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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,500 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

May 312015


  • 66,000 miles


5/31/2015 at about 9:40pm. There were lines of cars leaving starfire sports in tukwila, wa off of 405 exit 1 because of adult recreational soccer games and the Washington state high lchool boys lacrosse championships. When exiting starfire, it was my turn at the stop sign, so I proceeded. After I proceeded, the big black vehicle waiting at the stop sign across from me with the license plate aqg6472 started to turn into me. I slammed on my breaks. He slammed on his breaks and then stared at me. He almost collided with me. He is a blonde-haired skinny high school age boy, and there were 2-3 other high school boys as passengers. All passengers stuck their middle fingers out the window and he got out of the car and taunted me. The line of cars all were beeping at him. He then drove on, continuing to taunt me. He left starfire and entered 405 North, as did I. I was still behind him. He breaked really hard and purposefully tried to get me to crash into his car. Then once we entered the highway, he proceeded to taunt my vehicle for about ten minutes. He weaved in between cars to be next to me, he got behind me and flashed his brights on and off, he got in front of me and breaked really hard, etc. I was scared for my life. I don't know how, but I was able to merge into an area of cars that prevented him from taunting me any further. I suspect that he and his friends might have been intoxicated....or just really obnoxious high schoolers.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 219,000 miles
Ok 3 or 2 week after I brought the car it start running hot the it start to get to the point when it do run hot and I hit the gas the car want go it was like I was trying to make the car go fast but it was going slow so I took it back to the place I brought it from and he didn't do much so I found a mechanic and he ran at test on me and told me that it was some recalls on part of my car and the person head it before me didn't get it done like the cam sensor, crank sensor and my catalytic converter and a time thing the I took it back to the place I brought it from he said he can do nothing and someone told me to turn to you all so what can I do I put to much money in to it to get it fix I change the water pump the holes and the thermostat so what should I do please help....

- Houston, TX, USA

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