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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,008 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Nissan Altima engine problems

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 092009


  • 94,364 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving at speeds of 35 mph, the engine would not respond when depressing the accelerator pedal. Within a few moments after sitting idle, the vehicle became responsive to the depressed accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed, however the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was taken to a second dealer but they too, could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 94,364 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012004

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on the highway and when pushing on the gas pedal vehicle would not accelerate, and it does this when trying to precede on from a stop light. It might go 2-3 mph. This first started happening around September 1, 2004 and this happened intermittently. There was no fore warning and there was no noise.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202004

Altima 4-cyl

  • 4,660 miles
While parking, the vehicle accelerated forward. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a parked car. No injuries reported.

- Houston, TX, USA

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