Used 2002 Nissan Altima

2002 Nissan Altima
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2002 Nissan Altima

Pros

  • Sports car power in a midsize sedan body, high level of features, distinct new shape.

Cons

  • All-new design could mean first-year teething problems and dealer mark-up.

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Nissan Altima 2002 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
238,975 miles
Used 2002
Nissan Altima
2.5 SL
(6)
Capitol Motors
57.9 mi away
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Nissan Altima 2002
319,262 miles
Used 2002
Nissan Altima
(1)
Leckner Ford of Marshall
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Nissan Altima 2002 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
108,387 miles
Used 2002
Nissan Altima
2.5 S
(5)
Free Bridge Auto Sales
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Revolutionary comes to mind, and that's a word not often applied to midsize family sedans.

vehicle overview

After years of slugging it out (and ending up on the canvas) with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, Nissan's Altima is ready for a rematch. A "training" program for 2002 has resulted in a bigger, stronger and more attractive Altima, and Nissan is confident that its middleweight is ready to take on the best in its class.

Four models will be offered: the base 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SE. As with the naming of most German cars, the Altima's numeric nomenclature refers to the engine size in liters. Thus, the 2.5s are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, while the 3.5 SE has a 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are potent -- the four-cylinder engine puts out 175 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque while the V6 cranks out 240 horses and 246 lb-ft of twist. As of this writing, the Altima's underhood muscle crushes the competition, whose fours top out at around 150 horsepower and whose sixes develop around 200 ponies. The new engines are environmentally sound, as well; the inline four qualifies as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV), and the V6 rates as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV). Transmission choices for either engine are a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

The new Altima has been increased in virtually every dimension, leading to more interior room for occupants. Borrowing an idea from Audi with its different "Atmosphere" interior schemes, the Altima is available with three distinct choices for interior decor. Charcoal, Blond or Frost cabin colors are accented by simulated wood or faux titanium accents on the dash and door panels.

The dashboard features a sporty three-pod instrument layout and an uncluttered center stack with the stereo placed high to provide easy access. Thoughtful and uncommon features in this class include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a power point inside the center console (ideal for charging a cell phone) and, on higher-end models, steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and a trip computer. Feature highlights include leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink universal transmitter, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a power sunroof and a Cold package that comes with heated seats and outside mirrors.

In terms of safety, the Altima offers the latest technology in occupant protection: side-impact curtain airbags. These roof-mounted bags provide protection for rear-seat occupants as well as those riding in front and are combined in a package that includes front seat side-impact bags. Other peace-of-mind features include dual-stage front airbags, optional traction control (for automatic V6 models), optional antilock brakes that incorporate state-of-the-art technology and child-seat anchors.

Nissan engineers also gave the suspension a serious overhaul. The all-independent design uses aluminum components to save weight, and the rear suspension is a multilink arrangement borrowed from the Skyline, Nissan's home-market supercar. Big rubber is standard on all Altimas: Four-cylinder models wear 205/65R16 treads, while the V6 version gets 215/55R17s on alloy wheels.

In nearly every aspect -- power, features, handling and styling -- the 2002 Altima is a drastic improvement over the previous model. If you're looking to purchase a fun-to-drive family sedan with enough toys to make the neighbors jealous, the new Altima deserves serious attention.

2002 Highlights

The all-new third-generation 2002 Altima represents a total revision and rethinking of Nissan's midsize sedan -- it brings a level of design and performance that currently does not exist in its class. With a choice of a 240-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 or 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an all-new four-wheel independent suspension, the Altima offers spirit with state-of-the-art technology. An aggressive new exterior design with increases in all major dimensions and a driver-oriented interior with myriad convenience and luxury features set the Altima apart in the highly competitive sedan marketplace.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Nissan Altima.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Reliable
crotch666,02/17/2016
Purchased this car in 2009 for $6,000 and it has and probably will be one of the best cars I will ever have. The only time it ever broke down once on me was in 2015 when the alternator went out. That was a quick and easy fix, and it was back on the road in no-time. I maintenanced this car regularly and it definitely gave back to me. I was in 2 wrecks in it, I would considered mild to bad. Someone rear-ended me extremely hard and the damage to the car was minimal. The other one someone pulled out in front of me and I t-boned them. The bumper was destroyed, but that was it. The other car was totaled. Extremely safe car and very reliable. The gas mileage could be better, but I love this car regardless.
A solid car with its own Achilles' heel(s)
kismet1113,05/16/2014
My '02 Altima has over 200,000 miles on it with little more than normal repairs. Like most Altimas my crankshaft sensor failed around 150k miles. The frame of the car is 100% rust free, except for the floor panels right under the drivers side and passenger side front seats. This again is a common failure with these cars. My radiator started leaking around 150k miles and having to jack the front end of the car up 20" or so off the ground to work the air out of the lines is very annoying, but manageable. At the end of the day I have over 200k miles on the car and have yet to run into repairs I couldn't do myself...and for a woman I can't complain about that.
An excellent trooper
qwerty01,02/06/2014
Purchased my Altima with 75K miles, it now has 191K miles. Nothing really major that I can complain about, it's taken my abuse very well. My CONS would be: Cam Shaft sensor failed around 150K miles. Both rear calipers seized around 100K miles. #4 cylinder ignition coil failed around 175K miles. BOSE CD changer is completely unreliable. Pop out gasoline door is horrendous, I need to use a prybar to get it open. Around 150K miles the car started having intermittent difficulties with engine starts...takes 10-15 seconds to start. Mechanic doesn't have a good solution to the problem. Door actuators seize when it's cold out.
Awesome car
roushfan5,04/13/2012
A lot of people are complaining about their cam shaft sensors. Well my check engine light came on for the exact same problem. Turned out I was just using the wrong type of oil. Make sure you are using 5-30W oil to avoid this problem. After a couple hundred miles with the correct oil in the car the problem went away. Our car is the V6 with a 152,400 miles on it and to date the only problem we've had to fix is replace the seals in the engine, oil cooler and the rear value gasket. The interior is a little cheap I'll admit. But the car def. makes up for it with that fantastic engine. A great car but it has to be maintained
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
175 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
175 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2002 Nissan Altima
More About This Model

After years of slugging it out (and ending up on the canvas) with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, Nissan's Altima is ready for a rematch. A "training" program for 2002 has resulted in a bigger, faster and stronger Altima, and Nissan is confident that its middleweight is ready to take on the best in its class.

Introduced in 1993, the original Altima wasn't a bad effort. Far from it, as Nissan's mid-size family sedan entry was well built, had more power than its four-cylinder rivals and usually sold for less. A redesign in 1998 gave this platform four more years, but it still existed in the shadows of the popular Accord and Camry.

Well, now things are different. The completely redesigned 2002 Altima is vastly improved over the old model. A larger body with a more spacious cabin, available V6 power and a sophisticated chassis highlight the big changes to Nissan's mainstream midsizer.

The new Altima has been increased in virtually every dimension. At 110.2 inches, the wheelbase is up by 7.1 inches, which means that rear passengers have more room to stretch their legs out. Length is now 191.5 inches, an increase of 5.7 inches; height is bumped up 2 inches and width increased by 1.3 inches. Overall, the '02 Altima has 9 more cubic feet of passenger room, yet a weight increase of only 70 pounds compared to the '01 version. The use of aluminum for the hood and trunk panels contributes to the minimal weight gain. The bigger Altima is also stronger; structural integrity has been increased by 170 percent, meaning less chassis flex and a decrease in noise, vibration and harshness. And this more commodious cabin is wrapped in a handsome and aggressive new body style that Nissan claims was inspired by a crouching tiger. Umm...OK. In any case, the Altima's newly buff bod possesses a presence that the old Altima never had.

Borrowing an idea from Audi with its different "Atmosphere" interior schemes, the Altima is available with three distinct choices for interior decor. Charcoal, Blond or Frost cabin colors are accented by simulated wood or faux titanium accents on the dash and door panels. The dashboard features a sporty, three pod instrument layout and an uncluttered center stack with the stereo up high to afford easy access. Thoughtful and uncommon features in this class include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a power point inside the center console (ideal for charging a cell phone) and, on higher-end models, steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and a trip computer. The only gripe we had concerned the displays for the stereo and climate controls; they washed out in direct sunlight, making them hard to read.

Four models will be offered: the base 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SE. The 2.5, although it has a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, multi-adjustable driver seat and intermittent wipers, is otherwise lacking in luxury as neither air conditioning nor a stereo is included as standard equipment. Nissan expects the 2.5 to account for only 1 percent of total Altima sales. When we asked, "Why bother?" the rep's answer was so that Nissan could offer Internet shoppers a low starting price point for the Altima. We figured that Nissan doesn't want to give away any marketing advantage. If Honda and Toyota offer strippo versions of the Accord and Camry, why shouldn't Nissan with the Altima?

As far as the rest of the lineup goes, the "S" adds air conditioning, cruise control, a stereo with CD player, power windows/locks/mirrors and keyless entry. SL upgrades include leather seating, trip computer, power driver seat, security system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink universal transmitter and a Bose audio system with in-dash six-disc CD changer and steering wheel controls. The 3.5 SE versions aren't as loaded as the SL, but have a few features more than the S, such as the trip computer, security system, illuminated visor mirrors and a V6 engine. Options include a leather seating/Bose audio package, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a power sunroof and a "Cold" package that comes with heated outside mirrors and seats.

In terms of safety, the Altima offers the latest technology in occupant protection: side-impact curtain airbags. These roof-mounted bags offer protection for rear-seat occupants as well as those riding in front and are combined in a package that includes front seat side-impact bags. Other peace-of-mind features include dual-stage front airbags that vary the force of deployment according to the severity of the impact (for example, full-force deployment would be used only in a severe impact), optional traction control (for automatic V6 models), optional antilock brakes that incorporate state-of-the-art technology and a standard LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) child seat anchor system.

As with the naming of most German cars, the Altima's numeric nomenclature refers to the engine size in liters. Thus, the 2.5s are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, while the 3.5 SE has a 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are potent — the four-cylinder engine puts out 180 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque while the V6 cranks out 240 horses and 246 lb-ft of twist. As of this writing, the Altima's underhood muscle crushes the competition, whose fours top out at around 150 horsepower and whose sixes develop around 200 ponies. Both Altima engines boast continuously variable valve timing and "drive by wire" throttle control that replaces the traditional cable with a more precise electronic controller. The new engines are environmentally sound, as well; the inline four qualifies as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) and the V6 rates as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV). Transmission choices for either engine are a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, with an antilock system (ABS) optional. Included with the ABS are EBD (electronic brake force distribution, which gives the most braking power to the wheels with the best grip) and Brake Assist (which supplies full braking power when the brake pedal is applied suddenly, such as in a panic stop situation).

Nissan engineers also gave the suspension a serious overhaul. The all-independent design uses aluminum components to save weight, and the rear suspension is a multilink arrangement borrowed from the Skyline, Nissan's home-market supercar. Big rubber is standard on all Altimas: Four-cylinder models wear 205/65R16 treads, while the V6 version gets 215/55R17s on alloy wheels.

So, does it all work? Based on our initial impressions, we can answer that with a resounding yes. We first sampled an automatic 2.5S, whose powerteam impressed us with its smooth and solid pull from 2,000 rpm to redline as well as its quick downshifts and jolt-free gear changes. Handling dynamics were on the sporty side, with crisp turn-in response and a lack of body roll when flicking the 2.5 S through twisty sections of tarmac. A compliant ride and easily modulated braking completed this Altima's well-rounded performance.

Next up was the 3.5 SE with the five-speed. The V6's power was apparent right off the bat, and its delivery was so unrestrained that we had to keep an eye on the speedo for fear of getting a ticket. Working the manual gearbox, we noted a satisfying feel and slop-free action through the gates, even when driving aggressively. Running through a series of S-curves, handling composure was similar to the 2.5 S, with a slightly sharper feel in the transitions. We would assume the increased athleticism is due to the wider and lower-profile tires that the 3.5 SE has over the 2.5 models. While we were simulating a panic stop, a stab to the (ABS-equipped) 3.5 SE's brake pedal resulted in a dead-straight and drama-free arrest of momentum.

After the ride-and-drives ended, we reviewed our notes taken at the product briefing and saw that Nissan expects Altima sales to account for 25 percent of the company's total sales. With such a knockout on its hands, we don't imagine Nissan will have trouble hitting that mark.

Used 2002 Nissan Altima Overview

The Used 2002 Nissan Altima is offered in the following submodels: Altima Sedan. Available styles include 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), and 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M).

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