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:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2003 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 222003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I had my car for a few months, when I consistently noticed that my fuel gauge was inaccurate. I took my car into greenville Nissan to be worked on twice and they claimed to fix whatever was wrong. That was the depth of the information I received. To this day, my fuel gauge floats at least twice a week. I also wrote a letter to Nissan stating this problem. They thanked me for the letter and that was the end of the correspondence. Also, in the beginning of may, my roof was leaking. Right under the visor on the driver's side, my roof was soaked after a hard rainstorm. I went to the Nissan dealership on midlothian, in richmond, va. The tech told me it may have been the result of a clogged rain drain, and that it would cost $80 an hour just to see what the problem was.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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