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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Nissan Altima steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 122003

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles


I had my brand-new 2003 Nissan Altima for 4 days, and had only 300 miles on the odometer when there was a leak in my power steering fluid tank, causing the steering wheel to be very stiff, almost unsteerable while driving. I took it to my Nissan dealership, and they said that I needed a new power steering pump. After my pump was replaced, the same problem started to occurring again, after 2 days of being fixed. I called my Nissan dealership, and then they said that it was the reservoir. This type of problem should not be occurring after the car was 4 days old. This is a safety hazard. The dealership was not very accommodating, considering this problem arose 4 days after it was purchased.

- Millbury, MA, USA

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