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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,952 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 202008

Altima 4-cyl

  • 52,200 miles


Normal driving in air temperatures above 80 degrees. Failure in the clutch petal pressure- unable to disengage the clutch and shift gears. Had fluid flushed however this did not solve the issue and so the master and slave cylinder were replaced as recommended by manufacturer. One year later the issue returns, fluid was flushed and replaced with a high grade clutch fluid (dot 4) however still did not solve issue. Master and slave will be replaced again. This link below will show the number of people who have had problems with the clutch pressure.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 142006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The clutch pedal on my 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5se inexplicably and without warning, falls to the floor and becomes inoperable while driving. This happens intermittently, especially during 'stop-and-go' traffic. The pedal simply does not return to its normal position. It is impossible to replicate the symptoms for my mechanic, who gave the clutch a clean bill of health. Once it failed me at 60 mph!!

- Budd Lake, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 222006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles
I belong to and many owners of the Nissan Altima with manual transmission from 2002 to current 2006 models have had premature master/slave cylinder failures which are a safety hazard when you can not shift your car into or out of gear while in motion. Many of us find ourselves in a panic mode when we can not stop or go because our clutch pedal has no pressure and we can not shift out of gear while driving. My personal incident involves me having no ability to shift while in any driving situation, such as parking lots and up to highway driving. I nearly got hit while driving South then making a left turn (West) when I could not shift into second and another car was coming in the opposite direction (North). I had to rev my car to redline just to make it past the intersection. If you go to you'll find may people who have had failures with the manual transmission.

- Drexel Hill, PW, USA

problem #3

Oct 072004

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Clutch was noisy. Clutch began slipping at 30K miles. Drove vehicle to the dealership. Paid over $700 for new clutch. Discovered there is a service bulletin on this vehicle for a replacement clutch with updated friction material. Was wrongfully advised by dealership that the clutch needed replacement due to poor driving habits.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 272001

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,511 miles
Clutch assembly mismatched. Took 3 weeks to get part, only 3,000 miles old. Still hard down shifting 5-4 & 2-1gears.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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problem #1

Mar 162002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Shifting from 5th gear to 4th gear and clutch pedal stay in the floor. Clutch, pressure plate, throw out bearing and flywheel failed.

- Brandon, FL, USA

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