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Edmonds pays off again
By jerry45205 on 04/25/11 01:10 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

My son re3ceived this car as a gift. It was very clean for the age. As soon as he got it he did an Edmonds review and this is what happened: He ordered a direct bolt on stainless steel racing header from optionimports on e bay motors, The main cat had already been removed. We eliminated the orig header/manifold which contains the problem pre-cat and the header went right on. Upon further examination of the car it looked like the engine had been replaced. Tell tale signs were the junkyard yellow marker markings on the side of the engine. Car body has 90,000 miles-after even more inspection could very well be a newer 2.5 engine as it was clean-as in oil and tranny fluid.So looks like a win.
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A gift and a curse
By autobuffsince5 on 01/01/11 19:36 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

This car is a gem to look at even at 8 years, however, I will NEVER buy another Nissan product. After very wet weather the car has a hard time starts. The head gaskets wore and have leaked coolant which fouls the plugs and the 02 sensors. This problems has re-occured every since I hit 80k. Any bump dings it up easily and the car feels very unsubstantial. Abslolute must to change the stock tires. (terrible in snow). The AC does not defrost and it struggles to cool the car down. Overall the car has a phenomenal engine, but it seems that Nissan knows the engine craps out. They refuse to be accountable for this. Wonderful engine but go cart fit, finish and quality. Ur lucky to get 6 good years..
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Motors are junk
By steve on 11/17/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

I will never buy another nissan altima or nothing in nissan the motors are junk and will not hold up i have spent a fortune on this junk pile and i am going to buy another car as soon as possible shame on you nissan for selling junk!
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Buyer Beware
By S Cantino on 09/26/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Purchased this car with 56,000. Soon discovered what others have been talking about. Prepared myself for the worse and at 90,000 the catalytic converter self destructed. Caught it in time and replaced with new. Shortly thereafter the head gasket problem surfaced and the transmission needed to be replaced. Far more repairs than one would expect from Nissan. The engine problems should be addressed. There are better cars out there.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Stay Away!
By unchainedskydiver on 09/05/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought this car after saving money for two years. As a college student, my commute only involved going to college and back, and work almost everyday. The car started giving me problems from the day I bought it. Cam/crank position sensors, which had already been replaced before because of a recall went bad. Had to pay $400. The head gasket is faulty in these models. Consumes more oil than gas. Ac/heater problems. Suspension has issues. The backlight for radio stopped working. Its a very fragile car. Unless you love wasting your hard earned money, don't buy this car, even if it is handed to you for free. Its a complete piece of junk!
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Defective Altima
By John on 08/17/10 13:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

The 2002 Altima has defective catalytic converters. The media comes apart and gets sucked into the engine and destroys the rings. That is why so many folks complain about high oil usage. Nissan has abandoned owners and refused to do a recall. Buyer beware when dealing the this car company. My daughter purchased this junker and now can't afford the $4000 to fix it. Google "Altima engine failures" before you buy a Nissan. Who knows what other Nissan's might have wrong with them after 70,000 miles. Owners beware.
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1 of 5 people found this review helpful
Wonderful car
By 02Altima on 08/05/10 06:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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!
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Stalls out check engine comes on
By 2.5s on 05/16/10 06:07 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

When driving the car would cut out, lose power but still be running, tach would jump up and down press on gas no response, had car in Nissan dealer many times they were playing the guessing game, replaced throttle body, computer, complete wiring harness, car is doing same as before started last night, I just put a new fuel pump, plugs 126.000 mi. Have not checked check engine code yet. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Money Pit
By Valerie on 05/03/10 10:49 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Beautiful car. Has needed a lot of work biggest complaint: it Burns oil a lot of oil I put oil in it every other day! Oil oil oil! This car should be recalled for the oil problem.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excellent car, 144,000 miles
By Andrew on 03/22/10 18:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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