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Nissan Altima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 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 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.

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Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Awesome car

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

A lot of people are complaining about their cam shaft sensors. Well my check engine light came on for the exact same problem. Turned out I was just using the wrong type of oil. Make sure you are using 5-30W oil to avoid this problem. After a couple hundred miles with the correct oil in the car the problem went away. Our car is the V6 with a 152,400 miles on it and to date the only problem we've had to fix is replace the seals in the engine, oil cooler and the rear value gasket. The interior is a little cheap I'll admit. But the car def. makes up for it with that fantastic engine. A great car but it has to be maintained



8 of 10 people found this review helpful

All good at first

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

The first few years were great, it was fast, clean, and a great car all around. Then around 100k the air bag light turned on and the bose 6 disk changer stopped working and taking cds, took it to the dealer and they checked and said everything was and about to charge me 200+ for a new radio, only fm radio for me. around the same time they said my 02 sensor was bad, it was replaced. No problems for about 20k and then it started to need oil like it was disappearing about a quart every two week. After that started it rattled like crazy. Changed all the spark plugs 3 times and about 5 pairs of brakes. now at 160k i replaced radiator and now sits in the yard in need of a thermostat, and heads...



1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Wonderful car

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car in November of 2001 and now have 166k miles on it. I've never once had a problem with it, mechanical or otherwise. I've done all the routine maintenance and it's been a dream. Just know that most people writing reviews are only doing so to complain. This is the best car I've ever owned and at least 5 friends of mine have bough Nissans based on what they've seen from my car. When the time comes for something new I'm definitely buying Nissan again!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Excellent car, 144,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Bought this car in Dec 01 when new styling came out. 3.5 engine very powerful. Only had minor issues (light bulb for miles display went out early on) some recalls initially. Again nothing major. At 144K, windshield wipers stopped working and I spent $200 to get fixed. Now it is leaking antifreeze and given I need new tires and new battery I decided to trade it in. Definitely worked out well for me though.




A fine, reliable car

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Bought the car new for its huge interior and exciting acceleration. It won out over the current Accord (much smaller interior, bland) and Camry (boring, slow, awful brake feel). Have had to replace the hood prop rod catch and took it to dealer for drive belt squeal when started cold. That is it. Pretty good for 92,000 miles and eight years!




Great car with just a

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased the car in August and had 2000 miles on it before Sept 1. I'm up to 10500 miles and have had no reliability issues. This is the first real new car I have purchased, and I'm very pleased with it. PLENTY of power, but torque steer is BAD. There would be a few things that could improve the car but most of them are minor. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a sedan with plenty of passing power (and long drives). Very comfortable interior (although cheap materials). It doesn't handle as well as a Lexus IS 300 but it is $5000-$7000 cheaper.



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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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