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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan

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By 02 Nissan Altima
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Ever since i bought the car the clutch would stick down in the bottom but it never happened frequently enough for the problem to get resolved and they always claimed that there was nothing wrong with. At 114000 miles my engine started to knock and i later found out coolant was leaking into my engine through a bad head gasket. $3000 later a used engine was installed and now I'm looking to repair a head gasket issue on this newly installed engine at 160000 miles. Never again will i purchase and Altima!!


Favorite Features

pretty comfortable and spacious interior. This was one of the main features that made me buy the car. Very pretty!!


Suggested Improvements

Increase the quality of the engine and the interior dash


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Aging quickly
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By Prashant
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved the new car. My first car ever. Had a lot of fun with it but getting pretty tired of it. I had a recall issue with the engine crankshaft when it was 2 yrs old .. spoiled my vacation. The car has failed to start on half a dozen occasions. Lately I've been getting a cylinder misfire. The car also started knocking about 3 months ago so I went back to 87 octane fuel. I've also noticed a lack of power recently. Or maybe its because I am hesitant to push it now because of all the reliability issues. I have 85k on it and hope to get it to 6 digits before letting it go.


Favorite Features

Looks. Initial power. Handling/Suspension.


Suggested Improvements

Improve reliability.


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Beware when you go over 100K miles
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By Bill
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The car was great until 100K miles. Since then replaced cat converter, O2 sensors, fuel door and driver side door handle and now the head gasket blows. Went on other forums and it's a typical problem that was known by Nissan. Won't buy another Nissan. Don't buy a used 2002 Altima.


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Loved it, but time to move on?
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By cfowler
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car used from a rental company about 5 years ago. It had 37,000 miles and I am very near 110,000 now. Most expensive repair was window switch which was less than $100.00. Just had to replace the sending unit to the transmission yesterday and my mechanic said not to expect more than 25,000 - 30,000 more miles before needing a new transmission. Now trying to decide if I should sell it or spend the $2500 - $3000 on the transmission and hope it lasts me a few more years. Overall this car has been very reliable and I love it. Hope I can find a reliable newer one as my next car!


Favorite Features

Huge back seat and plenty of leg room upfront for my husband who is over 6 ft


Suggested Improvements

Can't really think of anything accept the interior is pretty basic, but that's how the S series is...


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unreliable and annoying
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By abelanger
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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First car I ever bought new. Had fun driving for a few years, but had 1 serious engine problem (a screw came loose and fell into the piston chamber, would have destroyed the engine if not caught. Had many many many problems with body interior and exterior. Gas cover bent so badly I couldn't open to fill my tank anymore. Replaced, and a year later it happened again. Gave up replacing and now I just drive without the cover... Looks ridiculous. Inside everything is falling apart: standard shifter cover broke within months, doors and glove comp. Rattle, moldings fall off and break... Body not only 'looks and feels' cheap in/out, it really is cheap. I will never buy Nissan again.


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