2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)
I got this car the day I turned 16 with 119,000 miles on it. before purchasing the only thing I know was done was the head gasket was fixed. since then we have got new breaks! it sounds like I need new spark plugs due to the car shifting weird and freaking out when going up hills. other than that I wouldn't want another first car! I think as long as you maintain it well and don't go drifting and speed racing then this car is perfect. I have had the car for more than 1 year and it now has 123,000 miles on it and still loving it.
My '02 Altima has over 200,000 miles on it with little more than normal repairs.
Like most Altimas my crankshaft sensor failed around 150k miles.
The frame of the car is 100% rust free, except for the floor panels right under the drivers side and passenger side front seats.
This again is a common failure with these cars.
My radiator started leaking around 150k miles and having to jack the front end of the car up 20" or so off the ground to work the air out of the lines is very annoying, but manageable.
At the end of the day I have over 200k miles on the car and have yet to run into repairs I couldn't do myself...and for a woman I can't complain about that.
The roomy interior is wonderful.
I've laid the back seats down and hauled 8' lumber in the car.
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.
Lots of space, driver's side is nice and big.
It takes abuse like a champ, I performed very little maintenance over my 7 years.
If something as simple as a Cam Shaft sensor fails, give people an easy way to detect and solve the problem!
I did not enjoy towing the car and paying a mechanic around $250 to fix a $60 part.
There's got to be a better solution here.
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
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
it rattles, it leaks oil and coolant, it overheats, it has trouble starting, it's not that gas efficient- 25-26 mpg highway. Please do not buy this vehicle. Notice everyone has had the same problems with this car. If you get it you will regret it!