2003 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: In the end, reliable

2003 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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3.5 SE Sedan (3.5L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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In the end, reliable
By wrecks7 on


2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


The car proved to be fairly reliable, especially since I paid little attention to its upkeep. At the time and at this price point, the Altima stood alone in performance and appearance. The AC went kaput in year four, engine mounts in year six. Downside is the poor material used in for the interior (I've seen GM cars with better plastic), and the body is only slightly more dent resistant than a can of Spam. However, the most frustrating was its awful turning radius. It was inexcusably poor.

Best Features

At its price point, you get a lot of car. An engine with a lot of get-up-and-go. The base stereo provided a good enough distraction from the road noise. Mines even came with steering wheel audio controls. Loved that. The interior space was generous.

Worst Features

Turning radius, of course. And I do believe Nissan addressed the interior in latter iterations of the Altima.
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