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:
23,352 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima electrical problems

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 112006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,703 miles


I was at a stop light ready to turn left onto another street when suddenly my car stalls out right in the middle of the intersection. It took me a few times to get my car started again and when it fired up again I started driving away but my car would be having a hard time going as if it was starting to bog out. I later did a diagnostics test and got the code P0335 which ended up being the crankshaft position sensor. A few weeks before this happened, my car had the same symptoms but it wasn't as bad. It would just bog down like once in 2 weeks but this was the worst case scenario!.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #1

Aug 302006

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1) events that have happened are that my service engine light has turned on and my car has turned off while I am driving it on the road. It has been dangerous for my family. The A/C has stopped working also. My car is a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 sl. 2.) I have contacted Nissan to find out what the price is to have my vehicle checked and its too high. For a car that is only three years old and that I am still paying on I should not be having these kinds of problems. I took my vehicle to one of the auto parts to have the check engine light checked and was told that its the speed sensor and the crankshaft sensor but they do not guarantee anything. I went ahead and ordered the parts and now I will have to find a mechanic that is not too expensive to have the parts replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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