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All good at first
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By acuralegend95
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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The first few years were great, it was fast, clean, and a great car all around. Then around 100k the air bag light turned on and the bose 6 disk changer stopped working and taking cds, took it to the dealer and they checked and said everything was and about to charge me 200+ for a new radio, only fm radio for me. around the same time they said my 02 sensor was bad, it was replaced. No problems for about 20k and then it started to need oil like it was disappearing about a quart every two week. After that started it rattled like crazy. Changed all the spark plugs 3 times and about 5 pairs of brakes. now at 160k i replaced radiator and now sits in the yard in need of a thermostat, and heads...


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Edmonds pays off again
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jerry45205
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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
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By autobuffsince5
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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..


Best Features

Engine, decent stock stereo, size and swooshy head turning styling


Worst Features

Fit and finish needs lots of work. Car does not feel like Nissan put too much effort into making a quality car. Cheap plastics, weak AC defroster. Cheap tires


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Motors are junk
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By steve
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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!


Best Features

body design pretty car no problem here.


Worst Features

Fix the engines and stand behind your product!


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Buyer Beware
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By S Cantino
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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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Worst Features

Fix the known issues


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