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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Altima wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122015


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owned a 2002 Nissan Altima equipped with general altimax RT43 (na) tires, size: 215/60/R16 (na). While driving 45 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy and a police report was filed. No injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was then towed to the contact's insurance company for investigative purposes. The contact stated that the insurance company confirmed that the rear passenger side sidewall had detached from the tire. The tires were not replaced. The tires were replacement tires. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate vehicle failure mileage was 118,000 and the tire failure mileage was 1,000.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dt the rear driver's side tire separated from inside top on October 1, 2005. Had not contacted the dealer at this point. The rear end had been making a roaring sound at 65 mph, slowed down to 50 mph, and then a few seconds later could hear the plopping sound. These were Bridgestone/Firestone tires, turanza el 42, P215/55R17. The tires were serviced regularly. There was no vibration, and there was no abnormal bulging in the tires.

- Memphis , TN, USA

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