015


  • 149,500 miles
The floor bed is rusted and has holes on both driver side as well as passesnger side.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #76

Oct 282015


  • miles

- Heightstown, NJ, USA

problem #75

Jul 032015


  • 77,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the floor boards were rusted to the point of deterioration. The contact was able to further inspect the vehicle and upon taking it to an independent mechanic for routine servicing it was determined that the floor boards prematurely rusted and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,900.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #74

Jul 242015


  • miles
I have a large rusted hole underneath the drivers floorboard. It is approximately 5" wide X 12" long. There is a hard plastic piece that is now dragging on the ground and the insulation is ready to fall out. This is a safety concern because my feet are about to poke through the floorboard allowing exhaust into my car. I have a call into the attorneys for the class action lawsuit and will not be buying another Nissan because of their lack of concern for this known issue.

- Elkhorn, WI, USA

problem #73

Jul 152015


  • 105,999 miles
I am the original owner of a 2003 Altima. Recently I was notified while getting my tires rotated that I have a large hole rusting thru the bottom of my car in the front passenger floor. The affected area is roughly 18" long X 10" wide. This is a huge safety concern as no one ever looks under the car to check for rust. Luckily no injury occurred but it's just an accident waiting to happen. How many injuries or worse yet deaths will need to occur before a recall is issued. Clearly there is a problem yet Nissan is neglecting to act upon it.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #72

Jul 092015


  • 71,000 miles
Our altman failed inspection due to a 9 inch hole in the passenger side floor. This appears to be a widespread issue with this model. There are enough complaints regarding this issue so that it to be a recall.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #71

Mar 172015


  • 74,531 miles
On March 17, 2015 my mechanic discovered front floorboards rusted through from inside vehicle. I can put my fist through one of the holes. The rusted floorboards are a safety issue. This is a design issue well-known to Nissan and previously reported to NHTSA by other Nissan Altima owners. Cost to repair is over $3,000. My Nissan Altima is low mileage and has been well-maintained. It has been garaged and is otherwise in great condition. I cannot in all good conscience donate this vehicle to charity and certainly will get a greatly reduced trade-in value from any buy foolish enough to buy this Nissan. I reported the problem to Nissan, but received no reply. I plan to join a class-action suit against Nissan and also ask the NHTSA to issue a recall that forces Nissan to remedy to problem or compensate me for my loss of value.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #70

Jun 272015


  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side floorboards prematurely rusted to the point of deterioration. The contact mentioned that there were holes near both sides of the floorboards. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000.

- Hanover, MD, USA

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