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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$4,500.00
Average Mileage:
127,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Nissan Altima engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 222012

Altima SE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

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

THIS CAR WAS A REALLY NICE CAR WHEN WE BOUGHT IT 5-6 YRS AGO. THEN IT STARTED, FROM FUEL PUMP TO MAIN COMPUTER TO FLASHING THE MAIN COMPUTER FROM THE DEALER. UNREAL. LOOKS LIKE IM NOT ALONE. HELP

- , Wenonah, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 152010

Altima SL 2.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

I bought an Altima 2003 (used), 4 cylinders, and I noticed when I am sitting on an intersection, waiting either to turn or waiting for a green light, the car's engine is not smooth. NOT AT ALL.

It keeps rattling, unless I accelerate to higher speeds, and only then it goes away. It feels like the car is starting to choke. Reminds me some of the early 90's cars, but this is 2003!!! F*cking NISSAN. Never again.

- , Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #1

Feb 012010

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

While stopped either at a stop light or parked, the engine idles up and down

- , Middletown, RI, USA

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