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:
33,933 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 102001

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. Nissan advised the contact that there are 3 recalls related to his VIN; however, the contact wants related recalls for a 2002 Nissan Altima repaired on his vehicle. The contact was given the details regarding reimbursement. The current mileage was 166,000.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 022007

Altima 4-cyl

  • 20,800 miles
The rearview mirror on my 2002 Nissan Altima has fogged up almost completely, leaving about 20 percent still clear, making it almost very confusing and hard to see. Call to Nissan and dealer resulted in "so what"... like its ok for a vehicle that is garaged, only 21142 miles of use, to have a key safety feature go awry. Dealer quoted price for new rearview mirror as "$278 plus tax"

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 102006

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles
My 2002 Altima is using oil excessively. One quart in 500 -700 miles.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

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