2002 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: A gift and a curse

2002 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 S Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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A gift and a curse
By autobuffsince5 on


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


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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