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:
90,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head lamps (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima lights problems

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012012

Altima 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


the low beams are not working. changed bulbs, switch on steering column, did nothing. alternator making a noise do not know if related. high beams are working

- , Copiague, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 152007

Altima 2.5 S 2.5L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

One of the headlights casings simply melted and the lamp went out. We got it fixed under a recall, but it sure would have been nice if they had notified us of the recall (which had apparently been out for quite awhile) before it went out!

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 022007

(reported on)

Altima S Sedan 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Nissan is the worst dealers in the world their extended warranty is nothing it has no meaning.. Nissan doesn't care about safety or what have you all they care about is making money, I really hope one day that business closes down and someone with a bigger heart opens a car business meant for the safety of families riding in a car... My altima has so much problems even when they did a recall they didn't even fix the problem... my engine still shuts down in the middle of the road while i'm driving, I had to them about it time and time again and all they can say is WE fixed the problem... My head lamps give out every 2 years or so...

- , Barrigada, Guam, Guam

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