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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
177,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Nissan Altima engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 032012

Altima LS 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


I only get 10miles with 20.00 dollars gas,but when I change the plugs every 3 weeks it gets better I feel there should be a recall on this year and model, I have heard of several of these same cars that have the same problems my car does

- , Hardeeville, SC, USA

problem #1

Oct 162012

Altima 4 cyl 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 155,000 miles

losing precious oil due to spark plug being basically drown in oil(If your looking at your engine its the far right one closest to driver other spark plugs are clean and not burning my oil i basically only have to change my oil filter its that bad!)

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

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