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Stay Away!!!
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By Muhammad Akhtar
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought my Altima 7 months ago, and I finally got rid of it. I feel sorry for the person who bought it. I am a college student and cannot afford huge maintenance cost on this lemon. I have noticed most of the complaints are with S, and SL trims. The only major flaw with this car is the excessive oil consumption, and this model burns oil like crazy it does not even leak. It surely is a lemon, I didn't spend a lot on it except had keep up with oil replacement twice a month, which sounds really awful for a car that was rewarded as car of the year back in 2002. Nissan got bad reputation because of this car. Now I am looking forward to buy MAXIMA 6th GEN. They are a lot powerful and reliable.


Best Features

Bose Stereo System, Leather Seats, Big Trunk, Lots Of Room, Smooth Steering.


Worst Features

Reliability, Quality and Ergonomics.


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200k and very pleased
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By Dayton Brown
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased from a friend with approx 175000 in '06. She did a lot of interstate driving so the miles where high but the car was in great shape. The only major issue has been leaking valve cover gaskets, but nothing else of importance for the past 6 years (time we've owned it and previous owner) the car has an amazing amount of cabin space is very comfortable for me even in the back seats (I'm 6'2") we average 27 to 29 mpg depending on how much in- town or highway driver.


Best Features

leather seats,cabin space, look, power


Worst Features

heated seats, ours rides a bit rough but may just need new struts


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Aging quickly
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By Prashant
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved the new car. My first car ever. Had a lot of fun with it but getting pretty tired of it. I had a recall issue with the engine crankshaft when it was 2 yrs old .. spoiled my vacation. The car has failed to start on half a dozen occasions. Lately I've been getting a cylinder misfire. The car also started knocking about 3 months ago so I went back to 87 octane fuel. I've also noticed a lack of power recently. Or maybe its because I am hesitant to push it now because of all the reliability issues. I have 85k on it and hope to get it to 6 digits before letting it go.


Best Features

Looks. Initial power. Handling/Suspension.


Worst Features

Improve reliability.


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Beware when you go over 100K miles
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By Bill
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The car was great until 100K miles. Since then replaced cat converter, O2 sensors, fuel door and driver side door handle and now the head gasket blows. Went on other forums and it's a typical problem that was known by Nissan. Won't buy another Nissan. Don't buy a used 2002 Altima.


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Nice car but engine problems
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By km
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2002 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned this car since 2002. Only owner and I took it back the dealership each time for a decent oil change service. For some reason unknown to us, our engine had to be replaced after about 50k miles. At first the dealership wanted to make us pay for it, but arguing with Corporate Nissan helped us get it for free (after warranty ran out.) Some other minor repairs but overall not a bad car except for the engine issue.


Best Features

Lots of room in the back and a big trunk. Turns out this is a nice bonus for hauling a lot of stuff I never knew I had.


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