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Sad To See It Go
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By aarena
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This has been one of the most trouble-free cars we've ever owned. We tend to buy low-priced, high-mileage cars and run them into the ground. This 2003 Altima was purchased for $3000 in 2013 with 130k miles on it. It has had no major repairs. At 230k miles the car was totaled or we would still be driving it. In 5 years and 100,000 miles it has had a battery, an alternator, front brakes and a muffler hanger welded back together. Even with the base 4 cylinder the car was lively and fun to drive. The seats were comfortable for long drives. An aftermarket stereo and the original speakers rattled the windows. It was a simple, reliable, enjoyable sedan.


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Best car I've owned
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Deborah Aucoin
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2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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This was a great car. I've had it 10 years. It's has excellent pick up and has a very powerful engine. This car has driven like it is brand new up until just about a year ago.


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A good car with some kinks
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Glenn J. darro
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my 03, 2.5 Altima with 38,000 miles on it. I now have driven it another 75,000 miles ( odometer reads113,000 miles). In that time my car has never failed. however, there were repairs. following is a list of those repairs:
2 motor mounts at about 60K
Coil at about 75K
Crankshaft position sensor at about 60K
Radiator replacement at about 60K
Fuel pump at about 90K
Pre-catalytic converter at 110K
I love the way this car handles. The engine is peppy for a 4cyl. but sometimes I wish it was faster off the line. It is definitely a driver's car, though. It handles winding roads like a sports car, and the braking is excellent The ride is not cushy, but that's ok. The seating is quite comfortable.


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Never buy Nissan
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Dillon
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2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought a 2003 Nissan Altima with 165,000 miles on it about 4 months ago. In those 4 months I had to replace; camshaft position sensor, radio, 2 door handles, and alternator. Before the timing chain skipped a few teeth at 169,000 miles. It's just a money pit I'm getting rid of it. Anybody need a parts car?


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NEVER buy a NISSAN!!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Jo
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2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Worst, most expensive car to maintain I have ever owned. If the gas pedal sticks and then doesn't randomly, I'm afraid to drive this car. We have replaced so many parts I could not possibly list them all here. The dealer is NO help, they diagnose, take your cash and you're back in 2 weeks. This model should have been recalled!!! Car has been maintained since we got it with 32000. Looks nice, under the hood it is a real nightmare. Only foreign car we own, will NEVER get another Nissan. They should care about their customers before their cars kill us!!


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