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:
49,029 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022013


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the check engine warning light remained illuminated and the vehicle stalled. In addition, the vehicle failed to start on the first attempt and the contact had to wait to try again. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition coils needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was returned to the independent mechanic who replaced the camshaft sensor. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Elkhorn , WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 232007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles
My 2003 Nissan Altima stalled on a major highway due to the crank sensor failure. Lucky I was able to get out of the flow of traffic with no accident but it was a very dangerous situation.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 062007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,800 miles
On several instances the engine cuts off while driving. Major safety concern. Eventually, the check engine light came on. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer informed me of recall campaign to reprogram the ECM. Also, they found error codes P0725 and P0335. They told me that I had to replace my crank shaft position sensor (at my cost -- this was not part of the recall). After the dealer completed the recall work, the car still stalled that very day on the way home. Took the car to my neighborhood mechanic who replaced the crankshaft position sensor. Check engine light was cleared by mechanic and has not lit up again, however, the vehicle has stalled while driving again. This sounds very similar to the symptoms which led to the recall of the 2002 Nissan Altima's. my car was manufactured in December 2002, but was not included in the 2002 recall. The 2003 recall only consisted of reprogramming the ECM -- which did not solve the problem. This is a serious safety concern as the vehicle still cuts out at random times in moving traffic. Please investigate -- this is similar to hundreds of other complaints under 2003 Nissan Altima's that I found reading through the complaints on this website -- please connect the dots and make Nissan own up to the problem.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052007

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,844 miles
-the contact stated that she took vehicle to dealer to be serviced on December 26, 2006 under recall 06V242000 that she received from Nissan. The contacts stated that since the work was completed for the recall to the engine and cooling system the failure happened again. She returned the vehicle to the dealer yet they refused to repair the vehicle again for free. They insisted that the current failure was caused by an oil leak. Updated 1/26/2007 -

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 032003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever I try to start my engine the engine doesn't respond. I don't know what is the problem but the ignition doesn't seems to work sometime. I had this problem almost 3 times and the car is very new. I bought the car this year during Feb.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

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