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:
21,062 miles

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2003 Nissan Altima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 252003

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,062 miles


Right front strut on my 2003 Nissan Altima has failed 4 times in 18 months. Mileage is high on my Altima, at 40K due to several trips from California to Oregon for family emergencies in first year of ownership. I am being told by the dealership that I am getting defective mcpherson struts that are now made in Mexico. Car has a very distinguished pull to the right every since first failure at 6 months in service. Alignments and new tires have not helped this situation. Car is currently sitting at the dealer, I will not let them replace the strut again because they cannot assure me that I will not get another defective part. Car is very hard to handle especially going over uneasy roads, which there are plenty of in southern California.

- Tujunga, CA, USA

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