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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,950 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the doors on her vehicle are getting jammed, making it impossible to exit the vehicle. The consumer must place the key in the ignition and quickly roll down the windows to open the door from the outside. She also stated that the vehicle was purchased brand new and has never been involved in a crash. The Nissan dealer wanted to charge her $400 to repair the vehicle and stated that they cannot do anything because her warranty has expired. The powertrain and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 50,000. The consumer believes the vehicle has electrical problems. Updated 08/07/07.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 242007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,900 miles
Driver's door inside latch release became inoperative, causing inability to exit the vehicle. In order to exit the vehicle key had to inserted in the ignition, window lowered and door latch released with outside handle. Extremely dangerous in emergency situation.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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