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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,500 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022007

Altima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5se with a 5spd manual transmission. I have a recurring problem that my clutch will lose pressure and fall to the floor. This will happen while driving, can be in any gear, going any speed. Usually pulling the clutch up and "pumping" it will "solve" the problem. This probably happens twice a month, and has been happening since I bought the car 12/31/2006. I have done research on the internet and spoke to other Altima owners and have discovered that this is a common problem that many have had for years since they have owned their cars. I understand that this is something that the mechanic should be able to fix easily, but I am left wondering why so many have had the same problem and that it may be a possible design issue that Nissan should be addressing due to safety concerns.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 152007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles
- the contact called regarding the 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that during the cold season the clutch stuck to the floor. This failure happened intermittently. There were no warning indicators. The dealer had not been able to diagnosed the problem. The failure mileage was 23000. Update/23/07

- Waukesha, WI, USA

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