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CarComplaints.com 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.

2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,022 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #66

Sep 052008

Altima

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Tla contact owns a 2003 niacin alton. The contact stated that her vehicle is burning inefficiently. She must change the oil every 500 miles. Before the oil is changed, it resembles black sludge. When the contact approached a stop, the vehicle shook, lost power, and would not restart quickly. The dealer rebuilt the engine at the cost of $2,500, but the failure still persists. The vehicle has been parked for 30 days and would not restart. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #65

Aug 312007

Altima

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the contact is currently experiencing the failures associated with the recall. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the contact was informed that the ECM module needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 100,432 and failure mileage was 88,000.

- Westend , NC, USA

problem #64

Aug 042008

Altima

  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2003 Altima (almost 55,000 miles). The vehicle turned off while I was driving. All the suggested maintenance was and is up to date. When driving there is often a slight pull/stall like it is going to shut off. It was checked nothing was found to be wrong. Service engine like came on. Had the diagnostics done it showed something wrong with starter. Nothing was wrong with starter, never had any problems starting. I have done research and found that several 2003 Altima are coming up with engine problems when they are fairly new, shutting off with out warning in the middle of traffic. Nissan doesn't appear to no what the problem is but are unwilling to take responsibility. Errors with the cam and crank sensors have been thrown out there for the reason the service engine light comes on. However, replacing this has not proved to be the solution to the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #63

Aug 052008

Altima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). Six months after the repair, the failure recurred. While driving 70 mph, the engine suddenly shut off; however, the contact was able to restart the engine without stopping the vehicle. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #62

Jul 202008

Altima

  • 70,000 miles
Own 2003 Altima. While driving, car stopped running and would not restart. After several attempts, got car restarted and check engine light came on. Took the car to Nissan dealer to have looked at and serviced and dealer replaced crankcase sensor. Inquired about a recall for same part on other years of Altima and was told that there was no service bulletin or recall for the 2003 Altima models for that part.

- Topsfield, MA, USA

problem #61

Jul 112008

Altima

  • 78,000 miles
Recall R0606 (campaign number 06V242000) repair was complete 12/21/06 by previous owner. Car still exhibits same symptoms of recall (engine stops while under way).

- Spanish Fort , AL, USA

problem #60

May 142008

Altima

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The service engine light came on, and the engine will stop running without warning. This has occurred on multiple occasions, and has been diagnosed as issue with the crankshaft and/or camshaft position sensor. Local Nissan dealer has refused to fix, stating that this veh was not involved in that recall, even though there is evidence that this is a known problem with these sensors. This has happened several times over the last few months. The recall to program the ECM was completed, but it did not correct the problem.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #59

May 312008

Altima

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The vehicle lost power when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle would struggle to accelerate and take longer to start. On June 20, 2008, when the vehicle was started, the check engine light illuminated. While driving between 50-55 mph and changing lanes, the vehicle stalled. The contact quickly moved over to the left shoulder and was able to restart the vehicle. From that point on, the vehicle continued to stutter and stall. On June 17, 2008, he began experiencing difficulty starting the vehicle. On June 23, 2008, the contact was informed that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number's 03V455000, 03V084000, and 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). He was also informed that because his vehicle exceeded 100,000 miles, they would not assist. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #58

Mar 062008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,780 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle would suddenly shut off intermittently. The vehicle is included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the dealer would not diagnose the failure. The current mileage was 133,880 and failure mileage was 133,780.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #57

Apr 032008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My car quit first time in a parking lot when my 93 yr. Old grandmother was with me after that it has quit on me twice in the middle of busy traffic. The car just quits which could cause a major accident. This car needs to be recalled permanently to get them off the road. The manufacturer and dealers will not fix repair without charging. This is a continuous default in the manufacturing of this car. Replacing sensor will only work for a little while and then it goes bad. It is a major default in manufacturing of the 2003 Nissan Altima.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #56

Jan 012004

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph and below, the engine stalled. The vehicle would restart after ten minutes and the service engine warning light illuminated. The failure occurred intermittently. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was serviced for NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure occurred more frequently after the ECM was reprogrammed. The crankshaft position sensor was replaced twice, but the failure still persists. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 25,000 and current mileage was 92,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #55

Nov 012007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine shut off while driving at an unknown speed. The dealer stated that nothing could be done because her VIN was not included in the recall. The failure has occurred on three occasions. The vehicle was repaired all three times; however, the failure still persists. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 54,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #54

Sep 102007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,731 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. Since September 7, 2007, the contact's vehicle has shut off at least 50 different times while decelerating or making a turn. The failure was noticed while driving between 5 and 10 mph. The contact stated that the engine failed when the brakes were applied. The vehicle continued to move, but the engine failed and the steering wheel locked up. The contact made at least 6-7 attempts to restart the vehicle and release the lock on the steering wheel. She has been to the dealer three different times with the safety recall notice, but they were not able to provide assistance. On September 10, 2007, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling engine). The mechanic stated that a code appeared for the crank angle sensor and informed the contact to bring the vehicle back if the light illuminated again. The light has not illuminated again, however, after leaving the dealer, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the recall repair was not performed and the computer was reset. The purchase date and powertrain were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 95,731.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #53

Jul 232007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,897 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalls. The contact must place the gear in park and then attempt to restart the vehicle. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they informed her that they would attempt to reprogram the ECM. The dealer also stated that they would not replace the crank shaft position and warned her that the vehicle may still stall. The contact stated that the vehicle is under recall number 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling:engine). She believes that the failure is a major safety issue. The current and failure mileages were 117,897.

- Houstan, AR, USA

problem #52

Jul 182007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Nissan Altima engine shuts down at slow speeds and while at stop lights. This has happened multiple time while driving and has nearly resulted in 2 accidents. After approximately 12 occurrences the "service engine soon" light came on with a code indicating crankshaft position sensor circuit is faulty. There is a similar recall for 2002 vehicles but not for 2003. Was told not enough people have died from this yet to warrant a recall.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #51

Dec 032006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle constantly stalls at various speeds. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in recall # 06V242000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer also found numerous other reasons that contributed to the failure, but the contact cannot recall what they were. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage is 67,000 and failure mileage was 59,000.

- Dunwody, GA, USA

problem #50

Jun 152007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,673 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine would shut off at any time with no reason or warning. The failure would occur while driving 5 mph or greater. The current mileage is 63,673 and failure mileage was 62,673.

- Middleton, MA, USA

problem #49

Jun 122007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,700 miles
The 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S died while driving about 50 mph and I had to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road in traffic with no power steering or brakes. The car would then not start up until cooled off and then stalled at several traffic lights on the way home. The car had half as much power as normal and continued to stall. My check engine light illuminated and I took it to Nissan where they found the problem to be the crankshaft position sensor. I had it replaced and now the car is fine. This should definitely be a recall because it is a serious risk to injury to the driver of the car and other cars around.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #48

Jan 012007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima S class. The contact stated that the motor has failed. On two occasions, the vehicle has automatically shut off while driving 60 mph. The most recent failure occurred one week ago and smoke ascended from the engine. The first time he took the vehicle to Nissan, they did not offer an explanation other than possible engine failure. They are not providing any solutions to the failures and did not state whether the vehicle was affected by the recall. The dealer claimed that the recalls pertaining to the engine were previously repaired. The contact stated that the cruise control no longer works. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 71,000 and failure mileage was 69,000.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #47

Apr 152007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle's instrument panel lights illuminated and the vehicle shut off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle immediately afterwards. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure has occurred on three occasions. The current mileage is 43,100 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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