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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,400 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 042006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,800 miles


Car failed 2 times while driving on the highway and failed to allow engine to run over 900 RPM's. part replaced was throttle body chamber assembly.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 242003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
"pure" gas smell in exhaust....vehicle fails to restarts after being driven short distances, turne off, and re-started. Has happened since I have purchased the vehicle....dealership/repair never finds any problems. This is the 5th time it has happened over a year. Car will not re-start, unless I wait 2-4 hours & try again. Dealership/service said may have something to do with where I purchase fuel....but I fill up at several places through out the I know that's not the problem.

- Appleton, WI, USA

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