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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,832 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 092015


  • 200,000 miles


Takata recall

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 252015


  • miles
Check engine lights - oxygen sensor - brakes and router - seatbelt

- Clarkston, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 302013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 87,900 miles
In morning, started car, drove down road short distance, went to stop at stop sign at highway and brakes were hard, wouldn't decompress at all, slid onto highway. Took to dealer, can't find anything wrong. It was in wi, was cold outside, parked outside at night. This also happened last year in winter, had it happen twice, once backing up after work and another at stop sign immediately after starting car where brake pedal was frozen and car wouldn't stop. Narrowly avoided accidents in these cases. Seems to work better after car warms up for a bit. Last year, Nissan dealer replaced the brake booster and closure valve which cost me over $617 and it didn't happen again until this year. I am afraid to drive the car now since this has happened so many times to me. I could've been in very serious accidents or died because of this problem.

- Hartland, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 012013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 71,430 miles
Backed up car in parking garage and brakes didn't decompress at all, pedal was hard, kept backing up narrowly missing another car- kept trying to decompress pedal and eventually it stopped the car but it was hard to. Let car sit for several minutes pressing brake pedal on and off and testing it. It seemed to be better after and I drove home very slowly relying on letting off the gas to slow and staying far behind everyone. Very scary- it could've happened on the highway. It also happened the week before but I thought it was ice under the car when I stopped at a stop light, it went past the stop about 2 feet. I thought it felt hard but it happened so quickly I thought it was the ice/snow.

- Hartland, WI, USA

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