The 2002 Altima underwent a big design change resulting in many new and some not so improved or appreciated changes.New body is nice, but too low. The interior is appealing and comfortable. The interior lights need to be much brighter, as in the Sentra. The heater in our car has had problems since we got it at 14,000 miles. The car is taken to the service dept at least once a year to make it work as well as my 95 . Nissan PU,so far to no avail. Our car has had several recalls and problems peculiar to 2002 Altimas. Exhaust header replacement recall at 30K mi, muffler recall at 60K mi,front converter selfdestructed at 88K & Killed eng ($3.5K) The 100Kmi $2K warranty was a wise choice. purcased
The body styling is excellent,the handling is quite good, the highway ride is excellent, engine power is above average for a 4cyl,passenger compartment is very well insulated from outside noise,braking performance is phenomenal, highway gas mileage is good,4spd auto trans has smooth solid shifts.
Suspension too hard and noisy over potholes and bumps & some roads,car frame bottoms noisily over speed bumps & driveway humps, clearance. Turning radius is too wide. The headlights can be turned off inadvertently when using the turn signal. Headlight covers retain moisture.Rear door seals come loose.
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