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:
82,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace struts, mounts, and shocks (2 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022010

Altima SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


I bought this 02 Altima brand new. Since I have had this car, I have had to replace the calipers, rotors, struts twice, two different sensors, upper and lower radiator hoses, belts twice.. This was all before I hit 98,000 miles...

PLEASE... I can't tell you how many batteries I have gone through. I have noticed many people were having trouble with burning oil and I am surprised I didn't have that problem, but at 98,000 I got rid of it and bought a Honda...

I have owned Nissan's for most of my life, but I doubt I will buy another one... Sorry Nissan, you have majorly dropped the ball...

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 042010

Altima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Leaks from both from front struts and rear shocks - required replacement with only 70,000 miles - this is ridiculous! I had this problem as well as the intake manifold gasket oil leak at the same time. Total bill for repairs - $1500.00!

- , Cherry Hill, NJ, US

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