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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


- the contact stated that while driving the 2003 Nissan altma the trunk lid randomly popped open. There was no particular vehicle speed that caused this to happen. The contact was unable to close the trunk lid once it popped open unless she used the trunk release switch on the inside of the vehicle. The contact spoke with Nissan, and they advised her to speak with the dealership. The dealership informed contact that the problem was the lock. The lock was replaced by the dealership, and since the lock was replaced the problem only occurred when the vehicle hits a bump in the road. The vehicle's current mileage was 54,700 miles. Updated 09/12/07

- Whitier, CA, USA

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