2002 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Safety issues

2002 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 S Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By sadsack on


2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


This car was bought new in 2002. I loved the styling, room, and power. It seemed to be a a great value compared to Toyota and Honda. Then the recall notices started. One involved the crankshaft sensor. It seemed the car could lose power while driving at any speed. It shut down while on the interstate at 65 mph. Sheer panic!! I was lucky to make it off to the shoulder. The crankshaft sensor was replaced (2005). Just two weeks ago it went out again while pulling out across traffic. I was almost broadsided. We paid for this new sensor. Forget customer service, five unreturned calls and no help. This could have been a really good car, but it is dangerous. I am trading.

Best Features

Very good power. Lots of room. Nice styling.

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