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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 042004


  • miles


I have a serious problem with the front struts of my 2002 Nissan Altima. Everytime I drive over a washboard or speeding bump, the struts make a popping sound as if a hammer is hitting underneath the vehicle. As a matter of fact, any sort of irregularities from the road causes such noises. If you take time to go to 3rd generation Altima forums, you will realize tons of people going through my same situation. Please, if anyone from Nissan is reading this, you should know the Altima has it's faults, fix them!!!!!

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Consumer complained about a struts problem. Consumer contacted manufacturer, who was not interested in what consumer had to say regarding the defect of this new vehicle. Struts were replaced twice, and the warranty was about to expire. It seemed that the struts were replaced every 10,000 miles.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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