2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S from North America
Good except for starting issues
I have had increasingly annoying problems with starting the car in cold or damp weather. The problem first occurred last year, and I was told it was 'bad gas'. Pumping and holding down the accelerator finally worked, and a plume of smoke shot out of the tailpipe. Recently had this problem again, only this time it is much worse. Auto shop couldn't really diagnose the problem.
The Engine Service light appears to come on (and sometimes turns off) at random.
The car looks good, and has more features and power that an Accord. However, if I had it to do over again, I probably would have chosen the more reliable Accord.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th January, 2005
I have a 2002 Nissan Altima that was purchased new. When the vehicle had approx. 6k miles on it, I had a problem with the gear shift. Sometimes it would take 10 minutes to get out of "PARK". I took it into the dealership and was told that coffee or a beverage had spilled inside it (thus the sticking problem). I was very upset because nothing had EVER spilled in the shift. The dealership told me they "cleaned it out" (charged me $150.00) and if the shift had to be replaced it would cost ME about $500.00. The car seemed to run fine after the "cleaning", but unfortunately a year (to the week) later, when it started to get cold out, it started happening again! (We use the cup holder for sunglasses, not beverages). I am so frustrated because the blame was put on me, and the dealership would take no responsibility. My husband drives a 1993 Nissan Altima that has been a dream. We purchased another Nissan Altima because of the reliability factor. I have two small children and I now have to worry if my car will make it out of the driveway in the morning. I would appreciate any ideas/comments. (???)