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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Nissan Altima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 175 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Complaint

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

It is better to buy car in the 90s now. Nissan Altima 2002 is a piece of trash. After only 61000 miles, I have to replace the head gasket which is cost a lot of money.The car consumed more oil than gas. Please stay away from Nissan Altima. I used to be in love with Nissan for so many years but know,many I will buy the older one .




2002 nissan altima 2.5

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

When the car works it's great, when it doesn't, it's such a hassle. Had problems from the beginning, bought it the first year they came out with the new body style. In winter, back doors wouldn't shut until the car warmed up. Had TONS of recalls! Very inconvenient. Car still has problems starting, something about the gas flooding into something, and I have to sit there with my foot on the gas holding it down until it does start. And supposedly there's no way to fix this problem. Such a headache. The car isn't worth all this trouble.




Had it for 5 years,

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

I'm this car's first owner, and all I've ever had to do was change a battery. Incredible reliability, a fun drive with great cornering, a sharp look (this was the first model year with the redesign), value. This was the first car I bought on my own and it was a solid purchase. I didn't get many fancy options (cloth interior, vinyl) but it still looks quite nice inside.



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New engine

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

my car is not over 100,000 miles and already had to get a new engine and other expensive parts



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What a lemon !!

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

bought this car 6 months ago (used) and it already needs a new motor. What a waste of my $$. For your own sake stay away from 2002 used altimas.




Happy nissan owner

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

I loved my '94 Altima so much that buying another was an easy choice. My '02 has its ups & downs. Its performance is great, though 3rd-to-2nd-gear shifting could be crisper. My mileage with the automatic transmission is good enough (26.5 mpg freeway). this car's andling is good as well. Its fun to throw around. I have not experienced any mechanical problems, other than several annoying sensor problems. the body style is gorgeous, and the interior is plain, but it doesn't bother me. I agree that its wet weather traction isn't as good as older models. the sun visors are too small, so sunset driving can be challenging. But all things considered, I'd buy another.



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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.

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Talk About The 2002 Altima

2002 Nissan Altima Discussions See all Started By

Karen_CM
Karen_CM
12-03-2001
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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 ...



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