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:
Average Mileage:
157,137 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012015

Altima 2.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles


Worst vehicle I have ever owned. Although it was high miles, I was constantly having to fix things under the hood.

- , Pell City, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 122010

Altima 2.5S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles

I was on my way to the store with my 8 year old when we came to a stop light. When the light turned green I put my foot on the gas pedal but the car did not move. I looked at the dash board and noticed that the car had died. I put the car into park and restarted the car. By that time the other drivers were pretty mad and honking at me like crazy. I'm just glad that it died while I was at the light instead of on the highway.

- , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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