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:
23,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 232003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


I was driving when I attempted to make a right turn, my steering wheel locked up, the vehicle skidded and stalled in the middle of an intersection. I was driving and my 14 month old was in the back seat. I had the vehicle towed to the nearest dealership. I few hours later I was contacted by the assistant manager of the service department where I was informed that the crank shaft positioning sensor had gone out. The part had to be ordered so I was told that I could be without my vehicle for a day or maybe even a week. I was informed that there were other vehicles in the shop waiting for similar parts. My vehicle has been in the shop for 20 days now and I just keep getting the run-around. This is probably a part that will eventually need to be recalled but I guess Nissan is waiting for a tradegy to occur before they take action.

- Kenner, LA, USA

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