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:
96,201 miles
Total Complaints:
242 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the engine (80 reports)
  2. not sure (65 reports)
  3. add oil as needed (38 reports)
  4. new engine (22 reports)
  5. get rid of it asap (10 reports)
  6. nissan should replace the engine for the 2nd time (10 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 13 of 13)

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problem #2

Jan 302007

(reported on)

Altima 2.5 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,604 miles


This problem was suppose to be repaired but it seems that we were duped. The head gasket was supposed to be replaced but I still have problems and I constantly have to replace oil which has become expensive. You get tired of going back and forth to the repair shop only to come home and a few days later the car is doing the same thing.

- , Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 062006

(reported on)

Altima SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

My 2002 Nissan Altima has been consuming about 1 quart of oil approximately every 450 miles. I was first told that it might be a sensor that is gone. That was replaced but the problem still exists. We can't seem to get any satisfaction as the vehicle is now gone of warranty. Can anyone out there tell me what is causing this problem.

- , Burin Bay Arm, NL, Canada

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