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.


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2003 Nissan Altima fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012004


  • miles


The dealer refuses to perform recall repairs because the consumer's vehicle is not in the region specified for repairs. Recall# 03V251000.

- Fletcher, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 082004

(reported on)

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Nissan Altima safety recall regarding defect in fuel pump. Recall#03V251000. The consumer was told by the dealer that they were no longer correcting the defect in southern states.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 192004

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice from the manufacturer which stated that certain engine operating conditions may cause damage to the pre-catalyst. The consumer scheduled an appointment with the dealer but, the appointment was cancelled due to the parts not being available.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 202003

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
Gasoline smell around vehicle due to leak on exhaust pipes. The dealer suggested that the leaking was due to faulty fuel tank gas valves.

- Florissant, MO, USA

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