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:
No data
Average Mileage:
43,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 162010

Altima 2.5S 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


My daughter has a 2003 Altima with approx 43000mi. It appears the transmission is making noise. Noise with minor vibration is evident while traveling at speeds around 25 to 55MPH and tends to go away around 60MPH. I set the car on HD stands and chocked rear wheels. I put the trans in gear, and found out the noise/vibration was only occurring during 3rd and drive speed selection. I also applied slight drag on brakes to load trans during this test. Has anybody experience this problem? I'm assuming a bearing or gear might be starting to fail.

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

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