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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima suspension problems

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving at any rate of speed or stationary he heard a noise coming from the engine. He stated that the vehicle burned excessive oil. Approximately one month ago the catalytic converter was replaced however the failure continued to occur. There is a recall for the catalytic converter; however, his vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 116,000 and the current mileage was 119,000. Updated 02-01-08. The consumer also stated the rear shocks were bad. Updated

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022002


  • miles
Rear shocks went bad, everytime consumer would go over a bump there used to be a noise that came from the shocks. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Gardenr, MA, USA

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