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Worst Engine by Nissans Ever
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By Chris
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Only consider purchasing a 3.5L engine do not buy a 2.5L 4 cyl lemon!!! These engines have problems with pre-cat manifold, bolts from intake manifold can potentially enter the cylinders, crank/cam position sensors go bad, heating/AC problems. Other then that the car is great, really liked brakes and suspension, and gas mileage which varied from 21 to 27mpg. I bought the car around 75k-80k miles and it was already loosing oil since I fortunately noticed it right away after I bought it. Car had pre-cat replaced under warranty right before I bought it but the damage to engine from intake bolts or pre-cat was already done. The car mysteriously was losing 1qt of oil every week, after full


Best Features

brakes and suspension, and gas mileage


Worst Features

diagnostics from Nissan which showed the engine running at 100% with no error codes and compression being good in all 4 cylinders, oil still disappeared at rate of 1-2 quarts per week. Finally traded it back to Nissan at around 90k miles and of course I didnít mention about the oil. Good luck.......


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love my new car
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By pamandralphbartow
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


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We just bought this use car and I have fallen in love with it! It has so much get up and go. It is sharp looking. I drive a lot for work and am so glad I bought this car!


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The get up and go!


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haven't found anything yet


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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!


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


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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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Excellent Car
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By oc344
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


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This car is great. No mechanical issues over the three years I have owned the car. I bought it used with 31K miles and have put over 60K miles. Oil change and brakes and tires over the three years. Excellent design inside and out. Very fast with great pick up from dead stop. Takes corners like its on rails. Going to buy a 2007 Altima in a couple of days.


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BOSE System, Sunroof, Speed, Design


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Nothing!


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