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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan

 
 

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Nissan Altima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 175 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2002 Nissan Altima

  • Revolutionary comes to mind, and that's a word not often applied to midsize family sedans.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sports car power in a midsize sedan body, high level of features, distinct new shape.

  • Cons

    All-new design could mean first-year teething problems and dealer mark-up.

  • What's New for 2002

    The all-new third-generation 2002 Altima represents a total revision and rethinking of Nissan's midsize sedan -- it brings a level of…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (391 total reviews)


An excellent trooper

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Purchased my Altima with 75K miles, it now has 191K miles. Nothing really major that I can complain about, it's taken my abuse very well. My CONS would be: Cam Shaft sensor failed around 150K miles. Both rear calipers seized around 100K miles. #4 cylinder ignition coil failed around 175K miles. BOSE CD changer is completely unreliable. Pop out gasoline door is horrendous, I need to use a prybar to get it open. Around 150K miles the car started having intermittent difficulties with engine starts...takes 10-15 seconds to start. Mechanic doesn't have a good solution to the problem. Door actuators seize when it's cold out.




I like the car

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

i like the car I haven't had any problems out of it besides the usually up keep of the car I honestly don't see how it has so many bad reviews like really what are some of you looking to get out of the car



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Consider yourself forewarned

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my 02 altima in 2005 with 26k miles. Loved it at first; did all the recommended maintenance; highway mpg 26 but it seemed like I was always spending money on things going wrong that never occurred with my family's hondas and toyotas. My catalytic converter was replaced and less than a year later the engine light came on signaling it needed to be redone. My car also wouldnt start and I got a new crank shaft sensor and that took care of the problem for a few months until it happened again. Got another crank shaft sensor and cam shaft sensor and it still wouldnt start regularly! Finally the mechanic said I needed a new gasket which could cost $2500. I traded it in for $2k with 114k mil



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2002 Nissan Altima Review

What's New for 2002

The all-new third-generation 2002 Altima represents a total revision and rethinking of Nissan's midsize sedan -- it brings a level of design and performance that currently does not exist in its class. With a choice of a 240-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 or 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an all-new four-wheel independent suspension, the Altima offers spirit with state-of-the-art technology. An aggressive new exterior design with increases in all major dimensions and a driver-oriented interior with myriad convenience and luxury features set the Altima apart in the highly competitive sedan marketplace.

Talk About The 2002 Altima

2002 Nissan Altima Discussions See all Started By

pkalagara
pkalagara
11-14-2001
positive comments about 2002 Altima's interior....


rondhol
rondhol
08-07-2009
That's totally right. He is amazing but unfortunately Nissan doesn't care about the buyers after the warranty is over. 100k miles is the average lifetime of Altima 02 instead of 200k. The number ...


1legend
1legend
03-01-2005
Over the last two months I have had the following problems with my 2002 Altima (has 49,000 miles and has been well maintained since being both in 2002):...