2002 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: consider yourself forewarned

2002 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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

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5 of 8 people found this review helpful
consider yourself forewarned
By lmth10 on


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


I bought my 02 altima in 2005 with 26k miles. Loved it at first; did all the recommended maintenance; highway mpg 26 but it seemed like I was always spending money on things going wrong that never occurred with my family's hondas and toyotas. My catalytic converter was replaced and less than a year later the engine light came on signaling it needed to be redone. My car also wouldnt start and I got a new crank shaft sensor and that took care of the problem for a few months until it happened again. Got another crank shaft sensor and cam shaft sensor and it still wouldnt start regularly! Finally the mechanic said I needed a new gasket which could cost $2500. I traded it in for $2k with 114k mil

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it rattles, it leaks oil and coolant, it overheats, it has trouble starting, it's not that gas efficient- 25-26 mpg highway. Please do not buy this vehicle. Notice everyone has had the same problems with this car. If you get it you will regret it!
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