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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 112003

Altima 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


While driving 30 mph vehicle caught on fire. As result, consumer almost lost control. No injuries reported. The consumer received two recall notices related to problems which could result in a fire (recall 03V-455 and 04V-251). It is unclear if the consumer had theses recall done and if the consumer received these notices before of after the failure. The consumer has retained a lawyer.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 272002

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
While traveling 70mph on highway and without prior warning engine check light appeared on dashboard, indicating that vehicle caught on fire. The dealership was aware of the problem. There was a sudden loss of power, there was also a clicking sound as if it were coming from the fuel injection system, the oil light, and the light had illuminated.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

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