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:
55,166 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012007

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,333 miles


2002 Nissan Altima clutch issue. The consumer stated the clutch pedal would stick to the floor, not allowing the consumer to shift correctly; if at all. Once it was stuck, the only way to get the clutch to function was to pull the clutch manually back up with his foot. At 38,333 miles, the clutch was replaced at a cost of$ $1,092.13. A year after having the clutch replaced, the problem resurfaced. The dealer stated the clutch pedal assembly to replaced at a cost of $250. The consumer has not experienced any more problems.

- Concord, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
When shifting gears in hot weather after being in city traffic my clutch would only come up approx. 1/4 way from the floor. I was able to carefully shift gears, but felt I may not have the control to shift next time. After the car cooled by driving outside the city, the clutch would return to normal. The dealer failed to reproduce the problem. The clutch fluid was the original. I had the clutch fluid drained and filled, only to still have the same problem. I suspect that air flow was restricted when a recall resulted in a heat shield being installed on the engine that redirected more heat to the clutch lines/cylinders. Fortunately, this only happens a few times each summer.

- Nesbit, MS, USA

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