2002 Nissan Altima S 2.5 from North America
Undisclosed malfunctioning pre-catalyst - Nissan was or should have been well aware of the conclusions of NHTSA investigation #PE02078 (dated 3/25/2003), but failed to inform me of the cause of my persistent car trouble over the past 10 years. Not once during my many visits to one of their service departments did they disclose the finding of this NHTSA investigation, or offer to replace the malfunctioning pre-catalyst, which as it turns out is the ultimate cause of all of the problems.
Their failure to disclose or act upon these findings has put my family at risk (fire), and has cost me thousands in repairs, including a new engine, three catalytic converters and new pre-catalyst, not to mention thousands of dollars spent on false leads. Because they did not disclose the problem with the pre-catalyst, my mechanic did not know to replace the pre-catalyst, when he replaced the engine and converter. I drove for a year with the malfunctioning pre-catalyst, quite possibly damaging the new engine.
It's a lemon, and Nissan is a terrible car company for allowing people to drive around in this fire hazard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th August, 2011
A guy I worked with had your same car, and it burned right in his driveway!!!
I completely agree and feel for you! I'm 31 years old, starting a family, so I figured that I'd buy a "good" car with cash to avoid car payments.
I bought a 2002 Altima 2.5 S; it was the worst mistake I could have made. I've had the car 2 months, it started burning oil immediately & has broken down 4 times already, and is now having major engine issues. I saved for 2.5 years for this junk. I hate Nissan!!! I 110% assure you, I'm not exaggerating, not even a little. These cars are pretty, but HORRIBLE!!!