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

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problem #86

May 012018


  • miles
The car will not start when it is hot outside. The service engine light stays on all the time. The car stops while driving on street and highways. The crank position sensor'(s), camshaft position sensor's and the variable timing control sensor'(s) needs to be replaced. Recall #R3021 and R3022 was listed on the recall from Nissan.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #85

Mar 072016


  • miles
My brakes are going out fast. My heater takes forever to heat up. My fuses keep burning out, car lighter don't work. It runs rough. I think it has a short on some wires.

- Brownfield, TX, USA

problem #84

Apr 032015


  • 18 miles
Nissan Altima 4 door. My daughter [xxx]. while driving the vehicle ignition switch, oil, cooling, coil pack cause a major crash, totaling a complete wreckage. [xxx] sustained, serious medical attention, taken to the hospital by ambulance. I started a series of complaints which Nissan failed to comment or investigate. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #83

Jun 092017


  • 100,000 miles
Took our 2002 Nissan Altima in to Nissan for a recall repair (2003 recall for exhaust / catalytic converter issues) - recall states if engine is damaged, that it will be replaced. Engine has been destroyed due to catalytic converter failure. Nissan has acknowledged the recall and damage and indicated the engine would be replaced. This car was purchased lat year by my daughter, we were unaware of the recall until increasing oil consumption became extreme. I contacted steven's creek Nissan and they confirmed the recall repairs had never been completed. I was told to bring the car in for the repairs. I was very explicit in the description of the oil consumption as well as metallic residue on components - (I had replaced the cam / crank position sensors when the engine began to run rough - they both had a grey paste residue on them). Nissan acknowledged the engine was indeed damaged and needed to be replaced. After having the car for nearly 2 months, I received a call advising they did not have the parts anymore and would need to use aftermarket parts. They gave me a phone number to the Nissan Consumer Affairs, who authorized the aftermarket parts. Multiple times, Nissan called to say they had the parts and the repair would be complete by the end of the next week. This never happened. After another month passed, Nissan called to say they didnt have the proper tools to replace the engine. I went to Nissan and observed the car had not moved or had any work done at all since it was dropped off in June. Nissan has called back again and advised they are unable to do the repair and that I should come pick the car up as is and try some other dealership. Nissan has had this vehicle since 06/09/17. Nissan has had this car for 5 months and has not begun the recall repair.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #82

Oct 012017


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While operating the vehicle, the check engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle hesitated and bucked. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the camshaft sensor malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The sensor was replaced, but the vehicle later experienced difficulty starting. The local dealer (sumerian Nissan in fort myers fl) and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V4855000 (engine). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #81

Sep 012017


  • 183,605 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the crank shaft cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then towed to a local dealer (anker Nissan in North smietfield, Rhode Island) where it was diagnosed that the crank shaft and engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 183,605.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #80

Jun 032017


  • 167,850 miles
I have a 2002 Altima but I only purchased it about 8 months ago. Somewhere around 2 months ago my check engine light came on. So I had it looked at and they said it was a crank sensor code, so I had it replaced. Didn't fix the problem for long. The light came back on, throwing the same code. Well then a week later my car completely shut off while I'm driving down the road. When I begin to restart it, nothing. It takes several attempts before it will start. Since that incident I've had this happen several times. I'm very concerned that I or my children will be in an accident due to the vehicle shutting off while driving. Please someone help!

- Ramseur, NC, USA

problem #79

Jun 262017


  • miles
Our car has shut off at any speed without warning for several months. The check engine light has also been on.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #78

May 022016


  • 132,000 miles
I have recently discovered that there was a recall on my Nissan Altima 2002 model. I have tried to contact the dealer locally but no results. I also contacted the manufacturer and they gave me run around saying that they needed the software which they will make it available and soon as it's available they will contact me. I have contacted them several times but I get the same run around. It's been over a year and half since I had contacted them. But it hasn't been fixed.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #77

May 292017


  • 213,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. On several occasions, while driving, the engine stalled. The contact had to restart the vehicle while the accelerator pedal was applied. Also, while the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would hesitate to gain speed and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 213,000.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #76

Apr 302017


  • 225,440 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. While driving 55 mph, the contact heard a loud noise and the vehicle began to decelerate. The vehicle was pulled over to the shoulder lane and caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 225,440.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #75

Mar 072017

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from senator franken on behalf of constituent re a recall 03V-084 repair that years later seems not to have fixed the problem. The consumer stated the recall, #03V-084, was performed on or about 01/15/04 but, was not effective in preventing engine damage. The consumer would like for the vehicle to repaired again under the recall. The consumer stated the vehicle consumed about one quart of oil per tank full of gas.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #74

Mar 012017


  • miles
2002 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to power valve screw issue. The consumer stated he was quoted a price of $1,000 for a catalytic converter and $5200 for a new engine with less than 90,000.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #73

Mar 092017


  • 138,000 miles
Recall campaign R3022 / 03V455000 due to defective original manufacturer crankshaft / camshaft sensor, this caused my engine to completely stall at 65 mph on the California 57 South freeway. Extreme dangerous driving experience had occurred and caused unsafe driving condition for the surrounding vehicles. Vehicle had difficulty steering and braking which luckily avoided any accident. The recall campaign was conducted along with other recalls in the past, but when inspected, the crankshaft and 2 camshaft sensors were never replaced under the said recall. Hopefully the NHTSA can contact Nissan on my behalf to conduct an investigation on why the original sensors deemed defective in the recall campaign was not properly replaced.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #72

Dec 102016


  • 11,519 miles
I received a letter from the sapir your court of the state of California I am unable to find out what is going on with my car for what may happen with my car but this letter is telling me that I may have engine damage because if I lose power valves girl and that my car is unsafe to drive no one won't give me any true information or everyone is telling me they do not know what I am talking about please help me I drive this car I do not want to kill anyone or to die it will stop right in the middle of the freeway or wherever I am.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #71

Aug 252016


  • miles
My car has been having steering problems to wear I got it fix with replacing a steering rack which has not lasted longer then a year. 2015-2016 and I can't seem to get a repair man to figure it out. This has happen driving, and turning. I have had exhaust problem to were the repair men has told that my car could catch of fire due to the heat shield so they remove one. Which still left my car dealing with oil spillage afterwards after driving it anywhere. My oil never touches the ground just sits in exhaust pipe and blow smoke sometimes and it has started back up once again after putting so much repairs into my car. Service engine light has start popping on and off, everytime I get it tested it says crank sensor thats when driving the car or when the car moving. Then some days it will disappear. And it mess with the power of my engine. And sometimes it takes a while to crank the car. Now I have tried replacing another motor in the car but this motor that I have now is giving me the same problem as the first motor. And I think thats because the repair men are not fixing the recalls on the motor of the car, they are just replacing the motor like mines got replaced with another motor of the same year make as my car. But I feel that if these recalls on these year make of my car have been known then the Nissan should repair the defects so people want have to keep putting so much money into fixing the car and its not their fault its Nissan. I have problems also out of my manifold gasket and the whole part itself all the time that can burn me and my children up while driving. And I'm just so scared something is going to happen while driving my car and there are recalls on my make model car.

- South Boston, VA, USA

problem #70

May 202016


  • 96,000 miles
The vehicle stalls while driving which could cause an accident. It has happened many times and we have been lucky other drivers are paying attention. The vehicle does start back up. We have found a recall but when we've checked the VIN # it comes up with no recalls. There is a sensor issue recall that describes exactly what the car is doing. It has stalled on off ramps, city streets and Suburban roads. I have found the following online: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L enginethe crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interrupion in the signal output. If the interupption of the signal is so brief that the ECM electronic control module dose not have time to diagnose the condition, the vehicle may shut off creating the risk of an accident. The dealer will reprogram the ECM free of charge. The Nissan recall # is R0606 Nissan is no help the vehicle only has 97,0000 miles and was bought used from a lot in nh who was also no help

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #69

Aug 102015


  • 125,000 miles
" takata recall ". the car has been giving engine problems but I did not know what it was until I searched it online and I am having the same problem as many complaint on the recall website. The engine while on slow drive or when on a full stop it shuts down without any warning. It has happened to me a couple of times once I was on a highway but there was traffic and my car shut down. Another time I was at a regular city road and I was driving slow looking for parking and the car shut down but thankfully the car behind me was far and I turned my blinkers on, but thankfully no crashes as of yet. Many other times it has shut down on red lights, stop signs anywhere that it has been slow motion. Recently after so long of having these troubles, my car will take forever to turn on. It starts but it makes a weird noise from the engine and it shuts down. I am a full time student and it would be great to fix my car and actually drive to school with less worries that my car will shut down in the middle of the highway or regular road and be in a fatal crash. I have also tried malechanics or check the engine with the machines and everyone is saying that the problem is in the engine and I have checked the engine myself, the engine is hot, shakes, makes noises.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #68

Dec 142015


  • 162,000 miles
I have replaced the camshaft/crankshaft sensors in may car and it's still stalling out at times; I have reed other complains of other customers with the same related problem and I need something to be done before, I end up getting killed on the highway driving this car, my car has 162000 miles on it and with keeping up with my maintains this should not be occurring. I have called the Nissan dealership in snellville, ga three times and no one has returned my call on this problem. I need help on fixing this problem, I should not have to keep paying for the same repairs three times in a row within a three month period. The problem first arose in December 2015, when I was traveling on the highway I was traveling at speeds of about 70 mph when the car appeal to be hesitating as if it wanted to cut off and proceed to so when I decided to pull off on the next exit. The check engine light came on, and has remained on since December.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #67

Nov 232015


  • 178,000 miles
Valve cover gasket leaked oil on the ignition coils causing the engine to not crank. I had car towed to mechanic. The mechanic said the valve cover gasket leaked oil on the ignition coils. I had just replaced all 4 of the ignition coils over the course of the last year and a half due to them going bad one by one. While driving in the city, an ignition coil would go bad, causing the car to sputter and shake badly as if trying to stall in traffic and while stationary. The engine light also was flashing. Very scary for me. This happened 3 separate times as each coil went bad. When the valve cover gasket allowed oil to leak on the ignition coils, an ignition coil had to be replaced again.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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