Sports car power in a midsize sedan body, high level of features, explosive V6 engine, distinct styling.
Shabby interior materials, overboosted steering, no stability control.
Once a frumpy wallflower, the Altima is now a car to be desired.
After last year's debut to critical acclaim, Nissan's midsize sedan receives minor changes for 2003. Two new exterior colors, Sonoma Sunset and Crystal Blue add pizzazz to the wardrobe. There's a new charcoal seat fabric, padded cloth front center armrest cover (genuine leather on leather-equipped vehicles) and bright titanium interior accent colors for all models to spruce up the interior. The 2.5 SL receives a standard automatic transmission, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and simulated wood trim. For the 3.5 SE, there is a Sport Package, which includes a sunroof and spoiler, and a Sport Package Plus, which includes sunroof, spoiler, Bose audio system and HID headlights. The 3.5 SE Leather Package now includes a Bose audio system, sunroof and heated seats, while the Leather Sport Package adds a spoiler and xenon headlights. Finally, a new 3.5 SE Premium Leather Package sports all of the above plus throws in fake wood to boot. How can you go wrong?
Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 Nissan Altima.
I just felt the need to give special props to my 2003 Nissan Altima that is not at
(372 THOUSAND MILES) yes I had to spell it out so no one would think it was a typo. She needs a new catalytic converter, but other than that she is still the greatest money maker I have every had. I drive 172 miles a day, 5 days a week. I have tried reading online to see if anyone else was running with this many miles, but it saddens me to see some have not been as lucky. A mechanic not long ago told me mine car must have came off the line on a Wednesday. I tried looking that up with no sucess.
4 out of 5 stars
A good car with some kinks
Glenn J. darro,02/22/2016
2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
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.
Update: My Altima has 151000 miles on it now, with no major issues. The engine still has a lot of power, but it is a bit noisier and burns a little oil.
4.75 out of 5 stars
'03 altima 2.5s a drivers pleasure
2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I got my altima with 38k. the previous owner, a relative, never had any problems with it. I now have 58k and it runs like a dream. I did have to replace the crank position sensor at 57k. However, although the 'ses' light was on, it never gave me problems. If your looking for a cushy ride,look elsewhere. The Altima is definitely a drivers car.sturdy frame, firm ride.
handling is excellent. Very little body-lean when buzzing around roads. holds road very well The engine is responsive. quick off the line. open road acceleration impressive; especially for a 4cylindar engine. stunning exterior, and a roomy, comfortable, interior. some cheap plastics inside; no big deal. to sum up,love this car
4.75 out of 5 stars
2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I am the original owner and have had no problems with my car going on almost 11 years. She still drives great and is in great condition. I saw others say the v4 has issues but mine is going on 125k miles with none.
The Used 2003 Nissan Altima is offered in the following submodels: Altima Sedan. Available styles include 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A), 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), and 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5M).
Pre-owned Nissan Altima models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 175 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2003 Nissan Altima comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.
The Used 2003 Nissan Altima comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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