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:
94,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. $3 clip (1 reports)
  3. new transmission (1 reports)
2002 Nissan Altima transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 282013

Altima SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles


First the radiator went off and then the transmission suddenly started cranking. I got the radiator fixed and now I am stuck with the transmission issue. Why make a system where a faulty radiator can potentially kill the transmission? WTF?

- , Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012007

Altima S 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Have been to several dealers and mechanics. Dealers want $900 to replace clutch before the even examine problem. Mechanics test drove and inspected and all 3 said it is not the clutch. Definitely something wrong with transmission. Dealer won't hear of it.

Not very thrilled with Nissan quality. Had a Toyota and Honda, both much better.

- , Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 132008

Altima LS 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

extended warranty payed this .I have only had this junk car 11 months .I WISH I WOULD HAVE SEEN AUTOBEEF FIRST .I WILL NEVER BUY NISSANS JUNK

- , 124 WILSON, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 282007

(reported on)

Altima S 2.5

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Returning to my car in a parking lot, found I was unable to put car in reverse. Ran fine otherwise - first gear seemed ok. Pushed it to back out of spot, put it in gear and drove off. No third gear available and no fifth gear either. Visited the dealer first thing in the morning (thinking warranty transmission repair!). Diagnosis - replacement of a $3 clip and $87 worth of labor - no warranty, of course. Surprised by the engineering flaw that virtually disables the vehicle when a small clip fails... Arghhh!

- , Brossard, Quebec, Canada

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