10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,060 miles

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problem #66

Dec 102015

Altima

  • 3 miles
My 2002 Nissan Altima started to have problems with the car engine shutting off without any warning. Just 98000 miles on it dealer charged me $900 for set of sensor and labor. Car would stall in traffic on the highway, no warning, we would lose all power. Went to Nissan and they said no one else had this problem.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #65

Dec 012015

Altima

  • miles
The pre-catalyst on the exhaust has failed, and caused damage. There is a recall for certain VIN #'s but mine is not coming up. Nhsta campaign 03V084000.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #64

Sep 012015

Altima

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving up a ramp at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate and jerk. The rpms increased from 35 to 4,000. The speedometer started to fail and the vehicle lost power and stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. This was a recurring failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Lake Charles , LA, USA

problem #63

Jan 202015

Altima

  • 124,000 miles
I bought this 2002 Nissan Altima ($4500 at randy marion dealership in hickory, nc) for my wife on January 20th, 2015. The car had 123,000 miles on it. Just 5 or 6 days later, the engine light came on engine started making a loud knocking sound when you crank it up after it had sat for a while. I checked the oil level and it needed a quart of oil, so I added a quart. The noise came back after 2 days. This immediately became a mandatory issue to check the oil level and add more oil every 2 to 3 days. It is now August 7th and I have to check and refill the oil every day! I started my research for complaints on this vehicle and found thousands of complaints on the same issue along with recalls for replacing the ECM, catalytic converter and/or engine. The ECM recall applied to this car, so I had that done on July 30th along with an oil change. On top of that, I just spent $1006.62 to get the catalytic converter replaced yesterday along with a quart of oil. Got the knocking sound again this morning. I took it to the closest dealership this morning and they said it needs a new engine. My wife and I are so upset now. We feel like we were sold someone else's problem (certified lemon) from a dealership that should not have resold it in the first place. How much more complaints is going to be needed for someone to make Nissan fix this problem"?"

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #62

Jun 012015

Altima

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed excessive amounts of oil. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic informed the contact that debris entered the catalytic converter and damaged the engine. The mechanic referred the contact to the authorized dealer for further assistance. The dealer stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 03V084000 (engine and engine cooling) in 2005. The recall remedy did not correct the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Harrodsburg , KY, USA

problem #61

May 222015

Altima

  • 134,000 miles
Car would not start. Towed to mechanic and found out it was crank shaft positioning sensor. After repair was made I found the recall on this website. According to Nissan service dept. Looking in Nissan database this repair was made at 28K miles before I bought the car. I had to have the same thing repaired and Nissan will not reimburse me for the repairs. According to the safety information posted about this recall the sensor can overheat and cause loss of power to the engine and cut off the engine completely. This happened to me a couple of years ago and luckily I was in a parking lot driving at a slow speed, but prior to that I was out on a country road and it was getting dark. If it had happened then I may have been hit by another car. Since this part is still defective or not redesigned it is putting other Nissan owner's at risk of this happening again. There should be a second recall to replace this part again. This is not a simple "sensor" that causes your car to not start, this is life threatening! I am afraid to drive any distance for fear of this happening further from home and either causing me to get into an accident or having a huge towing bill. Nissan was very uncooperative in number one, not willing to reimburse me because I took it to my mechanic and not a dealer, I'm psychic like that, and two, not issuing another recall when the Nissan service rep told me that these have been repaired more than once after the recall. I hope the NHTSA department can see the urgency of this complaint to issue a second recall. Thank you.

- Monroe, OH, USA

problem #60

Dec 102014

Altima

  • 205,176 miles
Power valve screws in their 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S. There is currently a recall on 2004 and 2005 Altima with the 2.5S engine with vins starting with 1N4al11. The recall campaign id for this problem is P5202. However, the same problem affects the 2003 Altima with the 2.5S engine, but Nissan North America has not added the 2003 year model to the recall. Both the 2003S and the 2004S have the exact same engine and I am a case in point of someone experiencing the exact same issue. However, Nissan has of yet not stated whether they will add the 2003 to the recall campaign. I wanted to first let other 2003 Altima owners with the 2.5S engine become aware of this issue. Secondly don't pay to have the problem fixed, it needs to be reported to Nissan North America that the 2003 models are affected by this power valve screw issue. Here is the kicker: More than half the current value of the car. Please be sure and not let this happen to you. I have been on the phone with Nissan North America and my dealership. My dealership has been extremely honest with me and is working with me to get Nissan North America to add the 2003-year models to the recall campaign. If you have had a similar problem and had to pay for it, or if you are experiencing power loss, hearing engine rattle, unusual engine vibration, or hear a motorcycle engine type noise or muffler type sound coming from the engine, than you may be experiencing problems with the power valve. I hope this information saves someone out there both money and time. If you have already experienced this issue than please let me know. We are currently mounting evidence related to this issue in an attempt to make Nissan North America aware of the issue and add the 2003 model to the recall campaign as well as address the damage. If not we will need to file a class action lawsuit related to this issue.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #59

Jun 052014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 03V251000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the service engine warning lamp remained illuminated. The contact also stated that the oil was constantly low and had to be refilled. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who replaced the 02 sensor, but the failure recurred. While traveling, the vehicle hesitated and the contact had to apply the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal to keep the vehicle from stalling. The contact was not able to get the vehicle to restart after exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer who diagnosed that the pre-catalyst overheated, which caused the catalyst substrate particles to flow into the engine. The mechanic also diagnosed that the cylinder walls failed causing oil consumption, which leaked into the spark plugs causing damages. The engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and would not provide a remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000. Updated 8/19/15 updated 10/06/2017

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #58

Jan 302015

Altima

  • 113,900 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and the check engine warning indicator was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the crank shaft sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,900.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #57

Sep 012011

Altima

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the vehicle lost power and the services light illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the throttle motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Island , CA, USA

problem #56

Nov 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
My car is burning 3 quarts of oil evry 2 weeks..I tryd replacing parts..using different oil..nothing works..I looked online to get some ideas of what the problem might be..but most people with the same model have the same problem and still haven't found a answer.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #55

Feb 022015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 172,300 miles
The first issue I have are the oxygen senor are bad no speed when getting pass 35 feel like your driving in 25. The major issue and it is very unsafe. I was driving down the street with my under age children in the car and when the gears was in drive it stop and went backwards then I put it all the way in park and it stop and took off and speed went to 60 then back down to it normal speed. Just the other day on 2/16/15 it was placed in drive it automatic went into reverse instead of drive but the gear was in drive.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #54

Feb 062015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 201,000 miles
First there was a random misfire when I first started it that morning. Eventually got it to start, allowed it to run for a few minutes, and then attempted to pull out of the driveway. Once I put it in drive in and moved a few miles the engine completely shut off. Got it back home, changed the camshaft sensor and while attempting to see if the problem was resolved the catalytic converter began to overheat and caused a small fire near the sensor.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #53

Apr 152014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Did check engine light repair fixed crank position sensor. I drive to the store car shuts down to 5mph I pull over reset check engine light then it works fine.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #52

Jan 262015

Altima

  • 127,573 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included under NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,573.

- Whitehouse , TX, USA

problem #51

Jan 202012

Altima

  • 37,027 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V084000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 37,027.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #50

Apr 012009

Altima

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was consuming an excessive amount of anti freeze and oil. The contact mentioned that the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the head gasket and the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, eight months later the check engine light indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic who diagnosed a cylinder 3 misfire codes which caused the pistons to freeze and as a result, the engine would need to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Jewett City, CT, USA

problem #49

Sep 012014

Altima

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While stopped at an intersection, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle would consume oil rapidly and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Oct 122014

Altima

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed excessive amounts of oil. The dealer suspected that the failure was probably associated with NHTSA campaign number: 03V084000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #47

Jun 232014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
This was not an accident but a manufacturer fault. The engine is burning excessive amounts of oil to the tune of 1 qt per 200 miles.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

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